NAREE's Annual Bruss Real Estate Book Contest

Entry deadline for NAREE's 12th Annual Book Contest is April 15, 2019 for books published in 2018

Online entry forms will be available on this page by September 1, 2018

Awards for NAREE's Bruss book contest will be presented Friday, June 28, 2019 at NAREE's Austin Conference

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE EDITORS ANNOUNCES 11th ROBERT BRUSS REAL ESTATE BOOK AWARD WINNERS AT THE 2018 JUNE CONFERENCE IN Las Vegas

Las Vegas -- (June 15, 2018) The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has named the winners of the 11th Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Competition. The awards recognize excellence in books published in 2017 covering the broad field of real estate. NAREE president Dion Haynes, Washington Post real estate editor, presented the awards at a luncheon at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas during NAREE's 52nd annual real estate journalism conference.
 
Author Brian Murray, who wrote, "Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate: How a Small Investor Can Make It Big," self-published by his company, Sackets Harbor Press, won top honors, NAREE's Gold Award. 
Judges' comments: Expert advice from an award-winning small commercial investor. Includes a very extensive glossary. Was reminded of Leigh Robinson. Leigh started as a teacher who bought, remodeled and rented homes to supplement his teacher income. Author Murray entered the commercial real estate market to supplement his professor income and has, with hard work, succeeded. Really love how he threaded the story of the Solar Building through technical how-to chapters. It kept readers turning the pages to find out what happened to the roach-infested, foreclosed-upon but potentially attractive building... Great read. Great book.
 
David Green took NAREE's Silver Award for his book, "Long-Distance Real Estate Investing: How to Buy, Rehab, and Manage Out-of-State Rental Properties" -- BiggerPockets Publishing.
Judges' comments: One of the common caveats in real estate investing is to stay in your neighborhood or at least your city or your state. It is hard to supervise and manage real estate from a distance. This first-time author book turns that idea on its head. The book is a highly readable primer on how to be a successful long-distance investor from someone who has practiced what he preaches.
 
The Bronze Award went to Steve Beshara for "One Place: The Value of Placemaking and Placebranding" -- self-published.
Judges' comments: I can imagine this book being a valuable resource for more traditional professionals involved in city planning and development... The book offers lots of eye candy ... The Q&A with others in the field gives an additional layer of authenticity to the author's research.
 
Winner of the Leigh Robinson First-time Author Award was K. Kai Anderson for "Retire on Real Estate: Building Rental Income for a Safe and Secure Retirement" -- AMACOM, now. division of Harper Collins.
Judges' comments: Very readable. Quite engaging. One of the best explanations I've ever read of what happened to the three-legged stool of Social Security, pension and 401K savings, when the pension leg was taken away. Also like referring readers to the website with charts and forms to help readers analyze their options.
 
NAREE's esteemed panel of judges has many decades of experience as editors. Allen Norwood is a freelance journalist and retired homes editor of the Charlotte Observer; Christina Farnsworth is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years' experience covering the "green" shelter industry for publications including Builder and Professional Builder magazines; and Stephanie Murphy Lupo is the author of several books and a former newspaper editor, columnist and writer for the Palm Beach Daily News and Boca Raton News
 
NAREE's Bruss Book Awards program is named for the late Robert Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist, prolific writer, and longtime NAREE leader. Bruss, who died in 2007, frequently wrote reviews of realty books. The Bruss Book Awards are sponsored by NAREE past presidents the late Leigh Robinson, founder of Express Publishing and author of "Landlording," and Brad Inman, founder of Inman News and Vook.
 
NAREE, a nonprofit association of writers celebrating 89 years of service to real estate writers, was founded in 1929.
Contact NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball for more information at nareeprograms@gmail.com or 561-391-3599. Cell: 561-391-1983.

 

 

      

Deadline for the 11th Annual Bruss Book Contest has passed

Next Year's Deadline is April 15, 2019 for the 12 annual Bruss Book Contest.

Link to 2018 Application HERE

Click HERE to download the PDF of 2017 year's winners with judges comments.

History

NAREE's Book Awards are named for the late Bob Bruss, syndicated real estate columnist, prolific writer, and longtime NAREE leader and mentor who enjoyed reviewing real estate books and was instrumental in building association membership for many years.

The awards program was created to recognize the excellence manifested in the work of real estate authors on an annual basis. Books focusing on the broad field of real estate including mortgage finance; home buying and selling; the business of real estate, government housing policy, green building, urban design, investing, architecture, and construction are expected among myriad other topics. 

The awards program is being funded by generous grants from the late Leigh Robinson, founder of Express Publishing, author of "Landlording," and NAREE 2011 President and his late wife, Ivy Robinson, as well as Brad Inman, founder of Inman News and NAREE 1992 President; and in-kind donations from the NAREE Board of Directors and Past Presidents.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must be postmarked by April 15, and received no later than April 20, and should include:

1) Three copies of either the pre-publication version or the publication version of the entire book or e-book CD.
2) Three copies of a maximum of 5,000 words selected from the book by its author, editor, or publisher as representative of the book as a whole. (Please select a key chapter or two.)
3) Application form and entry fee.

Entry Fee
Entry fees are $100 for NAREE (2019 dues paid) current members, and $125 for non-members. Join NAREE - CLICK HERE. 

Submission Note: No submissions will be returned.

Judging
The entire book and the selection of 5,000 words from the book will be sent to a panel(s) of three qualified judges. Judges may read only the 5,000 words or the entire book. Judges score each book on the following five attributes using a scale of 1-100:
• Originality  • Readability  • Accuracy  • Coverage of subject  • Scholarship  • Design

Highest three accumulated scores win, plus a fourth award will be given for the Best First-time Author.

Each winner is to receive a certificate and cash award as follows:
Gold: $1,000
Silver: $500
Bronze: $250
Leigh Robinson First-time Author: $250

Award Presentation
The Bruss Awards presentation will be a highlight of the Annual NAREE Spring conference, June, 26-29, 2019 in Austin, Texas at the hunt Regency. 

Link to winners of 2017 Bruss Book Awards


The Bruss Awards presentation is only one of the significant events that will be occurring at the NAREE Spring Conference. The conference will feature newsworthy panels, interesting field trips and outstanding networking and professional development opportunities.

Those not present will be mailed awards. Award winners will be posted on www.naree.org and in the NAREE News after the awards banquet.