Inman News writers win 5 awards

Reporters, columnist, freelancer, blogger recognized by real estate editors group

SAN ANTONIO — Inman News writers received five awards in an annual National Association of Real Estate Editors competition, including awards in the Best Team Report, Best Series, Best Blog, Best Freelance Collection and Best Column categories.

Inman News reporters Matt Carter and Andrea V. Brambila shared a second-place award for a three-part series, "Rebuilding Homeownership," that focused on the depleted pool of borrowers and the financial challenges in store for consumers to buy back in to the American Dream of homeownership after enduring a foreclosure or short sale.

The judges commented, "Rather than wringing their hands at another gloom and doom article, the reporters assessed the damage and went on to explain what needed to happen for the real estate market to turn around. The exhaustive report compiled results from surveys and official reports."

The category was open to all media. The first-place winners, Sanjay Bhatt and Jennifer Lafleur of The Seattle Times, teamed with ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit investigative news organization, in a report that highlighted common foreclosure triggers.