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New home-valuation site rivals Zillow

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Even before the digital paint has dried on, a real estate valuation site that launched in beta form in February, an alternative site has sprung up at Both sites offer home-price estimates to consumers at no charge and without requiring any form of registration. The new valuation tool, ABC Values, draws from a database of public property records for about 60 million U.S. homes and 20 million home-sale transactions. Acquired in 2005 by Internet Brands, RealEstateABC also features a national directory of real estate agents and an archive of real estate articles for consumers., the brainchild of founder Richard Barton, also taps into public records for its data on a comparable number of properties. Internet Brands was founded in 1998 as, and that site remains the company's preeminent Web brand. Among the company's other Web enterprises:,,, and Zillow's pr...