iHOUSE Web Solutions Announces Partnership with Search Engine Trulia to Generate Leads for Realtors

 April 3, 2006

iHOUSE Web Solutions™ clients can now submit their listings to the Trulia.com real estate search engine for local classifieds.

OAKLAND, CA, April 3, 2006—iHOUSE Web Solutions, a division of CIS Data Systems™, Inc., and a leader in realtor web site design and online marketing services, announces its partnership with real estate search engine Trulia, Inc. The new alliance is consistent with the company’s plan to further assist its customers in maximizing the benefits of innovative, new Internet marketing tools to generate direct leads from homebuyers.

The new arrangement enables iHOUSE Web Solutions’ real estate website customers to have all of their property listings data be indexed by Trulia and appear in the www.trulia.com local real estate search results. A link to the realtor’s web site is included with each search result to drive more traffic to the listing agent’s website. “Trulia is committed to delivering a user-friendly, intuitive search experience that simplifies the online real estate search process and offers a direct link between prospective home buyers and the listing broker or agent website,” explains Sami Inkinen, COO for Trulia, Inc. “We are pleased to partner with iHOUSE Solutions in these endeavors.”

Over 62% of homebuyers begin their search online according to the California Association of Realtors®, based on the results of a survey the organization conducted in 2005. Real estate professionals recognize the business value of expanding the online exposure of their listings.

While iHOUSE also offers its customers a way to submit their listings to other major search engine classified sites, such as Yahoo! Classifieds, the alliance with Trulia is an important expansion of its family of web marketing services. “Because Trulia focuses its search specifically for the real estate industry, this is a natural partnership for us,” says Paul Sheng, CEO. “We are confident that our customers will be very happy with the increased website traffic and homebuyer leads that they get from the trulia.com listings.” See an example of the streamlined listing process at www.ihousemarketing.com/Trulia.html.

Since 1986, iHOUSE Web Solutions, a division of CIS Data Systems, Inc., has provided real estate professionals with Internet tools to build their businesses. Through continued, successful designs of user-friendly real estate agent websites and other products for real estate web site promotion, the company has built a network of over 10,000 customers, and maintains IDX data feeds with nearly 300 MLS’s nationwide. Its web marketing solutions include iHOUSE websites and email, IDXPro MLS search and email service, MarketReach email marketing solution, VTShowcase virtual tour manager, and ConnecTel toll-free communication service. Headquartered in Oakland, California, iHOUSE Web Solutions can be reached by phone (Toll-Free) at 866-645-7702 or by visiting its website at www.ihouseweb.com.

Trulia.com is a residential real estate search engine that provides consumers with direct links to listings on agent and broker Web sites. By partnering with the real estate industry, Trulia helps homebuyers find information on homes for sale using search criteria such as price and number of bedrooms to neighborhoods and market trends. Founded in San Francisco in 2005 by Pete Flint and Sami Inkinen, Trulia is live on both U.S. coasts, with plans to launch in markets across the nation through 2006. For more information, go to www.trulia.com.

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Robert Warner

By Robert Warner

Robert Warner started with iHOUSEWeb back in 2009 in the Customer Service Department helping over 10,000 clients with all of their Real Estate Website questions. After launching the YouTube training videos for iHOUSEWeb he moved up to the marketing department where he helps design and write marketing materials as well as managing the Social Media side of iHOUSEWeb.