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At the Arizona REALTORS® recent Spring Convention, local associations voiced concerns about a UniSource Energy Services (UES) rate case being considered by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The proposed rate case would impose a demand charge on both solar and non-solar customers within UES territory.

The demand-charge proposal assesses charges based on peak energy use, and not the total amount used during the month. While UES only serves Mohave and Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona REALTORS® are vigilant about issues impacting all Arizona renters and homeowners.

Arizona REALTORS® responded by filing an official letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission Docket opposing UES’s rate proposal. The letter expressed our concern that the proposal would establish a rate structure that is not only confusing to residential ratepayers, but would result in substantially higher electric bills for the ratepayer.

The Arizona REALTORS® respectfully requested the Commissioners to reject the demand rate proposal and adopt a sensible, fairer and more understandable rate design. In response to our opposition and public opposition, UES announced on Tuesday that it would withdraw its proposal and will revert to their original proposal and only pursue the mandatory demand charges for solar customers.

In an overwhelming response to National Association of REALTORS® 2016 President Tom Salamone’s request for members to become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Arizona REALTORS® from five local associations answered the call on April 27.

Reading to young BGCA members on National “Tell A Story” Day was a real treat for adults as well as children. “Before I was a REALTOR®,” said Dani Lawrence, president of the Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS®, “I worked with kids and I’ve always missed it.”

Bryan Anderson, Valerie Caro, Monica Schulik and Norrie Burruel celebrate National Tell A Story Day

Bryan Anderson, Valerie Caro, Monica Schulik and Norrie Burruel were among dozens of Arizona REALTORS® and staff who celebrated National Tell A Story Day at Boys & Girls Clubs across the state.

Between Lawrence, Denny Birkland, Valerie Caro, Stacey Ehrenreich, Judy Jackson, April Knapp, Noel Martinez and Ventrice Sykes, they read to children at two BGCA branches and even helped create “dream homes” out of construction paper. “They all wanted a slide to leave the house,” Lawrence added, “No stairs, just slides!”

At that same time, some 140 miles south of Flagstaff, Cesar Aleman watched a room full of children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Our second and third graders really enjoyed listening to Monica (Schulik, Christa Lawcock and Kerry Melcher) reading books about houses,” said Aleman, program manager at the Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch which serves more than 200 youth.

REALTORS® from the Northern Arizona, Phoenix, Western Pinal, White Mountain and Yuma associations read and donated dozens of books. There are two more BGCA events scheduled in Arizona this year.

REALTOR® Party Placemaking Micro-Grants

April 25, 2016

Ask Arizona REALTOR® Party Director Ashley Slechta about Smart Growth and Placemaking grants and she’ll advise you to jump right into the grant-writing process. “Placemaking is super easy,” she recently told a banquet room full of members from the Western Pinal Association of REALTORS®. “Start with something small to share with the community and then […]

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Creating Positive Customer Experiences

April 25, 2016

Part 2 of a three-part series by Ron LaMee, SVP Research & Member Value, Arizona REALTORS® In Part 1 of this series, I described what customer experience is and how to evaluate the customer experience you are currently providing. Now, let’s look at where you want to position yourself and how to get there. The […]

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Arizona Residential Real Estate Market Report – March 2016

April 18, 2016

This is a snapshot of four different regions of the Arizona real estate market for March 2016. For more about how these segments are divided, please see the note at the end of this article. Quick Takeaways – Real Estate Across Arizona March sales were very strong, significantly higher than February’s healthy market. The Urban […]

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zipForm® Renewal Period Now Underway

April 18, 2016

The annual zipForm® renewal period has begun, so you will start seeing a renewal prompt during login. Your account is included in your membership dues, so there is no additional charge and renewal is easy! At the renewal window, you will be prompted to agree to the zipForm® license agreement. Once you agree, a message […]

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