NAREE's Annual Journalism Competition

NAREE will post online entry instructions for NAREE's 70th Annual Real Estate Journalism Contest on Feb 1.  

Entry deadline is March 1 for work published or posted by December 31, 2019.

NAREE's contest is open to digital, print and broadcast journalists -- including writers, investigative reporters, editors, columnists, producers -- both staff and freelance covering residential and commercial real estate; mortgage and finance; home and design -- lux affordable, attainable; green building and architecture.

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National Association of Real Estate Editors Announces 2019 Journalism Competition Winners 

AUSTIN - (June 28, 2019) - The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) today announced the winners of its 69th Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate.

Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry.
The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Jon Gorey, freelance writer for the Boston Globe.
Max de Haldevang, Quartz, won NAREE’s Ruth Ryon’s Best Young Journalist Award.

NAREE presented the awards June 28, 2019, at its 53rd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin. A panel of expert judges from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University selected all winners. Medill’s Ceci Rodgers chaired the panel. 

 

NAREE’s 2019 winners with judges’ comments:

SECTION I: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS, ALL MEDIA Single Byline

PLATINUM WINNER - BEST OVERALL INDIVIDUAL ENTRY: 

PRASHANT GOPAL, Bloomberg News. Collection includes: “Small Time Bankers Make Millions Peddling Mortgages to the Poor”

Judges’ comment: Anyone who has ever disparaged business stories as dull hasn’t read a story by Prashant Gopal. The Bloomberg Businessweek journalist distinguishes himself through stylish writing, in-depth reporting and quotes that are gems. Gopal explored little-known corners of the mortgage market that exhibit troubling signs of fraud, some of which are reminiscent of the practices leading up to the housing crisis. Even without photographs, readers can picture each of his characters, such as a financier whose “dark widow’s peak is slicked high with gel,” and who “has a Lamborghini on order to go with his Mercedes.” He reaches top experts, gets all the right statistics and writes impactfully on important topics, but it’s these extra touches that make him worthy of the platinum prize. 

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD - BEST FREELANCE COLLECTION: 

JON GOREY, Boston Globe & others

Judges’ Comment: Gorey’s work is impressive and wide-ranging – from economic analysis to reader service stories that give homeowners valuable and actionable advice. His deftly written and deeply reported stories most often appear in the Boston Globe. Gorey shines most with his unique angles on mundane topics, such as his story about home tax breaks and how they have shaped architectural trends over the centuries. He writes conversationally and with humor when appropriate, such as in his stories and blog posts about do-it-yourself projects in old homes – including his.

 

RUTH RYON AWARD - BEST YOUNG JOURNALIST: 

MAX DE HALDEVANG, Quartz

Judges’ comment: Max de Haldevang impressed the judges with his story about the search for the true owners of Sherlock Holmes’ residence. The twist is that it wasn’t really a historical story about Holmes, but a crime mystery about corrupt money flowing into Britain. A gifted writer and dogged investigative reporter on the global economy and geopolitics, de Haldevang seems able to quickly master the intricacies of many complicated issues.

 

Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Residential Real Estate 

GOLD WINNER:      

NANCY SARNOFF, Houston Chronicle, “In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey”

Judges’ comment: The well-reported trio of stories about the effects of Harvey on various neighborhoods detailed what the natural disaster means for sales, prices and rents in those areas. The stories used data to convey and explain what happened, as well as maps that made it easier for the reader to get a sense of the scope of the disaster.

 

SILVER WINNER (TIE): 

STEFANOS CHEN, The New York Times, “To Understand New York Real Estate, Follow Fido”

Judges’ comment: Chen surprises his readers with stories they haven’t seen elsewhere. He also comes up with unique ways to look at the real-estate market. For example, for his piece on understanding New York real estate, he “follows Fido” and looks up every canine registration in the city. The top dog: the Yorkie, followed by the Shi Tzu. In all the stories in this collection, he writes with flair. 

 

SILVER WINNER (TIE): 

JON GOREY, Freelancer, The Boston Globe, “Borderline Behavior”

Judges’ comment: This collection of thoroughly reported and well-written stories both entertains and informs the reader on topics, particularly two of them (weird borders and what real-estate agents do when they’re in the middle of a family dispute during a sale), that aren’t typically covered. All three stories are well sourced. 

 

BRONZE WINNER (TIE): 

MICHELE LERNER, Freelancer, The Washington Post, "The New Boomtowns"

Judges’ comment: This collection of stories addresses what happens when home price gains outstrip incomes, from where to live (think Sacramento and Nashville) to downsizing baby boomers calculating whether to rent or buy. Data-driven but tied to real people, these stories compellingly reflect the zeitgeist of the day.

 

BRONZE WINNER (TIE): 

JASON HIDALGO, The Reno Gazette-Journal, "Rock wall failures in Reno" 

Judges’ comment: Hidalgo dives into data and neighborhoods to provide well-written and in-depth stories that reveal the motivations and consequences of poorly conceived laws.  Detailed, thorough and important watch-dog reporting.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

DEVON THORNSBY, U.S. News & World Report, “What Limits Can Your Landlord Put on Gun Possession?”

Judges’ comment: The story collection tackles two subjects often written about – pets and what to do when your rent is raised – but takes a fresh angle on both. The story about what limits landlords can and can’t put on renters who possess guns was insightful, with information not seen in other stories. 

 

Category 2: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Commercial Real Estate

$250 - GOLD WINNER: 

JONATHAN O’CONNELL, The Washington Post, “Do posh waterfronts make a city world-class? D.C. is betting hundreds of millions on it,” “The unspoken factor in Amazon's HQ2 hunt,” and “Trump's interest slows FBI HQ project.”

Judges’ comment: O’Connell’s collection of stories includes some unique angles on widely reported stories, such as an in-depth and nuanced exploration of the waterfront project in SW Washington, D.C., that traced the evolution over more than two decades and remains controversial. Beautifully written and deeply reported.

 

SILVER WINNER:  

NOAH BUHAYAR, Bloomberg News, “Opportunity Zones” 

Judges’ comment: This collection shines a light on the fine print in IRS rules for the Trump administration’s opportunity zones, including that the biggest breaks go to Goldman Sachs and other large investors, while the intended recipients of the breaks -- investors in disadvantaged neighborhoods – get frozen out. Colorful maps vividly drive the point home.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

JACOB ADELMAN, Philadelphia Inquirer, “Malls of Vacant Halls” 

Judges’ comment: A trio of informative and entertaining stories, with the best of the bunch being how Namadar Realty Group in New York is buying dying malls and making them worse instead of improving them. This collection includes original data and analysis from the Inquirer, making it all the more unique.  

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

LORETTA CLODFELTER, Institutional Real Estate Americas, “All about that bass”

Judges’ comment: Data and well-placed sources drive these three stories about how real estate investment is and can be used in today’s 401(k)s; the use of technology in the real estate industry; and how investors can make money and do well by investing in affordable housing.

 

Category 3: Best Real Estate Column

GOLD WINNER: 

BECKIE STRUM, Dow Jones / Mansion Global, “Over-Customizing a Home May Lead to Trouble Selling it.”

Judges’ comment: Strum uses vivid examples to make her point about homeowners’ eccentric touches hurting resale value. Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Slash added a stripper pole and a 36-foot skateboard ramp to his home (and ended up needing to cut his price by $2.3 million), and Bulls star Michael Jordan built a mansion with 15 bathrooms and a regulation-size basketball court.  Strum’s wealthy readers learn good lessons from her “show, don’t tell” efforts. 

 

SILVER WINNER:

LOIS WEISS, Freelancer, Bisnow, “The HQ2 Search Is a Sham. Jeff Bezos Already Knows the Winner.” 

Judges’ comment: Weiss is either clairvoyant – or a veteran real-estate journalist who admirably knows her turf. In her January 2018 piece, she declared (correctly, as it turns out) that Jeff Bezos already planned to choose the D.C. area for his second headquarters. She uses numbers to make her point, citing the Amazon chief’s $23 million purchase of two side-by-side mansions there in October 2016. Coincidence? She thinks not. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

RONDA KAYSEN, Freelancer, The New York Times, "Right at Home - Confessions of an Open House Addict” 

Judges’ comment: Kaysen turned her “addiction” into a fun, engaging column about the appeal of open houses. Charmingly, she divides her compatriots into three categories -- snoopers, confirmation seekers and aspirational buyers. It’s easy to cheer for and identify with Kaysen, who shuns multimillion-dollar mansions and instead likes to walk into a place where she can imagine a life “about one paygrade” above her own. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION:
LEW SICHELMAN
, "The Housing Scene - On Zillow, Some Listings Are MIA” 

Judges’ comment: The veteran real-estate journalist reveals that Zillow, in what some agents see as a “money grab,” now requires builders to pay a fee if they want to be listed. He also uses statistics and anecdotes to back up his arguments.

 

Category 4: Best Economic Analysis - Real Estate

GOLD WINNER: 

BLANCA TORRES, San Francisco Business Times, “The 7 big ways Prop. 13 has reshaped California”

Judges’ comment: Torres writes compellingly about Proposition 13 and its obvious and not-so-obvious impact on California real estate. This thoroughly engaging analysis includes meticulous data reporting that documents the impact on real estate prices and the coffers of state and local governments, as well as the narratives of impacted homeowners and renters. It’s the kind of analysis that should give voters and lawmakers pause.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

LORRAINE WOELLERT, POLITICO, “We know how lucky we are: What happens to the country if the only young people who can buy houses are already wealthy?”

Judges’ comment: Woellert gains unusual access to a well-connected D.C. couple whose famous father’s help ensures they will not be shut out of the American dream of homeownership. In this timely, well-written analysis, Woellert uses their story to connect to the larger economic problem of widening disparities in income and access in the U.S.

 

BRONZE WINNER:

JON GOREY, Freelancer, The Boston Globe, “Economists Predict Recession by 2020”

Judges’ comment: Gorey surveys top housing economists and collects local and national data to produce an insightful story about a slowing economy and why it’s not hurting Boston’s housing market. This is a smart analysis that serves the business reader. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

PATRICK KEARNS, Inman News, “The essential guide to thriving in a turning market” 

Judges’ Comment: This clear-eyed analysis of a slowing housing economy provided readers with the context and practical knowledge to help them make decisions. A well-written and thorough piece that served the publication’s audience of brokers and investors.

 

Category 5: Best Interior Design Story

GOLD WINNER: 

CANDACE TAYLOR, The Wall Street Journal, “Home Shark Tanks Are In. Just One Problem: Sharks Make Terrible Pets.”

Judges’ comment: In this jaw-dropping and “Jaws”-evoking piece, Taylor answers the question: Who would install a home shark tank? She tracks down the answer: Lil’ Wayne, Tracy Morgan, “Real Housewives” stars and other rich people with $15,000 to $1 million and room for up to 16,000 gallons of water. It’s an unusual and fun story that raises the larger issue of what kinds of creatures should – and should not – be pets. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

JURA KONCIUS, Washington Post Magazine, “Inside Blair House, Where the Presidents’ Guests Get VIP Treatment” 

Judges’ comment: Koncius gives her readers an exclusive look inside the 1942 presidential guest house, which doesn’t offer official tours. Charles de Gaulle and Queen Elizabeth II stayed here. So did Donald Trump, the night before his inauguration. The piece is thoroughly researched and reported, with lots of little nuggets: Tiffany gave 150 place settings of its silver flatware; foreign visitors are allowed to smoke indoors. The result is a feast for history lovers. 

 

BRONZE:

MIMI O’CONNOR, Brick Underground, “We asked actual children to test-drive some of NYC’s fanciest playrooms.” 

Judges’ comment: Who better than 5- and 6-year-olds to test out swanky playrooms? No one. O’Connor comes up with a creative way to tell her story and pulls it off in an example-filled piece. One play spot even includes a mini-electric BMW convertible. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

VERONIKA BONDARENKO, Inman News, “Latest Fad? Tossing Out the Furniture” 

Judges’ comment: Proponents of furniture-free living think it promotes being less sedentary, among other things. There’s even a #furniturefree hashtag. The author, whose family sleeps on floor beds that require more exercise than high beds when it comes to getting up, coaches readers on how to get by with little more than a couch.

 

Category 6: Best Real Estate E-Newsletter by an Individual Journalist

GOLD WINNER:
JOHN ELLIOT
, Dow Jones / Mansion Global Daily

Judges’ comment: This e-newsletter knows what its wealthy readers want to know. It runs Mansion Global stories and highlights from other places. Interestingly, as one of its stories points out, changes in the less liquid, more volatile luxury real-estate market, which slows down sooner, can be a sign of what’s to come for the rest of the market. It also uses data to let its readers know key trends: Wilmington, Delaware, and Rochester, New York, are heating up. Who knew?

 

SILVER WINNER: 

KATHERINE FESER, Prime Property, Houston Chronicle

Judges’ comment: This e-newsletter tells its local readers what they want to know, such as how prices stack up in Houston compared to elsewhere, how a four-year renovation on a monster house is frustrating residents and how one in five Houston millennials is living at home with mom. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

EILEEN WOODS, Real Estate Address, The Boston Globe 

Judges’ comment: This e-newsletter gives its readers snapshots of what they need to know about open houses and listings but also includes special tidbits about properties in this historic town. (A woman accused of witchcraft in 1692 lived in one restored home.)

 

Category 7: Best Architecture Story

GOLD WINNER: 

MARK ELLWOOD, Bloomberg News, “Forget Tiny Houses: The design-obsessed now want homes in miniature” 

Judge’s comment: This story about dollhouse-like houses -- replicas of wealthy homeowners’ full-size ones -- is a “Wow! I didn’t know that!” piece. Ellwood tracks down the people who make and order these miniatures, helping readers understand how they’re created and why they’re commissioned. (Sometimes they’re even thank you gifts for major museum donors.)

 

SILVER WINNER: 

ALISON STATEMAN, Commercial Observer, “Rethinking School Design in the Age of the Mass Shooter”  

Judges’ comment: Two decades after Columbine, the author explains simple, and sometimes surprising, ways architects are re-imagining school design. Floor-to-ceiling windows are safer than solid walls because students and staff can see and be aware of danger earlier. Planters can create an attractive environment -- and a good place to hide. This piece is well reported and explained.

 

BRONZE WINNER:

JON GOREY, Freelancer, The Boston Globe, “Tax Shelters: As the Filing Deadline Looms, We Look at Uncle Sam’s Hidden Contributions to Architecture” 

Judges’ comment: In a story full of historical gems, Gorey lays out the case for people designing and decorating their houses to avoid paying extra taxes. For example, from 1712 to 1836, there was a tax on printed wallpaper -- so families used stencils instead. And Gorey and his wife installed rooftop solar panels and got a 30 percent tax credit. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

JOSH BARBANEL, The Wall Street Journal, “What’s 8 Feet Wide and Has an Elevator?”

Judges’ comment: This story about fancy, ultra-narrow homes in New York City offers plenty of surprises. The widest room in a four-story place listed for $5 million is just 10 feet. These teeny townhouses are basically scraps, left over from large construction projects. Barbanel includes interesting historical details. (Margaret Mead lived in a Greenwich Village place just over 9 feet wide.)

 

SECTION 2: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS- NEWSPAPERS, PRINT OR DIGITAL, SINGLE BYLINE

Category 8: Best Residential Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper

GOLD WINNER: 

MARK COLLETTE, Houston Chronicle, “Flood Games: Manipulation of Flood Insurance Leads to Repeat Disasters” 

Judges’ comment: This investigation and analysis found that because officials weren’t honest with Houston-area residents about how much their properties had been damaged by floods in financial terms, people and homes were allowed back in vulnerable places where homes could flood again. Collette’s analysis used government data to find property losses that could have been avoided had guidelines and requirements been followed. The story is a must-read for any Houston resident whose property has been damaged by floods. 

 

SILVER WINNER:
PHILLIP MOLNAR
, The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Pushed Out by High Prices, these San Diegans Left for Greener Pastures”

Judges’ comments: This compelling piece looks at how the high cost of living is forcing San Diego County residents to leave the region in droves and move to places such as Arizona and Idaho. The personal stories Molnar tells put a face to the statistics, and graphs that bolster the story. 

 

BRONZE WINNER:

HIAWATHA BRAY, The Boston Globe, “I Spy: Some homeowners are using their high-tech devices to watch buyers during showings, gaining the upper hand in negotiations” 

Judges’ comment: This story about how sellers are using home security devices to spy on potential buyers has an interesting lead, is well written and is a cautionary tale for buyers and sellers alike. One agent found out during a broker’s open house that the seller was watching agents move through the house when, after pulling out a cell phone to take a photo, she received a text message saying no photos were to be taken in the master bedroom.

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

ARIELLE KASS, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Annexation Battle Splits Neighborhood”

Judges’ comments: This story details how neighbors were pitted against neighbors when Loch Lomond residents voted to annex this unincorporated area to the city of Atlanta, just one block over. The story has conflict and drama, two characteristics that make it a compelling read. 

 

Category 9: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper

GOLD WINNER: 

KENNETH HARNEY, Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post Writers Group, “Mortgage investors want to make it easier for gig-economy workers to get loans”

Judges’ comment: Harney takes a look at how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are trying to figure out how to evaluate so-called gig income -- income for independent contractors and the like from companies such as Lyft and Uber -- when people want a mortgage. With both ride-share companies having IPOs in the spring and with more people turning to “gig income” jobs to help pay the bills, this story was timely. It also details how difficult it is to be fair and evaluate risk when potential homeowners have these types of jobs. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

ANDREA RIQUIER, Dow Jones MarketWatch, “Meet the little bank that’s helping immigrants achieve big American dreams” 

Judges’ comment: This interesting story is a profile on Quontic Bank in Queens, where 75 percent of its customers are immigrants and its bankers speak a dozen languages, including Urdu. Although their customers have excellent credit, they often have a hard time getting a mortgage because they own their own businesses. The story includes current customers and data from the Urban Institute and other sources, showing that Quontic isn’t a flash in the pan and is worthy of the story.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

ROBYN FRIEDMAN, Freelancer, The Wall Street Journal, “Time to Revisit Jumbo Reverse Mortgages 

Judges’ comment: Friedman makes a compelling argument as to why jumbo reverse mortgages, which have taken a fair share of criticism, might actually be the right product for certain individuals, such as older individuals with equity in their homes and who don’t want to take on additional debt. Friedman includes tips to consider when looking at these types of mortgages. 

 

Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper

GOLD WINNER: 

ALISTAIR GRAY, Financial Times, “Rental Powerhouses”

Judges’ comment: An insightful, well written and well sourced story about how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are investing in commercial real estate, which generates higher income that they say they need to offset affordable housing. Gray used data and public documents to tell a story that neither government agency wanted written. It’s an example of journalism shining a light on a very dark corner. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

ARIELLE KASS, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “GDOT work meets ancient Jewish law”

Judges’ comment: An insightful, well-written story about an eruv, a boundary that symbolically encloses a Jewish community and allows them to carry things on the sabbath they normally wouldn’t be allowed to carry. The unusual subject matter makes the story a compelling read. Kass is both explanatory and enlightening in her reporting and writing.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

MICHELLE JARBOE, The Plain Dealer, “Big, big money: Legal loopholes help property avoid taxes, fees”

Judges’ comment: A story that does a terrific job of explaining how legal loopholes allow real estate investors to buy an entity that owns a building instead of purchasing the property outright. These sales keep secret details about ownership changes and that limits tax dollars that would typically go to financially help the public. Jarboe takes a complicated topic that affects taxpayers and explains it in a manner any reader can understand.  

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

RONDA KAYSEN, Freelancer, The New York Times, “The Brooklyn Army Terminal: New York’s Next Manufacturing Hub?”  

Judges’ comment: While tech is all the rage these days, Kaysen in deep detail delves into how New York (the city that just spurned Amazon) spent $115 million transforming an old Brooklyn Army Terminal into a manufacturing hub. The city is attracting tenants by having rent below the market rate and focusing on companies that will bring jobs. 

 

Category 11: Best Small Daily Real Estate Newspaper Story – under 75,000 circulation

GOLD WINNER: 

DAVID SLADE, The Post and Courier, “$33 million and counting: How blunders, misperceptions and miscalculations saddled Charleston County taxpayers with a massive bill for a Naval hospital renovation that’s a long way from being done”

 

Judges’ comment: Slade wrote an excellent expose on how redevelopment plans for the former Charleston Naval Hospital fell off the tracks. Slade used data, government and court documents and FOIAs -- in addition to pictures, a timeline and illustration -- to detail what went wrong and why, and did so in a compelling manner that made it impossible to stop reading the story.  

 

Category 12: Best Weekly Real Estate Newspaper Story – Weekly Business Newspaper

GOLD WINNER: 

AARON SHORT, Commercial Observer, “On Thin Ice: Construction feels the chill from the Trump administration on undocumented immigration” 

Judges’ comment: In a year where much has been written about President Trump’s immigration policy, Short’s story about the effects that policy is having on the construction industry is insightful and well written. Short uses statistics, including from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to delve into an industry that relies on immigrants to fill the ever increasing number of construction jobs in this booming economy. The story also takes a look at how undocumented construction workers have been, in some cases, intimidated at work sites.  

 

SILVER WINNER: 

BLANCA TORRES, San Francisco Business Times, “The only one in the room: How the Bay Area’s real estate industry is grappling with diversity” 

Judges’ comment: Torres does an excellent job of taking a look at the lack of diversity in the Bay area’s real estate industry, talking with an array of individuals who have found themselves in a party of one when in meetings. Whether it’s gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, the sources opened up to Torres about how they have handled being in a room full of other real estate professionals who have traveled a different path. In addition to the text, the story also includes video interviews with some sources. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

DANIEL GEIGER, Crain’s New York Business, “A developer’s project becomes his downfall”

Judges’ comment: Geiger gives readers a behind-the-curtain look at how Rudy Thompson’s personal and professional lives fell apart with the failure of his Washington Heights development. This is an interesting, detailed story about a riches-to-rags developer who opened up to Geiger in a manner that many sources do not. 

 

SECTION III: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – MAGAZINES – PRINT OR DIGITAL- 

Category 13: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Magazine Story – General Circulation

GOLD WINNER:  

PRASHANT GOPAL, Bloomberg Businessweek, “Getting Rich on Government-Backed Mortgages” 

Judges’ comment: Gopal knows how to zoom in on a character, such as Lamborghini-owning Angelo Christian, who illustrates how non-bank lending today is echoing what happened in 2008. He uses plenty of numbers, pointing out (somewhat alarmingly) that borrowers are on average spending 43 percent of their income on debt payments and (somewhat reassuringly) that only 3.5 percent of new loans today are to people with credit scores below 620, compared with 15 percent in 2008. 

 

SILVER WINNER:  

EUGENE MEYER, Freelancer, Bethesda Magazine, “Why Marriott Stayed”

Judges’ comment: This account of why Marriott chose to build new headquarters in Bethesda rather than relocate outside the area gives local readers extensive reporting and inside information. Helpful sidebars look at the history of the company, parking and the differences between the old space and the new, denser one. 

 

BRONZE WINNER:  

BECKIE STRUM, Dow Jones/ Mansion Global, “The High Life”

Judges’ comment: Strum tells her readers what they want to know. For example, a third of all residential and mixed-use residential “supertalls” are in Dubai; and high addresses give bragging rights. A helpful graphic shows supertalls worldwide.

 

HONORABLE MENTION:  

JON GOREY, Freelancer, Boston Globe, “What to Know When Buying an Older Home”

Judges’ comment: This piece gives readers excellent advice about buying surprise-filled older homes. Gorey begins his story with a personal anecdote about his wife hearing a waterfall coming from the linen closet in their 1920 house. Along with the charm of slightly sloping floors, these homes can come with high price-tag problems, such as outdated wiring, plumbing and roofs.

 

Category 14: Best Residential Real Estate Trade Magazine Story 

GOLD WINNER:  

E.B. SOLOMONT, The Real Deal, “Death of the Brokerage” 

Judges’ comment: Solomont uses the demise of splashy Town Residential, which once employed 600 agents, to tell her story about how star agents, open data and venture capital are hurting traditional brokerages. She interviews many industry sources, including the CEOs of Triplemint and Nest Seekers. And she gets quotes that are gems. Says one highly wooed star agent: “I feel like LeBron heading into free agency.” 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

ALEX NITKIN, The Real Deal, “Is @properties scaling up or selling out?”  

Judges’ comment: @properties remains the sales-volume market leader in residential real estate in Chicago’s Cook County, but Nitkin uses strong reporting and figures to question how long it can remain at the top. In 2018 its founders -- facing competition from Compass and others -- sold a significant share of their business to a venture-capital firm. Though Nitkin couldn’t get the duo to comment for this story, he works around that problem by interviewing other key players. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

RONDA KAYSEN, Freelancer, Architectural Record, “The Housing Crisis in America”

Judge’s comment: Kaysen skillfully tells her audience of architects and designers about the affordability crisis in New York City, with its “insatiable” demand for housing. Despite the best efforts of the nation’s biggest public housing landlord, it remains a place with 77,000 homeless residents. Kaysen makes excellent use of data, explaining that rents citywide spiked 31 percent between 2010 and 2018 but even more in poorer neighborhoods. And she talks about promising ideas, including a competition to design homes no bigger than 400 square feet on tiny parcels too small for traditional buildings.

 

Category 15: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine Story

GOLD WINNER: 

KEITH LARSEN, The Real Deal, “A Little Arkansas bank is funding much of SoFla’s condo boom. What could go wrong?” 

Judges’ comment: This well-reported story follows the “show, don’t tell” rule of journalism, illustrating with numbers and specific building projects why people may want to worry about the unlikely rise of Bank of the Ozarks in funding construction of high-end Florida condos. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

KATIE BRENZEL, The Real Deal, “The anatomy of construction corruption”  

Judge’s comment: In this depressing but thoroughly reported piece, Brenzel shows how middlemen take advantage of systemic problems in New York City’s $45.8 billion construction industry. To make her points clear, she uses examples like a property owner paying $300 for a light fixture that cost just half that much money or a subcontractor charging for seven Dumpsters for a demolition when only four were needed. There’s no single villain or explanation. In fact, a couple of “rogue” employees can contribute a great deal to bribery, extortion and bid-rigging schemes. Brenzel’s thorough reporting and easy-to-understand examples make a complicated topic understandable.  

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

JOHN NELSON, Southeast Real Estate Business, “Off the Beaten Path” 

Judge’s comment: In the United States, rails-to-trails projects span more than 22,000 miles. Nelson expertly uses statistics like this one to grab his readers' reader’s attention. Through interviews with developers and land-use experts, he shows why communities think it makes sense to turn old railroad lines into walkable open spaces. As cities get denser, they need to become greener, too, at least if they want healthy, happy residents. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

JANE ADLER, Contributing Editor, Seniors Housing Business, “Investors Rethink Memory Care” 

Judge’s comment: With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, there’s a huge need among families and investors for quality information about memory-care facilities. Adler’s well-reported, numbers-filled piece gives critical statistics (the occupancy rate at stand-alone memory-care units is 81.1 percent, down from a peak of 86 percent in 2014). She explains why most investors are bullish on properties that combine independent and assisted-living buildings, with or without memory units. 

 

Category 16: Best Online Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story

GOLD WINNER: 

TEKE WIGGIN, Freelancer, Inman News, “Real estate’s new disruptors: The ‘PayPal Mafia’”

Judges’ comment: This wide-ranging story about how the “Pay-Pal mafia” are impacting the real estate industry introduces readers to individuals who aren’t household names but who drive the technology many people use every day. It’s well-sourced and well-written. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

JONATHAN HORN, KGTV 10 News San Diego, “The McMansion Loophole”

Judges’ comment: This is a strong piece of enterprise reporting that explained how developers were able to exploit a local legal loophole to turn modest coastal homes into McMansions as angry neighbors helplessly stood by.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

JOSEPH PIMENTEL, Bisnow, “Residents Grapple with Change Coming to View Park, LA’s ‘Black Beverly Hills’”

Judges’ comment: This story about a neighborhood that is one of the most affluent African American neighborhoods in the country and how soaring home prices are leaving some out of the market has an enticing lead and strong sourcing. Both informative and entertaining.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

BETHANY ERICKSON, Candysdirt.com, “Health Insurance Impacts Timely Rent, Mortgage Payments, Report Says”

Judges’ comment: This in-depth piece on how basic to catastrophic illnesses affect someone’s ability to pay their mortgage is based on a study that was the first to look at this issue. The story is a must-read for anyone, healthy or not, who has a mortgage.

 

Category 17: Best Online Commercial Real Estate Story 

GOLD WINNER:

CAMERON SPERANCE, Bisnow, “The Opioid Epidemic Is Turning Commercial Buildings Into Deadly Hazmat Zones, and No One Knows What To Do About It”

Judges’ comment: A detailed look at how the commercial real estate industry is dealing with people overdosing on fentanyl, leaving a hazmat situation behind. Cleanup crews have to come into an office building, a library, a supermarket or just about any other commercial location and make the area habitable again. In addition, the story looks at what options the industry has going forward. Sperance has excellent sources and wonderful description based on following companies and business organizations for four months. 

 

SILVER WINNER:

JARRED SCHENKE, Bisnow, “Grave Climate Realities Do Little to Dissuade Builders Chasing Profits, Population On the Coasts”

Judges’ comment: An insightful look as to how developers are turning a blind eye to climate change and instead continuing to take risks and continuing to build along coastlines that are subject to hurricanes, storms and rising seas. Schenke’s use of dollar figures about damage are interspersed with comments from developers who say they are simply following the demand, which remains concentrated on the coasts.

 

BRONZE WINNER:

BLANCA TORRES, San Francisco Business Times, “Exclusive: Fight Between Church and Historic Preservation Group Shows Why It’s So Hard to Build in San Francisco”

Judges’ comment: Torres uses the example of the Fifth Church of Christ Scientist and its dispute with San Francisco Heritage as to why developers get frustrated when trying to develop housing in San Francisco. Torres did an excellent job of getting all sides of the story while detailing the obstacles developers sometimes face in San Francisco. 

 

Category 18: Best Real Estate Tweet Collection 

GOLD WINNER: 

CARL FRANZEN, Inman News, Collection includes “Opendoor Raises Funds”

Judges’ comment: Franzen uses effective Twitter strategies, including creating a story arc through a series of threaded tweets. Fresh and attention-getting, this collection of tweets pokes, probes and, most importantly, informs, with links to top stories on the website. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

LOIS WEISS, Columnist, The New York Post:  Collection includes “Commercial Real Estate is Taking a Positive Turn” 

Judges’ comment: In this collection of tweets centering on commercial real estate, Weiss strikes a good balance between giving her Twitter followers the meat of her linked stories and entertaining them with a fresh point of view.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

TONY WILBERT, CoStar News, Collection includes “CBL Repositions Fortress Mall"

Judges’ comment: In this collection of tweets, Wilbert uses Twitter to cover breaking news. The tweets effectively connected with followers and CoStar readers, who frequently liked and retweeted them.

 

Category 19: Best Real Estate Short Blogpost – NO WINNER

 

Category 20: Best Audio or Video Real Estate Report – Podcast, Broadcast or Online 

GOLD WINNER: 

JONATHAN HORN, KGTV-San Diego, “How housing got so expensive”

Judges’ comment: Horn shows us the housing crisis in San Diego through the eyes of a young veterinarian tech who’s moved seven times in six years due to rent increases and feels she’s slowly being pushed out of the city. The thoroughly reported story includes compelling numbers and simple but effective graphics that help the viewer understand the complex forces behind the crisis.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

SHANNON BEHNKEN, WFLA News Channel 8, “Building Blunder”

Judges’ comment: This is an unusual story about a builder who had to cut 4 feet off a house that was too close to the next-door neighbor’s home. In a great example of consumer advocate reporting, Behnken gets relief for the neighbor, who spotted the problem before the builder or the county did, and who ran into a brick wall trying to get them to do anything about it.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

NANCY SARNOFF, Houston Chronicle, “Looped In” podcast 

Judges’ comment: Sarnoff makes the listener feel at home as she steers a fascinating conversation with an investor who bought up homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey and has resold many of them. It was an absorbing peek behind the curtain of distressed real estate investing that lasted an hour, but felt much shorter. 

 

SECTION IV: INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM AWARDS – ALL MEDIA (SINGLE OR MULTIPLE BYLINES)

Category 21: Best Breaking Real Estate News Story 

GOLD WINNER:  

JEFF COLLINS, Orange County Register, “California to become 1st state to demand solar on new homes”

Judges’ comment:  Collins broke the news that California’s energy officials were about to make solar a requirement on new homes in a comprehensive, well-sourced and clearly written story. The story includes details of the new requirement and expert analysis of its likely impact. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

MARK MAURER, The Real Deal, “Google is Buying Chelsea Market Building for Over $2 billion”

Judges’ comment: Google’s real estate deals are big news, and Maurer broke the story on this one while also providing important context about the tech giant’s expansion plans in Chelsea. Smart reporting based on deep sourcing elevated this story.

 

BRONZE WINNER: ,

OSHRAT CARMIEL, Noah Buhayar and Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News, “Amazon Lotto Winners in NY, Virginia, see Housing Jackpot” 

Judges’ comment: This story was part of Bloomberg’s breaking coverage of Amazon’s HQ2 announcement. The Bloomberg reporters gathered compelling stories of the ensuing land rush in Queens and Crystal City, Virginia, and wrote persuasively about the impact on home sellers and buyers, all within hours of the Amazon news.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

E.B. SOLOMONT & HITEN SANTANI, The Real Deal, “Town Residential shutting down sale, leasing business”

Judges’ comment: The reporters scooped other news outlets with the news of the shuttering of a Manhattan luxury brokerage firm and provided behind-the-scenes glimpses of the months leading up to the failure. 

 

Category 22: Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series - Real Estate

GOLD WINNER: 

JANET MCFARLAND, The Globe and Mail, “Inside the fall of Fortress”

Judges’ comment: This is an in-depth look at syndicated mortgage company Fortress Real Developments Inc., which convinced 14,000 unsuspecting investors to put a staggering amount of money at risk -- a risk the investors couldn’t afford to take -- on dozens of projects that failed. These high-risk investments were being sold to ordinary Canadians who didn’t have the knowledge to understand or know what they were investing in, while the provincial mortgage regulator stood by and let it occur. A terrific and impressively reported cautionary tale. 

 

SILVER WINNER: 

CAITLIN MCCABE & ERIN ARVENDLUND, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Water Damage from Bad Construction Destroys Homes and Dreams”

Judges’ comment: The pair investigated how homeowners discovered their houses were rotting from the inside out thanks to water damage. The homes were built during the housing boom in the 2000s by more than two dozen builders. Homeowners had to fight -- some going so far as to file lawsuits -- to get their houses fixed, even though some builders admitted they knew the extent of the problem. This is a story that anyone who owns a home in southeastern Pennsylvania needs to read.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

ANDREA BRAMBILA, Inman News, “Where NAR spends its multimillions in lobbying”

Judges’ comment: Brambila used OpenSecrets.org to detail how the National Association of Realtors spends its millions in lobbying funds. Her story included the top 10 politicians who received the most from NAR in 2016 and detailed why NAR spends so much on its lobbying efforts. This is a compelling “follow the money” story.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

KONRAD PUTZIER, DAVID JEANS, CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA & NANCY C. CARVAJAL, The Real Deal, “Search and Destroy: How CoStar became a $15B juggernaut” 

Judges’ comment: A compelling story about the strategy, particularly litigation, behind CoStar Group becoming a behemoth in gathering data about commercial properties, including rent, size and tenants. The reporters spoke with customers, competitors, former employees, and more, in this detailed description of CoStar Group’s growth. 

 

Category 23: Best Series - Real Estate

GOLD WINNER: 

WILL PARKER & DAVID JEANS, The Real Deal, "Is EB-5 Coming Apart at the Seams?"

Judges’ comment: With in-depth reporting and attention to detail, this series tracks the consequences of decade-long delays in EB-5 visas for Chinese who ponied up the required investment dollars for major NYC real estate projects. The reporters found a program rife with greed and fraud and Chinese nationals who want their millions back.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

PATTY COX, KEVIN HAYES, GREG GILDERMAN, & THE WEATHER CHANNEL DIGITAL TEAM, Weather.com: “Exodus: The Climate Migration Crisis”

Judges’ comment: Teams of reporters fanned out across the globe and gathered stories about communities facing crises due to climate change. The New Orleans piece, “A Neighborhood Requiem,” was especially well-done as it told the larger post-Katrina story through a single neighborhood. Beautiful photography enhances this series, which is not to be missed. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

JONATHAN O’CONNELL, ANDREW BA TRAN, RACHEL SIEGEL, & ROBERT MCCARTNEY, The Washington Post, "Amazon’s HQ2 Hunt" 

Judges’ comment: Insightful, enterprising stories on Amazon and its search for a second U.S. headquarters looks at Amazon’s search in a manner other media publications did not, including homelessness and gay rights. The story that relied on flight data for Jeff Bezos was an example of great shoe leather reporting.

 

Category 24: Best Real Estate Blog

GOLD WINNER: 

JAMESON DORIS & ZOE EISENBERG, RISMedia.com, “Housecall”

Judges’ comment: Housecall is visually attractive and carries informative content that its audience wants and needs. How much should sellers spend to prepare a house for sale? How can they combat cyber-crime? This is reader service at its best.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

JON GOREY, Freelancer, “House & Hammer”

Judges’ comment: Clean, visually appealing and approachable, Gorey writes about everything from light sockets to guides for first-time home buyers. His easy style and clear love of homes and DIY projects capture and hold the reader.  

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

JESSICA FIUR, Multi-Housing News, “What Renters Want”

Judges’ comment: Fiur offers her readers suggestions and food for thought in this blog that is geared to property managers. Her writing style is colloquial and infused with humor without detracting from the more serious content. 

 

Category 25: Best International Real Estate Story

GOLD WINNER: 

MAX DE HALDEVANG, Quartz, “The unsolved mystery of who owns Sherlock Holmes’s original home”

Judges’ comment: This is a fascinating, multi-faceted look at the problem of corrupt money flowing into Britain, told through the author’s search for the owners of Sherlock Holmes’s home. The narrative is woven with equal parts history, investigative reporting and explanatory journalism. Impactful and impressive work with graphics to help readers understand the tangled relationships.

 

SILVER WINNER:  

J.S. MARCUS, The Wall Street Journal, “Inside an Oslo Home Immortalized by Edvard Munch”

Judges’ comment: This is a unique and deeply reported story about a 19th century home in Oslo, Norway whose first occupants commissioned a painting of its living room from their cousin, Edvard Munch. Marcus weaves an affecting narrative around the women who have lived in the house, including a World War II heroine and a grande dame of the Oslo stage. Beautiful photography adds to the story’s appeal.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

MICHELE LERNER, Freelancer, The Washington Post, “Do You Dream of Living Abroad? Four Couples Share How They Made it Work”

Judges’ comment: Lerner’s story captured the experiences of four couples in all stages of life who had decided to buy property overseas and live there full-time or for significant periods of time. The details make the story: how they navigate home ownership, visas and other issues.  Warning: this story may make you consider following one of these couples to Costa Rica, France, New Zealand, Portugal or Thailand.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

NATALIE WONG, Bloomberg News, “Even New Yorkers Can’t Afford a Home in Toronto”

Judges’ comment: Wong finds a unique way to tell the story of Toronto’s hot real estate market. It’s so hot that even New Yorkers contemplating a move there are shocked into reconsidering their plans. Pricing, income and other details add a lot to the story.

 

SECTION V: TEAM AWARDS – ALL MEDIA, MULTIPLE BYLINES

Category 26: Best Team Report - Real Estate

GOLD WINNER: 

NOAH BUHAYAR & DINA BASS, Bloomberg Businessweek, “How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle”

Judges’ comment: This is a vividly written exposition of Seattle’s tech boom and the role that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen played in it. The reporters use abundant data, colorful examples and graphics to illustrate the boom and its consequences: growing inequality and unaffordable housing in the city. A timely and cautionary tale that was published as U.S. cities were competing for Amazon’s second headquarters.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

DAVID SLADE & ANGIE JACKSON, The Post and Courier, “Deep Roots, Fragile Ties” 

Judges’ comment: Slade and Jackson focused their reporting on African Americans in the Charleston area whose heirs bought or were deeded land after emancipation and their struggles to preserve ownership of the land. The result is a beautifully written, deeply reported story of hope and determination after years of inequities.

 

BRONZE WINNER (TIE): 

NOAH BUHAYAR & ESME DEPREZ, Bloomberg Businessweek, “The Homeless Crisis Is Getting Worse in America’s Richest Cities” 

Judges’ comment:  With gripping personal stories and rich data, the reporters debunk common myths about homelessness and show how it’s a growing problem. A story that is both richly detailed and sweeping in scope.

 

BRONZE WINNER (TIE): 

CHRISTOPHER HUFFAKER & KATE GIAMMARISE, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The money owed in eviction cases is often small, but the consequences can be huge”

Judges’ comment: The reporters focused on the problem of large numbers of evictions in Pittsburgh that hit low-income renters, often ruining their records and lives. Vivid, well-written and examines the impact on landlords and courts as well.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 

CANDACE TAYLOR & KATHERINE CLARKE, Wall Street Journal, “New York’s Wealthiest Cut Losses as Manhattan Real Estate Falters” 

Judges’ comment: In this richly documented story, the authors show how owners are slashing prices on their multi-million-dollar homes in New York City to land a sale. Through interviews with some of the owners, we learn the personal stories behind the deals. The story includes rich photos and graphics. 

 

Category 27: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine

GOLD WINNER: 

MAE CHENG, PETE CATAPANO, LUCY BLATTER, BARRY AINSLIE, & THE MANSION GLOBAL TEAM — Dow Jones / Mansion Global magazine, Dow Jones, September 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: This visually lush magazine serves its high net-worth audience with interesting stories accompanied by stunning photography from such glamorous locales as St. Tropez and Dubai. Shorter features entertain, such as Trudie Styler and Sting’s list of their five favorite things in their Tuscan villa (one is a sculpture made from a birch tree).    

 

Category 28: Best Residential Real Estate Trade Magazine

GOLD WINNER: 

MATT POWER, Green Builder magazine, January/February 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: This issue fulfills the magazine’s mission of “building a better world.” Packed full of good service pieces, Green Builder give readers news they can use, such as what kind of homes can withstand storms and other natural disasters. Visually appealing through design and photography, this issue was small but powerful.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

SUZANN SILVERMAN, Multi-Housing News, October 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: This niche publication gives the investors, developers, landlords and service providers who read it a buffet of news they can use: in-depth stories, digests, charts, statistics (about rent growth in different cities, for example). This audience wants to know about how low-income tax credits and tax reform help or hurt their business, and they get this technical information in a digestible way.

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

NEIL PIERSON, Scotsman Guide Residential Edition, April 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: Scotsman Guide serves its audience of mortgage lenders and originators -- the life blood of residential real estate -- with timely data, thought-provoking feature stories and industry rankings. The magazine is readable and visually appealing.

 

Category 29: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine

GOLD WINNER: 

STUART ELLIOT, The Real Deal, June 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: This real-estate magazine lands the big interviews – in this case, with Charlie Kushner, Jared’s dad, in “Kushner, Unfiltered.” “Are you guys going to be assholes today…?” Kushner asks two journalists. With eye-catching artwork, design and photography, The Real Deal delivers sophisticated coverage, stylishly written, of the people and deals that drive New York City real estate.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

LORETTA CLODFELTER, Institutional Real Estate Americas, July/August 2018 issue

Judges’ comment: Institutional Real Estate Americas knows its audience: institutional investors in commercial real estate. These readers get a comprehensive look at what they need to know -- job changes, labor market figures, investments in retail assets and in big projects like Hudson Yards. It’s not beach reading, but it’s vital reading for professionals in this field. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

MATT VALLEY, Seniors Housing Business, August/September issue.  

Judges’ comment: The editors authoritatively give their readers what they need to know about this evolving, specialized industry, such as vital statistics that can help them understand and predict their market. Top experts weigh in on how they feel about everything from stand-alone memory-care developments (vulnerable to overdevelopment) to price (the average cost of private-pay assisted living is $3,638 per month). 

 

Category 30: Best Real Estate Newsletter

GOLD WINNER:  

LAUREN BEALE, The Hot Property Newsletter, Los Angeles Times.

Judges’ comment: The celebrity home-heavy newsletter drops plenty of celebrity names and dollar figures. The information is specific and fun – for example, the “Fifty Shades” actor sold his home for $3.18 million. Each home entry is accompanied by a beautiful photo.

 

SILVER WINNER: 

JON BANISTER, Bisnow. Bisnow Washington, D.C., Newsletter.

Judges’ comment: This newsletter lives up to the Bisnow tagline: “(Almost) Never Boring.” Editors keep it lively and timely, looking at how the baseball all-star game gives a national spotlight to a hot D.C. neighborhood and giving readers news they can use (should they buy or lease?). 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

MARIA PATTERSON, RIS Media News 

Judges’ comment: RIS Media News gives its real-estate readers everything from breaking news to tips on how to convert leads to clients. The quick service pieces are well suited to agents without the time to read long reports. They also remind agents that “enthusiasm wins every time.” 

 

Category 31: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section 

GOLD WINNER:  

HEATHER HALBERSTADT & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MANSION STAFF, “A decade on, the fate of Madoff’s mansions” and other stories

Judges’ comment: These writers always scratch below the surface. Katherine Clarke explains the details behind the sales of Bernie Madoff’s real-estate investments, including his Manhattan penthouse, Hamptons beach house, French villa and Florida home. Robyn Friedman tackles how to get rid of a lifetime of stuff -- from a gold watch to an airplane -- after a loved one dies. And Adam Bonislawski takes a fun look at superhero-style properties comparable to where Batman and Iron Man lived. All pieces in this section, from the essays by big names like Meg Wolitzer, to the heavily reported pieces, are well written.  

 

SILVER WINNER: 

DION HAYNES & KATHY ORTON, International Home Buying Guide, The Washington Post

Judges’ comment: With top-notch reporting and clever writing, writers inform and entertain their readers. Expats should treat buying a home like getting married -- dating first to make sure they’re compatible. Service stories give readers easy-to-understand information about everything from whether they’re legally allowed to buy property abroad to whether they’ll be able to rent out the place. 

 

BRONZE WINNER: 

ARLENE GROSS, MICHAEL GAVIN, TARIG KAMAL, DESIREÉ KEEGAN, & SPECIAL TO NEWSDAY: JAMES KINDALL, & THE LI HOME, Newsday Staff

Judges’ comment: Editors and writers know what their Long Island buyers, sellers and renters want to know, whether it’s where surfers might want to live or what’s available in Stony Brook (best known for its hospital and university). They also include the expected listings and other good service information. 

 

Category 32: Best Real Estate Website

GOLD WINNER:  

TERI ROGERS, Brick Underground 

Judges’ comment: This site gives New York City buyers, sellers, renters and renovators of all ages and income levels useful information about everything from how to kick out a roommate to how to find the best right-after-college neighborhood. (Check out Washington Heights!)

 

SILVER WINNER: 

MAE CHENG & THE MANSION GLOBAL TEAM -- Dow Jones / Mansion Global

Judges’ comment: This digital publication thoroughly covers the high-end global real-estate market. It delivers what its audience apparently wants to know, including hearing from elite designers about how to decorate with velvet and finding out that a 19th-century Manhattan brownstone just a block from Central Park sold for $21.5 million (at a $2 million loss) and that a Central Park duplex where Barbra Streisand lived for 30 years is on the market for $11.25 million.

 

BRONZE WINNER:  

CARL FRANZEN, Inman News

Judges’ comment: This residential real-estate industry trade publication quickly gives its readers -- agents, brokers, team leaders, business owners, executives, investors, mortgage and title officers, software engineers -- what they need to know. A breaking news story, for example, reveals that Zillow is suing rival Compass over poaching employees and stealing intellectual property. Inman News also excels at giving its readers news they can use through service stories on contract terms every agent should be able to easily explain and on how to keep buyers with human real-estate agents. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION:  

ELAINE MISONZHNIK, National Real Estate Investor

Judges’ comment: NREIonline.com thoroughly covers what the commercial real-estate industry needs to know. It runs good interviews with leaders, such as the CEO of the 2019 AFIRE International Investor Survey. Note: The 10 must-read stories for the day link to pieces in places like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, with paywalls, which may frustrate readers who don’t subscribe to them. 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: 
EILEEN WOODS, RealEstateBostonGlobe.com

Judges’ comment: This site, bostonglobe.com includes standard stories about new listings and homes of the week. But it goes beyond just the basics, with interesting pieces about how Airbnb is working to increase the diversity of its hosts and good “ask the expert” pieces about, among other things, the best ways to tend a garden.

 

 

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Entering 4 or more journalists not on the same team: You can enter all work on a single account, but you must email the NAREE office nareejcontest@gmail.com a tally sheet which includes: bylined journalist's name, entry number, category number, and the amount paid. NAREE will bill you for the balance.

Category Instructions: 

Categories 1-20 – Single Bylines:*  Categories 1-20 are intended the work of a single journalist, If the entry has more than one byline, it cannot win an award in the first 20 categories. Please submit only one (1) entry per category, per journalist in categories 1-20If you enter more than one (1) entry with the same individual byline in categories 1-20, NAREE reserves the right to choose which entry will be judged in that category. All other entries may be disqualified and no refunds will be remitted. Note "one entry" means three stories on one entry form for categories 1 and 2; three tweets for category 18, and all parts of a series for category 23. Category 22 may be one report or more, but all parts on the entry form are part of a single entry. 

Categories 21-26 – Team Work:  If you want to submit the work you did as part of two or more different teams of bylined journalists, you can enter the work of each of your unique teams in the same category – in categories 21-26 only. For example, if "Journalist A" is part of "Team One" which includes bylined Journalists A, B, and C  and "Journalist A" is also part of "Team Two" which includes the bylines of Journalists A, D and E – "Journalist A" can enter work from "Team One" and "Team Two" – in category 21 – or any of the team categories (21-26) appropriate for the work. Only one member of the team with a byline must pay the $75 processing fee, and $25 for each additional entry submitted by that team member with the same byline. Please include the names of all bylined journalists* on the entry form, or the team member names will not appear on the award, if selected as a contest winner. NAREE Journalism Contest Awards only recognize the name of the bylined journalists entered on the entry form in these categories. 

If the piece you want to enter has a joint byline or you created a podcast, audio or visual report, or blog with another journalist or team of reporters, that particular story or report can be entered in categories 21-26 only. 

Category 26 – Best Team Report: The work must show at least two (2) bylines* and they must be listed on the entry form. Only one team member with a byline is required to pay. 

Categories 21-25 – Single or Multiple Bylines: Work with either a single byline or multiple bylines can be entered in categories 21-25. All bylines* must be included on the entry form.

Categories 1, 2, 18, and 23 – Number of Stories: Require more than one work sample to be judged. If you are entering a category that requires 3 stories, consolidate the three pieces into a single PDF,  or as part of a single link, if possible. If it is not possible to consolidate, upload the first PDF or include the first link to the series in the entry box provided and follow the prompt and another box will appear to upload the next PDF or to include the next link in the second box on the same entry form. Continue to follow the prompts until all parts of the series are included.  –Category 22, Best Investigative Report or Series: May be comprised of only one report or the entry may be a series with many reports. Include all parts in the investigative series.  A single processing fee covers each entry in its entirety, no matter how many stories are in the series. The entry form will prompt you to continue to upload additional PDFS or links, if you are not able to include in a single PDF or in a Web page with a single link.

*If no byline is published or posted, the person submitting the entry is asked to note in the summary that a particular platform, publication or media company does not provide bylines. This information will not be counted in the word count of the 150-word summary,  Even if there is no byline, the names of the journalist(s) who reported and wrote the piece(s) must be included on the entry form, so the winning journalist(s) may receive award credit. 

Categories 27-32 are designed for specific types of publications/platforms. NAREE's awards for these categories list the publication and its editor (plus team members — staff and freelance — if named on the entry form by the submitting editor). 
 
Best Freelance Collection - Please check the "Consider this for BFC box" on the entry form a maximum of 3 times. If you entered categories 1 or 2,  check the box 1 time since three entries are already required.
 
Best Young Journalist - Please check the "Consider this entry for BYJ" box on the entry form only once.

 

Journalism Contest Fees: The contest fee is $75 for the first entry and $25 for each additional entry for non member journalists and NAREE Active Media Members renewing in the current contest time frame. Prompts to pay are inside the module.

 

How to Pay, Create an Entry and How to Edit a Paid or Unpaid Entry until March 4: To create an entry, you must enter NAREE's J Contest module through any red "Click Here" link above. Once you are inside the Journalism Competition module, you must fill out the entry form, upload your PDF(s) or include your link(s), and hit "Save & continue."  From there you will land on the Processing Fee page. At this point you have many options: You can pay the fee, or use your coupon code if eligible for one, or go to the top of the page and click on the "New submission" tab to enter another category before you pay, or click on the "My submissions" tab to check on or edit all of the entries you saved earlier. You will have until March 4 at 11:59 PM EST to make additions or changes to the entries in your Journalism Contest user account and to pay your fees.  This means as long as you always hit "Save and continue" before you leave the online entry form you have been working on, you can fix problems at a later date until March 4.

When you are finished submitting all of your entries look for these common mistakes: entering the wrong story link or PDF, entering your work the wrong category, forgetting to change or add information in your summary, or forgetting to add the names of all bylined journalists and their emails. The NAREE office will not perform these corrections for you but you can go back into your J Contest user account and click on "My submissions" as many times as you need to until March 4. After March 4 all NAREE  J Contest submissions and payments for all entries are final. NO EXCEPTIONS. Contestants will not be allowed into the module after March 4. No additional questions will be researched and answered, if the questions are not received by email by March 1. No qualifying refunds will be issued, if not requested by March 1.

Questions: Submit any questions for the NAREE office at nareejcontest@gmail.com no later than March 1, no exceptions. Please type "J Contest Question/your last name/your entry reference number" in the subject line of your email, so the NAREE office will know which entry to pull up in reference to your question. Please submit your questions earlier than March 1, if possible, to avoid delays. You can also call 561-391-1983 before March 1 and leave a detailed voice mail regarding your question.  Please include the entry number (if you have already created an entry) and the category number you are asking about in your email or voicemail.

Entry PDFs or Links and Paywall Passwords: Please include a link to the work or upload a PDF in the form that the was originally published; please do not enter a repackaged version. Questions on this should be emailed to nareejcontest@gmail.com -- before March 1, the original contest deadline. Questions will not be able to be researched and addressed during any extended deadline period.

Include passwords for all entries  linked behind paywalls at the end of the summary field. Make sure the paywall password does not expire until September 1, 2019 and allows the judges and the contest administrator to access the entry as many times as is necessary to complete judging and processing.  Remember, if the judges can’t open it, they can’t judge it. Judges may opt to look at an entry more than once, as may the J Contest administrator who checks the links to make sure they are in working order. So if you experience paywall issues, have low access limits, or expect an access code to change because your own Webmaster or software developer is planning changes, it’s safer to upload PDFs.

150-word Summary: Instructions on how to open links, which entry to consider for Best Freelance, and/or why there is no byline on the piece are not counted in the word count and should be  added after the summary. The summary is required to  provide context for the judges -- to discuss the intended audience, back story, inspiration/challenge and impact the story has had. 

Please pull down the "Instructions" tab once you have entered the NAREE J Contest module. You need to read the information on this page AND on the Instructions page inside the Journalism Contest module. For example, you'll find information on Best Freelance Collection and the 150-word summary,* etc. on the Instructions page inside the module. Keep the instructions on this page handy after you enter the contest module. They work hand and glove.

Note: Instructions to paywall passwords and/or instructions on entries added to be judged Best Freelance Collection should be placed at the end of the 150-word summary and these instructions are not counted as part of the summary word count. 

Eligibility:  All bona fide media in the broad field of real estate – print, online and on air journalists – whose work is published in, posted on or broadcast on bona fide independently owned news outlets not affiliated with trade associations, lobbying organizations, PR firms and are independent of sponsoring organizations or advertising control, and are not produced in concert with real estate companies including brokerage firms, building companies, developers, architects, land planners or any company involved in the broad field of real estate or governmental entities. Entries must be published, posted or aired in the year prior to the contest entry year. Staff journalists or freelance journalists devoting 50 percent or more of their time to bona fide news outlets can enter.

Open to Digital, Print and Broadcast Journalists --

Writers, Editors, Columnists, Bloggers, Investigative Reporters and Freelancers -- covering:

• Residential and Commercial Real Estate

• Mortgage and Finance

• Home and Urban Design

• Luxury, Green Building and Architecture and more

See all categories listed below or inside the contest entry portal.

Judging: The competition is slated to be judged by journalism faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Judges will be the sole arbiters of the awards. Competition judges reserve the right to decide if an entry is in the proper category, and to move those they determine need reassignment as well as not to make awards in a particular category. Judges will consider criteria appropriate to the category including, but not limited to:

  • CLARITY OF WRITING  
  • OBJECTIVITY
  • ORIGINALITY
  • DEPTH OF REPORTING 
  • DESIGN (IF APPLICABLE)

"Best Section," "Best Magazine," "Best Web site," and "Best Newsletter" entries will be judged on the above plus overall graphics presentation and use of graphic elements to help communicate the message to the readers.

Overall Awards:

Platinum Award - $1,000 - Best Overall Individual Entry

(Judges choose from categories 1-20 submitted by individuals and any single bylined work in categories 21-25.)

President's Award - $500 - Best Freelance Collection

(For journalists not on staff but whose work is published in bona fide media outlets. Entrant must request that the paid entry being submitted in categories 1-25 also be considered for this award. Entrant must submit two additional pieces of work in any medium at no additional charge.)

Ruth Ryon Award - $250 - Best Young Journalist

(If entrant is 30 years or younger, entrant must request that one paid single bylined entry in any category from 1-25 also be considered for this award at no additional charge.)

Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards in 32 Categories:

Cash awards of $250 will be awarded for the top entrant in each of the 32 categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners (including each listed team member) may receive award certificates and may request complimentary admission to the full NAREE Journalism Conference in Austin, June 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Judges may also award Honorable Mentions. Those honorees will also receive certificates and may request complimentary admission to the NAREE conference. A special Awards Day Program on Friday of the annual conference will highlight the NAREE conference's mix of rich educational and story gathering opportunities. All winners will be notified in late April or early May so they can make advance travel arrangements to attend either the full NAREE Conference in June or the Awards Day Program on Friday of the conference.

  • Winning entries may be displayed at the NAREE Spring Conference and online.
  • Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the awards ceremony.
  • A media release naming all award winners will be posted to NAREE Web site, www.naree.org, after the awards presentation on June 27. No advance media releases will be available.

 What are the Contest Deadlines?

  • The work entered must have been published, posted, or aired between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018. Work must be written or broadcast in English. Work published, posted or aired outside the US may be entered.
  • Competition entry forms must be submitted online on or before March 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 

 If you are ready to enter the contest and it's Feb 1 to March 1, 2019: Click Here 

 

Awards for NAREE’s 69th Journalism Competition: March 1, 2019 entry deadline 

Three Overall Awards – The Platinum Award, The Best Freelance Collection Award and the Ruth Ryon Best Young Journalist Award –  for individual journalists chosen from entries with a single byline in categories 1-25.  

 

32 Categories with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards

Individual Awards - All Media (Single Bylined work only)

  • Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Residential Real Estate
    (Submit 3 stories written by 1 journalist as a single Pdf or single link, if possible -- each story can be in the same platform or different platforms.)
  • Category 2: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Commercial Real Estate
    (Submit 3 stories written by 1 journalist as a single Pdf or single link, if possible -- each story can be in the same platform or different platforms.)
  • Category 3: Best Real Estate Column
    (Submit 1 column written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 4: Best Economic Analysis -Real Estate (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist)
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 5: Best Interior Design Story  (submit 1 story)
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 6: Best Real Estate E-Newsletter by an Individual Journalist  Submit 1 e-newsletter written and/or compiled by 1 journalist. The e-newsletter, covering residential and/or commercial real estate should be no more than 2,500 words and be delivered by email.
  • Category 7: Best Architecture Story (submit 1 story)
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)

Individual Awards - Newspapers - Print Or Digital (Single Bylined work only)

  • Category 8: Best Residential Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 9: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 11: Best Small Daily Real Estate Newspaper Story - Daily Newspaper under 75,000 Circulation
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design)
  • Category 12: Best Weekly Real Estate Newspaper Story - Weekly Business Newspaper
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design)

Individual Awards - Magazines - Print Or Digital (Single Bylined work only)

  • Category 13: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Magazine Story - General Circulation
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Shelter, Business or Financial story in a consumer publication)
  • Category 14: Best Residential Real Estate Trade Magazine Story
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist. Development, Mortgage. Finance, Home Building or Residential Real Estate) 
  • Category 15: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine Story
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)

Individual Awards - Online Or Broadcast (Single Byline - Recognizing the work of one reporter)

  • Category 16: Best Online Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 17: Best Online Commercial Real Estate Story
    (Submit 1 story written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 18: Best Real Estate Tweet Collection
    (Submit 3 tweets 140 characters or less published on Twitter.,written by 1 journalist.)
  • Category 19: Best Real Estate Short Blog Post
    (Submit 1 blog post 250 words or less, written by 1 journalist, plus any photos, graphics and videos produced by that same individual entrant not staff artists or photographers)
  • Category 20: Best Audio or Video Real Estate Report – Online or Broadcast – Podcast or Videocast, Radio or Television – local, network, subscription or Internet channels
    (Submit 1 entry. with 1 reporter voicing the report or hosting the podcast/videocast.  Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design)

Individual Or Team Awards - All Media (Single or Multiple Bylines)

  • Category 21: Best Breaking Real Estate News Story
  • Category 22: Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series
    (Submit ALL parts.)
  • Category 23: Best Series
    (Submit ALL parts.)
  • Category 24: Best Blog
    (Entry may be the work of more than 1 journalist who contributed to the blog. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design.)
  • Category 25: Best International Real Estate Story
    (Submit 1 story focused on real estate outside the U. S.)

Team Awards - All Media (Multiple Bylines)

  • Category 26: Best Team Report
    (Submit 1 multiple bylined report - Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design)

Individual Or Team Awards - Magazines Or Newsletters - Print Or Digital (These awards recognize the work of the publication and its editor[s].)

  • Category 27: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine
    (Submit 1 magazine.)
  • Category 28: Best Residential Trade Magazine
    (Submit 1 magazine.)
  • Category 29: Best Commercial Trade Magazine
    (Submit 1 magazine.)
  • Category 30: Best Newsletter
    (Submit 1 newsletter, may be the work of more than 1 journalist. Residential, Commercial, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building, Home or Urban Design.)

Individual Or Team Awards - Newspapers - Print Or Digital (this award recognizes the publication and its editor[s].)

  • Category 31: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section
    (Submit 1 section - Daily or Weekly Newspapers.)

Individual Or Team Awards - Online (This award recognizes the Web Site and its editor[s].)

  • Category 32: Best Web Site
    (Submit 1 URL - Solely Devoted to Residential, Commercial, Mortgage and/or Financial Real Estate, Luxury, Green Building Home and/or Urban Design.)

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National Association of Real Estate Editors Announced 68th Annual Journalism Competition Winners at NAREE's June 2018 Las Vegas Conference

LAS VEGAS - (June 15, 2018) - The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) today announced the winners of its 68th Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate.

Matt Clark, Newsday, received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry.

The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer for the New York Times and Architectural Record.

Nick Nehamas, Miami Herald, was the winner of NAREE’s Best Young Journalist Award.

NAREE presented the awards June 15, 2018, at its 52nd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. A panel of expert judges from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University selected all winners. Medill’s Ceci Rodgers was the chaired the panel. Here are NAREE’s 2018 winners with judges’ comments.

Platinum Award: Best Overall Individual Entry: Matt Clark, Newsday. “Separate and Unequal” Comment: “A careful, critical and resounding examination of a tax-assessment policy that impacted everyone in Nassau County—for better or worse, primarily disadvantaging minorities and low-income residents. Clark makes a complicated subject understandable and enticing to his audience as well. Dynamite journalism!”

President’s Award: Best Freelance Collection: Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, Architectural Record magazine:  Comment: “In earthquake-torn Mexico, architects look to recovery” New York Times: “Tenants offered buyouts are left in the lurch” New York Times: “A month rent-free: A great deal or a gimmick?” Comment: “Kaysen distinguished herself as a versatile, thorough and prolific freelancer with a strong sense of the kinds of stories that will connect with readers. Her work is thorough, well-written and personal – told through the experiences of carefully-vetted sources.”

Ruth Ryon Award:  Best Young Journalist: Nick Nehamas, Miami Herald. Buying a home in Miami-Dade”  Comment: “Nehamas explores soaring home prices in South Florida and their impact on people and the larger economy. An excellent exposition of a big, area-wide problem and possible solutions. The story includes a stunning interactive map by ZIP code that covers Fort Lauderdale as well as Miami-Dade.”

Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Residential Real Estate

Gold Winner (tie): Nick Nehamas, Miami Herald.  “Buying a home in Miami-Dade” Comment: “Nehamas explored soaring home prices in South Florida and their impact on people and the economy. An excellent exposition of a big, area-wide problem and possible solutions. The story includes a stunning interactive map by ZIP code that covers Fort Lauderdale as well as Miami-Dade.”

Gold Winner (tie): Nathan Tempey, Brick Underground. “Affordable housing“ Comment: “In these stories, Tempey explored the intricacies of affordable housing in New York City.  Excellent advocacy journalism for New York tenants and buyers who are trying to navigate rent-regulation laws."

Silver Winner (tie): Stefanos Chen, New York Times. “How the ferry is changing the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront” Comment: “With the introduction of the subsidized NYC Ferry system, once-distant neighborhoods got a new lifeline to the city core, changing the calculus for would-be condo buyers. A New York tour de force, fascinating in both the broad strokes and the details.”

Silver Winner (tie): Jon Gorey, freelance writer, Boston Globe. Boston market changes” Comment: “This group of stories addressed discrimination against families in the rental market and the impact of climate change on Boston’s waterfront properties. Gorey provides both the broad strokes and intimate touches that bring these stories to life. Informative and alarming.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Jeff Collins, Orange County Register. “Fewer evictions offer some hope” Comment: “Evictions may be waning in Southern California, but they’re still a big problem. Collins spent months gathering data, getting to know evicted families and going to court. This was a gripping group of stories, beautifully told and carefully documented.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Lorraine Woellert, Politico. “HUD in Trump’s first year” Comment: “This group of stories provided essential coverage of housing policies and the people who would drive them in the Trump administration. With deep sourcing and richly detailed story-telling, Woellert pulls the readers in and keeps them there to the end.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News. “Great divide in the housing market” Comment: “Gopal focused on homeowners in some sort of trouble – from Houston floods to the inner city – and documented the inequities they suffered when they were at their most vulnerable. Vivid, well-written and deeply reported.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): C.J. Hughes, freelance writer, New York Times, The Real Deal and  Rhapsody. “Second Avenue Subway brings new development” Comment: “Hughes demonstrates a range of reporting and writing in this group of stories, from the impact of a new mass transit line in NYC to a deeply detailed, visually appealing roundup of the best places to live in the U.S.”

Category 2: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Commercial Real Estate

Gold Winner: Cameron Sperance, Bisnow. “A collection from women in construction and smashing the lavender ceiling to Amazon’s search” Comment: “In addition to quality of writing and reporting, this entry was selected for the second story (about how women can help ease the labor shortage in construction) and the third story (about the LGBT community in commercial real estate). Those stories stood out because their focus was unique and they addressed timely issues both in commercial real estate and life in general.”

Silver Winner: Randyl Drummer, CoStar News. “Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their impact on hundreds of millions of square feet of multifamily, office, retail  and industrial properties” Comment: “This entry tackled a topic that has been written about quite a bit: hurricanes and the damage they cause. But this one took a different approach, explaining how the hurricane season – specifically Harvey and Irma – impacted commercial real estate. The before and after photos in the stories are helpful, as is the graphic in the third story that focuses on Harvey.”

Bronze Winner: Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News. “The opaque world of multi-million-dollar development” Comment: “These stories focused on timely topics in general and what they mean for commercial real estate: donations in political races, tax incentives and tax breaks for a wealthy developer with a questionable record of property maintenance for low-income individuals. Well-reported and written.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Robyn Friedman, freelance writer, Wall Street Journal / Multi-Housing News “Commercial real estate trends and single family investment guideposts” Comment: “All three stories are well-reported and well-written, but it’s the third story – about supply and demand for senior housing, including assisted living, and what the outlook is – that makes this entry stand out.”

Category 3: Best Real Estate Column

Gold Winner: Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report. “Space City’s Astrodome: The landmark that embodies the soul of Houston.” Comment: “A love letter to an iconic piece of real estate after it received landmark status, this column provides history and context and connects with its local audience.”

Silver Winner: Alanna Schubach, Brick Underground. “Ask an expert column: AirBNB.” Comment: “This column provides detailed answers to readers’ most important questions about New York real estate with careful research and reporting.”

Bronze Winner: Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, New York Times, 360 View Real Estate column. “A month rent-free: A great deal or a gimmick?” Comment: “Kaysen sifts through the tricks and gimmicks landlords use to hook would-be tenants to reveal they’re not all they’re cracked up to be.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Building near Raiders stadium site has checkered possibly haunted, history.” Comment: “Segall goes beyond the usual formula for covering properties near new developments to focus on the fascinating history of one building with a few skeletons in its closets.”

Category 4: Best Economic Analysis

Gold Winner: Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News. “Why Trump’s immigration crackdown could sink U.S. home prices.” Comment: “This story had it all: data, impacted individuals, excellent sourcing and fine writing.”

Silver Winner: Roland Li, San Francisco Business Times. “By feasting on S. F. ‘partial stakes’, big real estate investors are saving millions in taxes” Comment: “Smart analysis and deep reporting make this story a must-read.”

Bronze Winner: Lorraine Woellert, Politico. “Why Washington can’t fix the new housing crisis” Comment: “This is a fresh take on the housing shortage in the U.S. and why it can’t be fixed by Washington economic policy.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Jon Gorey, freelance writer, Boston Globe.  “The Fix is Out” Comment: “Well-written, entertaining and smart economic analysis of why we replace rather than repair the many things in our lives.”

Category 5: Best Interior Design Story

Gold Winner: Edgar Allen Beem, Design New England. “Simply Friendship” Comment: “Through artful writing, beautiful photos and meticulous reporting, this story offers the history, context and process that was behind design decisions in an off-the-beaten-path community.”

Silver Winner: Jura Koncius, Washington Post. “The reign of beige” Comment: “This story mixes Washington’s design with deep context, political history and character. If you’ve never owned a “club chair,” this story will make you reconsider!”

Bronze Winner: Michele Lerner, freelance writer, Washington Post. “Modernizing a 1929 colonial while still honoring its history” Comment: “Brings what could be a ho-hum renovation tale to life by finding details about the home and its history with its interesting modern-day occupants.”

Category 6: Best Real Estate E-Newsletter by an Individual

Gold Winner: Eileen Woods, Boston Globe. “ADDRESS, Oct. 6, 2017” Comment: “This e-newsletter entices the reader with photos and concise, well-written teasers that lead to a variety of stories, from 3-D home building to affordable housing and historic before-and-after home renovation.”

Silver Winner: Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle. “Prime Property” Comment: “Prime Property has snappy teasers that make readers want to click through to engaging stories about the city’s commercial real estate scene.”

Bronze Winner: Tony Consiglio, TecHome Builder. “TecHome Builder Insights” Comment: “Engaging, breaking news and features teased in concise blurbs with accompanying photos and quality video pieces.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Jessica Fiur, Commercial Property News. “CPN: Insights for Small and Emerging Real Estate Owners and Managers” Comment: “Visually appealing, easy-to-view-and-click-on, reader-service stories aimed at small or emerging commercial real estate operators who need more do-it-yourself news.”

Category 7: Best Architecture Story 

Gold Winner: Regina Cole, freelance writer, Design New England. “Bid It Stay” Comment: “A fascinating look at the 19th-century home and studio of sculptor John Manship, creator of Rockefeller Center’s “Prometheus Bringing Fire from Heaven.” The property is now a living museum and an artists’ residence and retreat.”

Silver Winner: Stefanos Chen, New York Times. “The Unsung Postwar Apartment” Comment: “This story takes a deep look at the unloved and overlooked postwar residential real estate and architecture of NYC through the eyes of real people. Connects with data.”

Bronze Winner: Jon Gorey, freelance writer, Boston Globe. “When Sears sold the American Dream” Comment: “This is a fresh, modern take on post-WWI Sears mail-order homes. Gorey digs up archival items on Boston-area Sears homes and talks to their owners.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Valerie Schremp Hahn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Happy 150th, Frank Lloyd Wright! His legacy endures in St. Louis” Comment: This is a deep dive into Wright’s legacy in St. Louis and his influence on later architecture there and in the state of Missouri.”

Category 8: Best Residential Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper

Gold Winner (tie): Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News. “Low-income landlord Starr gets tax breaks despite allegations of poor living conditions" Comment: “An appalling litany of legal and financial chicanery and problems, supported by tax breaks, all enriching the developer while leaving a trail of tears for tenants and investors.”

Gold Winner (tie): Lorraine Woellert, Politico. “We have a big problem: Puerto Rico seeks aid for tens of thousands of squatters.” Comment: “An astonishing, troubling revelation about Puerto Rico housing, describing a pervasive, deplorable condition untouched by hurricane recovery aid because these squatters are neither owners nor tenants, thus not qualified for FEMA assistance. Well-supported and well-balanced, despite the baleful message, by extensive data, quotes and photos.”

Silver Winner (tie): Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, New York Times. “Tenants offered buyouts are left in the lurch” Comment: “When New York City landlords buy tenants out of their rent-regulated apartments, the deals are usually shrouded in mystery, with both parties signing nondisclosure agreements. This story is an eye-popping peek beneath the shroud of New York rent control, extremely well-documented.”

Silver Winner (tie): Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal. “More Las Vegas houses boarded up despite improved economy” Comment: “A fine, well-documented story about how a simple local problem morphs into others. Good data, a graphic and photos support this story.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Arielle Kass, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Neighbors resist growing density” Comment: “This engaging story addresses the resistance by established neighborhoods to denser residential development in their backyards. Kass presents all sides of this teeth-gnashing urban residential dispute.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Marilyn Kalfus, Orange County Register. “Sister Act: Two women in pink hard hats restore historic Anaheim homes” Comment: “An amusing, heart-warming story about two middle-aged women – sisters – who restore homes in Anaheim, California. A fun read.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): Jeff Collins, Orange County Register. “Fewer evictions offer some hope” Comment: “Collins takes good news – fewer evictions in Southern California – and with deep research, strong reporting and artful writing, tells a more nuanced story about the continuing struggles of low-income residents through a family that is dealing with the consequences of having been evicted.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): Roxana Popescu, freelance writer, Washington Post.  “Luxe sheds put a little serenity in the back yard of a crowded house” Comment: “A clever, fun story about the metamorphosis of backyard sheds. They’re no longer storage shacks but spaces that let people fulfill their needs or fantasies.”

Category 9: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper

Gold Winner: Jacob Adelman, Philadelphia Inquirer. “HQ move is a sweet deal for Blatstein” Comment: “This is an informative insight into the use of a federal tax credit to rationalize a redevelopment project, well-supported by data and quoted sources.”

 Silver Winner: Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, New York Times. “Smaller housing markets lure individual investors” Comment: “A clever exploration of offbeat real estate investment opportunities that depend on unsophisticated investors’ trust of online come-ons.”

 Bronze Winner: Kenneth Harney, Washington Post Writers Group. “Agency warns that questionable refinancing may be costing veterans big money” Comment: “Harney sounds the warning in a reader-service story about a government mortgage agency cracking down on ‘too good to be true’ mortgage refinancings. Solid writing and reporting made this a worthwhile story.”

 Honorable Mention Winner: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register. “Who is that man with Reza Jahangiri?” Comment: “A cleverly written story about the leading reverse mortgage lender in the country, American Advisors Group, and how its celebrity spokesmen and late-night TV advertising are largely to credit for its growth.”

 Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper

Gold Winner (tie): Jonathan O’Connell, Washington Post Magazine. “The Fixer­-Upper. How a salty, pugnacious developer with a ninth-grade education is saving the character of old Washington, building by building.” Comment: “An engaging story about an engaging character with a personality as memorable as his string of Washington renovation successes. A gem!”    

Gold Winner (tie): C.J. Hughes, freelance writer, New York Times. “After the launching (and scrapping) of Navy ships, a new mission.” Comment: “An enterprising and fascinating look at reuse of old Navy bases, all on important waterways.”          

Silver Winner: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register. "This map shows the extent of the Southern California apartment boom. Will all the construction help lower your rent?” Comment: “This story deals with the impact of new luxury apartment construction on rent-burdened, working-class households. A superb interactive map, charts of new developments, plus lots of good data and quotes.”

Bronze Winner: Mike Higdon, Reno Gazette-Journal. “Dead or alive? Downtown Reno's West 2nd District, one year later.” Comment: “Multiple sources and good data provide a fine balance to a story that cuts through the hype of a large developer’s promised $1.2 billion project on 17 acres that he had not yet secured.”

Category 11: Best Small Daily Newspaper Real Estate Story - Daily Newspaper under 75,000 Circulation

Gold Winner: Akiko Matsuda, Journal News. “Under the radar: Tiny-house owners face zoning challenges in the Hudson Valley” Comment: “An imaginative treatment of the tiny-home craze focusing on illegalities rather than livability, with good staff photos of several homes.”

Silver Winner: Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal. “Reno renters buckle from record-high apartment rent, ‘near-zero’ vacancy” Comment: “This story looks at just how serious the apartment problem is in Reno. With personal examples, solid data and quoted sources, Hidalgo explores a significant trend with widespread implications.”

Category 12: Best Weekly Newspaper Real Estate Story - Business Weekly

Gold Winner (tie): Adam Sichko, Nashville Business Journal “This is Nashville’s next land rush” Comment: “Sichko explores the implications of gentrification in Nashville’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood. Multiple sources make this story of impending culture clash more human than most developers’ dreams. Supported by an excellent map.”

Gold Winner (tie): Blanca Torres, San Francisco Business Times. “Housing’s tale of two cities: Seattle builds, San Francisco lags” Comment: “This thoroughly reported story offers many insights and provides a deeper understanding of land use, long-term planning and housing demand. A fine, timely comparison of the two cities.”

 Silver Winner: Roland Li, San Francisco Business Journal. “How Veritas became the new face of San Francisco real estate” Comment: “Veritas grew from a one-man firm into San Francisco’s largest residential landlord in under a decade. A remarkable success story, nicely balanced.”

 Bronze Winner: Cynthia Lescalleet, freelance writer, Leader News. “The do-over: one man’s castle” Comment: “In this clever and engaging column, Lescalleet introduces us to a baker who spent a decade building a castle on the outskirts of Houston. ”

Category 13: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Magazine Story - General Circulation 

Gold Winner: Michele Lerner, freelance writer, Washington Post. “An art lover’s make-it-work moment: Fitting 40 pieces in his basement apartment” Comment: “A kind of quirky, unique story about an art collector who downsized into a basement apartment and turned what could have been a dark and depressing area into a mini art gallery. The pictures help tell the story.”

Silver Winner: C. J. Hughes, freelance writer, Rhapsody magazine. “Ruins to Riches” Comment: “A data-rich dive into five cities: New York, Miami, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco, where once-forgotten neighborhoods have transformed dramatically. The result of old-fashioned phone and shoe-leather reporting combined with Census records, real estate data, rental websites and city planning documents, this story is informative and well-written. The rich graphics and photos add a great deal.”

Bronze Winner: Colin W. Sargent, Portland Monthly Magazine. “Weathering Heights” Comment: “The pictures are key to telling the story of this castle in Maine that was for sale at the end of 2017. It’s an interesting story that we suspect got people to read about history without calling the piece a history story.”

Category 14: Best Residential Real Estate Trade Magazine Story

Gold Winner: Matt Power, Green Builder magazine. “The promises and pitfalls of plastics in construction” Comment: “A comprehensive look at how plastics, which are such a detriment to the environment, can be used in a constructive manner for building materials. It’s not a cheerleading story for the plastics industry but instead a well-sourced, well-written story about the topic. The photos, graphics and numbers help tell the story.”

Silver Winner: Kyle Clapham, Qualified Remodeler. Developing a new workforce” Comment: “This story looks at what local builders are doing to address a shortage of workers, including apprenticeships. The topic is timely and the story is thoroughly reported.”

Bronze Winner: E.B. Solomont, The Real Deal. “Murdoch ‘moves’ on Zillow” Comment: “A well-written story on why Rupert Murdoch has gotten into the digital real estate space via Move, Inc., specifically eyeing New York City, and what his plans may be as his company takes on rival Zillow.”

Honorable Mention Winner: IvyLee Rosario, Multi-Housing News. “Attacking the hack” Comment: “Interesting story on how property managers can prevent hackers from breaking into their systems and getting information about residents. Timely, given the news about major companies that have been hacked.”

Category 15: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine Story

Gold Winner: Jeff Shaw, Seniors Housing Business. Comment: “Timely story on how developers are looking beyond traditional senior-housing facilities, which essentially just have housing for seniors and nothing more, and instead are looking to have senior housing in mixed-use facilities –– all-inclusive communities with everything from retail to movie theaters to restaurants, which helps alleviate the loneliness that some seniors feel after leaving their homes.”

Silver Winner: Joe Gose, freelance writer, Northeast Real Estate Business. “Not-so-affordable housing“ Comment: “Gose’s story about the growing popularity of affordable commercial property investment is everything a trend story should be: deeply researched,  clearly documented through a variety of interviews and persuasively written.

Bronze Winner: Mark Maurer, The Real Deal. “Is New York real estate showing symptoms of distress?” Comment: “A well-reported, in-depth look at commercial real estate properties in NYC that aren’t as healthy as investors expected them to be. The story includes the number of foreclosures in all five NYC boroughs, giving additional heft to the story.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, Architectural Record. “In Earthquake Torn Mexico, Architects Look to Recovery.” Comment: “An interesting look at what architects and designers are learning about design and construction in Mexico following two earthquakes there in September 2017.”

Category 16: Best Online Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story

Gold Winner (tie): Oshrat Carmiel, Bloomberg News. “Manhattan gets $20,000-a-month homes for new breed of seniors” Comment: “With lots of relevant data and great quotes, this story describes how developers are rushing to meet demand for assisted living from an “underserved” cohort:  ailing, super-wealthy 80-year-olds in New York City.”

Gold Winner (tie): Teke Wiggin, Inman News. “Will digital middlemen become toll booths for real estate agents?” Comment: “With effective use of data, clear writing and graphics, photos and video, this story analyzes how real estate agents must balance old-fashioned relationship-building with the new digital rules of the road.          

Silver Winner: Tim Donnelly, BrickUnderground.com“Roommate/boyfriend wanted: One woman’s bold quest to solve two eternal NYC problems at once.” Comment: What happens when a woman from Brooklyn places an ad for both a roommate and a boyfriend? Snappy writing, relevant data and even advice from a relationship therapist all make this a story that connects with readers.“

Bronze Winner: Bryan Walsh, Inman News. “The coastal mortgage time bomb” Comment: “This analysis is based on solid reporting and data that raises the specter of a crisis in coastal real estate as climate change raises sea levels and more extreme storms cause flooding.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Paul Owers, CoStar News. “Senior housing meets luxury living” Comment: “Owers elevates this story about developers’ new upscale senior projects in South Florida with data and great interviews, including a developer who says it’s the adult children who want their parents to have dog parks and rooftop dining, and a 92-year-old resident  who describes his new home as a “luxury cruise without the water.”

Category 17: Best Online Commercial Real Estate Story

Gold Winner: David M Levitt, Bloomberg.com“In the shadow of Manhattan, a troubled city is having a moment” Comment: “A well-written, contextual story about the possible arrival of a long-awaited revival of Newark, New Jersey. Supporting data, high-quality sourcing and plentiful graphics and photos shine in this online story.

Silver Winner (tie): Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg.com“Tom Barrack juggles Trump defense and revamped property empire” Comment: “This in depth story is a profile of Trump friend and advocate Tom Barrack and an examination of why his real estate investment trust, Colony NorthStar Inc., is lagging its peers.”

Silver Winner (tie): Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist. “Trading veggies for herb: Produce grower planting cannabis in million-square-foot greenhouse” Comment: “This is a detailed and engaging story about the conversion of a hydroponic tomato facility to grow a new crop: cannabis. Wallace also explores the growth and legalities of similar large-scale commercial facilities in the U.S.”

Bronze Winner: Roland Li, San Francisco Business Times. “The Tenderloin awakens ..." Comment: ”This story addresses the influx of money and development in the Tenderloin, San Francisco’s largest area of low-income housing. The reporter chronicles the history and challenges of one of SF’s most fascinating neighborhoods.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Jon Banister, Bisnow.com“Exclusive: The DC brokerage diversity problem that no one’s talking about” Comment: “This story shines a light on the lack of diversity in Washington, D.C. commercial real estate, both through anecdotes and data from the EEOC.”

Category 18: Best Real Estate Tweet Collection

Gold Winner:  Carl Franzen, @carlfranzen, Inman News. “Apocalyptic images…”  Comment: “These tweets did a great job teasing breaking, enterprise and features stories on Inman’s website.”

Silver Winner: Ralph Bivins, @RNRBulletin. Realty News Report. Comment: “These tweets were snappy and newsy, such as “Houston - Birthplace of Michael Dell, Compaq Computers and (maybe) Amazon HQ2.”

Bronze Winner: Katherine Feser, @kfeser, Houston Chronicle. Comment: “These tweets kept Feser’s readership in the know on important local developments.”

Category 19: Best Short Blog Post - Real Estate    No awards..

Category 20: Best Audio or Video Real Estate Report 

Gold Winner: Shannon Behnken, WFLA-TV. “8 On Your Side “Sinkhole Deceit.” Comment: “This story centers on the arrests of five people, including the home sellers, agents and the mortgage broker who failed to disclose a sinkhole. The story was a follow-up to WFLA’s initial story that uncovered the fraud. Strong reporting and sourcing, clear writing and good use of video and graphics.”

Silver Winner: Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, Looped In Podcast. “Stories from Hurricane Harvey and Houston’s recovery, Part 1” Comment: “Sarnoff takes the listener through her experiences and those of other Houstonians during Harvey. This is a well-produced podcast with natural sound, interviews and a host who was willing to open her life to her listeners.”

Bronze Winner: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media. “From glut to flood: Houston apartments in high demand after Harvey” Comment: “Good spot news follow-up to Hurricane Harvey that is concise, well-produced, informative.”

Category 21: Best Breaking Real Estate News Story

Gold Winner: Prashant Gopal, Joe Light and Rob Urban, Bloomberg News. “Pricey home markets from Greenwich to L.A. may take tax hit” Comment: “Within hours of House Republicans releasing their first version of a U.S. tax overhaul, Bloomberg published this authoritative roundup of relevant data, expert insights and precise impact of tax bill details, clearly delineated. It immediately became one of the most-read stories on Bloomberg’s website and its terminal.”

Silver Winner (tie): Patrick Clark, Bloomberg News. “Wine country disaster stretches already-tight housing market” Comment: “Pulling together anecdotes, data and interviews with experts, local landlords and brokers, Clark documented the challenges the California wine country faced following devastating wild fires last October. Thoughtful, extensive reporting.”

Silver Winner (tie): Mark Mauer and Katherine Clarke, The Real Deal. “HNA, partner to buy 245 Park Avenue for $2.2 billion: sources”Comment: “Based on inside sources, Mauer and Clarke detail how overpaying for assets such as 245 Park Ave. resulted in massive debt problems for the buyer.”

Bronze Winner: Jon Anderson, CandysDirt.com“Fierce Friday night blaze destroys ‘Pink Wall’ Preston Place Condos” Comment: “Anderson reported on an overnight fire, updating it on the publication’s website in real time, resulting in a fine, opportunistic photo story accompanied by explanatory text.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Patrick Kearns, Inman News. “Net neutrality repeal has real estate really worried.” Comment: “This story is a thorough exploration of the prospective damage that the end of net neutrality protections might do to real estate brokers, and perhaps to their customers as well.”

Category 22: Best Investigative Report or Series – Real Estate

Gold Winner (tie): Konrad Putzier, The Real Deal. “Uncovering a real estate Ponzi scheme and how property fraud happens online” Comment: “A superb and surprising investigation that reveals a co-working company that promised hundreds of mom-and-pop investors high returns on shares of individual desks – yes, desks – inside a co-working space.”

Gold Winner (tie): David Kocieniewski, Caleb Melby and Hui-yong Yu, Bloomberg News. “Unmasking the Kushner real estate empire” Comment: “With intense public interest on Jared Kushner and his business, this superb investigation is both hugely informative and timely, especially the finding that the family actually owns just tiny fractions of the equity in many so-called Kushner properties.”

Silver Winner (tie): Catherine Reagor and Jessica Boehm, Arizona Republic. “HOAs foreclose on record number of metro Phoenix homeowners” Comment: “Great examples and strong numbers provide support for the alarming findings of this careful and wide-ranging investigation.”

Silver Winner (tie): Jacob Adelman, Philadelphia Inquirer. “Failed Philadelphia projects” Comment: “This was an excellent, timely expose of a developer with a questionable past who was in the midst of planning the city’s most ambitious residential development in recent memory.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Mike DeMasi, Albany Business Review. “Albany city assessor's ‘mistake’ could mean headaches for owners, developers” Comment: “A nifty expose and then follow-through on the extensive impact of a generous property tax break given to commercial property owners who weren’t entitled to it. The mistake was initially uncovered by the reporter’s astute question.”

Bronze Winner (tie) : Jodie Fleischer, Rick Yarborough, Steven Jones, Jeffery Piper, WRC-TV. “NEWS4 I-Team: Homes held hostage in D.C.” Comment: “A well-documented and clearly explained misapplication of an intended tenant protection, making the viewer wonder: How could that happen?”

Honorable Mention Winner: Blanca Torres, San Francisco Business Times. “$100 million Oakland empire built on EB-5 investor visas goes into decline.” Comment: “A fascinating exploration of the “big ticket” EB-5 visa program, its flaws and failings, based largely on lawsuits. Good graphics help tell the story.”

Category 23: Best Series - Real Estate

Gold Winner: Bethany Erickson, CandysDirt.com.“Houses of Cards: Families find anything but comfort in their brand-new, custom-built homes” Comment: “This is an important expose of a crooked homebuilder in Texas, based on many lawsuits and multiple sources. Erickson points out the lack of licensing for contractors and builders in Texas that might have saved victims of this particular homebuilder.”

Silver Winner: Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News.“Storm chasers” Comment: “Gopal hit the ground running in areas ravaged by last year's hurricanes, shedding light on the economics of a big storm’s aftermath. Gopal’s stories were based on many fine interviews with those who were victimized by the storms and those who profited from them.”

Bronze Winner: Jonathan O’Connell, Washington Post. “Trump hotel puts a new twist on D.C.'s culture of influence” Comment: “This is a fascinating exploration of the D.C. Trump hotel and the unique, if conflict-ridden, real estate proposition it presents. Great detail and deeply sourced.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): Camilla McLaughlin, freelance writer, Unique Homes. “What now?” Comment: “In an ambitious five-part series, McLaughlin addresses the dominant real estate trends in each region of the country. Thoroughly reported with a heavy emphasis on data.”

Honorable Mention Winner (tie): E. B. Solomont, The Real Deal. “The battle blowing up the real estate listings industry” Comment: “Solomont reported a trenchant, vital story for real estate agents about the showdown between listings platform StreetEasy and New York’s residential brokerages.”

Category 24: Best Blog – Real Estate  No Awards.

Category 25: Best International Real Estate Story

Gold Winner: Tamsin McMahon and Tim Kiladze, Globe & Mail. “The investors who bet on a real estate boom—and lost” Comment: “Excellent reporting produced good quotes and data on a little-understood source of widespread fraud and other losses in our neighbor to the north, pointing out the continuing inadequacies of Canada’s fragmented securities regulation scheme.”

Silver Winner: Jack Sidders, Bloomberg News. “Brexit Britain saddles biggest buyout firms with forlorn malls” Comment: “A fine trend story about misplaced private-equity bets on distressed malls in the U.K. based on resourceful gathering of data and on-site visits, with U.S. implications.”

Bronze Winner: E.B. Solomont, Will Parker, Jill Noonan, and Damian Ghigliotty, The Real Deal. “Billionaire backlash in New York.” Comment: “Through exhaustive reporting, the reporters pieced together the likely impact of global political turmoil on NYC real estate. Good graphics help to tell the story.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg News. “London’s hottest home markets see price cuts in sign peak’s near” Comment: “This story tracks the boom/bust cycle of home prices in London. High-quality graphics and interactive maps by neighborhood nicely complement Smyth’s enterprise reporting.”

Category 26: Best Team Report – Real Estate

Gold Winner (tie): Konrad Putzier, Rich Bockmann, and Hiten Samtani, The Real Deal. “How non-bank lenders, like commercial mortgage REITs, seemingly make real estate loans” Comment: “The story focuses on how non-bank lenders, like commercial mortgage REITs, seemingly make real estate loans (some of them risky) – but in reality, it turns out that traditional banks finance part or all the loan. The story looks at whether this is skirting regulations put in after the financial crisis and whether banks have more exposure to this risk than previously thought. It’s well-written and not a topic we’ve seen addressed elsewhere.”

Gold Winner (tie): Phillip Molnar and Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune. “The hottest hotel in town is an apartment building” Comment: “The reporters, with persistence, data-mining and shoe-leather reporting, substantiated the proliferation of Airbnb offerings in rental buildings that prohibit them. The writing is clear and engaging and a well-produced video and graphics are included in the package.”         

Silver Winner: Prashant Gopal and Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg News. “Robots may help build your next home and fill the labor gap” Comment: “In a well-written and timely story, the reporters tackled the issue of robotics in modular housing construction. They visited factories that use robots, talked to workers, developers and housing experts and broke the news that Marriott was increasing its use of modular construction.”

Bronze Winner (tie): Katherine Clarke, E.B. Solomont, Jill Noonan, and Yoyl De La Rosa, The Real Deal.“Who earned and who got burned?” Comment: “Highly contextualized, data-driven story about the luxury market that also engages the reader with anecdotes and easy-to-digest infographics."

Bronze Winner (tie): Colin W. Sargent and Willis Kuelthau, Portland Monthly Magazine. “Dream Islands” Comment: “This beautifully curated and photographed story takes the reader on a tour of islands up the Maine coast that range from less than an acre to 90 acres and introduces us to some of the rugged and sometimes quirky individuals who inhabit them.”

Honorable Mention Winner: J. Scott Trubey, Nathan Harris, and Leon Stafford, Atlanta Journal- Constitution. “Residents hope Mercedes-Benz Stadium aids nearby Atlanta neighborhood” Comment: “This story addresses the elephant in the room: After so many new stadium projects have failed to fulfill their promises to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods, why will this one be any different?”

Category 27: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine

Gold Winner: Gail Ravgiala and Courtney Goodrich, Design New England. Sept./Oct. 2017 issue Comment: “The magazine sticks to its title: It is truly about design in New England, but this issue is about turning buildings and other structures that weren’t houses, such as an empty pool house, into houses. It’s a unique twist on what makes a home a home.”

Silver Winner: Kathleen Carlin-Russell, Mark Moffa, Unique Homes. May 22, 2017 issue Comment: “This issue looks at residential homes listed for $25 million or more. While not a category of homes that the vast majority of people can afford, it’s still a fun read to see how “the other side” lives. The list that shows what happened to homes that were listed in the previous year’s issue answers the question of what ultimately happens to a listing.”

Category 28: Best Residential Trade Magazine

Gold Winner: Matt Power, Green Builder magazine. Sept.-Oct., 2017 issue Comment: “A cleanly designed, straightforward and easy-to-read magazine about how houses can be realistically green without breaking the bank. One article, “Rapid payback,” takes a look at how some basic blocking and tackling can make a house a high-performing home."

Category 29: Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine

Gold Winner: Stuart Elliott, Damian Ghigliotty, Jill Noonan, Hiten Samtani and Danielle Balbi, The Real Deal. Nov. 2017 issue Comment: “Of all the magazines for this competition, we enjoyed this one the most because the stories do what we tell students to do when they write: put a face to the numbers. In this case, the magazine did it with a cover story of the divorce between real estate mogul Harry Macklowe and his then-wife Linda Macklowe. The story focused not only on the divorce but what it could mean to the property they own.”

Silver Winner: Matthew Valley, Seniors Housing Business. April 2017 issue Comment: “The clean design of this magazine along with well-reported stories (including the story on large-scale mixed-using housing for seniors) takes what could be a dry topic and instead makes it informative.”

Bronze Winner: Randall Shearin, Katie Sloan, and Lynn Peisner, Shopping Center Business. May 1, 2017 issue Comment: “An informative publication with insightful stories on issues – financing, mixed-use and other – affecting shopping center owners, investors and developers.”

Category 30: Best Newsletter – Real Estate

Gold Winner: Jon Banister, Bisnow. “Real Estate Bisnow Washington, DC” newsletter Comment: “This colorful and engaging newsletter highlighted a well-reported story about how federal appeals court judges and some activists are stalling the development of sites that could add as many as 4,000 apartments to the Washington, D.C. real estate market even though neighborhood groups and local planners have approved the developments. The story includes a map that shows developments facing appeal.”

Silver Winner: Cameron Sperance, Bisnow. “Real Estate Bisnow Boston” newsletter Comment: “This newsletter highlighted a story about the LGBT community in commercial real estate, which the judges felt was timely given discussions on a broader societal basisand a topic that we hadn’t seen much on before.”

Bronze Winner: Leigh Kamping-Carder, Wall Street Journal. “WSJ Real Estate newsletter” Comment: “A well-reported, well-written newsletter whose stories include the likelihood that Amazon’s second headquarters will be located near one of the many properties that Jeff Bezos owns.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Lauren Beale, freelance writer and Neal Leitereg, staff writer, Los Angeles Times“Hot Property” newsletter Comment: “An interesting, easy-to-read roundup about celebrity real estate items. It’s a little like reading “People” magazine in the real estate section.”

Category 31: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section

Gold Winner: Eileen Woods, Boston Globe. “Address – Your Guide to Buying, Selling Living, Jun. 25, 2017 section” Comment: “An interesting dive-into-the-details look at real estate in Boston. The articles are pertinent to many people who are looking to buy, sell or rent residential real estate. The Q&A in the edition submitted focuses on how to dispose of leftover paint – while one of the main articles looks at the discrimination that people with children face when trying to rent apartments.”

Silver Winner: Jeff Collins, Samantha Gowen, Marilyn Kalfus, and Jonathan Lansner, Hannah Madans, Orange County Register.“Real Estate section, Feb. 12, 2017” Comment: “Well-written real estate section focusing on Orange County, with stories that are written (save one story) by staff members instead of wire services. In addition to including the requisite median home sale prices and sales volume by ZIP code, the section also includes an easy-to-read and helpful “Orange County’s Real Estate Scene” that looks at the county’s median home price and five things that will move real estate markets.”

Bronze Winner: Emily Fancher, San Francisco Business Times. “San Francisco Structures” Comment: “An in-depth look at what’s in development and what’s under construction in San Francisco’s real estate market. The story includes three maps that show what’s under construction, what’s approved and what’s planned in office and research and development, residential and hotel properties.”

Honorable Mention Winner: Lois Weiss, and Steve Cuozzo, and Emily Nonko, New York Post. “Commercial Real Estate Special Edition” Comment: “This special edition published by The New York Post is geared toward attendees of the Real Estate Board of New York's annual dinner and the paper’s readers. The edition profiles the winners of the annual awards but also takes a look at how the hot market for hotels has extended into Williamsburg and why that’s the case.”

Category 32: Best Web Site – Real Estate

Gold Winner: Leigh Kamping-Carder, Wall Street Journal. wsj.com/realestate" Comment: “The Journal’s website has pertinent, well-reported and well-written stories 24/7, no matter when someone views it. It’s updated not only with stories that may appear on the home page  of the paper’s website, but also with stories that are written specifically for the real estate page of the website. Stories run from the serious to the lighthearted, such as readers voting for their house of the week."

Silver Winner: Teri Rogers, Nathan Tempey, and Jennifer White Karp, Brick Underground. “Real estate, real life, real New York” Comment: “Started by a former New York Times real estate reporter, Brick Underground has practical stories for people, such as how to make a lowball offer on an apartment. The site also has “How-To” guides for buying, selling and renting an apartment.”

 Bronze Winner: Kathleen Hamilton, Perfect Partnership Inc. “Do it yourself or not” Comment: “A cleanly-designed website with practical, helpful information for homeowners who want to have an estimate of how much a project might cost if they do it themselves or if they hire a contractor. Links explaining how to do some projects are also included.”

 

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