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    2018 Post-Election Results & Analysis

    2018 Post-Election Results & Analysis  (November 19, 2018)  Suzanne Brown, Director of Community & Government Affairs The 2018 Mid-term Elections have been one of the most contentious for Arizona to-date; from the heated congressional Senate race to a landmark ballot measure — Proposition 126 — being passed into law.  As in all elections, there are […]

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    Annual Call for Volunteers

    Plug into a Committee and help Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® implement our Strategic Plan! Do something for your business … and yourself! Why you may ask, would you ever want to join a committee? You’ve got enough going on as it is, right? Here’s why… Research shows that the people who work on association […]

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    2018 GENERAL ELECTIONS | SAAR SUPPORTED BALLOT POSITIONS & CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

    SAAR Ballot Positions: ( October 15, 2018 )   Suzanne Brown – Director of Community & Government Affairs, Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) The 2018 General Elections are in full swing right now, and early ballots, which were mailed out this past Monday, Oct. 8th, should have arrived in citizen’s mailboxes by now.  Voters have […]

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    WHY AREN’T REQUIRED CE CREDITS ENOUGH?

    WHY AREN’T REQUIRED CE CREDITS ENOUGH? Twenty-four hours of continuing education that is required by the Arizona Department of Real Estate is never going to be a career changing experience. You may pick up a few tidbits of information here and there that spark new ideas or thoughts – but is it a class that […]

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  • 2018 SAAR candidate endorsements

    2018 SAAR Candidate Endorsements

    Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Endorses Candidates in the 2018 Primary & General Elections | Scottsdale – Fountain Hills – Cave Creek – Carefree Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), through the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC), today announced the endorsement of several City Council candidates. “In support of its […]

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  • Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) |  CALL FOR ACTION

    (Phoenix, Arizona – Monsoon season flooding in a housing community) The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on July 31, 2018, which will deny necessary insurance coverage to over 5 million homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide.  Congress must act now to reform and extend the NFIP. TAKE ACTION […]

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  • Market Data Report – May 2018

    Are local real estate sales and listings stacking up against the nation’s latest forecasts? Are Scottsdale home sales trending above U.S. statistics? Take a look at the latest market data for Maricopa County, as well as the residential real estate market in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. This report is generated and shared monthly by the Scottsdale […]

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    APPLY for Leadership Academy 2018 – Class XXII

    The perfect opportunity for your leadership path! From the first day you walk into the first Leadership Academy session, you begin to enhance your leadership skills. You then shortly become part of an exclusive network of peers and experience new inspirational friendships, which last a lifetime! That picture is just the broad view of why […]

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  • “Know Your Sign Ordinances” quiz results

    Members who visited SAAR’s Facebook pages this past week, likely saw and took the series of five mini quizzes testing knowledge of Scottsdale sign ordinances. Well, the results are in and … well … a refreshing glance at the local ordinances is a good suggestion. If you missed taking any of these quizzes, take a […]

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  • Nominations Open for 2018 Leadership Academy

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® continues its highly-respected tradition of helping future community leaders hone their skills through the SAAR Leadership Academy. Soon Class XXII will be selected and asked to complete modules, which are carefully designed to add value to the current and future career paths of each class member. It’s an opportunity […]

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  • Market Data Report – April 2018

    Are local real estate sales and listings stacking up against the nation’s latest forecasts? Are Scottsdale home sales trending above U.S. statistics? Take a look at the latest market data for Maricopa County, as well as the residential real estate market in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. This report is generated and shared monthly by the Scottsdale […]

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  • Professionalism

    By Laura Kovacs What does professionalism in real estate mean to you?  Is it someone who is educated? Responds quickly? Is courteous and polite? Manages a transaction smoothly? Where does “professionalism” begin and end? How do we achieve professionalism? Let me suggest that professionalism most likely has a different meaning for every practitioner. After many […]

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  • Tech support is “FREE” with your membership!

    Did you know that technical help is included with your membership? The TechHelpline is a benefit provided to Realtors® from the Arizona Association of Realtors® The TechHelpline wants to help you get up to speed on technology terms. Just knowing the differences amongst them can help increase your tech knowledge. More importantly, familiarity can help […]

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  • Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® supports Fountain Hills primary property tax ballot measure

    FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (April 27, 2018) – The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) today released a position statement in support of the Fountain Hills primary property tax ballot measure, which will provide much-needed lasting financial stability and support for the future viability of Fountain Hills. In a 7-0 vote, the town council of Fountain Hills voted […]

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  • SAAR recognizes leading young agents with annual 40 Under 40 awards for 2018

    SAAR recognizes leading young agents with annual 40 Under 40 awards for 2018 The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® recognize 40 members chosen to receive achievement awards from SAAR and Young Professionals Network.   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (April 26, 2018) – The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® named 40 of its youngest members to be recognized […]

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  • SAAR assists Scottsdale Police with access to gated communities, lockbox donations

    Recently, the Scottsdale Police Department faced challenges with accessing the new larger developments being built in downtown Scottsdale. Some communities have gated access, which require a fob to enter the pedestrian gate as well as the garage. The Scottsdale PD didn’t have a way to keep the fob on site in the event of a service call (emergent […]

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  • SAAR forms a new committee for sustainability

    The intent of sustainability is to conserve an ecological balance and avoid depletion of natural resources and it’s as important for real estate as anything else. The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® has initiated the formation of the Sustainability Committee with a mission to seek, find, create, educate and promote the expansion of sustainable practices […]

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  • Market Data Report – March 2018

    Improve your business acumen by using the latest information about local sales, listings and up-to-date market data for Maricopa County and the Scottsdale area. This report is generated and shared monthly by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® in the SAAR News newsletter and on the SAAR website. The March 2018 report gives a snapshot of […]

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  • Announcing the 40 Under 40 selections for 2018

    This week 40 young professional who are 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 celebrated at a […]

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  • It’s jazz! It’s swing! It’s a BIG BAND thing!

    It’s almost time for the annual fundraising event for Hutch Fund! On April 28, the saxophones, trumpets and trombones will be blasting their harmony and the rhythm section will keep you dancing as the funds rise! The Hutch Fund is a charity providing financial assistance to Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) members experiencing a […]

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  • Market Data Report – February 2018

    Be privy to all the latest information about closed and pending sales, new listings and MUCH MORE when you study the up-to-date, market data for Maricopa County, and especially, residential real estate market details for Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. This report is generated and shared monthly by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® in the […]

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  • Applications being accepted for SAAR’s 40 Under 40 Awards for 2018!

    The application portal is open for individuals under 40 years of age to submit their interest in this year’s competition. Those who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community engagement and industry involvement should consider applying. Interested, eligible members are required to fill out and submit their own applications–nominations are not required this year.  Qualified agents who […]

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  • Market Data Report – January 2018

    New market data for Maricopa County, as well as the residential real estate market in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, is generated and shared every month by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® on the SAAR website. The January 2018 report gives a snapshot of information relevant to all readers, but especially to active REALTORS® and […]

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  • REALTORS® to gather for 65th annual Parada del Sol parade

    REALTORS® know all too well that “Pets need homes too!”; and that’s the theme of this year’s Parada del Sol REALTOR® float for the annual parade! Statistics show 68 percent of households own a pet and one-third of new homeowners buy a home to have better space or a yard for these pets, so this is the […]

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  • Market Data Report – December 2017

    New market data for Maricopa County, as well as the residential real estate market in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, is generated and shared every month by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® on the SAAR website. The December 2017 report gives a snapshot of information relevant to all readers, but especially to active REALTORS® and […]

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  • NEW! 2018 Board of Directors installation in Scottsdale real estate industry

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® presents elected leaders for 2018 on behalf of Arizona real estate. SCOTTSDALE (January 3, 2018) – November of 2017 included the official installation of the 2018 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 […]

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  • Arizona market in its third year of being promoted at MIPIM, the world’s property market conference

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® to showcase area markets at conference in Cannes, France, March 13-16, 2018. SCOTTSDALE (December 28, 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 2018 event in Cannes, France. SAAR will be […]

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  • Tax reform call for action continues

    Thanks to member engagement, REALTORS® have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas. Both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000 and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments. BUT OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. We […]

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  • Doubling support for deserving kids in need

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is a charitable organization that is near and dear to the hearts of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and its members; and now it’s possible to contribute with additional generosity. When making a contribution to this charitable organization, the amount is doubled because the Legacy Foundation will match any donation up […]

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  • Spotlight on SAAR President Becca Linnig

    Following 11-plus years in the real estate industry, Becca Linnig officially takes the reigns to lead the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® as she steps into the role of president. She intends to build upon the success of her predecessor, Jim McGiffert, who will stay connected to the Association and the Board of Directors as […]

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  • NOW is the time to TAKE ACTION! Senate to act on the tax reform legislation

    If you have not done so already, it is more critical than ever to take part in the NAR “Call for Action”, which will continue until the Senate acts on the Tax Reform legislation.  The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, early Thursday, Nov.16, in a final vote of 227-205 […]

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  • Call for Volunteers ****DEADLINE EXTENDED****

    ‘How do I get more involved with the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS(R)?’ is what staff commonly hear from members. It as simple as taking the opportunity to serve on a SAAR committee or advisory board! It goes without saying that committee volunteers are better informed, better networked and better prepared to act on trends […]

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  • Market Data Report – October

    Do you need another reason to urge Congress to pass meaningful tax reform and protect homeownership? The average list price in Maricopa County is up 28.1 percent at $549K above the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) threshold. Take a look at the latest local market data for detailed information about home values and sales in the County. […]

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  • Tax Reform Legislation

    In case you missed it, a current Call for Action and public advocacy campaign from the National Association of REALTORS® has been issued to urge Congress to pass meaningful reform and protect homeownership. Here are the facts: NAR is working to ensure that tax reform proposals do not raise taxes on homeowners, particularly middle class homeowners. […]

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  • SAAR adopts position statement on Desert EDGE project

    After careful consideration, which included precise analysis, in-depth research and review, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Government Affairs Committee, adopted the following position regarding Scottsdale’s Desert EDGE project (formerly known as Desert Discovery Center project). This statement is based upon SAAR’s policy platform. POSITION STATEMENT BRIEFING After […]

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  • RAPAC events give REALTORS® influence over change

    It’s not unusual to hear about a RAPAC event that needs contributions from members. The real message is that the funds raised during events such as the upcoming Rockin’ 4 RAPAC (Oct. 4) go to support advocacy efforts on important issues, which impact homeownership and the real estate industry. The recent collaboration with Scottsdale City […]

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  • SAAR welcomes Leadership Academy Class XXI!

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® proudly welcomes the Leadership Academy Class XXI. The program is designed to give SAAR members the connections, confidence, skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles in the Association and in the community. The Association is excited to support their experiences over the coming weeks and far into their […]

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  • Board of Directors candidates, 2018 term

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of director candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors. Director Candidates There are eight (8) candidates for four (4) two-year terms and two (2) one-year unexpired terms of recently elected officers.   Affiliate Director Candidates There are three (3) candidates […]

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  • Now accepting applications for Leadership Academy

    LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Don’t miss out!  Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, become a part of an exclusive network of peers and experience new inspirational friendships, which will last a lifetime! APPLY NOW for the highly-acclaimed Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – CLASS XXI! The Leadership Academy is designed […]

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  • Applications being accepted for 2018 board of directors

      On Tuesday, June 20, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® began accepting applications for their 2018 board of directors. There are six (6) openings for REALTOR® directors and one (1) opening for affiliate director and applications are due July 29, 2017 by 5 p.m. Volunteering as a director for SAAR is a rewarding experience! […]

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  • Amendments allowing sales of manufactured and mobile homes

    On March 21, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey approved amendments to the Arizona Revised Statues (Section 1. Section 41-4028) and signed House Bill 2072 into law. It shall now read: [more …] Any person engaged in installing manufactured homes, mobile homes or accessory structures and licensed in an appropriate category by the registrar of contractors pursuant […]

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  • Recap of local market assessment for Region XI, Arizona interest

    Global interest is sparked in Arizona as well as Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In an assessment of these local markets, the National Association of REALTORS® examines ways to help cultivate global business. The recent publication (hard copy and online) reviews case studies, which offered details that can be applied to any market. […]

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  • New temporary sign ordinance approved, a REALTOR® win!

    By:  Suzanne Brown, Director of Community & Government Affairs   On May 23, 2017, the Scottsdale City Council, in a 7-0 vote, approved the new REALTOR® supported text amendment for the Temporary Signs portion of the city’s sign ordinance. The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) has been working diligently with city staff and the […]

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  • REALTOR® Champions

    REALTOR® Champions are those individuals identified by the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®, who are running for/holding political office and are supportive of and endorsed by the local Associations. Following is a listing of current SAAR REALTOR® Champions:

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  • Home automation: Is your home as smart as your car?

    This article is special to the SAAR blog from Valley audio-visual expert, Buzz Jensen. Think about it … Think about all the built-in conveniences your car has; remote keyless entry, motorized windows, back up camera, alarm, automatic speed control, GPS, Bluetooth, premium sound system, automatic temperature control, automatically adjusts to your preferred seat and mirror […]

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    SAAR to form marketing committee, invite member participation

    Events, classes and community involvement are just a few avenues in which the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and its members are fully engaged. And this is ample reason to have members support such efforts—especially if their previous career path involved marketing and communications support. Now members can take supporting SAAR activities one step further […]

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  • Introducing SAAR’s “40 Under 40” recipients for 2017, photos, bios

    SCOTTSDALE (May 19, 2017) – Last month, the Young Professionals Network at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) rolled out the red carpet to honor 40 young professionals in the industry who have made great strides in the local real estate market and communities. The evening of celebration took place at the The Venue […]

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    Scottsdale sign ordinance, phase 2  (We’re not done yet!)

    By:  Suzanne Brown, Director of Community & Government Affairs Recently, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) brought to everyone’s attention, via a timely “Call For Action,” the critical issues going on with proposed text amendments to the City of Scottsdale’s current sign ordinance. Since that time, SAAR has worked diligently with city officials and staff […]

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  • 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 […]

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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® 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 21, 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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