Our mission is to be the leading resource and advocate for the real estate community, to enhance the ability, conduct and image of its members and to protect and promote real property rights.
The Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, abbreviated PAR, is a professional organization for real estate professionals who sell real property and businesses that work in or with the real estate industry. PAR provides a variety of services to its members including education, insurance, affinity programs and legislative representation, as well as membership in the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
Members who hold the title REALTOR® are licensed real estate professionals who choose to voluntarily subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics that is above and beyond the law. The word REALTOR® is a registered trademark that can only be used by members of a local, state and national association of REALTORS®. People who do not subscribe to the strict Code of Ethics are not members of a REALTOR® association and are simply real estate licensees.
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For more than 95 years, the Phoenix Association of REALTORS® has served its members by providing and promoting a variety of programs and services to enhance its members’ freedom and ability to conduct their individual business with success, integrity and competency.
In addition, PAR provides collective action to promote the extension and preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. When you become a member of PAR, you become part of a network of individuals who strive to improve the real estate profession and their professional development.
The Phoenix Association of REALTORS® was organized in 1896 as the Maricopa County Real Estate Association. Early in the 20th century, it reorganized as the Phoenix Real Estate Board. During World War I, the Board discontinued active programs. The Association was revived early in 1918 and F. Webb Griffen was named president. The Phoenix Real Estate Board, now known as the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, was chartered by NAR 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. PAR’s territory originally encompassed all of Maricopa County. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® was chartered by NAR in 1945. PAR’s Executive Officer at the time also served as AAR’s Executive Officer through the mid- 1940s. Incorporated in 1946, PAR accepted a charter from the new Arizona Association in 1948. In 1946, PAR initiated a multiple listing system, and later in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was a leader in the regionalization of MLS and the creation of the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).
PAR has been in the forefront of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. In the mid-1940’s, PAR created the REALTOR® Court of Ethics, the nation’s first systematic method of enforcing the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. Although it has been refined into today’s modern hearing system and procedures, its concept spread to every Board in the nation and to Boards internationally.
PAR has been successful in protecting and molding the real estate industry in our state. In 1962, PAR masterminded the successful campaign to get an amendment added to the Arizona State Constitution, allowing real estate licensees to create real estate contracts. The amendment was offered in response to a court decision declaring that real estate licensees could not create legal contracts unless they were licensed as attorneys. After a spirited public campaign waged against the Bar Association, PAR was victorious.
During each year of its long history, PAR has actively taken its part in the development of the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona. Tax rates, zoning laws, civic improvements and all other major areas of city activity have been constructively affected by the participation of our Association’s volunteers and staff.
General excellence, effective leadership, cooperative effort, excellent service and responsible participation in community affairs are the hallmarks of the Phoenix Association of REALTORS® and make it an important and respected part of the community today.