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Conn. Real Estate Search Engine Launches – 31,000 Listings Available

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RISMEDIA, March 20, 2008-For those looking for a place to live or work in Connecticut, there’s a new real estate search engine built with you in mind — www.CTreal.com. Launched this week, CTreal.com enables searching of more than 31,000 homes, condos, land, multifamily and commercial properties offered for sale or rent in towns throughout Connecticut.

CTreal.com is the official search site of the Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc. It carries the listings of the more than 13,000 members of Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, Inc., which developed the site and administers it. CTMLS is Connecticut’s only statewide MLS and was founded with the sponsorship of the Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.

CTreal.com allows users to search listings, open houses and sold properties, take virtual tours of properties, and contact listing Realtors. Since data for all properties is shown in the same format, comparisons are easy and always up to date.

“CTreal.com is the new way to find homes in Connecticut,” said Mary Ann Hebert, president of CTMLS. “The site instantly exposes listings posted by our members to the maximum number of Realtors and potential buyers possible. With greater exposure can come less time on the market and multiple offers.

Searches on CTreal.com are facilitated by SherpaTM, an advanced map search tool. Traditionally, buyers looking for homes in a specific area had to search an entire town when they were only interested in a neighborhood. In addition to zip code or town search, Sherpa lets site visitors search by simply drawing the outlines of their desired area on a map.

“Looking for a home with Sherpa map search is an intuitive process that mirrors the way people think about where they want to live,” Hebert concluded. “Buyers often look for homes in a certain area, regardless of town or zip code. They can now do this easily with Sherpa.”

According to the association, CTreal.com is the only public real estate site that offers this dynamic mapping technology.

“CTreal.com is another way in which the Connecticut MLS improves the efficiency of the state’s real estate market,” said Kenneth DelVecchio, president of the Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc. “The site provides easy access to the vast majority of properties for sale or rent in the state. We expect it will become the search engine of choice for people seeking real estate in Connecticut.”

For more information, call 203-234-7001 or visit www.ctstatewidemls.com.

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