• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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