My post on HomeGain (see HomeGain is AVM Also-Ran) stirred up some discussion – here is a recent email thread I had with Louis Cammarosano, HomeGain’s General Manager (which he graciously allowed me to reprint here):

Here is why we consistently rank ahead the media darling Zillow in terms of traffic and certainly in revenue- HG has ALL types of listings- new homes, MLS, foreclosure, agent listings -zillow has very few listings our wholly owned listings site itself has over one million listings

– HG has instant free hval tool (the first original HVAL tool from seven years ago) and we give our visitors the opportunity to connect with a Realtor to get a free professional HVAL

– HG has an agent evaluator offering that allows consumers to compare Realtors anonymously – Agent, another one of our sites, according to Hitwise is also one of the fastest growing real estate sites.

– HG features a mortgage center and a moving center – doesn’t have one nor does zillow

We have over 300 partnerships driving traffic including Yahoo and USA Today and 170 of our owner CV’s online newspaper sites

HomeGain just turned eight years old and its taken us eight years to build up the partnerships, determine the best sources of leads and traffic and to build up an agent base in the thousands.

Homegain is profitable.

Agree or disagree?

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