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National Association of Realtors

National Association of REALTORS® - The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® strives to be the collective force influencing and shaping the real estate industry. It seeks to be the leading advocate of the right to own, use, and transfer real property; the acknowledged leader in developing standards for efficient, effective, and ethical real estate business practices; and valued by highly skilled real estate professionals and viewed by them as crucial to their success.

Working on behalf of America's property owners, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system, and the right to own, use, and transfer real property.

REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and subscribe to its strict CODE OF ETHICS.



Arizona Association of Realtors

Arizona Association of REALTORS® - The vision of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is: REALTOR®... the best prepared real estate practitioner with the highest standards. AAR is a professional trade association for individuals involved in the real estate industry, allied industries, and firms. The organization is the largest trade association in Arizona and is a part of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, which is headquartered in Chicago and has a membership of over 1 million members. AAR is composed of 21 local associations of REALTORS®, seven affiliated chapters of the Institutes, Societies and Councils. Member classes also include Institute Affiliate members, Affiliate members, and REALTOR- ASSOCIATES®. AAR's bylaws and governing documents are in full compliance with the bylaws and policies of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. AAR is a not-for-profit Arizona corporation with 501 C(6) IRS status.


Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) - The Scottsdale Board of REALTORS® officially organized on November 1, 1963. On October 20, 1964, we were incorporated. Today, more than 8,100 REALTORS® from more than 800 firms belong to our Association. SAAR has earned the reputation of being the voice of real estate for the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree/Cave Creek, and Fountain Hills areas.

The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® exists to maximize our Members' success. We set the standard for professional and ethical business practices by providing and promoting quality services and innovative programs to benefit our Members. Our goal is to be the best investment for success our Members can make while protecting the free enterprise system, and preserving and promoting private property rights.

Today, Members of our Association are active in many areas throughout our city including a wide variety of voluntary boards, commissions, charity foundations, and also devote thousands of hours to help enhance the quality of life in Scottsdale. In addition, we are a major investor in the city's economic development program, designed to recruit and retain employers to the Valley that are compatible with the southwest's lifestyle.


Phoenix Association of REALTORS® - The Phoenix Association of REALTORS®(PAR) is a private trade association and was organized in 1896 as the Maricopa County Real Estate Association. Early in the 20th century, it reorganized as the Phoenix Real Estate Board.

The Phoenix Real Estate Board, now known as the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, was chartered by the National Association of REALTORS® as a member board in 1918, recognizing it as an example of the REALTORS® concept and organizational intent, and has been in continuous operation since that time.

The real estate business is far different today than in 1896. Today members and consumers need and expect more information and tools at their fingertips.



Southeast Valley Association of Realtors 

Southeast Valley Association of REALTORS®- The mission of the SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® (SEVRAR) is to serve its members by providing education programs, services, and benefits that enhance their Real Estate practices while promoting and ensuring the protection of private property rights.

The SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® was incorporated in 1961 and serves the following communities: Apache Junction, Ahwatukee (part of Phoenix), Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon, Sun Lakes, and Tempe.

The Association's membership combines just over 11,500 REALTORS®.



Certified Residential Specialist

Council of Certified Residential Specialists; Certified Residential Specialist (CRS Designation) - For over thirty years CRS has been developing real estate training that helps REALTORS® achieve the next level of success. There are over one million REALTORS® in business today. If you want to find that one-in-a-million REALTOR®, start with the over 37,000 who hold the Certified Residential Specialist Designation.  Only 1 in 4 REALTORS® hold the CRS Designation. CRS is the symbol of excellence in residential real estate. Our members have proven they have the experience, training and commitment to be among the best in their profession.



Certified Distressed Property Expert

Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)- A Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPE's are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing hardships in today's market.

The prospect of foreclosure can be financially and emotionally devastating, and often homeowners proceed without guidance of any kind. The developers of the CDPE Designation believe that in almost all cases, the best course of action for a homeowner in distress is to speak with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional. They have the tools needed to help homeowners find the best solution for their situation.

While enduring financial difficulties is challenging for any family, the process of finding a qualified real estate professional should not be. Selecting an agent with the CDPE Designation ensures you are dealing with a professional trained to address your specific needs.

CDPE's don't merely assist in selling properties, they serve and help save their clients in need.



Accredited Buyer Representative

Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of REALTORS® (REBAC); Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR Designation) - REBAC focuses on buyer representation. While it is now a broadly-accepted, mainstream business model in real estate circles, it's sometimes easy to forget that it wasn't always so. Buyer representation officially took hold in November 1996, when the National Association of REALTORS®  acquired the then-independent Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), giving full support to a trend that had been gaining momentum throughout the 1980s.  Now, ten years later, REBAC has enjoyed exponential growth with more than 50,000 active members.



Graduate Realtor Institute

Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI Designation) - This designation is the mark of a real estate professional who has made a commitment to providing a superior level of professional services by earning the GRI designation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

Buying a Scottsdale property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitionersto perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism. So it's more important than ever that you work with an agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business. The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve that level of understanding. GRI's are:

  • Nationally recognized as top performers in the real estate industry
  • Professionally trained
  • Knowledgeable
  • Dedicated to bringing you quality service

When you see the letters "GRI" after an agent's name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly. In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.


Short Sales and Foreclosures Certification

Short Sales and Foreclosures Certification (SFR) - For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" real estate transaction. Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today's market-they are critical. And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. The SFR Certification is for those agents who seek to ever expand their knowledge and abilities when it comes to dealing with buyers and sellers on short sale and foreclosure transactions.


NFSTI Real Estate Owned (REO) Certified - Certified in representing Buyers & Sellers in REO (foreclosure) property sales.


National and Arizona Real Estate Licensees- In order to obtain a license to practice real estate in the state of Arizona, the candidate must take 90 hours of educational coursework from an accredited and approved Arizona real estate school. At the end of the completion of the coursework, the individual must pass a school exam as well as a state exam. Both exams consist of material specific to Arizona as well as content pertinent to practicing real estate on a national level.


National and Arizona Real Estate Broker Licensee - After obtaining a license to practice real estate in the state of Arizona, a licensee may choose to obtain a Broker's license.  The applicant must have practiced real estate in Arizona full time 3 out of the past 5 years.  In addition, the individual is required to take an additional 90 hours of Broker coursework at an approved real estate school as well as pass a school and state exam, both with Arizona and national real estate content.

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