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Michelle Lind, Esq., Of Counsel, Arizona REALTORS®, MichelleLind@aaronline.com
Abbie Fink, HMA Public Relations, afink@hmapr.com


Introducing the Arizona REALTORS® 2024 executive committee

Shelley Ostrowski, designated broker at Realty One Group Gateway in Yuma, will take over as president in 2024. Ostrowski has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, having previously held leadership roles with the Yuma Association of REALTORS® in 2005 and 2016.”

Shelley Ostrowski, designated broker at Realty One Group Gateway in Yuma, will take over as president in 2024. Ostrowski has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, having previously held leadership roles with the Yuma Association of REALTORS® in 2005 and 2016.”

Featured in: Yuma Sun

Gilbert Realtor Shane Cook to serve in leadership role for association

“The Arizona Realtors, the largest trade association in the state, recently announced its 2024 executive committee, which includes Shane Cook of Gilbert, who will serve as the 2024 treasurer.”

REALTORS® find unity through equity, diversity and inclusion

“Comprised of 35 REALTORS® from all of the communities our association serves, the Arizona REALTORS® Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee strives to build a strong and diverse association in order to foster a more respectful and inclusive member and consumer experience.”

Scottsdale REALTOR Named 2024 president-elect of the Arizona REALTORS

“The Arizona REALTORS, the largest trade association in Arizona representing more than 55,000 Arizona REALTORS, installed its 2024 state and regional Association officers at its annual Leadership Conference held at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.”

Real estate experts explain why housing hot spots are still scorching

“High tech has really found Arizona and the value of our market,” Phoenix and Scottsdale generational realtor Sindy Ready also told Digital. “We have a Taiwanese chip plant going in up in the north end of town. Intel is adding two plants down in the southeast end of our valley. There’s Amazon, Google and just all kinds of support companies that are helping these chip plants build their products. And so the demand for people moving into the market just in the business segment has been huge.”

Can we back out of a home purchase because of a short-term rental next door?

In a recent column, you said that if a seller and a buyer dispute the validity of a home’s sale, the standard Arizona Association of Realtors purchase contract requires mediation before a seller or buyer files a lawsuit. 

Short-term rental critics want more regulatory power for cities

“Lobbyist Tom Farley, who represents the Arizona Association of Realtors, said the group would have to see any proposed legislation before taking a position, but it has historically opposed “things like caps that take away from people’s private property rights.”

Scottsdale short term rental restriction proposals gain powerful ally

“So I have not specifically reviewed what Scottsdale is proposing. I’ve only heard about it, and it’s similar to efforts that have been tried in the recent past, which is, you know, capping the number of short-term rentals. I believe they have some kind of spacing proposal as well,” Tom Farley, a lobbyist for the Arizona Association of Realtors, told The Center Square Friday. “We’ve always opposed those things because they go against someone’s private property rights and uses of their property.”

What happens if a home buyer backs out during the inspection period for a bogus reason?

“Second, under the standard Arizona Association of Realtors purchase contract, if you believe the buyer is not acting in good faith, you and the buyer will have to mediate this $20,000 earnest money dispute.”

Lake Havasu City Real Estate: New Single Family Pool Home Listings Announced

“According to the Arizona Association of Realtors, the median sale price of Arizona homes declined by more than 6% from May 2022 to May 2023, meaning homes in vacation destinations like Lake Havasu City may now be much more affordable than they were before.”

Arizona fares slightly better as high mortgages, low inventory hit home sales

“What is happening now is the interest rates are currently around 7.5% and there are rumors that they are going to be pushing over 8% in the next few weeks, but because our market is in such high demand … ,” said Sindy Ready, first vice president for Arizona Realtors. “There is just more demand than there are houses, so it is just pushing the market up.”

Featured in:

KGUN 9 Tucson, Pinal Central, Daily Courier, Havasu News, AZPM, Phoenix Business Journal, AZ Big Media, Capitol Times, Payson Roundup, Verde Independent, Tucson Sentinel, and White Mountain Independent

Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates

“It is still a busy market believe it or not. What’s happening is for the buyers when these interest rates go up, it means their buying power is less. And it does lend itself to the cash buyers having more opportunity.”

Housing group to put $500K toward housing projects

“The Arizona Realtors is proud to once again support the Arizona Housing Fund, which we have done each year since its founding in 2019,” said 2023 Arizona Realtors president, Eric Gibbs. “With the help of individual REALTORS® and their clients, the fund has distributed $1.35 million in grants to Arizona nonprofits to build permanent supportive housing and reduce homelessness in Phoenix, Glendale, Chino Valley, Page and Flagstaff.” 

Featured in: Phoenix Agent Magazine

DirectOffer partners with Arizona Realtor association

“DirectOffer, a marketing and lead generation tool using AI and machine-learning to enhance property listings, has recently reached an agreement with the Arizona Realtors. This partnership aims to provide the Association’s 55,000+ members with discounted access to DirectOffer’s DO AudioTours, a patented technology that transforms static property listing photos into guided multi-language tours of homes.”

Business coalition urges passage of transportation bill to maintain region’s competitive standing

“Business groups across Arizona are calling on the state Legislature to pass legislation today that would allow Maricopa County voters to choose whether to extend the county sales tax that funds transportation projects.”

As lawmakers return to Arizona Capitol, ending apartment rental tax becomes a bargaining chip

“The rental tax repeal and Prop. 400 have to travel together,” said Farley, who represents the Arizona Association of Realtors. He added that even if Proposition 400 is a no-go, he’s pretty confident Hobbs will sign the rental tax repeal. “Our goal is to get the bill passed this year with or without Prop. 400.”

Rent tax, Prop. 400 still on the table before legislative session ends

“Lobbyist Tom Farley, who represents the Arizona Association of Realtors, which supports the bill, told Axios Phoenix that lawmakers made two changes last month in the House to alleviate Hobbs’ concerns.”

ADOT unveils 5 new, 2 redesigned specialty license plates

“The long list of Arizona specialty license plates is getting even longer, as ADOT announced five brand new plates on Thursday. Two existing specialty plates are also getting a refreshed look.”

Featured in: AZ Family, ABC 15, KJZZ, AZ Central, Daily Independent, Phoenix Agent Magazine, City Sun Times, and Yahoo Finance

Here are 5 things to know about owning a home in Buckeye

“Sindy Ready, vice president of the Arizona Association of Realtors and leader at the Ready Team and RE/MAX Excalibur associate, said one of the most common questions from soon-to-be Arizona homeowners is whether or not they will have enough water.”

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® Appoints Lisa Paffrath as Treasurer

“Lisa is a welcome addition to our volunteer leadership team as she brings her broad expertise and strong leadership skills to the association,” Gibbs said in a press release. “As treasurer, Lisa is a key leader and resource for guiding our diverse network of members across Arizona.”

Featured in: Phoenix Agent Magazine

Phoenix metro home prices showing signs of bottoming out, experts say

“Sindy Ready first vice president for Arizona Realtors, said inventory is dropping throughout the Valley, with 9,415 single-family homes currently on the market in Maricopa and Pima counties compared with 11,000 last month.”

Advancing Careers: Realtors group, ASU form mentoring partnership

“The Arizona Association of Realtors and W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University have formed ASU/AAR Education Partnership for university juniors and seniors who are pursuing a minor in real estate or a Master of Real Estate Development.”

‘Things just weren’t adding up’: Scammers targeting real estate agents in Payson

“There’s a scam making the rounds in parts of the country, robbing people of their properties, including in Arizona. The Arizona Association of REALTORS said this scam is not isolated to Payson.”

Arizona REALTORS® launches real estate scholarship program

“The Arizona Association of REALTORS®’ Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee has opened applications for the Real Estate Scholarship Program for Future Realtors®. The program will award two scholarships to graduating Arizona high school students who plan to embark on a career in real estate.”

Arizona real estate not sweating new restrictions

“Sindy Ready, the vice president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, thinks the market will always hold appeal to buyers. “I think people are always going to want to live in Arizona, we have sunshine, we have beautiful hiking trails and biking trails and golf and tennis,” Ready told the publication.”

Featured in: NPR and KJZZ

REALTORS® Show Massive Commitment to Community Service

“About half of REALTOR® associations across the country hosted community service events during the week-long REALTOR® Volunteer Days, which ran from June 3 to 11, showing a unified front when giving back to their communities in a variety of ways.”

Housing affordability is down in Tucson, but experts are bullish on recovery

“Eric Gibbs, longtime Tucson broker and current president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, acknowledges that rising residential real estate prices have put home ownership out of reach for many.”

More homebuyers cautious following Rio Verde Foothills saga

“Sindy Ready is a realtor with more than 23 years of experience in the Valley. She tells ABC15 she recently started getting calls from homebuyers all asking the same thing.

“Are we going to have water if we buy a house in Arizona? Right, that’s kind of the main question that myself and most agents are getting right now,” said Ready, Vice President of the Arizona Association of Realtors.”

Phoenix-area housing market corrected, low inventory creating competition

“Median home prices are down more than $50,000 from this time last year. “The prices went down anywhere from 8-10% depending on where you went in the Valley,” said Sindy Ready, First Vice President of Arizona Realtors. “Sellers are going to have to get a little more realistic.”

Arizona homeowners falling victim to deed fraud

“We’ve seen an increase, I think because now we do electronic recordings, right? We used to… you had a real person that took your ID and, you know, and notarized the deed, and then a real person took that notarized paper to the county’s recorder and recorded it, usually through the title company,” said Michelle Lind.”

The Next Generation of Realtors: Mentorship gives students the keys to succeed

“The Arizona Association of Realtors and W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU came together last fall to bring the ASU/AAR Education Partnership to life.

The program helps ASU juniors and seniors who are pursuing a minor in real estate or a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) learn more about the licensed real estate profession by increasing their professional skills while advancing their careers in the field.”

Arizona halts new construction that rely on groundwater

“Vice President of the Arizona Association of REALTORS, Sindy Ready, isn’t sure how much new homes will be because of this new rule, but she thinks it won’t deter people from moving to Arizona.”

Room to boom: Pinal County housing grew at fastest rate in state

“At one point in Pinal County, Casa Grande was a very sleepy town, and they’re wide awake now. People are just sprawling to it,” said Eric Gibbs, president of the Arizona Association of Realtors.”

Our home purchase contract says we need to arbitrate a dispute. What does that mean?

“We signed the standard Arizona Association of Realtors purchase contract to buy a home in Glendale. We deposited $12,000 earnest money. The seller, however, didn’t disclose that there was a pickleball home next door with loud pickleball tournaments on weekends.”

Retreats Arizona Living 05-07-2023

“The MLS is also where all listings – resale, vacant land multiple dwellings and some new construction – are entered for the communities served,” said Eric Gibbs Sr., 2023 President, Arizona Association of REALTORS.”

AZ BIG Podcast: Eric Gibbs talks residential real estate trends

“The latest episode of the AZ Big Podcast with Michael & Amy has officially dropped. Episode 84 features Eric Gibbs, president of Arizona Association of REALTORS, who talks Arizona real estate trends.”

Sun City West revenue takes a hit amid slowing home sales

“Jan Leighton, past president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, said higher rates aren’t deterring
some buyers who have the money to cover extra costs.”

RV sales are skyrocketing as southern Arizonans struggle to pay for rent or mortgage

“I know my realtor counterparts are staying very positive with this market. This is the opportunity to make sure you have a good conversation with them and allow them to help you navigate this process. Lenders are doing it too. Helping you find the best programs available for you to purchase homes you’re able to get into at this time because this too will pass,” said Eric Gibbs, President of the Arizona Realtors.”

This Arizona program is helping to fund affordable housing options

“Approved by the Arizona Association of Realtors, this program allows property buyers and sellers to voluntarily donate $25 to the Arizona Housing Fund out of their escrow settlement.”

Baby Boomers Replace Millennials as Nation’s Top Home-Buying Generation

“Arizona is also high on the list for home-buying boomers. Eric Gibbs, president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, told The Epoch Times they’re attracting people from all over the nation.”

Scammer poses as property owner trying to sell lot, pocket cash

“A ‘For Sale’ sign was placed in the ground at the vacant lot Madhu Sakthivel owns, only he didn’t agree to it being there. He’s owned the Phoenix lot for about 13 years and plans to build a home there or pass on ownership to his family.”

Get smart about hiring the right agent to sell your home

“We’ve gathered a list of questions to ask the professionals you’re considering hiring for the job of selling your home. All of our experts mentioned asking a prospective agent about their marketing strategies to get your home sold quickly – and for top dollar.”

What to focus on when getting your home ready to sell

“Paint the home in subtle colors that allow buyers to visualize their personal décor,” said Eric Gibbs Sr., 2023 President, Arizona Association of REALTORS”.

Making uncomfortable conversations comfortable through equity, diversity and inclusion

“How does it feel to be the first African American President of the Arizona Association of REALTORS®?” A thoughtful question, right? I was not quite sure how to answer it. One would think that I would reply as expected, using several adjectives like “thrilled” or “honored,” which I am, do not get me wrong. Let me introduce myself as your 2023 president of the Arizona Association of REALTORS®.”

Realtors offer glimpse into Tucson’s housing market

“While the past few years have been red hot for the Tucson real estate market, recent trends and marketing adjustments have yielded a slightly cooler market that is more balanced for both buyers and sellers.”

Governor and lawmakers eye affordable housing amid state’s rapid growth

“Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, D, has prioritized increasing affordable housing as the state continues to grow as one of her administration’s goals. For Hobbs, it is critical that non-profit organizations and local communities continue to be involved in efforts to make housing affordable.”

The Arizona REALTORS® Gives Back Statewide Through the “REALTORS® Are Good Neighbors” Initiative.

“The Arizona REALTORS®, the largest trade Association in Arizona representing over 55,000 members, is making a difference statewide through the “REALTORS® are Good Neighbors” initiative. This program from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) encourages members of statewide and local associations to join in on the nationwide philanthropic initiative while maximizing the impact of their volunteer time.”

The Phoenix housing bubble spectacularly popped in 2008. Countless signs point towards a similar struggle now. Here’s how bad it really is.

“Sindy Ready, the vice president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, told Insider that lower mortgage rates are giving agents hope for the spring homebuying season — a time when buyers typically flood the real-estate market. ‘Every year right around the fourth or fifth of January, the phones start ringing after everybody’s done with the holidays,’ Ready told Insider. “We weren’t really sure if that was going to be the case this year with interest rates being a little higher, but it was the case. We started seeing more activity in the market in early January.”

Taking a glance at Arizona’s 2023 real estate market

“Inventory is an important piece of the equation, according to Eric Gibbs, the president of the Arizona Association of Realtors. He said that overall, the market is in a better place with around a 3-month supply of homes in the Valley. Gibbs said, “Buyers are in the market. Buyers are moving. The problem buyers have is that they can’t find inventory. There’s not a lot of inventory. If they’re looking for a home under 300K, there may only be a few available to them, and so that’s what’s causing some of the slow down in buyers buying.”


“The issue of homelessness impacts Arizona’s most vulnerable communities including families, the elderly and veterans — this must be addressed with the construction of permanent and affordable housing across the state,” Michelle Lind, counsel for the Arizona Realtors, which donated $2,500 toward the grants, shared in a statement.

“The market is going to get better as we go into 2023. There will still be challenges with inventory, we will still have challenges with interest rates, but we think that as we get past the first quarter, second and third quarter we’re going to see those interest rates come down,” said Eric Gibbs, President of Arizona Realtors.


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