Two companies that had planned to become partners in HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc., a joint venture majority-owned by Microsoft Corp. that was announced with great fanfare in March, quietly pulled out of the deal early this summer after closely examining the Redmond, Wash.-based start-up.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines and Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., opted after completing due diligence several months ago not to invest in HomeAdvisor, officials at the banking companies said. The venture was founded to license lending technology to lenders, brokers, and real estate professionals.

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