SOURCE: Ethix Media

June 11, 2007 09:00 ET

Homeminders Unveils Version 2.7 Featuring Partnership With ServiceMagic

Users Now Have Access to Prescreened and Homeowner-Rated Contractors for Home Maintenance Needs

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - To further ease the burdens of home ownership, Ethix Media, makers of Homeminders (, has partnered with ServiceMagic®, Inc. ( to streamline the time-consuming process of identifying local, reputable home service providers. This partnership enables users of the Homeminders Web-based service to access a constantly updated, robust local database of prescreened service professionals.

Additional features launched in Homeminders 2.7 allow homeowners to send specific email reminders directly to selected contractors, and to identify and be contacted by local service providers from the nationwide network. The network now includes more than 51,000 prescreened home service professionals, including contractors, landscapers, plumbers, electricians and more.

The Homeminders system creates a customized, complete maintenance plan that simplifies the management of a home and provides a central Web-based storage solution for owner's manuals, warranty documents, receipts and photo records. In addition, expertly written, personalized, monthly email reminders help homeowners make important decisions about their homes quickly and easily. With the addition of the partnership and the 2.7 updates, homeowners now have the option to identify local service providers by category, or to be contacted directly by three or four providers that most closely match their search criteria.

According to Michael Beaudoin, co-CEO of ServiceMagic, "Homeminders provides users with timely advice and emailed reminders to service their home. Integration of the ServiceMagic nationwide network puts qualified service providers at their fingertips when it is time to do the work of maintaining the home. This partnership represents a homeowner's ideal scenario -- a way to have service providers presented to them by category and geographic area, rated and prescreened by ServiceMagic. We are honored to work with Homeminders to make this option available to their users."

With Homeminders 2.7, once a contractor has been selected by the homeowner, their information can be attached to any relevant monthly email reminders to make it as easy as possible to manage the process. For example, when a monthly email is sent alerting a homeowner that it's time to have the water heater serviced, they may also choose to send their plumber that same reminder along with a request to call or email the homeowner about performing that service.

According to Tom Blondi, CEO of Ethix Media, "These new changes and services will spare homeowners the time and stress involved in finding, contacting and screening service providers -- all with the peace of mind that they meet the ServiceMagic 'seal of approval.'" Blondi continues, "Homeminders will ask the service provider to contact the homeowner directly based upon the specific needs of their home. We also provide an ongoing note log on the item in the home so the next time service is needed, all of the information is readily available."

Specially branded versions of Homeminders are available throughout the United States from real estate professionals, title agents and loan officers who sponsor a gift subscription for their new home buyers. Other partnerships have been developed with home builders including Rilington Communities (in coordination with Stewart Title of California). ZipForm's recent integration with Homeminders makes it faster and easier to create subscriptions for clients and prospects. An affiliated program offered by LoanToolbox enables their loan officer members to include Homeminders in their home closings. An upcoming integration with Cyberhomes™ from Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions will take advantage of the Homeminders library of content with special offers to Cyberhomes users.

Homeminders is the flagship product of Ethix Media. For more information about the product, visit

About Ethix Media

Ethix Media was founded in 2004 by Jack Cleeves and Lawrence W. Smith, PhD, to empower homeowners to make intelligent choices about their homes through an array of products and services. Centered on alleviating the stresses of homeownership, its premier service, Homeminders, is a personalized online resource for busy homeowners that provides a customized home maintenance plan and personalized upkeep schedules. The Homeminders system organizes home details into a dashboard view, so maintenance decision making can take just minutes per month, saving homeowners time and money while eliminating stress. Homeminders also features articles and resources from leading industry experts to educate homeowners about important home maintenance issues. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-TO-ETHIX.


ServiceMagic®, Inc., headquartered in Golden, Colo., is the nation's leading online marketplace connecting homeowners with prescreened and customer-rated home service professionals. Using proprietary technology to match consumer service requests with local service professionals in real time, the company addresses more than 500 different home service needs that range from simple home repairs and maintenance to complete home remodeling projects. In addition, its 51,000 home service professionals are prescreened to help consumers connect with licensed and insured home service professionals. ServiceMagic is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit

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