Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff is Inman’s 2011 Innovator of the Year — one of nine “Innovator Awards” the company gives out. Although it didn’t explain what innovations Rascoff was honored for, Inman praised Zillow saying “In addition to operating one of the most popular real estate websites, Zillow also has launched some chart-topping real estate mobile apps for a range of devices.”

Amusing note: Rascoff rents his home.

Other Inman winners:

Most Innovative New Technology
Winner: Down Payment Resource, “a Web tool that connects eligible homebuyers and eligible properties with government-funded programs for down payment assistance, rehab loans and other loan programs.”

Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise
Winner: William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, which “in February announced the launch of Agent Dashboard, a ‘comprehensive CRM, business management and marketing tool’ that is based on CoreLogic’s AgentAchieve product.”

Most Innovative Real Estate Website or Service
Winner: Keller Williams’s eEdge, “a lead-to-close agent platform that includes lead

management, contact management, a marketing library and a paperless transaction system.”

Most Innovative MLS or Real Estate Trade Association
Winner: Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors for “The Thing,” an interactive real estate data tool in whick “local housing data can be analyzed by metrics such as median sales price and days on market for property types including existing homes, foreclosures and new construction.”

Most Innovative Real Estate Startup
Winner: SocialBios (acquired by Move Inc.); it “offers tools to help integrate websites with social networking services to show existing connections between site visitors and company staff and representatives.”

Most Innovative Mobile App
Winner: Realtor.com Android app

Most Innovative Real Estate Social Site/Service/Blog
Winner: The Corcoran Group Foursquare tips

People’s Choice Innovator Award
Winner: Century 21 Real Estate, “the first national real estate franchisor to implement a new search functionality related to a National Association of Realtors policy governing the indexing and display of Internet Data Exchange (IDX) information by real estate franchise organizations.”

You can see the details of the winners at Inman.com — well, until it goes behind the paywall in a day or two.