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July 16, 2019

July 9, 2019

July 2, 2019

  • Eminent Domain and the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment
    Remember when Arizona homeowners were faced with the state’s use of its eminent domain power to expand the Loop 202 (a.k.a. South Mountain Freeway) in 2015?  With Arizona’s growing population and the need for more and updated modes of transportation, along with infrastructure, the state’s eminent domain power will likely continue to be utilized in the future.

  • Victory for Subsidized Housing Vouchers in Arizona
    In September 2018, the subsidized housing community in Arizona began to experience an exodus of landlord participation in housing voucher assistance programs  following an appellate ruling that called into question a landlord’s ability to enforce some provisions of the lease and Housing Assistance Provider (HAP) Agreement.

June 25, 2019

  • Risky Relationships
    Our business relationships are extremely important to us. From home inspectors to lenders and contractors we routinely interact with people who we’ve come to trust and enjoy working with.

  • Arizona School Report Cards
    Because of the number of drownings and near-drownings in Arizona, most of which involve small children, most places around the state have enacted swimming pool barrier laws. Generally, these laws require that all affected swimming pools (or certain other contained bodies of water) be protected by an enclosure surrounding the pool area, or by another barrier, that meets specific requirements.

June 18, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 4, 2019

  • Broker Involvement Program Recruitment Phone BankNAR Legislative Meeting Recap
    Volunteers and staff met at the Tucson Association of REALTORS® offices and held a highly successful Broker Involvement Program recruitment phone bank recently.
  • ¿Pueden Tus Clientes Leer Esto?
    Can your clients read the title of this article? If so, they may be interested to know that Arizona REALTORS® has translated its most often used forms and advisories into Spanish.
  • Tenants in Possession
    When your clients buy a home with a tenant in place, can they immediately evict the tenant and move right into their new home? Can they raise the rent and ask for an additional security deposit? Do you know what new owners can and can’t do? Learn what the law says from attorney Rick Mack in June’s Mack in a Minute video.

May 28, 2019

  • NAR Legislative Meeting RecapEach year, thousands of REALTORS® from across the country converge on our nation’s Capital for the annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. Amongst the thousands of individuals that attend, a select few are chosen to directly represent our Arizona membership before our members of Congress.
  • Arizona REALTORS® inducted into the RPAC Hall of FameREALTORS® across the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee this year. Since 1969, RPAC has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. Voluntary contributions from REALTORS® help to elect candidates who understand and support the interests of the real estate industry. Among those investors, there are a select few who join the ranks of others in becoming a National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame member.
  • 2019 Legislative Session Wrap UpIn the early hours of May 28, 2019, the 54th, 1st Regular Arizona State Legislative Session adjourned Sine Die after 135 days of session. This legislative session, a total of 1,318 bills were introduced and 331 were passed by the legislature. As of May 28, 2019, 256 of those bills were signed by the governor, seven were vetoed and 68 bills await action. The governor now has ten days to either sign into law, allow for the bills to become law without his signature or veto the remaining bills on his desk. All legislation unless otherwise specified will become effective on August 27, 2019.
  • Legal Hotline
    T/F Arizona REALTORS® Forms Are For Member Use Only
    T/F Guardianship May Be Needed if Seller is Incapacitated

May 21, 2019

  • Independent contractor or employee? How to ensure your agents and assistants are properly classified.
    The best way to stay out of court is to understand the law at the outset — when organizing your business and hiring agents and employees. You will sleep well and know that you have minimized the risk or a lawsuit or government audit.
  • New Arizona REALTORS® Form 
    On June 1, Arizona REALTORS® will release a new form titled Notice / Disclosure. A copy of the new form that has been approved by both the Risk Management Committee and Executive Committee can be found HERE.  In conjunction with your review of the Notice / Disclosure form, Arizona REALTORS® has prepared the below list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), along with answers and pertinent analysis.  Please be sure to review these FAQs to better understand the new form.
  • June 1st Forms Revision Release
    In addition to the June 1st release of Arizona REALTORS® new Notice / Disclosure form are revisions to the following forms: (1) Residential Seller Disclosure Advisory page, which serves as the cover page to the Residential Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement; (2) Buyer Attachment page to the Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract; and (3) Agreement Notice Pursuant to the Short Sale Addendum to the Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract.
  • Legal Hotline
    T/F Unsolicited Text Message Marketing Is Illegal
    T/F Can a Trip to Hawaii Be Used As a Marketing Tool?

May 14, 2019

  • 100 days and counting…
    The Arizona State Legislature has been in session for over 100 days and it doesn’t appear as if they’ll be adjourning any time soon. Since no more bills can be introduced, the legislators are slowly working through the ones they have left, which makes this a good time to let Arizona’s REALTORS® know what bills have been signed into law already this year that could impact their business.
  • It’s My Two Cents
    For almost 20 years, Larry King had a weekly column in USA Today titled “It’s My Two Cents.” The column consisted of short, random quips, insights and opinions and was perfect for busy readers with not a lot of time to spend on long articles.
  • Legal Hotline
    T/F Arizona REALTOR® Forms Are For Member Use Only
    T/F Seller Violates RESPA by Dictating Title Company for a Transaction

May 7, 2019

April 30, 2019

April 23, 2019

    REALTORS® will soon finally be able to use their commonly known names when conducting business thanks to a bill signed into law last week by Governor Ducey. HB 2371: “real estate; licenses; applications” offers a common-sense solution to an issue that has long been a thorn in many of our REALTOR® members’ sides. With this bill, REALTORS® in Arizona will now be able to use the name they are commonly known by in their advertising.
  • Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity
    Arizona is now the first state to allow for broad recognition of out-of-state licenses with Governor Doug Ducey signing HB 2569: “Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity” into law on April 10, 2019. The legislation, which impacts many professions including barbers, nurses, bus drivers, respiratory therapists, security guards, teacher assistants and, yes, real estate licensees, was sponsored by Representative Warren Petersen.
  • Mediation Program
    Arizona REALTORS® Buyer-Seller Dispute Resolution Mediation Program is a quick and inexpensive way to settle a dispute between a buyer and a seller.
  • Legal Hotline
    T/F Buyer is Contractually Obligated to Provide Seller a Copy of the Inspection Report
    T/F Brokerage May Not Pay Commission to an Unlicensed Limited Liability Company

April 16, 2019

April 9, 2019

April 2, 2019

  • Moving at the speed of Government
    Arizona is a state on the leading edge in the technology sector, and now innovative and disruptive technologies in the property sector have a home thanks to Governor Doug Ducey when he signed HB 2657 into law on March 21.
  • Arizona REALTORS® are Stepping up in a Major Way for Statewide Advocacy EffortsMere months after orchestrating an overwhelming victory at the ballot on Proposition 126, individual REALTORS® across the state have been stepping forward to become Major Investors in RAPAC
  • Legal Hotline
    • The landlord and tenant execute an Arizona REALTORS® Residential Lease Agreement for a one-year term expiring on February 28th.  The tenant advised the landlord that he was vacating the premises on February 26thand had all of his personal effects removed by February 28th Did the lease terminate on February 28th?
    • The buyer and seller entered into an Arizona REALTORS® Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract.  After the inspection was completed and before the inspection period was over, the buyer submitted a Buyer’s Inspection Notice and Seller’s Response (“BINSR”) that did not identify any items disapproved.  Rather, the BINSR on Page 1 said “see attachment.”  The attachment was an addendum reducing the purchase price by $7,000.00 signed by the buyer.  The seller is unwilling to reduce the price by $7,000 and rejected the proposed addendum.  May the buyer cancel based on the seller’s rejection of the addendum? 

March 19, 2019

  • What’s in a name??? Everything
    If someone was to ask you about Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., you may ask who is that? But if someone was to say the name “Buzz” Aldrin, you would recognize that he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon. Simply put, a name is everything.  But under current law advertising under the name you go by, the one your friends, family and your clients know you as, could be a violation of statute and Arizona Department of Real Estate rule.
  • TransactionDesk®
    We’re excited to announce that TransactionDesk® is now available as a member benefit.  MLS Integration, Forms, Document Storage and eSignature with Authentisign are all included with the new program.
  • What a Week!
    The annual gathering of the state’s REALTORS® has wrapped up and by all accounts the 2019 Arizona REALTORS® Convention was a tremendous success!
  • Legal Hotline
    • True or False?
      In the Arizona REALTORS® contract, the parties give the escrow company the authority to disburse the earnest money pursuant to the terms and conditions of the contract. Yes or No? 
      Does the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure apply to rental properties?

March 12, 2019

March 5, 2019

February 26, 2019

February 19, 2019

  • Who Does What?!?
    End the confusion and learn what each entity does for you and who you need to call for information.

February 12, 2019

February 5, 2019

January 29, 2019

January 23, 2019

January 15, 2019

January 8, 2019

January 2, 2019

December 26, 2018

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December 11, 2018

December 4, 2018

November 27, 2018

November 20, 2018

November 13, 2018

November 6, 2018

October 30, 2018

October 23, 2018

October 16, 2018

October 9, 2018

October 2, 2018

September 25, 2018

September 18, 2018

September 11, 2018

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August 28, 2018

August 21, 2018

August 14, 2018

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July 31, 2018

July 24, 2018

July 17, 2018

July 10, 2018

July 3, 2018

June 26, 2018

June 19, 2018

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June 5, 2018

May 30, 2018

May 22, 2018

May 15, 2018

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May 1, 2018

April 24, 2018

April 17, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 3, 2018

March 27, 2018 Special Edition

March 20, 2018

March 13, 2018

March 7, 2018

February 28, 2018

February 23, 2018

February 13, 2018

February 6, 2018

January 31, 2018

January 25, 2018

January 17, 2018

January 9, 2018

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