Real-estate organization marks centennial

The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors® and industry professionals from several decades will mark the association’s centennial on April 17 at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila.

The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors® and industry professionals from several decades will mark the association’s centennial on April 17 at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila.

The public event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and dinner. Afterward, those attending will have a chance to talk about some of their memories.

This year marks the association’s official centennial.

On May 12, 1908, the Seattle Realty Board, as the association was known, signed a charter with 18 other local boards and one state board to form the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, now known as the National Association of Realtors®.

In early 1903, some two dozen or so men met to discuss the formation of an association that would benefit both the public and those involved in real estate dealings.

Four years later, in 1907, the group known as Seattle Real Estate Association printed a comparative study of real estate values and conditions. Published by Realtor Robert Chase Erskine, the “Reports on City Real Estate Values” was the first systematic real estate fact-finding done by real estate boards, according to the association.

Tickets for the April 17 event are $85 per person and may be reserved online at nwrealtor.com or by calling the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors, 425-974-1011.

The association has 9,000-plus members.

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