Arizona REALTORS®’ legislative efforts not only maintain a stable environment for statewide real estate transactions, our efforts are targeted at preserving private property rights for all Arizonans.

A $20.2 million savings for homeowners

Each year the state rebates up to $600 to individual homeowners to offset their property taxes. When this rebate was threatened, Arizona REALTORS® successfully saved homeowners more than $20.2 million by protecting the rebate from state budget cuts.

Utility fees must be paid for by those who use them

In 2011, Arizona REALTORS® championed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring payment from anyone other than the individual who is contracted for the municipal water and wastewater services, physically resides or resided at the location, and receives or received the service. However, that still left homeowners and landlords on the hook for past due garbage collection, utility user fees, private water and wastewater charges and sewer utility services rates and charges.

During the 2015 legislative session, Arizona REALTORS® supported legislation titled “Responsibility of payment; utility services” that would prohibit certain fees for residential services to be charged to anyone other than a person who physically resides or resided at the property, and who receives or received the services. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House and became law in July.

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Some scams are obvious, such as emails offering large sums of money to help transfer funds out of Nigeria, but more deceptive “patent trolls” have successfully preyed on the real estate industry for years.

REALTORS®, Brokers and Multiple Listing Services have paid MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in settlements and legal fees for alleged patent infringements on commonly used technologies like website tools and office scanners.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Patents (HBO)

“Most of these (patent trolls) don’t produce anything,” said the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. “Patent trolls just threaten to sue,” Oliver continued, “and believe me, those lawsuits add up.”

Right now, The National Association of REALTORS® is lobbying for Patent Reform Legislation.

In less than a minute, you can click this link and send a message asking your U.S. Representative to support the Innovation Act and stop patent trolls.

In order to be heard in Washington, we need 15% of Arizona REALTORS® to TAKE ACTION NOW. Let’s do this!

Arizona Association of REALTORS® President Jim Sexton explains how patent trolls threaten you in this video.

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Why I’m Attending the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

July 31, 2015

Over the years, I’ve attended several conferences and expos for the television and automotive industries, but November 13 through 16 will be my first REALTORS® Conference & Expo. This event is all about education, education, education and if your mantra is location, location, location, then San Diego’s seasonal highs around 70 degrees will be a […]

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High-Tech Impact On Home Values – Part 1: Energy Efficiency

July 27, 2015

This is the first in a series of special reports. Depending on who you ask, opinions about high-tech home investments can vary greatly. If a homeowner sinks money into green technology like a tankless water heater, when can he expect to realize a return on his investment and how does that align with resale plans? […]

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REALTOR® Caucus 2015: Your Chance to Weigh-in on Issues

July 24, 2015

ARIZONA REALTORS® who wish to be heard on issues affecting the real estate industry are encouraged to attend the REALTOR® Caucus at the Tempe Mission Palms on September 3, 2015. This annual event marks the start of setting policy priorities before the next legislative session convenes in January. Caucus registration is free until August 21, […]

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AAR Announces 2015 Community Outreach Awards

July 20, 2015

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the Community Outreach Awards to recognize an Arizona REALTOR® and an Association for improving the world around them through community service. “One REALTOR® will be singled out for making an extraordinary impact through volunteer service,” said AAR CEO Michelle Lind, “and one Association will be honored […]

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