Homes.com “State of the Home Buying Market” Q2 Report

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Homes.com “State of the Home Buying Market” Q2 Report

Reveals Cities Most Sought After by American Home Buyers

Buyers continue to desire homes in warm locales

 

NORFOLK, Va. (July 25, 2012) – More Americans are searching for homes for sale.  Homes.com, a leading real estate listing site and lifestyle resource for all things home related, has analyzed data and search trends on its site, releasing the Q2 “State of the Home Buying Market” report. More than 71 million consumers used Homes.com to search for homes during the second quarter—an increase of three percent from Q1.

The report, an industry standard for insight into the current home-buying market, reveals the top searched cities in the second quarter are located in bustling cities with warm climates. Southern cities dominate the top ten list, with most cities considered to be family-friendly with unique attractions.

The top ten cities are determined by the number of unique searches on the site and include:

  1. Orlando – 352,907
  2. Houston – 332,789
  3. Atlanta – 285,630
  4. Las Vegas – 280,394
  5. Charlotte – 246,730
  6. Miami – 213,882
  7. Baltimore – 211,184
  8. Dallas – 185,133
  9. Tampa – 176,986
  10. San Antonio – 174,041

The data reveals homebuyers continue to search for homes in Southern locations. However, two new cities made the list in Q2 – Dallas and Baltimore.

Orlando is yet again the most searched city with more than 350,000 queries on Homes.com. Homebuyers flock to this city that is most commonly known as a tourist destination. Its abundance of family-friendly activities and planned neighborhoods—along with lower housing market rates—makes for a great place to live.

Only 20,000 searches behind Orlando is Houston. The fourth most populous city in the country is known for the largest rodeo in the world. It is home to the second largest number of Fortune 500 company headquarters, ranking only behind New York City.

With more than 100 cities and neighborhoods searched throughout the country, the Homes.com report is another indicator the housing market is continuing its rise in 2012.

About Homes.com As one of the nation’s top online real estate destinations, Homes.com inspires consumers to dream big. From affordable houses to luxurious estates, condos and more, Homes.com features more than four million property listings and a user-friendly format, making finding your next home or a licensed real estate agent easy. Visitors to the Homes.com blog will find a collection of rich content and posts on DIY projects, painting, gardening and more, providing the ultimate resource for everything home related. From purchasing a first home, to upgrading, downsizing and everything in between, Homes.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home-buying process. For more information, visit http://www.homes.com or blog.homes.com.

Homes.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information, visit www.dominionenterprises.com.

HOMES.COM GIVES NFL NEWBIES TOP PICKS FOR NEW HOMES

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HOMES.COM GIVES NFL NEWBIES TOP PICKS FOR NEW HOMES

Luxury home choices for NFL top draft picks

 Norfolk, VA (April 27, 2012) – Yesterday, the NFL draft turned hard-working college players into brand new NFL rookies. Players like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have worked hard to achieve this goal, and their lives are now changed forever as official members of the NFL. Leading consumer destination site Homes.com is eager to assist these NFL newbies with the daunting task of searching for a new place to call home.

For most of these players, entrance into the fast-paced, high-energy world of the NFL happens quickly with little time to catch their breath. Details like where they will live sometimes sit on the back burner while they immerse themselves in their new team’s playbook, practices and meetings. Homes.com has the perfect solution to their house-hunting woes.

A leader in the real estate listing industry, Homes.com strives to make the decision-making process easy for these NFL rookies.  A resource site for all things lifestyle related, Homes.com can help these players not only find their dream home but also decorate and organize it.

Andrew Luck, the #1 overall pick from Stanford, can choose from several stunners listed on Homes.com in his new hometown of Indianapolis. Some options include a four bedroom, four and a half bathroom beauty on Copley Drive in the prestigious Cedar Knolls neighborhood. For slightly more than $700,000, this gorgeous home comes equipped with everything you’d expect an NFL player to have, including a pool, ample living space and a finished basement. He could also select a $700,000 condo on North Park Avenue, featuring three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a rooftop deck with a wet bar and panoramic city views.

Robert Griffin III, selected second overall by the Redskins, is used to moving. Born to Army sergeant parents, he’s lived in Japan, New Orleans and Texas. This time, the move will be a little different and comes with a brand new dream job. Redskins newbie RGIII will have the freedom to choose from a variety of neighborhoods in DC’s metro area, affectionately dubbed the D.M.V.

Griffin’s options include a $600,000 beauty on Kuoros Court in Ashburn, Va. close to the Redskins practice facility. The gorgeous home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a media room complete with projector and screen, and a large finished deck perfect for entertaining.  Another choice for Griffin is a stunner on Leah May Court (also in Ashburn) with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a finished basement ideal for a mega game room, and a fenced backyard on a cul-de-sac.

Other NFL draft picks like Matt Kalil, a new Minnesota Viking, and running back Trent Richardson, chosen by the Cleveland Browns, can choose from diverse listings, including upscale townhomes, condos and stand-alone houses listed on Homes.com.

Real estate listings on Homes.com encourage consumers to dream big. From affordable homes to luxurious estates, condos and more, Homes.com has a home for everyone.  Millions of listings populate the site daily, and its user-friendly format makes licensed real estate agents easily accessible. From purchasing a first home, to upgrading, downsizing and whatever comes in between, Homes.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home buying process.

 

About Homes.com

Homes.com, part of the Homes Media Solutions division of Dominion Enterprises, is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes Connect by Homes.com offers the real estate industry’s first-ever, all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Homes.com is visited by more than 10 million consumers each month to search nearly 4 million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips.

 For more information, visit http://www.homes.com.

 

California Regional MLS and Homes.com Team Up in Strategic Partnership

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California Regional MLS and Homes.com Team Up in Strategic Partnership

Homes.com to provide listing exposure and marketing services to more than 68,000 CRMLS members

 

NORFOLK, Va., April 26, 2012—Homes.com and California Regional MLS announced today the launch of their new partnership.    This comprehensive partnership will provide CRMLS subscribers access to an exclusive version of the Homes Connect marketing platform.  CRMLS subscribers will also benefit from even greater exposure of their listings through Homes.com, viewed by over 10 million active home buyers a month.

“We have utilized Homes.com’s technology for years, and are thrilled to take its innovative solutions to the next level with this partnership,” said Art Carter, CEO of California Regional MLS. “Combining Marketlinx Matrix and Tempo/Fusion MLS systems with Homes.com’s Homes Connect integrated marketing tools, which includes a cross-MLS search, we are providing our members with ‘best-of-breed’ industry solutions.”

Key benefits for CRMLS members include:

  • Participating CRMLS member listings will appear on Homes.com, reaching more than 10 million unique visitors monthly.
  • All CRMLS agents will have access to Homes Connect, Homes.com’s new marketing platform. The platform provides integrated lead aggregation and management through its new Lead Gator feature, Social Prospecting, IDX and VOW Search, listings module, task organizer, business intelligence reports and more, all accessible through a customizable dashboard.
  • Members also receive three add-on marketing applications, including CMAzing, Design Center and Neighborhood Envoy.
  • Integrated MLS Property Search Application, offering access to the most extensive database of MLS listings in California.
  • Homes.com Facebook Listing Application, delivering a dynamic view of Agent’s Listings on their Facebook business page.
  • All CRMLS agents receive a MyHomes profile, allowing interaction with consumers through Homes.com’s Questions & Answers community, the Home Values channel on Homes.com, and more.
  • The two companies will be introducing a CRMLS-branded version of the Homes.com iPad, iPhone and Android applications.

“Being selected as the provider of tools and listing exposure for the California Regional MLS, the largest MLS organization in the US, is an honor for Homes.com” said Brock MacLean, executive vice president of Homes.com. “More than 68,000 CRMLS members will now be able to leverage traffic from more than 10 million monthly homebuyers through targeted advertising on our portal site, supported by the integrated marketing tools of the Homes Connect platform. We look forward to working with CRMLS to improve its current infrastructure and assist with future technology initiatives.”

About Homes.com

Homes.com is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes Connect by Homes.com offers the real estate industry’s first-ever all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Over 10 million consumers visit Homes.com each month to search nearly 4 million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. For more information, visit www.Homes.com.

About CRMLS

California Regional MLS is the nation’s largest Multiple Listing Service, providing products and services to over 70,000 subscribers from 33 REALTOR® Associations. California Regional MLS, located at 180 Via Verde, Suite 200 in San Dimas, California, provides access to listing data throughout the State of California. California Regional MLS has been a regional MLS for over 30 years and is dedicated to making a REAL Difference in the day-to-day business of Real Estate Professionals.  For more information on California Regional MLS, please email communications@crmls.org.

 

 

 

Homes.com Breaks February Traffic Records with 119 Percent Growth over Prior Year

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Homes.com Breaks February Traffic Records with 119 Percent Growth over Prior Year

Record-Breaking Traffic a Driving Factor in Dominion Enterprises’ Top 10 comScore Ranking

NORFOLK, Va. (March 8, 2012) – Nearing the end of the first quarter of 2012, Homes.com announced that it has broken records in year-over-year website traffic for the months of January and February 2012, including unique visitors, page views and mobile traffic. Exceeding expectations in its website performance, Homes.com reports more than 10 million unique visitors in February 2012, resulting in a 119 percent increase from February 2011. This record-breaking traffic has set the bar high for an explosive year of business growth and development in 2012.

“Our momentum is going through the roof,” said Brock MacLean, executive vice president of Homes.com. “We are thrilled with the success that Homes.com has achieved so far this year and look forward to breaking new records, while continuing to demonstrate that Homes.com is the place to be as an agent, broker or other advertiser.” Continue reading

HOMES.COM PROMOTES DAN GAERTNER TO ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY

NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012)  – With a sharp focus on business development in 2012, Homes Media Solutions has announced the promotion of Dan Gaertner to assistant vice president of technology, further strengthening the company’s executive team. In his new role, Gaertner will continue to oversee the Homes.com web development and operation teams, while taking on the additional responsibility of leading the web development, database and systems teams for Homes Media Solutions, primarily located in Boca Raton, Fla.

“As we continue to align Homes.com and the Homes Media Solutions division around a single focus, brand and message, Dan will be responsible for positioning our technical operations to support and drive that mission with speed, efficiency and innovation,” said Jason Doyle, vice president of Homes.com. Continue reading