Tech And Real Estate’s Most Innovative Companies Win Inman News’ 2006 Innovator Award

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Many were nominated. Fifty-three became finalists. And on July 26, just 10 winners emerged. The competition for Inman News’ prestigious Innovator Award yielded one winner for each enterprise category and one Innovator of the Year. The winners were announced yesterday, in a special ceremony at the Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2006 conference.

Many were nominated. Fifty-three became finalists. And on July 26, just 10 winners emerged. The competition for Inman News’ prestigious Innovator Award yielded one winner for each enterprise category and one Innovator of the Year. The winners were announced yesterday, in a special ceremony at the Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2006 conference.

The winners are:

CATEGORY:    Innovator of the Year

WINNER:     Mark Lesswing, Vice President, National Association of REALTORS®, Center for REALTOR® Technology

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Real Estate Blog

WINNER:     UrbanDigs.com

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative New Business Model

WINNER:     Redfin Direct

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Real Estate Data Site

WINNER:     PropertyShark

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Technology

WINNER:     CellSigns, Inc.

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Mortgage Company/Service

WINNER:     Air Force Federal Credit Union

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Brokerage/Franchise/Realtor

WINNER:     RE/MAX International, Inc.

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Web Service

WINNER:     Trulia

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Media Site

WINNER:     October Research Corporation

CATEGORY:    Most Innovative Rental/ New Home Online Service

WINNER:     MyNewPlace™

“In today’s economy, innovation determines success,” said Bradley Inman, founder and publisher of Inman News. “In the view of myself and my editorial board, these winners have earned this award by finding new ways to succeed where others have failed.”

Winners are selected by the Inman News editorial board from a group of nominees that have been suggested by the industry itself. Previous years’ 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 others.

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, mindy(at)inman.com

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

SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO REAL ESTATE CONNECT 2006

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

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