Professional Development Archive

Bullet Journaling FTW

Earlier this year I took a page from my supervisor’s book and started keeping my lists and notes in a journal. This came after years of loose leaf to-do lists bound together in 6 month increments with binder clips....
October 25, 2017

Business Coaches

There are many reasons to turn to a coach. We seek out coaches to elevate teams to the next level; we hire coaches to teach us how to evaluate life choices; and we engage coaches to personally tailor plans...
July 27, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here! The official start of the summer means a lot of things to different people: lake and beach houses open up, farmers markets start up again, and white pants get worn. However, before we get...

Trademark in the Archives, Part II: Promoting 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 second post in this series looks at NAR’s early efforts to promote the new...
May 6, 2016

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

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