• SAAR Takes a Stand On 2019 Bond Election

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) has announced its support of three, new ballot measures that will promote overall quality of life without increasing property taxes. Funding for 58 projects addressing public safety, parks and recreation, and infrastructure will be voted on in a special bond election on Nov. 5, 2019. Divided into three […]

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  • Scottsdale REALTOR® Appointed to CREA Global Committee

    Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) member Tricia Lehane has been selected as the only U.S. REALTOR® to serve on the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) 2019-2020 Global Committee. CREA CEO Michael Bourque informed Lehane that she was appointed “to help members participate in international business opportunities, while influencing policy significantly affecting Canadian REALTORS®.” A […]

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  • Home Buyers by Metropolitan Statistical Area

    The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) identified the Top 10 MSAs with the highest concentration of buyers: Colorado Springs, CO (11.1%) Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (10.8%) Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL (10.6%) Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (10.0%) Provo-Orem, UT (9.8%) Tucson, AZ (9.3%) Boise City, ID (9.2%) Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (9.2%) Ogden-Clearfield, UT (9.0%) Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (8.9%) Based on […]

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  • Best in Real Estate Awards 2019

    Twenty-one REALTORS® and four brokerages were honored during the Best in Real Estate (BREA) Awards on April 18 at the Scottsdale Center of Performing Arts. Six members and two firms from the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) were among the honorees: Team Volume (9+ REALTORS®) in Scottsdale & Valleywide Andrew Bloom, Keller Williams Arizona […]

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  • ADRE Commissioner Addresses Out-of-State Reciprocity

    Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) Commissioner Judy Lowe was special guest speaker at the Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour at the Ancala Country Club on April 18. During her presentation, Lowe shared anecdotes about “What’s Making the Phone Ring at the ADRE?” — including the recent passage of HB2569. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed that […]

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  • Papago Plaza Redevelopment to Begin This Summer

    By Corina Vanek, Phoenix Business Journal (Apr 9, 2019) – Reprinted with permission After receiving approval from the Scottsdale City Council to raze and redevelop the vacant Papago Plaza, to be known as Papago Marketplace, developers are headed back to the design review board after adjusting plans to reflect feedback from neighbors. Most changes have […]

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  • Housing vs The Stock Market

    Partial transcription of The Indicator From Planet Money reprinted with permission Originally aired March 28, 2019 STACEY VANEK SMITH: Our next question comes from listener Rachel and her husband. RACHEL: We were hoping you could help us get to the bottom of a debate we’ve been having. Long term, is it better to invest in […]

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  • Two SAAR Members Recognized for C2EX Participation

    In case you missed the launch of NAR’s Commitment to Excellence program (C2EX), we have an update from the 2019 Association Executives Institute in Austin — more than 17,800 members have already registered on the C2EX platform! REALTORS® defined professionalism in this industry more than 100 years ago when they created the Code of Ethics. […]

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  • Commercial Mentorship key to rising in Valley real estate sector

    By Corina Vanek, Phoenix Business Journal (Jan 24, 2019) – Reprinted with permission From left standing, Jeff Conrad, Jerry Marrell and Craig Coppola. Seated from left, Grant Kingdon and Stirling Pascal.JIM POULIN | PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL For young people starting out in commercial real estate, mentorships can provide valuable connections and lessons for building a […]

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  • 2019 Earth Friendly by Design Expo

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 6, 2019) The 2019 Scottsdale Homebuilders Expo will be held at Venue8600, 8600 E. Anderson Drive, on April 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. “Our fourth annual Expo is themed ‘Earth Friendly by Design’ given its focus on sustainable business practices and products,” said Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) CEO Rebecca […]

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