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Inman News announces Innovator Awards winners

Bob Hale wins 'Innovator of the Year'; Sawbuck wins brokerage award

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bob Hale, who for 20 years has served as president and CEO for the Houston Association of Realtors, today received the "Innovator of the Year" award during an awards ceremony at the Real Estate Connect conference. The Inman Innovator Awards honor forward-thinking technologies, Web services, business models and innovators in online real estate, brokerage and media companies. Hale in 2006 was named by the National Association of Realtors' Realtor magazine as one of 25 "Most Influential Thought Leaders" in the U.S. real estate industry. He has been a driving force in HAR's popular public multiple listing service Web site, which drives traffic to members' Web sites, and he has been an open advocate for the distribution of property listings information to other sites in order to boost Web traffic to for-sale homes listed by the group's members. The entire craigslist online community was honored with the "Innovator of the Year" aw...

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