Avoid a RESPA Violation With Your Marketing Service Agreement

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Nikki Salgat

by Nikki J. Salgat, Esq., Arizona Association of REALTORS® Associate Counsel While Marketing Services Agreements (MSAs) remain popular amongst real estate settlement service providers in Arizona, agreements of this nature have recently caught the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As a result, many Arizona brokerages are questioning whether their MSAs meet with […]

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Reminder: EPA rule requires certified renovators

Posted on November 19, 2014 by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) rule requires property managers, contractors and others who perform renovations for compensation in residential housing built before 1978 to be trained and certified as renovators and to use lead-safe work practices. The EPA recently contacted the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and requested that the […]

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Broker Survey of Common Claims Issues

Posted on November 19, 2014 by

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Planning to practice real estate in 2015?

Posted on November 14, 2014 by Scott Drucker

Among the many issues that the 2015 AAR Risk Management Committee will address are changes to the closing process that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will implement on August 1, 2015. Under the guidance of 2015 Risk Management Committee Chair, Martha Appel, AAR will join with the National Association of REALTORS® and title companies across […]

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FPCs: Arizona REALTOR’s Critical Liaisons with Federal Legislators

Posted on October 30, 2014 by

In a world of acronyms, FPC might be one of the most important ones in the real estate industry. FPC, or Federal Political Coordinator, has the role of making the REALTORS® voice heard… literally! What is an FPC? The Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) role is to bring the message of our industry to the Member […]

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USING GOOGLE ALERTS TO STOP RENTAL SCAMS

Posted on October 3, 2014 by Scott Drucker

Despite repeated warnings from authorities and increased media coverage about rental scams and the scraping of on-line real estate listings, many consumers continue to fall victim. Because it’s free, CraigsList is perhaps the most common on-line platform used to perpetrate these scams. However, there are easy to implement techniques Arizona REALTORS® can use to protect […]

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The Five Ws of RAPAC

Posted on June 3, 2014 by

“RAPAC” may be a term you’re already familiar with and understand its value to our industry. It may be a term you’ve heard mentioned at various REALTOR®-related events, but aren’t too familiar with. Or, it may be that the word RAPAC incites complete and utter bewilderment for you. If you fall into the latter category, […]

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2016 AAR Officer Election Notice

Posted on May 1, 2014 by

The filing period is now open to members interested in serving as either an AAR Line Officer or Regional Vice President in Regions 1, 3 and 5 in 2016. Elections will be held during AAR’s Spring Meeting (March 24 – 27, 2015). Apply Now AAR Line Officer AAR will hold elections for the open positions of President-Elect, First Vice […]

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SureClose Broker FAQ

Posted on October 23, 2013 by

 Updated 10/20/2014 Q:           As a SureClose® broker, how are my costs and technical support going to change in 2015? A:            Beginning January 1, 2015, you will be billed by SureClose® $4 per file created.  That is a one-time charge (per file) that provides access to the file for seven years.  SureClose® will provide all ongoing […]

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Broker Letter Regarding SureClose

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Bethany Brannan

In 2008, AAR began offering transaction management (TM) through SureClose®. At the time, few choices existed in the marketplace and it was expected that SureClose® would become a statewide platform. Since 2008, numerous other TM systems have been developed. Some existing SureClose® brokers have even moved to other systems and, as a result, monthly SureClose® […]

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