REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 28, 1999 — The MSN
online real estate service, the award-winning guide to finding homes and loans on the Web, today announced it has signed listing agreements with 10 of the nation’s largest Coldwell Banker franchises. This group of Coldwell Banker multioffice brokers accounted for more than $8.3 billion in homes sold through 122 nationwide offices in 1998 and represents some of the real estate industry’s most influential brokers.
The group joins dozens of Coldwell Banker franchises already on HomeAdvisor and thousands of real estate brokers and multiple listing services (MLSs) that showcase their home listings and services online with HomeAdvisor.
“Microsoft fulfills two very important criteria for Realtors on the Web: keeping the Realtor at the center of the real estate transaction and marketing our listings and services to millions of customers,”
said Richard Smith, owner of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Houston.
“It’s no longer enough to limit ourselves to just one or two Web sites. HomeAdvisor helps us provide home sellers with the widespread exposure they demand, while helping us showcase our full suite of real estate services to potential home buyers.”
Members of the Coldwell Banker multioffice broker group now providing their listings to HomeAdvisor include Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty in Westlake, Ohio; Coldwell Banker Bain Associates in Seattle; Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Houston; Coldwell Banker Sammis in Huntington, N.Y.; Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Traverse City, Mich.; Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in Honolulu; Coldwell Banker Success Realty in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Coldwell Banker Flouhouse in Charlotte, N.C.; Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Austin, Texas; and Coldwell Banker Anchor in South Bend, Ind.
“This is an incredibly big win for HomeAdvisor and our customers,”
said Ian Morris, group product manager for MSN HomeAdvisor.
“These companies are market leaders that set the standards for the real estate industry. HomeAdvisor is proud to bring their homes for sale to millions of potential new customers.”
The new brokers, which together represent more than 4,300 agents working in 122 offices, join dozens of Coldwell Banker affiliates already signed with HomeAdvisor, including Coldwell Banker Martin & Marbry in Chicago; Coldwell Banker Realty Pros in Washington, D.C.; Coldwell Banker Bredice & Dean in Hartford, Conn.; Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish & Assoc. in Gainesville, Fla.; Coldwell Banker Parnegg Metro in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Coldwell Banker Wachholz & Co. in Kalispell, Mont.
About MSN HomeAdvisor
HomeAdvisor is the Internet’s most complete guide for finding homes and loans, combining Microsoft® technology with services and expertise from some of the most trusted names in the real estate industry. It empowers consumers through every step of the home-buying process and is the first Internet site to fully integrate content and services such as neighborhood, crime and school statistics with homes, loans, editorial content and expert advice. Winner of the Inman Innovator Award as the best residential real estate site, HomeAdvisor is a PC Magazine Top 100 Web site and Yahoo! Internet Life
“Best of the Best”
winner. Part of the MSN network
of Internet services, HomeAdvisor launched in July 1998 and is free on the World Wide Web at http://homeadvisor.MSN.com/ (connect-time charges may apply).
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