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Real estate portal Inc. and struck a two-year deal on Wednesday that puts the financial software company's applications for lenders on the real estate site, and promotes's clients -- top mortgage companies -- on

The deal also calls for to pay HomeStore.comfor promotion of its clients on the portal, and for to take an equity stake in

Financial terms of the transaction weren't disclosed, but the companies described it as a "multi-million dollar" agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, is integrating's MortgageTone technology, Web-based software for lenders, into its i-LEND product. The relationship is aimed at helping lenders reach Internet customers and realtors more efficiently.

"'s leadership in e-commerce technology for financial services, coupled with's premier position on the Internet as the number one provider of home and real estate information, should enable financial institutions to offer better convenience, service, and value to online consumers," said Dain Ehring, founder and chairman of