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Home values by we, the people

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Officials at real estate brokerage company ZipRealty see a serious side to a real estate guessing game that allows its clients to weigh in on home values. The company's Web site now displays average home-price estimates from its community of users alongside automated home valuations from real estate sites including, and Beyond the fun aspect of attempting to predict the selling price of actual homes that are now on the market by viewing property details through an integration with real estate gaming company Realius, there is a deeper aspect that the company is tapping: collective intelligence. "Our contention is that potentially the community will be better at predicting sales prices than maybe the list price," said Myron Lo, director of product strategy at ZipRealty. After all, home buyers play a leading role in the final sales price of homes. ZipRealty first launched the Realius integration in July (see Inman News), and...