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2008-10-31 16:45:02

Cyberhomes.Honored As Top Web Site by PC Magazine


Cyberhomes.com, a leading online real estate information site for consumers from Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF), a Fortune 500 provider of products, services and technology solutions to the financial and real estate industries, has been named one of the “Top Web sites of 2008” by PC Magazine.  The current issue of the technology magazine recognizes Cyberhomes in the real estate/money category, tapping the site as the only real estate-related portal in the category. 

“We are encouraged by this tremendous validation from the technology media,” said Marty Frame, Cyberhomes General Manager.  “We believe we have created a powerful Internet tool that is now the logical first stop for any home buyer, seller, enthusiast or real estate professional.  We look forward to even more exciting news in 2009.”

Cyberhomes showcases more than 2.5 million homes for sale licensed by its broker, MLS and franchisor content partners, while also providing consumers with home evaluations and full neighborhood analysis. Boasting more than100 million property, ownership, sales and mortgage records, Cyberhomes also features more than half-a-million virtual tours, and 700,000 foreclosure and pre-foreclosure listings.

For its Top 100 lists, the magazine sent out an open call for nominations and then ranked each Web site entry on a 10-point scale, averaging the votes for a final score. The top “undiscovered” Web sites were judged on their content, update frequency, design, innovation and usefulness or entertainment value.  Similar sites in each category were compared, but the judges also looked for a broad range of topics and categories.

As Associate editor Kyle Monson wrote in the article’s pre-publication posting on pcmag.com, “Cyberhomes has all the usual real-estate-site features but adds a ton of nifty functionality to help you find not just the right home, but the right neighborhood, too.  Get info and ratings for local schools, mine demographic data to find a neighborhood with (or without) children, or even search for a neighborhood by affluence. You can also track individual home prices and average price trends in the area.”

Cyberhomes first caught the technology magazine’s attention shortly after its 2007 launch.  In a December 2007 article, Cyberhomes was included in a “Best of the Internet,” article by Jennifer L. DeLeo. The next designation came in the May 2008 issue, when Cyberhomes was one of eight “Best Real Estate Sites,” offering “all the tools you need to buy or sell a home, like interactive maps, community stats, and powerful search tools.”

The recognition by PC Magazines writers and editors echoes the reaction from the public and real estate industry.  In its first year, broad acceptance by consumers looking for real estate information and professionals looking for a better way to engage homebuyers resulted in much faster growth than anticipated.  As a result, a completely redesigned and enhanced Cyberhomes.com was launched in mid-2008.  It now accommodates far more content and functionality, with beautiful graphic continuity and the integration of several new technologies that speed navigation and prepare it to future expansion.

To view the new Cyberhomes site, visit Cyberhomes.com. Real estate professionals interested in the site’s Vertical Ad Network can visit www.cyberhomespro.com.

 
About Fidelity National Financial
 
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance, claims management services and information services. FNF is one of the nation's largest title insurance companies through its title insurance underwriters - Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Ticor Title, Security Union Title and Alamo Title - that issue approximately 27 percent of all title insurance policies in the United States. FNF also provides flood insurance, personal lines insurance and home warranty insurance through its specialty insurance business. FNF also is a leading provider of outsourced claims management services to large corporate and public sector entities through its minority-owned subsidiary, Sedgwick CMS. FNF is also a leading information services company in the human resource, retail and transportation markets through another minority-owned subsidiary, Ceridian Corporation. More information about FNF can be found at
 
FNF CONTACT:  Darcy Patch, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Real Estate and Mortgage Information Services, 949-477-1173, darcy.patch@fnis.com.
 

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