• 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cyber Safety Class ****5/17 CLASS CANCELED****

    ****5/17 CLASS CANCELED****  

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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