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Earnnest Named a Finalist for the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit
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Earnnest Named a Finalist for the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

Realogy Competition Unlocks Opportunity for Tech Superstars to Shape Real Estate’s Future

Russell Smith
President & Chief Operating Officer
May 9, 2022

Today, Earnnest has announced that it is a finalist for the Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) FWD Innovation Summit (FWD). Operated by Realogy, the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, the annual FWD event will occur on Tuesday, May 10. Earnnest is one of five finalists selected in December and will now present their products and innovations to a panel of Realogy executives, brokers, and agents.

“Earnnest is honored to be named a finalist for the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit,” shared Earnnest Chief Revenue Officer, Russell Smith. “Realogy is a leader in this space and we look forward to growing our relationship and delivering value to their massive network of brokerages and agents through digital payments.”

Earnnest’s pitch on May 10th will cover the steady rise of check and wire fraud in the real estate industry and the way those risks are eliminated with the fully digital earnest money solution Earnnest offers. Created to save the real estate agent time (no more coordinating checks), and to add security to the homebuyer’s payment process (no more check and wire fraud), Earnnest is uniquely positioned to address current market needs. In addition, Earnnest’s established relationship with Realogy Title Group positions the payment provider to serve 40 unique title brands across 49 states.

“We are excited to have Earnnest as a finalist for this year’s FWD Innovation Summit,” said Dawn Perry, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Realogy. “The goal of FWD is to unlock opportunity for emerging technology organizations who are committed to helping real estate companies, agents or consumers. We are looking forward to learning more about Earnnest’s unique offering and how its technology innovation will help define the future of real estate.”

Designed to further technology innovation in the real estate services market, FWD is a one-of-a-kind pitch competition that highlights forward-thinking technology ideas and solutions all designed to unlock opportunity for agents and brokers. The winner of FWD will receive $25,000 and prominent placement in Realogy’s Open Ecosystem, a technology platform that brings together agents, brokers, partners and developers to enable choice, flexibility and customized solutions for home buying and selling and beyond. For more information on Realogy’s FWD Innovation Summit, please visit:

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Russell Smith

Russell Smith is President & Chief Operating Officer at Earnnest - How Money Moves in Real Estate. Russell and his team at Earnnest are on a mission to remove payment fraud from the real estate equation by replacing checks and wires with fast, secure digital payments. Prior to joining Earnnest, Russell held multiple roles leading teams and scaling new ventures at HouseCanary, RealScout, and Trulia. He was named as a HousingWire “Rising Star” in 2020 and a “Newsmaker” by Real Estate Magazine in 2023.