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April 7, 2020

Info & Resources from REALTORS® for REALTORS®

To help you navigate the (COVID-19) health crisis and its impact on the real estate industry, we’ve developed a webpage that consolidates the latest news and information on the constantly evolving situation. 


Model COVID-19 Certification For Property Access

Arizona REALTORS® has developed a document that may help ease their concerns by requiring individuals to agree to certain criteria before entering the property.


Sharing is Caring on TransactionDesk

Sharing documents with your team on TransactionDesk is a simple and efficient way to get things done without the hassle of emailing back and forth. Our tech team outlines the steps you can take to set up the connection.


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March 31, 2020

What Does Governor Ducey’s Shelter Order Mean for REALTORS®?
With nearly 100,000 people working in real estate and related industries, it’s essential Arizona REALTORS® understand how governmental decisions are impacting their business.

Governor Ducey has issued numerous Executive Orders to deal with this evolving crisis, most recently the “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected,” policy to limit the spread of COVID-19.

What does this really mean for REALTORS®? Assistant CEO and General Counsel Scott Drucker has an analysis that will help you better understand this latest development.


AZ REALTORS® Ready To Assist Buyers and Sellers, Taking Extra Precautions
From technology, safety precautions and issues related to potential delays, your state association stands ready to help you navigate the heath and economic crisis.

The demand for real estate remains strong and Arizona REALTORS® has compiled information and resources to help you serve your clients and our community.


COVID-19 Causes Suspension of Some Evictions
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently issued two Executive Orders dealing with the prohibition of “Essential Services” and the postponement of certain evictions.

In this article, Arizona REALTORS® Assistant General Counsel Nikki Salgat identifies commonly asked questions and answers for tenants, landlords and property managers based on what we know to date.


TransactionDesk Virtual Training
While attending TransactionDesk classes in person is off the table during this period of social distancing, you can still enjoy virtual classes from the comforts of home.

Take a few minutes and watch recorded webinars on Authentisign and TransactionDesk without ever changing out of your favorite sweats and 80s concert tee shirt you’ve got on.



March 24, 2020

Coronavirus & AZ REALTORS®
To help members navigate the evolving crisis with COVID-19 and its impact on our health and the real estate industry, we’ve developed a comprehensive webpage to provide Arizona REALTORS® with the latest information and resources.

Members can log in and access important FAQ’s on conducting business as well as guidance from NAR, opportunities for online continuing education, plus updates on events and meetings.


Vetted, Relevant & Engaging
Have you ever purchased or invested time in something only to be left somewhat disappointed?

To help Arizona REALTORS® invest their time and resources wisely, we’ve established the Learning Assurance Seal to provide you additional peace-of-mind when selecting the real estate education courses.


Tech Helpline to the Rescue!
Not only are Arizona REALTORS® taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, members are taking advantage of Tech Helpline to protect themselves from scammers and hackers.

Late last week, we were alerted that Tech Helpline successfully thwarted an attempt to gain access to a member’s computer in the midst of the attack itself!


➡ WATCH ⬅

Did you miss the COVID-19/Coronavirus live-streaming webinar featuring speakers representing Arizona REALTORS®, Escrow/Title industry & Mortgage Lending communities? They discussed issues clients may be experiencing with their transactions and shared their experiences.



March 17, 2020

Annual Convention Cancelled
In light of the increasing concerns regarding the coronavirus, and in an abundance of caution, Arizona REALTORS® leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Arizona REALTOR® Convention which was scheduled for March 24th-26th at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa.

This decision was not made lightly, and every alternative option was weighed before reaching the ultimate decision to cancel the annual Convention.


CMAs w/RPR ASAP
Having immediate access to comps is a tremendous asset when working with clients out in the field.  Now, with RPR’s Comps Analysis Express, REALTORS® can create CMAs simply with a phone or tablet.


Curiosity Can Kill Your Computer
As Americans surf the web for information about the spread of COVID-19, people must also protect their computers from cyberattacks attempting to infect our computers with malware.  Learn about the different tactics these unscrupulous hackers use in an attempt to access our computer systems.



March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Guidance from NAR
You’ve no doubt seen press coverage pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak, and heard about the recent cancellation of some large, global gatherings.

The PDF is available to download HERE.


TRID apply to construction loans?
While the Truth In Lending Act and RESPA made our lives easier by consolidating four disclosure forms into two, questions on how to correctly apply the rule on construction-related loans have arisen.  

To help Arizona REALTORS® better understand recent clarifications issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, our very own General Counsel and Assistant CEO Scott Drucker outlines which types of loans are now subject to TRID’s integrated disclosure requirements.

LEARN ABOUT LOANS


AZ Housing Vitality Outlook
Looking for a few additional talking points to share with potential clients?  Just looking for economic insights to help prepare your business for the upcoming year? 

This week we’re featuring the Arizona Housing Market Vitality Forecast which not only includes a statewide outlook, but it also breaks down regional forecasts as well.

CHECK IT OUT



March 3, 2020

Wells 101
With more than 120K Arizonans getting their water from a private well, are you prepared to talk with your clients about the procedures, rules, regulations, and forms that will be a part of their transaction?

WATCH WEBINAR
BONUS INFO: GUIDE FOR OPERATING SHARED WATER WELLS IN AZ


Preformed Pixels
For Arizona REALTORS®, creating Templates in TransactionDesk can reduce the time it takes to complete required documents as well as ensure accurate information is on their forms.

Our TDESK TEAM has a quick step-by-step primer on how to create these templates so you can start adding minutes to your day.

MARVELOUS MISSIVE


¿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.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ



February 25, 2020

Mary Lee Greason Award
During last week’s Professional Standards Workshop, Arizona REALTORS® took the time to recognize a member with the Mary Lee Greason Excellence in Professional Standards Award.  The honor is bestowed upon someone who has exhibited a passion for professional standards through exceptional service, commitment, preparation, and leadership.

REVEAL THE WINNER


Arizona’s Youngest REALTOR®
All of us remember the 𝑾𝑯𝑶 𝒐𝒓 𝑾𝑯𝑨𝑻 that got us into the industry.  While some people came into real estate later in life, some figured it out much earlier.  While we were more interested in the latest Journey record or Star Wars movie, we recently became aware of a young man who became a REALTOR® while still in High School late last year and we had to meet him.

VIDEO INTERVIEW


Counting Arizona
We all know that the number of people living here grows each day.  Whether it’s one of Arizona’s 5 C’s, (Climate, Citrus, Cattle, Cotton or Copper) or something else, we need to have the resources and infrastructure in place when the next million people move to the Grand Canyon State.

That’s why it’s so important we get an accurate count of the people who already live here.  In just a few weeks the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the process and Arizona REALTORS® can help make sure our communities get back what they pay in via their annual tax bill.  In this short video, Sindy Ready, the 2020 Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® President reveals how you can get involved, and make a little $$$ while doing it!

GET PAID



February 18, 2020

Presidential Preference Election
Today is the deadline for people to register to vote in Arizona’s March 17th Presidential Preference Election.

This year, the Democratic Party is the only political party holding a Presidential Preference Election. To participate, a voter must be registered as a Democrat by 11:59 p.m. tonight. You can register HERE, or visit our webpage for more information on upcoming elections, candidates and how to participate in the rest of Arizona’s elections in 2020.

Digital Document Depot
One of the many features available in TransactionDesk is unlimited storage.  This week, our TDESK experts walk you through the steps to save your documents in DocBox.

Silver Tsunami Causing Homelessness?
According to a recent study released by the Maricopa Association of Governments, the number of unsheltered homeless has jumped a staggering 200% over the last six years.

As the cost of housing continues to increase, it’s becoming more important to find solutions for Arizona’s most vulnerable people. While there may not be an easy solution, Arizona REALTORS® are partnering with the Arizona Community Foundation to build a dedicated funding source for nonprofit agencies that build and operate permanent supportive, low-income and working poor housing units.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED


February 11, 2020


Licensees Must Advise Clients to Obtain Counsel Regarding Pre/Post Possession Agreements
The Broker Has Immunity for Failure to Supervise if Immediately Reported to ADRE


February 4, 2020

Problem: Homelessness /// Solution: AZ Housing Fund
With more than 10K individuals looking for housing, the growing number of homeless living in Arizona is nearing crisis levels.

While there isn’t an easy solution to completely solve the problem, one organization has developed a mechanism where people can help reduce homelessness. Combined with the Arizona REALTORS® supported ESCROW DONATION PROGRAM, better days lie ahead for low income and the working poor.

New Guidance for Assistance Animals
Housing providers are often faced with tenant requests for assistance animals. While accommodating some requirements can be fairly straight forward, others can be more difficult.

To help people understand the complex regulations of the Fair Housing Act, specifically the rules related to assistance animals, the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently issued formal guidance to help clarify many of the issues that have come up during these conversations with tenants with disabilities.

In this article, Arizona REALTORS® Assistant General Counsel Nikki Salgat provides an in-depth analysis of the significant clarifications and discusses the best practices outlined in the official notification.

Accessing Accessibility
Some of our clients face unique challenges when looking for a home that meets their accessibility requirements. 

In this special column, the founder of AbleUSA reveals how Arizona REALTORS® can best help seniors or others with special needs through the process and find a place they are comfortable calling home.


January 28, 2020

Blight to Beauty
REALTORS® know better than most how important a vibrant, welcoming community can be. Not only is it important to our clients, but it’s also a point of pride for those who already live there.

However, we all come across so-called “eyesores” that we would like to see transformed into something that makes the neighborhood an even better place to live.

Did you know that NAR has grants to do just that?

REAL ESTATE & REAL ID
In just over 250 days, the Driver License most of us have will no longer be accepted to fly or enter federal buildings. However, does the REAL ID ACT have any impact on REALTORS? What about our mortgage partners who have to verify identity?

Just recently, an Escrow Officer in Arizona ran into an out-of-state ID that had “Not for REAL ID Purposes” written on it. Is this ID acceptable? What should she do?

TransactionDesk® Tips & Fab Features
The reviews are in! As more and more Arizona REALTORS® begin to use TransactionDesk®, most are finding it to be a better forms platform.

Since its implementation, nearly 10,000 users have completed 50K transactions.

BINSR May Continue on Additional Pages
No Requirement That Home Comply With Current Building Code

January 21, 2020

REALTOR® DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Less than 24 hours into the 54th legislative session, Arizona REALTORS® met with state leaders to express their concerns and advocate for the industry.

NEW CPOA ADDENDUM
As the number of commercial properties governed by an association similar to an HOA has grown, it became clear that Arizona needed a form that formally discloses fees that become payable upon close of escrow.

Recently, a dedicated group of individuals set out to create the Commercial Property Owner’s Association Addendum.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS WORKSHOP
When can a seller compel arbitration?  Who can file an ethics complaint?  Who actually has the right to due process?  If you need a refresher on Professional Standards, we’ve got an important workshop coming up!

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Agent May Not Procure Employment Agreement from Party Subject to Existing Exclusive EA
T/F Agent Must Recommend Professional Advice Prior to Pre-Possession Agreement


January 14, 2020

Residential Purchase Contract to be Revised
Arizona REALTORS® will soon an updated Residential Purchase Contract with three important revisions.

  • Solar Lease / Solar Loan Assumption Addendum
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Seller Concessions

New App Lets You Personalize and Share Social Media Content
Did you know that a new app provides you with a powerful tool to easily access, personalize and leverage “That’s Who We R” campaign assets across social marketing channels? It’s true and takes only a few minutes to set up.  Don’t believe us?  Listen to Shane Cook from South East Valley Living talk about the technology.

Adding Forms to Transactions
This week’s hot tip is all about adding standalone forms in TransactionDesk.  Our experts lay it out in five easy steps.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Buyer Cannot Waive Requirement of Affidavit of Disclosure
T/F The Seller Must Provide An Affidavit Of Disclosure
When The Property Is Not Subdivided In An Unincorporated Area


January 7, 2020

Buyer Contingency Addendum
Arizona REALTORS® have dozens of forms that make complex financial transactions manageable.  While each form itself is valuable, special attention should be paid to the Buyer Contingency Addendum.

In this Contract Conversation, our Assistant CEO and General Counsel Scott Drucker and Stephen Gomez of Real Living Properties For You discuss the form and reveal several areas where REALTORS® need to be extra careful.

zipForm Benefit Transition
With access to MLS Connect and zipForm Mobile set to expire during the second week of January, Arizona REALTORS® are making their final decisions whether to purchase these zipForm add-ons or utilize the TransactionDesk platform which offers comparable services at no cost. 

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Listing Broker Cannot Disclose Halfway House for Recovering Alcoholics
T/F Team Leader and Member May Agree Upon Dispute Resolution Methods


December 31, 2019

High Performance Brands
Are you choosing the best elements to reinforce your brand?
Laura Monroe, one of the nation’s leading brand management consultants, reveals how we can better attract and retain clients with a sustained commitment to build our personal brand.

Profile Perfection
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to make sure your information is accurate in TransactionDesk but unsure how to make the changes? Fear not! Our experts can make sure that this is one resolution you can keep!

LEGAL HOTLINE
An Agent Should Not Represent A Family Member In A Dual Agent Transaction
Listing Broker Can Show Offers to Competing Buyers


December 24, 2019

Phishing Scams: What To Do
We’re all getting better at spotting an obvious phishing attempt from a so-called Prince asking for $100,000 and our social security number. However, today’s cyber criminals come up with far more sophisticated ways to try and steal our identities, access confidential documents or even hold our information hostage.

With all of these fraudulent emails and scams circulating the internet, what should REALTORS® do when they catch a phishing scam?

Cutest Companion Contest
We debate a lot of “important” things at Arizona REALTORS®. While arguments about whether hot dogs are a sandwich and if cereal is really a soup get heated, nothing stirs up more controversy than the discussion about the annual Cutest Companion Contest.

Arizona REALTORS® forms
Arizona REALTORS® have licensing agreements with the industry’s leading transaction management companies.

These partnerships help members access state association forms, local REALTOR® association forms, and multiple listing service forms via their respective platforms.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Can a landlord limit occupancy to two persons per bedroom without violating Fair Housing Laws?
T/F Must real estate licensee comply with Fair Housing Act even with personal residence?


December 10, 2019

NAR Three Pillars
With less than twelve months to next year’s elections, the REALTOR® Party recently reaffirmed its commitment to protecting homeownership, private property rights, and strengthening communities.

Never Underestimate Your REALTOR Role
Special guest column from one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in America.

Customizing your Emails on TransactionDesk
We all know how important it is for us to brand our promotional materials. Did you know that it’s easy to include a signature and logo to your emails as well?  

LEGAL HOTLINE

T/F A Registered Sex Offender is not a Member of a Protected Class Protected by the Fair Housing Laws
T/F Buyer Should Receive Return of Earnest Money when Property doesn’t Appraise for the Purchase Price


December 10, 2019

2020 Code of Ethics Changes
To keep up with a continuously evolving industry, NAR routinely makes changes to these standards, and this year we’ve got several.  Click the link for our report on the updates.  After all, Arizona REALTORS® seek to be the “Best Prepared Real Estate Practitioners with the Highest Standards!

Cooperation and Courtesy
In this special column from the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, Debbi Conrad writes that licensees are best served when they perform their duties with civility, candor, diligence, respect, courtesy, cooperation, and competence.

Create a Clause on TransactionDesk
Clauses save you time by storing the phrases or wording you commonly use for transactions. With this feature, you can create general clauses that can be reused in multiple forms.

LEGAL HOTLINE


December 3, 2019

Mack in a Minute
Earlier this year, the legislature made it easier for out-of-state REALTORS® to transfer their license here, but there are specific qualifications people must meet before they become an Arizona REALTOR®. In these short videos, Rick Mack clears up some common misconceptions and sheds some light on the process.

¿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.

Formula for Legislative Success 31+16+1=?
These numbers, (31 votes in the House, 16 in the Senate plus 1 from the Governor) add up to the ability to pass new laws or block bills from ever emerging from the statehouse. But getting the results REALTORS® need from lawmakers isn’t possible without our members occasionally flexing their muscles at the capitol.

Mark your calendars, because we’ve set the date for our annual visit with state legislators.

LEGAL HOTLINE 

T/F Landlord Must Provide Two Days’ Notice to Access the Residential Property for Showings
T/F The Arizona REALTOR® Form Library does not Contain an Agreement For Sale


November 26, 2019

2019 NAR Conference
Miss this year’s National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco?  Don’t despair, we’ve got the highlights!

Using Markups in Authentisign
Authentisign has a great feature that allows you to add text to a document that needs to be signed by your clients.

Realtors® & Red Kettles
For 154 years the Salvation Army has provided assistance to those in need.  From homeless shelters and senior housing, to helping families during natural disasters, the Army is there when people need it most.


November 19, 2019

  • Arizona Housing Fund
    Homelessness can impact anyone. In this short video, Howard Epstein talks about the causes of homelessness and how REALTORS® can get involved with the Arizona Housing Fund. This unique program distributes grants to nonprofit agencies with a proven track record of building and operating permanent, supportive or low-income housing units.
  • WOW Moments
    RPR recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the powerful program and how impactful it can be. Have you experienced a “WOW” moment when using RPR? Please share! CLICK HERE, or share to social media using the #RPRwow hashtag.
  • Scholarship Contest
    Are you an experienced REALTOR® looking for a way to set yourself apart from your competition? Earning your Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation tells prospective clients that you understand the business better than most.
  • Legal Hotline
    A Nearby Nudist Colony is a Material Fact Which Must be Disclosed
    Generally, a Seller May Close Escrow While Incarcerated

November 12, 2019


November 5, 2019


October 29, 2019

  • Contract Law 101
    A recent court decision by Arizona’s Court of Appeals has REALTORS® talking about Anticipatory Breach.  This week General Counsel and Assistant CEO Scott Drucker educates us on the ins and outs of a complex issue.
  • Is it time to update or replace your computer?
    While it seems like most technology is out-of-date the moment we take it out of the box, our friends at TechHelpline can help us understand when its time to update our technology.
  • Annual Reports
    Each year Arizona REALTORS® Committee Chairs give an overview of the activities and accomplishments of their respective committees at the annual Leadership Conference.


October 22, 2019

  • Seeing Clearly Together
    Stories of leadership, community service and professional development renewed a sense of pride among those who attended the Arizona REALTORS® annual Leadership Conference last week.  From the installation of the 2020 executive team to inspirational messages from world renowned guest speakers, attendees left the conference motivated to become the G.O.A.T in 2020.
  • That’s Who We R
    Each year, Arizona REALTORS® have countless opportunities to celebrate the special efforts of its members. From community improvement projects to serving in professional leadership roles at the state, local and federal level, the state association is proud to recognize those making a difference in their community and their profession.  During this year’s Leadership Conference, President D. Patrick Lewis presented several awards to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments of deserving Arizona REALTORS®.
  • TransactionDesk App for the iPhone and iPad
    You can use the app to start and manage all of your listing, sale and lease transactions as well as utilize automated checklists to track action items making sure transactions are completed on time, every time. 
  • Legal Hotline
    The Buyer May Not Cancel the Contract Based on a Stolen Car
    Buyer Can Generally Assign Contract Rights

October 15, 2019

Court Examines AZ REALTORS® Purchase Contract
With roughly 70 transactional documents available for use by our members, sometimes Arizona REALTORS forms are subject to judicial interpretation as a part of litigation between buyers and sellers.  In one recent lawsuit, the Purchase Contract became the center of a dispute where the seller accused the buyer of breach of contract related to the Additional Terms section of the Contract. Was the form clear? Did the court enforce its terms as the Association envisioned when it was created?

Scholarship Contest
Are you an experienced REALTOR® looking for a way to set yourself apart from your competition? Earning your Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation tells prospective clients that you understand the business better than most.  While nothing in life is free, we’re running a contest where GRI could be FREE for a few lucky Arizona REALTORS®.

Webinars, Classes and Vids, Oh My!
With so little time in the day, finding time for an in-person class or live webinar can be nearly impossible.  To make things easier we’ve created a number of short videos that will get you up to speed on the essential tools you’ll find within the program.

October 8, 2019

TransactionDesk, Broker Tools & Superusers
TransactionDesk is loaded with tools to manage your documents and transactions.  One feature of the program allows Brokers to assign a Superuser who will be able to manage, review and keep track of Agents’ files.

HOW TO

 
RAPAC RAFFLE
How about a Sonos Beam Soundbar for your TV or a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer for twenty bucks? Perhaps a Google Nest Hub at nearly 90% off?  For less than the cost of a sign rider, you could win one of these amazing prizes we’re raffling off at the Leadership Conference AND support RAPAC at the same time!

Leadership Conference
Join 2020 Arizona REALTORS® President Mary Roberts on October 16-18, 2019 for the Leadership Conference. This conference is designed to provide training, share input, celebrate our 2019 accomplishments and welcome our 2020 leadership team.

LEGAL HOTLINE 

T/F Listing Agreements Belong to the Brokerage, Not the Agent
T/F Parties Are Not Obligated to Use the Standard Arizona REALTORS® Purchase Contract

 


 

October 1, 2019

Rookie Resources
To help new Arizona REALTORS® get off to a good start, we’ve posted a tremendous amount of resources for Real Estate Rookies on our website. From information about required forms and showing homes, our Smart Start Video Series features experienced REALTORS® sharing their advice and guidance.

Add a time stamp using Authentisign
Want to add a time stamp on TransactionDesk using AuthentiSign? The right click menu option allows you to do so quite easily.

Unexpected Guest
While REALTOR® SAFETY MONTH officially ended yesterday, keeping ourselves safe is a year-round responsibility.  To wrap up the annual awareness campaign, Arizona REALTORS® President D. Patrick Lewis shares a frightening situation he experienced while showing a house.

LEGAL HOTLINE 

T/F The Buyer is Not Obligated to Sign the Seller Property Disclosure Statement
T/F Listing Agent Must Disclose Co-broke Offering to Seller


September 24, 2019

Having Trouble Logging into TransactionDesk or SSO?
Some members using Google Chrome as their web browser are reporting a login problem when trying to access TransactionDesk through Single Sign-On.  To access your account, remove the password and re-enter it manually.

Realtor®Safety Month
According to a recent study, more than half of real estate licencees nationwide have felt unsafe at some point within the last year. This disturbing trend has many REALTORS® taking proactive steps reducing their exposure to risky or dangerous situations they can often find themselves in.

October 1st Forms Revision Release
On October 1, 2019, the following forms will be revised and released via all Arizona REALTORS® forms provider platforms.

Legal Hotline
T/F A Landlord May Treat A Residential Rental as Abandoned Under Certain Circumstances
T/F Landlord Must Hold Tenant’s Abandoned Personal Property for 14 Days


 

September 17, 2019

Realtor Caucus Recap
Last week, 200 Arizona REALTORS® gathered in Phoenix to discuss the issues affecting the real estate industry during the 2019 REALTOR® Caucus. Attendees to this year’s event heard from national and state political leaders and provided recommendations for legislative or regulatory action next year.

Authentisign Enhancements
Lone Wolf has made a number of enhancements to Authentisign including improvements to the checklist and the document approval process. As you get up to speed, visit our dedicated TransactionDesk® page for a list of tips and tricks, as well as ongoing improvement projects.

Agent Safety Alert Program
We all take steps to protect ourselves from dangerous situations with clients.  But when things go wrong, the REALTOR® community needs to be aware of the problem. That’s why Arizona REALTORS® created a program to alert members of critical safety issues.  Watch Region 5 Vice President Eric Gibbs talk about the program and what you need to do to protect yourself.

LEGAL HOTLINE
Advertising Must Identify The Brokerage Involved
Check Do-Not-Call Registry Before Calling FSBO


 

September 10, 2019

Shape your future
Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.  Learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and how to participate.

The Down Low w/ Judy Lowe
In the final episode of the Down Low w/Judy Lowe, Arizona REALTORS® President D. Patrick Lewis asks the ADRE Commissioner what is making the phones ring at the Department of Real Estate. You might be surprised at the answer.

Financial Wellness Check-Up
After a long period of economic growth, there is speculation that a downturn is not far off. While many large-scale businesses can absorb a slump in the economy, most small businesses must be proactive to protect their assets and prepare for any bumps in the road.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Cure Notice Sent Via Text Message Is Improper
T/F Cure Notice Must be Delivered to Buyer Through Agent


 

September 3, 2019

Asked and Answered
Arizona REALTORS® strive to provide useful programs and services while working to protect REALTORS® interests at the state, local and federal level.  To ensure the continued alignment with that mission, we periodically send out a survey to the membership for feedback and guidance as we continue to develop short and long-term plans to improve the organization.

What Reciprocity REALLY Means
Arizona’s reciprocity law now allows out-of-state REALTORS® to practice in the Grand Canyon Sate.  The change has caused more than a few Arizona REALTORS® to scratch their heads in confusion.  

Authentisign Layouts
Did you know that you can save custom signature layouts when uploading your own documents in Authentisign? In this article from our Business Services Support Team, we walk you through the steps to create and save your custom signature layouts.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F A Counteroffer is Deemed to be a Rejection of the Original Offer
T/F Licensed Contractor Required for Repairs That Are Not of a Casual or Minor Nature


 

August 27, 2019

Cute Pet Could Win You $500
Want to dazzle your REALTOR® peers with some puppy dog eyes?  Awe them with the majesty of your feline friend? Perhaps earn some good karma with your chameleon? We’ve launched the The Cutest Companion contest and entries are just $15 to submit the cutest photo of your pet.

New Law to Ensure Mortgage Lending to Vets
ICYMI: We have a new law on the books that adjusted the seasoning requirements for a VA loan.  The bill, sponsored by U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema fixes a technical error and allows veterans to save money and avoid falling prey to predatory lenders

New Disclosures Required on Affidavit of Disclosure
Starting today, the state requires additional disclosures on the Affidavit of Disclosure.  The new requirements relate to water rights and solar energy devices.

LEGAL HOTLINE

LOCAL NEWS & NOTES


 

August 20, 2019

Wire Fraud Advisory Updated
To address concerns related to the Wire Fraud Advisory, Arizona REALTORS® have revised the document to clear up any appearance of an agency relationship with an unrepresented party.

The Down Low w/ Judy Lowe
Arizona REALTORS®  President D. Patrick Lewis continues his series of conversations with ADRE Commissioner Judy Lowe. This week we’re covering their discussions on Teams and this year’s “Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity” bill passed into law by lawmakers.
➡️ TEAMS
➡️ RECIPROCITY

TransactionDesk® Tips & Fab Features
The reviews are in!  As more and more Arizona REALTORS®  begin to use TransactionDesk® , most are finding it to be a better forms platform.  But don’t just take our word for it.  This week we asked Susan Nicolson of Sun Cactus Realty to give us her review of the program and offer a few tips, tricks and thoughts on how to best get started.

LEGAL HOTLINE
Brokerage Firm Cannot Pay a Referral Fee to a Non-Licensee
An Unsigned Email from an Agent is Not an Offer

LOCAL NEWS & NOTES


 

August 13, 2019

The Down Low w/Judy Lowe
Arizona Department of Real Estate Commissioner Judy Lowe and Arizona REALTORS® President D. Patrick Lewis discuss the complaint process and how the agency works through them.

Arizona REALTORS® Gather for Major Investor Event
While Arizona REALTORS® enjoyed another year of legislative success, a group of real estate pros gathered outside Tucson to celebrate and gear up for another year of work to protect the interests of those working in the industry.

60 Second Real Estate Sound Bite
Pre and Post Possession agreements may seem simple on the surface, but they’re a snake’s nest of potential litigation.  This month Rick Mack speaks clearly on how you should go about creating these agreements and spells out the risks associated with them.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Seller Must Disclose Potential Adverse Claim to Prospective Buyers
T/F An Arizona REALTORS® Buyer Broker Exclusive Employment Agreement May be Enforced Against Buyer if Listing Agent Refuses to Pay a Commission Split

LOCAL NEWS & NOTES


 

August 6, 2019

Plenty of ways to access Arizona REALTORS® forms
The Arizona REALTORS® has licensing agreements with the industry’s leading transaction management companies. These partnerships help members access state association forms, local REALTOR® association forms, and multiple listing service forms via their respective platforms.

What’s True regarding TransactionDesk?
Former politician and diplomat, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once said “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”  However, with the advent of social media, the line between fact and opinion seems to blur. This trend can prove perilous as it leads to misinformation. So, let’s separate fact from fiction and debunk some of the myths regarding TransactionDesk.

Trouble with uploading documents in eSign?
Some users have found that eSign “times out” when attempting to upload documents larger than 1MB. While eSign is working on upgrading the PDF processor which will solve this issue, we have developed a workaround.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F Seller May Not Unilaterally Change Time Frames in the Residential BINSR
T/F Listing Agent Must Disclose that Solar Panels are Leased, Not Owned

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July 30, 2019

REALTOR® Caucus To Set 2020 Legislative Agenda
This September, Arizona’s REALTORS® will gather in Phoenix to provide input on current issues that affect the real estate industry during the 2019 REALTOR Caucus.  The Caucus serves as an opportunity to discuss recommendations for possible legislative or regulatory actions for the upcoming legislative session.

The Down Lowe w/Judy Lowe
In the first of five videos, Arizona REALTORS® President D. Patrick Lewis talks with Department of Real Estate Commissioner Judy Lowe.  In the first installment, they talk about this year’s new law passed by the legislature to allow the use of Arizona REALTORS® nicknames on marketing materials.

GEN Z: ARE REALTORS READY?
Ahhh millennials.  The generation seemingly known for avocado toast, selfies and participation awards.  Joking aside, it seems like we know all we need (or want) to know about this trend-setting generation.  But what do we know about Generation Z? What can Arizona REALTORS® expect from nearly 26% of the U.S. population?  They’re more than just emojis, YouTube and Doritos.  How are they different from Gen Y? From floppy disks to flip phones, lets take a quick look at the next generation of potential homebuyers.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F  Out of State Agent May Not Represent a Party in an Arizona Real Estate Transaction
T/F  Out of State Broker May Not List Property For Sale

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July 23, 2019

Nightmare Scenario
Imagine. Three years after buying your dream home, a bank you’ve never heard of tells you they’ve ordered the sale of your house because the previous owner defaulted on a $5.2 million business loan they took out a decade ago.  That’s just what happened a few years ago when unsuspecting homeowners ended up in court fighting against the forced sale of their home.

What would the courts decide?  Would they side with the bank? rule that Arizona’s homestead exemption laws protect the new homeowners?

TransactionDesk Update
More than 10,000 Arizona REALTORS® have begun using TransactionDesk.  With 235,000 unique transactions already logged, we’re off to a good start.

To help users navigate the program, we’ve started to gather the best tips and tricks working within real estate’s leading transaction management system.

AZ REALTORS® enjoy Tech Helpline
Tech Helpline’s friendly, expert computer analysts are U.S. based and comprise a team of the most highly qualified technical support professionals in the tech support industry.

LEGAL HOTLINE
T/F  Listing Agent and Seller are not Required to Disclose Sex Offender in the Area
T/F  Licensee Must Disclose Status In Real Estate Transaction


 

July 16, 2019

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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.

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June 11, 2019

  • 2019 Legislative Summary
    This year, the ARIZONA REALTORS® protected our membership from extreme government overreach, which would have required DNA samples from real estate licensees. We successfully passed common sense legislation to allow a real estate licensee to utilize the name they are known by for purposes of advertising. And we stood our ground and came to a consensus with the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association to ensure homeowners’ protections in a construction defect lawsuit.
  • New Professional Standards Award
    Arizona REALTORS® is proud to announce the formation of a new award that will recognize a past or current Arizona REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee member who exhibits a passion for professional standards through exceptional service, commitment, preparation, and leadership.
  • Ombudsmen Advice; How to Avoid a Consumer Complaint
    At the Arizona REALTORS®, members volunteer to serve as trained ombudsmen, acting as an intermediary charged with communicating the concerns of one party to the other over the phone in an effort to restore a positive relationship. Based on the unique insight ombudsmen obtain, see what they think are the best ways for REALTORS® to avoid a consumer complaint.
  • Legal Hotline
    Eviction Procedure After the Death of the Tenant

    Second Mortgage Loan Will Rarely Foreclose


 

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


 

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April 23, 2019

  • VICTORY! 
    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


 

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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?


 

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


 

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