Orange County Register Real Estate staffers Jeff Collins and Marilyn Kalfus have won reporting awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
Collins earned the gold award for best series, for stories on Orange County’s housing shortage. The stories focused on how the shortfall affects affordability and job recruitment, as well as the clash between growth and the drought.
Kalfus was recognized with the bronze award for best collection of stories on residential real estate. Her topics included real estate crowdfunding, the tiny apartments trend and how buyers and sellers come up with values for unique, over-the-top houses.
Also, Kalfus won the silver award for best short blog post, about a decadently ornate, 7,000-square-foot Newport Beach home on the market for $9.8 million.
The association’s 2016 journalism awards were announced at the group’s annual conference, held this year in New Orleans. A panel of judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected the winners.
The Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section won the gold award for Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home section in the nation, a prize The Register’s Real Estate section took last year.