HomeAdvisor.com Adds Thousands of New Home Products In Expanded Shopping Section

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 7, 2000 — The HomeAdvisor.com™
online real estate service today unveiled an expanded shopping section that allows consumers to browse among and purchase any one of the more than 50,000 different items now available for every area of the home. Consumers can compare prices on the Internet’s No. 1-rated real estate site and choose from a broad array of electronic equipment, home furnishings, garden tools and other home-related products available at http://www.homeadvisor.com/ .

The expanded shopping section on HomeAdvisor.com offers merchandise from more than 25 merchants in 100 categories featuring products from home electronics and office supplies to cookware. In addition to expanded content and scheduled inventory updates every four hours, the enhanced shopping section at HomeAdvisor.com includes useful product information, reviews and recommendations to help consumers weigh their options and make the best purchasing decisions for their home-shopping needs.

“With our expanded shopping section, consumers can find products for every area of their home – from bed linens and bath towels to DVD players and refrigerators – even items for the home office,”
said Sara Narbaitz, product manager at HomeAdvisor.com.
“Consumers also can save valuable time and money shopping on HomeAdvisor.com, thanks to the extensive range of products and featured sale items now available on the site.”

The five major product areas featured within HomeAdvisor.com’s new shopping area include the following: Books and Magazines, Computing and Home Office, Electronics, Home and Garden, and Kitchen and Gourmet. Additional site enhancements include a Sales and Specials section to highlight discounted items, an Idea Center with integrated shopping and editorial content for home-improvement projects, and a Stores and Services section that serves as an online merchant directory. The HomeAdvisor.com shopping content partner is MSN® eShop.

About HomeAdvisor.com

HomeAdvisor.com is the Internet’s most complete guide for finding everything about the home, combining Microsoft® technology with services and expertise from the most trusted names in the real estate and mortgage industries. HomeAdvisor.com helps consumers address every home-related decision and will provide the guaranteed* lowest rates for mortgage loans. Named Best Home-Buying Site on the Web in the Gomez Summer 2000 Internet Home-Buying Scorecard and winner of the Inman Innovator Award as the best residential real estate site, HomeAdvisor.com 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. Launched in July 1998, HomeAdvisor.com can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.homeadvisor.com/ .

About HomeAdvisor Technologies

HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc. is dedicated to dramatically improving the way homes are financed, bought, sold and maintained. Formed in March 2000 and backed by Microsoft Corp., HomeAdvisor Technologies consists of three divisions focused on delivering the tools and services necessary to revolutionize the real estate and mortgage transaction while delivering significant time and cost savings to consumers as well as real estate and mortgage professionals.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies 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.

*Certain offer restrictions apply. Details can be found at http://www.homeadvisor.com/financing/finder/guarantee.asp .

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