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  1. View this week's edition of the SAAR News by clicking here!
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. By: Michael Farrar, Colliers International The Greater Phoenix office market is on a bit of an upswing, with vacancies trending lower, rents inching higher and businesses adding workers. The market still faces challenges, chief among them a vacancy rate that remains among the highest of the major metro areas in the country, but conditions are...
  11. By: Dax Watson, Attorney & Partner with Mack Watson & Stratman When an individual is licensed by the State of Arizona, that license allows the real estate professional to venture off into the vast world of real estate – residential, vacant land, commercial, leasing… you name it.  Often times, practitioners are interested in exploring...
  12. Registration is now open for the 2014 REALTOR® Broker Summit, to be held August 6-7 in Atlanta, GA. This is the second Broker Summit to be held by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); last year, the summit was held in Chicago. Registration is only $79 in the month of June. Designed by brokers, for brokers, this is a not-to-miss event! The...
  13. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com June 2014 - The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) is pleased to announce lockboxes will now be available to senior and disabled homeowners in the Town of Carefree. SAAR assisted the Foothills Caring Corps and the...
  14. Article courtesy of Loyd Rhyne, Prosmart Realty. This is the second blog post highlighting Value Drivers that can help you sell your business for the highest price. Read the first post HERE. Takeaway: Evaluate your company through the eyes of a buyer. Master these ten value drivers and sell at the higher range of the multiples normally associated...
  15. zipForm® Plus, the newest, Java-free version of the zipForm® software, was rolled out to AAR members on June 3rd, 2013. Since then, users have been able to choose between zipForm® 6 Professional (older, Java-based version) and the new zipForm® Plus. On June 24th, 2014, all members will be upgraded to zipForm® Plus automatically. The upgrade will...
  16. Our September 1st issue of the SAAR Journal will focus on “Managing the Transaction”. In preparing for the upcoming issue, we made a list of the topics we would like to have covered in this issue. Are you an expert on one of the below topics and would like to submit an article for the SAAR Journal? We would love to hear from you! All submissions...
  17. MyLife, a service that helps users manage their online presence, recently ranked the 10 best cities to raise children. Starting with the 100 most populous cities in the United States, cities were ranked on crime rate, public schools, public parks per capita, average family salary, and cost of living. The “10 Best Cities to Raise Children” list...
  18. If Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.) gets his way, the mortgage interest deduction could be a housing incentive in name only. That dire warning about the proposed tax reform released from the retiring chair of the House Ways & Means Committee came from John Buckley, a former chief tax counsel for the Ways & Means Committee and a Georgetown Law...
  19. Article courtesy of Loyd Rhyne, Prosmart Realty. This is the first of two blog posts highlighting Value Drivers that can help you sell your business for the highest price. Takeaway: Evaluate your company through the eyes of a buyer. Master these ten value drivers and sell at the higher range of the multiples normally associated with your industry...
  20. In May, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released their Commercial Real Estate Market Survey. This quarterly report measures activity in the commercial real estate markets. It is “designed to provide an overview of market performance, sales and rental transactions, along with information on current economic challenges and future...
  21. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact:Amanda Sue Eberson / 480-525-7055 / amandasue@saaronline.com   Scottsdale, AZ – While Realtors® from across the country convened in Washington, D.C., last week to attend the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo, members from the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® met with...
  22. The following is a message from ARMLS. The ARMLS subscriber fees are due June 30th. These are separate from your SAAR/AAR/NAR membership dues; SAAR does not collect ARMLS subscriber fees. Please contact ARMLS with any questions. Subscriber fees are now open for payment. Simply go to ARMLS.com/PayFees, log-in with your MLS credentials and fill-in...
  23. SAAR’s Leadership Academy is an annual program that trains selected REALTORS® and SAAR Affiliate members in various aspects of leadership. Graduates of Leadership Academy have gone on to become leaders in the Association, leaders in the community, and some have even entered into the government arena. According to D. Patrick Lewis, Class XI alumnus...
  24. Congratulations to our STAAR Night 2014 - Welcome to Fabulous STAAR Night - raffle prize winners! Autographed Calais Campbell football (courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals) - Sue Downey Bridgestone Golf Tour Bag (courtesy of Clift & Marti Barnewolt, Realty Executives) - Paula Serven Hair Care Package (courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Red Door...
  25. The Tech 4 Productivity (#T4P) blog series on SAARonline.com focuses on how technology can help you to be more productive in your real estate business. Sticky notes are all over your desk. You’re on the phone with a client and you tell them, “yes, I’ll get that right over to you”. An e-mail pops up and reminds you of something else that needs to...
  26. Beginning May 12th, 2014, REALTORS® from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo (formerly called Mid-Year). During this week, REALTORS® will meet with their U.S. Senators and house staff to communicate issues critical to their business, communities, and the consumers they represent....
  27. NAR economists have analyzed data showing which foreign countries had the most home search activity on realtor.com. The top country whose residents search in U.S. cities on realtor.com should come as no surprise to REALTORS® in Arizona: yep, Canada! Other top countries included the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. And, with realtor.com and...
  28. By: Jim Kasten, CCIM, Kasten Long Commercial Group It’s not about being close to work, it’s about a life-style.  At least that’s what many apartment developers are counting on – especially in “south Scottsdale”, including “Old Town”.  Scottsdale defies tradition.  Developers typically build apartments in areas where jobs exist or...
  29. The SAAR Scoop, is a new video series that features YOUR member benefits! The SAAR Scoop will be posted on SAARonline.com and sent in the SAAR News at the beginning of each month. Our May 2014 video features Impact Fax Look for The SAAR Scoop at SAARonline.com once each month, and ask your broker to share it at your next office meeting!
  30. Across the country spring is finally making an appearance and for many Americans this means one thing: vacation time. And according to Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), more and more people could be taking that vacation in their second home in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. The National Association of Realtors’® 2014...


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