Entire Scottsdale Association Staff is ‘At Home With Diversity’

The entire Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® staff has earned the At Home With Diversity® certification. AHWD was designed to help agents excel in the rapidly changing, multicultural real estate market. “We took this course so we can help our members understand the importance of equal housing opportunity and building their business through diversity and …

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The Housing Shortage Is a Problem for Racial Equity

By Bryan Greene VP Policy Advocacy | National Association of REALTORS® Owning a home is a defining marker of the American dream. But all too often, it’s also an uncomfortable reminder of our nation’s shortcomings in the fight for racial equity. The homeownership gap between Black and white Americans is larger today than it was …

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Feedback Wanted: CFPB to Discuss Rental Assistance with Landlords

By Erin Stackley, Esq. Sr. Policy Representative, Commercial Issues National Association of REALTORS® On July 15, 2021, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) staff spoke with representatives from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of the Treasury regarding outreach to landlords about the emergency rental assistance …

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Revised Fountain Hills Sign Ordinance Pending Update

In conjunction with the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® is seeking to amend a sign ordinance change passed by the Fountain Hills Town Council on May 18, 2021. By a vote of four to three, Council approved revisions to make its ordinance compliant with a 2015 Supreme Court ruling …

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Short-Term Rental Platforms Support New Arizona Bill

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent A new bill addressing short-term rental properties has garnered support from the two dominant rental platforms — but not the full support of Paradise Valley’s mayor — as it takes initial steps through the Arizona Legislature. “We and other municipalities registered in opposition to this bill primarily because there …

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REALTORS® Association Supports Local Candidates

Click here to view the SAAR-Endorsed Candidates Forum. The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) Candidate Review Committee recently concluded a secondary round of interviews with candidates running for public office in the Scottsdale general election. “We have endorsed a strong group of candidates who will fight for issues important to Scottsdale and our members’ …

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Arizona Launches Rental Property Owner Assistance

On August 3, 2020, the Arizona Governor’s office launched the Rental Property Owner Preservation Fund (RPOPF). This fund provides financial assistance to eligible landlords and property owners who are facing hardships due COVID-19 and struggling with lost rental income due to nonpayment by tenants. RPOPF is the product of advocacy efforts by the Arizona REALTORS®, …

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NAR Advocates Relief for Commercial Real Estate

By Erin Stackley, Esq. Sr. Policy Representative, Commercial Issues National Association of REALTORS® [emphasis, links added] The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has advocated throughout the pandemic for federal relief specific to commercial real estate. These issues include: NAR successfully advocated for independent contractors to be eligible for PPP loans, which has provided aid to Realtors® and …

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Valley REALTOR® Associations Announce Support of Maricopa County Candidates

The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), Phoenix REALTORS® and West and SouthEast REALTORS® of the Valley (WeSERV) joint Maricopa County Candidate Review Committee has announced its endorsements for local races in Maricopa County. When making endorsement decisions, the committee considered candidate strengths in economic development, transportation, private property rights, economic vitality, housing opportunities, community …

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REALTORS® Association Endorses Local Candidates

The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Candidate Review Committee recently concluded interviews with candidates running for local public office in four of the communities it serves: Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Carefree and Cave Creek. “Our committee read through reams of candidate questionnaires and then participated in virtual interviews with each candidate to determine who best represents …

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