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Porch.com and Windermere Real Estate Come Together to Simplify Home Buying

SEATTLE, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Porch.com (http://porch.com), the home network for homeowners and home professionals, announced today a strategic partnership with Windermere Real Estate that will see the two companies integrate to make the home buying process more transparent and simpler for Windermere agents and homebuyers.

At the heart of this partnership is the Porch data network, which powers the Porch Home Report, available now for more than 30,000 listings on Windermere.com and across Windermere agent websites operated through Moxi Works.

The Porch Home Report is a free, innovative resource for understanding the remodeling and project history of a specific home and its neighborhood. Built using data and insights from the Porch home network of over 3.2 million professionals and over 130 million projects, the Porch Home Report provides a level of insight and information that can be used to inform the home search process.

In addition, Windermere agents will have access to content from Porch that will help extend the relationship between agents and clients.

"Windermere Real Estate is constantly looking for new ways to deliver innovative products to our agents and customers," said OB Jacobi, President of Windermere Real Estate. "The addition of the Porch Home Report will help everyone involved in the home buying process make better decisions through the transparency and confidence a Porch Home Report delivers. We know how important a home's history is for a potential buyer, and now we're providing that information while staying connected to the experience they love at Windermere.com. Working with Porch adds another dimension to our business."

"Porch is in the business of helping everyone love their home," said Matt Ehrlichman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Porch. "Whether that means finding the best and most trusted home improvement and maintenance professionals, or finding the home of your dreams, we believe that transparency is vital. When you combine the breadth of our data with the expertise of Windermere and their agent network, we can help millions of people make an informed home buying decision."

"My clients have seen immediate utility and value in Windermere's relationship with Porch.com," said Windermere Real Estate agent Michael Doyle. "My sellers have the ability to record a chronology of projects they've tackled to supplement the data from vendors. This is relevant to buyers who, once interested in a home, have an almost voracious appetite for information. I believe that the resulting confidence of the buyer leads to a higher selling price and a smoother closing."

The Porch & Windermere Partnership

Through this strategic partnership Windermere agents and homebuyers will be able to experience the following benefits.

  • Every listing on Windermere.com and on Windermere Agent Websites will have a Porch Home Report. A Porch Home Report includes home improvement project history, the cost and details of remodels and projects, background information for professionals that have previously worked on the home and neighborhood, and vital neighborhood statistics, such as how long neighbors have lived in their homes and the size, age, and cost of comparable neighborhood homes.
  • Windermere agents will be able to strengthen client relationships further with Porch's inspiring and educational home improvement content. Porch's content will seamlessly integrate with Windermere's agent CRM tool, Moxi Works™, where agents can subscribe their contacts to automatically receive the monthly information. This saves agents time and keeps Windermere agents top-of-mind with the people in their sphere of influence.
  • Windermere agents and clients in Seattle will be able to focus on buying and selling homes while Porch's innovative booking service will provide on-demand access to Porch's Certified Pros Network – speeding pre-listing home refreshes, cleaning and fixes and simplifying the move-in process with turn-key home services booked in a uber-like on-demand format.
  • During the month of February, Windermere and Porch are also partnering on a social media photo contest called #OdeToMyAbode. Consumers are encouraged to post a photo of a favorite space within their home for the chance to win $500 in home improvement services from Porch.com.

About Windermere Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 7,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Mexico. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 28 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit www.windermere.com.

About Porch

Porch is the home network, free for homeowners and home professionals. With over 3.2 million professionals and over 130 million projects, Porch enables homeowners to make smart home improvement decisions by giving them the information they need to find the right professionals, get inspiration, and manage their home. The Porch App, a first of its kind app available for iOS gives homeowners direct access to a personal Porch Concierge to help find the best professionals for your home. For more information about Porch, visit http://porch.com and to download the Porch App at http://porch.com/app.

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Shelley Rossi
VP Communications
Windermere Real Estate
shelley.rossi@windermere.com
425-269-7132

Source:Porch.com