Arizona REALTORS® Donates to Louisiana Disaster Relief Fund

by Arizona REALTORS on August 23, 2016

Last week, the Arizona REALTORS® Disaster Assistance Foundation (ARDAF) responded to a plea from Norman Morris, CEO of Louisiana REALTORS® to help with catastrophic flooding in Southeast Louisiana.

“We are experiencing a 500 year flood due to a very severe tropical system,” said Morris. “It is estimated that personal and business property losses will impact hundreds of thousands of people.”

Devastating flooding in Louisiana. Photo: Louisiana Home Builders AssociationPhoto: Louisiana Home Builders Association

To date, 13 people have died as result of the flooding, more than 102,000 have registered for federal aid, at least 60,000 homes are damaged and more than 25,000 flood claims have been filed.

In a letter to Morris, 2016 Arizona Association of REALTORS® President Paula Serven and President-Elect Paula Monthofer (who also serves as president of ARDAF) extended their deepest sympathies on behalf of AAR and included a check for $5,000 to aid those affected by flooding.

Earlier this year, ARDAF contributed a total of $7,500 to help residents affected by the Flint, Michigan water crisis and West Virginians recovering from devastating floods in July.

Find out more about ARDAF here and contribute directly to the Louisiana REALTORS® Relief Fund here.

Aging in Place

by Arizona REALTORS on August 19, 2016

“Living means aging and aging means living.” – Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks

If you have a client who is selling a family home, buying rental property or moving into a senior-living community, here are some key takeaways from a recent REALTOR® University webinar on Aging-in-Place.

The National Aging in Place Council reports that in order to age in place successfully:

  1. You have to have a home that works for you
  2. You have to have access to medical
  3. You can afford to stay where you’re living
  4. You need access to transportation
  5. You need connection to a community

According to a 2015 Aging in Place Survey by, the most popular projects to help homeowners remain safe, independent and comfortable were grab bars, entrance ramps and larger doorways.

“The first line of defense to aging-in-place…is understanding how you get in and out (of a home), and then move through it when you go.” – Marianne Cusato, associate professor at University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture and housing expert for

HomeAdvisor offers a free True Cost Guide which offers real cost data from real home projects in your area. The more your clients know about how much things should cost, the more confident they will be in deciding whether to remodel or relocate.

“Take it one step further and become a Senior Real Estate Specialist,” suggests Frank Dickens, ABR, CRMS, SRES. “You’ll learn how to work with legal professionals who provide families with estate planning and tax advice. And more importantly, you’ll find out how to advise all generations who need assistance with an aging adult, or older adults themselves who are upsizing, downsizing or purchasing a second home.”

More than 10,000 adults turn 65 every day. As a trusted REALTOR®, your job is to counsel everyone from Millennials to the Silent Generation. Be a voice for real estate.

2016 AAR President Paula ServenInterested in earning your SRES Designation? 2007 Arizona REALTORS® President Frank Dickens teaches a two-day class on October 20 and 21, 2016 at the West Maricopa Association of REALTORS®. Future continuing education classes may be found here.

Reporting Issues After Hours

August 18, 2016

An Arizona REALTOR® in Mesa recently asked how to report a problem if there’s an issue over the weekend? Good question and the answer is…it depends. If you’re an active member with a hardware or software issue on your computer, smartphone or tablet, you can contact Tech Helpline by calling 1.866.232.1791, opening a chat or […]

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Current Issues for Arizona REALTORS® – August 2016

August 15, 2016

Guest blogger Paula Serven, GRI, SFR, e-Pro As your 2016 Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) President, I want to take this opportunity to share some information on current issues that you may wish to pass along to other members of your association. First, please sign up for the NAR Call for Action (CFA) text alerts […]

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Arizona Residential Real Estate Market Report – July 2016

August 15, 2016

This is a snapshot of four different regions of the Arizona real estate market for July 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 We’re seeing signs of a seasonal decrease in market activity; however, July real […]

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