SOURCE: HouseValues Inc.

December 07, 2005 09:00 ET

HouseValues Celebrates Five Years of Agent Seminars and Conferences With 120 New Seminars in 2006

HouseValues Committed to Providing Real Estate Professionals With Industry Leading Tools and Services to Successfully Operate as Independent CEOs

KIRKLAND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2005 -- HouseValues Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLD), a leading marketing partner for real estate professionals, today announced its plans to host 120 seminars in 2006 in the top 60 markets across North America, marking the fifth year of offering in-market seminars for real estate professionals. HouseValues has hosted 415 agent seminars and conferences in the past four years, connecting with tens of thousands of real estate professionals who have benefited from peer-to-peer interaction and best practice knowledge sharing.

"Real estate agents are CEOs of their business and one of the best ways for them to succeed and grow their businesses is to learn from their peers," said Ian Morris, CEO of HouseValues Inc. "HouseValues Seminars create a valuable forum for real estate professionals to share ideas and network with each other as well as learn new methods and techniques for closing more transactions."

"I've found tremendous value in the networking and training programs offered at HouseValues seminars and attribute a huge part of the continued success of my business to my multi-year partnership with HouseValues," said Tonia Mann, of Atlanta, Ga.-based Tonia Mann & Associates, ranked as the Top Team of Real Estate Professionals In Metropolitan Atlanta in [total sales] volume, for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, The Top Real Estate Brokerage Firm In Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Through a wide range of networking, professional training, and personalized coaching opportunities, HouseValues subscribers refine their sales skills, learn new productivity techniques, develop business goals and strategies, and share best practices.

HouseValues Seminars currently scheduled for January 2006 include:

-- Jan. 10 - Norfolk, Va.

-- Jan. 11 - Raleigh, N.C.

-- Jan. 12 - Charlotte, N.C.

-- Jan. 17 - Lake Oswego, Ore.

-- Jan. 18 - Seattle, Wash.

-- Jan. 19 - Vancouver, B.C., Canada
To learn more about HouseValues seminars, real estate professionals are encouraged to call 1-800-491-3506.

The HouseValues System: Helping Real Estate Professionals Succeed

Founded in 1999 by a second generation real estate agent, HouseValues understands the needs of real estate and mortgage professionals and provides them with the market-leading systems, tools and networking opportunities to grow their business, make more money, and enjoy more time with their families. Subscribers to HouseValues benefit from the company's exclusive home buyer and seller leads. Subscriptions are customized for each subscriber and backed by the HouseValues Contact Information Guarantee.

Independent research shows that more than one of every five leads from HouseValues enters into a purchase and/or sale transaction. Twenty-two percent of consumers that submitted requests to and entered into at least one transaction. Transactions were measured as a home purchased or home sold, and often both, within 12 months of the date of their requests, according to a study by Real IQ, an independent national market research firm.

To manage customer relationships, HouseValues provides every subscriber with a lead management system, Market Leader™, which helps real estate professionals cultivate customer relationships and successfully run and grow their business.

"My annual commissions have doubled since joining HouseValues in 2003," said Mary Stetson, a Marmaroneck, N.Y.-based agent with Stetson Real Estate. "I credit my success to better time management and leveraging the Market Leader system to successfully manage the quality leads that HouseValues provides to me."

Agent Brand Building and Featured Listings

In October, HouseValues introduced, the first national real estate service to combine detailed home listings, birds-eye views of neighborhoods, and comprehensive community information and business listings in one site. Subscribers to HouseValues receive a personally branded HomePages Web site at no charge as part of their exclusive home buyer and seller leads subscription*. These lead capture Web sites feature the agent's photo, personal contact information, and bio as well as detailed home listings, neighborhood information, and high-resolution aerial imagery.

"HomePages positions me as the neighborhood expert and is a time-savings tool," said Maureen Morell, a Winter Park, Fla.-based RE/MAX agent. "With, my clients can see birds-eye views of neighborhoods and the location of a home to a school or park to determine if the house merits further inspection."

Agents who want to further build their brand and showcase their listings online can subscribe to a Showcase Marketing Package on HomePages that includes prominent placement and personalized branding of themselves and their featured home listings, local Web traffic from buyers and sellers, and a full suite of online and offline marketing materials. To learn more, go to

About HouseValues Inc.

Founded in 1999, HouseValues Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLD) provides consumers and real estate professionals with the information and tools they need for success throughout the home buying and selling process. The company's flagship consumer products include™, a lifestyle and neighborhood-centric home buying and selling service;, a service that provides current and prospective home owners with competitive mortgage and refinance quotes from leading lenders;®, a service that provides home sellers with market valuations of their current home; and™, a service that alerts home buyers as soon as new homes hit the market that meet their criteria. Learn more at


*Where map coverage and listings are available.

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