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  1. The following is a release from the Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE). If you feel you have been a victim of consumer fraud, or have been a victim of a home rental scam, please file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at www.azag.gov or contact the  Consumer Information & Complaints Unit at (602) 542-...
  2. If you are interested in applying for a GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) Scholarship, mark your calendar for November 26th! The 1st quarter 2015 GRI Scholarship application will go live on November 26th – click here for the link.  Even though the link will be live, applications cannot be submitted until Monday, December 1st. ...
  3. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Scottsdale receives top honor from the National Association of Realtors® SCOTTSDALE, AZ (November 20, 2014) The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), America’s largest trade association, named the Scottsdale Area Association...
  4. Well, around here it's starting to feel like the day before Christmas. So much anticipation - it's hard to control our excitement!  Construction is well underway on our new home at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Your Facilities Team is still working hard andattending weekly meetings at the job site to make sure everything is on track.  Our Past...
  5. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com   Realtors® help clean two islands at Fountain Lake Fountain Hills, AZ - November 2014 – The morning of Saturday, November 8th, a group of real...
  6. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Scottsdale real estate leader named 2015 National President of the Women’s Council of Realtors® SCOTTSDALE, AZ (November 20, 2014) The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), America’s largest trade association, selected...
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  8. 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...
  9. Congress has begun its “Lame Duck” session with a big list of unfinished business items.  Number one on that list for REALTORS® is an extension of “The Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act.” This bipartisan legislation would extend an expired provision that has helped millions of distressed American families by allowing tax relief for...
  10. 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. The...
  11. By: Michael Farrar, Colliers International   In 1987, the Montreal Protocol, an international environmental agreement, established requirements that began the global phase-out of ozone-depleting CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). In 1992, the Montreal Protocol was amended to establish a schedule for the phase-out of HCFCs (hydro chlorofluorocarbons...
  12. Call For Action: Email the EPA by Friday, November 14th The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have issued a proposed rulemaking that redefines most water bodies as “waters of the U.S.,” which is a fundamental change to the Clean Water Act. If promulgated, this proposed regulation would place more...
  13. At the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Real Estate & Economic Outlook event last week, Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), pointed to tight mortgage lending standards as one of the key issues facing the recovery of the real estate market. Mortgage rates are at all-time lows, said Yun, but...
  14. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Leading economists headline Scottsdale Realtors® breakfast Scottsdale, AZ - October 2014 – The morning of Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, over 250 members of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) gathered for the organization’s annual membership breakfast, titled Real Estate & Economic Outlook. Dr. Lawrence...
  15. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Paperless Office" originally aired on July 18th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  16. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "REALTOR® Technology" originally aired on June 17th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  17. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "RPR Basics" originally aired on May 16th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  18. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Social Media 101" originally aired on July 16th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  19. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "iPad for Real Estate" originally aired on July 23rd, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  20. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Facebook Strategies for Real Estate" originally aired on July 16th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  21. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Evernote for Real Estate" originally aired on June 11th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
  22. This is a recording from the "LinkedIn for Real Estate" webinar hosted by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® & SAAR. More Tech Videos!
  23. 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...
  24. There are defining moments in any organization, when you can look back and pinpoint when the organization was at a historic crossroads and chose the right path. The path to growth and innovation. SAAR is there right now. Under the direction of a determined leadership, an engaged membership and a supportive staff, we can confidently...
  25. Did you know the Scottsdale Airpark...- generates $3 billion per year in economic spin-off activity?- per capita average incomes are over $61,000.- is anchored by one of the busiest private jet airports in the nation?  The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is presents: Scottsdale Airpark Bus Tour Date: Wednesday, October 29th 2014 Time: 7:...
  26. The 14th Annual Scottsdale Women's Council of REALTORS® "Great" Charity Fashion Show is here! Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available.  The Scottsdale Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is rolling back the clock to The Roaring 20’s. It’s Friday night so bring your friends, spouse, significant other or just your fabulous self...
  27. Attention SAAR members who live in Scottsdale: The City of Scottsdale is looking for volunteers to fill openings on eight city boards and commissions. They include: Board of Adjustment, Building Advisory Board of Appeals, Environmental Quality Advisory Board, Industrial Development Authority, Loss Trust Fund Board, Neighborhood Advisory Commission...
  28. Thank you to those Members who voted in our recent election. Congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected to the 2015 SAAR Board of Directors: Joanne Foster Jay Schlum  Lisa Wadey   Thank you again to all those who participated in this year's election. The 2015 Board of Directors, with Sue Barnes as Chairman, will...
  29. Big data is a term often thrown around these days, but how can the commercial industry leverage it to save money, increase business and optimize time?  We asked the COO of one of Commercial Real Estate’s top data analytics companies to share the best opportunities to harness the power of big data for the industry.  In the...
  30. 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...
  31. October 2014 – 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...
  32. SAAR, AAR and NAR membership dues are due on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. Please review the dues timeline below. To pay your dues online, please CLICK HERE. The following information applies to REALTOR® and Designated REALTOR® (designated broker) members. Friday, October 17, 2014 - Statements are sent to each REALTOR® member via e-...
  33. "SAAR's brand resonates with members and the public as the Pinnacle of Professionalism." This was the visionary goal set forth in the SAAR Strategic Plan three years ago. And we're getting closer to achieving it. In the last three years, SAAR has made strides in increasing member benefits, advancing educational offerings, and...
  34. Every fall, real estate professionals from across the US and around the world come together for the annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo. This year, the four-day event will be held in New Orleans and is expected to attract over 17,000 members and guests. Filled with over 100 education sessions, 400 industry vendors representing the latest tools...
  35. Custom home builder Cullum Homes recently broke ground on a 40 home, 10-acre site. The site is located at 56th Street and Lincoln Drive, the former home of Mountain Shadows Resort, which closed in 2004. The homes will be among the few in Paradise Valley that are built on lots smaller than 1-acre, according to a report in the Arizona Republic....
  36. In the coming days, SAAR members who are registered to vote and have requested vote-by-mail ballots should be receiving those ballots in the mail. You have the opportunity to follow the tradition of SAAR’s founding members as community leaders who have taken the time to educate yourselves on the issues and have exercised your Constitutional right...
  37. The following is a release from the Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE). For more information, please contact Sarah Dobbins, ADRE Chief of Staff. Judy Lowe, Arizona Department of Real Estate Commissioner, proudly accepted the appointment as a District Director of the 2015 ARELLO Board of Directors during the September 18, 2014 Association of...
  38. The following is a message from AAREA. Please contact AAREA directly for more information. "The Arizona Association of Real Estate Appraisers (AAREA) has been made aware that some MLS providers are allowing realtors to post appraisals with their listings.  This is in violation of federal copyright laws.  Many do not realize that the...
  39. Congratulations to SAAR member and Leadership Academy Class XI Alumni Scott Kiburz, Designated REALTOR® for Keller Williams Realty Biltmore Partners, on being elected to the ARMLS Board of Directors. Two seats, each a 3-year term, were available for the 2014-2015 board year. All real estate firms were divided into five groups by size (A,...
  40. Drone usage in real estate has been a popular topic these past few months. When drone technology, also called Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs), first hit the real estate market, agents were anxious to use the new technology to photograph and video listings. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintains that drone use is prohibited for...
  41. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Scottsdale Areas Association of Realtors® (SAAR) today announced support of the Scottsdale Unified School District Budget Override, which will be voted on by Scottsdale residents at the November 4, 2014, election.  Education funding in Arizona has been cut by 20% since 2008 and with the override failing on last year'...
  42. Buying a home can be a complicated process, and being an out-of-state buyer can make the process even more challenging. According to the National Association of Realtors®, while buyers last year moved a median of 12 miles from their previous residence, two in 10 buyers moved more than 100 miles. “Buying a new home and moving is stressful no matter...
  43. By: Clayton Olsen, Joseph Bernard Investment Real Estate   How many times have your clients raised an objection and you’ve felt that there is just one “perfect” answer to help them overcome it and move on with the deal?  A few? Dozens? Hundreds?  I’m sure there are numerous ways to handle the objections but I feel there is one that...
  44. SAAR's Young Professionals Network (YPN) presented the first Epic Water Battle on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. Held at Windgate Ranch, over 60 players and spectators gathered to watch six teams of REALTORS® and Affiliates battle with water guns and water balloons for RAPAC (REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee)....
  45. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Realtors® battle with water balloons for a good cause September 2014 - Over the weekend, young professionals in the real estate industry raised over $10,000 to support their profession. Not the traditional fundraiser, the group...
  46. Below is the latest Quarterly Committee Update, designed to help SAAR members and volunteers stay up-to-date on the work the various SAAR committees and work groups are doing!   Broker Manager Enhancement Committee  The Broker Enhancement Committee held a second Designated Broker/Manager Mixer at BICE on June 10th. In addition, the...
  47. By: Al Willey – VP - Escrow Administrator & Senior Escrow Officer – Commercial Title365   Sometimes closing an Escrow with an entity as one of the principals becomes a little difficult. There are times the Principals themselves aren’t quite certain exactly who is authorized to sign on behalf of their LLC, partnership, Family Trust or...
  48. Join the National Association of REALTORS® for a live webcast featuring NAR President Steve Brown, NAR Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello, and the NAR Government Affairs staff as they provide an overview of the 2014 midterm elections with a focus on the races in your states and NAR supported candidates.This live...
  49. SAAR has received reports of a possible scam targeting high-end properties in the area. Multiple agents report having received an internet lead of a Chinese buyer who wishes to buy their listing sight-unseen. Upon being asked, the would-be buyer produces contact information and presumably falsified bank statements showing proof of funds. A REALTOR...
  50. By: Amanda Sue Eberson, Director of Communications & Technology at SAAR Every day, there’s something new coming out in the real-estate-technology space. Some of it is junk, a lot of it is cool, and a tiny percentage (mainly, Evernote) is life changing. As technology is constantly improving, its uses are just getting cooler and cooler. There...
  51. Submitted by: Loyd Rhyne, Prosmart Realty The one common denominator that most millionaires have is that they own their own business. Owning your own business can be a very financially rewarding experience. The thrill of being the boss and having complete control over your own destiny are two of the primary reasons people leave the work force to...
  52. By: Craig Sanford, Realty ONE Group, NAR Political Involvement Committee   Even though Congress was on vacation, your National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) lobbyists were still on the job working for you.  Here is a continuing summary of August activities.  This helps you stay ahead of the issues and provides information for your...
  53. In August, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released their Commercial Real Estate Market Survey. This quarterly report measures activity in the commercial real estate markets on a national level. It is “designed to provide an overview of market performance, sales and rental transactions, along with information on current economic...
  54. Build you real estate business with specialized knowledge of the wants, needs and expectations of home buyers and sellers aged 50+. Understand what motivates this growing market to win their appreciation AND their business with the revised Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation course. Enjoy 25% off the SRES® designation course in...
  55. This short video shows you how to use the free MLS Connect functionality to auto-fill listing information into your contracts in zipForm® More Tech Videos!
  56. We’re excited to announce that we have secured permits for the build-out of SAAR’s new headquarters, located at 8600 E Anderson Dr. Many, many months of planning and reviewing have gone into this project, and the start of construction has been long anticipated. As you all know, the timeline for renovation projects can be quite fluid. We will...
  57. Nominations are now being accepted for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®' Annual Awards! Awards are given for REALTOR® of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Emerging REALTOR® of the Year. Recipients will be awarded on October 28th at SAAR's Annual Membership Breakfast. To nominate someone for REALTOR®, Affiliate...
  58. By: Michael Milic, Colliers International Here we are, already in the second half of the year, and though it feels like the market hasn’t changed much, we are about to witness new change in all three areas of Scottsdale.  The market can be typified as “in recovery” as things continue to improve, although in the past five years this recovery...
  59. Meet & Greet the Board of Directors' candidates on Monday, September 29th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at Grayhawk! RSVP to Laura.Kovacs@saaronline.com The Nominating Committee, comprised of Sue Barnes (Chair), Janine Brown, Kelly Henderson, D. Patrick Lewis, Becca Linnig, Gordon Snyder, and Sharon Wolf-Furman, interviewed qualified individuals...
  60. A BPO, or Broker Price Opinion, is an estimate of a probable sales price within a certain time frame. Though not an appraisal, a BPO can be a foot in the door for real estate professionals to establish relationships and earn business.   What is a BPO? A BPO is not an appraisal and can never be referred to as an appraisal. An appraisal is...
  61. On October 23rd, 2014, REALTORS® can begin to claim a .REALTOR top-level domain. With the new .REALTOR domain, members instantly communicate to consumers their status as a REALTOR® in their website address, strengthening their connection to the REALTOR® brand, and identifying themselves as a trusted source for real estate information. The NATIONAL...
  62. By: Kim Eoff, Business Development Manager; Title365   What is a CPL? A Closing Protection Letter is generated from the Title Company and provided to the Lender protecting them from actions of the named settlement agent only. In simple terms, it is an agreement indemnifying the lender against any issues arising from a closing agent’s...
  63. By: Jim Kasten, CCIM, Kasten Long Commercial Group, Jim@KLCommercialGroup.com The Kasten Long Commercial Group specializes in multifamily brokerage and has been providing apartment market updates for metro Phoenix in quarterly newsletters since 1998.  This report is a follow-up to the Q1 2014 market update provided to SAAR.  Across...
  64. “Millionaire Mastermind”, a new reality show, is coming to Phoenix. The show will take Phoenix area real estate agents through coaching sessions and then “Apprentice”-style challenges. In a “Cast Announcement Party” on Monday, August 11th, at The Venue Scottsdale, backers of the series announced the thirty-two Phoenix area real estate agents who...
  65. As you’re driving your clients around, be aware that construction is beginning on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale, and will last through the end of 2016. Later this month, the project will begin on an 11-mile stretch of the Loop 101 in Scottsdale, between Loop 202 and Shea Boulevard. The project is to add one northbound lane and one southbound lane....
  66. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) offers a Commercial Podcast. Got 15 minutes? Listen to interviews with top commercial real estate brokers, developers, and other professionals. Learn about their successes, get tips, and discover what could make a difference in your business or career. Published on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month...
  67. Real estate agents across the country are being advised to watch out for con artists who scrape listings and place them on other websites at a cheaper price, according to an article in Realtor® Magazine. The past few years, the number of fake rental and vacation rental listings on the Internet have been steadily increasing. Scammers typically...
  68. SAAR is pleased to announce the newest Leadership Academy Class - CLASS XVIII:  Johnnie Bianchi, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Joanne DiBenedetto, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Ellen Elson, Keller Williams Realty Biltmore Partners Kimberly Eoff, Title365 Christopher Fling, Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living Jeffrey...
  69. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Eighteen real estate professionals selected for leadership class August 2014 - The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), a real estate trade association with over 8,000 members, recently announced the names of the...
  70. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com SAAR honored as top Professional Association by Phoenix Business Journal July 2014 - The Phoenix Business Journal, a widely recognized publication providing coverage of local business news, recently announced the top...
  71. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) and the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC) recently released their 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide. The Voter Guide was developed to provide brief backgrounds of each candidate, and was assembled by AAR member volunteers who scrutinized voting records and evaluated candidate...
  72. Zillow announced today that it will be acquiring Trulia for $3.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The acquisition has been rumored for some time. The two websites have been competitors for years, along with Move Inc/realtor.com. Though Zillow is considered the best-known property site, Trulia "has tools that tend to draw more of an...
  73. Prepared by John S. Filli, SIOR, NAI Horizon Bolstered by brisk international trade and positive consumer spending, the industrial sector posted solid demand for space, declining vacancies, and rising rental rate, as is evidenced by the industrial CREI achieving a value of 103 (up 3.9 points from the previous quarter) - an indication that the...
  74. SAAR Members: We have more developments to share on the SAAR headquarters front. Last week, we officially closed on the sale of the existing location at 4221 N Scottsdale Rd. The sale of the property included the ability for SAAR to keep operations at 4221 N Scottsdale Rd until our new home is completed. We will not be required to seek a temporary...
  75. FBS (the company that makes flexmls) is offering free flexmls IDX webinars! These workshops will provide enrichment around lead generation, customization and private portals with a strong emphasis on building and maintaining the Agent/Client Relationship. Course Description: The Agent/Client Relationship In today’s online environment, virtually...
  76. Update 7/10/14: There will be a celebration of Barry's life on Tuesday, July 29th at 4:00pm at Arizona School of Real Estate & Business. It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Barry Lehane, SAAR member and designated broker at DPR Realty, who passed away on Thursday. Barry was a past Director of SAAR (2007 – 2009) and...
  77. By: Michael Farrar, Colliers International The Greater Phoenix retail market experienced a modest setback in the beginning of this year, recording negative net absorption during the first quarter for the first time in three years. This is expected to be a modest interruption of the prevailing trend of a recovering retail market, and preliminary...
  78. SAAR Members: The cities of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills will hold City Council elections in November of this year and, as part of the advocacy initiatives laid forth in our Strategic Plan, SAAR has endorsed candidates that recognize the issues facing our 8,000 members and share our vision for future communities that support real estate and...
  79. We would like to inform you that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SAAR Board of Directors. There are three (3) openings for Directors (REALTOR® Members). Applications are due July 31st, 2014. Volunteering as a Director for SAAR is a rewarding experience! You'll be better informed, better networked, and have a hand in...
  80. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced today a new web portal to find all of the information you need regarding the new .REALTOR Top Level Domain (TLD), which is scheduled to be released to NAR members later this year. The new web portal – dotREALTOR.org – features information about the benefits of using .REALTOR, as well as...


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