Inman News today released the names of the finalists for the coveted 2006 Inman Innovator Awards.

Inman News today released the names of the finalists for the coveted 2006 Inman Innovator Awards. Winners will be announced at the annual Real Estate Connect SF technology conference, July 26-28, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Fifty-three real estate, technology, mortgage and media firms have been chosen as finalists, including Google Base, the National Association of Realtors’ Center for Realtor Technology, LendingTree, Coldwell Banker and Zillow.

The Inman Innovator Awards recognize companies that use technology and innovation to enhance the real estate transaction for consumers and real estate professionals. In addition, one individual who embodies the spirit of innovation in real estate is honored each year.

“In today’s fast-moving marketplace, innovation is a more important quality than size, market share or even revenue,” said Bradley Inman, founder and publisher of Inman News. “That’s why I’m so excited to announce these Inman News Innovator Award finalists today.” 

Past winners of the Inman Innovator Awards include: Real Living, The New York Times, Curbed.com, Google Earth, Cendant, ZipRealty, Weichert Realtors and Metrocities Mortgage. The awards have been presented at Real Estate Connect SF since 1997.

The 2006 Inman Innovator Award finalists in nine categories are:

Most Innovative Brokerage

Alain Pinel Realtors

Weichert Realtors

RE/MAX International

Intero Real Estate

Michael Saunders & Co.

Chase International

Most Innovative Web Service

VisiStat

Trulia

HouseValues’ HomePages.com

PropSmart

Homethinking

Google Base

HomeGain Neighborhood Maps

RealLiving.com

Coldwell Banker Video Library

Most Innovative New Business Model

Redfin Direct

BuySide Realty

Expert Realty

RebateReps.com

Move’s Top Marketer

Most Innovative Real Estate Blog

Rain City Guide

Matrix

The Walk-Through (The New York Times)

Center for Realtor Technology blog

SocketSite

Urban Digs

Most Innovative Real Estate Data Site

Zillow

HomeSmartReports.com

PropertyShark

RealEstateABC

RealtyTrac

Most Innovative Technology

Stewart Title’s SureClose

Blogging Systems

CellSigns

RealPING

Smarter Agent’s Mobile GPS

WolfNet’s MapTracks

LocoModa’s StreetSurfer

Most Innovative Mortgage Company or Service

The Loan Page

LendingTree

Bank of America’s Real Estate Center

NationPoint

Air Force Credit Union

Most Innovative Media Site

Realtor Magazine Online

YourHub.com

RIS Media

October Research

Planetizen

Most Innovative Rental/ New Home Online Service

HotPads

CityCribs

RentClicks

MyNewPlace

Rent.com/eBay

To register for Connect SF or to see the full conference program, visit the conference Web site at: //www.inman.com/connectsf/sf.aspx. Registration can be completed at the same Web address or by calling (800) 775-4662, ext. 143.

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