MSN HomeAdvisor Introduces New Credit Center

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 1, 2000 — The MSN TM HomeAdvisor TM online real estate service, the award-winning guide to finding homes and loans on the Web, today announced it has signed an exclusive, multiyear agreement with QSpace Inc., the Web’s largest provider of online credit reports. Now, consumers looking to buy, sell, rent or refinance a home can access detailed and instantaneous credit information. Complete credit reports can be requested online in the new Credit Center on HomeAdvisor, and, for only $4, consumers can know their entire credit history in seconds.

“Our mission is to empower consumers with their own financial credit records any time, anywhere, through a secure and quick service,”
said I.O.A. Eze, chairman of
“Our agreement with HomeAdvisor gives us the opportunity to promote this innovative new product to the millions of Internet users on HomeAdvisor and throughout MSN.”

Consumers using the new Credit Center on HomeAdvisor can now quickly and conveniently obtain their credit reports from the trusted leader in online credit information delivery, and also save money at the same time; many other sites charge $6.95 or more for similar services.

“Our relationship with enables us to provide a tremendous new service to the millions of HomeAdvisor customers looking to get a mortgage,”
said Ian Morris, group product manager of MSN HomeAdvisor.
“Our customers can now check their credit history on demand, at the lowest cost anywhere on the Web.”

HomeAdvisor Credit Center Features

In addition to providing its customers with the tools to access instant credit reports, the HomeAdvisor Credit Center will offer the following:

  • Credit Analyzer. Provides a free* analysis of consumers’ credit status. Consumers simply answer a few easy questions based on factors such as income, debt and payment history. The Credit Analyzer can estimate borrowing potential and help identify possible credit problems.

  • Credit Resources. Informs consumers about credit and the institutions that store credit information, as well as about credit fraud and protection. Here, consumers can find tips and next steps if denied credit, and access a database of frequently asked questions about credit reports.

  • Merged Credit Report. Provides a side-by-side comparison of credit information at the three major credit reporting bureaus. The cost is $29.95.

About is the leader in online credit. The first company to design, develop and market the most technologically advanced consumer credit reports distribution over the Internet has provided consumers with personalized tools to manage their individual credit online since 1997. Recipient of Smart Computing’s Web’s Best Bank and Investment Sites Award, was named one of the Top 20 Financial Services Innovators by the Online Banking Report, a Yahoo! Internet Life Incredibly Useful Site and a Newsweek Favorite Web Site. With thousands of online and co-brand affiliates, including Yahoo! and Microsoft, runs the largest online financial services affiliate network, reaching a massive number of consumers each month with offers for individual credit reports, credit information, credit management tools and loan referrals. The San Francisco firm founded in 1996 is privately

held and funded. More information about can be obtained at (415) 882-9597 or .

About MSN HomeAdvisor and Microsoft

MSN 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, a Yahoo! Internet Life Best of the Best winner and one of its 100 Best Sites for 2000, and a Family PC Web Site of the Month. Part of the MSN network of Internet services, HomeAdvisor launched in July 1998 and is free* on the World Wide Web at .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

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