SOURCE: HouseValues Inc.

November 22, 2005 09:00 ET

Washington, California, and Texas Are Top Three States for Home Searches, According to HomePages.com

Four Out of the Top 10 Cities for Home Buyer Searches Are in California and Texas

KIRKLAND, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- Washington, California, and Texas are among the top three states for home searches, according to data released today from HomePages.com, the first national real estate service to integrate detailed home listings, birds-eye views of neighborhoods, and comprehensive community and local amenity information all in one location.

HomePages™ reports that since launching over a month ago The Evergreen State, Golden State, and The Lone Star State have generated the highest number of visitors shopping for homes and neighborhood information. Illinois and Virginia round out the top five states, followed by New York (6), Florida (7), Colorado (8), New Jersey (9), and Georgia (10), respectively.

In addition, HomePages found Seattle to be the top city in terms of consumers shopping for homes, with two of the top five cities hailing from Texas: Fort Worth (2) and Dallas (5). Not to be outdone by Texas, California claims seven of the top 25 cities including: Los Angeles (3), San Francisco (9), Sacramento (13), Sunnyvale (14), San Diego (15), San Jose (17), and Irvine (22).

"California and Texas are two of the largest real estate markets in the United States and also rank high in terms of relocation destinations for companies transferring employees," said Ian Morris, CEO of HouseValues, Inc., the company that operates HomePages. "It's no surprise that home hunters are actively searching cities in California and Texas given these states' strong economies and combined population of more than 59.2 million people."

Morris added that HomePages is an excellent resource for employers and employees looking to relocate as part of a corporate move. The site features high-resolution aerial imagery for 92 percent of the nation's metropolitan areas and provides detailed home listings with multiple photos and virtual tours coupled with thousands of data points for each neighborhood including details on communities, crime stats, weather, parks, schools, and school districts, and more than 1.8 million business listings and government services nationwide.

About HomePages

HomePages™ (www.homepages.com) gives consumers a complete picture of where they want to live in a way they have never seen before. This lifestyle and neighborhood-centric site combines detailed neighborhood information (community demographics, crime stats, school details, parks and recreation, and local amenities and services) with searchable aerial imagery and integrated home listings to help consumers make the best decision about buying or selling a home. HomePages was developed by HouseValues Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLD), to provide consumers and real estate professionals with the information and tools they need for success throughout the home buying and selling process

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 HomePages.com™, a lifestyle and neighborhood-centric home buying and selling service; HouseValues.com®, a service that provides home sellers with market valuations of their current home; and JustListed.com™, a service that alerts home buyers as soon as new homes hit the market that meet their criteria.

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