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What is iNest?

Midwestern entrepreneurs build online home builder referral business, sell to Diller

INest, a new-home builder referral network, is one of those rare cases of a dot-com company that survived the bust and poised itself for growth. Like other successful survivors of that rocky period, iNest management was the key to its success, which paid off today as LendingTree announced it had purchased iNest. Andy Wolf, founder and CEO of iNest Realty, built iNest's growth from a one-person operation to one of the new-home category leaders. Prior to founding iNest, Wolf was chief operating officer of Morningstar Inc., the mutual fund rating company. Wolf cites Morningstar as a significant factor in his catching the entrepreneurial bug. Prior to Morningstar, Wolf worked at the M&A and treasury groups at the Quaker Oats Co. (since acquired by PepsiCo). He earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, with a concentration in marketing. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and is both a CPA and a licen...