Real estate brokers and the “Fellowship House” at the 1904 World’s Fair

AUGUST 2007 – In August 1904 visitors from around the world came to St. Louis for the World’s Fair and the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Real estate brokers met and professional friendships were formed that helped lead to...
August 1, 2007

Land ownership’s influence on early America

JULY 2007 – At the time the United States was founded a significant factor driving real estate use and development in the new nation was the evolution of individual land ownership. According to former NAR historian Pearl Janet Davies...
July 1, 2007

Duluth meeting sets stage for the founding of the National Association

JUNE 2007 – In the summer of 1907 members of seven Midwestern real estate boards gathered in Duluth, Minnesota, where Edward S. Judd, soft-spoken President of the Chicago Board, suggested forming a national real estate association. A century later...
June 1, 2007

Bank Panic of ’07 Didn’t Shake Real Estate

MAY 2007 – Americans were rocked by a bank panic in 1907 but real estate held firm. New York REALTOR© Joseph P. Day would recall, “In the bank panic of 1907 the only thing that did not depreciate in...
May 1, 2007

New York brokers organize the first local real estate exchange

APRIL 2007 – In the early 19th Century New York, like much of the country, was rapidly growing. By 1830 it had passed Philadelphia as America’s largest city. Tons of traffic was freighted on the Erie Canal. Railroads fed...
April 1, 2007

The precursor to NAR: A National Association in Nashville

MARCH 2007 – In 1892, sixteen years before NAR was born, over 800 men gathered in Nashville to organize a national association of real estate men. J. C. Bartholf,, editor of Milwaukee’s Real Estate News, predicted the meeting would...
March 1, 2007

J. C. Nichols, City Planner and REALTOR®

FEBRUARY 2007 – In February 1950 Jesse Clyde (J. C.) Nichols died in his Kansas City home. Real estate professionals and builders mourned “the dean of real estate,” “the inspiring force for modern city planning” and “one of the...
February 1, 2007

Attracting Prospects “To the Knobs”

JANUARY 2007 – Motoring out of Cincinnati in 1918, city dwellers saw a new and inviting sign on Clifton Avenue. A pointing hand against the white paint directed them “To the Knobs.” More of the signs guided visitors to...
January 1, 2007