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The Utah Association of Realtors and its 6,500 members have been celebrating the organization's 75th anniversary this month.

The UAR was founded in 1920 by full-time real-estate professionals who wanted to establish themselves as the experts in real-estate matters, said a UAR spokeswoman. Before then, bankers and lawyers primarily handled real-estate matters.Within months of its formation, the association - then called the Utah Association of Real Estate Boards - adopted a code of ethics, formed a professional standards committee to enforce it and established the Realtor trademark to signify members.

In 1922, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) was formed, enhancing the effectiveness of board members.

"This anniversary commemorates our past successes, but, more importantly, it demonstrates where we can take this organization in the future," said Gage Froerer, UAR president.

"We've had 75 years to learn what works and what doesn't, what technology can and cannot accomplish, and what the real estate profession should and should not represent. (The public) can expect to see the UAR implement as many or changes in the next 75 years as it has since 1920."