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- Arizona Association of REALTORS offers 2021 predictions for seller’s market
- Real Estate Market Maintaining Momentum in the New Year
- Arizona realtors see steady demand as state grows population
- After a chaotic year, Arizona Realtors president’s term ends on a high note
- Arizona REALTORS® Donates $25,000 to The Arizona Housing Funds
- Arizona REALTORS Support National Association of REALTORS® Action to Curb Hate Speech
- Peoria’s Jan Leighton named Arizona REALTORS president
- People in Action – Eric Gibbs, VP Arizona REALTORS®
- Arizona REALTORS® Announce 2021 Executive Committee at Annual Leadership Conference
- Jeff Fields Wins National Award for Preventing Teen Suicide
- West Valley Real Producers Feature Jan Leighton
- Lind: Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical
- Eviction Moratoriums don’t solve the problem, they simply shift the problem to someone else
- Landlord group says lawsuit over eviction moratorium is a “last step”
- Arizona REALTORS® Supports the Fight Against Homelessness
- Arizona REALTORS elects 2021 line officers
- How to get back deposit money if coronavirus canceled your conference or wedding
- Self-care and financial advice from 3 real estate heavyweights
- Local specialty T-shirt sale seeks to raise funds for Arizona Housing Fund
- Residential real estate industry adjusts to impact of pandemic
- Taking action against the affordable housing crisis
- Arizona Housing Fund hopes to move people from the streets into homes
- Flagstaff home prices rise in March as home listings drop amid coronavirus
- Watch Out For The “Corona Clause” Being Added To Real Estate Contracts
- Coronavirus Tips – How To Protect Your Home And Yourself During A Real Estate Transaction
- Arizona REALTORS® President discusses COVID-19 impact on real estate market
- The Newsflash: Our life here in Estrella
- Despite slight uptick, millennials still face homeownership challenges
- Photographers find the ‘perfect shot’ in Arizona housing market
- Ask the Expert
- Despite slight uptick, millennials still face homeownership challenges
- The Arizona Association of REALTORS®
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.
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.
Arizona Public Media, December 11, 2020
Arizona realtors see steady demand as state grows population. Eric Gibbs of the Arizona Association of Realtors discusses current trends.
Today’s News-Herald, December 5, 2020
Lake Havasu City Real Estate Agent Mary Robert’s term as President of the Arizona Association of Realtors took an unexpected turn just a few months in.
The real estate industry has remained strong statewide throughout 2020. But like everyone else, the pandemic has forced Roberts and the association to adjust its operations to conform to a new reality.
“It has been good for real estate – I can tell you it hasn’t hit the real estate business at all,” Roberts said. “But as far as leadership and running an organization of 55,000 members – it has been a lot of Zoom meetings. We have been kind of having to move outside the box in how you are going to reach out to people and help people through this. People are used to seeing each other, so you need to figure out what you need to do to reach out and help those members virtually.”
inBusiness, AZ Health & Living & My Local News, December 5, 2020
The Arizona Association of REALTORS® recently approved a donation of $25,000 to the Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF) on behalf of the 2020 REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC) Major Investors.
The Arizona Housing Fund is a dedicated and sustainable funding source for nonprofit agencies that build and operate permanent supportive, low-income, and working poor housing units. This donation will ensure that more housing units are constructed, meeting the growing community needs in Arizona with the goal of reducing homelessness.
Health and Living Magazine, My Local News & Newsbreak, December 3, 2020
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors has voted to approve a series of recommendations from NAR’S Professional Standards Committee that extends Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to include discriminatory speech and conduct beyond a member’s real estate practice.
“Our members statewide have long adhered and made the commitment to uphold the principles of fair housing as well as NAR’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” says Arizona REALTORS® CEO Michelle Lind. “As new standards and revisions are introduced, we will continue to abide by those strict ethical mandates.”
Peoria Times, November 14, 2020
Jan Leighton of JD Campbell Realty in Peoria is the Arizona REALTORS 2021 president.
“We are extremely proud to have Jan lead our executive team in 2021,” Arizona REALTORS CEO Michelle Lind said. “With Jan’s leadership, I am confident our association will continue to build on our previous successes and continue being the voice of the Arizona real estate industry.”
Arizona REALTORS includes more than 50,000 professionals from all areas of real estate, including residential, commercial, property management, land and appraisal.
Inside Tucson Business, November 6, 2020
Local real estate professional Eric Gibbs has been announced as the vice president of Arizona Association of REALTORS at their 2021 executive committee, which honored members for professional accomplishments and leadership excellence during a recent virtual conference. In the 13 years Gibbs has spent as an active broker, he has earned a reputation as a leader in the Tucson real estate industry who gives back to the industry he loves by serving the real estate community through numerous committees and leadership roles. Before real estate piqued Gibbs’ interest, he served 15 years in the U.S. Navy.
The Arizona 100 (November 4, 2020)
At its annual Leadership Conference held virtually, Arizona REALTORS® installed its 2021 state and regional association officers.
Jan Leighton of JD Campbell Realty, Inc. in Peoria will begin her term as the Arizona REALTORS® 2021 President. She will serve with 2021 President-elect Gary Nelson of Realty Executives in Flagstaff, 2021 First Vice President Eric Gibbs of Realty One Group – Integrity in Tucson and Treasurer Shelley Ostrowski of Reality One Group – Gateway in Yuma.
On Oct. 6, The National Association of Realtors announced Jeff Fields, with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale, as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Award winners. As a volunteer and past board president of nonprofit Teen Lifeline, Fields has served more than 28,000 youth through a peer-to-peer teen crisis hotline while providing community education on suicide prevention.
Jan Leighton doesn’t back down fro ma challenge whether teaching seventh- and eighth-graders in the inner-city of Pittsburgh or bar-tending in Venice Beach where she became the first female General Manager for Grand American Fare Restaurant and Bar Corp. “I was told their bars were too rough for women,” scoffed Leighton. Now with over 24 years in the Real Estate industry in Arizona’s West Valley, Jan Leighton is poised to begin her term as President of the Arizona REALTORS® in 2021.
As tenants struggle to make ends meet, landlords were mandated by an executive order to adjust their rent collections schedules, allowing tenants upwards of eight months abeyance on payments. While this order provided needed relief to the tenants, it created additional hardship for the landlords, whose own financial stability often relies on the income generated from these rental properties. And although no rent was collected, the landlords were still expected to meet their financial obligations.
Chamber Business News (August 17, 2020)
At the request of the Arizona Multihousing Association and the Arizona Association of REALTORS®, Elliott D. Pollack & Company analyzed the potential impact of eviction moratoria on the Arizona rental housing industry. The results clearly indicate that eviction moratoria and the non-payment of rent could have devastating consequences on the rental housing industry and the real estate industry as a whole.
Arizona Mirror (August 17, 2020)
For the past four months, trade groups representing landlords and property owners have attempted to get additional state funds released for tenants and landlords but those monies have been slow to release.
Now those same groups are suing to overturn the eviction moratorium imposed by Gov. Doug Ducey, which created a situation they deem “unsustainable.” However, tenant advocates say that landlords have already been evicting tenants and are able to receive money from evicted tenants.
There are approximately 10,000 homeless Arizonans who are living in either emergency shelters, transitional shelters or living unsheltered, in need of permanent housing. Existing Permanent Supportive Housing is always full with a waitlist as long as six months.
Arizona REALTORS® has officially elected its executive committee line officers for the 2021 year. The leadership team is comprised of several returning line officers with decades of industry experience including President Jan Leighton, President-Elect Gary Nelson and First Vice President Eric Gibbs. Next year, Yuma real estate pro Shelley Ostrowski will join the executive committee as treasurer.
Kirti Dwivedi and Bobby Borszich had just put down a deposit for what they envisioned would be a 60-person, Hindu-themed wedding ceremony and reception on May 2 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, but it quickly became apparent the coronavirus outbreak and business-lockdown efforts were going to derail their plans.
Michelle Lind, CEO of the Arizona Association of Realtors, had a similar outcome when her group needed to cancel its annual conference and governance meeting, originally scheduled for late March, at a large Glendale hotel.
Chicago Agent Magazine (May 15, 2020)
Agents and brokers in markets across the country are dealing with their share of anxiety over the economic turmoil wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s National Association of Realtors’ midyear legislative meetings – held virtually – featured a series of sessions designed to help members take care of themselves, professionally and personally.
Independent Newsmedia (May 12, 2020)
The Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation, a subsidiary of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is partnering with the Arizona Association of REALTORS to raise money for the Arizona Housing Fund.
AZ BIG MEDIA (May 3, 2020)
The pandemic has many wondering if it’s the right time to buy or sell a home, but those entering the market have found just what they’re looking for.
Even with stay-at-home orders in place, there are still plenty of people listing and buying homes at a steady pace.
AZ Big Media (April 27, 2020)
A minimum wage employee must work 54 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Maricopa County.
Cronkite News (April 13, 2020)
Fears of winding up on the streets are on the rise as more Arizonans lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but a fund has been set up to help local nonprofits build housing with access to onsite support services for low-income people.
AZ Daily Sun (April 10, 2020)
Gary Nelson, vice president of the Arizona Association of Realtors and a realtor with Flagstaff Realty Executives, said Flagstaff isn’t the only area that has seen its supply drop.
Forbes (March 30, 2020)
Even though most existing real estate contracts already contain a ‘force majeure’ clause, state real estate associations are adding ones that relate specifically to coronavirus since this is such an unusual case.
Signals AZ (March 26, 2020)
As we all wade through the uncharted waters that the arrival of Covid-19 has thrust us into, those of us who work in residential real estate are scrambling to find ways to continue to conduct business, safely and sanely.
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West Valley View (February 12, 2019)
With more than $58,000 in student loan debt from Northern Arizona University and a full-time job barely getting her from paycheck to paycheck, Kaitlin Kump never thought she would be able to buy a home in her 20s.
AZFamily 3 On Your Side (January 21, 2020)
The Arizona housing market is hot. But sellers still must make their listings stand out to get top dollar on a sale and this all begins with pics of your house.
New Home Central (January 17, 2020)
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Cronkite News (January 8, 2020)
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Prescott Realtors Donate To Community Efforts Chino Valley ENews (December 21, 2019)
More Arizona women real estate leaders than ever Arizona Republic (December 23, 2019)
Public private partnerships working to address Arizona’s affordable housing crisis The Center Square (November 15, 2019)
AzBusiness Leaders 2019 AZ BIG Media (November 2019)
Arizona Realtors recognizes Flag local Lisa Paffrath Arizona Daily Sun (November 2, 2019)
Havasu agent named president of Arizona Realtors Today’s News-Herald (October 29, 2019)
Rule change boosts Arizona Realtors’ confidence in millennials buying homes Phoenix Business Journal (October 23, 2019)
Here’s why the West Valley is booming AZ Big Media (October 15, 2019)
Homebuilding increases to highest level in over a decade Chamber Business News (October 4, 2019)
For $25, Arizona home buyers can help solve the state’s affordable housing problem Arizona Republic (September 3, 2019)
Arizona is ground zero for iBuyers, but seller beware ABC 15 (August 13, 2019)
What Amazon’s new real estate partnership means for Arizona Realtors Phoenix Business Journal (July 26, 2019)
Make-A-Wish granter named Ariz. volunteer of year Yuma Sun (May 5, 2019)
Understanding pool barrier laws AZ BIG Media (April 24, 2019)
Condo, townhome, villa or loft? Arizona Republic (April 6, 2019)
REALTORS® Raise Funds for Nebraska Flood Victims Realtor Magazine (April 5, 2019)
Arizona senator pushes association health plans as plus for small business KTAR (April 4 2019)
Should I have my home inspected for termites? Arizona Daily Sun (March 31, 2019)
Arizona senator pushes association health plans as plus for small business – KTAR (April 4, 2019)
License required to repair doors? Regs spark heated debate in Arizona – FOX News (April 4, 2019)
What is digital transaction management? – New Home Central (March 1, 2019)
Women, Hispanics, and millennials shaping the housing industry – Chamber Business News (Feb. 19, 2019)
Voters on Prop 126: Don’t tax services – Arizona Capitol Times (Jan. 28, 2019)
This is how the future of Arizona real estate will unfold – Scottsdale Independent (Dec. 27, 2018)
Brokers’ Tips for Lasting in Real Estate – REALTOR® Magazine (Dec. 14, 2018)
How tech and transportation will change real estate – AZ Big Media (Dec. 13, 2018)
Here’s the CRE outlook for 2019 – AZ Big Media (Dec. 5, 2018)
Voters approve Prop 126, banning taxes on services – Phoenix Business Journal (Nov. 7, 2018)
September home prices inch up in metro Phoenix… – Phoenix Business Journal (Nov. 6, 2018)
Arizona REALTORS appoints new leaders, recognizes leadership – Scottsdale Independent (Nov. 5, 2018)
Ready to buy a new home but need to sell your current home first? – The Arizona Republic (Oct. 5, 2018)
Prop. 126 helps Arizona’s economy – Tucson.com (Sept. 26, 2018)
Arizona initiative could ensure service taxes won’t be added – KYMA News 11 (Sept. 25, 2018)
Affordability Becoming Bigger Issue in Metro Phoenix – Phoenix Business Journal (Sep. 14, 2018)
Arizona housing market is booming featuring Lori Doerfler – Chamber Business News (Aug. 18, 2018)
REALTORS® Hope to Block Future Tax on Services – Payson Roundup (July 14, 2018)
Phoenix, Buckeye among biggest, fastest-growing cities in U.S. in 2017 – Cronkite News (May 28, 2018)
New Ways To Buy, Sell Homes Raise Questions About Role Of Real Estate Agents – KJZZ (May 7, 2018)
Are homeowners spying on potential buyers? It’s a growing trend in real estate – 12NEWS (May 1, 2018)
REALTORS® Role In Promoting Fair Housing, 50 Years Later – KJZZ (Apr. 30, 2018)
Cybersecurity and real estate transactions – Arizona Daily Sun (Apr. 30, 2018)
Real estate marketplace expanding into Phoenix featuring Lori Doerfler – ABC15 | KNXV (Feb. 22, 2018)
New Arizona Bill Would Make it Harder for Homeowners to Sue for Repairs – FOX 10 | KSAZ (Feb. 21, 2018)
How is College Debt Affecting Home Buying? featuring D. Patrick Lewis – ABC15 | KNXV (Feb. 1, 2018)
Don’t Forget Contract Basics featuring Michelle Lind – Real Estate Agent Magazine (Jan. 2018)
Digital Transaction Management Systems featuring D. Patrick Lewis – azcentral.com (Jan. 5, 2018)
Southeast Valley Realtors recognized for global business alliance – Arizona Business Daily (Dec. 12, 2017)
Condo, House or Townhouse: Which Is Best for You? featuring Lori Doerfler – MagnifyMoney (Dec. 11, 2017)
Prayer Garden Coming to Abide Maternity Home thanks to SVVAR – Camp Verde Bugle (Nov. 28, 2017)
Local Realtor spurs national Totes For Hope campaign – Arizona Daily Sun (Nov. 23, 2017)
Defend Your Commission to Scrappy Sellers featuring Paula Monthofer – REALTOR® Magazine (Nov. 2017)
Fuchs honored by Arizona REALTORS® – Mohave Valley Daily News (Oct. 29, 2017)
Havasu REALTOR® becomes new leader of state group – Today’s News-Herald (Oct. 18, 2017)
Scottsdale REALTOR® receives appointment at annual conference – Scottsdale Independent (Oct. 18, 2017)
Statewide Realtors make rally ride through Show Low – White Mountain Independent (Oct. 13, 2017)
HomeSmart CEO Pilots Irma Rescue Mission – RISMedia (Oct. 11, 2017)
Top 8 Things not to Overlook When Buying featuring Paula Monthofer – AZBigMedia.com (Oct. 10, 2017)
Choosing the Right Real Estate Professional featuring Lori Doerfler – NewHomecentral.com (Oct. 6, 2017)
Don’t Let Neighbors Downgrade Your Listing – REALTOR® Magazine (Oct. 2017)
Millennial Home Buyers Shy Away from Ahwatukee Prices – Ahwatukee Foothills News (Sept. 26, 2017)
Sales pace picks up at top-selling community in Arizona – East Valley Tribune (Sept. 11, 2017)
Open House Safety Tips featuring D. Patrick Lewis – 3TV | KTVK (Sept. 3, 2017)
Selling Your Home Safely featuring D. Patrick Lewis – CBS 5 | KPHO (Sept. 3, 2017)
Home Selling Safety Tips featuring D. Patrick Lewis – ABC15 | KNXV (Sept. 2, 2017)
Don’t Forget Contract Basics featuring Michelle Lind, Esq. – Real Estate Agent Magazine (Sept. 2017)
Personal finance company finds Phoenix affordable city for renting – Arizona Business Daily (Aug. 11, 2017)
Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate: Always check the freezer featuring Paula Monthofer – Inman News (Aug. 9, 2017)
Arizona Realtors Pitch in to Help Homeless – frontdoors (May 22, 2017)
There’s No Place Like Arizona – Real Estate Agent magazine (May 2017)
Trump tax plan will hurt housing market, say Realtors – The Arizona Republic (Apr. 30, 2017)
6 simple steps for agents to increase personal safety featuring Paula Monthofer – Inman News (Apr. 26, 2017)
New real estate trends released: it’s a sellers market – KNXV-TV (Apr. 10, 2017)
Home sales in March have skyrocketed in Arizona – KPNX-TV (Apr. 10, 2017)
Realtor convention raises $74,000 for RAPAC – Arizona Business Daily (Apr. 7, 2017)
Is the Housing Market too hot to buy? featuring D. Patrick Lewis – KNXV-TV (Mar. 22, 2017)
Arizona an average state for first-time home buyers – Phoenix Business Journal (Mar. 1, 2017)
Study shows Realtors are actively engaged in their communities – Arizona Business Daily (Feb. 23, 2017)
D. Patrick Lewis on Digital Transaction Management – NewHomecentral.com (Jan. 15, 2017)
Arizona Realtors take hot topics to Capitol – Arizona Business Daily (Jan. 13, 2017)
Tucson Association of Realtors Soccer Shootout – KGUN9 (Jan. 10, 2017)
SAAR 2017 Board of Directors take office – Scottsdale Independent (Dec. 27, 2016)
Prescott Area Association of Realtors executive retiring – The Daily Courier (Nov. 19, 2016)
Scottsdale REALTOR® Recognized for Excellence… – Scottsdale Independent (Nov. 7, 2016)
Community Brief: Monthofer installed as association president – Arizona Daily Sun (Nov. 3, 2016)
AAR 2017 President Paula Monthofer on Ask A REALTOR® Hotline – Arizona Midday (Oct. 25, 2016)
AAR 2016 President Paula Serven on Ask A REALTOR® Hotline – Sonoran Living (Oct. 25, 2016)
Arizona REALTORS® Hosts Annual Ask a REALTOR® Hotline – AZBIGMEDIA.com (Oct. 24, 2016)
AAR 2016 President Paula Serven Previews Ask a REALTOR® Hotline – That Real Estate Show (Oct. 23, 2016)
Home Sales, Prices Rising – Arizona Daily Sun (Sep 21, 2016)
More Millennials are Becoming Real Estate Agents – D. Patrick Lewis on KTAR 92.3FM (Sep 15, 2016)
Olympic Gymnast Takes on Twists and Turns of the Real Estate Market – Gilbert Republic (Sep 14, 2016)
Giving Back – Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) – Arizona Daily Star (Aug 15, 2016)
Broad Coalition Opposes UniSource Electric Proposal Ahead Of Arizona Corporation Commission Vote – PR Newswire (Aug 4, 2016)
REALTORS® Give on Donation Day – White Mountain Independent (Jul 26, 2016)
“With 43,792 members, the Arizona Association of Realtors took the No. 1 ranking…” – Phoenix Business Journal (Jun 24, 2016)
Homebuyers, beware: Lead pipe problems not always required disclosure – Arizona Republic (Jun 15, 2016)
Housing costs rising, study shows – Today’s News-Herald Havasu News (Jun 2016)
Real Estate Agents Read to Kids at Clubs – North Central News (Jun 2016)
REALTORS® Foundation Provides Support for Community Members in Need – Bisbee Daily Review (May 29, 2016)
Real Estate Investors: Don’t Overlook the Baby Boomer Market – 5 Arch Funding (May 23, 2016)
Storytellers – Arizona Daily Sun (May 15, 2016)
Tell A Story Day – White Mountain Independent (May 6, 2016)
Tell A Story Day – Yuma Sun (May 3, 2016)
Tell A Story Day – Casa Grande Dispatch (Apr 29, 2016)
Busy real estate season starts now [text] – Paula Serven on ABC15 News (Apr. 19, 2016)
What Makes (a) ‘Green’ Home? Arizona Leads US in Green Home Building – KJZZ 91.5FM (Apr. 21, 2016)
Scottsdale REALTORS® Represent U.S. and Arizona at Global Real Estate Expo – In Business Magazine (Apr 5, 2016)
The low-down on the BINSR – NewHomecentral.com (Mar 4, 2016)
Real estate Q&A – Mohave Valley Daily News (Dec 30, 2015)
New Homes – Paper Trailing – Arizona Republic (Dec 4, 2015)
Ask A REALTOR® Hotline Ratings & Audience (Nov 4, 2015)
Local REALTOR® Wins Community Outreach Award – Payson Roundup (Oct 24, 2015)
Paula Serven Recognition Plaque – Phoenix Business Journal (Oct 15, 2015)
Arizona home sales up in August, bucks national trend – Sun City West Independent (Sep 27, 2015)
Phoenix homeowners rank above average for underwater mortgages – Cronkite News (Sep 14, 2015)
AAR Launches Agent Safety Alert Program – Sonoran News (Sep 9, 2015)
AAR launches Agent Safety Alert Program – Scottsdale Independent (Sep 5, 2015)
Selling your current home – Arizona Republic (Sep 4, 2015)
AAR unveils real estate agent safety system – Inman News (Aug 31, 2015)
The Arizona Association of REALTORS®
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