This Month in Real Estate History Archive

“Hello Miss Grant, this is Presley”

by Russell Carlson, Information Specialist From the NAR Archives:  Virginia Grant recognized the woman sitting in a large pink Cadillac in front of the trendy Lowenstein’s East Department store in early 1957.  Grant had seen the woman’s photograph in...
November 15, 2011

Prestige for REALTORS® in 1941

In the summer of 1941 the Philadelphia Real Estate Board began a new campaign promoting the word REALTOR®. One of the goals was “to create a better and wider public understanding of the significance of this term,” wrote Board...
September 6, 2011

From Barley Fields to the Miracle Mile

In 1922 REALTOR® A. W. Ross was standing next to a barbed wire fence along a dirt road in Los Angeles.  In place of barley fields he saw opportunity.  In less than twenty years that road running west from La...
May 19, 2011

NAR’s “Red-Headed Giant,” Alexander Taylor

The real estate community lost a friend in 1942 when Alexander S. Taylor of Cleveland died at age 73.  “Uncle Al” was the third president of the National Association, from 1910 to 1911, and his contributions to the evolving...
February 1, 2011

Interesting Sales of Realtors, in 1944

“Regardless of the number of years a Realtor has practiced, he is always interested in the unusual sales experiences of other operators in his field…,” read the forward to Interesting Sales of Realtors.  Published in November of 1944, it...
December 3, 2010

This Month in Real Estate History- October

“Television is here to stay,” the National Real Estate Journal noted in October of 1953.  “Chances are high that your best prospective buyers either have a set or plan to invest in one soon.”  Accepting that reality the Journal looked at...
November 2, 2010

The benefits of a local board, 99 years ago

In 1911 real estate professionals saw the benefits of organizing a local real estate board.  In August of that year, Wycliffe A. Hill’s argument in favor of local real estate boards was published in the National Real Estate Journal....
September 2, 2010

1959 REALTORS liked Ike, and the FHA

  In 1959 the Federal Housing Administration celebrated its 25th birthday. In June of that year 1200 people from 14 trade and professional organizations, including 100 REALTORS, gathered for the Industry Salute to FHA. The black-tie affair was held...
July 2, 2010

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...