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ROBERT BRUSS, 67 Real estate writer

Robert Bruss, a nationally syndicated real estate columnist, author and investment adviser, died of cancer Wednesday at his Silicon Valley home, said Brad Inman, founder and publisher of Inman News.

Mr. Bruss was known by peers as the "Dear Abby of Real Estate." For 23 years, he wrote seven columns a week for Inman, an independent news service focusing on real estate. After a brief hiatus this year, he resumed his busy schedule until his death.

Mr. Bruss' articles - including the popular "Real Estate Mailbag" question-and-answer column - were syndicated in hundreds of newspapers nationwide and on Web sites.

Mr. Bruss, who had an undergraduate business degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, also published newsletters on real estate law and investing issues. He wrote several books, including The Smart Investor's Guide to Real Estate.

He was an investment sales manager at Grubb and Ellis Co. Realtors of San Francisco, one of California's largest statewide real estate brokerages.

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