Archives Archive

How NAR made its home in Washington

This week, thousands of REALTORS® from all over the U.S. gather in Washington, DC, for a week of governance meetings, educational sessions, networking and, most of all, political advocacy.  The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is an annual...
May 17, 2017

1927 REALTORS® Visit Will Rogers at His Ranch

In August 1927 REALTORS® from around the country journeyed to Seattle for their 20th annual national convention. Proving that the trip is part of the fun, some of them visited the ranch of famous humorist Will Rogers. On August...
December 28, 2016

Trademark in the Archives, Part III: Proper Use 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 third post in this series examines NAR’s vigilance in maintaining the correct usage of...
July 7, 2016

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

The Great Realty Meet of 1914

The 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo takes place later this week in the great city of New Orleans.  As REALTORS® across the country pack their bags and prepare to attend the four-day event, we took a look in the...
November 4, 2014

In the first days of WWI, an NAR president’s European tour goes awry

Summer is a time to slow down, take a break, enjoy the weather, and relax with friends and family.  For many of us, that includes a vacation away from home, and a century ago, Minneapolis REALTOR® Samuel S. Thorpe...
July 28, 2014

NAR’s Spring Meetings

REALTORS® are gathering in Washington this week for our annual ‘midyear’ meeting, now called the REALTOR® Party Convention and Trade Expo. When did NAR start having these meetings and why? NAR has held annual meetings in the middle of...
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May 15, 2014

How “Uncle Sam’s Big Ditch” inspired the real estate industry in 1914

One of the premiere events for Americans a century ago was the long-awaited opening of the Panama Canal. Initially started by France in 1881, the United States took control of the project in May 1904, shortly after Panama declared...
February 6, 2014