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

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Jan Leighton 2019 First Vice President

Jan Leighton


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Arizona REALTORS® in the News

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.

Arizona realtors see steady demand as state grows population

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.

After a chaotic year, Arizona Realtors president’s term ends on a high note

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.”

Arizona REALTORS® Donates $25,000 to The Arizona Housing Funds

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.

Arizona REALTORS Support National Association of REALTORS® Action to Curb Hate Speech

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’s Jan Leighton named Arizona REALTORS president

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.

People in Action – Eric Gibbs, VP Arizona REALTORS®

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. 

Arizona REALTORS® Announce 2021 Executive Committee at Annual Leadership Conference

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.

Jeff Fields Wins National Award for Preventing Teen Suicide

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.

West Valley Real Producers Feature Jan Leighton

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.

Lind: Implementation of tenant/landlord assistance programs is critical

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.

Eviction Moratoriums don’t solve the problem, they simply shift the problem to someone else

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.

Landlord group says lawsuit over eviction moratorium is a “last step”

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.

Arizona REALTORS® Supports the Fight Against Homelessness

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 elects 2021 line officers

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.

How to get back deposit money if coronavirus canceled your conference or wedding

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.

Self-care and financial advice from 3 real estate heavyweights

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.

Local specialty T-shirt sale seeks to raise funds for Arizona Housing Fund

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.

Residential real estate industry adjusts to impact of pandemic

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.

Taking action against the affordable housing crisis

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. 

Arizona Housing Fund hopes to move people from the streets into homes

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.

Flagstaff home prices rise in March as home listings drop amid coronavirus

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.

Watch Out For The “Corona Clause” Being Added To Real Estate Contracts

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.

Coronavirus Tips – How To Protect Your Home And Yourself During A Real Estate Transaction

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. 

Arizona REALTORS® President discusses COVID-19 impact on real estate market


Are you buying or selling a home? Coronavirus concerns are impacting the real estate business, according to an industry expert. (CBS 5)

The Newsflash: Our life here in Estrella


Read about what our community is talking about—from Estrella news and events to home design and entertaining tips.

Despite slight uptick, millennials still face homeownership challenges 

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.

Photographers find the ‘perfect shot’ in Arizona housing market

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.

Ask the Expert 

New Home Central (January 17, 2020)

A continuing series from New Home Central. This column features all you’d ever want to know about Earnest Money.

Despite slight uptick, millennials still face homeownership challenges 

Cronkite News (January 8, 2020)

With more than $58,000 in student loan debt from Northern Arizona University and a full-time job that barely got her from paycheck to paycheck, Kaitlin Kump never thought she would be able to buy a home in her 20s.

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