Hi-Jinks of 1924 Were All Fun, No Speech-Making

JUNE 2008 – In 1924 over 500 REALTORS® from the Los Angeles and San Francisco boards gathered at Del Monte for their annual Hi-Jinks celebration. The three-day party included sports, a parade, banquet, and all-around fun. As the California...
June 9, 2008

Impact of vacant homes on real estate

Vacant homes can decrease property values in the neighborhood. “The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit research group, estimates that a home’s value is reduced by about 1% for every home that is foreclosed on or sits vacant in...

Happy Birthday, NAR

From the NAR Archives: This month the National Association of REALTORS® turns one hundred years old. On May 12, 13, and 14, 1908, 120 real estate men from thirteen states, representing nineteen local boards and one state association, met...
May 13, 2008

Frank Merriam, California’s REALTOR® Governor

APRIL 2008 — In April 1955, California REALTORS® were saddened by the loss of “Governor Frank.” From 1934 to 1939 Frank F. Merriam was also known as the “REALTOR Governor.” Lieutenant Governor Merriam became the state’s chief executive in...
April 1, 2008

Wartime bicycles came in handy

MARCH 2008 –The March 1942 issue of Real Estate magazine included a photo of Swan-Lorish Realty’s new fleet of bicycles. The Chicago firm’s maintenance men and building inspectors would be able to pedal to properties within a mile of...
February 27, 2008

Realtors’ Cowhide Busters took on “all who would meet them”

FEBRUARY 2008 — In 1927 the Board of Realtors of the Oranges and Maplewood (N.J.) took to the baseball diamond. According to the National Real Estate Journal they got off to a late start, “too late to put out...
February 1, 2008

Detroit’s Master Apartment House Builder

JANUARY 2008 – In January 1928 the National Real Estate Journal saluted REALTOR® Ralph T. Lee, Detroit’s master apartment house builder. According to the Journal, Lee built his first house only seven years earlier, “a box-like affair that nevertheless...
January 1, 2008

Hollywood’s Rascals meet NAREB Presidents

DECEMBER 2007 – While attending the 1927 convention of the California Real Estate Association a couple of NAREB Presidents ran into some pint-sized movie stars. The National Association’s president that year, Clarence C. Hieatt, was surrounded by child actors...
December 1, 2007

“Come On In, Fellows, The Water’s Fine!”

NOVEMBER 2007 – November 13, 2007 marks the beginning of the National Association of REALTORS®’ 100th annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. When the National Association first convened in Chicago in May 1908, the real estate world was...
November 1, 2007

Minneapolis REALTORS® Made Their Mark

OCTOBER 2007 – With roots back to 1887 it isn’t surprising that the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® has produced so many outstanding real estate professionals. That year 18 local men organized the Minneapolis Real Estate Exchange, committed to...
October 1, 2007