GTAR History


The Beginning – 1920s

·         The National Association chartered the Real Estate Exchange, formed in 1913 by a group of 20 real estate men, as the Tulsa Real Estate Board on January 1, 1920.

1930s

·         The Board hired its first Executive Officer and rented its first office.

·         The Board established a sales associate membership category.

·         The first woman was granted REALTOR membership.

·         The Board held the first Home Show. 

1940s

·        The Builders Division of the Tulsa Real Estate separated from the Board to form the Tulsa Home Builder’s Association.

1950s

·         Through efforts of the Board, the Real Estate License Law was enacted and became effective on January 1, 1950.

·         1951, the Board developed its first Standard Contract.

·         The Board rejected a recommendation to form an MLS and several members organized a separate Multiple Listing Service with 30 charter members.

·         1957, the Tulsa Real Estate Board purchased its first office, a two-story house at 13th and Boulder.

1960s

·         Board established mandatory orientation course for new sales associates.

·         Board and MLS merged and Board established MLS as a separate corporation.

·         1968 MLS first computer – a talking computer nicknamed Charley.

1970s

·        50th anniversary – name changed to the Metropolitan Tulsa Board of REALTORS.

·         The Board sold its 13th and Boulder office and built its present offices.

·        First female elected Board president and second female elected MLS President.

·        In 1976, the Board and MLS purchased an in-house computer and for the first time, the Boards’ membership records and billing system were generated by computer rather than manually.

1980s

·        Board developed voluntary Seller Disclosure form.

·        Tulsa County Assessor assessment records added to MLS computer system.

·        Buyer brokerage entered Tulsa market

·        Board added environmental inspection and right to cancel contract if inspection not satisfactory to the Board’s Standard Contract of Sale form.

·        The Board purchased its first desktop computer with word processing and laser printer.

1990s

·        1991 Board name changed to Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS

·        Established Commercial and Investment Division (CID) and developed commercial forms.

·        REALTOR and Sales Associate of the Year awards established.

·        Bylaws of the MLS amended to allow offers of cooperation and compensation to buyer brokers.

·        Building remodeled the building and Board Store established

·         MLS purchased new state of the art computer system and arranged to have digitized color photos to go online.

·         GTAR Foundation established.

·         1995 legislation passed requiring Seller Disclosure and fax-on-demand system was installed to allow members to access the Seller’s Disclosure anytime. 

2000s

·        Legislation passed eliminating agency and establishing statutory duties of the real estate license. GTAR and MLS forms and training revised to accommodate change.

·        MLS changed to new MarketLinx system

·        MLS became Internet Provider Service for members, gave all members an e-mail address and established GTAR/MLS web site with publications, forms etc. available to members.

·        MLS changed to Supra Display keybox system in preparation for new infrared keybox.

 

Tulsa Association of REALTORS
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