WASHINGTON (June 20, 2009) – The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has named the 2009 winners of the Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards, recognizing excellence in recently published works.
Winning the first place Gold Award in the competition is: "The Skinny on the Housing Crisis" written by James Randel, published by Clover Leaf. The judges’ comments: "Wow. What a concept, having stick people tell the story of one of the beefiest, multifaceted, complex and confusing bits of recent economic history in terms everyone can understand. I wish I had this on my desk when I was editing all those stories about the impact of the collapse of the real estate market. Original. Informative. Easy to read. And funny to boot. I want to see more books on topics like this."
Winning the Silver Award is: “House Lust” written by Dan McGinn and published by Doubleday. The judges’ comments: “Just a fun and informative read. I found myself recounting details from the book to my wife who is a HGTV fanatic."
Winning the Bronze Award is: “Confessions of a Subprime Lender" written by Richard Bitner and published by John Wiley & Sons. The judges said the book was “timely and thorough.”
The NAREE First-Time Author Award winner is Dan McGinn for “House Lust.”
The Gold Award winner received $1,000. The Silver Award was $500 and the Bronze was $250. The First-Time Author Award is $250.
The judges were: Michael Frolove, Instructor at the Real Estate Institute, Temple University and a licensed real estate broker and appraiser in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Allen Norwood, retired Homes Editor, Charlotte Observer and a freelance editor of HGTV online and a former member of NAREE who also had served as the association’s Vice President; and Ken Lanterman, former assistant business editor at the Houston Chronicle and former editor at several Texas newspapers.
NAREE’s book awards program was started two years ago to recognize excellence by real estate authors. It is named for the late Robert Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist, prolific writer and a longtime NAREE leader. Bruss, who died in 2007, frequently wrote reviews of realty books. Books focused on home buying, selling, leasing, renting, mortgage finance, green building, urban design, investing, architecture, construction and other related topics were considered.
NAREE, a non-profit association of writers celebrating 80 years of service, was founded in 1929. The awards were presented June 20th at NAREE’s Real Estate Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C.
For 60 years, NAREE also has organized a journalism competition for news and feature articles about real estate. The deadline to enter the next journalism competition is March 1, 2010.
The Bruss Book Awards are sponsored by NAREE members Leigh Robinson of Express Publishing and Brad Inman of Inman News.
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