History

The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) is an established organization (Chartered in 1949) whose members have a positive and progressive impact on the Naples community.


NABOR® is a local board of REALTORS® and real estate professionals with a legacy of over 60 years, currently serving over 5,000 members. NABOR® is a member of the Florida REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, which is the largest trade association in the United States, with more than 1.3 million members and over 1,400 local boards of REALTORS® nationwide.


NABOR® is structured to provide programs and services to its membership through various committees and the NABOR® Board of Directors, all of whose members are non-paid volunteers.
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and who subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.


Naples Area Board of REALTORS® Historical Events Timeline


1938 The National Association of Real Estate Boards grants the original charter under the name of Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS®. During the mid-1940s, the charter was lost due to non-payment of dues as a result of the effect of World War II.


1949 The National Association of Real Estate Boards grants its second charter under the name of Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS® with a membership of 13, including its president, Robert Benson, William L. Clark, George Huntoon, George W. Lesher, John A. Pulling, N.P. Sloan, Edwin Watson and six associates.


1950 Broker dues are $10 and associate dues are $25. Grace Truesdale became the first woman member and was also appointed the first woman director in 1952 and first woman officer in 1953.
Naples Area Property Values:
Five-acre beach parcel sells for $26,000
Aqualane Shores home sells for $35,000
Port Royal lots sell for $50 a front foot
Two-bedroom furnished home, three blocks from beach lists for $11,500
Four-bedroom home on Gordon Drive and 21st Avenue lists for $19,500.


1951 NABOR® membership dues are $30.


1952 Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS® is incorporated and the first board of directors is established. Naples building permits reach $2.5 million for the second year, mail delivery begins for 600 homes and rotary phones come to town.


1956 The compulsory closing of real estate offices on Sundays is endorsed by the board, and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is formed.


1957 The rule that “No REALTOR® shall display any sold sign, or sign implying the sale of any property under the jurisdiction of the Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS®” is established, and the Naples Municipal airport becomes a passenger airport.


1960 NABOR® membership totals 146. Hurricane Donna hits Naples on September 10, causing $25 million in property damage and stimulating Naples’ growth with an infusion of insurance money and low-interest loans.


1961 Naples High School graduates its first class from its present location, which includes Mike Richardson, who eventually becomes the seventh executive officer of Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS®.


1963 Sixty-one real estate offices are located in Naples.


1965 The board hires its first full-time executive officer, Rhys Beatty.


1966 Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS® member David Jones is elected president of the Florida Association of REALTORS®; a lease is signed for a new office on Tenth Street and Fourth Avenue South; the first sales contract is approved by Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS® and the local bar association; and Alligator Alley opens to traffic, connecting Fort Lauderdale with Naples.


1967 Mandatory attendance of orientation class is established for new members, the District Five Jive golf tournament was hosted by NABOR and a local chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® is formed. The board approves a request to relinquish jurisdiction of sections of Naples to the Bonita Springs Board of REALTORS® and MLS books are delivered to each member’s office.


1969 REALTRON is established as the first computerized MLS system, but is discontinued after one year.


1970 NABOR® membership is 325.


1975 NABOR® membership is 663.The board changes its name from Naples-on-the-Gulf Board of REALTORS® to Naples Area Board of REALTORS®.


1976 Formal dedication of the first NABOR® building at 1459 Pine Ridge Road takes place on March 26.John R. Wood is elected to the Florida Real Estate Commission and the NABOR® Board of Directors receives a jurisdictional release for the formation of a new Board of Marco Island REALTORS®, to be granted in 1977. The board adopts an affirmative marketing agreement and encourages individual offices to become signatories. Casey Miller was elected to the board as the first woman president.


1977 PRC is established as the next generation of computerized MLS system.


1980 NABOR® membership is 1,028.


1981 John R. Wood is the first NABOR® member elected as president of the National Association of REALTORS®.


1985 NABOR membership is 1,191. A scholarship fund is established by NABOR® for students planning a career in real estate. The Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Registry Hotel, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and Interstate 75 open, with each becoming a catalyst for growth in the Naples area.


1986 The Ad Miller award is established to recognize an individual who has made a contribution toward enhancing and or preserving private property rights, ownership and transferability and the display of concern for others for the free enterprise system. Ad Miller, a REALTOR® and patriot, dedicated a good part of his life to preserving and enhancing private property rights.


1987 The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual is incorporated into the bylaws.


1990 NABOR® membership is 2,389.


1992 Ground is broken for a new Naples Area Board of REALTORS® building at 1455 Pine Ridge Road and is opened to members on July 2, 1993.


1996 NaplesArea.com, a consumer-facing Web site, is launched to the public.


1997 NABOR® membership is 1,831.The board changes its name to Naples Area Board of REALTORS and Association of Real Estate Professionals®. The National Association of REALTORS® establishes the term "REALTOR®" to apply to all brokers, broker associates and sales associates. From 1949-73, all members were considered sales associates and only broker members used the REALTOR® term.


1998 REALTOR.com is contracted to post MLS listings; NaplesArea.com launches in partnership with the Naples Daily News; and NABOR.com, the member Web site, is launched.


2000 NABOR® membership is 2,265.


2001 Electronic technology replaces the MLS books.


2002 The Hall of Fame award is established to recognize members who have volunteered 20 years or more of service to NABOR®.


2003 NABOR® membership is 3,164.New member orientation classes are held monthly to accommodate the increase in membership, and SunshineMLS launches as the new MLS system, "Built by REALTORS® for REALTORS®".


2004 The NABOR® Leadership Development program is established, and the board shows support for a county referendum to acquire land to save the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens from redevelopment. The redesign of NaplesArea.com is launched. Orientation for allied and associate members is established.


2005 NABOR® membership is 4,819.The first offsite EXPO is a huge success and the NABOR® Community Involvement Committee is established.


2006 NABOR® membership reaches 5,000.The first Habitat for Humanity home is built, and a new brand is created for NABOR®.


2007 NABOR® changes its name to Naples Area Board of REALTORS®.


2008 John R. Wood, Jane Parks, Earl Frye, Norman Harris, John W. Vaughn and Patsy S. Vaughn receive the REALTOR® Emeritus Status award from the National Association of REALTORS® for achieving 40 years of REALTOR® association membership. The first NABOR® Commercial Committee is established.


2009 NABOR® membership is 4,180.The NAR® Resort and Second Home Symposium is hosted by NABOR® for the first time. The NABOR® Global Business Committee is established to implement NAR’s 3-year international awareness plan and, as a result, the NABOR® Global Network is established.NaplesArea.com, the consumer-facing Web site, is launched with a completely new design.


2010 The year began with the tragic death of President J.P. Antonmattei. SunshineMLS Plus was formed, the interior of the building was completely renovated, the NABOR History wall was installed and social media was embraced.


2011 The Young Professionals Network (YPN) was created, the eAssociation was formed, the Ombudsman program was launched and the NABOR history book "Steps through Time" was published.


2012 The first Economic Summit was held, we became a Commercial Accredited Board, the NABOR Education center was formed, the Naples Conference Center was branded and we began sharing data with Greater Ft. Myers and the Beach.


2013 M.L.S. of Naples,Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors (BEAR), Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, and Cape Coral Multiple Listing Service Inc. integrated their separate multiple listing services into one platform, the CoreLogic Matrix MLS system, to share data. The NABOR Leadership Academy was branded and the first Committee Showcase was held.


NABOR® Members Active in Public Service


Barbara Berry
Collier County School Board member - 1984–1988
Collier County School Board member - 1990–1996
Collier County Commissioner - 1996–2000
Collier County School Board member - 2010–2014


Pat Carroll
Big Cypress Basin Board (appointed by Gov. Bush) - 1996-2004
2-Term appointment to Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council - 2005–2012
Value Adjustment Board member - 2002-2014
Collier County School Board member – 2002–2014


Wes Downing
Mayor of Naples, 1968-1970
Collier County Commissioner, 1966-1968


Matt Hudson
Florida State Representative, 2007-2014


Casey Miller
Naples City Council member, 1962-1968


Clyde Quinby
Collier County School Superintendent - 1976–1980
Collier County School Board member - 1990–1998


W. Roy Smith
Mayor of Naples, 1946-1960


Lorenzo Walker
Collier County Commissioner, 1950-1956
Florida State Representative, 1956-1974


Lester Whitaker Sr.
Collier County Commissioner 1971-1972

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