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2009 Innovator Awards finalists

List ranges from Animoto to Zillow

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The finalists for this year's Inman News Innovator Awards include household names and new arrivals, and run the gamut from Animoto to Zillow. Winners of the 12th annual awards -- which honor companies that use technology and innovation to enhance the real estate transaction process and improve the overall experience for consumers and real estate professionals -- will be announced during the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, which runs from Aug. 5-7. The finalists are listed below in five categories: brokerage or franchise; new technology; Web service; blog; and media site. Additionally, an annual "Innovator of the Year Award" announced at the conference will recognize an individual who embodies the spirit of innovation in the real estate industry (finalists are not displayed for that category). Last year (see 2008 winners), Bob Hale, CEO for the Houston Association of Realtors, received the Innovator of the Year Award; Sawbuck Realty received the...