SOURCE: HouseValues

May 04, 2006 08:20 ET

HouseValues Partners With Scripps Networks, Owner of HGTV, The Food Network and Other Popular Consumer-Oriented Shows and Networks

Partnership Will Increase Consumer Access to HouseValues' Expanding Menu of Innovative Home-Buying and Selling Tools

KIRKLAND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2006 -- In a move that will significantly expand consumers' access to comprehensive home-buying, selling and mortgage information nationwide, HouseValues Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLD) announced today that it has partnered with Scripps Networks, owner and operator of the popular consumer-oriented networks HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, FINE LIVING TV Network and Great American Country (GAC).

The partnership will provide HouseValues with a variety of program sponsorships and custom programming on several programs across Scripps' media properties, with special focus on several of the highly popular HGTV programs.

"We're very excited by this partnership, as it will enable even greater numbers of home buyers and sellers to learn about our growing network of real estate-related sites," said Ian Morris, president and CEO of HouseValues. HouseValues operates four real estate-related Web services for consumers, including:,, and

"Scripps Networks operates some of the most respected networks in television, with HGTV, Food Network and its other brands viewed as a leading media resource for home-related news and information," Morris added.

Through the new partnership, HouseValues will:

--  Sponsor HGTV's hit show, "House Hunters," which takes viewers behind
    the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and
    decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Each episode follows a
    prospective buyer and real estate agent through the home-buying process,
    from start to finish.
--  Sponsor "What You Get For Your Money," with each episode telling
    personal stories, investigating varied lifestyles and exploring communities
    while boldly answering the invasive question: "How much did that cost?"
--  Be a featured sponsor of the "Great Fall Fix-Up Sweepstakes."  Through
    this sponsorship, HouseValues will receive exposure over the Scripps
    Networks' national audience of almost 90 million households.
About Scripps Networks

Scripps Networks is comprised of the popular lifestyle television brands HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and FINE LIVING TV Network as well as county music network Great American Country (GAC). Scripps is the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online content. In addition, Scripps Networks is aggressively developing its emerging media, including video on demand, broadband and Hispanic programming. Scripps Networks' brands collectively are available in more than 115 countries and territories on seven continents. Scripps Networks programming also is distributed to 1,000 outlets on U.S. military bases and U.S. embassies around the world via the American Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.

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


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