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Broderick Perkins
Sept. 27, 1950 - Sept. 29, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Broderick passed away on Sept. 29, 2013 after having been recently diagnosed with liver cancer. He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.
After a brief stint in the Army, Broderick attended the University of Delaware majoring in Journalism. While in college, he was the editor of Pamoja, the Black Student Union newspaper and he also acted in several theater productions.
After college, Broderick started a long and successful career as a writer, first working at the News Journal in Delaware. He was invited to attend the Minority Journalism program at UC Berkeley, and once there, he never looked back - California became his new home. After graduating from the program, he started working at the San Jose Mercury News in 1984, writing for the Features Department and eventually becoming the real estate writer. One of his proudest accomplishments while there was being a member of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for team reporting for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He worked for the Mercury News until 1999, when he left to start his own business,, of which he was Executive Editor and Publisher. Over the years, his in-depth research and writing has educated and informed thousands of readers.
Broderick was a kind, thoughtful friend to many and was always willing to help. He loved cooking, going out to eat, going to the movies and the beach. He also loved downtown San Jose and just hanging out with family and friends. Above all else, he loved raising his son, Corbin, and being the best father he could be.
Broderick leaves behind his son Corbin, 15, Corbin's mother, Gail Petty, Corbin's siblings Jen, Nikki, Kevin, and Aaron - all of San Jose; daughter Cassandra Freeman and granddaughter Hadiya of Delaware; father Robert and mother Isabella (deceased), sisters Roberta and Yvonne, all of Delaware; brother Clinton of Delaware, and brother Randy of California. He also leaves behind countless friends from all over the country.
Broderick's friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bella Mia Restaurant, Grand Ballroom, 58 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations to Corbin's college fund. Contact Wells Fargo, Corbin Perkins College Fund, account #8002965104, or donate through Paypal at,

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 11, 2013.
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October 7, 2020
I recently found a christmas card you gave me years ago. It had a picture of you and your daughter. Miss you a lot!
Belinda Pitco
October 5, 2020
Getting this reminder makes me miss Broderick all the more. What a fine student. What a fine man.
Bernard Kaplan
April 20, 2014
I read of Broderick's passing in the Delaware Alumni magazine.

I taught Broderick at the University of Delaware. He was a student I never forgot. He was smart and personable and dedicated. He was simply a pleasure to have in class. It was obvious from the start that he was a fine writer.

I am deeply saddened by this news.
Bernard Kaplan
January 5, 2014
Broderick was a friend for many, many years. He had a great sense of humor, much insight and was the best writer I knew. We had lunch in San Francisco in March when Caroline and I were in town. It was, of course, a great time. Our best wishes to his family.
Peter Miller
December 4, 2013
I've just logged on to Deadline News and learned of the passing of Broderick. I'm shocked and saddened that his talent and passion for writing and educating about real estate will not continue. We worked together on stories regarding substandard construction of new homes. He was a great friend of the consumer and I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to meet him once in San Jose. My condolences to his family and especially to his son.
November 25, 2013
This is unbelievable sad to hear....
I was lucky enough to know Broderick through social media networking. He'd found an article I'd written for a real estate team and from there, a video was produced. I was thrilled! A video?! Produced from something little old me had written?!!? That was my first experience of "going viral" and he is the one who made it happen. He was so kind, gracious and complimentary...
He is someone I will never forget.
megan brown
November 22, 2013
Like everyone else who's written, I was in shock when I learned that Broderick had died. Normally we'd email a lot throughout the year, and I'd phone him on his birthday. This year, I was starting to phone him and something got me off task and the call became an email. . . .

Broderick had a great mind, wonderful writing ability and style, and he raised the bar for real estate consumers and professionals across the country. He cared deeply about ethics and was a ferocious protector of copyright. There, especially, Broderick was an outspoken proponent of protecting oneself from those who plagiarize or otherwise take illegal liberties with intellectual property.

Over the years, we had conversations on many, many topics. Perhaps the most fun was talking about ghosts and haunted real estate. He had his own stories to tell! And he encouraged me to collect those kinds of stories and to get them online. His nudging caused me to create a blog on that topic. I owe him a debt of gratitude for that.

Rest in peace, my friend. I miss you.
Mary Pope-Handy
November 5, 2013
I had admired Broderick's work on Realty Times for years and was thrilled to get him writing for us at LendingTree. He was a true professional and a very nice man with a neat sense of humor. He turned in assignments right up until he died -- I had no idea anything was amiss. My colleagues and I were shocked and saddened to hear about his passing. I miss him -- professionally and personally.
Gina Pogol
November 1, 2013
I was out of town and heard about this and I am in total shock because I had not called him since August. He will remembered by me as one of the greatest inspirations in my life and helped me learn about the Real Estate Business for 25 years and was the one who started me on email when it first arrived. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for his input in my career and my life. He is truly a great man and sometimes God has a plan for one of his angels. Maybe God needed him to write in Heaven. I will truly miss him and never will stop thinking of him daily. To the family you have my deepest sympathy.
Mark Hicks
October 31, 2013
I am saddened by the passing of my old friend, Broderick, or Perk as we called our Freshman year at the University of Delaware. It's incalculable the numbers of people that he touched and helped thru his gifted writing. I'm proud to have known him. RIP.
Jack Wallace
October 26, 2013
IIsha Brooks
October 20, 2013
I come to read up on the most recent news on your site and read that my dear friend has left. I can't believe my eyes. I am left without words. Such a sweet spirit is gone. I'm speechless. Broderick I'm going to miss you.
Shawneequa Badger
October 19, 2013
Broderick was s breath of journalistic fresh air. I will miss our chats.
John Pinto
October 17, 2013
We're all feeling the shock of Broderick's passing over at Nolo, in Berkeley, where he was a beloved contributor to our real estate books and website. His warmth always shone through, even in remote professional contacts, and he remains a model of terrific and insightful writing.
Ilona Bray
October 16, 2013
Miss you, miss you, miss you.
Belinda Pitco
October 14, 2013
Broderick, I truly loved and love you. Though we may have disagreed on certain topics, there has never been a disagreement that has left such a massive hole in my heart as your demise has left.You were my mentor! Thank you so much for the time you spent with me teaching me about writing. I will cherish those lessons forever! Give Mommy and Nana a big hug and kiss, and don't forget to feed Sandy! Save me a seat, okay?! Love, your little Sis, Yvonne Ja-Neen Perkins, aka 'Dream'.
Dream Yvonne J. Perkins
October 14, 2013
Broderick was my first mentor and neighbor and friend. Condolences to his family as I know their loss is great. Prayers to you, especially his son, and may all of the many who hold fond memories be warmed by them.
October 11, 2013
RIP neighbor
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