Information-Based Web Portal for Builders

The Internet is now zoned for housing.
December 31, 1999
The Internet is now zoned for aims to organize the residential building community into one concise, easy-to-use resource. Information partners in this new industry resource include Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Luxury Home Builder, Home Systems and a wide array of companies and associations.

Along with a news feed from Lexis-Nexis updated each business day by 2 p.m. EST, HousingZone launched with 10 main sections or houses. They are:

  • Topics: Editorial and advertorial content broken down and organized into sales, building, management, design, construction materials, economics, home systems, legislation and regulations, affordable housing, and products. Content is searchable.
  • Products: In the Buyers’ Guide, a user can search across entire product lines, or a single product type and obtain manufacturer information including contacts, sales channels and products offered. There is also a searchable new products database.
  • How-to-choose/How-to-find: A complete listing of search engines to help users find builders, remodelers, contractors, architects, attorneys, house plans, new houses, old houses and much more.
  • Associations / Government: Here builders can find information from the industry’s associations and government offices. Content provided includes award winners, certification, installation guides, funding applications, as well as links and contact information.
  • Design Gallery: Includes complete coverage of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA), as well as articles on the latest design trends .
  • Projects: Follow entire building projects such as the Show Village 2000 from the NAHB Builders’ Show, as well as a host of remodeling jobs and future housing developments.
  • Education: HousingZone has constructed its own Virtual Campus. Courses include certification, product installation and maintenance.
  • Events: A complete listing of the events that shape the industry plus links for travel and registration.
  • Classifieds/Jobs: Users can exchange resumes, post and view available jobs, and scan for products and services.
  • Store: Inside the store, builders will find links to purchase building products, house plans, books, and other merchandise.

Another key feature of HousingZone is the Zone-inTM search engine that searches over 3000 handpicked web sites within the residential building community.


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