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Real estate blogs spark key industry debate

Part 1: More people engaging in real estate discussions online

Editor's note: In the early days of the Web, not many people were adding content on their own. But that is quickly changing with more community-focused and social networking sites popping up and more people writing blogs. In this three-part report we explore how more people are adding their own real estate content and discussions onto the Internet, what they are talking about and what's motivating them. (Read Part 2 and Part 3.) Jonathan Miller cracked open a blogging program in the summer of 2005 and launched two real estate-focused blogs, the Matrix and Soapbox. His main goal? He says there was no goal other than to prompt him to explore a new real estate topic each day. "I didn't start this thinking I'm going to make money," said Miller, who is president and CEO of Miller Samuel, a Manhattan-based property appraisal firm. Instead he thought, "here's a cool vehicle to present information that interests me and will interest people in related fields." Many real estate-focused blo...

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