Redwood City, CA and Lombard, IL - (July 21, 2005) -RealBird, Inc., a leading provider of online maps and GIS tools tailored for the real estate industry and BIRDVIEW Technologies, a leading provider of Internet based software products for the Real Estate Industry announced today their partnership to work towards providing an integrated set of GIS tools for real estate applications. Under the agreement, BIRDVIEW Technologies will license and build upon RealBird's GIS mapping services a sophisticated set of search and analysis functionalities intended to help home buyers make better informed decisions.
RE/MAX A-1 Excellence in Minnesota (http://www.a-1homes.com) will be the first BIRDVIEW customer to utilize this new mapping solution based on the RealBird GIS tools. According to David Feerhusen, Broker/Owner, "Mapping on real estate websites is an idea whose time has arrived. Based on what we have seen, we are confident that BIRDVIEW and Realbird will deliver an exceptionally valuable tool".
"Over the last 6 months BIRDVIEW has conducted a thorough evaluation of mapping alternatives. BIRDVIEW's selection of Realbird was based on the quality of their mapping tools, their product vision and their familiarity with the real estate community," said Michael Kehoe, Executive VP for BIRDVIEW. "RealBird is an innovative company that has begun to have an impact in the real estate mapping market. Looking forward, we both see numerous opportunities to utilize mapping tools to improve the consumer experience and increase the ROI for agents and brokers using BIRDVIEW's suite of software."
Gabriel Gross, Founder and President of RealBird said: "The online mapping industry is evolving very quickly these days, and map-based search tools will soon be found on every real estate website. To achieve a leadership position in the real estate technology market we need strong partners, and BIRDVIEW, as an established industry leader, with a track record of success is best positioned to help us. BIRDVIEW's experience in translating technology into profit for its customers is exactly what we were looking for."
"Through this partnership, the home buying public is going to realize a dramatic improvement in how they search for homes on the Internet," added Bedros Bedrosian, co-founder and President of BIRDVIEW Technologies. "Current search methods will go the way of the horse and buggy. The implications are profound." Bedrosian predicts.
About BIRDVIEW Technologies
BIRDVIEW Technologies is a leading provider of websites to real estate offices and agents in 28 states, in over 110 local Multiple Listing Services. The Company's scalable solutions provide Lead Generation, Lead Management, Lead Distribution, Communication, and Productivity tools. Each month, BIRDVIEW clients utilize the Company’s products to manage over 3.4 million visitors, 100,000 inquiries and nearly 1,000,000 listings.
RealBird's service (http://www.realbird.com) includes street, aerial and topographical maps, broker-branded driving directions and various visualized data layers, with interactive hotspots that can be linked to photos, websites or virtual tours leading to a superior home buying experience. RealBird's recently announced map-based search service couples the traditional, form-based search with the ability to browse listings on a street or aerial map. Full integration with Google Maps and the Google Earth Viewer are also included.
™ RealBird is a trademark of Realbird Inc.