This Month in Real Estate History Archive

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

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

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

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