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 and

“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

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.

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