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  1. This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 "Education Issue" of the SAAR Journal. In the 2013 Comprehensive Membership Survey, the majority of SAAR members reported that changing technology has great impact on their business. Over 30% also reported that changing technology is the number one most important challenge they face. But how do...
  2. View this week's edition of the SAAR News by clicking here!
  3. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Committee Recommendation/Selection process allows members to enter and view committee recommendations online. Once your recommendations are submitted, they are compiled into nomination reports, which are used by NAR Officers in the NAR Committee Selection process.  You can view information on the...
  4. On Monday, April 7th, 2014, a serious vulnerability was discovered that affected many popular websites. Called the Heartbleed Bug, this vulnerability was in the popular OpenSSL software, and allows hackers to access sensitive personal data - including usernames, passwords, and credit card information. The most important thing REALTORS® need to...
  5. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   For more information contact:Amanda Sue Eberson, amandasue@saaronline.com, 480-525-7055   Event focuses on commercial developments, positioning Scottsdale as a global leader   Last year, over 200 people attended the 1st Annual Scottsdale Commercial Real Estate Summit. Attendees walked away with a knowledge of...
  6. On Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd, 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 Project Fix-It to provide volunteers from the...
  7. For the last 9 years, REALTOR® and Affiliate members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) have dedicated their time and talents for STAARnight. This year, STAAR Night is taking on a whole new form: the Vegas-themed production will commence with a cocktail hour, followed by a spectacular meal served at a private dining table....
  8. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is joining a lawsuit filed by MOVE Inc., operator of realtor.com®, against Zillow and new Zillow Chief Industry Development Officer Errol Samuelson. In addition to NAR and MOVE, the plaintiffs include RealSelect, Inc., Top Producer Systems Company, and Realtors® Information Network, Inc. NAR’s...
  9. This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of the SAAR Journal.By: Rebecca F. Grossman, e-PRO, GREEN, RCEPresident/CEO, Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®  "Sign, sign, everywhere a signBlockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mindDo this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”           ...
  10. The SAAR Scoop, is a new video series that features YOUR member benefits! The SAAR Scoop will be emailed to Designated Brokers and posted on SAARonline.com at the beginning of each month. Our March 2014 video features Commercial Benefits! Look for The SAAR Scoop at SAARonline.com once each month, and ask your broker to share it at your next...
  11. It’s official. We’ve closed on the property for the new headquarters in North Scottsdale located at 8600 E. Anderson Drive! Every month we get closer to moving the SAAR family into our new home.  Just this week we finalized the floor plans. To see a sneak peek, click here. We’re knee deep in planning and would appreciate your input to help us...
  12. The Commercial Services Committee recently sent flowers to the SAAR staff, thanking them for their help!
  13. The SAAR Scoop, is a new video series that features YOUR member benefits! The SAAR Scoop will be emailed to Designated Brokers and posted on SAARonline.com at the beginning of each month. Our February 2014 video features RAPAC! Look for The SAAR Scoop at SAARonline.com once each month, and ask your broker to share it at your next office meeting!
  14. This is our first 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! Looking for updates on the new facility? Visit the Facility Blog. Want to get involved in a SAAR? Click HERE.   Affiliate Advisory Council The Council is currently...
  15. Update March 3rd, 2014: NAR's Legislative Policy Team has reviewed the 2,000+ page document to evaluate the potential impact on real estate, both residential and commercial, contained in the discussion draft. The analysis can be reviewed HERE.   Last year, we notified members regarding the proposed “blank slate” tax reform. Now, comprehensive...
  16. The Spring 2014 issue of SAAR Journal, our quarterly online magazine, is now available for you to view!  It features articles about Education. Enjoy! Click here to read!
  17. The commercial real estate market is continuing to improve nationwide, though experts note the recovery is slow-going. The National Association of REALTORS®(NAR) recently published their quarterly commercial real estate forecast, which offers overall projections for four major commercial sectors, including statistics on 54 of the nation’s largest...
  18. Update 1/9/14: NAR has released an urgent Call for Action! Urge your Senators to vote for S. 1846, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. Click HERE to take action now! The "Flood Insurance Affordability Act" (S. 1846), a REALTOR®-backed bill, was introduced today  in the United States Senate with bipartisan support from 28 sponsors...
  19. Per SAAR Bylaws, if a sales licensee who is a REALTOR® member is dropped for non-payment of Association dues, and the licensee remains with the Designated REALTOR®'s firm, the dues obligation of the DR will be increased to reflect an addition of a non-member licensee. This means that the DR will become responsible for the payment of such dues and...
  20. Introducing The SAAR Scoop, a new video series that features a new member benefit every month! The SAAR Scoop will be emailed to Designated Brokers and posted on SAARonline.com at the beginning of each month. This first video, for November 2013, features REALtech, the spot on SAARonline.com for everything technology!   Look for The SAAR...
  21. The SAAR Scoop will be emailed to Designated Brokers and posted on SAARonline.com at the beginning of each month. This video, for December 2013, features a holiday-themed jingle that covers the benefits you receive in 12 Months of SAAR Membership.
  22. Congratulations to the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®' (SAAR) members who are serving on the Arizona Association of REALTORS®' (AAR) Professional Standards Committee and Grievance Committee. Congratulations on your appointments and thank you for serving in this very important capacity. Professional Standards Committee:Gary AndoMartha...
  23. Welcome to the second update of the new SAAR Facility Blog! As promised in our first post, we have updates to share on the progress of our new headquarters. We know many of you have been requesting information about the location of our new building. Even though we are still in escrow and are awaiting a few approvals before we can close, we’re very...
  24. This article originally appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of SAAR Journal. Contributed by: Lisa Wadey, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty Advertising is a huge investment risk without careful research. If you take the time to look at who your audience is, wherethey shop, what interests them, and/or what specifically they are...
  25. SAAR understands how important it is for every REALTOR® to know about green concepts, even if that is not their main business focus. Watch the video below for a short introduction to one of the many issues REALTORS® and their clients face in Arizona:   To help all SAAR members learn about these important issues, we are offering a wide range...
  26. In order to help you plan for the 2014 SAAR/AAR/NAR Annual Dues billing, we are providing the following information. Below is an outline of the steps that will occur over the next few months. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Credit Card payment online is encouraged!   October 15, 2013 - Annual Dues...
  27. On Wednesday, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released a short video explaining the accommodations the federal Fair Housing Act  requires for service animals. In general, a reasonable accommodation request can apply even in housing that has a “no pets” policy, and is not limited to a particular breed of animal. For real estate...
  28. The CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation, awarded by the CCIM Institute (an affiliated institute of the National Association of REALTORS®), shows that you are a specialist in commercial and investment real estate. Created in 1954, the CCIM Institute was built to bring together the best teachers of commercial real estate...
  29. The Arizona Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBCAZ) organized two, all day courses for Appraisers that was held in Phoenix last month. The 21 appraisers who completed both courses are now qualified to appraise residential green and energy efficient features, and will be listed on the Chapter website, http://www.usgbcaz.org/residential-...
  30. Dodd-Frank is the nickname for the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010.   The official aim of the legislation is "to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end "too big to fail...

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