2013 Midyear Re-Cap

Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This quote resonates this time of year especially as NAR wraps up its annual Midyear Meetings in Washington, D.C. with the focal point being visits to Capitol Hill. Each year, a select group of REALTORS® meet with their respective members of Congress to discuss issues that REALTORS® throughout North America face.

“Overall, this was a successful year,” said AAR Vice President of Government Affairs Nicole LaSlavic. “We met with some key members of the Congress that we typically don’t see.” This year, AAR members were given the opportunity to meet with Arizona Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick, Kyrsten Sinema, Trent Franks, Matt Salmon, Ron Barber, Raul Grijalva and Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, and congressional staff members for Representatives Paul Gosar and David Schweikert.

NAR provided members with three prepared talking points:

Evan Fuchs, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, AAR president-elect, said of the overall meeting, “We had a very productive week in Washington D.C. In addition to meeting with our congressmen and senators on property rights issues, we had many members participate on NAR committees. Those members reported to the caucus at the end of the week before the Board of Directors meeting, which helped our NAR directors from Arizona prepare for the meeting the following day. That process put Arizona in a good position to contribute and help shape national decisions that impact our industry back home.”

J. T. Tsighis, federal political coordinator to Congressman Ron Barber, gave this re-cap of his meeting with the congressman: “After introductions were made we presented hard copies of the information including: 2013 Midyear Meeting Legislative Talking Points brochure; 113th Congressional District Report for Arizona District 2; and the State-by-State Economic Impact of Real Estate Activity in Arizona. The setting for sharing the three crucial talking points was relaxed, cordial and conversational.” Tsighis said that they stayed on message and “left the meeting with a sense that our purpose to educate and enlighten had been achieved.”

Holly Mabery, ABR, GRI, rCRMS, who serves as a federal political coordinator to Representative Paul Gosar, said of her meetings, ”with our political representatives, top-of-mind is protecting the fragile housing market, as it really leads all economic recoveries. Of the many items important to us the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID).  The loss of MID could be terribly harmful to the economy especially in Arizona. The discussion is looking at second and investment homes. Arizona is in the top 10 of second homes in the nation, this loss could be devastating.” Fuchs also added that in their meetings, AAR members, “encouraged their respective [Congressmen’s] committees to hold hearings to discuss the secondary mortgage market. We also encouraged them to ensure FHA would continue to provide access to safe, affordable financing.”

Paula Monthofer, GRI, ABR, AAR treasurer-elect, attended the hill visits for the first time this year, also as a federal political coordinator, and was able to meet with Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, as well as Representative Kirkpatrick. She was impressed with the enormous impact that REALTORS® can make through the REALTOR® Party and said, “There is a power in numbers and large groups that can only be accessed through outlets like these. By not participating [in political activism] you are not fully utilizing the benefits which you have already paid for by being a member.”

Clark Jones, a REALTOR® with ERA Realty in Payson and president of his local association, also agreed that this was an incredible experience. He encourages members of AAR to get in touch with their representatives to “tell us what you’re having trouble with and how we can help.”

Mabery said that her overall take-away from the 2013 Midyear Meeting was that, “The landscape of organized real estate is changing. NAR is working to change with the demands and needs of the members, we had hard, thoughtful discussions on this subject. Additionally, the challenge then becomes as agents how are we going to adapt to the needs/demands of the consumers. [It’s] time to evolve and grow.”

Member Benefits and Resources

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AAR Member Benefits and Resources

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Member Resource and Benefit List

Updated: May 25, 2012

Some of the services listed provide a price break; others are suggested sources to assist you in comparing coverage and costs.


Medical

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MEDICAL SAVINGS PLANS (HSA’S)

American Medical Security and John Alden Life

Carl Della Vella: 480-471-3836, 877-489-6241

associationbenefits@desertinet.comwww.associationbenefitsofamerica.com

HEALTH CARE DISCOUNTS – NON-INSURANCE PROGRAM

Benefits 4 U Inc. – National Benefit Advisory

Ron Braziel: 480-948-8010 or 800-856-8612 – www.Benefits4u.us

MEDICAL — MAJOR, PPO, HMO, DENTAL OPTION, TEMPORARY MEDICAL AVAILABLE

BlueCross BlueShield

Bob or Ingrid Eisinger: 623-889-7600, 800-252-5812 – www.groupplansaz.com

HMO, INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP MEDICAL

Catlau Insurance Services

Saul Arredondo: 602-690-0259 – saarredon@aol.com

SHORT-TERM – MAJOR MEDICAL – MEDICAL SAVINGS PLANS

Clarendon National Insurance Company

John Alden, and HPA Carl Della Vella: 480-471-3836, 877-489-6241

associationbenefits@desertinet.comwww.associationbenefitsofamerica.com

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

HealthOne

Discounts/100% Acceptance Non-Insurance Program

Jim Nork: 954-465-1401 – www.healthonenetwork.com

TOTAL DISABILITY & CRITICAL ILLNESS, LIFE AND DISABILITY PLANS, LIFE INSURANCE PLANS

Illinois Mutual and various companies

Carl Della Vella: 480-471-3836, 877-489-6241

associationbenefits@desertinet.comwww.associationbenefitsofamerica.com

OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENT PLAN FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Life Insurance Company of North America

Carl Della Vella: 480-471-3836, 877-489-6241

associationbenefits@desertinet.comwww.associationbenefitsofamerica.com

MAJOR AND SHORT-TERM MEDICAL

Pearl Insurance – American Medical Security

Customer Service: 800-289-8170 ? www.pearlinsurance.com

MEDICAL, PPO & HMO GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL POLICIES

TFW Insurance

Customer Service: 480-990-2770, 800-840-2331


Dental

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DENTAL/VISION PLAN

Ameritas – Greater Insurance Company

Customer Service: 800-747-4472

DENTAL/VISION PLAN

Appleton Dental / EyeBenefits

Customer Service: 602-957-6453

www.appletondentalplan.com

DENTAL

Association Benefits of America

Carl Della Vella: 480-471-3836, 877-489-6241

www.associationbenefitsofamerica.com

DENTAL

BlueCross BlueShield – TDA

Chad Eisinger: 623-889-7600, 800-252-5812

chad@groupplansinc.comwww.groupplansaz.com

DENTAL

Delta Dental

Sam Post: 602-274-5493

www.deltadentalaz.com/employer/aarsampost@finsvcs.com

DENTAL

Ins/Mark of America, Inc.

View page on AAR websitewww.ins-mark.com

Customer Service: 800-847-7503


Vision

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VISION PLAN

AmeriPlan USA

John Pulfer: 602-788-3451

View PDF File

VISION/DENTAL PLAN

Ameritas – Greater Insurance Company

Customer Service: 800-747-4472

www.gisconline.com

VISION/DENTAL PLAN

Appleton Dental / EyeBenefits

Customer Service: 602-957-6453

www.appletondentalplan.com/aar

VISION/LASIK

EyeBenefits

Customer Care: 800-621-7900

View More Information

Amerisight – lasik

View PDF File

ONLINE CONTACT LENS PROGRAM

EyeBenefits

Customer Care: 800-621-7900

www.eyebenefits.com

VISION

Outlook Vision

Customer Service: 800-342-7188

www.outlookvision.com


Prescriptions

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PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNTS

AmeriPlan USA

John Pulfer: 602-788-3451

View PDF File

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNTS – REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PRESCRIPTION CARD

Ins/Mark of America, Inc.

Customer Service: 800-847-7503

www.therealbenefits.com

RX-PRIVILEGE CARD PROGRAM – THE AAR CARD

Network America

Customer Service: 877-326-5990


Financial

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CREDIT UNION

REALTOR® Federal Credit Union

https://www.realtorsfcu.org/

CREDIT UNION MEMBERSHIP

Arizona Central Credit Union

Customer Service: 602-264-6421

CREDIT CARD SERVICES

First USA (NAR Sponsored)

Customer Service: 866-847-2627

Educational Scholarships

See the full list of Educational Scholarships available


Forms & Office Products

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COMPUTERIZED AAR REAL ESTATE FORMS

zipForm®

Technical Support: 800-383-9805

View Page on AAR Website

COMMERCIAL FORMS FROM AIR

AIR Commercial Real Estate Association – Discounted Forms

View details

WHOLESALE OFFICE PRODUCTS

National Office Products

Get cash back bonus on purchases made with Discover Business Card.

www.nationalofficeproducts.net/ArizonaRealtors

XEROX PRODUCTS

Xerox (NAR sponsored)

Mention your NAR membership

Customer Service: 800-275-9376


Information Services

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ANSWERS TO LEGAL QUESTIONS

AAR’s Legal Hotline

(for Designated REALTORS® and Branch Managers only)

Customer Service: 602-248-7787, 800-426-7274

Legal Hotline available Monday – Friday (except holidays)

9:30am – Noon and 2:00pm – 4:40pm

Register Online

THE BOOK EVERY AGENT SHOULD HAVE!

Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law and Practice (Second Edition)

Written by AAR’s very own Michelle Lind.

Learn More & Purchase

GENERAL QUESTIONS (NON-LEGAL)

AAR Staff

Customer Service: 602-248-7787, 800-426-7274

View page on AAR website


Miscellaneous

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CLOSING GIFTS

Proflowers.com (NAR Sponsored)

Customer Service: 888-373-7437 (mention your NAR membership)

NAR members receive an additional 10% discount

Savings of 30 – 40% off comparable retail price

SAVE ON SAFETY RELATED PRODUCTS

Safeshow, Inc.

Customer Service: 877-935-3520 (use code #1100 to order)

View page on AAR website


NAR Products & Services

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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

Closing gifts; Communication products; Computer technology; Direct mail marketing; Education and professional development; Electronics; Financial services; Home services; Insurance; Legal services; Office products and services; Postal products; Premium and incentives; Printed materials; Real estate services; Sales promotion and marketing tools; Transportation; Travel services

NARCustomer Service: 800-874-6500 – www.realtor.org

Property / Casualty / Liability

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ERRORS & OMISSIONS

www.aaronline.com/law-ethics/risk-management/eo-insurance-providers.aspx

These firms or the programs they provide have not been researched or reviewed by the Arizona Association of REALTORS® in any manner, and AAR does not endorse or provide comment on any firm or program provided.

AUTO AND HOME INSURANCE

Liberty Mutual (NAR Sponsored)

Customer Service: 800-733-7830 – www.libertymutual.com/NAR


REALTOR® Shopping

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AAR REBATES MALL

Visit the AAR Rebates Mall before visiting your favorite online store to earn rebate dollars, redeemable for cash rebates, on every purchase you make at over 400 participating online retailers.

http://shop.aaronline.mallnetworks.com


Technology

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COMPUTERS

Dell (NAR Sponsored)

Desktops, notebooks, workstations, servers; software & accessories

You can place your order via www.Dell.com/NAR

Sales Representative: 800-695-8133

Friday, 7am – 9pm CST ? Saturday, 8am – 6pm CST

Mention Member ID CS8569483 so that your NAR member discount can be applied to your order.

COMPUTERS

IBM (NAR Sponsored)

ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre PC desktops, and other selected products 17% discount on select PC products, X and T series ThinkPad notebooks

Customer Service: 800-426-7235, ext. 5766 – www.ibm.com/businesscenter/nar

EXPANDED TECHNOLOGY SAVINGS PROGRAM

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NAR Sponsored)

Savings on the entire HP product line. From inkjet printers, digital cameras to handheld PCs, and software. Members, association staff, and all immediate family members may receive discounts up to 10% plus training and custom configuration.

Customer Service: 800-888-8177 (mention code NAR1)

www.hp.com/sbso/solutions/real/rewards.htmlwww.hp.com/go/preferred-nar

DISCOUNTED COMPUTER TRAINING CLASSES

Training To You, Inc.

Phoenix based computer training firm offers 25% discount to AAR members and local associations on computer classes on numerous software applications. Database, desktop publishing, web design, programming, project management, sales management, Microsoft, WordPerfect, Quicken, etc.

Customer Service: 602-266-1500

Please identify yourself as an AAR member.

Class schedule

TAXBOT SOFTWARE

Details

Travel

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AUTO CLUB / DISCOUNTS / BENEFITS

RENTAL CAR

Hertz (NAR Sponsored)

Customer Service: 800-654-2200 (CDP#182806) – www.hertz.com

Resources

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THE LATEST INFORMATION WHEN YOU NEED IT, A VOICE IN GOVERNMENT, AN EDGE ON THE COMPETITION, AND EDUCATION.

AARonline.com

www.aaronline.com

Start Smart

How-to tips, videos and articles for new licensees.

The Capitol Insider

Email newsletter to help you keep up with legislative issues and AAR’s political representation on state and national levels.

RAPAC

REALTORS® PAC Fund helps elect people on ‘our side’.

Issues Mobilization Fund

Code of Ethics

Protection provided to customers/clients through the Code of Ethics.

Legal Resources

Articles, Legal Hotline Q&As, forms and Legal Hotline access provide fast answers to real estate legal questions.

(Designated REALTORS® and Branch Managers only can obtain Legal Hotline access)

International Real Estate

Graduate REALTOR® Institute

GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) is a designation recognized and respected nationwide. Schedules of courses and registration forms online at www.azgri.com.

e-PRO®

The new e-PRO® program can help you successfully compete in today’s ever-evolving real estate market.

AAR does not endorse any company’s products or services.