The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® is proud to have launched one of the first Senior Lockbox programs in the country in 2004. This program allows first responders to gain entry into a senior’s home in the event of an emergency, without breaking in if the resident is unable to get to the door. The lockbox code is known only to police and fire first respondents, and only used in the case of an emergency. SAAR purchases the lockboxes and assists the Fire Department with placing lockboxes on homes for the City of Scottsdale and Town of Fountain Hills. The model has also been duplicated in various municipalities around the valley. To date, SAAR has distributed over 2,000 Lockboxes for Seniors in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

If you’re interested in having a lockbox on your home for first responders, please see contact information below:

Scottsdale residents – Fill out the online form or call 1-877-229-5042 to arrange for delivery. Questions? Contact Juliet@ScottsdaleREALTORS.org.

Fountain Hills residents – Call 1-877-229-5042. Questions? Contact Juliet@ScottsdaleREALTORS.org.

Other cities that offer similar programs (outside of SAAR) include: Chandler, Sun City.

Each year, elderly, disabled or low/fixed income homeowners are identified who are unable to make critical repairs to their homes. Through the City of Scottsdale’s Project Fix-It Program, REALTORS® and related industry partners volunteer to assist these homeowners with necessary repairs and landscaping. The projects are coordinated by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) and are held twice each year.

Oftentimes, these homeowners are at risk to receive citations for violations of city code related to home and landscape maintenance.  Rather than citing homeowners for non-compliance, city code inspectors work closely with SAAR volunteers, through the Project Fix-It Program, to identify residents who need extra help for a home or yard makeover.  Without the help of these REALTORS® and related industry partners who volunteer, many homeowners would be at risk of continued fines, unsafe and unsanitary conditions and potentially devastating declines in property values.  The effect of homes continuing in a state of disrepair can cause property values to fall throughout an entire neighborhood.