In 1908 the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, today called the National Association of REALTORS, was established as the preeminent organization for the nation’s real estate professionals.  1908 was the height of Progressive Era marked by social changes focused on improving the quality of life for all Americans.  Men wore bowler hats and women still dressed within the formality and lavishness of the Victorian Era.  Celebrating 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS promotes professionalism in our industry and helps Americans fulfill the dream of home ownership.  Home ownership peaked in 2005 at 68.9% of Americans with 1.3 million REALTORS holding membership in the association.   As we face the current challenges in the marketplace it is nice to know that we have such a strong history, overcoming many challenges in the past.  Those REALTORS who continue to practice with the highest level of professionalism and ethics will continue to succeed over the next 100 years. Happy Birthday National Association of REALTORS.