Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. Announces an Affiliation With Long & Foster Home Service Connec

Published: Thu May 31 2007

Doug Cowles, president and CEO of Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. (HMI), has announced that his firm has established an affiliation with Long & Foster Home Service Connections, a branch of Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. that provides support before, during and after a client’s real estate transaction. Through this relationship, Long & Foster clients will receive reduced pricing of HMI’s Horticultural Assessment, and HMI will customize each assessment with the agency and individual broker’s logo and brand.

The assessment service involves the identification, sizing, mapping and general inspection of the landscape trees and shrubs on a property. This information is processed through HMI’s proprietary system and returns current through five-year replacement cost values, a plant health score, and plant descriptions, photographs and care and maintenance instructions for each asset. With this information, home sellers and brokers can quantify the value of the landscape assets and the new homebuyer receives a complete inventory and care guide for the landscape assets.

"Long & Foster is a premier real estate organization, and their Home Service Connections division provides important guidance and services to both home buyers and sellers," said Cowles. "We are excited that Long & Foster understands the value that our assessments bring to their clients, and we look forward to working with their homeowners to give them an enhanced understanding of their horticultural assets."

"At Long & Foster we place the highest value on our clients and work to provide them with the most comprehensive suite of services available," said Wes Foster, Jr., founder and chairman of the board of the Long & Foster Companies. "We see the value of HMI’s horticultural assessments and realize that landscaping assets have become increasingly important to our clients. These assessments give our customers the information they need to make informed decisions during all stages of their real estate transaction."

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News Facts:
· Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. (HMI), has established an affiliation with Long & Foster Home Service Connections, a branch of Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc.
· Through this partnership Long & Foster clients will receive reduced pricing for HMI’s Horticultural Assessment.
· The assessment service is designed to catalog and explain the value of the exterior portions of properties and allows sellers and brokers to quantify that value and pass it on to potential homebuyers.
· HMI will also customize each assessment with the agency and individual broker’s logos and brand.

About Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. (HMI):
Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. provides revolutionary products and services that are utilized by green industry professionals as well as experts in the tax, insurance and real estate industries. HMI’s Horticultural Scientific Standard (HS² ™) enables HMI Horticultural Assessments to provide accurate replacement costs for landscape assets. The replacement cost valuations provided in the HMI Horticultural Assessments can help property owners recover from the loss of landscape assets and they also provide valuable information to those purchasing properties. Also included in the HMI Horticultural Assessments is the Michael Dirr Plant Guide, written by renowned professor and author Dr. Michael Dirr. The plant guide provides customized care instructions, as well as photographs and plant descriptions. For more information or to view a sample HMI Horticultural Assessment please visit the Web site http://www.moneygrowsontrees.com or call 866-937-6468.

About Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. is the largest privately-owned real estate firm in America. The firm has 252 residential real estate sales offices throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey, and North Carolina, with nearly 19,000 Sales Associates and employees with annual real estate sales for 2006 of $38.2 billion on 104,178 properties sold. Sales for all The Long & Foster Companies totaled $65.1 billion for 2006.

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Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.

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