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Abbie Fink, HMA Public Relations, afink@hmapr.com
Michelle Lind, Esq., CEO, Arizona Association of REALTORS®, michellelind@aaronline.com

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Housing market cooldown on the horizon for Arizona?

ABC 15 – September 10, 2021

National housing experts say as temperatures cool down this fall, the recent home-buying frenzy could be slowing down as well, but will the same happen here in Arizona?

“We’re seeing a little more inventory creep on market, which means people are having to get a little more realistic about their pricing,” said Jan Leighton, President of the Arizona Association of Realtors.

Can ‘love letters’ from home buyers perpetuate racism? This state thinks so

USA TODAY – August 20. 2021

The Arizona Association of Realtors says listing agents should educate sellers about fair housing laws and the pitfalls of love letters, according to its CEO, K. Michelle Lind.

Real estate continues to boom in Rim Country

Payson Roundup – August 13, 2021

“There’s not a lot of people talking about the inventory shortfall,” said Gary Nelson, the 2021 president-elect of the Arizona Realtors. “We have more people wanting to buy than inventory available.”

Are Californians are ruining the market in Arizona?

KVOA Tucson

Arizona REALTORS® First Vice President Eric Gibbs shares his opinion.

Switching Lanes

Airpark NewsJuly 2021

Former music publisher Louis McCall finds the perfect pitch in real estate.

Californian destination states see home prices skyrocket

KPVI – July 7, 2021

A popular gripe about Californians moving into nearby states is they bring their politics with them. The newest complaint could be they’re bringing high home prices as well.

Phoenix Business Journal – The List


Glendale median house price up 40% in 2 years

Daily Independent – June 20, 2021

Whether Valley residents will first see relief from soaring home prices or relief from extreme weather is a hot summer topic right now.

Arizona housing market sparks bidding wars for homebuyers

KTAR 92.3 – June 8, 2021

Gary Nelson, a realtor in Flagstaff, is seeing something similar. He said homes in his area are selling for about 5% over asking price.

Nelson, who’s also the president-elect of the Arizona Association of Realtors, said nowadays it’s rare for a home to sell for the price it’s listed.

“We’re seeing that pretty much throughout the state, except for possibly the rural remote areas,” he said.

As for who’s making the big offers, Nelson said it’s mostly buyers from Arizona. He said about half of the buyers he works with are Valley residents looking to buy a vacation home in Flagstaff.

“But we do have some people from California and other states as well,” he said.

Are single-agent home sales risky? Study finds buyers, sellers harmed without own agents

ABC 15 – May 31, 2021

“I have read the Consumer Federation of America Report, but have not had the opportunity to evaluate the methodology used to create the report or its accuracy,” said Michelle Lind, CEO of Arizona REALTORS®. However, I can comment on limited representation (dual agency) in Arizona.”

“Clearly defining agency relationships in a real estate transaction is important for both the clients and the brokers. Clients deserve to know who is representing them and acting in their best interests. Brokers must be clear about who they represent in a transaction to determine what duties are owed to which party. Therefore, the Arizona REALTORS® has the widely used Real Estate Agency Disclosure and Election Form to address the different agency relationships.”

CRE: What’s the Big Picture?

In Business Magazine – May 2021

Addressing the office sector as distinct from the industrial, retail and multifamily sectors, Rick Padelford, an Arizona REALTOR® with Realty Executive Commercial, says, “As offices begins to open back up and vaccines continue to be more widely distributed, the office sector will need to consider how to clean and disinfect common area spaces and the evolution of air circulation throughout office spaces.” He adds, “This is also something that we could see transferring to the retail sector,” noting that COVID-19 created some common concerns among the sectors.

Seller’s market in Phoenix real estate is brutal for local buyers

3TV/CBS 5 – April 24, 2021

Jan Leighton, the president of the Arizona Association of Realtors, says in a normal market, there would be 20,000 to 25,000 active properties for sale in the Valley, specifically single-family detached homes. As of Friday afternoon, that number was below 4,000.

Housing starts surge to 15-year high

AZ Big Media – April 18, 2021

According to the Arizona Association of Realtors, between March 2020 and March 2021, the number of active listings statewide fell 53 percent, while sales rose by just over 10 percent.  The sharp decline in listings meant just over one month’s worth of inventory at current sales levels, or falling nearly 55 percent, and prompting sales prices to rise by nearly 12 percent.

What to Expect in the Greater Phoenix Commercial Real Estate Industry in 2021

InBusiness Magazine – March 2021

The buzzword for 2020 across all industries, including commercial real estate, was “pivot.” Fortunately, the fundamentals of the Phoenix-area commercial real estate market were strong before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we were prepared to weather the storm better than other markets across the U.S.

Spotlight: Gary Nelson, Arizona Association of REALTORS®

Arizona Daily Sun – February 14, 2021

Just to start, tell us a bit about yourself. What drew you to a career in real estate?

I’m a lifelong resident of Flagstaff and in 1994, my wife Tammy and I were deciding whether we were going to stay in the Flagstaff area and start a family or relocate. After touring a large part of the western U.S., we decided to stay in Flagstaff. That meant I needed to look for a career change that would allow me to be rewarded for my own work ethic and also give me a schedule so that I could continue to enjoy what northern Arizona has to offer. That is when I became a Realtor.

What does your upcoming role as president of Arizona Association of REALTORS® encompass?

The Arizona REALTORS® focuses on four main subjects for its 54,000 members: professional development, ethics and arbitration, legislative concerns and business services. The Arizona Realtors are very proactive on improving new and existing programs and technologies for our members that ultimately benefit the consumer. Currently, we are trying to work with our state legislature to try to balance laws effecting both landlords and tenants related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also are very involved with fair housing, private property rights and housing opportunity on behalf of our clients and customers. I have been deeply involved with each of those aspects as a volunteer for the Association for many years.  My role as president will be to continue to serve our members by chairing meetings, working with our phenomenal staff on a daily basis, speaking on behalf of the Association and trying to improve communication to the membership.

Bill provides protection against frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits

AZ Big Media

A bill that provides protection for businesses and others against frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits was introduced by Arizona Senator Vince Leach (R-SaddleBrooke) on Monday.

“What we’re trying to do is give targeted protection with some reasonable liability protection for businesses, educational providers, the healthcare industry, government agencies, religious institutions…,” Leach said. “We’re trying to give everyone the assurance that if they’re following sensible precautions against this terrible threat, this virus that we have, that they won’t see an onslaught of nuisance lawsuits.”

Arizona Association of REALTORS offers 2021 predictions for seller’s market


At the close of 2020, the Arizona real estate market continued to remain strong. Historically low mortgage rates kept buyers buying, meaning Arizona’s housing inventory was unable to keep up with demand. Representatives from the 2021 board of the Arizona Association of REALTORS share their predictions for 2021 as the seller’s market continues to flourish throughout the state of Arizona.

Real Estate Market Maintaining Momentum in the New Year

Flagstaff Business NewsJauary 7, 2021

Staying strong since last June, the housing market on the local, state and national level has risen to a 14-year high, despite the pandemic, economic uncertainty and a difficult presidential election. Even during historically slow periods, like the holiday season, homebuyers are quickly purchasing the few homes listed for sale.

The shortage of housing inventory and extremely low interest rates have driven the hyperactive real estate market, says long-time realtor Gary Nelson, who heads the Gary Nelson Group and is the associate broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff. That trend, he says, is expected to continue through 2021.

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