Being a REALTOR® Archive

Lincoln’s Wisdom

In honor of Abraham Lincoln‘s 201st birthday, we offer this little piece from NAR’s Archives.  It was originally published in the Feb. 10, 1958, issue of Realtor Headlines: “LINCOLN’S WISDOM With the approach of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday—Feb. 12— much...
February 12, 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

Your Agent Is Worth His Commission

DECEMBER 2009 — Real estate agents “have spent many years in acquiring a knowledge of their work and these men serve you skillfully and well.”  So wrote M. L. Dye, President of First Federal Savings in Salt Lake City...
January 13, 2010

Meet Me in California…Again

NOVEMBER 2009 — “There is something stimulating about a convention,” the National Real Estate Journal reported in November, 1939. “It is enjoyable, for one thing, to greet old friends, to make new ones, to swap stories and experiences in...
November 10, 2009

Happy 65th (or 89th?) birthday to RLI!

In October 1944, George Domm, a Michigan farm broker, became the first president of the REALTORS® Land Institute. Originally known as the Agricultural Institute, the new group was an affiliate of the National Association, created to represent the interests...
October 20, 2009

Staging Advice from Emily Post

SEPTEMBER 2009 — “The requirement of a house of charm is that it shall be completely satisfying to live in.” So wrote American etiquette expert Emily Post in September, 1943, for the National Real Estate Journal. “Comfort …means perfect...
September 9, 2009

“The backbone of a real estate board”

AUGUST 2009 — Today they are called Association Executives, but in 1914 they were called Secretaries. Then as now they were the backbones of their local REALTOR® associations. The National Association of REALTORS® was only six years old when...
August 17, 2009

This Month in Real Estate History: 1912 REALTORS® remembered the Maine

JUNE 2009 — At its 1912 annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges received a new wooden gavel and a piece of American history. REALTORS® met in the city’s Armory on June 19 and...

Time Management For Real Estate Professionals

Meetings with clients, open houses, listing presentations, marketing. . . How can a busy REALTOR® squeeze it all in without feeling squeezed? You’ll find a few answers in this page of articles, books, and Web pages on time management...
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March 13, 2009

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