CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Homescape, a national leading provider of online real estate data connecting home buyers and sellers with active property listings, today announced it will display enhanced Chicago area listing data from one of the largest MLS’ in the country, the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois, Inc. (MLSNI). The license agreement enables Homescape to expand the listing property data available to consumers. The improved data feed will increase data security while providing additional information including virtual tours, open houses and more to consumers nationwide via Homescape.com and on ChicagoTribune.com.
“This new data agreement between Homescape, Chicago Tribune and MLSNI is an invaluable benefit to consumers, Brokers and Agents,” said Tim Fagan, President of Classified Ventures Real Estate Division. “Homescape is thrilled to display enhanced data from MLSNI nationwide, enabling more real estate professionals to provide the property information home buyer and sellers want when searching online for homes.”
“MLSNI has been working with Homescape and the Chicago Tribune for many years,” Brad Tertell, Vice President and General Manager for MLSNI. “With over 48,000 REALTOR® professionals, we are pleased to improve this advertising tool for our members, increasing their ability to reach home buyers and sellers.”
“We’ve been privileged to work with MLSNI for over ten years now,” said Bob Birkentall, Director of Real Estate for Tribune Interactive. “This new feed technology will provide our MLSNI customers with superior customer service, as well as, significantly fresher and richer listing data on Homescape.com and ChicagoTribune.com.”
Homescape has over 10 years experience and partners with over 300 unique data providers, including over 90 multiple listing services nationwide. Homescape offers over 3.5 million active property listings for consumers to perform searches, with multiple options to view and manage results. The site also provides advertising opportunities with unlimited photos and priority placement for real estate professionals, while driving engaged consumer traffic directly to their listings.
Homescape is a division of Chicago-based Classified Ventures, LLC, a strategic joint venture owned by Belo Corporation, Gannett Co., Inc., The McClatchy Company, Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company. The site now powers listing search tools and mapping technology for homes from major national and local partners, while still connecting consumers with long-time newspaper resale and new construction partners.
Homescape provides local, comprehensive property listings and rich content to consumers nationwide, while delivering a suite of advertising solutions that offer choice and results to meet the individual needs of real estate agents, brokers, builders and private party advertisers. Homescape also serves a network of over 130 local online newspaper websites nationwide with a full suite of online advertising solutions. Our network includes The Arizona Republic (www.azcentral.com), Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com), The Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com), The Miami Herald (www.miamiherald.com) and The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com). For more information, visit http://www.homescape.com/.
About Classified Ventures, LLC
Classified Ventures is a strategic joint venture among five media companies, including Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Co. (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Co. (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO), whose objectives are to collectively capitalize on the revenue growth in the online advertising categories of automotive, real estate and rentals. To execute on its objectives, Classified Ventures has four leading businesses – Apartments.com, Cars.com, HomeGain and Homescape. Visit www.classifiedventures.com.
The Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois, Inc. (MLSNI) is one of the largest Regional Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in the world. MLSNI is owned by ten Chicagoland area Boards/Associations of REALTORS® and serves over 48,000 professional REALTORS® in more than 8,000 real estate offices located throughout the metropolitan Chicago and Northern Illinois area. MLSNI was established in 1989 to better serve the Northern Illinois real estate industry, which allows their subscribers the opportunity to provide their clients and customers with a wealth of information. For more information, visit http://www.mlsni.com/.
About Tribune Co.
TRIBUNE is America’s largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.), The Sun (Baltimore), South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant. The Company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, Superstation WGN on national cable, Chicago’s WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the Company’s nationwide audience.