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Fidelity National Financial’s Cyberhomes.com Honored by PC Magazine

""Cyberhomes.com"":http://www.cyberhomes.com, an online real estate information site for consumers from ""Fidelity National Financial"":http://www.fnf.com, a Fortune 500 provider of products, services and technology solutions to the financial and real estate industries, has been named one of the xTop Web sites of 2008x by ""PC Magazine"":http://www.pcmag.com. 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.
xWe are encouraged by this tremendous validation from the technology media,x said Marty Frame, Cyberhomes' general manager. xWe 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.x
Cyberhomes showcases more than 2.5 million homes for sale licensed by its broker, MLS, and franchiser 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, PC 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 xundiscoveredx 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 articlexs pre-publication posting on ""PCmag.com"":http://www.pcmag.com, xCyberhomes 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.x
Cyberhomes first caught the technology magazinexs attention shortly after its 2007 launch. In a December 2007 article, Cyberhomes was included in a xBest of the Internet,x article by Jennifer L. DeLeo. The next designation came in the May 2008 issue, when Cyberhomes was one of eight xBest Real Estate Sites,x offering xall the tools you need to buy or sell a home, like interactive maps, community stats, and powerful search tools.x
The recognition by PC Magazinexs writers and editors echoes the reaction from the public and real estate industry. In the site's first year, broad acceptance by consumers looking for real estate information and professionals looking for a better way to engage home buyers 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 additional content and functionality, with graphic continuity and the integration of several new technologies that speed navigation and permit future expansion.

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.
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