HomeAdvisor.com Rated Nation’s Best Online Home-Buying Site For Third Consecutive Quarter, According to Gomez

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17, 2001 — HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc. today announced that the HomeAdvisor.com™
online house and home-buying guide has been named the nation’s Best Online Home-Buying Site for the third consecutive quarter, according to the Gomez Winter 2000 Internet Home-Buying Scorecard, thus continuing to set the standard for the entire online real estate category. The rankings are based on an independent evaluation of the top 20 online real estate Web sites, using more than 150 specific criteria. HomeAdvisor.com is the only real estate site to receive the highest ranking on three consecutive scorecards in the Online Home-Buying category.

Leading the industry with an overall ranking of 6.75 (10 being the highest ranking), HomeAdvisor.com outpaced all other sites, including Homestore.com (6.55) and zipRealty.com (6.12), which rounded out the top three. Gomez praised HomeAdvisor.com’s innovative mortgage technology, developed by its parent company, HomeAdvisor Technologies, saying it is the
“only site to offer real-time, risk-based pricing, rate locks and instant approvals in an integrated, robust offering for borrowers.”
In addition, Gomez cited the HomeAdvisor.com
“Compare Cities”
feature and
“Cost-of-Living Analysis”
tools as contributing factors in bestowing its award on the site.

“Winning the Best Online Home-Buying Site award three consecutive times is truly an honor and demonstrates the commitment we have made to providing consumers and real estate professionals with the most comprehensive real estate site anywhere,”
said Ian Morris, product unit manager of HomeAdvisor.com at Microsoft Corp.
“The enhancements to the site, including the toll-free number for customer support, have been added to improve the online home-buying experience for consumers while making HomeAdvisor.com a more user-friendly resource.”

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 offer the guaranteed* lowest rates for mortgage loans. Named Best Online Home-Buying Site on the Web three consecutive times by Gomez in its Winter, 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 is dedicated to dramatically improving the way homes are financed, bought, sold and maintained. Formed in March 2000 and backed by Microsoft, 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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