Dylan Chalk

Dylan Chalk

We told you about “The Confident House Hunter: A Home Inspector’s Tips for Finding Your Perfect House” by America’s new favorite home inspector Dylan Chalk just before it hit the bookstores and Amazon last year. Well, Dylan just won the Silver Award at the 11th Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards, held during the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) conference in Denver last week. In my column from July of last year, I called his book a breakthrough in capturing “A Better, Different Way to Buy” a home. Now he has won one of the highest awards for real estate authors available. The president of NAREE,  Michelle Jarboe of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, announced Dylan as this year’s Silver winner at a luncheon packed with real estate journalists from across the country, including writers for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sentinel, Atlanta Journal Constitution, US News & World Report and many more. In congratulating Dylan, Michelle shared this: “The judges said that Chalk used an innovative approach to evaluate and organize home systems. The judges also noted that book offers clear and helpful advice for anyone examining a home.” A Proud Moment I was sitting next to Dylan at the luncheon because Dylan was not only a client of mine when he first started writing the book, but he is a fellow Islander: Dylan also lives on Bainbridge Island as I do, just outside of Seattle, and we know each other well. Dylan and I also worked together when I was in the mortgage business several years ago. We supported each other’s businesses by hosting a seminar for real estate agents called “How Green is Your Listing?” Clearly, we were way ahead of our time, but the gist of the 3-hour clock class in Washington was to provide agents with a way to market the green features of a home and how to focus on improving energy efficiency of existing listings. But I was most proud because I helped Dylan with his book at the very beginning. We spent a ton of hours working together, as I set a schedule and gave him a framework and then pushed him hard to get his first draft finished. So when his name was called as a winner of […]

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