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From Milwaukee, a panoramic view of REALTORS® in 1917

In late July 1917, REALTORS® from all around the United States and Canada descended on Milwaukee, WI, site of the 10th annual convention of the National Association of Real Estate Boards.  The mayor of Milwaukee opened the convention, followed...

The Code of Ethics’ North-of-the-Border Connection

As you may know by now, 2013 is the centennial year of the REALTORS® Code of Ethics.  And this month marks the official birthday of the Code:  On July 29, 1913, at the annual convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba, NAR’s...
July 17, 2013

Uncovering the origins of “Under All Is the Land…”

One hundred years have passed since a key document in the REALTOR® organization’s history first made its debut.  Written in 1913, the Code of Ethics was seen as a declaration of the real estate industry’s principles and beliefs, a...
February 5, 2013

“One of the most valuable assets we have”

Celebrating the Association Executives Committee’s 100th birthday This weekend, REALTOR® association executives (AEs) from around the country will gather at the 2012 A.E. Institute for a few days of networking, professional development programs, and a chance to learn about...

Two New Year’s resolutions for every REALTOR®

Everyone seems to have an opinion about New Year’s resolutions.  They’re an opportunity for thoughtful reflection and personal reform for some, or a review to undertake daily instead of annually, and still others see them as an exercise in...
December 30, 2011

“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...

Harnessing Emerging Technologies & Video Marketing Techniques

Nearly 300 REALTORS® gathered at New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center this morning for an informative overview of new technologies and how to effectively use them in the real estate business.  The three presenters included Mike Barnett of Panorama Properties, Inc.;...
November 5, 2010

What We’re Reading: Aug. 2-6, 2010

Pop-up stores are gaining in popularity with both small businesses and property managers, says the Wall Street Journal:  “Large fashion retailers and high-end designers have long demonstrated the success of the pop-up model for generating buzz about new brands...
August 6, 2010

What We’re Reading: July 26-30, 2010

Some of the items that caught the attention of NAR Information Central’s staff this week: Researchers from MIT and Harvard report in a study to be published in the American Economic Review that, on average, a foreclosure can reduce...
July 30, 2010

The Future of MLS / Staying Calm under Pressure

It was cold and snowy in Quebec City during NAR’s Association Executives Institute a few weeks ago, but the ideas were in full bloom in the convention hall.  This edition of Info Central’s Video Update features two of the...
May 25, 2010