Professional Development Archive

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...

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

Adapting to a New Term in Real Estate

JANUARY 2009 – In January of 1918 the National Real Estate Journal reported on use of the new word REALTOR® and efforts to educate the public about what it meant. The word was coined by Charles N. Chadbourn, vice...
January 13, 2009

The Face of Real Estate for 100 Years

As part of the National Assocation’s Centennial Celebration in 2008, NAR created a timeline showing important events in the Association as well as a list of our past presidents. If you attended any of our major meetings or conferences...
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January 7, 2009

Three Decades of Yuletide Greetings

DECEMBER 2008 – In December of 1953, the National Association of REALTORS®’ long-time executive vice-president mailed a unique holiday card to friends he had made in his thirty years with the Association. The Yuletide wishes included photographs that chronicled...
December 1, 2008

Movie Star Corinne Griffith’s “Romance in Real Estate”

NOVEMBER 2008 – In November 1950, the National Association of Real Estate Boards held its annual convention in Florida for the first time. Thousands gathered in Miami Beach’s Municipal Auditorium to hear a former movie star speak on her...
November 13, 2008

Effects of Power Lines on Property Values

The concern over electromagnetic fields emitted by power lines has long been a topic of conversation for the real estate industry. New studies and conflicting reports are being published every year. The public’s knowledge, perception, and interpretation of this...
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October 9, 2008