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2/15/2006

 
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation to Host an Online Celebrity Auction With Proceeds Benefiting Habitat for Humanity Families in the Gulf Coast

Coldwell Banker(R) 'Housewarming for Habitat' Celebrity Auction Bidding Opens Feb. 20 at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of homes across the Gulf Coast of the United States were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To help in the rebuilding efforts, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is launching the "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity charity auction on eBay Feb. 20 through March 9. One hundred percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Operation Home Delivery Fund to rebuild homes obliterated by the storms. Habitat for Humanity has been the Coldwell Banker(R) national charity of choice since 1993.

A preview of the Coldwell Banker "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity auction items became available at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker on Feb. 13. Live bidding will begin on http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker at 4 p.m. EST on Feb. 20. Additional items will be added on Feb. 27.

The Coldwell Banker "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity auction will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind, personal items donated by television and movie stars, sports legends, and renowned recording artists. They include personal VIP experiences, items from the sets of popular television shows and films, red carpet premiere tickets, and signed memorabilia.

Some of the charity auction items include: a round of golf with Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson; an hour in the studio with hip-hop recording superstar Snoop Dogg; a round of golf at a Houston country club with 10-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and one of the "50 greatest players in history" Clyde Drexler; a copy of the script of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" signed by Michael Douglas, who produced the film; a Hawaiian shirt signed by "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen; a soccer ball signed by Mia Hamm, widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player; and many other items. The celebrity charity auction can be accessed at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker.

"I toured the Gulf Coast region after the storms and the devastation was absolutely overwhelming; television pictures did not do it justice," says Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. "Now, six months out, it is critical to continue fundraising so that the destroyed areas can be rebuilt. With the help of generous celebrities like Dr. Phil, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Mia Hamm -- and there are many more -- we hope to raise significant dollars for the Operation Home Delivery Fund.

"Since beginning our relationship with Habitat for Humanity in 1993, the Coldwell Banker(R) system has raised millions of dollars and helped build hundreds of Habitat homes across the country," Gillespie adds. "We are looking forward to the 'Housewarming for Habitat' celebrity auction raising significant dollars to help with the reconstruction process."

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. To learn more, visit http://www.habitat.org/.

About Kompolt

Kompolt was retained to manage the auction. Kompolt is the highly regarded "go-to" online auction agency for creating successful, high value, and high profile promotional and charity auctions for top brand companies and nonprofits. For more information, go to http://www.kompolt.com/.

About Coldwell Banker(R)

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker(R) organization has been a premier provider of full-service real estate. In 2005, Franchise Times magazine's prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate and number nine among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has approximately 4,000 residential and commercial real estate offices and 126,400 Sales Associates in 30 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International(R) division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge(R) Service Program and award-winning Web site, http://www.coldwellbanker.com/. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country and the Coldwell Banker Commercial(R) network is an industry leader in providing commercial real estate solutions that serve the needs of tenants, landlords, sellers and buyers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition and management of all property types. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) . Coldwell Banker(R) is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Each office is independently owned and operated except for offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated.

Source: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation

CONTACT: David Siroty, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, +1-973-
496-7199, cell - +1-908-337-5865, David.Siroty@cendant.com; Catherine
Sullivan, Publicis Dialog, +1-212-279-6345, cell - +1-917-699-3629,
Catherine.Sullivan@publicis-usa.com

Web site: http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker
http://www.habitat.org/
http://www.kompolt.com/
http://www.coldwellbanker.com/




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