Is 2010 the year of the app?

This year’s list of finalists for the 2010 Inman News Innovator Awards includes numerous mobile applications developed for smart phones.

The lightning pace of mobile app innovation and adoption has captured the attention of real estate consumers and professionals, who are accessing deep information about real estate in coffee shops, cars and everywhere in between.

The finalists are grouped into five categories: Brokerage or Franchise, New Technology, Web Service, Blog, Media Site, with an additional individual award for Innovator of the Year (finalists for this category are not announced).

Also, new this year, the awards will recognize a "People’s Choice" innovator, selected by a popular vote of Inman News readers from the list of finalists.

Click the button to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Innovator Award (vote only once).

People’s Choice Innovator Award: YOU CHOOSE

The winners of the 2010 Inman News Innovator Awards will be announced during the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, which runs from July 13-15 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel.

Since their inception in 1997, the annual awards have recognized companies including LendingTree, Coldwell Banker, Sawbuck Realty, Redfin, ActiveRain, vFlyer and, and individuals including Frank LLosa of Frankly Realty and, Bob Hale of the Houston Association of Realtors, and Mark Lesswing of the National Association of Realtors’ Center for Realtor Technology.

The 2010 Innovator Awards finalists are listed here (alphabetically by category):

Brokerage or Franchise
Connect Realty
The GoodLife Team
Hawaii Life Real Estate Services
M Realty
Real Estate One
Style Estate Agents
WaLaw Realty

New Technology
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Home Selection Assistant app
DocuSign ESIGNControl app
NearBuy Real Estate Search app app
Redfin app
Roost Social Real Estate Platform Facebook app
Trulia app
Walk Score app
Zillow iPad app
ZipRealty HomeScan app

Web Service
1000Watt Index
BlueScape Search
Cloud CMA
"Find" search tool, Move Inc.
Follr Enhanced Real Estate Social Card
Realtor Match
Realtors Property Resource (RPR)

1000Watt blog
Blog By The Bay
Blue Matter
Home Equity
Immobilier 2.0
Keeping Current Matters
Real Estate Relativity
Tech Savvy Agent
Urban Trekker
Vendor Alley

Media Site
Housing Watch
That Interview Guy
New York Times Real Estate
ProPublica Eye on Loan Modifications
RE Technology Inc.
Real Estate Channel

real estate connect san francisco inman newsThe selection process
Each year, Inman News announces the launch of the Inman News Innovator Awards process with a call for nominations several months prior to the Real Estate Connect conference.

Nominations are open to all and are submitted online. An Inman News review team considers the nominations and selects a list of finalists, and the finalists are drawn from the nominees and a list of other prospects suggested by the Inman News editorial team. The review team selects the winners from the list of finalists.

2009 Innovator Awards Winners
Last year’s winners included:

  • Nest Realty Group, Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise Award;
  •, Most Innovative New Technology Award;
  • Ubertor, Most Innovative Web Service Award;
  • The Phoenix Real Estate Guy blog, Most Innovative Blog Award;
  • Domus Consulting Group’s Breaking News Network, Most Innovative Media Site Award;
  • And Frank Borges LLosa, Frankly Realty and, Innovator of the Year Award.
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