• 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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  • 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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  • Nominations Open for 2018 Leadership Academy

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® continues its highly-respected tradition of helping future community leaders hone their skills through the SAAR Leadership Academy. Soon Class XXII will be selected and asked to complete modules, which are carefully designed to add value to the current and future career paths of each class member. It’s an opportunity […]

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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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  • Professionalism

    By Laura Kovacs What does professionalism in real estate mean to you?  Is it someone who is educated? Responds quickly? Is courteous and polite? Manages a transaction smoothly? Where does “professionalism” begin and end? How do we achieve professionalism? Let me suggest that professionalism most likely has a different meaning for every practitioner. After many […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 welcomes Leadership Academy Class XXI!

    The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® proudly welcomes the Leadership Academy Class XXI. The program is designed to give SAAR members the connections, confidence, skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles in the Association and in the community. The Association is excited to support their experiences over the coming weeks and far into their […]

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  • Board of Directors candidates, 2018 term

    The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of director candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors. Director Candidates There are eight (8) candidates for four (4) two-year terms and two (2) one-year unexpired terms of recently elected officers.   Affiliate Director Candidates There are three (3) candidates […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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