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REALTORS® honored George Washington

February 2009 – In February of 1932 the National Real Estate Journal remarked on the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. “Because in a sense he was our first Great Realtor,” the Journal wrote, “present day real estate men will...
February 3, 2009

Adapting to a New Term in Real Estate

JANUARY 2009 – In January of 1918 the National Real Estate Journal reported on use of the new word REALTOR® and efforts to educate the public about what it meant. The word was coined by Charles N. Chadbourn, vice...
January 13, 2009

Three Decades of Yuletide Greetings

DECEMBER 2008 – In December of 1953, the National Association of REALTORS®’ long-time executive vice-president mailed a unique holiday card to friends he had made in his thirty years with the Association. The Yuletide wishes included photographs that chronicled...
December 1, 2008

Movie Star Corinne Griffith’s “Romance in Real Estate”

NOVEMBER 2008 – In November 1950, the National Association of Real Estate Boards held its annual convention in Florida for the first time. Thousands gathered in Miami Beach’s Municipal Auditorium to hear a former movie star speak on her...
November 13, 2008

Nixon Warned REALTORS® about Red Peril

OCTOBER 2008 — In October 1950 California REALTORS® gathered in Santa Cruz’s Casa del Rey hotel for their 46th Annual Convention. The keynote speaker at the opening session was the well known Congressman Richard M. Nixon, who had made...
September 30, 2008

REALTOR® Fenton Parke helped build Buffalo

SEPTEMBER 2008 — On September 21, 1966, more than six hundred REALTORS® and friends met in Buffalo’s Statler-Hilton Hotel to honor REALTOR® Fenton M. Parke and celebrate his 100th birthday. Local historian Roy W. Nagle had long known the...
September 11, 2008

San Francisco’s Grace Perego, a REALTOR® success story

AUGUST 2008 – In 1927 real estate was a profession dominated by men. One woman who dared to succeed was REALTOR® Grace Perego from San Francisco. At NAREB’s Twentieth Annual Convention in 1927 she had the distinction of addressing...
August 14, 2008

Tom Ingersoll, the most popular man in Realtydom

JULY 2008 -To REALTORS® he was “Our Tom.” The first full-time staff hired by the National Association of Real Estate Boards, Tom Ingersoll served as Secretary (Executive Vice President today) from 1911 to 1922. Also referred to as “The...
July 1, 2008

Hi-Jinks of 1924 Were All Fun, No Speech-Making

JUNE 2008 – In 1924 over 500 REALTORS® from the Los Angeles and San Francisco boards gathered at Del Monte for their annual Hi-Jinks celebration. The three-day party included sports, a parade, banquet, and all-around fun. As the California...
June 9, 2008

Frank Merriam, California’s REALTOR® Governor

APRIL 2008 — In April 1955, California REALTORS® were saddened by the loss of “Governor Frank.” From 1934 to 1939 Frank F. Merriam was also known as the “REALTOR Governor.” Lieutenant Governor Merriam became the state’s chief executive in...
April 1, 2008