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  1. 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:...
  2. 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...
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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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-...
  9. "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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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,...
  16. 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...
  17. 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'...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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!


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