Registration for the AAR Spring Convention Ends April 10

There’s only a few more days left to register for the AAR Spring Convention. This year’s event will take place in the cool pines of Prescott, Ariz., April 15 -18, 2014. Full-convention passes are $179 and one-day passes are $79. This year’s line-up includes:

  • Eight C/E classes ranging from Fair Housing to Contract Law, Disclosure to Agency
  • Presentations and panel discussions from experts like:
    • John Foltz, who’ll discuss “What Professionals Possess that Amateurs Don’t“;
    • Amy Swaney, certified mortgage broker who’ll discuss the new loan process for faster loan approval;
    • Duo Holly Mabery and Stacey Onnen will  reveal “Secrets of the Buyer Consultation”;
    • A hands-on AAR Genius Bar staffed by REALTOR® tech gurus to help you tackle everything from installing apps, to using Google Analytics to help gain more exposure to your website, to why you shouldn’t waste your time worrying about Zillow.
    • Unparalleled networking opportunities to build your referral network and REALTOR® Karaoke to show off your secret talents.

To view the schedule, C/E opportunities, sneak peeks and more visit:

Secrets of the Savvy REALTOR®: Spring Convention Preview


There’s something to be said for savvy REALTORS®. You know the type. You walk into an agent’s office and he’s having a conversation via Skype with his digital assistant about the latest bill to pass the legislature and ways to improve the website’s SEO, all while adding new listings to facebook and pulling up contract documents on his fancy new iPad. Your head starts spinning and you ask: What’s his secret?

On behalf of the AAR Spring Convention committee, I’d like to invite you to find out Secrets of the Savvy REALTOR®at our upcoming convention, April 15-18 at the Prescott Resort. This year, the cool pines of Prescott will lend themselves nicely to our white-hot line-up of local and national speakers. We’ll also be featuring eight continuing education (C/E) courses that range from Legal Issues to Agency, Commissioner’s Standards to Fair Housing. A full list of C/E is available here.

In addition to C/E, AAR will also be playing host to an impressive list of panelists and presenters including:

    • No. 1 REALTOR® ranked by The Wall Street Journal, Carin Nguyen;
    • The Good Life Team’s Garry Wise;
    • Legal experts Rick Mack, Scott Drucker and Lisa Robinson;
    • NAR Director of Digital Engagement Nobu Hata;
    • Technology presentations from 2014 AAR President Evan Fuchs, Joeann Fossland, Bill Risser and more!

What’s the best kept secret of the AAR Spring Convention? I’d have to say the networking opportunities. Nowhere else can you build your referral network and have so much fun doing it. This year, the Women’s Council of REALTORS® will hold several meetings, a luncheon and a reception. We’re also bringing back REALTOR® Karaoke on Wednesday night and a “Meet the Candidates” reception on Thursday evening.

A full-convention pass costs $179 and one-day passes are also available for $79. For more information, visit For updates and information on giveaways, follow the hashtag #AARCONV on Twitter and Facebook.


AAR Updates – January 2013

New Member Benefit: zipForm Mobile

To ring in the New Year, AAR brought zipForm Mobile to our members. Now, AAR members can access zipForm on a smartphone or tablet. There is nothing to download, just visit to get started

Are you Linkedin to AAR?

AAR offers even more ways to stay connected to what matters most to Arizona REALTORS®. Follow our updates on Linkedin by searching for Arizona Association of REALTORS or by clicking here:

Save the Date!

The AAR Spring Convention is just around the corner. This year’s theme is Secrets Revealed: The New Normal. Mark your calendar for April 15-18, 2014 in picturesque Prescott, AZ. Join your fellow REALTORS® for three days of networking, strategy development, C/E and fun!

Look for more updates soon!

Updates to NAR Code Of Ethics

Article 3: Standard of Practice 3-2 is amended to add: “After a REALTOR® has submitted an offer to purchase or lease property, the listing broker may not attempt to unilaterally modify the offered compensation with respect to that cooperative transaction. (Amended 1/14)”

Article 10 and Standard of Practice 10-3:  Is amended to add: “gender identity” to the list of NAR’s protected classes.

Article 11 Standard of Practice 11-1: is amended as follows:

When REALTORS® prepare opinions of real property value or price, they must:

1) be knowledgeable about the type of property being valued,

2) have access to the information and resources necessary to formulate an accurate opinion, and

3) be familiar with the area where the subject property is located unless lack of any of these is disclosed to the party requesting the opinion in advance.

When an opinion of value or price is prepared other than in pursuit of a listing or to assist a potential purchaser in formulating a purchase offer, such opinions shall include the following unless the party requesting the opinion requires a specific type of report or different data set:

8. disclosure of whether and when a physical inspection of the property’s exterior was conducted

9. disclosure of whether and when a physical inspection of the property’s interior was conducted

10. disclosure of whether the REALTOR® has any conflicts of interest (Amended 1/14)

Mark Your Calendar

Make sure to mark your calendar for these important upcoming events from AAR:

REALTOR® Day at the Capitol


January 14, 2014

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register for free here:

AAR Professional Standards Workshop

This event is the annual day-long workshop for members of AAR Grievance and AAR Professional Standards Committees, along with AAR Ombudsmen and AAR Mediators. Other REALTORS®, association executives, and individuals interested in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics are invited to attend. Learn to find the balance between upholding the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and a REALTOR®’s obligations to real estate-related transactions.

January 22, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register here:

AAR Spring Conference (formerly known as Winter Conference)

This year’s theme is “Secrets Revealed: The NEW Normal”

April 15-18, 2014

Prescott, AZ

More details to come.

C/E Sessions

2016 Spring Convention

Continuing Education Classes

Note:  If you will be attending any of the C/E sessions, you MUST pre-register for them prior to the convention.  To register for the c/e classes, simply mark the c/e classes you want to attend when you register.  Attendees who have not pre-registered for a c/e class will be admitted if space is available. 

Tuesday, March 29: 8:30 – 11:30

Agency in Property Management 


Instructor:  Steve Urie

Tuesday, March 29: 8:30 – 11:30

BMC #1: Statutes & Rules.

(3-Commissioners Rules) 

Instructor:  Evan Fuchs

Tuesday, March 29: 8:30 – 11:30

Real Sticky Situation (NAR Code of Ethics)

(3-Rules AND NAR Ethics Quadrennial Requirement) 

Instructor:  Larry Hibler

Tuesday, March 29: 1:30 – 4:30

BMC #2: Broker Policies.

(3-Commissioners Rules)

Instructor:  Evan Fuchs

Tuesday, March 29: 1:30 – 4:30

Arizona Fair Housing:  A Historical Journey

(3-Fair Housing) 

Instructor:  Bill Gray 

Tuesday, March 29: 1:30 – 4:30 

Property Managers Duty To Disclose.   


Instructor:  Denise Holliday, Esquire

Wednesday, March 30: 1:45 – 4:45

BMC #3: Supervision 

(3-Commissioners Rules) 

Instructor:  Jon Kichen

Thursday, March 31:  1:45 – 4:45

The Anatomy of a Transaction 


Instructors:  Laura Kovacs

Friday, April 1: 9:30 – 4:30  

Transaction Technology (approved for GRI credit)

Instructor:  Joeann Fossland



2016 Spring Convention Schedule

TUESDAY Session Speaker
8:00 – 9:00 WCR Governing Board Meeting Lyn Trayte
8:30 – 11:30 C/E:  Agency for Property Managers
Sponsored by NARPM(refreshments provided by NTN)
Steve Urie
8:30 – 11:30 C/E:  Real Sticky Situations
3-Commissioners Standards
Larry Hibler
8:30 – 11:30 C/E:  BMC #1
3-Commissioners Standards
Evan Fuchs
9:00 – 10:00 WCR General Board
Lyn Trayte
10:00 – 11:00 CRS General Membership
10:00 – Noon WCR Breakout Session Andrea Goodheart & Bob Wasieko
11:00 – 12:00 CRS Board Meeting
12:00 – 1:15 WCR Lunch
($25 ticket purchase required)
Jonathan Smoke
1:30 – 4:30 C/E:  Property Managers Duty to Disclosure
Sponsored by NARPM(refreshments provided by NTN)
Denise Holliday
1:30 – 4:30 C/E:  BMC #2
3-Commissioners Standards
Evan Fuchs
1:30 – 4:30 C/E:  Arizona Fair Housing A Historical Journey
3-Fair Housing
Sponsored by Arizona CRS Chapter
Bill Gray
1:15 – 2:15 WCR Breakout Session – Team Building Holly Mabery
2:00 – 5:00 AAR Executive Committee Paula Serven
2:15 – 4:30 WCR Breakout Session Theresa Lioti & Bill
4:45 – 5:30 WCR: Line Dance Class Mike McIntyre
5:15 – 7:00 Welcome AARtini Reception
CornHole Tournament
7:00 – 9:00 Cocktails with Champions
Sponsored by WCR
($30 ticket purchase required)
WEDNESDAY Session Speaker
7:45 – 9:00 LTA Breakfast (by invitation)
8:00 – 5:00 RAPAC Auction (Item Drop-off: 8:00-10:00 am) Open: Noon – 5:00 pm
8:00 – 9:00 Morning Networking Session with Coffee & Danish
9:00 – Noon General Session

Jonathan Smoke’s AZ Consumer Trends

Jonathan Smoke & Nobu Hata & Jeff Turner
Noon – 1:15 Lunch Kenny Parcell
1:15 – 2:30 Family Feud Holly Mabery
1:30 – 4:30 C/E:  BMC #3 Supervision
3-Commissioners Standards
certificates issued through Desert Sage School
Jon Kichen
2:45 – 3:30 Broker: Nobu Hata – Attract Retain Tomorrow’s Agent Nobu Hata
2:45 – 3:30 Business Building: Ratings: Jeff Turner – Build Your Business Around Ratings Jeff Turner
2:45 – 3:30 Technology: YouTube Bill Risser
2:45 – 3:30 Transaction:  Solar Leases: What You Need to Know Liz Recchia
2:45 – 3:30 Digital Marketing: The Basics Beth Adams
3:45 – 4:30 Broker: Professionalism: How to Raise the Bar John Foltz
3:45 – 4:30 Business Building: Powerful Pen: Creating the Emotional Connection Jeff Turner
3:45 – 4:30 Technology: How to Sell a House with video Beth Adams
3:45 – 4:30 Transaction: BINSR Bantor Laura Mance
3:45 – 5:00 AE/President/President-elect Forum (by invitation) Paula Serven
5:00 – 6:45 Reception
Sponsored by Region 3
7:00 – 8:15 Dinner ($38 ticket purchase required)
8:15 – 10:30 “After Party” (Karaoke, Lip Sync Battles and more..)
THURSDAY Session Speaker
7:45 – 8:45 Broker Breakfast ($21 ticket purchase required)
8:00 – 2:40 Auction Open (Item Pick Up: 4:00-5:00)
8:00 – 9:00 Morning Networking Session with Coffee & Danish
9:00 – Noon General Session Nobu Hata
Fletcher Wilcox
Mathew Consalvo
Michelle Lind
Noon – 1:30 Lunch Nicole LaSlavic & Kenny Parcell
1:45 – 4:45 C/E:  The Anatomy of a Transaction
Laura Kovacs
1:45 – 2:30 Broker: Pre-Post Possession: Avoid Clauses that lead to
Scott Drucker &
Nikki Salgat
1:45 – 2:30 Business Building: Professional Profitable and Protected Paula Monthofer &
Eric Gibbs
1:45 – 2:30 Technology: RPR Curtis Doss
1:45 – 2:30 Transaction:  Top 10 Overlooked Items in the Residential Purchase Contract Holly Mabery & Gary
1:45 – 2:30 Marketing:  25 Action Items for Database Marketing Pat Zaby
2:45 – 3:30 Broker: Team Dynamics in 39 Minutes Or Less Holly Mabery & Evan
2:45 – 3:30 Business Building: Top 10 Things to Know about Military Buyer and Seller Clients Curtis Doss
2:45 – 3:30 Technology: Using Profiles, Reviews and Ratings Gary Nelson & Ron LaMee & Bob Greenspan
2:45 – 3:30 Transaction:  Tools to Show Buyers Now is the Time to Buy Pat Zaby
2:45 – 3:30 Marketing:  Digital Marketing Tools Beth Adams
3:45 – 4:30 Broker: Teams and ADRE Jim Sexton & Commissioner
3:45 – 4:30 Business Building: Elements of a Successful Exit Strategy Pat Zaby
3:45 – 4:30 Technology: Zipforms Curtis Doss
3:45 – 4:30 Transaction:  Schedule B, Section What? Bill Risser
4:45 – 5:30 NAR Director Forum Michelle
5:15 – 6:16 Reception: Meet the AAR Treasurer Candidates Heidi Quigley
Mary Roberts
Steve Redmond
FRIDAY Session Speaker
8:00 – 10:30 Coffee Service
8:30 – 9:45 Region 1 Caucus
(Yuma, Bullhead City/Mohave Valley, Lake Havasu, Kingman/Golden Valley)
Matias Rosales
8:30 – 9:45 Region 2 Caucus
(Phoenix, West Maricopa County Regional)
Bill Ashker
8:30 – 9:45 Region 3 Caucus
(White Mountain, Sedona/Verde Valley, Northern Arizona, Central Arizona, Prescott Area)
Clark Jones
8:30 – 9:45 Region 4 Caucus
(SouthEast Valley Regional, Western Pinal, Scottsdale Area)
Jay Schlum
8:30 – 9:45 Region 5 Caucus
(Tucson, Southeast Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Green Valley/Sahuarita, Douglas)
Cathy Urchell
9:30 – 4:30 Transaction Technology (approved for GRI credit) Joeann Fossland
10:15– 12:30 Board of Directors

AAR Celebrates Successful Spring Convention


April 7 – 11, 2013 marked the first time in nearly 20 years, AAR held a convention for Arizona REALTORS®. The AAR Spring Convention took place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson and featured industry experts from around the state for three days of intense learning, with a little bit of fun ( Read:  REALTOR® karaoke, Mariachi Band, a singing Secretary of State) mixed in.

Here’s what some attendees had to say about the event:

“Good overview of the industry in AZ, legal and legislative issues, and networking.”
“…[T]he fair housing class gave a refresher on what needs to be remembered daily with real life scenarios”
“The class with the ADRE Commissioner and following panel was terrific!”
“I am using the REALTOR® survey at my office meeting tomorrow.”
“I plan to deduct more expenses from my taxes.”
“The quality of the instruction was very good.”
“Truly enjoyed the Video Power Session presented.”

 AAR would like to thank the following speakers and presenters for making this event such a success:

Ken Bennett

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Tom Salomone

Chip Ahlswede

Nick Bastian

Pat Baldwin

Mick Bernard

Joseph and JoAnn Callaway

Mary Frances Coleman

Frank Dickens

Len Elder

Holly Eslinger

David Fitzsimmons

Joeann Fossland

Evan Fuchs

Stephen Garner

David Gilpatrick

Carolyn Goldschmidt

Doug Groppenbacher

Leslie Latham

Jan Leighton

D. Patrick Lewis

Judy Lowe

Holly Mabery

Rick Mack

Kerry Melcher

Paula Monthofer

Stacey Oberan

Deal Ouellette

Christopher Paris

Ed Pattermann

Ron Reed

Bill Risser

Steve Schultz

Jim Sexton

Amy Swaney

Jay Thompson

Dax Watson

Allen Wright

To view photos of this event, visit the AAR flickr page.

 We thank you all for attending!