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  1. 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!
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
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  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. “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...
  12. 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....
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...


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