Homeowners Hot for Home Improvement: Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine Launches in Washington, D.C.

Local Home Improvement Market Thrives; As the Third Fastest-Growing Market

Right Behind Miami and Los Angeles

Aug 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Network Communications, Inc.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- From faucets to floors, a new
 roof or a dream kitchen, American consumers are spending hundreds of
 BILLIONS of dollars improving their homes. According to The U.S. Census
 Bureau of the Department of Commerce, expenditures for improvements and
 repairs of residential properties in 2005 were estimated at $215.0 billion
 -- an increase of 8.3 percent from the previous year. As the third fastest
 growing home improvement market in the country, homeowners in the
 Washington, D.C. area will now find the process of sprucing up their home
 much easier. Network Communications, Inc., the largest and fastest-growing
 publisher of local print and online magazines for the real estate market,
 today announces the launch of Metro Washington Home Improvement. Published
 monthly, the new magazine will provide homeowners in the metropolitan
 Washington, D.C. area with information on decorating, design, landscaping,
 home building, home repair and maintenance, ideas and products.
     "We are very excited about bringing this magazine to Washington," said
 Vince Mannino, Publisher of Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine.
 "The timing couldn't be better. Nationally, the home improvement and
 remodeling category is booming, and locally, the same is true of the
 metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Now homeowners have a top-quality
 source where they can easily find inspiration, ideas and the local
 resources they need for their home all in one place. We are looking forward
 to providing readers with the content they seek when they are active in the
 home improvement process, and advertisers with the qualified prospects to
 help their local businesses grow."
     The launch of Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine is just the
 latest sign of strategic growth in NCI's home design division. Recent
 acquisitions include Atlanta Home Improvement (October 2005), At Home in
 Arkansas (November 2005), Relocating in Las Vegas (November 2005), Home
 Improvement Dallas (June 2006), and Accent Home & Garden and Accent on
 Lifestyle Magazines in July 2006. As a result, NCI's Home Design Division
 portfolio now totals 13 publications, spanning Atlanta, Colorado, St.
 Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Las Vegas, Dallas, New England, and now
 Washington, D.C.
     "Launching Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine gives a big boost
 to our home improvement and design division," said Adam Japko, President,
 Network Communications' Home Design Division. "It not only provides quality
 marketing and lead generation programs to local and regional remodeling
 service and product advertisers, but it also gives us a presence in a
 market that's really hungry for home improvement and design information.
 It's a great addition to our ever expanding division, and we couldn't be
 more excited."
     About Network Communications, Inc.
     Network Communications, Inc. is the leading publisher of printed and
 online real estate information in North America. The company was acquired
 by Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners in January of 2005. Its
 magazines are read by over 12 million readers in over 500 markets and
 deliver more than one million leads to advertisers each month. Network
 Communications' assets, The Real Estate Book(R), Apartment Finder(TM),
 Apartment Blue Book(R), Mature Living Choices(R), Black's Guide(R), New
 Home Finder(R), Enclave(TM), Unique Homes(R), Ultimate Homes(TM), Atlanta
 Homes & Lifestyles(R), Atlanta Home Improvement(R), At Home In Arkansas(R),
 Accent on Home and Garden(TM), Accent on Lifestyle(TM), Colorado Homes &
 Lifestyles(R), HomeImprovement(R) Dallas, Kansas City Homes & Gardens,
 Metro Washington HomeImprovement(R), Mountain Living(R), Relocating in Las
 Vegas(R), St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles(R), and Seattle Homes &
 Lifestyles(R), include publications that millions of readers around the
 country turn to when looking for the latest information about the real
 estate and home design markets. Online magazine content can be accessed at

SOURCE Network Communications, Inc.