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  1. Nominations for SAAR's Annual Awards are now open! Nominate someone for REALTOR, Affiliate, Citizen, Emerging REALTOR (under 30), or SAAR's 'Good Neighbor Award' using our online form: https://saar.formstack.com/forms/saar_awards  Hurry! Nominations are due Sept 15. Visit the form for full criteria for each award.
  2. By: Dax Watson, Attorney, Lipson Neilson, P.C.   Most of us have heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and that it is not only coming to town... it is already here.  Thus, now is the time for all professionals in the real estate field to learn how to stay out of CFPB jail!  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
  3. SAAR and AAR have received reports that a white female in her mid-50s, with short curly blonde hair has been visiting real estate offices in Payson and Carefree making lowball offers on golf course properties in an attempt to gain access to the home. She is known to drive a white Mercedes SUV with Arizona plates, appears to be familiar with the...
  4. In our continuing efforts to keep you abreast of the latest news on the implementation of the Truth in Lending RESPA Integrated Document (TRID) rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is pleased to announce new resources to help REALTORS® prepare for the changes.  On August 14th,...
  5. SAAR Members: The Nominating Committee interviewed qualified individuals who submitted an Application for the Board of Directors, and is putting forward the following slate of candidates. For REALTOR® Director (there are 7 candidates for 4 positions): Marti Barnewolt Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living Mary Frances Coleman Realty Executives Mel...
  6. SCOTTSDALE, AZ (August 13, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory.   The number of homes currently listed for sale dropped once again this month, making July the sixth continuous month of decreasing inventory...
  7. A very sincere thank you to all of the SAAR members who completed our Annual Survey! Here are the winners of our 12 prizes: $100 VISA Gift CardDonna Brandsey, Management Masters $50 Amazon Gift CardKrista Hom, Platinum Premier RealtyTooraj Bakhtiari, REMAX Excalibur $25 VISA Gift CardAnne Cole, Century 21Scott Stone, HomeSmart $10 to SAAR Retail...
  8. This year, the United States is set to experience the highest number of patent disputes in its history. There were 3,499 patent litigation cases in 2011 and this is projected to hit 6,100 in 2015. Legal action over intellectual property infringements often involve tech companies. Apple have found themselves in the crosshairs 35 times so far this...
  9. Our members have been reporting a new trend in e-mails containing malware. Using real estate-specific terms, such as "see offer" or "purchase contract", these e-mails come from real estate agents and prompt the recipient to click a link. Upon clicking the link, malware is installed on your computer. This malware will perpetuate itself by using...
  10. This morning at our Pinnacle Peak REALTOR® Marketing Session (RMS) meeting, Officer Glenn from the City of Scottsdale Police Department shared some tips for staying safe. Whether you're meeting a client, showing homes, or sitting at an open house, REALTORS® should always be aware of their surroundings and never put themselves at risk to...
  11. SAAR and NAR are asking members to take a few moments to urge your US Representative to support HR 9, the Innovation Act, to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate indsutry from frivolous lawsuits. REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business...
  12. The SAAR Annual Membership Survey is now open! Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of over a dozen prizes, including the grand prize of a $100 VISA Gift Card! Other prizes include an assortment of $50, $25, and $10 gift cards.  Please click this link to take the survey (approximately 6-9 minutes): ...
  13. Photo by Kim Seng // Flickr The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently published the results of its 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. According to the report, vacation sales in 2014 showed astonishing growth, nearly doubling the combined total of the previous two years. According to NAR's Chief Economist,...
  14. SCOTTSDALE, AZ (July 6, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory.   For the past few months, SAAR has been reporting an increasingly “hot” market. The number of homes actively listed for sale has been steadily...
  15. According to the 2015 Commercial Member Profile from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), commercial real estate markets are improving. In addition, commercial real estate professionals are reporting an increase in annual gross income. “When it comes to leasing transactions, the report tells us that the more years of experience an agent or...
  16. The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network recently brought in an attorney, a CPA and a team leader to talk about running your real estate career as a business and building a team. Even for those already running successful teams, the Be a Legit Business class offered some awesome takeaways. Here...
  17. SCOTTSDALE, AZ (June 12, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), a trade organization headquartered in Scottsdale for the past 50 years, recently repurposed an existing vacant building in Scottsdale’s Perimeter Center to use as its new headquarters. Growth of the 8,000-member organization prompted the move from SAAR’s longtime...
  18. Watch this short video to learn how to create a Market Activity Report (or "Nosy Neighbor Report") quickly and easily for your farm area! More Tech Videos!
  19. Demand outpaces new and resale home inventory SCOTTSDALE, AZ (June 9, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory.   The count of homes currently listed as active for sale continues to decline for the fourth...
  20. By: Fletcher Wilcox, CFPB External Operations Expert, Grand Canyon Title Agency Note: The CFPB issued a proposed amendment to delay the effective date of these new rules to October 1st, 2015. The public currently has an opportunity to comment and a final decision is expected soon. AAR President Jim Sexton said, "we welcome the proposed delay in...
  21. National Wins CFPB agrees to NAR’s request to be sensitive on enforcing new requirements Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announces it will be “sensitive” on enforcing the new Truth-in-Lending Act/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) requirements.  The changes will still go into effect on August 1, 2015, as scheduled; however,...
  22. The tech startup Opendoor has created a service that allows anyone to tour a home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Opendoor promotes their service as a "24/7 open house" of for-sale homes. Prospective buyers call or text a number using their smartphone that then gives them an access code to open the door. This allows someone to see a home...
  23. Thanks to extensive efforts by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it will grant a grace period on enforcing the new Truth-in-Lending Act/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (commonly referred to as TRID) requirements. Effective August 1st, 2015, any transaction involving...
  24. Looking for a great hotel in North Scottsdale for your out-of-town clients (or a staycation for yourself)? The Holiday Inn in Scottsdale's Airpark has offered SAAR Members special rates for 2015! This property is completely renovated and a great location!   05/22/2015 09/12/2015 $89.00 09/13/2015 12/31/2015 $139.00 05/22/2015 - 09/12/2015: $...
  25. SAAR is pleased to introduce you to our newest Marketplace Partner, GLTYR. GLTYR makes mobile marketing simple and affordable for real estate professionals. Here is an example .. Jeni Carter, REALTOR® GLTYR is a mobile multimedia content creation and distribution platform to create and send unlimited multimedia promotions...
  26. STAAR Night 2015 - Looking Back And To The Future - was held on May 6, 2015. This was the tenth anniversary and final year of STAAR Night, a production that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Hutch Fund over the years. Click a thumbnail below to view it larger  
  27. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently held its annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Commonly referred to as "MidYear", these meetings are where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® gathered in Washington, DC, for special issues forums,...
  28. With the amount of internet crimes being committed, The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center was established.  For those of you who do not know; if you are a victim of an internet crime, you can report the crime to the FBI by filing a complaint online at:  www.ic3.gov According to their 2014 year-end report...
  29. Arizona Realtors® Join Thousands to Advance Key Housing Issues and Priorities in Nation’s Capital (Phoenix) (5/21/2015) – Realtors® and leaders from the Arizona Association of Realtors® joined nearly 8,500 other guests from across the country in Washington, D.C., last week to attend the 2015 Realtor® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. While in...
  30. “40 under 40” Scottsdale Realtors® announced SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently announced its 2015 “40 under 40” award recipients. The “40 under 40” awards program was designed to recognize outstanding Realtors® under 40 years of age who demonstrate business success, professional leadership, community...
  31. SCOTTSDALE, AZ (May 20, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory.   Though there were more new homes that came on the market in April than the same month last year, the overall volume of single-family,...
  32. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released its Commercial Real Estate Outlook for the first quarter of 2015. The report includes statistics on 54 of the nation's largest commercial markets, including the Phoenix metropolitan area. View the full report: http://www.realtor.org/reports/commercial-real-estate-outlook 
  33. The way credit scores are calculated needs to change to reflect shifts in demographics, technology, and lifestyles. At a summit NAR hosted with other groups, credit scoring companies said changes are in the works. HUD Secretary Julian Castro attended the summit and said FHA is looking at changes, too. That's the lead story in The Voice for Real...
  34. The 3rd Annual Commercial Real Estate Summit was held on Thursday, April 16th, at Venue8600. Scroll down to view all of the photos for the event! And be sure to check out the re-cap of all of the great information presented, as well as download the handouts. THANK YOU to our 2015 Sponsors:  Click a thumbnail to view it larger
  35. By:  Suzanne Brown – Director of Community & Government Affairs If you were unable to attend the 3rd Annual Commercial Real Estate Summit on April 16th, you have NO idea what you missed out on!  For those of you who did attend, how many of you were blown away with all of the information that was provided?  And of...
  36. Even with a degree in supply chain management and statistical quality analysis, this former corporate "numbers girl" is still definitely a people person. Lauren Ellington of Realty Executives enjoys working with people and gets excited about finding the right home for her clients. She always answers her phone (no, seriously... even 2 hours after...
  37. The first time I talked with Tyler Truscio, he was ecstatic from just finding out that he had won SAAR's 2015 40 under 40 award. Having just read his application, I was so excited to talk to him not only about his business success, but also about all of the work he has done in the community.  Tyler has been licensed for just over 3 years and...
  38. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Piltz / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Scottsdale real estate market heats up SCOTTSDALE, AZ (April 9, 2015) The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential inventory....
  39. By Director of Community & Government Affairs – Suzanne Brown Recently a bill was introduced ( SB 1368 ) which, “prohibits cities and towns from requiring real estate brokers or salespersons to obtain any additional business license,” for the conducting of business within the municipality.  Several Arizona cities had already begun...
  40. By Director of Community & Government Affairs – Suzanne Brown The REALTORS® of Arizona have already put in a lot of leg work advocating the protection of Arizona business and private property rights this year in the 52nd, 1st Regular Legislative Session.  The Arizona Association of REALTORS® can add to their already impressive record,...
  41. For more information, please contact: Ania Kubicki or Tobin Ernst, PLUS 480-277-9245 or 480-322-3938 akubicki@Plusaz.com or ternst@Plusaz.com   Arizona Housing Finance Authority Announces “Home Plus” Mortgage Loan Program to Creditworthy Renters Program Features Non-Repayable Down Payment Assistance Grant   PHOENIX (April 3,  2015...
  42. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Piltz / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 30, 2015) – On Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th, volunteer members of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) lent a helping hand to a south Scottsdale homeowner. At least twice a year,...
  43. What is RPR Mobile?REALTORS Property Resource® recently launched a new mobile app for iTunes and Android Get introduced to the Power of RPR Mobile! Big Data, Powerful Reports: Any Time, Any WhereRPR Mobile delivers RPR’s vast repository of property information and tools anytime, anyplace, to any iPhone or Android phone. Use your phone’s location...
  44. On February 14, 2015, volunteers from the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® walked in Scottsdale's 62nd annual Parada del Sol! The playhouse used in the parade was built by REALTOR® and Affiliate members of SAAR. SAAR would like to say thank you for the generous donations by Dale Nelson of Arizona Roofing Consultants, Mike Jones of...
  45. Update Feb 25 2015: ARMLS has you covered There are a lot of changes going on with the ListHub syndication services.  For those of you who may be unaware, this last September 2014, ListHub’s parent company – Move Inc., which is owned by News Corp and operates REALTOR.com for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), acquired Point2’s U.S....
  46. Fannie Mae's new appraisal risk-assessment tool - Collateral Underwriting (CU) - is available to lenders to use as a NEW optional tool. It is designed to assign risk assessment scores to appraisals and identify aspects of the appraisal that may require further attention. Operational as of January 26, 2015: FANNIE MAE’s Collateral Underwriter Tool...
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  48. By: Suzanne Brown, Director of Community & Government Affairs Despite the rain, we had a very successful turnout on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at our State Capitol, with several of our Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® in attendance!  We were welcomed by the Senate President – Andy Biggs.  The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (...
  49. Background: Property Managers may have received correspondence from the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) as well as individual cities regarding the Transaction Privilege Tax (referred to as TPT or sales tax) collections for residential rentals. The correspondence mentioned that each rental property owner needs to be individually licensed (as...
  50. If so, you may be one of our first visitors to our new headquarters! We are well into construction for our new home and are so excited to be able to see and serve our members at 8600 E Anderson Dr in late January! With construction, timelines can be pretty fluid. Right now, we know that our staff offices will be open for business in the new...
  51. A huge thank you to our members who responded to the Call for Action earlier this month! We are pleased to announce that the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief Act has passed the Senate as part of a large “tax-extender” bill. The provision prohibits the IRS from taxing the debt lenders forgive in a short sale, foreclosure, or loan modification...
  52. Introducing SAAR’s new online course: POWER LAUNCH YOUR CAREER! Featuring instructor Bernice Ross, CEO of RealEstateCoach.com, this online agent sales and marketing training course is perfect for new agents with little to no training.   Learn about: -Working with buyers & sellers-The power of “No”-Where you should be prospecting-Lead...
  53. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com 2015 Forecast of Phoenix Area Real Estate SCOTTSDALE, AZ (December 15, 2014) Overall, economists predict 2015 will be a better year for real estate. There are positive economic signs such as job growth and increased GDP that...
  54. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Member Profile, 36% of REALTORS® did not receive health coverage in 2013. And those who did have coverage mostly paid for it out of pocket, as opposed to receiving it from their office or spouse.   The landscape of medical insurance in the United States has changed. Make sure you know...
  55. UPDATE ON DRONE USAGE IN REAL ESTATE: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended its original 2015 deadline to issue final rules for small commercial drones. Now, a final ruling is not expected until "2017 or even later," according to Gerald Dillingham, the US Government Accountability Office's director of civil aviation issues. In...
  56. Download the FREE Market Data Report for November 2014 HERE.   November 2014 Market Summary - Greater Phoenix All things considered, 2014 was an undramatic year in real estate in the Valley. Price gains and high demand in late 2013 overflowed into early 2014. By July, things had mostly leveled out. In Maricopa County, the number of new...
  57. In November, 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...
  58. The following was originally posted on the RPR Blog. For more information about RPR Mobile, please visit http://blog.narrpr.com/learning/rpr-mobile/ In today’s world, most consumers are juggling multiple priorities, a busy schedule and want instant access to the information they’re looking for.  When it comes to real estate, they expect the...
  59. There was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday.Now it's Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving. Looking for a worthy charity for a last minute tax break opportunity? Be a part of #GivingTuesday and make a donation to #...
  60. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com Realtors® host golf and tennis event benefitting three local charities SCOTTSDALE, AZ (November 25, 2014) On Monday, November 18th, 2014, over 130 Realtors® and other industry professionals gathered for the 9th Desert Highlands...
  61. By: Jim Kasten, CCIM, Kasten Long Commercial Group 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 and Q2 2014 new apartment construction market updates provided to SAAR....
  62. On January 15th, 2015, two professional organizations in the commercial real estate industry, IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) and CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), together with Keynote Sponsor Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR), bring you the premier commercial real estate forecast event of year. IREM-CCIM Economic...
  63. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com SAAR installs 2015 Board of Directors Scottsdale, AZ (November 21, 2014) - The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently installed its 2015 Board of Directors with Sue Barnes as the fifty-first Chairman. Debbie...
  64. 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-...
  65. 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...
  66. 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...
  67. 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...
  68. 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...
  69. 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...
  70. 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...
  71. 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...
  72. 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...
  73. 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...
  74. 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...
  75. 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...
  76. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Paperless Office" originally aired on July 18th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
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  79. This is a recorded webinar brought to you by SAAR! "Social Media 101" originally aired on July 16th, 2013. More Tech Videos!
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