“It’s a bird…it’s a plane…”-no, it’s an Inman Innovator: someone who’s demonstrated super-extraordinary powers of innovation through the use of technology or the Internet to positively influence the real estate industry and redefine key business models within the segment.

Now is your opportunity to highlight this year’s super achievers. Nominate them for a 2004 Inman Innovator Award. Submission deadline is June 25.

“It’s a bird…it’s a plane…”-no, it’s an Inman Innovator: someone who’s demonstrated super-extraordinary powers of innovation through the use of technology or the Internet to positively influence the real estate industry and redefine key business models within the segment.

Now is your opportunity to highlight this year’s super achievers. Nominate them for a 2004 Inman Innovator Award. Submission deadline is June 25. The winners will be announced July 29, at the Real Estate Connect information and technology conference in San Francisco.

Register for Real Estate Connect online.

The Inman Innovator Award is the most prestigious and coveted honor in the real estate industry. Since 1997, independent news provider Inman News has recognized companies of all sizes and types that use technology, innovation and the Internet to make the real estate transaction more user-friendly for home buyers and sellers while advancing new business models, services and tools that increase productivity for real estate professionals across the category.

Inman each year also honors one individual who embodies the spirit of innovation in the industry. Nominations must be made at //www.inman.com/innovators and should include the nominee’s contact information and a description of why the nominee should receive an Innovator Award.

Inman Innovator Award nominations are being accepted in the following categories: Real Estate Brokerage, Mortgage, Title/Closing, MLS, Appraisal/Valuation, Data, Transaction Technology, New Homes, Apartments/Rentals, Hardware/ Peripherals/Tools, Internet, Individual Achievement, and any other category in which the nominee’s efforts have extended beyond the traditional bounds of real estate and are worthy of recognition.

“Inman News has been at the forefront of identifying emerging trends in the real estate industry, and plays a critical role in shaping debate on the issues,” said LendingTree CEO Doug Lebda. The company is a former winner of “Most Innovative Company” for its overall commitment to improving the real estate transaction model.

“Receiving the Inman Innovator Award was not only an honor, but also a validation of LendingTree’s business,” he added.

Other past winners include: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. for its Personal Retriever application, the first online tool to help home buyers and sellers locate real estate resources customized to their needs; and E-Loan CEO Chris Larsen, who won an Innovator Award for personal achievement in leading the company to launch one of the first online lending Web sites; as well as eBay, John L. Scott Real Estate, E-Trade Financial, Keller Williams Realty and Ellie Mae.

“The Inman Innovator Award is a mark of distinction in the industry. Winning the award was a great moment for Keller Williams and was a source of pride across our network,” Gary Keller, chairman and founder of Keller Williams Realty said.

Real Estate Connect is the premiere networking, information and technology conference for the real estate industry. More than 1,200 of the real estate industry’s most influential leaders, decision makers and opinion leaders gather each year to discuss a range of traditional and cutting-edge topics within a dynamic forum for new business development, information exchange and debate.

Real Estate Connect 2004 is sponsored by Reply! Real Estate, FNIS Real Estate Division, Bank of America, DataQuick, Exit Realty Corp., First American Real Estate Solutions, HomeGain, LendingTree, the Newspaper Association of America, NYTimes.com, PR Newswire, Real Living, Rechannel Communications, RESPRO, Stewart Title Guaranty Co., Yahoo! Real Estate, Criterion Corp. and VREO Software.

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