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SAAR’s headquarters named ‘Best Rehab Office Project’

The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR), a trade organization headquartered in Scottsdale for the past 50 years, recently repurposed an existing vacant building in Scottsdale’s Perimeter Center to use as its new headquarters.

Growth of the 8,000-member organization prompted the move from SAAR’s longtime home in Downtown Scottsdale. It purchased the vacant building at 8600 E Anderson Dr last year, and moved into the finished facility in January 2015.

The project is being honored at the 52nd Annual Gold Nugget Awards as “Best Rehab Office Project”, acknowledging Wespac Construction, PHX Architecture, and Iconic Design Group for their involvement in the project.

“We are honored that our headquarters was chosen for this prestigious award,” said Sue Barnes, 2015 Chairman of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors®. “Our volunteers, staff and partners spent many hours planning, designing and building our new headquarters. We are pleased to have the hard work be recognized at a national event.”

The finished building is called ‘Venue8600’. The second floor office suites are fully leased. The first floor of the building is reserved for corporate events and meetings. It also features a café run by Ciao Baby Catering, which is open to tenants and the public.

“The SAAR headquarters is a tremendous asset for North Scottsdale and more particular for the Perimeter Center Business Park,” said Tom Knoell, Jr., Director of Commercial Leasing at Desert Troon Companies.  “Rebecca Grossman, SAAR CEO, and her team have infused new excitement and activity into the immediate area by transforming a once idle vacant building into a beautiful and useful destination with ample parking, event lawns, large outdoor patios, large/small meeting & event spaces, café, and all the technological advances which will allow this building to be relevant for many years to come.”



Intravest Title adds sixth Arizona location

Intravest Title Agency, Inc. has officially secured its sixth location: the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) new headquarters. The title company has been rapidly expanding since March 2014 and was chosen by SAAR to be one of only four carefully selected tenants to join its new building. Intravest Title is one of the premier title and escrow companies in the state and has grown from four employees to more than 40 in the past 11 months and has captured a top 25 market share ranking.

“We are excited to open our new office and give more of the Valley’s top escrow officers the opportunity to join our team,” said Dylan King, CEO/President of Intravest Title. “We strive to be a great place to work and put a real premium on maintaining a family culture and providing a true work-life balance for all of our employees.”

Intravest Title offers employees the perks of corporate America while still encouraging quality of life. The company boasts a proven sales team that is dedicated to building each escrow officers’ client base and an executive leadership team that truly values each employee and their ideas. Employees are provided with the latest technology, up-to-date training and administrative support to ensure their continuing success.

The new Scottsdale office joins the existing Camelback Corridor, North Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe and Prescott locations. SAAR will be hosting a grand opening for its new building on February 26. Stop by the Intravest Office if you are interested in learning more. For more information about Intravest Title or to inquire about employment opportunities, contact Dylan King at 602-300-9969 or via email at dking@intravesttitle.com.


TradeCor purchases SAARS building for $2.1M

4221_Obliques 1Cassidy Turley announced the $2.1 million ($247.06/psf) sale of SAARS Building, a Class-B office building at 4221 N. Scottsdale Rd. in the Scottsdale, Ariz., submarket. Phoenix-based 4221 Scottsdale LLC / TradeCor LLC purchased the property from Scottsdale-based Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAARS).

Cassidy Turley Managing Director Mark Bramlett, Executive Managing Director Eric Wichterman and Senior Vice President Mike Coover negotiated the transaction on behalf of the seller and buyer.

Built in 1982, SAARS Building is a two-story, ±8,500 square foot office building on .57 acres located in the heart of the Old Town Scottsdale entertainment district at Scottsdale Road and 4th Avenue. The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors occupied the building since 1982 and recently purchased a building at the Scottsdale Airpark for its new headquarters. No details have been disclosed for redevelopment at this time.

“We are anxious to watch the evolution of this site in the near future,” said Mr. Bramlett. “Based on its zoning, the property has the potential to be redeveloped as a restaurant, bar or for numerous other adaptive reuses.”

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

Scottsdale Realtors hand out awards

Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR) announced their Annual Award recipients at their January 31st Membership Breakfast “Template for Arizona’s Future” which featured a panel of distinguished state leaders including Wellington “Duke “ Reiter, Sr. VP, ASU Foundation, Grady Gammage, Sr. Fellow, ASU Morrison Institute, Marisa Walker, Sr. VP Arizona Commerce Authority and Michael Ryan, Ryan Media.

Elaine Grill, of Re/Max Excalibur was named Realtor of the Year. Grill has been an active member of SAAR for the past twelve years.  Additionally, she has volunteered countless hours serving on the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) and also contributing as a member of the ARMLS Technology Committee.

Affiliate of the Year, Lonny Gibson, Alliance Financial Resources was honored for his contributions on SAAR’s Community Outreach and Awareness Committee and his leadership with the Lockbox for Seniors Program in conjunction with the Scottsdale Public Safety Department.

Citizen of the Year, Beverly Damore is President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank and was recognized for her commitment to community and her work on behalf of the hungry in Arizona.

The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors would like to once again congratulate and thank Elaine Grill, Lonny Gibson and Beverly Damore for their dedication to the Association and Scottsdale Area Community.  Over two hundred business and community leaders attended the event at Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale.

Devon Connors

Biltmore-Paradise Valley agent ranked top in the nation

Coldwell Banker announced that DeVon Connors ranked in the top 1 percent of their national sales associates. The ranking was based on sales of residential homes for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2012.

In a letter to Connors, Bruce G. Ziff, president and CEO of NRT, the parent company of Coldwell Banker, congratulated her on “her perseverance, focus and her ability to achieve extraordinary results.”

In addition to this national honor, Connors was named one of the top three sales associates in Arizona. Connors is affiliated with the Biltmore-Paradise Valley office of Coldwell Banker.

“I am honored to be named to both distinguished groups of Coldwell Banker Residential sales associates,” said Connors.

Judy Perrin-Crone, associate broker for the Coldwell Banker Biltmore-Paradise Valley office said of Connors, “She has been one of our top agents year in and year out in both good and difficult markets. We are pleased to have her as one of our sales associates.”

Connors has been with Coldwell Banker since 1995 and is a certified Coldwell Banker Previews luxury agent based in the Biltmore-Paradise Valley office in Phoenix. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Luxury Home Tour Association of Arizona, the North Central Phoenix Home Tour Association, the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors and the Tucson Association of Realtors.

For more information on buying or selling a home with Connors in the Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tucson markets, contact her at 602-954-6888 or visit her website at www.devonconnors.com.