HomeFinder Launches Sweepstakes

Chicago, IL., (June 1, 2010) – HomeFinder.com, the site where homes and people find each other and connect with real estate professionals, today announced the launch of its Cash to Close Sweepstakes. From June 1 through July 15, 2010, home buyers can enter for their chance to win one of three cash prizes of $10,000, $8,000 or $7,000, respectively, to use toward closing on the home of their dreams. The online entry form and official sweepstakes rules can be found at www.HomeFinder.com/sweepstakes

“We timed this promotion to launch on the heels of the federal home buyer tax credits which expired April 30,” said Tim Fagan, CEO of HomeFinder.com. “We wanted to do our part to provide our own stimulus plan to help home buyers make the ultimate investment of owning their own home.”

The Cash to Close Sweepstakes was created to continue the momentum the federal tax credits generated, helping to incite potential home buyers to make their move in this market of affordable home prices, reasonable mortgage rates and record inventories. It runs from June 1 through July 15 and requires no purchase to enter. Unlike the federal program, which offered eligible first time buyers $8,000 and repeat buyers $6,500 in tax credits, the Cash to Close Sweepstakes puts cold, hard cash in the hands of three lucky winners, and lets them spend it as they see fit.

HomeFinder.com’s Web site, one of the fastest growing in the real estate category, currently lists more than 3.5 million homes for sale. By launching the Cash to Close Sweepstakes, HomeFinder.com hopes to help three buyers find their perfect home and realize their dream of purchasing that home, by giving them the cash they need for closing costs.

“We realize buying a home is one of the most important and fundamental purchases a person or family will ever make in their life,” Fagan said. “Our goal is to help make that more attainable, or at the very least, generate some excitement to help serious home buyers take the next step.”

The Cash to Close Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older as of today and who are not otherwise ineligible. Potential prize winners will be randomly drawn from among all eligible entrants the week of July 23, 2010.

Potential winners will be notified directly, but all entrants are also encouraged to “like” the HomeFinder.com Facebook fanpage at facebook.com/homefinderdotcom to get the latest sweepstakes updates and announcements, as well as valuable home buying and selling info.

How to Enter the HomeFinder.com Cash to Close Sweepstakes

Entries must be submitted between June 1, 2010 at 12 A.M. EST and July 15, 2010 at 11:59:59 P.M. EST.

There are two ways to enter:

ONLINE ENTRY: Eligible entrants may go to www.HomeFinder.com/sweepstakes and then follow the instructions on the promotional Web site to enter the Sweepstakes.

MAIL-IN ENTRY: Eligible entrants may hand print their name, complete address, phone number (area code included), and date of birth either on a postcard or on a separate piece of paper no larger than 8½ x 11 inches, and mail the postcard or paper in an envelope with proper postage affixed to: HomeFinder.com Cash to Close Sweepstakes, 175 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604.
Mail-in entries must be postmarked by July 15, 2010 and received by July 22, 2010. Mail-in entries postmarked before June 1, 2010 will be disqualified. See www.homefinder.com/sweepstakes for official rules and guidelines.

About HomeFinder.com

HomeFinder.com is a digital real estate site that offers an easy to navigate home search experience. The site has 3.2 million monthly visitors who access more than four million national real estate listings. Its mobile search offerings include the Real Estate Search iPhone app, Real Estate Android® app and a mobile-optimized site.

More than 20,000 real estate agents and brokers use HomeFinder.com’s digital marketing solutions, including the Open Home Pro(™) app, My Market Ads, Single Property Websites, Enhanced Listings and Featured Properties.

HomeFinder.com is jointly owned by Gannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) and Tribune Publishing Company (TPUB). HomeFinder.com powers the real estate search for more than 375 online newspapers in this national affiliate network, and provides consumers access to local real estate listings. As a partner of the the Local Media Consortium, HomeFinder.com is the preferred real estate provider for the alliance’s 55 local media outlets and more than 700 newspapers. HomeFinder.com is headquartered in Chicago.