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A Web-based real estate network that features audio reports is giving a voice to local real estate markets. Launched in Canada, the network will soon be expanding to include U.S. markets, said creator Rick DeClute, a third-generation real estate agent in Toronto. The Web site couples real estate agent blogs with links to audio broadcasts and the ability for consumers to subscribe to audio podcasts for specific market areas. "The whole idea for this and the way it's going to spread is simply that it will be market-based, and people will seek it out because it's market information only," said DeClute, a part of a family real estate team at Toronto's RE/MAX Hallmark in Toronto. There are dozens of agents actively reporting on specific market areas in Canada, DeClute said, adding that he plans to expand the network into the United States this year and has also been exploring an expansion into Europe. The site was launched in beta form in January. The system ...