The Inman Innovator awards will be presented Aug. 1 at Real Estate Connect in San Francisco.

Nine real estate blogs will compete for the Inman Innovator award this year in the Most Innovative Blog category, which recognizes excellence, innovation and success in real estate Weblogging.

The 2007 finalists for blogs include 3 Oceans Real Estate, Bloodhound Blog, Calculated Risk, Mortgage Fraud Blog, Patrick.net, Real Estate Competition and the Law, Real Estate Tomato, Redfin’s Sweet Digs, and Transparent Real Estate.

More information about the finalists:

3 Oceans Real Estate

3 Oceans Real Estate blog was started in August, 2006 by Realtor Kevin Boer and covers the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley real estate markets, as well as national industry issues. Contributors include Ana Hays, Chris Iverson, Christine Kani, Bart Marchioni, Ann O’Connell, and David Roberson.           

Bloodhound Blog

Bloodhound Blog was started in June, 2006 by Greg Swann and Cathleen Collins. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Bloodhound Blog comments on national industry issues and features contributions from Jeff Kempe, Michael Cook, Allen Butler, Morgan Brown, Lani Anglin, Kris Berg, Brian Brady, Teri Lussier, Russell Shaw, James Hsu, Dan Green, Jeff Brown and Doug Quance.

Calculated Risk

Written by a retired senior executive and a former bank officer, Calculated Risk focuses on the mortgage industry as well as real estate investing, finance and economics.

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog is written by Rachel Dollar, an attorney and Certified Mortgage Banker who handles fraud recovery litigation for lenders and secondary market investors nationwide. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of mortgage fraud.

Patrick.net

Patrick.net is one of the foremost “bubble blogs” – a blog that is forecasting and chronicling an impending housing crash.  Patrick.net often offers spirited discussion on housing market topics.

Real Estate, Real Competition and the Law

Real Estate, Real Competition and the Law blog is written by Michael H. Erdman, a partner at a Chicago law firm and General Counsel of the American Real Estate Broker Alliance (AREBA). The blog chronicles the ongoing challenges and anticompetitive practices taking place in the real estate industry.

Real Estate Tomato

The Real Estate Tomato was created by Jim Cronin, a real estate marketing consultant as a destination emarketing tips, internet insight, and reviews of marketing services and products. 

Redfin’s Sweet Digs blogs

Sweet Digs is a daily real estate rundown produced by online brokerage Redfin. The goal is to give readers the inside scoop on past sales, good deals, open houses and what’s on the market in your neighborhood. Sweet Digs currently operates in Seattle and San Francisco.

Transparent Real Estate

Transparent Real Estate is written by Pat Kitano, co-founder and managing principal of Domus Consulting Group. It focuses on business strategy, new business models, technology and real estate marketing for the real estate community. Transparent Real Estate blog was started in August 2006.

The most innovative real estate and technology companies will be honored at Real Estate Connect, Aug. 1-3, in San Francisco. Real Estate Connect brings together the top leaders from the real estate industry, including mortgage lenders, technology firms, industry analysts and news media.

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