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Editor's note: In this in-depth four-part series, Inman News tackles the exploding trend in real estate blogs. We chat with some of the most well-known and prolific bloggers in the real estate brokerage, mortgage and title insurance industries to see what makes these blogs tick. (Read Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4.) Newsgathering and number crunching While some bloggers are content to offer readers their thoughts on the issues of the day, others are venturing into territory that once belonged to news reporters. Bloggers routinely gather, crunch and interpret numbers, interview industry movers and shakers, and break news before the mainstream press. For some, part of the incentive is to counteract what they see as the negative or oversimplified reporting on the real estate industry that's done by professional journalists. But often the news and issues discussed by bloggers wouldn't otherwise be covered at all. Opinions are in plentiful supply on the Internet, but Matrix, a blog create...