MSN HomeAdvisor to Sponsor 16th Seattle Street of Dreams

REDMOND, Wash., July 12, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the MSN® HomeAdvisor™
online home and real estate guide will be the key sponsor for the 16th Seattle Street of Dreams, the nation’s most attended luxury home and garden tour. This year’s event runs Saturday, July 14, through Sunday, Aug. 19, and will be held at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn. MSN HomeAdvisor, the Internet’s most complete guide for everything about the home, will offer coupons for $1 off adult admission prices at .*

This year’s Seattle Street of Dreams will feature six homes designed, built and decorated by prominent Northwest companies, with each home and its furnishings for sale during the show. Located just 30 minutes south of Bellevue in Auburn, the 2001 Seattle Street of Dreams site is in the center of a 500-acre community containing a championship golf course and up to 116 home sites. This year’s homes are built on half-acre lots and will range in size from approximately 4,000 to 6,000 square feet and up to $1.6 million in price. Additional homes will also be built in the community.

The mission of HomeAdvisor to provide consumers with the most comprehensive online resource for all home-related information parallels the purpose of the Seattle Street of Dreams: to capture the public’s imagination and create excitement for purchasing or building a home. Both HomeAdvisor and the Seattle Street of Dreams help consumers gather ideas for remodeling, decorating and landscaping their home. With weekly updates to home ownership content in the areas of gardening, food and decorating, HomeAdvisor also provides visitors with advice, information and tips to help them create a home that reflects their unique style and needs. In addition, the site has more than 1 million listings of homes for sale and an array of tools and information to help with every aspect of buying or selling a home, including finding a loan.

Widely recognized as the industry’s best home and real estate Web site, MSN HomeAdvisor has received numerous awards and accolades in recent months, including being named the Best Real Estate Portal for the fourth consecutive time by Gomez Inc. last month. In addition, HomeAdvisor has more than tripled its traffic in the past six months, making it the largest and fastest-growing site in the real estate category in terms of unique users and further solidifying its position as the Internet’s No. 1 resource for everything about the home.

About MSN HomeAdvisor

MSN HomeAdvisor is the Internet’s most complete guide for finding everything about the home. With fully integrated content and services ranging from improving and maintaining to buying and financing a home, HomeAdvisor is one of the most trusted names in the online real estate category. Named Best Real Estate Portal by Gomez Inc. in its past four consecutive Real Estate Portal Scorecards, HomeAdvisor was also named Best Overall Home-Buying Site by Yahoo! Internet Life, and is a PC Magazine Top 100 Web site and a Family PC Web Site of the Month. Part of the MSN network of Internet services, HomeAdvisor can be found on the World Wide Web at .

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.

* Coupons are valid Mondays through Thursdays only, July 14 through Aug. 16, 2001.

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