Professional Development Archive

Mary Pickford’s Urban Story for REALTORS

In May, 1927, Silver Screen legend Mary Pickford wrote a letter just for the REALTORS and readers of California Real Estate Magazine. “A city which grows and prospers is indeed fortunate,” Ms. Pickford wrote.  “Yet a community expanding rapidly...
May 27, 2010

Local Boards’ Executive Officers gather for “their convention”

In the spring of 1940, 76 men and women gathered in Chicago’s Knickerbocker Hotel for four days of group discussions, reports, and professional commitment. Past President Paul Stark (1937) of Madison, Wisconsin, gave an address on “Why a Real...

The Scarface Takes a Chance

In 1930 one of Chicago Real Estate Magazine‘s popular features was “The Realty Mart,” where real estate dealers and owners offered properties for sale or exchange with brokers.  In the March 22 issue an advertisement for the “Mart” mentioned...

Sam Thorpe’s gavel, the Titanic, & NAR’s Code of Ethics

What’s the connection between three Winnipeg REALTORS®’ unfortunate voyage on the Titanic and the evolution of NAR’s Code of Ethics? Info Central’s Video Update solves the mystery with a visit to the NAR Archives....
March 19, 2010

Real Estate in the 1920s, of Realtus and Realtyettes

This Month in Real Estate History – February 2010:  Eighty years ago almost all REALTORS® were men. That didn’t stop women’s organizations from forming, including the Realtus Club in Columbus, Ohio. Membership was open to the wives of all...
February 26, 2010

Info Central’s Video Update – Feb. 2010

Welcome to NAR Info Central’s new monthly video update!  This first edition takes a look at some of the homebuyer tax credit resources available on Realtor.org, explores the latest Public Awareness Campaign ads, and explains why your NAR membership...
February 17, 2010

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