• 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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    APPLY for Leadership Academy 2018 – Class XXII

    The perfect opportunity for your leadership path! From the first day you walk into the first Leadership Academy session, you begin to enhance your leadership skills. You then shortly become part of an exclusive network of peers and experience new inspirational friendships, which last a lifetime! That picture is just the broad view of why […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SAAR forms a new committee for sustainability

    The intent of sustainability is to conserve an ecological balance and avoid depletion of natural resources and it’s as important for real estate as anything else. The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® has initiated the formation of the Sustainability Committee with a mission to seek, find, create, educate and promote the expansion of sustainable practices […]

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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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  • Announcing the 40 Under 40 selections for 2018

    This week 40 young professional who are 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 celebrated at a […]

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  • It’s jazz! It’s swing! It’s a BIG BAND thing!

    It’s almost time for the annual fundraising event for Hutch Fund! On April 28, the saxophones, trumpets and trombones will be blasting their harmony and the rhythm section will keep you dancing as the funds rise! The Hutch Fund is a charity providing financial assistance to Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) members experiencing a […]

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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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  • Applications being accepted for SAAR’s 40 Under 40 Awards for 2018!

    The application portal is open for individuals under 40 years of age to submit their interest in this year’s competition. Those who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community engagement and industry involvement should consider applying. Interested, eligible members are required to fill out and submit their own applications–nominations are not required this year.  Qualified agents who […]

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  • REALTORS® to gather for 65th annual Parada del Sol parade

    REALTORS® know all too well that “Pets need homes too!”; and that’s the theme of this year’s Parada del Sol REALTOR® float for the annual parade! Statistics show 68 percent of households own a pet and one-third of new homeowners buy a home to have better space or a yard for these pets, so this is the […]

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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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  • 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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  • Doubling support for deserving kids in need

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is a charitable organization that is near and dear to the hearts of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and its members; and now it’s possible to contribute with additional generosity. When making a contribution to this charitable organization, the amount is doubled because the Legacy Foundation will match any donation up […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Applications being accepted for 2018 board of directors

      On Tuesday, June 20, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® began accepting applications for their 2018 board of directors. There are six (6) openings for REALTOR® directors and one (1) opening for affiliate director and applications are due July 29, 2017 by 5 p.m. Volunteering as a director for SAAR is a rewarding experience! […]

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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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  • 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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    SAAR to form marketing committee, invite member participation

    Events, classes and community involvement are just a few avenues in which the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and its members are fully engaged. And this is ample reason to have members support such efforts—especially if their previous career path involved marketing and communications support. Now members can take supporting SAAR activities one step further […]

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  • Introducing SAAR’s “40 Under 40” recipients for 2017, photos, bios

    SCOTTSDALE (May 19, 2017) – Last month, the Young Professionals Network at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) rolled out the red carpet to honor 40 young professionals in the industry who have made great strides in the local real estate market and communities. The evening of celebration took place at the The Venue […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • NEW! “Raise The Bar” website to share with colleagues, potential agents

    Raise The Bar Real Estate School at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® has long-since offered a sound teaching methodology along with a curriculum that is intelligently designed. This combined with programs that nurture students through their training in real estate makes for a prosperous best outcome for all! It’s that unique combination that is […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Arizona market to be promoted at MIPIM, the world’s property market conference

    SCOTTSDALE (March 13, 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 2017 event in Cannes, France. SAAR will be part of the growing USA pavilion, hosted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the United States’ largest […]

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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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