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The Great Realty Meet of 1914

The 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo takes place later this week in the great city of New Orleans.  As REALTORS® across the country pack their bags and prepare to attend the four-day event, we took a look in the...
November 4, 2014

In the first days of WWI, an NAR president’s European tour goes awry

Summer is a time to slow down, take a break, enjoy the weather, and relax with friends and family.  For many of us, that includes a vacation away from home, and a century ago, Minneapolis REALTOR® Samuel S. Thorpe...
July 28, 2014

How “Uncle Sam’s Big Ditch” inspired the real estate industry in 1914

One of the premiere events for Americans a century ago was the long-awaited opening of the Panama Canal. Initially started by France in 1881, the United States took control of the project in May 1904, shortly after Panama declared...

In 1952, overwhelming open house success with a car and some soft drinks

In the fall of 1952 a young Dallas builder promoted his new model home with a new car in the driveway. To get the new Cadillac all you had to do was buy one of Howdy Howard's Holiday...

NAR’s first major national advertising campaign

As NAR’s annual Midyear Meetings are underway this week in Washington, DC, we took a look in the Archives to find out what happened at the Midyear Meetings half a century ago.  In 1963, the meetings were held in...
May 14, 2013

Remembering three REALTORS® who met their fate on the Titanic

Sunday, April 15, marks 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  Three REALTORS® were among the 1,500 people who were lost when the “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. The three men were...

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...

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...

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...