President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill Into Law

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Bethany Brannan

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law. This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium [...]

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RAPAC Major Investors Spend One-On-One Time with Legislators

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Bethany Brannan

Recently, AAR members attended several events where they had one-on-one time with legislators. On Monday, March 17, RAPAC Major Investors and members of the associations Legislative Committees spent an intimate evening at the Phoenix Art Museum with members of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives. Legislators in attendance included Senators Andrea Dalessandro and Barbara [...]

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Registration for the AAR Spring Convention Ends April 10

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Bethany Brannan

There’s only a few more days left to register for the AAR Spring Convention. This year’s event will take place in the cool pines of Prescott, Ariz., April 15 -18, 2014. Full-convention passes are $179 and one-day passes are $79. This year’s line-up includes: Eight C/E classes ranging from Fair Housing to Contract Law, Disclosure [...]

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REALTORS® “Ring” in $200,000 for Charity

Posted on April 2, 2014 by

Editor’s Note: In 2014, AAR will be featuring Arizona REALTORS® who rock – specifically when it comes to serving their community! These REALTORS® have thrown caution and selfishness to the wind – and their communities are better because of it. Do you know a REALTOR® that rocks? Let us know. Send us an email at [...]

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Dynamics in Housing Demand: A Look at Gen X and Gen Y Buyers

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Ron LaMee

Slow demand continues to keep Maricopa County real estate in a buyer’s market, with the Cromford Market Index holding around 84. Stories of lower-than-normal demand are coming in from other parts of the state as well. This month, we look for clues about reasons for low demand in NAR’s 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational [...]

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Remembering James “Jim” Brodie

Posted on April 2, 2014 by

James “Jim” Brodie, 84, of Green Valley, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Jim, also known as “Sarge”, was an active member of the REALTOR® family, joining in 1991. In 1999, Jim served as the AAR president – the same year that AAR CEO Michelle Lind joined the association as general counsel. He was a master [...]

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The REALTOR® Commitment to a Market Free of Discrimination

Posted on March 14, 2014 by

The 2014 amendment to Article 10 therefore not only reaffirms NAR’s and AAR’s commitment to fair housing, it is also a reflection of our collective commitment to a market free of discrimination.

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Live Webinar: Dodd-Frank and AAR’s Seller Financing Forms

Posted on March 5, 2014 by

Join us for a live webinar on March 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and learn about Dodd-Frank and AAR’s Seller Financing Forms Scott Drucker (AAR General Counsel) and Amy Swaney (Citywide Home Loans Mortgage) will be hosting a webinar for AAR members focusing on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Scott and [...]

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Is Your Tax Deduction Lacking “Economic Substance”?

Posted on March 3, 2014 by

Recently, social media sites frequented by Arizona real estate licensees have been abuzz over the IRS’s ability to disallow certain tax deductions on the basis that they lack “economic substance.” Because the deduction of business expenses is important to REALTORS®, AAR asked Tax Accountant Eric Viavattene of Dobbins Wealth Management to shed light on this [...]

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Scottsdale Broker, Bob Hertzog, Gains A New Perspective By Giving Back

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Bethany Brannan

It was about this time last year that REALTOR® Bob Hertzog, a Scottsdale broker and founder of Summit Home Consultants, started volunteering with the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR). Active in social media, Hertzog said he often participated in conversations about the association and the industry. “It was easy to assume that no one was [...]

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