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Arizona REALTOR® Voice

Gary Underhill died on August 5, 2021. He had a long and successful career and retired on December 31, 2000. Most of AAR’s current members may have never heard of Gary, but their careers were shaped by his vision and leadership for over thirty years beginning in the early 1970’s. Back in the golden age of real estate, brokerages around the

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Best Arizona real estate markets in 2021

(6 days ago) The real estate market in the US was challenging in 2020. We witnessed unexpected events such as the global pandemic and the stormy presidential election. These things brought about a period in which we weren’t sure what would happen with economics.

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The ABCs of What I've Learned in Real Estate

(2 days ago) High heels are for hookers and real estate agents in the movies, not actual agents who have to troop through the rocks on the side of each and every house they show to get the lockbox open. Nicely sculpted calves are not worth landing on my butt in the spider-webby weeds around the hosebib. G – Granola bars in the glove box. These have saved

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Study: Property Values Fall 30% From Poor Landscaping

(5 days ago) Real estate professionals in the Midwest were the most likely to say that poor landscaping could negatively impact a home’s value. More than half of real estate professionals surveyed—59%—said trees are the landscaping element that can add the most value to …

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Agency Relationships and a Broker’s Duties

(4 days ago) Rogers, 70 Ariz. 257, 219 P.2d 339 (1950) (a real estate broker employed to sell property owes the duty of utmost good faith and loyalty to his principal and a fiduciary relationship exits). A listing broker is obligated to exercise reasonable care to effect a sale to the best advantage of the seller; i.e., secure the best terms at the best

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How REALTORS® Protect Arizona Property Rights

(3 days ago) Arizona REALTORS®’ legislative efforts not only maintain a stable environment for statewide real estate transactions, our efforts are targeted at preserving private property rights for all Arizonans. A $20.2 million savings for homeowners Each year the state rebates up to $600 to individual homeowners to offset their property taxes. When this rebate was threatened, …

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The Sale of Mobile and Manufactured Homes: A Summary

(7 days ago) Real estate brokers and salespersons can act in the sale of new or used mobile and manufactured homes, outside mobile home parks, provided that they are affixed to real property and listed in a contract for transfer of an interest in real property executed by its owner. See A.R.S. § 41-4028(B)(1)(a).

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13 Ways to Step Up Your Defense Against Hackers

(7 days ago) Last year alone, real estate and rental fraud resulted in $221.3 million in total losses to victims—a 48% increase in monetary loss over the year prior, according to FBI data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center.“Real estate is a major target that hackers are going after,” said Craig Grant, CEO of the Real Estate Technology Institute.

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5 Ways to Improve a Home’s First Impression

(1 days ago) In just a few days, your new listing will hit the market. If real estate is hot in your area, it might sell fast just because it exists. But if you are in a slower market or you just want to make sure you maximize the home’s selling potential and price, there are a few sure-fire solutions your seller can do easily to dramatically improve a home’s first impression.

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Hear It Direct from Home Buyers and Sellers

(6 days ago) For the first time in Arizona and in partnership with ARMLS and Hispanic Association of Real Estate Professionals (HAREP), over 150 of the area’s top REALTORS® and industry professionals recently descended upon the Scottsdale Center of Performing Arts to listen to consumers talk about their recent real estate experiences at the Hear It Direct program.

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Oppler Op-ed: Compensation Model, MLS Are Pro-Consumer

(7 days ago) National Association of REALTORS® President Charlie Oppler is promoting the real estate industry’s compensation model and multiple listing service in a new national op-ed, explaining their pro-consumer benefits after the U.S. Department of Justice reneged on its settlement with the association. As part of the agreement with the DOJ, which was struck last …

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New Laws Go into Effect on July 29. Are You in the Know

(3 days ago) New Arizona laws that affect real estate will go into effect on July 29. Many of the bills briefly summarized below are the result of meetings with REALTORS® across the state asking the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) for assistance on a great diversity of issues. Those issues range from problems with homeowner associations and municipal […]

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Real Property Contracts

(2 days ago) Real Property Contracts Contracts are the basis of buying and selling real estate. A contract is a legal document that affects the buyer, seller, brokers, and every other person involved in a real estate transaction. The contract in a real estate transaction can prevent problems or cause disputes. If the following basic contract law principles […]

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Forecast Bright for Commercial Real Estate in 2021

(2 days ago) John Worth, executive vice president for research and investor outreach with Nareit, shared Yun’s optimism on the outlook for commercial real estate in 2021, noting that REIT funds invested in the relatively new sector of digital real estate, which includes cell towers, data centers, and logistics facilities, have performed particularly well.

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(9 days ago) The relationship between brokers and real estate salespeople is unique. This fact has been widely codified in applicable federal and state laws, including many state unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation statutes. Under federal law, the Internal Revenue Code specifically carves out real estate salespeople from the definition of employee, provided the …

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What REALTORS Need to Know

(4 days ago) By guest blogger Sally Ireland, SFR There is a broad body of knowledge that governs our actions as REALTORS®: Article 26 of the Arizona Constitution authorizes real estate brokers and salespersons to engage in the limited practice of law by drafting the purchase contract and other documents incident to the transfer of real property Contract […]

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Why More Canadians May Sell U.S. Properties in 2016

(9 days ago) Many Canadians own residential real estate in Arizona. They are especially attracted to the desert areas of Arizona during the winter when they can soak in the sun rather than shake off the snow. Many got spectacular deals purchasing residential properties when prices were low and the Canadian dollar was close to being on par […]

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Facebook and Twitter for REALTORS®

(2 days ago) As I mentioned in a recent post, after spending almost 25 years in the hi-tech world, for the past 10 years I have been an active full-time residential real estate designated broker and brokerage owner. I supervise, manage and mentor around 60 residential REALTORS® on a day to day basis.

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2018 ADRE Interview: Use of Legal Name in Advertising

(5 days ago) During a recent interview, Arizona Department of Real Estate Commissioner Judy Lowe spoke with Arizona REALTORS® 2018 President Lori Doerfler. Highlights are available on YouTube, but here is an excerpt. USE OF LEGAL NAME IN ADVERTISING Lori Doerfler: Agents know that when advertising, they must use their legal name, but there’s been quite a bit […]

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There's On Time and then There's ON TIME

(9 days ago) Being a real estate agent is totally screwing with my social life, again. It’s not enough that I unfailingly have to show houses at noon on Mother’s Day when I should, by all standards of decency, be three mimosas in (that’s simple motherhood math: I have three children, so it’s totally socially acceptable to have three mimosas or bloody marys, whichever I prefer, …

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Appraisals: Working Together

(3 days ago) Veteran real estate appraiser Jay Josephs spoke candidly about the love-hate relationship between agents and appraisers at the 2017 Arizona REALTOR® Convention. Here is an abridged transcription of his presentation. Jay Josephs: I bring a unique perspective to this group today because I’ve been appraising for 26 years. I am also the owner of one […]

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ADRE on Advertising, Ltd Service Listings & Unlicensed

(3 days ago) Updated April 10, 2018 Arizona REALTORS® 2015 President, Jim Sexton, and Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) Commissioner, Judy Lowe, recently sat down to discuss topics and issues that concern REALTORS®. In this second installment, Commissioner Lowe addresses a variety of timely topics. Advertising “What is considered an advertising …

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MARKET REPORT: Boomerang Buyers to Drive Up Phoenix Prices

(6 days ago) The number of buyers shopping for homes in the Phoenix real estate market in April continued to increase. But, the supply of houses for sale was still falling, especially those costing $200,000 and less, according to the monthly real estate report from the W. P. Carey School of Business. Michael Orr, director of the Center […]

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The Arizona REALTORS® Voice – July 11, 2014

(8 days ago) Arizona REALTORS® Headlines This Saturday on the Real Estate from AtoZ radio show, our very own Michelle Lind will be the featured guest. So make sure to tune in at 9am Saturday morning to KFNN 1510 AM or 99.3 FM, or listen online at In the mean time stay informed by reading the latest […]

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Realtors® Report Increase in Commercial Transactions

(4 days ago) WASHINGTON (June 15, 2015) – Commercial real estate markets are improving with Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Commercial Member Profile. “After years of slow recovery, the …

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Tom Ferry donates $100,000 to the Real Estate Apprentice

(7 days ago) The Real Estate Apprentice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation chartered to assist underrepresented and underprivileged people, wishing to pursue a career as a real estate agent. The Foundation provides grants and guidance on becoming licensed, access to products and services, memberships to Realtor associations and MLSs, and access to

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Legal Hotline Team Updates

(5 days ago) The firm is heavily involved in REALTOR® issues in the state of California and its attorneys serve on the California Association of REALTORS® Legal Affairs Forum and the Strategic Defense Counsel Panel. The firm also regularly defends real estate licensees in litigation and matters before the California Department of Real Estate.

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Use an Arizona REALTOR®

(6 days ago) certainly share it with real estate professionals. It is a computer-generated estimate of the worth of a house today, given the available data. Zillow does not offer the Zestimate as the basis of any specific real-estate-related financial transaction. Our data sources may be incomplete or incorrect; also, we have not physically

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April Showers Bring May For Sale Signs

(3 days ago) Real estate signs and riders are an iconic part of American neighborhoods, along with balloons and directions to open houses. Families looking for new homes can cruise around their favorite neighborhoods and easily see what properties are available. “Under Contract” and “SOLD” riders are a beacon of the American dream in action. Just like flowers […]

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Mindset, Method & Metrics

(1 days ago) Together, Brandon Doyle (second-gen REALTOR®), Nick Dreher (industry speaker-trainer), and Marshall Saunders (hyper-local real estate investment counselor) have more than 45 years of real estate experience. They recently collaborated on the book Mindset, Methods & Metrics: Winning as a Modern Real Estate Agent. Although the contents are laid …

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2015 Broker Claims Survey Results

(2 days ago) In an effort to stay apprised of current issues affecting the real estate industry, Arizona REALTORS® Risk Management Department distributed a claims survey to REALTOR® brokers throughout the state in October and November of this year. The survey sought information related to the types of issues, claims, and/or allegations that brokers received via demand …

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Copyright Law FAQs

(7 days ago) Can portions of a real estate listing be subject to copyright? – Yes. A listing’s original content elements, including photographs of the property, list price, floor plans, drawings, and remarks by the listing agent on aspects of the property or neighborhood are eligible for protection under copyright law.

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REALTOR® Safety Alert

(9 days ago) Last week, AAR received calls from members in the South East Valley, indicating a possible threat to REALTOR® safety. It was reported that a man had called various real estate offices and agents as a prospective buyer. The male caller was specifically targeting female agents and asking alarming questions, specifically if the agent “worked alone.”

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Clarification on ADRE Bulletin

(9 days ago) Recently, the Arizona Department of Real Estate issued a Real Estate Commission Bulletin titled Volume 2013 Issue 2. While this Bulletin contains a wealth of information, one point might cause confusion among members of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR). Contained within the Bulletin is a reference guide titled Resources for …

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“As Is” Contracts

(4 days ago) As of February 2017, the Arizona REALTORS® Residential Purchase Contract (RPC) includes language in Section 5. WARRANTIES indicating that “THE PREMISES ARE BEING SOLD IN ITS PRESENT PHYSICAL CONDITION AS OF THE DATE OF CONTRACT ACCEPTANCE.” More about Warranties in the RPC can be found in the Arizona Real Estate: …

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Arizona REALTORS® Give Back

(5 days ago) On December 13, 2018, the Arizona REALTORS® 2019 President Patrick Lewis hosted a Facebook Live event called “How REALTORS® Give Back” with Leila Woodard and Shane Cook. Here are some highlights. Patrick Lewis: REALTORS® do a lot within their communities. In fact, 82 percent of REALTORS® donate money to charitable causes every …

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What's Making the Phone Ring at the ADRE

(7 days ago) PARTNERS Part 8 of a 2017 interview between Arizona REALTORS® 2017 President Paula Mothofer, First Vice President D. Patrick Lewis and Arizona Department of Real Estate Commissioner Judy Lowe. Read the abridged transcript below or view the video. Paula Monthofer: Our next question comes from our absolutely amazing president-elect, Lori Doerfler.

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