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Contact: Nicol Irvin,
415-977-0700, ext. 108

SAN FRANCISCO (November 28, 2005) -, an independent, nonprofit resource for parents who want information about K-12 education, today announced that it has been selected as the provider of choice by three of California's leading real estate brokerages, Prudential California Realty, Alain Pinel Realtors and Real Advisor Realty. The agreement will allow home-buying clients at these firms to access up-to-date school information via each firm's Web site. The deal will also enable each of the more than 4,000 real estate professionals affiliated with these brokerages to showcase current school data and statistics on their individual Web sites. In addition, through's partnership with Sperling's Best Places, home buyers and agents will have access to detailed information about neighborhoods, community profiles and local businesses.

"The sophistication of today's real estate buyer demands that we provide not only information about homes, but also information about schools and communities in general," according to Cathy Harrington, Director of Marketing for Prudential California Realty. "Tools such as enhance our ability to deliver greater value to prospective home buyers as we guide them through the home buying process."

Bill Jackson, president of GreatSchools, underscored the link between school and community.

" is an invaluable resource for parents who are not only concerned with finding the 'best' home for their family, but also the 'best' school environment for their children," he said. "The information and data that we provide, in conjunction with Sperling's Best Places, helps parents better evaluate a potential home, its neighborhood and its community."

Under the terms of the agreement, Prudential California Realty, Alain Pinel Realtors and Real Advisor Realty will receive weekly data update feeds. This data is customizable and helps home buyers make the right buying decisions. It also shortens the sales cycle for agents/brokers by allowing them to immediately provide information that buyers need to make more informed purchasing decisions. Agents and buyers will be able to search a particular area and find comprehensive school and community profiles.

In related news, also announced that is has signed an agreement with VREO, Inc., a privately held company that provides Web sites and Web-based software to real estate brokers, agents and franchise organizations. GreatSchools will be VREO's exclusive provider of school information and data. VREO creates broker and agent Web sites and partners with the leading content providers in a variety of categories.

GreatSchools is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to providing parents with information and tools to choose schools, support their children's education and improve schools in their communities. is the leading online guide to K-12 information. offers comprehensive school profiles, powerful school search and compare tools, and a wide range of advice to help parents navigate the challenges of K-12 education.