Being a REALTOR® Archive

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

The global real estate project

Looking for real estate data from around the world? The Global Real Estate Project is a reference tool for international real estate research. It provides real estate trends, local contacts, and market information (data as of 2007) for different...
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August 19, 2008

Affordable Housing

We have recently updated our Field Guide to Affordable Housing. The nation’s housing affordability crisis is fed by economic, demographic, and regulatory characteristics. The issue will not go away on its own. Because wages have not kept pace with...
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August 15, 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

A blast from the future

From the NAR Archives: Laser-powered lockboxes, driverless talking cars, and some seriously funky clothing are just a few of the features of the real estate industry of the future — or at least they were in 1991, when this...

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

Happy Birthday, NAR

From the NAR Archives: This month the National Association of REALTORS® turns one hundred years old. On May 12, 13, and 14, 1908, 120 real estate men from thirteen states, representing nineteen local boards and one state association, met...
May 13, 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

Wartime bicycles came in handy

MARCH 2008 –The March 1942 issue of Real Estate magazine included a photo of Swan-Lorish Realty’s new fleet of bicycles. The Chicago firm’s maintenance men and building inspectors would be able to pedal to properties within a mile of...
February 27, 2008