• 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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