Bert Sperling, Best Places
Lisa Fung, Great Schools
(415) 977-0700, ext. 114
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
One-Stop Shopping for Neighborhoods and Schools: GreatSchools.org Teams Up
With Sperling’s Best Places
San Francisco (August 10, 2005) — A new Internet partnership allows real
estate professionals the ability to stream the most accurate data about schools,
surrounding neighborhoods, community profiles and local businesses right onto
their Web sites.
Providing key school information and neighborhood profiles all in one place
will provide a single-source solution that the real estate professional demands.
Greatschools.org is the first and only online resource to provide test score
data for all K-12 public schools. The site also features parent reviews and
ratings covering all public, private and charter schools.
The partnership between Sperling's Best Places, a nationally recognized company
that identifies the best places to live, work, retire and raise a family, and
Greatschools.org, a nonprofit organization and advocate for educational excellence,
gives real estate professionals the information their customers are seeking.
“Thanks to the Internet, today’s real estate buyers are much more
informed,” said Allen Brown, Executive Vice President of Greatschools.org.
“This strategic partnership adds value to the home-buying experience by
helping parents make good choices on schools and surrounding neighborhoods.”
“Home buyers naturally look for homes in good neighborhoods with good
schools,” adds Bert Sperling, CEO of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “With
this data available at their fingertips, real estate agents can provide accurate
and timely information to their clients, which could very well result in a positive
customer lead conversion.”
The BestPlaces.net and GreatSchools.org neighborhood and school profiles are
currently available and feature everything from state test scores, parent reviews,
teacher experience and class size to neighborhood demographics and local business
information. Visitors can even compare schools and neighborhoods within the
Real estate professionals will also find quality information for leads and
prospects, such as:
Integrated community and school profiles;
- Full coverage of the United States, including all states, cities, counties,
metro areas and zip codes; and
- Unique content and research tools.
Additionally, this information is available as a co-branded (hosted) solution,
or a data compilation.
"This partnership is key to advancing our mission of providing parents
with the best information about schools and their communities so that they can
make wise choices." adds Bill Jackson, CEO of Greatschools.org
About Sperling’s BestPlaces (www.bestplaces.net)
For over 20 years, Sperling’s BestPlaces has been a trusted source of
information about cities, communities and neighborhoods, which is now available
for use on real estate Web sites. Last year, well-known real estate columnist
Bob Bruss named Sperling’s “Cities Ranked and Rated” one of
2004’s best real estate books.
About Greatschools.org (www.greatschools.org)
Greatschools.org is an independent, nonprofit organization based in San Francisco
that helps parents choose schools, track school performance, support their children’s
learning and advocate for education excellence. With the support of foundations
and corporate sponsors, Greatschools.org offers unbiased information about thousands
of K-12 schools nationwide on its free Web site, Greatschools.org. Founded in
1998, Greatschools.org provides information on schools in all 50 states.