Redfin Wins Innovator of the Year Award From Inman News at Real Estate Connect

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Online real estate broker Redfin today announced that the company won Inman News’ prestigious 2006 Innovator Award for the Most Innovative Business Model. The award recognizes the winner’s service, Redfin Direct, for letting consumers buy a home online and get two thirds of the commission refunded at closing.

Online real estate broker Redfin today announced that the company won Inman News’ prestigious 2006 Innovator Award for the Most Innovative Business Model. Bradley Inman, founder and publisher of Inman News, presented the award in a ceremony Wednesday, July 26th, at Inman News’ Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2006 conference. The award recognizes the winner’s service, Redfin Direct, for letting consumers buy a home online and get two thirds of the commission refunded at closing.

“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, Redfin has earned this award by finding new ways to succeed.”

“For a company that prizes innovation and customer service as its defining characteristics, Redfin is proud to have been recognized for having the industry’s most innovative business model,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “The award is especially meaningful coming from Inman News, which has long been the voice of the real estate industry. We believe our winning reflects a new openness to Internet service within the industry that was, for us, the most noteworthy aspect of this year’s conference.”

This year’s other winners are listed below:

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 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™

Since the launch of the Inman News Innovator Awards in 1997, Inman News has recognized enterprises that have demonstrated extraordinary levels of innovation through the use of technology or the Internet that enhance the real estate transaction for consumers, positively impact the real estate industry and redefine key business models within the market. Additionally, one individual who embodies the spirit of innovation in real estate is honored each year.

Winners from prior years include Google Earth, Century21 ClickIt, RealLiving, Curbed.com, ApartmentRating.com, NY Times Real Estate, Metrocities Mortgage, Cendant LeadRouter, Fidelity PHD, E*TRADE, E-LOAN, Lending Tree, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, and many more.

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.

About Redfin

Redfin (http://www.redfin.com) is the real estate industry's first online brokerage. By combining maps, listings, tax records and analytics, Redfin has become Seattle's most popular brokerage site, and is now available in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers who use Redfin.com to buy or sell properties earn a refund of most of the commission traditionally due their broker, and get full support in paperwork, negotiations and closing. To give the Redfin service a try, visit http://www.redfin.com, or keep track of our daring exploits via our blog, at http://blog.redfin.com.

Inman News Media Contact

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

Redfin News Media Contact

Bahn Lee, Redfin, 206-340-8794 x 104

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