SOURCE: Ethix Media

May 29, 2007 09:00 ET

Rilington Communities Picks Homeminders to Provide Buyers With Personalized Home and Community Information

SCOTTSDALE, AZ and COACHELLA VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2007) - Rilington Communities, an award-winning builder of new-home neighborhoods, is pleased to announce that their homebuyers will now receive a free subscription to Homeminders when they move in. The agreement with Ethix Media, makers of Homeminders, will provide each Rilington homeowner with a pre-loaded, personalized home inventory, community directory and maintenance schedule that is unique to their home and their new community.

As customers purchase a home in the newly developed community of Dolce in Palm Desert, California, or the soon to be completed neighborhoods in Indio or Coachella, they will receive a two-year subscription to Homeminders. The online service will include helpful information, links and documents about the new community, as well as specific details on the new home such as paint color and appliance warranty information.

"Rilington Communities is focused on providing a pleasant home buying experience. Homeminders just extends that positive experience and provides an automatic service after they've moved in," said Wesley Ahlgren, Vice President of Rilington Communities. "Homeminders really makes it easy for us to go that extra step for our customers by giving them all the information they need to quickly settle in and then easily manage their new property."

The Homeminders system creates a customized, complete maintenance plan that simplifies the management of a home. Personalized upkeep schedules and monthly email reminders help homeowners make important decisions about their homes quickly and easily, as well as provide the ability to manage their contractor/handyman relationships more efficiently. When given as a gift by a home builder, Homeminders acts as an ongoing marketing plan, allowing multiple organizations such as builders, contractors and title companies to co-sponsor the monthly emails.

Peggy Sue Lane, VP of Builder Services with Stewart Title of California, introduced Homeminders to Rilington. Lane said, "At Stewart Title, we already viewed Homeminders as a terrific extension of our Sure Close transaction management platform that provides our customers with easy, online access to their closing documents. Rilington has further enhanced the customer experience by creating a virtual file cabinet for all home purchase data and documentation."

"Rilington is well known for its strong belief in customer service and for providing an exceptional product," said Ron Howarth, Stewart's Sr. Vice President of Commercial and Builder Sales. "Our involvement with Rilington and the Homeminders system is a great way to further our joint commitment to the homebuyer after a purchase closes."

"We are pleased to be associated with Rilington Communities. Their 'Builder of the Year' award for 2006 acknowledges their commitment to building great homes and providing great service," said Tom Blondi, CEO of Ethix Media. "We're pleased they selected Homeminders as their 'service beyond the sale' solution. And with Homeminders new 'My Community' section, the homeowner has 24 x 7 access to information and documents that not only serve the homebuyer, but also allows Rilington to enhance their premier provider of quality homes status."

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

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 www.ethix.com or call 1-888-TO-ETHIX.

About Rilington Communities

Rilington Communities is a family-owned and operated builder of premier new-home neighborhoods throughout the Coachella Valley. Their recent projects include Palazzo in Indio, Prado in Coachella and Dolce in Palm Desert. Rilington Communities was recently honored with the coveted "Builder of the Year" award for 2006 by the BIA Desert Chapter. They are based in Cathedral City. For more information on Rilington Communities, please visit their Web site: www.rilington.com.

About Stewart Title of California

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Service Corp. (NYSE: STC), a customer-oriented, technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,500 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com.

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