Inman News today released the finalists’ names for the coveted 2007 Inman Innovator Awards, recognizing innovation in real estate. Winners will be announced at the annual Real Estate Connect SF technology conference, Aug. 1-3, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Thirty-nine real estate, technology and media firms have been chosen as finalists, including John L. Scott Real Estate, Fidelity National Information Service, the Houston Association of Realtors, Trulia and Zillow.

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

Past winners of the Inman Innovator Awards include: Redfin, RE/MAX International, ZipRealty, Cendant, Google Earth, PropertyShark and LendingTree.

The 2007 Inman Innovator Award finalists in five categories are (in no particular order):

Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise

Coldwell Banker
John L. Scott Real Estate
Real Living
Foxtons
The Corcoran Group
Iggys House
@Properties

Most Innovative Web Service

Point2 Technologies’ National Listing Service
Trulia Voices
Zillow Q&A
vFlyer
Wellcomemat
Cyberhomes
HUD’s Neighborhood Watch Center
FTC’s Competition in Real Estate Web resource
HAR.com (Houston Association of Realtors)

Most Innovative Technology

Google Street View
Meebo
Jott
MyBlogLog
Talkshoe
Altos Research’s Market Widget
Xpressdocs
RealTech

Most Innovative Blog

Transparent Real Estate
Patrick.net
Mortgage Fraud Blog
Bloodhound Blog
Calculated Risk
Redfin’s Sweet Digs blogs
3 Oceans Real Estate
Real Estate Competition and the Law
Real Estate Tomato

Most Innovative Media Site

Active Rain Real Estate Network
Business Week’s Hot Properties
New York Times’ Real Estate Site
Wall St. Journal’s RealEstateJournal.com
Curbed.com’s real estate network
“60 Minutes” Multimedia Article/Segment Site

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