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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 much-needed assistance program and has recruited volunteers from throughout the REALTOR® community to help.

Every year there are hundreds of elderly, disabled or low/fixed income residents who through unforeseen circumstances, such as the passing of a spouse, find themselves unable to make critical repairs to their homes. Oftentimes, this leads to citations being issued for violations of city code related to home and landscape maintenance. Rather than continuing to cite homeowners for non-compliance; city code inspectors work closely with SAAR, through the Operation 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.

Since 2008, SAAR volunteers have been assisting homeowners with these exterior home repairs and landscape projects through their annual paint-a-thons and weed-a-thons. To date, over a dozen homeowners have benefited and REALTORS® have donated well in excess of 3,000 hours of time to help our neighbors in need.

About Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®
The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association serving more than 8,000 members. SAAR members specialize in every aspect of the real estate profession, including residential, property management and commercial, as well as supplemental services such as appraisal, financing, title, and inspection. Formed in 1963, SAAR has earned the reputation of being the Voice for Real Estate™ for the Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Carefree and Cave Creek communities. More information can be found on SAAR’s website at www.ScottsdaleREALTORS.org.

REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.