Weichert and Verizon Make Moving and Maintaining Services Easier for Homebuyers

February 20, 2008 // Franchising.com // MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – At Weichert, Realtors® "It Pays to Ask," even when it applies to phone, television or high-speed Internet options for your new home.

Weichert Financial Services, an affiliate of Weichert, Realtors®, recently announced that Verizon, a national leader in broadband, entertainment and telecommunications technologies, was added to Weichert Home Connections, the company's one-stop shopping program. The program is part of Weichert Gold® Services which offers customers a unique platform of financial and homeowner services that encompasses nearly all facets of the moving process, and at no extra charge beyond the actual cost of the product or service.

Through Weichert Gold Services, Weichert customers, buyers, sellers and homeowners will now be able to select Verizon as their complete hook-up and disconnect service for local and long distance telephone, television and broadband Internet services, including FiOS, Verizon's industry-leading fiber-optic service (where available). Verizon is the only company delivering fiber-optic technology directly to customers' homes on a mass scale. Currently, over 9 million households in parts of 17 states can order FiOS. For a limited time, customers are eligible for up to a $100 Visa gift card when they order a Verizon bundle with phone, television and Internet.

Bill McMahon, vice president for Weichert Gold Services, said, "The addition of Verizon to our expanding list of services brings further convenience to homebuyers. We are proud to be the first real estate company to offer this Verizon program and strengthen our commitment to make buying, moving and owning a home as seamless and hassle free as possible. What's more, according to a recent independent study, homeowners estimate that the value of their house increases by more than 1 percent when its telecommunications are provided over a fiber-optic connection such as FiOS."

Orders for service can be placed online by clicking on the Verizon link at www.weichertgold.com. On the Web site, customers can view all available options and make side-by-side comparisons of packages offered in their area. Customers preferring personalized service can call the Weichert-Verizon toll free number at (866) 211-8388, where a dedicated staff is available to provide counsel on the best options to meet their needs.

Weichert Financial Services believes so strongly in the value and importance of providing a full-service experience to its customers, that it offers a guaranteed closing date to qualified homebuyers who take advantage of all three "core" services of the Weichert Gold Services program – mortgage financing, homeowner's insurance, and title insurance. The company backs its commitment to close on time through a $5,000 Performance Guarantee which gives homebuyers the ultimate peace of mind.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 66 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

Weichert has nearly 18,000 sales associates in more than 500 company-owned and franchised sales offices in key markets throughout the U.S. A family of full-service real estate and financial services companies, Weichert helps customers buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate, and streamlines the delivery of mortgages and home and title insurance. For more information, Weichert's customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD or at Weichert's Web site, www.weichert.com. Each Weichert franchised office is independently owned and operated.

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