HomeAdvisor.com Offers Help for the Holidays With New Seasonal Content, Launches Comprehensive City Comparison Features

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 16, 2000 — The HomeAdvisor.com™
online house- and home-buying guide today announced new content to help homeowners and renters gear up for the holiday season, providing tips and tools for decorating, shopping, cooking and entertaining for the holidays. In addition, HomeAdvisor officials announced that HomeAdvisor.com has introduced a new tool that enables consumers to perform side-by-side comparisons of more than 2,500 cities across the country, as well as standards of living in these markets. These latest additions to the site follow its being named Best Home-Buying Site on the Web in the Gomez Fall 2000 Internet Homebuying Scorecard, the second consecutive quarter Home Advisor.com has earned this award from Gomez Advisors Inc., along with the award for the Best Real Estate Web Site in the 2000 WebAward Web Site Competition.

To help consumers with the holiday rush, HomeAdvisor.com has added an abundance of seasonal content including recipes, entertaining tips, shopping hints and how-to projects. Seasonal content will be continually updated throughout the year with projects and ideas for various holidays and special events.

“We’ve worked very hard to continually add new information, tools and content to help consumers first find and finance a house, then move in and make it their home,”
said Sara Narbaitz, product manager at HomeAdvisor.com.
“The seasonal content and city comparison features are two valuable tools that will assist consumers in finding everything they need for their home.”

New city comparison tools on HomeAdvisor.com provide in-depth information to help make relocation easier for consumers. One feature enables consumers to compare two cities by demographics such as population, population density, income per capita, median household income, people per household and median age, to name a few. The other, a calculator that compares cost-of-living information from city to city, helps consumers prepare for their move and make educated decisions when picking a new location.

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 Fall and Summer 2000 Internet Home-Buying Scorecards 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.

About Microsoft

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.

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