June 15, 1861
- Dr. Charles McCormick, Lewis Cass Wittenmyer, six other men,
mostly from Martinez, CA, founded The Black Diamond Coal Mining
Company in San Francisco, CA to mine coal in foothills of Mount
Diablo, 35 miles northeast of San Francisco (Cumberland mine,
Black Diamond mine); not much demand for first coal mined from
Mount Diablo mines (coal-burning equipment designed to burn
different type of coal, shipped from Washington Territory,
British Columbia, England, Australia at great expense); engineer
on Chrysopolis, 240-foot-long steamer ("Golden City" in Greek;
California Steam Navigation Company) discovered that Mount
Diablo coal burned well if fire boxes were modified (demand for
local coal dramatically increased);
1865 - Alvinza Hayward (made millions in
gold mining), Louis McLane (General Manager of Wells Fargo
Express, son of prominent U. S. statesman), group of wealthy
capitalists with ties to Bank of California, California Steam
Navigation Company initiated secret takeover atempt (bank clerk
bought more than 85% of Company’s stock, transferred stock to
Hayward et al); January 29, 1866
- attended special shareholders’ meeting, filled majority of
positions on Board of Directors;
1868 - completed railroad from Company’s coal
mines to Black Diamond Landing on San Joaquin River; survived
land-grab attempt (legal battle over portion of its mining
property at Nortonville, CA ended in lawsuit heard before United
States Supreme Court), disastrous mine explosion (killed seven
men, injured eight more), multiple fires (engine-house of
hoisting works over new shaft, fire destroyed 14 buildings in
town of Nortonville); early 1885
- closed mining operation at Nortonville, dismantled railroad;
1890 - formed wholly owned subsidiary named “Southport Land and
Commercial Company” to act as land development, leasing unit of
mining company; transferred most assets in California and Oregon
to newly formed subsidiary; 1894
- 23 drowned in tragic shipwreck (Ivanhoe, part of fleet of
ocean faring ships and river vessels, sank during a storm on
trip from Seattle to San Francisco);
1890s - helped finance Mutual Electric
Light Company in San Francisco (large consumer of Company’s
coal; later became part of Pacific Gas and Electric Company);
1904 - Alvinza
Hayward died (Chairman, largest stockholder); sold its coal mine
at Black Diamond, Washington (exited coal producing business);
1905 - Southport
Land and Commercial Company began to develop town of Black
Diamond, California (now part of City of Pittsburg);
1906 - most
company records lost in Great San Francisco Earthquake;
1907 - Bellingham
Bay Lumber Company acquired; launched Black Diamond Coal Mining
Company lumbering, manufacturing (owned, operated one of largest
sawmills in world, capacity to produce 375,000 feet of lumber
every ten hours); 1912
- sold lumder, manufacturing operations; Black Diamond Coal
Mining Company focused on managing Southport Land and Commercial
Company; September 1949
- Nortonville mines closed;
1930s-1940s - erected, leased commercial
properties, single family residences, apartment buildings in
town of Pittsburg; 1953
- severed last remaining tie to coal mining industry;
1959 - merged
Southport Land and Commercial Company subsidiary into mining
company; The Black Diamond Coal Mining Company renamed Southport
Land and Commercial Company; July
1, 2007 - moved corporate office to Martinez,
CA; oldest stock corporation still in existence; California’s
fourth oldest corporation of any type (other existing California
corporations can trace their history to before 1861 but dates of
incorporation of current corporate existence are much later).
January 1, 1863
- Daniel Freeman, farmer, submitted first claim under new
Homestead Act (essentially legalized long-standing American
practice of squatting on vast federal landholdings in West) for
property near Beatrice, NE; act authorized any citizen or
intended citizen to settle on any surveyed but unclaimed
160-acre tract of public land; full title to property granted
after five years if settlers made specified improvements to
land, paid small fee; majority of early homesteads failed, more
than 1.6 million farmers and ranchers eventually fulfilled their
contracts, became landowners in West.
April 1, 1875 - J.
Morris Meredith (24) opened real estate company in Boston, MA;
leased, sold residential, retail and office space;
1886 - Thomas
Nelson joined, name changed to Meredith & Nelson;
1891 - Nelson
retired; Edward Wigglseworth Grew (21) joined, name
changed to Meredith & Grew, added management of real estate
property and trusts; 1931
- Grew became first president.;
1939 - moved into Boston's industrial market;
1960s - grew to 36
employees, one of Boston's largest real estate brokerages
specializing in commercial, industrial real estate;
2000 - over 140
employees, six integrated service groups (Brokerage, Capital
Markets, Counseling & Valuation, Development & Advisory,
Investment Sales and Property & Asset Management);
2007 - became an
affiliate of Colliers Macaulay Nicolls (CMN) Inc.;
2008 - formally
joined Colliers International, global partnership of
independently-owned commercial real estate service firms (over
10,000 employees operating from over 290 offices in 61
countries, revenues in excess of $1.6 billion, second largest
real estate firm in world); name changed to Colliers Meredith &
1879 - William
Morrison DeWolf established DeWolf Realty Company, Inc. in
Palace Hotel; with William Waldo DeWolf (son) managed,
developed, sold properties throughout San Francisco, Northern
California; 1949 -
Oliver A. Talmage joined company, soon became partner,
eventually sole owner; became exclusive Management Broker for
all Veteran's Administration properties developed, managed by VA
throughout San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin counties;
1982 - William
A.Talmage (son) assumed ownership; oldest real estate firm west
1884 - Telfair
Stockton founded Telfair Stockton and Co. in Jacksonville, FL;
played large part in development of Jacksonville as a port;
1924 - James R.
Stockton, Sr. (son) formed organization "selling Jacksonville to
Jacksonville people through Jacksonville newspapers";
1925 - advertised
nationally; 1942 -
Ponte Vedra Corporation acquired most of Ponte Vedra, FL from
National Lead Company; 1946
- merged with Whatley & Davin Co., formed Stockton, Whatley,
Davin & Co.; 1950s-1960s
- grew Ponte Vedra Club; 1966
- James Stockton, Jr. (grandson) started Stockton Land
Corporation, began developing Sawgrass Country Club;
2010 - Stockton
Real Estate owned, operated by James R. Stockton Jr., Julia
Peyton Stockton-Riedel (daughter).
May 1, 1884 - First skyscraper in
America under construction: 10-story building on corner of
LaSalle and Adams in Chicago, IL.
1885 - Archibald McAlister opened
"Lands, Loans, Rents, & Insurance" office on Higuera Street in
San Luis Obispo, CA; 1911
- Ernest Vollmer (son-in-law) joined business;
1921 - Vollmer
took over, renamed 'Ernest Vollmer, Real Estate & Insurance';
1927 - Pete
Bachino joined firm; 1940
- Vollmer shifted to ranching and non-insurance endeavors; Les
Stockird joined agency; renamed "Bachino & Stockird Insurance
Brokers, Successors to Ernest Vollmer";
early 1950s - Stockbir retired; Harry
Morris earned ownership in agency (first called on agency in
1935 as field representative from Hartford Insurance Company);
1961 - Marvin Dee,
formerly Hartford claims adjuster, joined company;
1964 - Greg Morris
joined, renamed Morris & Dee Insurance;
1975 - Phil Chew (oversaw inside
operations), Gene Garritano (fresh from Hartford's executive
training program) joined business;
1986 - Dee retired, Morris, Garritano,
Chew remained as principals; 1989
- Morris, Garritano sole owners.
1889 - Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon
as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.
1890 - Charles P. Bennett started real
estate company in Colorado Springs, CO;
1911 - Harry Shellenberger joined
busines, renamed Bennett-Shellenberger Realty, Inc.;
1960s - split CBS
Insurance; late 1960s
- acquired by Tom Gorab's father;
1984 - Tom Gorab (son) took over.
August 27, 1906
- Colbert Coldwell, two partners formed real estate company,
Tucker, Lynch and Coldwell; dedicated to principle that they
would work only for customers, not trade for their own account;
1913 - Benjamin Arthur Banker joined firm as
salesman; 1914 - became partner; 1981
- acquired by Sears, Roebuck and Co. (member of Sears Financial
Network); 1990 - locations in fifty states,
expanded internationally with offices in Canada, Puerto Rico;
1993 - acquired by Fremont Group (private investment
company, formerly known as Bechtel Investments, Inc.), company
senior management; May 1996 - acquired by HFS
Incorporated, world´s largest franchisor of hotels, residential
real estate brokerage offices; 1997 - HFS merged
with CUC International, formed Cendant Corporation; July
31, 2006 - Cendant spun off Real Estate Services
Division, named Realogy Corporation.
- Eli Huber made first real estate sale (farm near Rockport,
IN); started Huber Realty; 1945
- Curt Huber (son) joined firm; developed standardized forms to
make business more efficient; 1987
- affiliated with F.C. Tucker Company (founded 1918 by Fred C.
Tucker, Sr., third generation management, state’s largest
independent real estate brokerage company); changed name to
F.C.Tucker/Huber REALTORS; 1992
- acquired by Kevin Eastridge (former sales manager since 1988)
and Kathy Briscoe (joined firm in 1991, formerly of Don Cox and
- formed F.C. Tucker Commercial real estate; February
2002 - merged with Emge REALTY® (founded by Norman Emge
in 1946, acquired by Keith Emge [son] in 1984); changed name to
F.C.Tucker Emge REALTORS; 2006
- merged with Kattman Realty; 2009
- merged with The Realty Group, Evansville’s third largest real
estate company, made F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS dominant real
estate company in Southern Indiana.
- Frank Howard Allen, Jr. opened real estate office in San
Anselmo, CA; 1949
- Charles Howard Allen (son) named partner; name changed to
Frank Howard Allen & Son; 1953
- Charles Allen took helm; 1966
- acquired by Jeffory Morshead;
1989 - acquired by Larry and Brennie Brackett (Morshead's
cousin); 48th largest realtor in U.S., largest percentage of
market share in Marin County, strong presence in Sonoma County;
2009 - sales of
- Charles Shiffler started constructing, repairing barns and
farm buildings for local families in Naperville, IL;
2010 - managed by Steve Shiffler (fourth
October 31, 1917
- J. Clydesdale Cushman and Bernard Wakefield (brothers-in-law)
founded Cushman & Wakefield as property management company in
New York City (50 E. 42nd St.); 1946 - handled
land assemblage for what became United Nations complex on First
Avenue in Manhattan; 1970 - acquired by RCA;
1976 - acquired by The Rockefeller Group; 1989
- Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., one of world's largest real estate
companies, became majority shareholder in Rockefeller Group;
2000 - 10,000 employees, 145 offices in 46 countries;
2001 - merger of Cushman & Wakefield and Cushman
Realty Corporation; 2004 - passed 400 million
square foot mark in property under management; 2007
- world's largest privately held real estate services firm.
1919 - Samuel
Finley Brown Morse, distant cousin of telegraph-inventor Samuel
Finley Breese Morse and manager for Pacific Improvement Company
(headed by "Big Four", had extensive real estate holdings on
Monterey Peninsula), formed Del Monte Properties Company,
acquired holdings of Pacific Improvement Company (18,000-acre
Del Monte unit including Hotel Del Monte, The Lodge at Pebble
Beach, two golf courses); February 22, 1919 -
grand opening of Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Lodge at Pebble
Beach; 1948 - U.S. Navy bought Hotel Del Monte
from the Del Monte Properties Company for $2.2 million (now
Naval Postgraduate School); January 1977 - Del
Monte Properties Company reincorporated as Pebble Beach
Corporation; 1978 - acquired by Twentieth Century
Fox Film Corporation after financial success of Star Wars,
reorganized it as Pebble Beach Company; 1990 -
acquired by Ben Hogan Properties, owned by Japanese business man
Minoru Isutani; March 1992 - acquired by Taiheiyo
Golf Club of Japan; 1999 - acquired from The Lone
Cypress Company by group of American investors, headed by Peter
Samuel F. B. (Finley Brown) Morse - founder
Pebble Beach (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/images/0524morse.jpg)
- W. Averell Harriman (son of Edward H. Harriman), chairman of
Union Pacific Railroad, founded Sun Valley, ID; first western
ski resort; featured nation's first ski lift with chairs,
invented by railroad Union Pacific personnel in Omaha, NE.
May 3, 1948
- U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting sale of
real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally
September 14, 1960
- President Eisenhower signed into law the Real Estate
Investment Trust Act of 1960; enabled investors to buy shares in
commercial real estate ventures for the first time; treated as a
mutual fund investment for tax purposes.
1971 - Art Bartlett (38), Marshall Fisher opened
residential real estate brokerage office in Santa Ana, CA;
persuaded independent brokers to share advertising, training,
contracting, selling under Century 21 name;
1977 - signed
franchise agreements with more than 6,000 brokers, added more
than 150/month; August 16, 1977
- Century 21 Real Estate Corporation registered "Century 21"
trademark first used September 9, 1973 (real estate brokerage
services); went public; 1978
- $23 million in licensing fees, brokerage commissions;
1979 - acquired by
Trans World Corporation for $89 million;
1985 - acquired by
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for $251 million;
1995 - acquired by
Hospitality Franchise Systems for about $200 million;
2006 -spun off by
Cendant Corp. (formerly Hospitality Franchise Systems) as
Realogy Corp. (Century 21’s current parent);
2009 - more than
7,700 franchise offices, more than 120,000 sales agents around
Art Bartlett - Century 21
June 6, 1978 -
California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a
primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property
March 2, 1987
- Government officials reported that median price for new home
had topped $100,000 for the first time.
August 30, 1989
- A federal jury in New York found ''hotel queen'' Leona
Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of
October 30, 1989
- Mitsubishi Estate Co., a major Japanese real estate concern,
announced it was buying 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of
August 11, 1992
- The Mall of America, biggest shopping mall in country,
opened in Bloomington, MN.
November 21, 2004
- Donald Trump's casino empire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2005 - Average
American home measured 2,434 square feet (938 feet in 1950).
2006 - 69% of
Americans owned homes (44% in 1940); 2000-2006 -
average price of home in U. S. rose 56%.
(source: Robert J. Schiller - "Irrational
Exuberance, 2nd ed., 2006;
October 17, 2006
- MetLife agreed to sell Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper
Village (110 apartment buildings along the East River First
Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets; 25,000 people in 11,232
units) for $5.4 billion in largest American real estate deal
ever to Jerry I. Speyer, chief executive of Tishman Speyer
Properties, controls some of New York City’s most prominent
landmarks (Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building); 1947
- built by Metropolitan Life for returning veterans.
October 31, 2006
- Trammell Crow Co. reached agreement to be acquired by CB
Richard Ellis Group Inc. for about $2.2 billion, including debt
and integration costs; Ellis . will have combined pro-forma 2006
revenue of approximately $4.4 billion, 21,000 employees (upon
completion of the deal).
December 17, 2006
- Realogy, real estate franchisor with more than 300,000 agents
among its franchises (three times more than its closest rival,
Re/Max International) which participates in fourth of all home
sales nationally, owns Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and Sotheby’s
International Realty, agreed to be acquired by Apollo Group,
private equity firm, for about $9 billion.
February 7, 2007
- Blackstone Group, , largest acquirer of large office buildings
in last five years ($32 billion), agreed to pay $39 billion for
Equity Office Properties, nation’s largest office building
owner, manager (590 buildings, 105 million square feet of office
space in major metropolitan markets); biggest leveraged private
equity buyout in history (RJR - $30 billion; HCA - $32 billion);
confirmed wave of capital flowing into commercial real estate,
growing power of private money.
March 31 - 2007
Homeowners' equity peaked at
$10.7 trillion(first quarter of 2007; according to the
Federal Reserve Board's quarterly Flow of Funds Account);
2002-2006: homeowners' equity rose 38%.
June 22, 2007
- Bear Stearns disclosed that two hedge funds specializing in
subprime mortgages managed by its asset management division
faced wave of redemptions (High-Grade
Structured Credit Strategies Fund, High-Grade Structured Credit
Strategies Enhanced Leveraged Fund); borrowers with poor credit
histories defaulted on loans in record
numbers, disrupted mortgage repayments, cash-generating ability
of subprime lenders, reduced prices of illiquid derivative debt
securities, collateralized debt obligations (CDO); spent spend
$1.6 billion to bail out first fund; July 31, 2007
- both funds filed for protection under Chapter 15 of
August 5, 2007 - Warren Spector, co-president,
August 25, 2007 - Inflation-adjusted
median price of American homes (level at which half of all homes
are more expensive, half are less) expected to fall for first
time since federal housing agencies began keeping statistics in
1950; not likely to return to its 2007 peak for more than decade
(source: Moody's Economy.com).
November 2007 -
Sales of new single-family homes fell 9% (from October),
to12-year low, seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 647,000; down
53.4% from high of 1.39 million in summer 2005 (steepest
peak-to-trough decline since 1982), slowest pace since April
1995 (pace of 621,000); since 2006 - new-home
sales nationwide down 34.4%, biggest year-to-year decline since
early 1991; median sales price of new home dipped to $239,100,
down 0.4% from year ago;
S&P/Case-Shiller® Home Price
Indices in 20 broad metropolitan areas of U.S. (measured since
1987), showed price declines in every market for two months
(September, October) for the first time ever.
April 26, 2008 - Census Bureau reported 189,000
completed new homes on the market, unsold; down a bit from peak
of 198,000 (winter 2008), far higher than in previous cycles;
51,000 sold in March 2008, lowest for any March since 1991;
median age of completed new homes on market at 7.4 months (vs. 6
months only four months ago); number of starts of single-family
houses in March 2008 fell to annual rate of 680,000 (17-year
low), well above rate of new-home sales (526,000).
May 3, 2008
- Census Bureau reported
that 2.9% of homes intended for owner occupancy were vacant at
end of first quarter (never exceeded 2% before 2006) - highest
ever; 10.1% of homes intended for rental are vacant (below
record level hit in 2004):
May 10, 2008 - Estimated 9 million
American households, 10.3% of all single-family homes, owe more
than home is worth (Moody's Economy.com); 4.8% of home loans in
foreclosure or delinquent by 60 days or more at the end of 2007
(Mortgage Bankers Association).
19, 2008 - Homeownership
rise from 64% in 1994 to 67.4% in 2000
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(Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 229 p.). Huntington,
Henry Edwards, 1850-1927; Businesspeople--California,
Henry E. Huntington
(Huntington), Selena A. Spurgeon (1992).
Henry Edwards Huntington: His Life and His Collections: A Docent
Guide. (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 141 p.).
Longtime docent of the Huntington Library. Huntington, Henry
Edwards, 1850-1927; Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery;
Art --Collectors and collecting --United States --History;
Capitalists and financiers --United States --Biography; Book
collectors --United States --Biography; Book collecting --United
States --History. Henry Edwards, Arabella Huntington,
institution they created; Huntington's business enterprises,
including development of railroads in Southern California; Arabella Huntington's mysterious background, first marriage to
Collis Huntington; purchase of ranch in San Marino; development
of library, art collections; creation of gardens; how founder's
plans shaped unique educational, cultural institution of today.
(Huntington), James Thorpe (1994).
Henry Edwards Huntington: A Biography. (Berkeley, CA:
University of California Press, 623 p.). Huntington, Henry
Edwards, 1850-1927; Capitalists and financiers--United
(Lend Lease Property Group), Lindie Clark
Finding a Common Interest: The Story of Dick Dusseldorp and Lend
Lease. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 289
p.). Dusseldorp, Dick; Lend Lease Property Group--History;
industry--Australia--History; Real estate
development--Australia--History; Financial services
industry--Australia--History; International business
(Levittown), David Kushner (2009).
Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil
Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb. (New York, NY:
Walker, 256 p.). Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, Wired.
Levitt, William, 1907-1994; African Americans --Civil rights
--Pennsylvania --Levittown --History --20th century; Segregation
--Pennsylvania --Levittown --History --20th century; Levittown
(Pa.) --History --20th century; Levittown (Pa.) --Race
relations. Bill, Alfred Levitt applied mass-production
techniques to home construction; revolutionized housing in
America, created quickly built, relatively inexpensive houses in
model communities named for their family on Long Island, NY,
Pennsylvania; became famous as the nation's largest builders;
synonymous with 19050s prosperity, hope, enduring vision of
all-white character of suburbs; 1957 - efforts to integrate
Levittown, PA (Daisy and Bill Myers, a young African-American
couple); Levitt became code word for racism.
Bill, Alfred Levitt
(Melaver Inc.), Martin Melaver, forward by Ray
Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value,
Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community--How One Family
Business Transformed Itself ... Using Sustainable Management
Practices. (White River Jct., VT: Chelsea Green
Publishing, 340 p.). CEO. Management --Environmental aspects;
Business enterprises --Environmental aspects; Social
responsibility of business; Sustainable development.
Sustainable principles meet sustainable
practices; roadmap for creating businesses which factor impact on people, places into
equations for success, strive to restore communities,
environments in which they operate; "how to", "why to" that
challenges business as usual to change.
(J. C. Nichols Company), William S. Worley
J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City: Innovation in
Planned Residential Communities. (Columbia, MO:
University of Missouri Press, 324 p.). Nichols, Jesse Clyde;
Urbanization--Missouri--Kansas City--History--20th century; Real
estate developers--Missouri--Kansas City--Biography; Real estate
development--Missouri--Kansas City--History--20th century.
(J. C. Nichols Company), Robert Pearson and
Brad Pearson, Robert (1994).
The J. C. Nichols Chronicle: The Authorized Story of the Man,
His Company, and His Legacy, 1880-1994. (Lawrence, KS:
Country Club Plaza Press, 308 p.). Nichols, Jesse Clyde; City
planners--Missouri--Kansas City--Biography; Real estate
(Ocmulgee Fields Inc.), Richard Hyatt (2003).
Charles H. Jones: A Biography. (Macon, GA: Mercer
University Press, 252 p.). Reporter (Columbus-Ledger Inquirer).
Jones, Charles H. (Charles Hubert), 1927- ; Ocmulgee Fields,
Inc.; Businessmen Georgia Biography; Real estate developers
(Olympia & York), Peter Foster (1993).
Towers of Debt: The Rise and Fall of the Reichmanns: The Olympia
& York Story. (Toronto, ON: Key Porter Books, 312 p.).
Reichmann family; Olympia and York Developments Ltd.--History;
Real estate developers--Canada--Biography.
(Olympia & York), Walter Stewart (1993).
Too Big To Fail: Olympia & York: The Story Behind the Headlines.
(Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 335 p.). Reichmann family;
Olympia and York Developments Ltd.--History; Real estate
(Olympia & York), Susan Gittins (1995).
Behind Closed Doors: The Rise and Fall of Canada's Edper
Bronfman and Reichmann Empires. (Scarborough, ON:
Prentice Hall Canada, 320 p.). Bronfman family; Reichmann
family; Edper Investments--History; Olympia and York
Developments Ltd.--History; Edper Investments--Reorganization;
Consolidation and merger of corporations--Canada--History.
(Olympia & York), Anthony Bianco (1997).
The Reichmanns: Family, Faith, Fortune, and the Empire of
Olympia & York. (New York, NY: Times Business, 810 p.).
Reichmann family; Jews--Canada--Biography; Jews,
Hungarian--Canada--Biography; Jews--Hungary--Biography; Orthodox
(The Peebles Corporation), R. Donahue Peebles,
with J.P. Faber (2007).
The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics from an Entrepreneur’s
Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a
Fortune from Scratch. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 224 p.).
Founder, Peebles Atlantic Development Corporation. Peebles, R.
Donahue, 1960- ; Businesspeople--United States--Biography; Real
estate developers--United States--Biography.
From HUD appraiser of low-income
housing to developer of office buildings, hotels, luxury
condominiums in cities across the nation; what it takes to
succeed as entrepreneur, businessperson from ground up.
(W. Roy Poole Inc.), Pepper Worthington
Big Daddy: The W. Roy Poole Story. (Mount Olive, NC:
Mount Olive College Press, 202 p.). Poole, W. Roy (Walter Roy),
1914- ; Real estate developers--North Carolina--Biography;
(Related Group), Jorge Perez ; with a foreword
by Donald Trump (2008).
Powerhouse Principles: The Billionaire Blueprint for Real Estate
Success. (New York, NY: Celebra Book, 273 p.). Founder,
Chairman, and CEO of the Related Group. Started with $2, earns more
than $2 billion; financial opportunities in real estate,
importance of total commitment, dedication, hard work; effective
business tactics to generate profits; how to manage and grow
investments over the long term.
(RE/MAX), Phil Harkins and Keith Hollihan
Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons Behind RE/MAX, the World's
Largest Real Estate Company. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 274
p.). CEO (Linkage, Inc.); Business Journalist. RE/MAX (Firm);
Real estate business; Real estate agents.
(Rouse), Nicholas Dagen Bloom (2004).
Merchant of Illusion: James Rouse, American's Salesman of the
Businessman's Utopia. (Columbus, OH: Ohio State
University Press, 223 p.). Professor (New York Institute of
Technology). Rouse, James W.; Urban renewal--United
States--History--20th century; City planning--United
States--History--20th century; Real estate developers--United
James W. Rouse
(Rouse), Joshua Olsen (2004).
Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse.
(Washington, DC: ULI - The Urban Land Institute, 442 p.). Rouse,
(Seniority Investments Limited), I.R. Wookey
Fortuna: A Memoir, I. Richard Wookey. (Toronto,ON:
Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 387 p.). Wookey, I. R. (Ian Richard),
1928- ; Stockbrokers--Ontario--Toronto--Biography; Real estate
(Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc.),
David Bruce Smith (2000).
Conversations with Papa Charlie: A Memory of Charles E. Smith.
(Sterling, VA: Capital Books, 119 p.). Smith, Charles E., 1901-
; Construction industry--United States--Biography; Real estate
developers--United States--Biography; Businessmen--United
States--Biography; Philanthropists--United States--Biography.
(Snowbasin), Stephen Trimble (2008).
Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in
America. (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press,
336 p.). Land use --West (U.S.); Real estate development --West
(U.S.). Reclusive billionaire,
Earl Holding (Sinclair Oil)
worked relentlessly to acquire public land for Snowbasin ski
resort (acquired in 1984), to host Salt Lake City Winter
Olympics; buttonholed Forest Service officials, US Congress,
maneuvered to link further development (public land) of
Snowbasin with Salt Lake City's securing of bid for 2002 Winter
Olympics; land exchange deal ensued, one of largest, most
controversial in U.S. history.
(St. Joe Company), Kathryn Ziewitz and June
Green Empire: The St. Joe Company and the Remaking of Florida's
Panhandle. (Gainesville, FL: University Press of
Florida, 363 p.). St. Joe Company History; Real estate
development Florida Florida Panhandle History; Real estate
business Florida Florida Panhandle History; Land use
Environmental aspects Florida Florida Panhandle History;
Conservation of natural resources Florida Florida Panhandle
(Studley Inc.), Peter Hellman (2004).
The Making of a Real Estate Empire: Lessons from Julien Studley.
(Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 272 p.). Studley, Julien J.; Studley
Inc.--History; Real estate agents--New York (State)--New
(Town Centre Securities plc), Nigel Watson;
with a preface by the chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks (2005).
Arnold Ziff: The Making of a Great Yorkshireman.
(London, UK: Vallentine Mitchell, 194 p.). Ziff, Arnold,
1927-2004.; Town Centre Securities; Businessmen--Great
(Trammell Crow Company), Robert Sobel (1989).
Trammell Crow, Master Builder : The Story of America's
Largest Real Estate Empire. (New York, NY: Wiley,
254 p.). Crow, Trammell; Businesspeople--United
States--Biography; Real estate development--United
States--History; Construction industry--United States--History.
(Trammell Crow Company), William Bragg Ewald,
Trammell Crow: A Legacy of Real Estate Business Innovation.
(Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute, 300 p.). Crow, Trammell;
Businesspeople--United States--Biography; Real estate
development--United States--History. Life of Trammell Crow, his
innovative business strategy.
(Trump), Jerome Tuccille (1985).
Trump: The Saga of America's Most Powerful Real Estate Baron.
(New York, NY: Donald I. Fine, 243 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946-;
Real estate business--United States; Real estate
Fred C. Trump
(Trump), Donald Trump, with Tony Schwartz
Trump: The Art of the Deal. (New York, NY: Random House,
246 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen -- United States --
Biography; Real estate developers -- United States -- Biography.
(Trump), Jerome Tuccille (1987).
Trump. (New York, NY: D .I. Fine, 272 p. [3rd ed.]).
Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businesspeople--United States--Biography;
Real estate developers--United States--Biography.
(Trump), Donald J. Trump and Charles Leerhsen
Trump: Surviving at the Top. (New York, NY: Random
House, 236 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen--United
States--Biography; Real estate developers--United
(Trump), Wayne Barrett; research assistance by
Jonathan Gill and Timothy L. O'Brien. (1992).
Trump: The Deals and the Downfall. (New York, NY:
HarperCoillins, 492 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946-; Businessmen --
United States -- Biography.
(Trump), John R. O'Donnell with James
Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump--His Cunning
Rise and Spectacular Fall. (New York, NY: Simon &
Schuster, 348 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen -- United
States; Real estate developers -- United States; Casinos -- New
Jersey -- Atlantic City -- Management.
(Trump), Harry Hurt III (1993).
The Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. (New
York, NY: Norton, 447 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen --
United States -- Biography; Real estate developers -- United
States -- Biography.
(Trump), Donald J. Trump with Kate Bohner
Trump: The Art of the Comeback. (New York, NY: Times
Books, 244 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen -- United
States -- Biography; Real estate developers -- United States --
(Trump), Gwenda Blair (2000).
The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire. (New
York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 591 p.). Trump, Donald, 1946- ;
Trump, Friedrich, 1869-1918; Trump, Fred, 1905-1999;
Businesspeople--United States--Biography; Real estate
(Trump), Timothy L. O'Brien (2005).
TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald. (New York, NY:
Warner Books, 288 p.). Business Reporter (New York Times).
Trump, Donald, 1946- ; Businessmen--United States--Biography;
Real estate developers--United States--Biography. Contradictions
of Trump's life.
(WTC), Angus Kress Gillespie (1999).
Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center.
(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 263 p.). Professor
of American Studies (Rutgers University). World Trade Center
(New York, N.Y.); Skyscrapers -- New York (State) -- New York;
City planning -- New York (State) -- New York; New York (N.Y.)
-- Buildings, structures, etc.
(WTC), Eric Darton (1999).
Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's World Trade Center.
(New York, NY: Basic Books, 241 p.). Teaches Creative Writing
(Goddard College). World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.);
Skyscrapers -- New York (State) -- New York; City planning --
New York (State) -- New York; New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings,
(WorldBuild Technologies Inc.), David
Gottfried; foreword by Paul Hawken (2004).
Greed to Green: The Transformation of an Industry and a Life.
(Berkeley, CA: WorldBuild Publishing, 243 p.). President
(WorldBuild Technologies Inc.). Gottfried, David--Biography;
Real estate development--Environmental aspects--United States;
Land use--Environmental aspects--United States;
Building--Environmental aspects--United States; Green
movement--United States; Real estate developers--Biography.
(Elaine Young), Elaine Young (1979). A
Million Dollars Down. (New York, NY: Dell, 174 p.). Realtor
to the Stars in Beverly Hills. Young, Elaine; Real estate
agents--Los Angeles--Biography. Controversial (tell it all) book
about the trials and tribulations of the real estate business.
(Zeckendorf), William Zeckendorf, with Edward
Zeckendorf, The Autobiography Of The Man Who Played A Real-Life
Game Of Monopoly And Won The Largest Real Estate Empire in
History. (New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 312
p.). Zeckendorf, William, 1905-1976; Webb and Knapp, inc., New
York; Real estate developers--New York (State)--New
Jerry Adler (1993).
High Rise: How 1,000 Men and Women Worked Around the Clock for
Five Years and Lost $200 Million Building a Skyscraper.
(New York, NY: HarperCollins, 374 p.). Eichner, Ian Bruce; Real
estate development--New York (State)--New York--Case studies;
Skyscrapers--New York (State)--New York--Case studies; Manhattan
(New York, N.Y.).
Stuart Banner (2011).
American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own.
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 348 p.). Professor of
Law (University of California, Los Angeles). Property --United
States --History; Right of property --United States --History.
What is property?; what does it mean to own something?p; roperty
exists to serve broad set of purposes, constantly in flux, that
render idea of property itself inconstant; property has always
been means toward other ends; what property signifiies, what
property is has consistently changed to match world we want to
Tom Bethell (1998).
The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages.
(New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 378 p.). Property; Right of
property -- Economic aspects.
Walter E. Campbell (1996).
Across Fortune's Tracks: A Biography of William Rand Kenan, Jr.
(Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 417 p.).
Kenan, William Rand, 1872-1965; Businesspeople--United
States--Biography; Dairy farmers--United States--Biography;
Ned Eichler (1982).
The Merchant Builders. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 310
p.). Real estate development--United States--History--20th
century; Construction industry--United States--History--20th
James W Ely, Jr. (2007).
The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of
Property Rights. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press,
216 p. [3rd ed.]). Right of property --United States --History.
Pivotal role of property
rights in fashioning American constitutional order from colonial
era to current controversies over eminent domain, land use
controls; interplay of law, ideology, politics, economic change
in shaping constitutional thought; historical perspective on
contemporary debate about property rights; full treatment of
important judicial decisions, notable legislation, scholarship;
entire history of property rights in United States.
Jerry M. Fisher (1998).
The Pacesetter: The Untold Story of Carl G. Fisher. (Ft.
Bragg, CA: Lost Coast Press, 440 p.). Fisher, Carl G. (Carl
Graham), 1874-1939; Automobile industry and trade--United
States--Biography; Real estate developers--United
Mark S. Foster; foreword by Raymond Arsenault
and Gary R. Mormino (2000).
Castles in the Sand: The Life and Times of Carl Graham Fisher.
(Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 349 p.). Fisher,
Carl G. (Carl Graham), 1874-1939; Real estate development --
Florida -- History; Real estate developers -- Florida -- Miami
Beach -- Biography; Miami Beach (Fla.) -- Biography.
William Frazer and John J. Guthrie, Jr.
The Florida Land Boom: Speculation, Money, and the Banks.
(Westport, CT: Quorum, 181 p.). Finance--Florida--History; Real
estate development--Florida--History; Florida--History--1865-;
Ed. Robert Freedman and Realtor Magazine
Broker to Broker: Management Lessons from America’s Most
Successful Real Estate Companies. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley,
304 p.). Real estate business--United States; Real estate
business--United States--Management; Real estate agents--United
States. Best practice
Steven Gaines (1998).
Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the
Hamptons. (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 326 p.). Upper
class--New York (State)--Hamptons--Social life and customs;
Celebrities--New York (State)--Hamptons--Social life and
customs; Real property--Social aspects--New York
(State)--Hamptons; Hamptons (N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
The Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan.
(New York, NY: Little, Brown, 273 p.). Residential real
estate--New York (State)--New York; Apartment houses--New York
(State)--New York; Apartments--New York (State)--New York.
Edward M. Gramlich with a foreword by Robert
D. Reischauer (2007).
Subprime Mortgages: America’s Latest Boom and Bust.
(Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press, 120 p.). Former Federal
Reserve Governor. Mortgage loans--United States; Real estate
finance. How subprime
market (loans at low interest rates, for little or no money down
to low-income people pursuing American dream of homeownership)
emerged, why it is in crisis, how to reform public policy to
Michael Gross (2005). 740 Park: The Story
of the World’s Richest Apartment Building. (New York, NY:
Broadway Books, 576 p.). Contributing Editor (Travel & Leisure).
740 Park Avenue (New York, N.Y.)--History; Apartment houses--New
York (State)--New York--History; Apartments--New York
(State)--New York--History; Rich people--New York (State)--New
York--Biography; Park Avenue (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and
customs; Park Avenue (New York, N.Y.)--Biography; New York
(N.Y.)--Biography; New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs; New
York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; New York
(N.Y.)--Economic conditions. Manhattan’s richest apartment
building, lusted-after address since 1930.
Jeffrey M. Hornstein (2005).
A Nation of Realtors: A Cultural History of the
Twentieth-Century American Middle Class. (Durham, NC:
Duke University Press, 252 p.). Organizing Director of the
Service Employees International Union, Local 36, AFL-CIO. Real
estate business--United States--History--20th century; Middle
class--United States--History--20th century; Women real estate
agents--United States--History--20th century.
Louis J. Horowitz and Boyden Sparkes (1937).
The Towers of New York; the Memoirs of a Master Builder.
(New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 277 p.). Thompson-Starrett Co.,
Inc., New York; Building--New York (N.Y.).
Alyssa Katz (2009).
Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us. (New York, NY:
Bloomsbury, 288 p.). Professor of Journalism (New York
University). Real estate business --United States --Marketing;
Real estate business --United States --Managing.
Origins, consequences of housing boom; how
we became nation of homeowners, how what began as desperate
national economic, cultural addiction; disastrous consequences
of pushing underqualified buyers into home
Gaelyn Whitley Keith (2008).
The Father of Hollywood: The True Story. (El Dorado
Hills, CA: BookSurge, 304 p.). Whitley, H. J., (Hobart
Johnstone), 1847-1931; Real estate developers --California --Los
Angeles --Biography; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) --History.
Life of real estate developer HJ Whitle.
Anita Fung-Yee Leung; translated by Irene Chu;
with additional writing by Pauline Loong and Kim Canon (1999).
The Biography of Lee Shau-kee. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 129 p.). Li, Chao-chi, 1929- ; Real estate
James E. Manning (2011).
Public Trust Betrayed: The Truth Behind the Real Estate
Appraisal Industry. (Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing.
200 p.). Former Real Estate Appriaser. Real property
--Valuation. Real estate appraisal industry in hands of lenders;
decline in transparency, objectivity in mortgage evaluation
process (appraisers valued homes at whatever price mortgage
brokers needed to make deal work); deceptions in home appraisal
market, of homeowners and lenders; pressures on real estate
Oliver Marriott (1989).
The Property Boom. (Cambridge, UK: Woodhead
Publishing, 320 p. [2nd ed.]). Real estate -- London, UK;
Property prices -- history.
Daniel McGinn (2008).
House Lust: America’s Obsession with Our Homes. (New
York, NY: Currency Doubleday, 264 p.). National Correspondent at
Newsweek. Home--United States--Psychological aspects;
Homeowners--United States--Psychology; Home ownership--United
States. Roots of home
ownership mania - trading up, adding on, doubling down (to buy
vacation property); inside homes, psyches, of those afflicted by
contagious ideal of owning best home on block; forces that
turned housing into talk of dinner parties; arms race for square
footage, characters from real estate world.
Daniel Okrent (2003).
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center. (New
York, NY: Viking, 512 p.). Editor, Time Inc. Rockefeller family;
Rockefeller Center--History; Architecture--New York (State)--New
York--History--20th century; Interviews--New York (State)--New
York; Oral history; New York (N.Y.)--History--1898-1951; New
York (N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; New York
Mitchell Pacelle (2001).
Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal and the Battle for an
American Icon. (New York, NY: Wiley, 344 p.). Reporter
(Wall Street Journal). Yokoi, Hideki, 1913- ; Empire State
Building (New York, N.Y.); Real estate development--New York
(State)--New York; Real estate developers--New York (State)--New
York; Real estate developers--Japan; Businesspeople--Japan.
Morton C. Paulson (1974).
The Great Land Hustle. (Chicago, IL: Regnery, 254 p.
[rev. ed.]). Real estate business--United States; Real estate
investment--United States; Fraud--United States. Florida's land
boom in the 1920's.
Jim Powell (1986).
Risk, Ruin & Riches: Inside the World of Big Time Real Estate.
(New York, NY: Macmillan, 376 p.). Real estate
developers--United States; Real estate development--United
States; Real estate investment--United States; Risk--United
States; Wealth--United States; Success in business--United
Witold Rybczynski (2007).
Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate
Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of
the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway.
(New York, NY: Scribner, 320 p.). Martin & Margy Meyerson
Professor of Urbanism; Professor of Real Estate (University of
Pennsylvania). Planned communities--Pennsylvania--Londonderry
(Chester County)--Case studies; Real estate development--United
States--History; Housing--United States--History; New Daleville
residential subdivision in rural PA; "neotraditional" project
(houses built close together to encourage sense of intimacy,
community; trends in American domestic architecture.
Peter Scott (1996).
The Property Masters: A History of the British
Commercial Property Sector. (London, UK: Taylor
& Francis, 331 p.). Real estate -- London, UK;
Commercial real estate -- history -- UK.
Evolution of commercial property
investment, development markets from mid-nineteenth
century to present.
Tom Shachtman (1991).
Skyscraper Dreams: The Great Real Estate Dynasties of New York.
(Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 354 p.). Real estate developers--New
York (State)--New York--Biography; Real estate development--New
York (State)--New York--History; Family corporations--New York
Robert L. Shook (1980).
The Real Estate People: Top Salespersons, Brokers, and Realtors
Share the Secrets of Their Success. (New York, NY:
Harper & Row, 193 p.). Real estate agents--United
States--Interviews; Real estate business--United States.
Mark Stevens (1984).
Land Rush. (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 290 p.). Real
Robert P. Swierenga (1968). Pioneers and
Profits: Land Speculation on the Iowa Frontier. (Ames, IA:
Iowa State University Press, 260 p.). Real estate
investment--Iowa--History; Frontier and pioneer life--Iowa; Land
John R. Talbott (2006).
Sell Now!: The End of the Housing Bubble. (New York, NY:
St. Martin's Griffin, 190 p.). Former Goldman Sachs Investment
Banker. Housing--Prices--United States; Real estate
investment--United States. Housing prices will plummet over
next 5-7 years; international economy, banking system in
Dana L. Thomas (1977).
Lords of the Land: The Triumphs and Scandals of America's Real
Estate Barons, from Early Times to the Present. (New
York, NY: Putnam, 320 p.). Real estate business--United
Laura S. Underkuffler (2008).
The Idea of Property: Its Meaning and Power. (New York,
NY: Oxford University Press, 179 p.). Professor of Law (Duke
University). Property; Right of property. Central issue in property theory,
as it intersects with law: what property is (as idea),
power that claimed individual property rights should have
against competing public goals; deep reasons for property's
protective power, or lack of it..
Marc A. Weiss (1987).
The Rise of the Community Builders: The American Real Estate
Industry and Urban land Planning. (New York, NY:
Columbia University Press, 228 p.). Land use, Urban--United
States; City planning--United States; Real estate
Business History Links
Completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate,
was hailed as "more magnificent than any other private dwelling
in the world." Museum highlights include tours, exhibits, and
History of Property Taxes in the United
This essay describes the history of taxes based on ownership of
property from Colonial times through the 20th century in the
U.S. Topics include property taxes during the Revolutionary War,
19th century uniformity provisions ("property be taxed equally
by value") in state constitutions, failure of the general
property tax provisions in the 20th century, and California's
tax revolt in 1978 (Proposition 13). Includes a short
bibliography. By an emeritus professor from Wichita State