April 18, 2019
Full SPAAR Calendar

Looking for continuing education or networking opportunities? Check out all of SPAAR's upcoming events!

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Check out what classes and events are currently available at SPAAR

SPAAR offers many free and ongoing classes to keep members updated and in the know.

Check out the classes with availability below or check out SPAAR's calendar for a complete list.
April 24, 9-10:30am: Breakfast for the Brain - Mortgage Gotcha's that'll Get Ya!

April 26, 10-11am: Non-QM Lending

April 29, 1-2pm: Homesnap Training Session

May 10, 11am-2pm: SPAAR member appreciation Spring Cleaning Event

May 22, 9-11am: Agency & Fair Housing in Minnesota

Note: Many of SPAAR's classes provide Minnesota real estate continuing education. Continuing education courses must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit for the number of approved hours (MN Statute 45.30 Subd.4a).  See full list of classes here .
NAR offers safety webinar

The National Association of REALTORS® has created a page for reporting member safety threats. For cases in which a physical or cyber threat to members warrants national attention, the REALTOR® Safety network will deploy an alert via social media. For incidents that don't meet the criteria for a national alert, the network will inform the local association. Access the reporting page. 

SPAAR is now accepting scholarship applications

The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR) Charitable Foundation will grant up to five $2,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of current, active SPAAR members this year; at least one scholarship may be designated for the child or grandchild of a SPAAR Affiliate Member. 

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, school activities, community service and a written essay.

Learn about the  rules and eligibility or fill out an  scholarship application.  
 
Completed applications are due Friday, April 26, 2019. F or questions, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR,(651) 772-6344.
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Let's get growing!

Master Gardener? Like flowers? Definitely-not-a-green-thumb? All are welcome!
 
SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has partnered with Lyngblomsten Care Center in Saint Paul to plant flowers. On Thursday, May 2, SPAAR volunteers will be working with Lyngblomsten residents and staff to prepare planters and raised gardening beds for the growing season.  
 
Volunteers will work from 1:30 to 4:30pm at Lyngblomsten located at 1415 Almond Avenue in Saint Paul. Questions? Contact SPAAR at 651-772-6344 or spaar@spaar.com
Register here for this fun volunteer opportunity.
Volunteers needed for Cinco de Mayo event on May 4

Each year, SPAAR's Diversity Committee participates in community events to promote homeownership and real estate professionals can answer general questions about homeownership, the property market, down payment assistance or the process of buying a home.

The following opportunity is possible through SPAAR's partnership with Minnesota Housing:
 
Cinco de Mayo                                  Saturday, May 4
 
Volunteers staff these events to represent SPAAR and answer general questions about homeownership. While these events are not occasions to market yourself or your brokerage, they are a great way to greet the public and polish your presentation skills. Shifts and times vary. Free admission and parking reimbursement is provided. Contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR for details at jmckinley@spaar.com or (651) 772-6344.
Thank you from your Community Engagement Committee!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to SPAAR's Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive. Together, SPAAR members contributed more than 15 boxes of supplies for We Care Packages and raised more than $1,600 to cover shipping costs. We Care packages will be sent to members of the military serving active duty by nonprofit Blue Star Mothers of America. 

The Blue Star Mothers have scheduled a packing event in June and volunteers are needed. For more information or to sign up to help pack boxes for shipment, please contact SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or spaar@spaar.com.
Coon Rapids Forum a great resource for REALTORS®
The forum is designed to provide REALTORS® with information that is informative and helpful as they assist homebuyers and property owners to buy and sell properties in Coon Rapids.
Toastmasters provides an hour of professionalism and fun!
"I expected to gain some confidence in my public speaking ability, but I didn't expect it to be fun," said a Toastmasters participant at a recent meeting held at SPAAR.

Toastmasters is a great way to improve your speaking skills, gain leadership experience and learn how to efficiently run a meeting from start to finish. Worried about speaking in front of a group? To date, all participants have survived and thrived! 

 

Meetings take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-2pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location. Interested to learn more or join? If so, contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 

Learn about affordable mortgages and nonprofit resources

NAHREP Twin Cities will be hosting real estate continuing education at Andiamo Italian Ristorante for interest real estate professionals on Wednesday, April 24. Learn more here.
VAREP hosts professional growth in real estate rally
Clean out your closets and reward yourself with lunch
The "Tot Boss" food truck will be onsite for lunch during this member appreciation event at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location.
Be part of this year's Biggest Tuesday Sales Meeting Ever!
Registration is open for this year's event "Real Estate Professionalism and Today's Market" that has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for 3 hours of real estate CE credit.
Golf for Toys for Joy! Register now. Sponsorships available.
Discover how to avoid disastrous deals
Register here for the upcoming session on April 24.
Cardinal hosts its 15th annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser
Back for its 15th year, Cardinal Realty, Homebuilders and Remodeling will hold its Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to support The American Cancer Society on Friday, April 26, from 4:30-7:30pm at Hope Church in Oakdale. Click here for more information.
Learn how to grow your real estate business on the go!
Choose a time that works for you and register here for an April 29 or April 30 session!
RPAC supports candidates who support REALTOR ® interests

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) raises money to support candidates from the national, state and local levels who support REALTOR® Party issues. By doing this, RPAC ensures that programs important to REALTORS® continue to operate.  
 
RPAC is the largest nonpartisan political action committee in the state. Your support makes a difference! Learn more here or support RPAC today! 
Mark your calendar to golf on September 11 and check out the video below!
Register today for this fun September event! Interested in being a sponsor? Limited sponsorships available. Contact Kristin at kparker@spaar.com to learn more.
Let this video inspire you to golf!

The 2019 REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament has been an annual tradition with roots going back to 1923, which funds programs that invest in SPAAR's members and in the community. Join us for a Patriotic themed day of golf, a bags tournament, and a delicious dinner! Check out some video fun!
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Like SPAAR on Facebook in two places by searching Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® and also SPAAR Charitable Foundation. Find SPAAR on Instagram at spaar_realtor.
Bring SPAAR Squad to you!

Interested in learning more about real estate issues, advocacy, education and events? Looking for useful content for upcoming office meetings?

SPAAR Squad is here to help! Our staff members are available to attend meetings and speak about a variety of relevant topics. We also provide onsite training (some with free CE) for groups of 25 or more. 
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