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Flood Insurance Extension Update

Congress Passes a Two-Week Extension to the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Help Shape the Future of Development and Transportation in Tempe’s Urban Core

The Urban Core Master Plan is designed to guide the future development in the Urban Core area, and the updated Transportation Overlay District will help promote transit ridership and shape development around the light rail and streetcar routes. The draft plans were developed based on review of existing planning documents and assessment of relevant data, along with extensive public input gathered over the last 15 months. As part of the ongoing outreach, public meetings were held in May and online comment is open through June 2. The Urban Core is more than downtown Tempe; it reaches from Loop 202 to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and from Hardy Drive to Loop 101.

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SEVRAR Leadership Class Give Back to Veterans

Veterans, nonprofit activists and other East Valley movers and shakers used to taking charge on the battlefield and in their communities are expanding their leadership after participating in a Realtors association program. A class of 12 people graduated from the SouthEast Valley Regional Association of Realtors’ leadership development program on April 4 in Chandler.  

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5 Lawn Care Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Curb Appeal

A great lawn adds instant curb appeal to a home’s first impression, but according to Reviewed.com, homeowners may be making one of these common mistakes in their lawn maintenance.

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How to Ensure Your Videos Lead to a Sale

When Christophe Choo realized that none of his 800 YouTube videos led to a home sale, he nearly abandoned video as a marketing tool. But after speaking with real estate coach Tom Ferry, who cautioned that it may take time to see results, Choo, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury in Beverly Hills, Calif., decided to keep at it. Shortly thereafter—having already spent four years working on his video strategy—it finally paid off handsomely.

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Tech Tools Should Advance—Not Replace—Relationships

When mulling over your options, pick products that help you keep track of clients and documents but don’t distract you from building relationships. Most technology is “something that you’re going to use to automate,” says Christina Pappas of the Keyes Company. “Understand that there are many platforms out there, but that’s because there are a lot of different personalities and ways people like to use them. Tech is a tool, but the best things we have are our emotions, our communication, and our rapport with our customers. Don’t let tech replace that.”

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SEVRAR & WeMAR Merger Vote Passes

Completion of the merger will occur by the end of 2019
Members of the SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® (SEVRAR) and the West Maricopa Association of REALTORS® (WeMAR) voted on Friday, March 15, 2019, in favor to merge the Associations. The merger discussion between both SEVRAR and WeMAR began in October 2018, which the Transition Team, made up of leaders from both Associations, came together and laid the foundation of the merger.

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Saving Lives: SEVRAR Donates 51 Lockboxes to the Town of Gilbert

Recently, SEVRAR’s Community Outreach Committee had the pleasure of donating 51 combination lockboxes to the Town of Gilbert to support its Lockbox Program. The program is geared toward assisting Fire and Emergency personnel to enter a home during emergency situations without resorting to forced entry.

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Help New Agents Market Their Real Estate Business

If you’re recruiting newly licensed agents who are just starting out in real estate, you’ll need to make sure they’re well-prepared for the business. Here are three steps brokers can use to get agents up and running with an online presence and personal brand.

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The Ultimate Smart Home: 5 Devices That Save Money

mart-home technology offers entertainment, convenience, and peace of mind, but did you know that it can help lower energy bills and save homeowners money? The average owner spends about $2,000 on energy costs every year, according to Energy Star. By adding just a handful of cost-effective devices, homeowners can save between 20% and 30% on their energy bills. Here are a few key smart home products you can pass on to your clients.

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