Mortgage Services Associates, a Connecticut-based provider of property inspection, preservation and protection services, has sold franchise rights for Utah to a new partnership that will operate under the MSA name in an office at 676 N. East Capitol Boulevard.

Antony Smith, a principal in the Utah franchise group, said the partnership also purchased development rights for MSA in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The local operation is one of 25 franchises the 15-year-old Connecticut company maintains in the country.MSA handles property inspection services; foreclosure proceedings; and property preservation, protection and maintenance on behalf of absentee owners and agencies. The firm's chief clientele are government entities and lending institutions.