• Know your NRDS number

    You always need it, but don’t always know it. And if you haven’t memorized it, locating your NRDS number is simple if you are without your mobile device (not likely) but happen to have your REALTOR® magazine. Just look on the back within the mailing label. Do you have your mobile device on hand now? […]

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  • 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings

    As we approach the 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings in Washington D.C.(May 15-20); we are preparing for all of the issues of critical importance to be discussed with our Members of Congress. Several issues have emerged which if enacted through legislation, will be highly disruptive to real estate markets across the nation. Among the most prominent issues are:  […]

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  • NEW! “Raise The Bar” website to share with colleagues, potential agents

    Raise The Bar Real Estate School at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® has long-since offered a sound teaching methodology along with a curriculum that is intelligently designed. This combined with programs that nurture students through their training in real estate makes for a prosperous best outcome for all! It’s that unique combination that is […]

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  • April is Fair Housing month

    Equal opportunity in housing means communities are open, welcoming and free from any kind of discrimination and the National Association of REALTORS® is a firm supporter of these rights. April is the month dedicated to recommitting to the goal set forth by the passing of the 1968 Fair Housing Act following the assassination of Dr. […]

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  • REALTORS® go beyond selling homes, build communities, libraries

    It’s no secret! REALTORS® do immeasurable work when bringing home buyers and sellers together. They’re involved in the deep details of paperwork, procedures, lifestyle matching and much more—and that’s just during selection and closing. But then what? The new residents move in, set up … and then what? Well many things! And that’s the point. […]

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  • Announcing the 2017 40 Under 40 selections

    This week 40 young members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® learned they are among an honorable selection of individuals. The SAAR Young Professionals Network committee notified it’s 40 Under 40 Award winners and is officially announcing them today! Congratulations to the following young professionals* who will be honored at a celebratory event on […]

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  • Be prepared to prepare, tax help from Intuit

    It’s tax season! [grumble, grumble, sigh] But don’t despair because NAR’s partner, Intuit®, offers discounts for REALTORS® and their family members. Make it easy on yourself by using TurboTax® products through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. TurboTax® offerings for REALTORS® include: – Discounts up to $20 off three different versions of America’s #1 tax prep software – […]

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  • UPDATE: City sign ordinance pulled from Tuesday’s council meeting agenda.

    YOUR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD! Due to an overwhelming response from Scottsdale’s realtor community, the efforts of SAAR’s Government Affairs Committee and collaborations with REALTOR(R) champion council members, agenda items 16 and 17 regarding sign ordinance text amendments have been pulled from the agenda for this Tuesday’s council meeting (3/21/17). The proposed modifications to the […]

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  • URGENT! Proposed new Scottsdale sign ordinance detrimental to local real estate

    [Please see the updated message from SAAR published March 20, 2017] The Scottsdale City Council is being presented with a new proposed text amendment to its existing sign ordinance this coming Tuesday, March 21st, at the city council meeting.  The new proposed amendments however are practically a complete rewrite of the whole ordinance.  It is […]

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  • Arizona market to be promoted at MIPIM, the world’s property market conference

    SCOTTSDALE (March 13, 2017) – MIPIM, the world’s leading global real estate market, business conference and networking event, will welcome the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) to its 2017 event in Cannes, France. SAAR will be part of the growing USA pavilion, hosted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States’ largest […]

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  • Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

    New class approved for six general CE credits, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

    No doubt that a high level of knowledge and competence is required for success at the top of the residential real estate market. Raise The Bar school at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® has recently received official approval to advance six general continuing education credits for Arizona licensees and 12 credits toward the NAR […]

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  • IREM / CCIM annual economic forecast proved enlightening to attendees

    This past Friday (Jan. 20), senior staff from the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual IREM/CCIM Economic Forecast event at the Arizona Biltmore. On a day when the Valley was inundated with remarkable, pristine automobiles being showcased at various luxury car shows/auctions–including the one at the Biltmore–many in the real estate industry found more […]

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  • Valley poised to become national market leader in 2017

    This past year, home prices were on the rise in Arizona and forecasts reveal they’ll continue in 2017! Ask a Broker and they’ll tell you how the Valley is poised to become the national market leader. According to the real estate data company Zillow, “home prices in Phoenix, Arizona rose by 9.4% from December 2015 […]

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  • NEW! Board of Directors installation in Scottsdale real estate industry

    SCOTTSDALE (December 22, 2016) – A celebratory reception last month marked the official installation of the 2017 Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR). An organization steeped in the abiding practice of real estate since 1963, this premier group of Arizona REALTORS® upholds and promotes the principles of ethical business practices in […]

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  • Desert Discovery Center Workshop Videos and Project Definition Report Available Online

    [Reprinted from the City of Scottsdale] Thank you to everyone who attended the Nov. 30 Community Workshops. We had over 300 people participate and give their input. For those of you who are interested in learning more about the Desert Discovery Center Concept, but were unable to attend, we recorded the presentations given at the […]

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  • Desert Discovery Center Community Workshop – November 30th

    As part of SAAR’s ongoing support for community outreach, awareness and encouragement to provide productive input for the current feasibility study being conducted on the Desert Discovery Center; we encourage Scottsdale residents and our REALTOR® members to Register for one of the free Community Workshop sessions available on Wednesday, November 30th. Space for these sessions […]

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  • 2016 Post Elections Coverage | Impact on the Real Estate Industry

    2016 Post Elections Coverage | Impact on the Real Estate Industry In hundreds of races around the country, from governorships to state legislatures to city councils, REALTORS® have gotten involved in support of REALTOR® Champions—candidates who understand the importance of real estate in creating vibrant communities. What does this involvement look like?  REALTORS® have used local, […]

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  • REALTOR® PARTY Campaign Coverage 2016

    As part of REALTOR® Party Campaign Coverage 2016, NAR is hosting a REALTOR® Party Post-Election Live Webcast on Wednesday, November 9 at 3 PM EST. NAR Senior Vice President Jerry Giovaniello and NAR Political Consultant Doug Sosnik will explain the impact of the election results at the federal, state and local levels. Jerry and Doug […]

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  • CONSIDER VOTING FOR REALTOR® CHAMPIONS!

    ALREADY VOTED! Thank You! IF NOT, “GET OUT THE VOTE” ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016 CONSIDER VOTING FOR REALTOR® CHAMPIONS! Here are the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® endorsed candidates: Scottsdale: Mayor – Jim Lane City Council – Dan Schweiker Suzanne Klapp Virginia Korte The Arizona Association of REALTORS® list of endorsed candidates is in their […]

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  • Vote YES in support of the Scottsdale Unified School District Bond

    Capital Improvements = Better Educational Facilities = Quality Neighborhoods On the November 8th 2016 ballot for Scottsdale voters is a Capital Improvements Bond for the Scottsdale Unified School District. After careful review of the impact and funding request for necessary improvements needing to be made to our Scottsdale public school facilities, the Government Affairs Committee […]

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  • Local REALTORS® Give Back – Helping Homeowners In Need

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ (October 19, 2016) – On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 18th and 19th, volunteer members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) lent a helping hand to a very much “in need” south Scottsdale homeowner. For the past 6 years, SAAR has partnered with the City of Scottsdale’s Operation Fix-It to provide this […]

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  • SAAR’s Position on the Desert Discovery Center

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee take positions of support on policies, projects, and development which promote the best “quality of life” for our communities. As REALTORS®, we know that when our community is in harmony, the housing market is maintained, community aesthetics are preserved, career opportunities grow, […]

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  • REALTORS® of Maricopa County Endorse Tomorrow’s Leaders

    Maricopa County (July 11, 2016) – The REALTORS® of Maricopa County Candidate Review Committee announced today its endorsements for races in Maricopa County. When making the decision of whom to endorse, the group considered each candidate’s strengths in the areas of economic development, transportation, private property rights, economic vitality, housing opportunities, community safety, preserving the […]

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  • Phoenix among best cities for rental investment

      The report looks at rental housing metrics – such as vacancy rates, property appreciation, and days on market – as well as job growth. In the region, Phoenix is behind only Austin, Texas, which ranked ninth overall.

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  • zipForm integration coming to RPR

    RPR users who have zipForm accounts can jump from one application to the other, thanks to this new integration. From RPR’s Property Details page, most zipForm users will automatically see a zipForm Transactions button. Initially, you will need to link your RPR and zipForm accounts. When you log in to RPR and click on the […]

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  • The Phoenix/Scottsdale Market Has Changed – May 2016 Market Update

    With the 2016 home buying and selling season well upon us, we are starting to get a feel for what the rest of the year may look like.  Just in January of this year I attended the Inman Connect NYC Conference, where many of the top real estate agents and industry partners attend on an […]

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  • New AZ Legislation Stops Municipalities From Banning Short-Term/Vacation Rental

    On May 13, 2016, Governor Doug Ducey signed into law SB 1350, which prohibits municipalities from banning the listing and use of short-term rentals.  Prior to SB 1350, short-term rentals were essentially “flying under the radar” in most areas of the Valley, including Scottsdale, which prohibited less than 30 day rentals. Despite city ordinances, online […]

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  • Help your seller see the light on a realistic list price

    What REALTOR® hasn’t felt challenged during pricing discussions with homeowners in a similar situation? And why wouldn’t an average homeowner expect to earn a return on home improvements? Thankfully, there is a common ground when it comes to landing on a solid listing price. Here are five proven tools and techniques for guiding your seller […]

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  • Phil Dunphy of ‘Modern Family’: not just a real estate agent, but a REALTOR®

    On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, a new episode of the hit sitcom ‘Modern Family’ aired on ABC. Phil Dunphy (played by Ty Burrell), one of the main characters of the show, is a real estate and has often been shown sitting open houses or showing homes throughout the 7 seasons of the show. And now, […]

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  • Top 10 “Power User” Features of the RPR App

    The RPR app and busy REALTORS® have much in common. Mainly, they are each constantly in motion. We know that to keep up with an agent’s need for quick access to property and market trend data, the app must continually build in new features and related usefulness. Fast forward, here are the top 10 features […]

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  • Scottsdale ranks 4th best cities for millennials

    Gogobot, a popular travel app that helps users “discover amazing places” recently released its ranking of “The 10 Best Mid-Sized American Cities for Millennials” by looking at how Millennials (those born in 1982 or later) reviewed restaurants and attractions in each city. Scottsdale placed number 4 on the list, behind Boulder, Colorado, but ahead of […]

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    Panama Papers shed light on money laundering in U.S. luxury home market

    In February, we briefed you on the concerns of “terrorism financing” and money laundering the luxury home market. Now, with the outing of 11 million internal documents – dubbed the “Panama Papers” – the issue is back in the spotlight and has a little more data to back up the claims that $1 million+ cash deals […]

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  • 2016 40 under 40 Winners

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®’ Young Professionals Network is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the 40 under 40 awards! The “40 under 40” awards program was designed to recognize outstanding Realtors® under 40 years of age who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community involvement and industry involvement. The 2016 winners will be honored […]

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  • Scottsdale, Arizona highlighted in MIPIM international conference

    MIPIM 2016 has wrapped up with Arizona receiving unparalleled exposure on the world stage!    MIPIM is the largest international commercial real estate and investment conference in the world.  It has been globally recognized for the past 26 years.  It is the one place which you can have direct access to investors, developers, brokers, engineers, […]

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  • Free event at Scottsdale library offers real estate information

    On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® put on a free event at Scottsdale Public Library’s Mustang branch. The event featured a panel of real estate professionals, including a real estate agent, a lender, and a title representatives. Over a dozen Scottsdale residents were in attendance to learn about the home […]

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  • Scottsdale named best city to be a real estate agent in Arizona

    According to a recent study by WalletHub, Scottsdale is the best city in Arizona to be a real estate agent and #27 in the United States. The study analyzed metrics such as sales per agent, annual median wage, and housing-market health. Scottsdale came in at #27, behind other US cities such as Austin, TX (#4) […]

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  • Realtors® promote homeownership in Parada del Sol parade

    On Saturday, February 12, 2016, a group of members from the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® participated in the 63rd annual Parada del Sol Parade. By walking in the parade, the 8400 real estate professionals of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors®, and their Chairman of the Board, Debbie Shields, reminded the community that “Homeownership […]

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    New money laundering and terrorist financing concerns

    Luxury Housing and Commercial Real Estate transactions are drawing federal attention!  This is thanks to the rate of $1 million and up cash deals going on in these markets.  Cash transaction are perfect targets for money laundering and means for terrorist financing, as identified by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Treasury Department. […]

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  • House Unanimously Passes Condo Bill

    On February 5, 2016, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported that the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the “Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act” – also known as the “Condo Bill” – with a 427-0 vote! The Act includes three major provisions supported by the REALTOR® association: The legislation solves a number of concerns […]

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  • Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale Operating Agreement and Feasibility Study Approved

    Thanks to our over 100 members who responded to our Call for Action regarding the Desert Discovery Center, the Scottsdale City Council voted 6-1 on January 11th to approve Resolution No 10261 as amended. The meeting on the evening of January 11th, was long, heavily debated and host to a packed house. Speakers ranged from […]

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  • Foreign buyers flocking to Arizona

    Foreign buyers see the U.S. as a stable and secure real estate market. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), international home sales in the U.S. are at their second highest level in recent years, signaling that owning property in America continues to be a great investment. Over the past […]

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  • Urgent call for action: Scottsdale City Council votes Jan 11

    Act now on this urgent call for action: As you may know, the SAAR Board of Directors voted in February 2014 to support the Desert Discovery Center (DDC) – an incredible, immersive experience that would draw visitors and residents alike to learn about the desert and our beautiful Sonoran Preserve. The DDC is good for your […]

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  • Feedback needed from Commercial agents

    SAAR Commercial Real Estate Agents, As the Government Affairs Director for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) and committee member for the 2016 NAR Commercial Legislative & Regulatory Advisory Board, I am reaching out to you in need of some feedback on a commercial real estate (CRE) issue that is being raised by banking […]

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  • Tech Helpline: New member benefit

    The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) recently announced a new powerful member benefit: Tech Helpline. This incredible, unlimited tech support service is offered as PART OF YOUR DUES BENEFIT, courtesy of Arizona REALTORS®. Find out more on AAR’s website. Tech Helpline is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Time, toll-free at […]

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  • New 2016 FHFA scorecard released

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its annual Scorecard for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on December 17, 2015.   These government sponsored entities, or “GSEs,”  utilize the “Scorecard” as an agenda for setting their priorities while in conservatorship.  For 2016, the FHFA outlined these three strategic goals: Maintain, in a safe and sound manner, […]

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  • Desert Discovery Center (DDC) goes to City Council vote Jan 11, 2016

    On December 9, Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) President & CEO, Rebecca Grossman, interviewed Christine Kovach, Board Chair, and Sam Campana, Executive Director, from the Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale (DDCS) to get some answers as to:  What the Desert Discovery Center is?  How will it enhance the community?  Why is this project important to Scottsdale? The […]

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  • Fountain Hills’ A-Frame and Banner Sign Ordinance given 3-year extension

    On December 17, 2015, the Fountain Hills City Council voted 6-0 in approval of granting a 3 year extension to their A-Frame and Banner Sign Ordinance.  This is great news for local businesses and REALTORS® who utilize A-Frame signs!  Previously, the sign ordinance was up for an annual review and only granted a one-year extension.  Based […]

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  • Legislation passed benefiting Commercial Real Estate

    Congress passed sweeping legislation on December 18, 2015, that puts an end to many of the stop-gap funding measures known as “Continuing Resolutions,” an Omnibus appropriations bill and a tax extenders package.  This more than two-thousand pages of legislation has given Commercial Real Estate some major wins.  The President is expected to sign this into […]

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  • 25 REALTOR wins in recent Fiscal Year legislation

    Today, Congress has passed sweeping legislation of more than two-thousand pages to fund the Federal Government Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the President when it arrives at the White House later today (Dec. 18, 2015). The new legislation will put an end to the series of stop-gap funding […]

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  • G-Fees Call for Action Update – REALTOR® Party Win!

    The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) has been signed into law.  But most importantly, it has been signed into law with the G-Fees funding REMOVED! When Congress first presented the bill in July 2015, it included a proposal to fund a portion of the nation’s five year surface transportation program with guarantee fees […]

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  • Drone Ordinances: Current regulations & why cities should not adopt additional

    They are the latest and greatest in aerial tech, but as they have gained in popularity and use; so has their abuse. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as “drones”, are the flying portion of the system, which is operated remotely by a “pilot” via a ground control system and on-board computer with […]

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  • Short-Term “Vacation” Rentals – hot legislative topic across the country

    Homeowner Rights to do with their private property as they wish, without over-regulation Rental income, investment property purchases Homeowner Rights to protect from devaluation of property values and perceived negative neighborhood character or livability changes due to: Revolving door of unknown neighbors; having new tenants every week Noise issues from parties held by short-term tenants; […]

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  • Commercial Realtors® represent Arizona at large international conference

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) is pleased to be showcasing commercial real estate development projects from Arizona on the international stage. Headed up by Peggy Neely and Tooraj Bakhtiari, the group will be taking proposed development projects and investment opportunities in Scottsdale, the Phoenix metropolitan area, and Arizona as a whole, to the […]

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  • Local Realtors® present check for new Scottsdale Public Library micro-libraries

      SCOTTSDALE, AZ (November 19, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) presented a check to the Scottsdale Public Library, totaling $1000, to be used to create ‘micro-libraries’ around the city. Accepting the check on behalf of the library were Robbin Gaebler, Senior Library Manager; Brandon Chapman, Library Volunteer Supervisor; and Laura Couty, Library […]

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  • Call for Action: Stop Congress From Taking Money From Future Homeowners

    The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is considering legislation to reauthorize surface transportation programs. One proposal would use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) strongly believes that taking g-fees would also prevent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from effectively […]

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  • Arizona economy, millennials & housing

      On November 2, 2015, the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) and Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) co-hosted Forward Forecast 2016, an event featuring economists Lawrence Yun, Chief Economics for the National Association of REALTORS®, Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Move, Inc., and Elliot Eisenberg, CEO of Laughs & Graphs. The three economists did […]

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  • RPR releases new school report

    On the evening of Tuesday, October 27, 2015, RPR is scheduled to release its latest update.  A key new function will be a School Report. The School Report is designed as a stand-alone report for users needing school information.  The report is run for a specific school and users can include maps of the school’s location, […]

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  • SAAR 2016 Board of Directors Election Results

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION FOR 2 YEAR TERMS The following Directors were elected by the Membership and these results have been ratified by the Board of Directors: REALTOR® Directors Marti Barnewolt Mary Frances Coleman Jennifer Hillier David Schmid Affiliate Director John Rapasky

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  • Is your Marketing Service Agreement compliant?

    Most of us have heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and that it is not only coming to town… it is already here.  Thus, now is the time for all professionals in the real estate field to learn how to stay out of CFPB jail! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an […]

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  • Realtor® Association supports the 2015 Scottsdale bond election

    Vote “YES” on Questions 1-6 SCOTTSDALE, AZ (October 8, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) officially announces its endorsement of the Scottsdale 2015 Bond Election, which will help protect Scottsdale’s quality of life and property values. “All responsible homeowners periodically invest in improvements to maintain property values and livability,” mentioned Sue Barnes, Chairman […]

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  • REALTORS® donate $3000 to Fountain Hills schools

    On Friday, September 18, a group of Realtors® presented checks of $1,000 each to McDowell Mountain Elementary School, Fountain Hills Middle School, and Fountain Hills High School. The checks were presented by Sue Barnes, Realtor® and Chairman of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR). Sue was joined by Diana Rickenbaugh, Director the Fountain Hills […]

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  • HUD releases new guidelines to FHA financing

    As of September 14th, 2015 – HUD is releasing some new guidelines that relate to FHA financing that could impact the lending and appraisal process.  While the majority of these changes will affect lenders and appraisers, there are a number of things that REALTORS® showing homes to FHA buyers will want to be aware of. […]

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  • What really happens on October 3, 2015?

    Starting on October 3, any loan application completed that day or thereafter, will be under the new CFPB rules.  These new rules create new documents and change the residential closing process. Even though the new rules are effective October 3, we will not know many of their effects on the closing process until November, because most […]

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  • We’re taking Arizona to France!

    SAAR Commercial has been able to secure one of the highly coveted spots within the US Pavilion for the upcoming 2016 MIPIM International Real Estate Conference.  We will be showcasing a limited number of Arizona-specific projects to a group of over 4,500 international investors, and networking with over 50,000 commercial real estate professionals at this […]

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  • Phoenix real estate market is still hot, but becoming more balanced

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory. The number of homes currently listed for sale dropped once again this month, making July the sixth continuous month of decreasing inventory in the Valley. There is currently $7.7 billion in total […]

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  • Be aware of hidden malware in emails

    Our members have been reporting a new trend in e-mails containing malware. Using real estate-specific terms, such as “see offer” or “purchase contract”, these e-mails come from real estate agents and prompt the recipient to click a link. Upon clicking the link, malware is installed on your computer. This malware will perpetuate itself by using […]

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  • Safety tips for REALTORS® from Scottsdale PD

    This morning at our Pinnacle Peak REALTOR® Marketing Session (RMS) meeting, Officer Glenn from the City of Scottsdale Police Department shared some tips for staying safe. Whether you’re meeting a client, showing homes, or sitting at an open house, REALTORS® should always be aware of their surroundings and never put themselves at risk to be a victim […]

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  • Saving Arizona homeowners $20.2 million

    The REALTORS® of Arizona have already put in a lot of leg work advocating the protection of Arizona business and private property rights this year in the 52nd, 1st Regular Legislative Session.  The Arizona Association of REALTORS® can add to their already impressive record, that they successfully protected the homeowners rebate from cuts in the […]

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  • The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Phoenix!

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory. For the past few months, SAAR has been reporting an increasingly “hot” market. The number of homes actively listed for sale has been steadily declining for five months now, while number of […]

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  • 3 takeaways from Be a Legit Business

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network recently brought in an attorney, a CPA and a team leader to talk about running your real estate career as a business and building a team. Even for those already running successful teams, the Be a Legit Business class offered some awesome takeaways Here are a few of the most […]

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  • SAAR headquarters named ‘Best Rehab Office Project’

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), a trade organization headquartered in Scottsdale for the past 50 years, recently repurposed an existing vacant building in Scottsdale’s Perimeter Center to use as its new headquarters. Growth of the 8,000-member organization prompted the move from SAAR’s longtime home in Downtown Scottsdale. It purchased the vacant building at […]

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  • Creating a ‘Nosy Neighbor’ report in RPR

    Watch this short video to learn how to create a Market Activity Report (or “Nosy Neighbor Report”) quickly and easily for your farm area!

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  • Highlights from the 2015 Commercial Member Profile

    According to the 2015 Commercial Member Profile from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), commercial real estate markets are improving. In addition, commercial real estate professionals are reporting an increase in annual gross income. “When it comes to leasing transactions, the report tells us that the more years of experience an agent or broker has […]

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  • Demand outpaces new and resale home inventory

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its May 2015 real estate market report for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory. The count of homes currently listed as active for sale continues to decline for the fourth month in a row. May saw […]

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  • Legislative Update – June 5, 2015

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announces it will be “sensitive” on enforcing the new Truth-in-Lending Act/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) requirements. The changes will still go into effect on August 1, 2015, as scheduled; however, implementation errors from those working in good faith to be in compliance with the CFPB will be given some leniency. The […]

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  • REALTORS® express concern over “24/7 open house”

    The tech startup Opendoor has created a service that allows anyone to tour a home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Opendoor promotes their service as a “24/7 open house” of for-sale homes. Prospective buyers call or text a number using their smartphone that then gives them an access code to open the door. This […]

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  • New in the Marketplace: GLTYR

    SAAR is pleased to introduce you to our newest Marketplace Partner, GLTYR. GLTYR makes mobile marketing simple and affordable for real estate professionals. Here is an example .. Jeni Carter, REALTOR® GLTYR is a mobile multimedia content creation and distribution platform to create and send unlimited multimedia promotions, marketing campaigns and ads entirely from your phone using picture, audio, video and […]

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  • Arizona REALTORS® join thousands to advance key housing issues and priorities in Nation’s Capital

    Realtors® and leaders from the Arizona Association of Realtors® joined nearly 8,500 other guests from across the country in Washington, D.C., last week to attend the 2015 Realtor® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. While in the nation’s capital, local participants met with Senator Jeff Flake, Congressman David Schweikert, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman […]

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  • It’s a Seller’s Market!

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory. Though there were more new homes that came on the market in April than the same month last year, the overall volume of single-family, condominium and townhomes listed for sale is substantially […]

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  • Hot topics from NAR’s 2015 Legislative Conference

    The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently held its annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Commonly referred to as “MidYear”, these meetings are where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® gathered in Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings and legislative […]

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  • 40 under 40 Scottsdale REALTORS 2015 announced

    “40 under 40” Scottsdale REALTORS® announced

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently announced its 2015 “40 under 40” award recipients. The “40 under 40” awards program was designed to recognize outstanding Realtors® under 40 years of age who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community involvement and industry involvement. The inaugural class of “40 under 40” winners was chosen from […]

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  • Arizona employment growth, multi-family updates & more from the commercial summit

    If you were unable to attend the 3rd Annual Commercial Real Estate Summit on April 16th, you have NO idea what you missed out on!  For those of you who did attend, how many of you were blown away with all of the information that was provided?  And of course we had saved the best for last; […]

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  • 2015 40 under 40 Winners

    Congratulations to the 2015 40 under 40 winners! Nominations and applications for 2016 will open in February 2016.   Andrew Jemmett RealCore Realty Antonio Guerrero RE/MAX Fine Properties   Asher Cohen Tru Realty   Bonnie Love Baker Green Street Real Estate Brian Keller RE/MAX Fine Properties   Caroline LaPenta CPL Properties   Christine Lee Kinchen […]

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  • Interview with Lauren Ellington, 40 under 40 winner

    Even with a degree in supply chain management and statistical quality analysis, this former corporate “numbers girl” is still definitely a people person. Lauren Ellington of Realty Executives enjoys working with people and gets excited about finding the right home for her clients. She always answers her phone (no, seriously… even 2 hours after giving […]

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  • Interview with 40 under 40 winner, Tyler Truscio

    The first time I talked with Tyler Truscio, he was ecstatic from just finding out that he had won SAAR’s 2015 40 under 40 award. Having just read his application, I was so excited to talk to him not only about his business success, but also about all of the work he has done in […]

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  • Scottsdale real estate market heats up

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential inventory. The number of total active listings of single family, condominiums and townhomes for sale is down 21% from last month, meaning there are less homes actively listed for sale on the market. In addition, […]

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  • RAPAC Victory for Arizona REALTORS®… Keeping $$ in your pocket!

    Recently a bill was introduced ( SB 1368 ) which, “prohibits cities and towns from requiring real estate brokers or salespersons to obtain any additional business license,” for the conducting of business within the municipality.  Several Arizona cities had already begun adopting licensing requirements which require any ‘1099-Independent Contractors’ to hold additional individual business licenses within […]

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  • REALTORS® lend a hand to help neighbors

    On Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th, volunteer members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) lent a helping hand to a south Scottsdale homeowner. At least twice a year, SAAR partners with the City of Scottsdale’s Operation Fix-It to provide volunteers from the REALTOR® community to help with this much-needed service. There […]

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  • REALTORS® host golf and tennis event benefiting three local charities

    On Monday, November 18th, 2014, over 130 Realtors® and other industry professionals gathered for the 9th Desert Highlands Golf & Tennis Classic. The event is coordinated by volunteers from the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors®, a real estate trade association with over 8,000 members. The group of volunteers, who are largely Realtors® in the Pinnacle […]

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  • Scottsdale multifamily update Q3 2014

    New Apartment Construction Across the Valley, at the end of Q3, there were 33 projects under construction totaling 9,089 apartments and an additional 61 possible projects totaling 14,148 apartments in the pipeline from initial rezoning to final permitting.  Scottsdale represents 33.7% (3,062u) of the apartments under construction and 22.3% (3,156u) of the possible additional apartments […]

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  • SAAR installs 2015 Board of Directors

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently installed its 2015 Board of Directors with Sue Barnes as the fifty-first Chairman. Debbie Shields was installed as Chairman-Elect, Jim McGiffert as Vice Chair, Nancy Cotton as Treasurer, and D. Patrick Lewis as Past Chairman. The following 2015 Directors were also installed: Patty Camp Schmid, Joanne Foster, […]

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  • Scottsdale receives top honor from the National Association of REALTORS®

    The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), America’s largest trade association, named the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) and their Young Professionals Network (YPN) the YPN Network of the Year. SAAR competed against over 300 YPN networks in Realtor® organizations across the country for the honor. “When selecting the network of the year, the selection […]

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  • REALTORS® volunteer time to clean two islands at Fountain Lake

    The morning of Saturday, November 8th, a group of real estate professionals gathered at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills to donate their time doing some much-needed cleaning and pruning. The group was coordinated by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), a Realtor® association serving Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and other surrounding areas. Volunteers met by the famous fountain […]

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  • SAAR YPN wins Network of the Year

    At the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans last week, SAAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) was announced as the winner of NAR’s Large Association YPN Network of the Year! One award is given in each of the four categories: small, medium, and large local association, and one state association. […]

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  • Sindy Ready installed as National WCR President

    At the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) annual Conference & Expo this past week in New Orleans, SAAR’s very own Sindy Ready was installed as 2015 National President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR). Rebecca Grossman, President and CEO of SAAR, said the wonderful installation event really showed how loved and respected Sindy is […]

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  • Leading economists headline Scottsdale REALTORS® breakfast

    The morning of Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, over 250 members of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) gathered for the organization’s annual membership breakfast, titled Real Estate & Economic Outlook. Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and one of the leading economic forecasters in the country gave an […]

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  • SAAR announces 2014 award recipients

    The morning of October 28th, 2014, over 250 members of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) gathered for the organization’s annual membership breakfast and awards. D. Patrick Lewis, Realtor® and 2014 Chairman of SAAR, began the morning by honoring the retiring members of the Board of Directors: Patrick Jones and Kathy Laswick. Then, Lewis […]

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  • Neighborhood improvement project helps struggling homeowners

    On Friday, October 10th, and Saturday, October 11th, volunteer members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) lent a helping hand to a south Scottsdale homeowner. At least twice a year, the Community Outreach and Awareness Committee (COAC) at SAAR partners with the City of Scottsdale’s Operation Fix-It to provide volunteers from the REALTOR® […]

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  • Managing client expectations

    How many times have your clients raised an objection and you’ve felt that there is just one “perfect” answer to help them overcome it and move on with the deal?  A few? Dozens? Hundreds?  I’m sure there are numerous ways to handle the objections but I feel there is one that stands out above the […]

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  • Scottsdale new apartment construction update – Q2 2014

    Across the Valley, at the end of Q2, there were 28 projects under construction totaling 7,494 apartments and an additional 67 possible projects totaling 15,950 apartments in the pipeline from initial rezoning to final permitting.  Scottsdale represents 24.6% (1,842 u) of the apartments under construction and 25.8% (4,116 u) of the possible additional apartments in […]

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