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NAREE Announces 12th Bruss Real Estate Book Award Winners in Austin
Published Friday, June 28, 2019

Austin – (June 28, 2019) The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has named the winners of the 12th Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards Competition. The awards recognize excellence in books published in 2018 covering the broad field of real estate. NAREE president Beth DeCarbo, Wall Street Journal, columnist, presented the awards at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Austin during NAREE's 53rd annual real estate journalism conference.

Authors Stefan Swanepoel and Paul Hagey, who wrote, "2019 Swanepoel Trends Report,” published by T3 Sixty, won the top honors, NAREE's Gold Award.
Judges' comments: “An interesting book about the latest industry disruptors,” said one judge. Another said, “Appeals to brokerage leaders who shape their firms’ business plans. For the rest of us who might want to know, say, how Realtors get paid and why they’re so loyal to some firms, this book has answers.” 

Dave Van Horn took NAREE's Silver Award for his book, "Real Estate Note Investing" – BiggerPockets Publishing.
Judges' comments: “Goes beyond the usual real estate investing topics, to an advanced level for serious real estate investors,” commented one judge, while another said, “His tutorial is mesmerizing – beautifully written, quite convincing.”

 The Bronze Award went to Doug Marshall, CCIM, for "Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Investing: How to Successfully Build Wealth & Grow Passive Income from Your Rental Properties” – Morgan James Publishing.
Judges' comment: “Solid style. Author comes across as trustworthy and informed.” 

Winner of the Leigh Robinson First-time Author Award was Alice Devine for “Suite Deal, The Smart Landlord’s Guide to Leasing Real Estate” –  Learn Associates Publishing.
Judges' comment: ”Tightly focused and hits the target. Terrific tips, large and small, that would benefit any leasing agent.”

NAREE's esteemed panel of judges has many decades of experience as editors. Allen Norwood is a freelance writer and former editor of the Charlotte Observer. Christina Farnsworth, Cantadora, is a freelance journalist and former senior editor of both Builder and Professional Builder magazines. June Fletcher, is an author and retired journalist who worked for Naples Daily News, The Wall Street Journal and Builder magazine.

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.

NAREE, a nonprofit association celebrating 90 years of service to real estate writers, was founded in 1929.
Contact NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball for more information at
or 561-391-3599. Cell: 561-391-1983.

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