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Some depressed real estate markets showed a significant increase in search activity

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 11, 2009 – Homes.com (www.homes.com), a division of Dominion Enterprises, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with record Web site traffic for January 2009. Compared to one year ago, unique visitors to the site this January increased 33.4 percent to more than 3.1 million.

“Over the last 10 years, Homes.com has grown through all types of economic environments by remaining focused on delivering high quality traffic and serious buyers to our advertisers,” said Jason Doyle, Homes.com vice president and general manager. “Seeing search activity increase by nearly one-third over last January is a very positive start for 2009.”

Homes.com trend reports also showed a marked increase in search traffic in some of the toughest real estate markets. Cities such as Detroit and Naples, Florida, which have experienced falling prices, enjoyed a significant increase in property searches compared to January 2008. 

From January 2008 to January 2009, the markets showing the strongest increases in Homes.com property search activity are:

Detroit (51.96%)

Naples, Fla. (44.67%)

Greensboro, N.C. (41.56%)

Tulsa, Okla. (40.99%)

El Paso, Texas (38.42%)

Oceanside, Calif. (36.96%)

Fort Myers, Fla. (34.67%)

Columbia, S.C. (33.9%)

Murrieta, Calif. (33.25%)

Anaheim, Calif. (32.5%)

“We’re seeing a surprising number of people searching for homes in Michigan, Florida and California where we have not been hearing positive messages on real estate,” Doyle said. “This is great news not only for Homes.com advertisers, but also for real estate professionals with agent Web sites provided through our partners Advanced Access, AgentAdvantage and Number1Expert.”

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