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Daily Real Estate News  |  December 29, 2006  |   10 People to Watch in Real Estate
Inman News recently released its top 10 picks of company leaders who likely will have a big influence on the real estate industry in the coming year. They are:

1. Sherry Chris, chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. Chris, who was named to this position in December, has a history of developing new markets and being an innovator with technology.

2. John Helm, founder and CEO, MyNewPlace. Helm, the former founding CEO of the once-popular Web site AllApartments/SpringStreet, leads MyNewPlace, which just recently received $12 million in its second round of investor funding this year.

3. Michael Good, CEO and president, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates. Good is spearheading the creation of new technologies and marketing tools as he aims to have Sotheby be a model for luxury real estate brokerages.

4. Robert Shiller, chief economist, MacroMarkets LLC; Stanley B. Resor professor of economics, Yale University. Shiller is a pioneer in developing house-price indexes and a major voice in pushing the trading of housing futures forward.

5. Mark Lesswing, chief technology officer, senior vice president, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORSŪ. Lesswing also serves as director of NAR’s Center for Realtor Technology. He oversees NAR’s information technology initiatives and educates members on technology issues.

6. Lloyd Frink, co-founder and president, Frink is leading the popular U.S. home valuation Web site one of the top-visited real estate sites which launched in February this year.

7. Louis Cammarosano, general manager, HomeGain. Cammarosano resurrected HomeGain's home-valuation feature this year and helped the company launch a free listings option for real estate practitioners.

8. Gary Thomas, chairman of NAR's Future MLS Advisory Group. Thomas has been charged with reviewing the future of MLSs in the United States and brainstorming how MLS would operate if it were developed from scratch.

9. Glenn Kelman, CEO, Redfin. Kelman led the company in entering a new market this year in San Francisco and launched an online purchase offer system. He’s determined to lower the transaction costs for home buyers and sellers.

10. Chinese investors. Inman News also recognized investors in China, who have purchased U.S. bonds at a fast rate, helping to keep mortgage rates in the United States relatively low. Whether that trend continues may depend on whether Chinese investors continue to invest heavily in U.S. bonds in 2007.

— REALTORŪ Magazine Online

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