real estate history Archive

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...

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

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

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

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...

“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...

“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...