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Zaio builds database of real estate photos, information

Canadian company expands coverage of U.S. cities

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Zaio Corp., a Canadian-based public corporation that works with appraisers and photographers to build a database of property photos, valuations and other information for entire cities in the United States and Canada, announced this week that the company has built customer relationships in about 170 U.S. cities. The company has segmented cities into zones, and each of the company-defined zones has a population of about 30,000 people and is operated by a Zaio "Zone Photographer" and "Zone Appraiser," according to information at the company's Web site. The photographer snaps images of the front exterior view of every property in the zone as it appears from the street or other public space, according to the description. When an entire zone has been photographed, they are integrated into the company's database. "Commercial images appear on Zaio's visual search engine while residential images are secured and password protected," the site states. The company also creates virtual tours for b...