LendingTree Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has announced the acquisition of iNest, a referral network based in Bloomingdale, Ill., that specializes in serving builders and buyers of newly constructed homes.The terms of the deal were not disclosed. LendingTree said iNest will remain an independent brand, but that its services will be integrated over time into RealEstate.com, an operating business of the online lending and real estate exchange. Through its patented Featured Builder program, iNest provides a directory of more than 500 builders and over 8,000 new-home communities in 20 states, LendingTree said. "Consumers who purchase a home from one of the company's featured builders are able to use iNest's cash-back coupon to receive a 1% rebate on the base price of the home," LendingTree said. The companies can be found online at http://www.lendingtree.com and http://www.internest.com.

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