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Real estate brokerage company ZipRealty announced net loss of $7.3 million in the first quarter, or 31 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.1 million in first-quarter 2007. The company reported that it increased its agent count by 105 from the close of fourth-quarter 2007 to the end of first-quarter 2008, and its first-quarter count was up about 22 percent compared to first-quarter 2007. ZipRealty reported that its agents closed 3,121 real estate transactions in the first quarter compared with 3,110 in first-quarter 2007, though the dollar volume of transactions declined about 15.3 percent, from $1.04 billion in first-quarter 2007 to $884 million in first-quarter 2008. Pat Lashinsky, ZipRealty CEO, said during an earnings conference call Wednesday that the company has se...