SOURCE: HomeGain, Inc.

January 22, 2007 09:00 ET

HomeGain Announces the Top Performing Real Estate Agents of 2006

Multiple Agents Reaching for the One Million Dollar Mark in Gross Commissions

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 22, 2007 --HomeGain, the leading, online resource for connecting real estate professionals with homebuyers and sellers, today announced the HomeGain Top Performers in 2006. Annually, HomeGain recognizes the most successful and productive agents using AgentEvaluator in each of six regions across the United States, as well as the overall top performing agents in all fifty states.

HomeGain's 2006 Nationwide Top Performing Agent by total commissions earned is Eric Pakulla, RE/MAX Advantage in Maryland. He earned over $374,000 in commissions from HomeGain business and closed 44 transactions with HomeGain consumers during 2006. Pakulla is also named HomeGain's top agent in the Eastern Region.

HomeGain's 2006 Nationwide Top Performing Agent for 2006 by total transactions closed is Barbara Tidwell, Keller Williams Realty in Texas. She closed 58 transactions with HomeGain consumers in 2006. Tidwell is also HomeGain's top agent in the South Region.

HomeGain's top five agents earned on average $248,753 in gross closed commissions from their HomeGain AgentEvaluator business and on average closed 47 transactions.

"These results reflect HomeGain's ability to consistently connect online consumers and real estate professionals," stated HomeGain General Manager Louis Cammarosano. "Consumers are recognizing the value in finding and working with real estate agents through HomeGain, and agents are continuing to reap the rewards of working with the quality consumer leads generated through and I am also delighted to see that multiple HomeGain agents are closing in on the $1 million mark in lifetime HomeGain commissions. This is real evidence that HomeGain solutions are a valuable long-term addition to an agent's arsenal and can generate substantial returns."

Additional 2006 HomeGain Top Performers for gross closed commissions are as follows:

Northeast Region: Valerie Landon, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate, Delaware
Southeast Region: Sharon Kunz, RE/MAX Five Star, Georgia
North Central Region: Les Davis, Realty Executives Metro One, Missouri
West Region: Alan Shafran, Prudential California Realty, California
For a complete list of HomeGain's 2006 Top Performers, visit:

AgentEvaluator is an efficient and affordable way for real estate agents to connect with online consumers. To learn about other HomeGain online marketing solutions, or for agents who are interested in participating in the AgentEvaluator program, please visit:

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