Inman News 2006 Innovator Award Finalists Announced

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The most innovative companies in real estate and technology have been selected as finalists for Inman News' 10th annual Innovator Award, the company announced today.

That’s why I’m so excited to announce these Inman News Innovator Award finalists today.

Inman News, organizers of the Real Estate Connect conference series, announced the finalists today for its prestigious, 10th annual Innovator Award. They include such standouts as Google Base, Redfin, Zillow, Stewart Title, LendingTree, the blog Matrix, Weichert Realtors and HotPads.

“In today’s fast moving marketplace, innovation is a more important quality than size, market share or even revenue,” said Bradley Inman, founder and publisher of Inman News. “That’s why I’m so excited to announce these Inman News Innovator Award finalists today.”

Finalists -- and ultimately winners -- are selected by the Inman News editorial board from a group of nominees that have been suggested by the industry itself. Winners will be announced July 26, 2006, in a ceremony at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2006.

The finalists in each award category are:

1. MOST INNOVATIVE REAL ESTATE BLOG

Matrix, RainCityGuide, The Walk-Through (The New York Times), Center for REALTOR® Technology blog, SocketSite (Curbed), Urban Digs

2. MOST INNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS MODEL

Redfin Direct, BuySide Realty, Expert Realty, RebateReps.com, Move's Top Marketer

3. MOST INNOVATIVE REAL ESTATE DATA SITE

Zillow, HomeSmartReports.com, PropertyShark, RealEstateABC, RealtyTrac

4. MOST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Stewart Title's SureClose, Blogging Systems, CellSigns, RealPING, Smarter Agent's Mobile GPS, WolfNet's MapTracks, LocoModa's StreetSurfer

5. MOST INNOVATIVE MORTGAGE COMPANY/SERVICE

The Loan Page, LendingTree, Bank of America's Real Estate Center, NationPoint, Air Force Credit Union

6. MOST INNOVATIVE BROKERAGE/FRANCHISE/REALTOR

Alain Pinel Realtors, Weichert Realtors, RE/MAX International, Intero Real Estate, Michael Saunders & Co., Chase International

7. MOST INNOVATIVE WEB SERVICE

VisiStat, Trulia, HouseValues' HomePages.com, PropSmart, Homethinking, Google Base, HomeGain neighborhood maps, RealLiving.com, Coldwell Banker Video Library

8. MOST INNOVATIVE MEDIA SITE

Realtor Magazine Online, YourHub.com, RIS Media, October Research, Planetizen

9. MOST INNOVATIVE RENTAL/ NEW HOME ONLINE SERVICE

HotPads, CityCribs, RentClicks, MyNewPlace, Rent.com/eBay

Award nominations were closed on June 5, 2006. Previous winners include Google Earth, Century21 ClickIt, RealLiving, MetroCities, Curbed.com, ApartmentRating.com, NY Times Real Estate, HomeGain, Cendant LeadRouter, Fidelity PHD, E*TRADE, E-LOAN, Lending Tree, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, and many other innovative companies.

About the Inman News Innovator Awards

Since 1997, the Inman News Innovator Awards (http://www.inman.com/connectsf/innovator.aspx) have recognized companies demonstrating extraordinary powers of innovation through the use of technology or the Internet. Past winners include Century21 ClickIt, RealLiving, MetroCities, Curbed.com, ApartmentRating.com, NYTimes.com Real Estate, Cendant LeadRouter, Fidelity PHD, E-LOAN, Lending Tree, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, and many other inventive companies.

About Real Estate Connect

Real Estate Connect (http://www.inman.com/connectsf) is the premier real estate technology conference and attracts the industry’s most influential decision makers, opinion leaders and technology experts into an active forum for discussion and debate. Connect LUX: Luxury Home Marketing in the Internet Age is scheduled for October 15-17, 2006 at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami.

About Inman News

Real Estate Connect is organized and produced by Inman News (http://www.inman.com),the nation's leading independent real estate news service and content provider. Inman’s clients and partners include 50,000+ Web sites and 250+ U.S. newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Washington Post, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, The Wall Street Journal Online, CBS MarketWatch, and many more.

Inman News offers information-based products and services for real estate professionals and consumers, including Inman News Membership, Digital Media and News content for the Web, weekly in-depth Special Reports, and Real Estate Connect conferences and events. Additionally, Inman News’ video production division, Inman Stories, produces, markets and sells high-quality streaming videos marketed and sold within the luxury home marketing, neighborhood, agent/broker, product/technology and corporate real estate markets.

MARKETING CONTACT

Mindy M. Hull, Inman News’ Marketing Director, 510.658.9252, x.142

All trademarks, registered trademarks and services marks in this release are the property of their respective owners.

MEDIA CONTACT

Dave Platter, Publitas, New York, 212-757-7506,

SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO REAL ESTATE CONNECT 2006

Web Site: http://www.inman.com/connectsf

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