• 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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  • Valley office update for June 2014

    The Greater Phoenix office market is on a bit of an upswing, with vacancies trending lower, rents inching higher and businesses adding workers. The market still faces challenges, chief among them a vacancy rate that remains among the highest of the major metro areas in the country, but conditions are heading in a positive direction. […]

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  • 10 ways to sell your business at the highest price

    Takeaway: Evaluate your company through the eyes of a buyer. Master these ten value drivers and sell at the higher range of the multiples normally associated with your industry. Business Value — What Drives It? A valuation is not about determining what a company is worth in the current owner’s hands, it is about the […]

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  • Tech 4 Productivity: To-Do Lists

    Sticky notes are all over your desk. You’re on the phone with a client and you tell them, “yes, I’ll get that right over to you”. An e-mail pops up and reminds you of something else that needs to get done. You get off the phone, and suddenly start to wonder, “what was I supposed […]

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  • NAR, Realtor.com release top countries interested in US real estate

    NAR economists have analyzed data showing which foreign countries had the most home search activity on realtor.com. The top country whose residents search in U.S. cities on realtor.com should come as no surprise to REALTORS® in Arizona: yep, Canada! Other top countries included the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. And, with realtor.com and your listings […]

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  • Multifamily new construction update for Scottsdale

    It’s not about being close to work, it’s about a life-style.  At least that’s what many apartment developers are counting on – especially in “south Scottsdale”, including “Old Town”.  Scottsdale defies tradition.  Developers typically build apartments in areas where jobs exist or are being created.  While there are some jobs, most of the new apartments […]

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  • Where can I learn technology?

    In the 2013 Comprehensive Membership Survey, the majority of SAAR members reported that changing technology has great impact on their business. Over 30% also reported that changing technology is the number one most important challenge they face. But how do you find out about new technology – and more importantly, learn how to use it […]

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  • Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

    I was driving with my husband down Scottsdale Road in Cave Creek recently, and this song popped into my head as I saw all the open house signs displayed. Obviously this is a “sign” of better real estate times and a good indication that inventory shortages are starting to ease. However, the tune in my […]

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  • The evolution of social media

    Either you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, or you haven’t. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, Pinterest—the list goes on. Either you love ’em or you don’t. The fact of the matter is, Facebook has been around nine years. And new social media sites are popping up and becoming more niche focused,such as Nextdoor, which connects neighbors on-line. Social […]

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  • Out-of-the-box free & cheap marketing

    We asked members for some ideas on free or low-cost marketing techniques. Here are a few of their answers: Pick up the phone By far, this was the marketing method mentioned most often. Most agree that calling people is one of the best ways to build relationships and get referrals. Nervous about making that first […]

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  • Road to Referrals: Marketing and lead generating toward your sphere

    The idea of lead generating — that is, actively pursuing leads — can not only be daunting for some people, it can be truly paralyzing. Great news is there is a method of lead generation that works for you, we just have to find it. Many find that the easiest route filled with the least […]

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  • What the Adobe hack can teach REALTORS® about password security

    First things first: If you’re an Adobe customer and haven’t changed your password yet, you need to change it RIGHT NOW. If you use your old Adobe password on other websites, such as Facebook, Gmail, or your banking, you need to change those passwords as well. NOW. Why? A recent cyber attack resulted in millions […]

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