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NAR’s “Red-Headed Giant,” Alexander Taylor

The real estate community lost a friend in 1942 when Alexander S. Taylor of Cleveland died at age 73.  “Uncle Al” was the third president of the National Association, from 1910 to 1911, and his contributions to the evolving...
February 1, 2011

Interesting Sales of Realtors, in 1944

“Regardless of the number of years a Realtor has practiced, he is always interested in the unusual sales experiences of other operators in his field…,” read the forward to Interesting Sales of Realtors.  Published in November of 1944, it...
December 3, 2010

This Month in Real Estate History- October

“Television is here to stay,” the National Real Estate Journal noted in October of 1953.  “Chances are high that your best prospective buyers either have a set or plan to invest in one soon.”  Accepting that reality the Journal looked at...
November 2, 2010

The benefits of a local board, 99 years ago

In 1911 real estate professionals saw the benefits of organizing a local real estate board.  In August of that year, Wycliffe A. Hill’s argument in favor of local real estate boards was published in the National Real Estate Journal....
September 2, 2010

1959 REALTORS liked Ike, and the FHA

  In 1959 the Federal Housing Administration celebrated its 25th birthday. In June of that year 1200 people from 14 trade and professional organizations, including 100 REALTORS, gathered for the Industry Salute to FHA. The black-tie affair was held...
July 2, 2010

Mary Pickford’s Urban Story for REALTORS

In May, 1927, Silver Screen legend Mary Pickford wrote a letter just for the REALTORS and readers of California Real Estate Magazine. “A city which grows and prospers is indeed fortunate,” Ms. Pickford wrote.  “Yet a community expanding rapidly...
May 27, 2010

Local Boards’ Executive Officers gather for “their convention”

In the spring of 1940, 76 men and women gathered in Chicago’s Knickerbocker Hotel for four days of group discussions, reports, and professional commitment. Past President Paul Stark (1937) of Madison, Wisconsin, gave an address on “Why a Real...

The Scarface Takes a Chance

In 1930 one of Chicago Real Estate Magazine‘s popular features was “The Realty Mart,” where real estate dealers and owners offered properties for sale or exchange with brokers.  In the March 22 issue an advertisement for the “Mart” mentioned...

Real Estate in the 1920s, of Realtus and Realtyettes

This Month in Real Estate History – February 2010:  Eighty years ago almost all REALTORS® were men. That didn’t stop women’s organizations from forming, including the Realtus Club in Columbus, Ohio. Membership was open to the wives of all...
February 26, 2010

Oak Park REALTOR® Opened Builders Library

This Month in Real Estate History – January 2010: In 1911 an innovation was introduced to help Chicago-area home builders.  It was the “Home Builders Library,” established by REALTOR® George R. Hemingway of Oak Park, Illinois.  Hemingway was a ...
January 22, 2010