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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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 Tidbit Videos!
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. “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...
  21. 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....
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...


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