Being a REALTOR® Archive

Realtors’ Cowhide Busters took on “all who would meet them”

FEBRUARY 2008 — In 1927 the Board of Realtors of the Oranges and Maplewood (N.J.) took to the baseball diamond. According to the National Real Estate Journal they got off to a late start, “too late to put out...
February 1, 2008

Detroit’s Master Apartment House Builder

JANUARY 2008 – In January 1928 the National Real Estate Journal saluted REALTOR® Ralph T. Lee, Detroit’s master apartment house builder. According to the Journal, Lee built his first house only seven years earlier, “a box-like affair that nevertheless...
January 1, 2008

Hollywood’s Rascals meet NAREB Presidents

DECEMBER 2007 – While attending the 1927 convention of the California Real Estate Association a couple of NAREB Presidents ran into some pint-sized movie stars. The National Association’s president that year, Clarence C. Hieatt, was surrounded by child actors...
December 1, 2007

“Come On In, Fellows, The Water’s Fine!”

NOVEMBER 2007 – November 13, 2007 marks the beginning of the National Association of REALTORS®’ 100th annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. When the National Association first convened in Chicago in May 1908, the real estate world was...
November 1, 2007

Minneapolis REALTORS® Made Their Mark

OCTOBER 2007 – With roots back to 1887 it isn’t surprising that the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® has produced so many outstanding real estate professionals. That year 18 local men organized the Minneapolis Real Estate Exchange, committed to...
October 1, 2007

Remembering the first Multiple Listing Services

SEPTEMBER 2007 – The MLS, so important to many in real estate, is a concept that predates the National Association of REALTORS®. In 1887 brokers in San Diego incorporated the San Diego Real Estate Exchange, the earliest known form...
September 1, 2007

Real estate brokers and the “Fellowship House” at the 1904 World’s Fair

AUGUST 2007 – In August 1904 visitors from around the world came to St. Louis for the World’s Fair and the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Real estate brokers met and professional friendships were formed that helped lead to...
August 1, 2007

Land ownership’s influence on early America

JULY 2007 – At the time the United States was founded a significant factor driving real estate use and development in the new nation was the evolution of individual land ownership. According to former NAR historian Pearl Janet Davies...
July 1, 2007

Duluth meeting sets stage for the founding of the National Association

JUNE 2007 – In the summer of 1907 members of seven Midwestern real estate boards gathered in Duluth, Minnesota, where Edward S. Judd, soft-spoken President of the Chicago Board, suggested forming a national real estate association. A century later...
June 1, 2007

Bank Panic of ’07 Didn’t Shake Real Estate

MAY 2007 – Americans were rocked by a bank panic in 1907 but real estate held firm. New York REALTOR© Joseph P. Day would recall, “In the bank panic of 1907 the only thing that did not depreciate in...
May 1, 2007