Mobile and cloud-based tools are redefining the real estate search experience for consumers and industry professionals alike, and innovators are rolling out countless new tools to propel this wireless, always-on, location-sensing and constantly evolving revolution.

This latest list of finalists, for the Inman News 2011 Innovator Awards, recognizes dozens of companies, industry entities and products that are front-runners in the industry’s tech progression.

Among the finalists are a series of mobile real estate search apps across a variety of smartphone and tablet platforms, enterprise-wide brokerage technology platforms, real estate’s social media standouts, and tools designed to improve online interactions with customers and prospective customers.

View the full list of finalists

The Inman News Innovator Awards, created in 1997, recognize technologies, tools and services that improve the real estate transaction process and experience for consumers and industry professionals.

This year’s award categories include:

  • Most Innovative New Technology
  • Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise
  • Most Innovative Real Estate Website or Web Service
  • Most Innovative MLS or Real Estate Trade Association
  • Most Innovative Real Estate Startup
  • Most Innovative Mobile App
  • Most Innovative Real Estate Social Site or Social Service or blog

Following a nominations process, an Inman News review team considered the full list of nominees and selected the list of finalists — finalists include nominees as well as other candidates selected by the Inman News review team.

The review team chooses the winners from the list of finalists, and the winners will be announced during the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, which runs from July 27-29, 2011.

An additional annual award, the Innovator of the Year Award, recognizes an individual who embodies the spirit of real estate innovation. This award is selected by the Inman News review team and is not open to nominations.

Voting for the People’s Choice Innovator Award, an annual award that is based on a popular vote of Inman News readers, will close Friday, July 22.

View the full list of finalists

View the complete list of Innovator Awards winners, from 1998-2010.

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