"Former Yahoo! Manager Launches HomeZilla, the Next-Generation Real Estate Website to Help Canadian Homebuyers"

    "HomeZilla will transform the Canadian homebuyer experience with a
    one-stop neighbourhood information source."

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - HomeZilla (www.homezilla.ca), the powerful
next-generation Canadian real estate website, launched today with an open
invitation to visit their site. Visitors to HomeZilla can easily find specific
neighbourhood information such as schools in the area, demographics, distance
to parks, restaurants, and much more. During the development of the site,
HomeZilla worked closely with home buyers to ensure the site is easy-to-use
and provides information that home buyers find critical to their purchasing
    The idea for HomeZilla came to former Yahoo! manager and founder, Sandy
Ward, after talking with friends and colleagues about the amount of time they
spent trying to find neighbourhood information online. After moving to Toronto
from Silicon Valley three years ago to work with Yahoo! Canada, Sandy found it
difficult to find the perfect neighbourhood.
    "We believe home buyers, and real estate agents, deserve a tool that
helps them save time when researching the neighbourhood where a house is
located," said Sandy Ward, Founder of HomeZilla. "People are moving more than
any other time in history, whether from Cape Breton to Fort McMurray or
between different neighbourhoods in Toronto. HomeZilla makes the home buying
process faster and easier."
    According to the 2007 National (US) Association of REALTORS(R) Profile of
Home Buyers and Sellers, 84% of all homebuyers used the Internet as an
information source in their home search.
    "I like HomeZilla because it is designed for Realtors and their customers
- homebuyers," said Al Kroch, President, Royal LePage Partners Realty.
"HomeZilla not only provides comprehensive details about local area amenities,
giving homebuyers a unique view of prospective neighbourhoods, it's also the
quickest and easiest one-stop resource for researching neighbourhood profiles,
saving me lots of time when researching a new listing."
    HomeZilla has been in stealth mode since April 2008 but is now having an
online open house where anyone can visit and use the site - registration is
not required. Homebuyers or real estate agents can simply go to HomeZilla,
type in an address, and select the information they want to know. HomeZilla
includes unique information such as the location of 99% of all public schools
in Canada. And they are committed to continually adding data, providing even
more information to home buyers to aid in their purchasing decision. Real
estate agents will benefit from using HomeZilla because they can print
neighbourhood reports for free.
    "Location is the most important consideration when it comes to buying a
home. The neighbourhood around a Vancouver area condo has a dramatic effect on
the price. HomeZilla allows me and my buyers to quickly learn about the area,
find out locations of surrounding businesses and neighbourhood demographics.
As a real estate agent, it is an invaluable tool for both my clients and my
business." Kert Fu, Sutton Group - West Coast Realty.
    HomeZilla is free - to get started go to www.homezilla.ca

    About HomeZilla

    HomeZilla is a next-generation real estate website that provides
homebuyers with efficient access to information about neighbourhoods.
HomeZilla is a private company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more
information visit www.homezilla.ca.

    About the founder

    Sandy Ward, 34, previously worked at Yahoo! as a Senior Engineering
Manager where he ran the Front Pages for Canada, Quebec, Brazil, Argentina,
and Mexico. Sandy was part of the hyper-growth of Yahoo! Canada in 2006 and
2007 where he served on the Senior Management Team.
    Sandy moved to Yahoo! Canada in 2004 after working with Yahoo! at their
headquarters in Silicon Valley. Prior to Yahoo!, he rode the dot com wave in
Silicon Valley starting in 1999 working with several startups including
HotLinks, AudioBasket, and PhiWare. Sandy began his career with Nortel while
pursuing his Bachelor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. His
education continues at MIT where he is working on an Executive Certificate in
Product Strategy and Innovation.

For further information:

For further information: Sandy Ward, Founder, HomeZilla,
sandy@homezilla.com, (647) 898-8216

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