Upcoming Event: Industry Partners Conference

The missing piece to a successful close is learning the best ways to work with mortgage lenders and escrow agents. Arizona REALTORS® are invited to attend the upcoming Industry Partners Summit on September 11 and hear straight from the horse’s mouth ways to streamline your transactions and make a few friends on the other side of the table.

This year, Rick Mack, a shareholder at the law firm Mack, Watson & Stratman, which provides the AAR Legal Hotline service, will be presenting on the top 10 hottest legal trends in Arizona real estate.

Another guest presenter will be Special Agent Desirae K. Tolhurst, Arizona Mortgage Fraud Task Force, FBI. Special Agent Tolhurst has been an FBI agent for nearly 10 years, focusing primarily on white collar crime. She is currently assigned to the Arizona Mortgage Fraud Task Force, working multi-million dollar mortgage fraud investigations. Her presentation will be on the latest trends the FBI is seeing in mortgage fraud and ways to combat it.

Registration is $79 and includes, breakfast, lunch and a welcome reception hosted by the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

To register visit: http://www.azmortgagelenders.com/events/industry-partners-day-2/

For updates, Like the Industry Partner’s Conference on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndustryPartnersConference

REALTOR® Caucus Sets 2014 Legislative Policy Priorities 

On Friday, September 13, Arizona’s most politically active REALTOR® members will meet at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites for the REALTOR® Caucus. This annual event allows REALTORS® to provide AAR with input on current issues affecting the real estate industry, as well as the opportunity to make recommendations for possible legislative or regulatory actions in the coming legislative session.

From across 15 counties, residing in many of Arizona’s 90 towns and cities, REALTOR® delegates appointed to represent Arizona’s 21 local boards and associations take time away from their busy schedules for a town hall style meeting to review, discuss and debate the current issues impacting real estate industry issues and practices.

Recommendations from these discussions will be forwarded to AAR’s Legislative & Political Affairs Committee and then to the AAR Board of Directors for approval. The REALTOR® Caucus is a long-held tradition and kicks off the coming year for the State of Arizona public policy. The legislature begins its regular session each year on the second Monday of January.

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Reserve your seat and have your voice heard: http://realtorcaucus2013.eventbrite.com/

Watch the REALTOR® Caucus video: https://www.aaronline.com/voice-at-the-capitol/

You #AskScott, He Answers

Recently, AAR introduced our #AskScott video series featuring General Counsel Scott Drucker. We received many questions and plan to get to all of them soon. If you submitted your question, you haven’t been forgotten.

In this video, Scott answers two questions:

  1. What happens to a solar lease upon the purchase of a residential property? (00:42)
  2. What rights do tenants have when a residential property is sold? (02:20)

Thank you to Kim, Darla and Kelly for your questions. Keep sending them in and we’ll try to get to them soon!

Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gPh6USowkIA

If you’d like to send in a question, simply add your question in the comments section below, email it to editor@aaronline.com or use the hashtag #AskScott on Facebook or Twitter.

Note: Not all questions will be answered immediately when asked. If you need immediate legal assistance, talk to your broker or contact AAR’s legal hotline. 

This article was originally posted on AAR’s Blog.


AAR CEO Chosen as One of Arizona’s Most Influential

The June issue of Arizona Business Magazine features a familiar face: AAR CEO Michelle Lind, who was selected as one of 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. This annual list selects 50 of the best and brightest Arizona women to recognize out of a pool of more than 500 well-known names.

Lind keeps some very famous company. Other names on this list are State of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Beverly Damore, and Adrienne Sarck, Ph. D, principal investigator at Barrow Neurological Institute. To see the full list, click here.


The Arizona REALTORS® Disaster Assistance Foundation (ARDAF) asked – and Arizona REALTORS® responded! When 19 firefighters lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013, ARDAF asked for assistance and the response was overwhelming, to the tune of $18,180!

Evan Fuchs, president of ARDAF (a 501(c)(3) corporation run by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® and Arizona Association of REALTORS® President Sue Flucke, were humbled by the immediate response by Arizona REALTORS® and the amount of the generosity.

On behalf of ARDAF and AAR, Evan and Sue would like to thank the following contributors:
• Central Arizona Board of REALTORS®
• Lake Havasu Association of REALTORS®
• Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS®
• Phoenix Association of REALTORS®
• Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®
• Southeast Valley Regional Association of EALTORS®
• Tucson Association of REALTORS®
• White Mountain Association of REALTORS®
• Yuma Association of REALTORS®
• New Mexico Association of REALTORS®
• Individual member contributions

  • Steve Gibson
  • Rosie Mathis
  • Sherry Wang
  • Shirley Rupp
  • Anna Marsolo
  • Allodial Assets, LLC.
  • David Carter
  • Rita Crawford
  • Sara Tarango
  • Robert Turner
  • Roger Harlan
  • Choice One Properties
  • Jennie Addington-Bradshaw
  • Jennifer Andes
  • G & D Munson, PC
  • Corinne McCafferty, PLLC
  • Elizabeth Williams

The Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) has done an amazing job or coordinating and collecting contributions to the Prescott Firefighters Charity, as well as coordinating efforts to assist families who lost their homes and/or belongings to the fire. PAAR President Ed Pattermann wrote in one of his updates: “I have heard some truly moving stories this week re: how our REALTOR® community has taken part in the relief efforts for the families of the 19 fallen heroes and the people of Yarnell. From a volunteer Deputy doing a night watch over the burned-out area where the 19 men lost their lives; to those collecting donations, offering their homes, their clothing, their food, time, energy and money for the relief of the victims.”

We are very proud of our Arizona REALTORS® and the generous outpouring of contributions including time, money and supplies. Thank you very much!

If you are interested in making an additional donation, AAR will be collecting checks made out to “AAR-ARDAF”. In the memo, please include “Yarnell Fire Assistance.” Checks can be mailed to AAR offices at:

255 E. Osborn Road
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85012


About the Author

Michelle Lind

K. Michelle Lind, CEO of Arizona REALTORS®, is also an attorney, State Bar of Arizona board certified real estate specialist, and the author of Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law and Practice. Please note that this article is of a general nature and may not be updated or revised for accuracy as statutory or case law changes following the date of first publication. Further, this article reflects only the opinion of the author, is not intended as definitive legal advice and you should not act upon it without seeking independent legal counsel.