How Top Real Estate Producers Plan to ‘Shake It Up’ in 2021

At the Scottsdale REALTORS® Virtual Happy Hour on January 20, members were treated to a record-setting market update from Fletcher Wilcox and strategies from two top producers. “Wow, has it been hot in Scottsdale!” said Wilcox. “Median Purchase Price: Maricopa County was up 14 percent year-over-year. Scottsdale was up 17 percent, outperformed the Valley.” SAAR …

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Protection Against Property Fraud

Part One by Fletcher Wilcox, Grand Canyon Title Agency When a buyer is going to buy a property they want to know they have legitimate title to the property. This is where title insurance come in. The process for title insurance starts after an escrow officer receives a contract for a purchase transaction. The escrow …

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SAAR Distributing Supra Lockboxes by Appointment

Revised Oct. 9, 2020 The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) and Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) have entered into an agreement that will allow all REALTOR® association members in the Valley access to Supra lockboxes by appointment at SAAR. After 10 years, ARMLS will be closing its Redfield office on October 30, 2020. …

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Winning Sales Strategies During a Pandemic

On August 27, REALTORS® Allison Cahill, Jonathan Miller and Brock O’Neal comprised a Virtual Happy Hour peer panel called “Kicking It During COVID: Winning Sales Strategies”. Here are a few highlights. Q: What changes have you made in your business since the start of the pandemic? Miller: Coping with buyers’ or sellers’ anxiety. Giving them …

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Challenges Facing Local Leadership ‘Heroes’ During a Pandemic

On August 28, Scottsdale REALTORS® 2020 President Sindy Ready, Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell, Experience Scottsdale CEO Rachel Sacco and Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Stanton spoke virtually to SAAR Leadership Academy graduates about “Leadership Heroes During a Pandemic”. Below are some highlights. Q: What unique challenges did COVID-19 present and how did …

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Arizona Launches Rental Property Owner Assistance

On August 3, 2020, the Arizona Governor’s office launched the Rental Property Owner Preservation Fund (RPOPF). This fund provides financial assistance to eligible landlords and property owners who are facing hardships due COVID-19 and struggling with lost rental income due to nonpayment by tenants. RPOPF is the product of advocacy efforts by the Arizona REALTORS®, …

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Craigslist Real Estate Scams Rise

It’s not a new issue, but it certainly is a bad one: real estate scammers on Craigslist. COVID-19 has not only reawakened “porch pirates” (who typically steal packages during the holidays), but inspired fraudsters to try and exploit mortgage forbearance futures. Recently, Scottsdale REALTORS® member Jolene Miller discovered that one of her vacant, for-sale listings …

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Arizona Employment Numbers Are Rebounding. Are You Ready?

By Fletcher Wilcox | VP, Grand Canyon Title On July 16, the Arizona Commerce Authority released its June 2020 employment numbers for Maricopa County. The report showed that after an avalanche of losses, jobs are starting to rebound. Between February and April, the number of people employed in Maricopa County dropped by 207,000. This drove …

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REALTORS® Should Comply with Recent Mask Mandate

UPDATE: Face Coverings are Still Required in Scottsdale Regardless of where you live in the Maricopa County, the message is clear: You must wear a face covering (mask) in All Places of Public Accommodation. That includes essential real estate services. “This is not a matter of personal or political preference,” said Scottsdale REALTORS® 2020 President …

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Different Ways to Notarize Documents in Arizona

Questions to Ask About Remote Online Notarizations by Fletcher Wilcox, Grand Canyon Title Agency VP The coronavirus storm will change the way certain businesses conduct their business. One industry that was in transition before the coronavirus arrived was the notary industry. On July 1, 2020, a law was to take effect for remote online notarization …

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