The ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurabi included some stiff penalties for builders of unsound homes:

  • If a builder builds a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built falls in and kills its owner, then that builder shall be put to death; and
  • If it ruins goods, he shall make compensation for all that has been ruined, and inasmuch as he did not construct properly this house which he built and it fell, he shall re-erect the house from his own means.

Oh there’s more, but it gets a little morbid. Too much death for me!

But where are the Realtors mentioned? Have we always been a self-governing body of good talkers? I’m certain that as long as people have roamed the earth, middlemen and "middle-women" have existed.

I’m guessing the ANAR (Ancient National Association of Realtors) must have hosted some really great parties for Hammurabi and his wives. I’m thinking wine, flatbread, something stuffed with mint … oh, and belly dancers — lots of belly dancers. And thank goodness! What else would you expect for your 10 sheaves-of-wheat dues?

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