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Online real estate innovators await crown

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The Inman Innovator awards will be presented July 28 at Real Estate Connect in San Francisco. Six online real estate companies and services will compete for the Inman Innovator Award this year in the online real estate category, which recognizes excellence, innovation and success in Internet-based business models. The 2004 finalists for online real estate are, HouseValues, Reply! Real Estate, LendingTree, HomeGain and ServiceMagic. is the consumer Web site launched by Fair Isaac Corp., the creators of the FICO score. The FICO score is a standard measure of borrower credit risk and is used to make more than 10 billion credit decisions each year. enables borrowers to log onto the Web and check their score themselves, learn how to improve their scores and find out what effect their scores really have on their chance of securing a mortgage or other type of loan. Consumers can access credit scores and reports from the three major credit reporti...