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Goodnight, Bob

Diary of a real estate rookie

The thing about writers is that we tend to be cranky. The shift from looking inside -- to digging down to find all those wonderful thoughts and metaphors -- to dealing with the outside -- that ever-ringing phone -- is just too harsh, and it happens too often. So it's always surprising when a writer has a reputation for being nice and good-humored, and it's even more surprising when that writer is approximately three times as productive as any of his competition. Bob Bruss, who died earlier this week at the age of 67, was such an angel. What's more, he had a way of explaining even the most difficult real estate questions in a way that was plain and simple. He was a lawyer and a broker, and yet he offered that double expertise with no condescension. Of course, I'm mad that I never got to meet him. When I went to the National Association of Real Estate Editors meeting in the spring, he was already too ill to make the trip. But he had been kind to me -- a young agent and...

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