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