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Hottest real estate brokerages compete for title

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The Inman Innovator awards will be presented July 28 at Real Estate Connect in San Francisco. Six real estate companies will compete for the Inman Innovator Award this year in the brokerage category, which recognizes excellence, innovation and success in real estate business. The 2004 finalists for real estate brokerage include ZipRealty, Real Living, Intero Real Estate, Windermere, Prudential Real Estate Affiliates and Help-U-Sell. ZipRealty Emeryville, Calif.-based ZipRealty was established in 1999. The full-service residential brokerage firm has broken ground in the online real estate world, surviving the dot-com crash and reporting profitability last fall. Zip leverages the Internet and proprietary technology to offer services at lower costs to consumers. The company has operations in 15 cities nationwide. Based on its projected revenue this year, Zip would be one of the top 50 real estate brokers in the United States. In May, Zip made its initial move to go public with the Secu...