Looking back at the dozens of companies, individuals, websites and tools that have won Inman News Innovator Awards over the years drives home how much has changed in the real estate industry since the debut of the awards nearly 15 years ago.While many of the innovators recognized over the years are still forces to be reckoned with, others are long gone, or have struggled to live up to their initial promise.In 1998, Microsoft's HomeAdvisor was going to revolutionize the industry by making listing data available online. The concept itself did turn out to be revolutionary, but Microsoft wasn't the company that would ultimately take the idea to the bank.IndyMac Bank was honored in 2001 for its e-MITS proprietary underwriting system. The "alt-A" lender would go on to become one of the biggest casualties of the housing bust.In 2002, it looked like eBay Real Estate's Offer Management System might be the next big thing for auctioning real estate owned (REO) properties. While online...
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