ATLANTA, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Communications, Inc. (NCI), one
of the world's largest providers of real estate advertising and publishing
(The Real Estate Book(R), Apartment Blue Book(R)/Apartment Finder Blue
Book(TM), Unique Homes(R) and others), announced an agreement with Citysearch,
one of the core businesses operated by Ticketmaster (Nasdaq: TMCS), to build
what is being projected as the real estate industry's most comprehensive Web
presence. The new consumer friendly and innovative real estate Web site,
LivingChoices.com, launches today.
LivingChoices.com provides preferred real estate content including homes
for sale, luxury properties, apartment homes, proximity searches, enhanced
listings and advertiser profiles. Viewers can print a brochure on each
property and make use of mortgage estimators and mapping tools.
LivingChoices.com is a fresh look into a major change in the online real
Citysearch, which provides online city guides for 128 cities worldwide, is
using its systems and development resources to expand and build new sites to
deliver NCI home and apartment content to users. LivingChoices.com has been
integrated as the new Homes & Apartments channel on Citysearch. Future
enhancements to the site will include the addition of innovative content such
as corporate housing, senior communities, relocation information and
"Our relationship with NCI allows us to continue to deliver on our mission
to offer consumers the best local search with the best local content, and
further position Citysearch as the best place on the Web for local searching
about places and events where you live, work or visit -- 'anything, anywhere,'
"said Steven Trepp, president of Citysearch.
With built in marketing tools, including NCI's 10 million homes and
apartments magazines distributed each month to more than 500 markets, NCI and
Citysearch have the capability to significantly drive targeted traffic to
LivingChoices.com. The site's Web address will be branded on each publication
for maximum exposure.
"With our trusted offline brands in real estate advertising and publishing
along with Citysearch's established online city guides, we believe this site
will be the leading homes and apartments site on the Web," said Jay McDonald,
president and chief executive officer of NCI. "This alliance will take both
companies to the next level."
About Network Communications, Inc.:
Network Communications, Inc. is one of the country's largest privately
held multimedia communications companies. NCI is the leading publisher and
provider of printed and online real estate information in North America. The
company distributes more than 10 million magazines each month representing
more than 500 markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Network Communications'
publications include: The Real Estate Book(R), New Home Finder(TM), Unique
Homes(R) Magazine, Mature Living Choices(R), Apartment Blue Book(R), Apartment
Finder Blue Book(TM), CorporateChoices.com(TM), The Luxury Real Estate
Book(TM) and Commercial and Investment Properties(TM) as well as private label
magazines for over 30 real estate agencies. NCI, combined with its Walton
Press subsidiary is also the largest printer in the state of Georgia, printing
for over 260 other publishers throughout the U.S.
Citysearch is a leading local network enabling people to get the most out
of their city. Providing online city guides for 128 cities worldwide,
citysearch.com helps people find and plan what they want to do and then lets
them take action, offering local transactions such as buying event tickets and
making hotel and restaurant reservations online. Citysearch is one of the
core businesses operated by Ticketmaster.
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SOURCE Network Communications, Inc.