NAREE Names Best Real Estate Books of the Year

The National Association of Real Estate Editors announced three winners, along with a first-time author award, for top real estate books this year for the 2008 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards. Check out the list of winners and then share with us the best real estate book you’ve read this year.

Gold Award
Prefabulous: The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh From the Factory (Taunton Press)
By Sheri Koones

Judges comments: “It explores in depth the different types of prefab homes available on the market. The amount of information is stunning, making this book a necessity for anyone who is considering building this type of house.”

Silver Award
Creating Value: Smart Development and Green Design (Urban Land Insitute)
By Vernon Swaback

Judges comments: “With interest in a ‘green’ environment rapidly receiving more and more attention, this book by a well-known architect is must reading for anyone interested in real estate development. Thoroughly researched and making good use of four-color photographs and illustrations that allow the reader to see the points that the author is making, it breaks new ground in our understanding of creating value by design.”

Bronze Award
Hines: A Legacy of Quality in the Built Environment (Fenwick Publishing)
By George Lancaster

Judges comments: “This book about Gerald D. Hines and his real estate company stands out because it is written by twelve experienced essayists who have an expertise in architecture and/or business. Thus, they are able to bring a historical insight to their subject that helps readers appreciate Hines’ significance.”

NAREE’s First-time Author Award
Generational Housing: Myth or Mastery (TABS)
By Carmen Multhauf and Lloyd G. Multhauf

Judges comments: “By examining and analyzing the different generations in the housing market, the authors show understanding home buyers is far more complicated than it appears at first.”

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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