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Robert Jacques "Bob" Bruss (May 2, 1940, Minneapolis, Minnesota – September 26, 2007, Hillsborough, California) was a real estate attorney and syndicated columnist known as "the Dear Abby of real estate".
Bruss was a real estate lawyer and broker and wrote seven columns a week, including his "Real Estate Mailbag" question-and-answer feature. He also explained what he believed were revealing developments in real estate law and taxes, and reviewed books with real estate themes.
He was a 1962 business administration graduate of Northwestern University and a 1967 graduate of the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. His columns appeared weekly in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers. He also published two monthly newsletters. His book The Smart Investor's Guide to Real Estate (1981) has appeared in multiple editions.
Tribune Media Services distributed his column for a quarter of a century. His writings have appeared in more than 175 newspapers and on many real estate Web sites. He taught real estate law classes at a community college[clarification needed] in San Mateo, California.
Bruss died of complications from colon cancer, aged 67. He never married and left no immediate descendants.
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