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10 Most Influential Real Estate People of 2005

Perspective: Leaders, luminaries and notorious names we won't forget

Inman News this year compiled a list of the 100 most influential people in real estate, reflecting the industry's best and brightest, as well as outside figures whose actions influence the home buying and selling business. We handpicked 10 from the list who were the most memorable in 2005: 1. Erin Toll, Deputy Insurance Commissioner, Colorado, for her incremental role in sparking a nationwide investigation of kickbacks among title insurance companies, lenders, developers and real estate brokerages. The probe caused a chain reaction in states throughout the country and resulted in millions of dollars being refunded to consumers. (For a full profile of Toll, click here.) 2. Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, for reigning supreme over the 10-year housing boom. Greenspan leaves his post on Jan. 31 to his successor Ben Bernanke. We'll miss him! (For a full profile of Greenspan, click here.) 3. Mike Long, CEO, Homestore, for pulling the company out of a major ...