Being a REALTOR® Archive

Uncovering the origins of “Under All Is the Land…”

One hundred years have passed since a key document in the REALTOR® organization’s history first made its debut.  Written in 1913, the Code of Ethics was seen as a declaration of the real estate industry’s principles and beliefs, a...
February 5, 2013

Remembering three REALTORS® who met their fate on the Titanic

Sunday, April 15, marks 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  Three REALTORS® were among the 1,500 people who were lost when the “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. The three men were...
April 13, 2012

“One of the most valuable assets we have”

Celebrating the Association Executives Committee’s 100th birthday This weekend, REALTOR® association executives (AEs) from around the country will gather at the 2012 A.E. Institute for a few days of networking, professional development programs, and a chance to learn about...
March 13, 2012

The Average REALTOR® (Cont’d)

Our archivist saw my earlier post on the average REALTOR® and wanted to point out that NAR’s first member profile was conducted in 1949. While much has changed, several demographics – such as age – remain remarkably similar. Click...
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February 1, 2012

The Average REALTOR®

A member asked us this week how the ‘average’ REALTOR® has changed over the last few decades. The short answer is surprisingly not very much. Member Profiles in published form go back at least until the mid-1970s, but it’s a...
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February 1, 2012

The Discount Experience

Last week we mentioned an article that compared Apple stores to Sears. This week, Forbes has an article that, in part, compares Best Buy to Amazon. Mostly the article is just about the gradual failure of another big box...
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January 4, 2012

“Hello Miss Grant, this is Presley”

by Russell Carlson, Information Specialist From the NAR Archives:  Virginia Grant recognized the woman sitting in a large pink Cadillac in front of the trendy Lowenstein’s East Department store in early 1957.  Grant had seen the woman’s photograph in...
November 15, 2011

Prestige for REALTORS® in 1941

In the summer of 1941 the Philadelphia Real Estate Board began a new campaign promoting the word REALTOR®. One of the goals was “to create a better and wider public understanding of the significance of this term,” wrote Board...
September 6, 2011

From Barley Fields to the Miracle Mile

In 1922 REALTOR® A. W. Ross was standing next to a barbed wire fence along a dirt road in Los Angeles.  In place of barley fields he saw opportunity.  In less than twenty years that road running west from La...
May 19, 2011

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