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Hyperlocal media sites: friend or foe?

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NEW YORK -- Hyperlocal news sites that provide street-level content online have been springing up rapidly, potential rivals to real estate agents who are playing the same role in order to attract clients.   Warren Webster, president of hyperlocal news network, believes the two needn't be foes. Webster spoke at Real Estate Connect this week."I 100 percent believe that Patch can be a great ally when it comes to providing local content for potential clients," Webster told Inman News. "First, there's no more comprehensive, useful tool for potential or new residents -- all the information you need about schools, government, what goes on in town, the 'feel' of a neighborhood."Second, agents can use Patch to reach their potential clients in a very targeted way, and reach them where they are -- among highly relevant neighborhood news and information. Agents can quickly become important parts of the conversation in a market."Based in New York City,