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Mercury Center, Hot Coco Launches New Web Sites

Mercury Center, the online edition of the San Jose Mercury News, and Hot CoCo, the Web site of the Contra Costa Newspapers, jointly rolled out two new Web sites HomeHunter and CarHunter.

The sites can be accessed through www.mercurycenter.com and www.hotcoco.com.

"Both HomeHunter and CarHunter draw on award-winning editorial information and the numerous classifieds of their parent newspapers enabling consumers to take advantage of data specific to their area," said Bob Ryan, director of Mercury Center.

HomeHunter's emphasis on local real estate news, classifieds, and Realtor listings, complemented by features such as "Community Info," which provides information specific to 75+ Bay Area neighborhoods.

"Local Agents" profiles local real estate professionals, while help from other service providers such as inspectors, movers, contractors, and others is a click away in "Shops & Services." "Cool Tools" provides a suite of mortgage calculators.

CarHunter offers a "Dealer Locator" complete with door-to-door directions. Consumers can search newspaper ads for used autos and even submit private-party ads by e-mail.

"Reviews" provide the latest picks and pans from top auto writers. "Blue Book" provides the latest pricing on new cars and the trade-in value of vehicles from Kelley Blue Book. "Shops & Services" links to auto insurers, auto repair and services and inspection stations. And "Quick Search" matches auto buyers with their automobile of choice.

The HomeHunter and CarHunter sites from the Mercury News and Contra Costa Newspapers are among a series of HomeHunter and CarHunter sites on the Knight Ridder Real Cities Network. Others include Philadelphia; Miami; Charlotte, NC; and Fort Wayne, IN.