(203) 323-7715 Offers Consumers One-Stop Shop Home Buying and Ownership Solutions

Free Service Saves Consumers Time and Money, While Offering Unbiased Advice and a "Virtual Back-Fence"

Kicks-off Site with a Real Home Giveaway

STAMFORD, CT — April 3, 2000 — With the launch of, first-time homebuyers and homeowners now have a thorough and comprehensive resource for trustworthy, convenient “one-stop” access to all the services and support they will ever need to successfully navigate the most important investment and buying decision of their lives. is the first free online service that specifically addresses the needs of first-time homebuyers and homeowners, providing them with step-by-step support and convenient, one-stop shopping for a wealth of unbiased information, trustworthy services and solutions spanning every aspect of home buying and home ownership. Through, consumers have access to free advice and savings on a wide array of market-specific home-related services, from finding loans, insurance and mortgages to learning about neighborhood schools and community resources.

“Buying and maintaining a home is one of the most important financial decisions people make, and often one of the most stressful and time-consuming,” said Richard Roll, founder and CEO of “With, we’re taking the stress out of home ownership by serving as an unbiased advocate who can provide consumers with trustworthy advice, services and solutions, from expert guidance and free mini-courses, to unbiased access to competing vendors.”

To celebrate its launch, is offering visitors to the site the opportunity to participate in the “Win a Real Home at” Sweepstakes. Registrants selected in a random drawing by a leading sweepstakes firm will win a free home or one of over 1,000 other prizes.

The home is state-of-the-art, factory-manufactured and includes delivery and installations with full factory warranty, wall to wall carpeting, name brand kitchen and laundry appliances and name brand bathroom and lighting fixtures. Visitors are also eligible to win $100,000 worth of additional prizes including a BMW, Ford Explorer, in-ground swimming pool, $25,000 in home improvements, G.E. Refrigerator, Boseâ Lifestyleâ Home Theatre System and much more.

Innovative Features Provide Consumers with Vast Services and Support employs the latest technology to provide a wide array of services and solutions, developed around the information and tools homebuyers and homeowners care most about. The innovative features of the site enable consumers to:

  • Learn about the home buying process through taking 1st RealHome™,’s proprietary interactive on-line course for first-time home buyers;
  • Take free mini-courses at RealHome University, created with the aid of the American Homeowners Association (AHA) on subjects from choosing a home inspector to lowering your property taxes;
  • Participate in the RealHome community -- RealPeople -- and share thoughts and questions with others in various stages of the home-buying and selling process. Visitors will find support, as well as solid answers from RealHome experts on everything from financing to redecorating;
  • Apply just once to compare mortgage rates from over 100 leading lenders competing for their loan;
  • Compare and purchase financial products and utilities;
  • Select a home auto, and life insurance carrier through 20 leading insurance companies competing for their business;
  • Buy, sell and list their home through 30,000 Realtors;
  • Shop and download instant discounts from the marketplace;
  • Organize their lives by creating and personalizing a organizer, including personal email, a virtual phone book, home calendar, and home files; and
  • Access proprietary online directories to locate problem-solving information and member ratings of service providers.

Through, members benefit from the collective buying power of millions of consumers, and thus are able to secure the best deals on a wide array of home-related products and services. is founded on the legacy and principles of the American Homeowners Association (AHA), the nation’s leading homeowner organization, with more than 100,000 members across 50 states. Visitors to the site are able to sign-up for premium membership in the AHA, which provides 24-hour emergency house repair dispatch service in all 50 states as well as prescreened contractors and 30 other membership benefits. has established strategic partnerships with numerous leading Web sites that provide specialized services to homebuyers and homeowners including, LendingTree, ImproveNet,,, CoolSavings, MyPoints, MobShop, Inc., HomeGain,, GetRelevant, Exodus Communications, and VISTAinfo’s CyberHomes, NearMyHome and SchoolMatchOnline.

About, Inc., Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut, provides homeowners and first-time homebuyers with convenient “one-stop” access to all the services and support they will ever need. The free service, established in 1999, empowers consumers by offering them unbiased information, trustworthy services and customized, interactive mini-courses spanning every aspect of home buying and home ownership. also provides a vibrant, interactive community — or “virtual back fence” — where consumers across the country can share and exchange valuable information, opinions, tips and experiences with other homeowners. A privately held company,, Inc. is affiliated with the American Homeowners Association (AHA), the nation’s leading homeowner organization. More information on the company can be found at