Being a REALTOR® Archive

From 1944, the REALTORS convention that wasn’t

For over a century REALTORS from across the nation have gathered each year for their annual convention. At the very first meeting 120 REALTORS met in Chicago in May 1908. Nineteen thousand or more REALTORS and their guests are...
April 6, 2016

Trademark in the Archives, Part I: The Invention of REALTOR®

In honor of the REALTOR® Trademark Centennial, we’ve looked back through the NAR Archives to share documents that tell the history of the term. The first post in this series examines how NAR’s adoption of REALTOR® was due in...
March 23, 2016

Tiny Houses and Microshelters

I grabbed microshelters as soon as it arrived in the library. I’m not sure I could live comfortably even in a 500 square foot studio apartment with building amenities, so I can’t quite explain my fascination with tiny houses...
February 10, 2016

Going Green!

The next time you are in Chicago, go to the top of the Hancock Building or Sears Tower (we won’t call it Willis) and gaze over the rooftops. Things have changed over the last 10 years. Chicago ranks third...
November 4, 2015

Retail: Online vs. Bricks and mortar

This time of year always reminds me of back to school shopping with my mom. I loved coming across a pair of shoes or an outfit so perfect that my mom declared it to be a “moral imperative” that...
September 2, 2015

Millennials and Real Estate

Depending on who you ask, I may or may not be a Millennial (Pew includes birth years 1980-2000), however other institutions cut me off by a couple years). However, I largely identify with that generation, and it’s a group...

Social Media Ease

Forbes recently ran an article on tips for mastering social media for small businesses that got me thinking about all the great resources National Association of REALTORS® makes available to its members in order to optimize their time and...
July 13, 2015

Call for Job Descriptions for RARE

The REALTORS® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) has been refreshed with an updated look and improved functionality, and we need your sample documents to make sure it remains a valuable resource! What is RARE? RARE is a dynamic collection of...
February 17, 2015

Lead Management Tools

Twice last week the NAR Library received requests for lead and office management tool suggestions, so we thought it an opportune time to share our findings. The first tool we’ll mention is our benefit partner relay® which advertises as...
December 18, 2014

The Great Realty Meet of 1914

The 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo takes place later this week in the great city of New Orleans.  As REALTORS® across the country pack their bags and prepare to attend the four-day event, we took a look in the...
November 4, 2014