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Locally driven Web sites attract real estate content

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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 1 and Part 2.) Wondering about local open houses this weekend, a review of a new restaurant down the street or recommendations for a plumber or babysitter? A new interactive local Web site is in town that promises to bring members of your community together to answer these types of questions. "Do-it-yourself local news" is the tagline for a series of "hyperlocal" Web sites called Backfence that are spreading throughout the country. Backfence sites are set up as a place where community residents can talk to each other about what's important down the street. The sites fe...