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Part 1: User-created content wave hits real estate

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Editor's note: More Web users today are creating their own content and uploading it to the Internet for the world to see, and the trend is catching on in real estate. In this three-part series, Inman News digs into the user-created content trend to explore consumer feedback on property listings, the emergence of new local user-created community sites, and the latest in user-created online video content. (Read Part 2 and Part 3.) Your home can now be a water-cooler conversation piece for the world. The Internet has brought digital photos, virtual tours, videos and maps to the wide world of online property listings. And a growing number of Internet sites have added a new layer of interactivity that allows Web site users to post comments on specific properties. ZipRealty, a national real estate brokerage company, in August announced a "Client Ratings" feature that allows registered users of the site to rate and review individual properties listed on multiple listing services in mark...