Hidden Treasures Archive

“Questions about Real Estate” Reveals Members’ Research Needs from 80 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what the most common reasons are for selling a home?  Or how smart home devices impact resale value? The librarians at NAR can help you find the answers through our research request service, a member...
July 6, 2017

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

Kit Houses

Certain things come to mind when I think of Sears: appliances of all sizes, tools, fitness equipment, and (to a lesser degree) clothes. I think of the occasional weekend day roaming around the store while my parents shopped for...
January 20, 2016

Graphics for Home Sellers

One of the most challenging aspects of working with home sellers is helping them understand the necessity of pricing a home for sale at fair market value. Fair market value is defined as: “The most probable price for which...
March 12, 2015

New Brokerage Resources

Starting a new brokerage and don’t know where to begin? The NAR offers numerous resources to point you in the right direction and help ensure the success of your new business venture. We’ll try not to overwhelm with too...
January 13, 2015

A FREE product that’s really worth something

NAR’s research group puts out lots of great reports. Some are free and some you have to pay for. Probably THE MOST POPULAR report is the annual NAR Profile of Buyers and Sellers. Here’s where you’ll find ‘where buyers...
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January 7, 2014

Rural Versus Urban, Average Age of Homes, and Much More

Recently we received a research request from a member regarding national housing statistics and thought this presented a great opportunity to highlight some wonderful, *free* resources for housing and household statistics. For this project we researched answers to the...

A Hidden Gem on Realtor.org: NAR’s 2009 Legal Scan

One resource we here in Information Central go to again and again on Realtor.org is the biannual Legal Scan, but not very many REALTORS® know what it is or how to find it.  For our April edition, Information Central’s Video...
April 28, 2010

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...

Hidden Treasure: US Housing Markets Flash Report

Today I’m starting a new and hopefully reoccurring feature highlighting some of the print serials we have in our collection that I’m calling Hidden Treasures. Information Central subscribes to hundreds of industry-specific journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects...
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March 19, 2009