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‘Lazy’ investor turned tech pioneer

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Editor's note: We scoured the industry in search of behind-the-scenes technology innovators driving change for real estate. In this special Inman News series, we share their stories, but the five people and companies we chose are by no means the only pioneers in real estate. There are hordes of innovators out there, and we'd like to hear all their stories. Drop us a tip if you have someone in mind. (See Part 1: Age doesn't stop Baird & Warner's innovations; Part 2: Neighborhood real estate videos come alive; Part 3: A perfect online real estate marrriage and Part 4: Bridging islands of real estate technology.) Greg Hansen of Fidelity Hansen Quality attributes his pioneering role in real estate technology to laziness. The innovator launched San Diego, Calif.-based Hansen Quality in 1990 before the Internet gained popular acceptance. The company developed an automated valuation model in 1991, named Stat. Eventually, after the company was purchased by Fi...