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‘Prefabulous’ author wins Bob Bruss award

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Sheri Koones, the author of a book that explores factory-built homes, took top honors in the first annual awards presentation named for longtime real estate columnist Bob Bruss, who died in September 2007. Koones' "Prefabulous: The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh From the Factory," published in March 2007, received the Gold Award in the 2008 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards. Bruss had given the book a glowing review: "Normally, I am turned off by real estate books with clever, cute titles," Bruss wrote. "However, I am 'turned on' by this great, new, beautiful book that completely changed my mind about so-called 'prefab' homes, which are custom-built in factories to the specifications of the buyers." The National Association of Real Estate Editors, a real estate journalism organization created in 1929, oversees the awards program, which is supported by grants from NAREE members, Leighand Ivy Robinson of Express Publishing and Inman News...