New COVID-19 Relief Package Signed Into Law

By Suzanne Brown On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law, H.R. 133 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 which authorizes the newest coronavirus relief bill. This nearly $900 billion package includes: A new round of direct stimulus payments of $600 to most Americans and their dependents (check the Status of Your Economic Impact …

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Arizona Mayors Band Together in Fight Against Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Thirty of Arizona’s mayors banded together in an effort to confront Airbnb and Expedia CEOs about the short-term rental homes they believe are tearing their communities apart. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and Scottsdale Mayor-elect Dave Ortega were among the group. The move illustrates the growing frustration felt across …

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Unemployment Benefits for Independent Contractors & Sole Proprietors in Arizona

By SAAR Director of Govt. Affairs Suzanne Brown Updated May 27, 2020 As of the week of May 12, 2020, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) launched a whole new online application and follow-up reporting system for those individuals eligible for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which includes Independent Contractors & Sole …

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NAR Leaders Break Down the CARES Act

On April 8, the National Association of REALTORS® broke down the CARES Act during a Leadership Live Event to help independent contractors and small business owners. Here are some highlights from the Small Business Program portion of that video. NAR Sr. Policy Representative Erin Stackley: I’m going to be talking, as Shannon (McGahn) said, about …

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2018 Post-Election Results & Analysis

2018 Post-Election Results & Analysis  (November 19, 2018)  Suzanne Brown, Director of Community & Government Affairs The 2018 Mid-term Elections have been one of the most contentious for Arizona to-date; from the heated congressional Senate race to a landmark ballot measure — Proposition 126 — being passed into law.  As in all elections, there are …

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2018 GENERAL ELECTIONS | SAAR SUPPORTED BALLOT POSITIONS & CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

SAAR Ballot Positions: ( October 15, 2018 )   Suzanne Brown – Director of Community & Government Affairs, Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) The 2018 General Elections are in full swing right now, and early ballots, which were mailed out this past Monday, Oct. 8th, should have arrived in citizen’s mailboxes by now.  Voters have …

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2018 SAAR Candidate Endorsements

Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Endorses Candidates in the 2018 Primary & General Elections | Scottsdale – Fountain Hills – Cave Creek – Carefree Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), through the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC), today announced the endorsement of several City Council candidates. “In support of its …

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Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) |  CALL FOR ACTION

(Phoenix, Arizona – Monsoon season flooding in a housing community) The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on July 31, 2018, which will deny necessary insurance coverage to over 5 million homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide.  Congress must act now to reform and extend the NFIP. TAKE ACTION …

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Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® supports Fountain Hills primary property tax ballot measure

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (April 27, 2018) – The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) today released a position statement in support of the Fountain Hills primary property tax ballot measure, which will provide much-needed lasting financial stability and support for the future viability of Fountain Hills. In a 7-0 vote, the town council of Fountain Hills voted …

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