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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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  • SAAR Ballot Positions

    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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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