Homeowners and Real Estate industry professionals alike suffered a major loss today. Noted author and syndicated real estate columnist Robert Bruss passed away earlier today at his home in Northern California, according to Inman News. As a Real Estate industry insider and author, I benefited from Bob’s advice, critical reviews of my books, and his overall way of being. Suffice to say, his sudden passing saddens me.
Bruss…wrote seven real estate columns every week that were published in hundreds of newspapers across the country. For 23 years, Bruss wrote the weekly syndicated “Real Estate Mailbag” question-and-answer real estate column, the “Real Estate Notebook” feature on real estate trends, “Real Estate Law and You” about recent court decisions affecting real estate, and “Real Estate Book Review” features.
Sometimes called the “Dear Abby of Real Estate,” Bruss published two monthly newsletters on real estate law and investing issues. He authored several books, including: “The Smart Investor’s Guide to Real Estate,” “The California Foreclosure Book - How to Earn Big Profits From California Foreclosure and Distressed Properties,” and co-authored with Dr. William Pivar the college textbook, “California Real Estate Law.”
“Bob had a loyal following of readers who turned to him every week for sound real estate advice,” said Jessica Swesey, editorial and content director of Inman News. “Over the years, he helped so many people sort out their various buying and selling questions and was an amazing resource of independent information.
Nearly six years ago, Bob reviewed one of the Real Estate books I wrote. To this day, his review hangs on the wall in my personal office. While he may have made me a better writer, Bob Russ’ legacy will be the impact he made on millions of homeowners. His no-nonsense advice helped more people than I could shake a stick at.
Bob, please accept my apology for that end-of-sentence preposition, and, if they blog in heaven, keep up the good work!