SOURCE: HomeGain

March 06, 2007 11:00 ET

HomeGain Named Second Most Popular Real Estate Website in 2006, According to Hitwise

Leading Online Competitive Intelligence Service Awards Real Estate Website as an Annual Winner in Its Category

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- HomeGain, a leading provider of online real estate solutions that connect agents and brokers with homebuyers and sellers, today announced that it was named an annual winner of the Hitwise Top 10 Awards for 2006. Hitwise ranked HomeGain as the second most popular website in the real estate category, trailing only the real estate industry sponsored Realtor.com. The Hitwise Top 10 Awards are awarded on a quarterly and yearly basis, based on the popularity of a website according to their market share of visits for the period.

"With the number of homebuyers who start their search online reaching an all-time high of 80%, according to the National Association of Realtors®, HomeGain is seeing that surge in consumer visits and responding with tools that best address their needs," stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. "To name a few, the Home Sale Maximizer is a favorite tool for many real estate agents to provide to their home seller clients, and the AgentEvaluator Find and Compare REALTORS® service helps consumers identify and determine the best real estate agent to meet their unique needs."

The Hitwise Top 10 Awards are awarded on a quarterly and annual basis based on the popularity of a website according to their market share of visits for the period. Winners are selected from the 160 categories that Hitwise reports data for and all winners receive a Hitwise Top 10 Award Shield via email that can be displayed on their website by companies to highlight their achievement.

The Hitwise Top 10 Awards recognize the top 10 websites across the 160 categories that Hitwise reports data on for each quarter. Visit Hitwise to register for the Hitwise Top 10 Awards.

About HomeGain

HomeGain is a leading provider of online real estate solutions that connect agents and brokers with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services for finding and comparing a local agent, researching the value of a home and viewing homes for sale. Real estate agents and brokers use HomeGain's marketing solutions to connect to consumers, promote their services and grow their business. With an average of over five million website visits per month, HomeGain is the second most visited real estate website. Acquired by Classified Ventures in 2005, HomeGain has more than 300 online partnerships, including MSN, Yahoo! and USATODAY.com. Visit www.homegain.com.

About Hitwise

Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Only Hitwise provides its 1,200 global clients with daily insights on how their customers interact with a broad range of competitive websites, and how their competitors use different tactics to attract online customers.

Since 1997, Hitwise has pioneered a unique, network-based approach to Internet measurement. Through relationships with ISPs around the world, Hitwise's patented methodology captures the anonymous online usage, search, and conversion behavior of 25 million Internet users. This unprecedented volume of Internet usage data is seamlessly integrated into our easy to use, web-based service, designed to help marketers better plan, implement, and report on a range of online marketing programs.

Hitwise is a privately held company headquartered in New York City and operates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. More information about Hitwise is available at www.hitwise.com.

For up to date analysis of online trends and statistics, please visit the Hitwise Intelligence Analyst Weblogs at weblogs.hitwise.com and the Hitwise Data Center at www.hitwise.com/datacenter.

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