April 25, 2019
Attention: SPAAR's offices will open late next Tuesday, April 30, due to a staff training. SPAAR's Maplewood office will open at 10:30am; SPAAR's Coon Rapids office will open at 10:45am.
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 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 .
Deadline is tomorrow (April 26) for 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 on May 2!

Master Gardener? Like flowers? Definitely-not-a-green-thumb? All are welcome!
 
SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee is partnering 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. This event is rain or shine (rain will move the activity indoors) so hope to see you there! 
Edgerton Community Garden open house is May 3

SPAAR, through the Community Engagement Committee, has partnered with the City of Maplewood to help implement its strategic plan for the Edgerton Community Garden.

SPAAR donated a bench and arbor at the garden's entrance and will install a Little Free Library. Learn more about the Edgerton Community Garden, which is located in SPAAR's neighborhood!

Come to the open house on Friday, May 3, from 4:30-6:30pm where you can meet the garden coordinator, garden volunteers and socialize with other new and returning gardeners.

The back-up plan for inclement weather during the open house is inside the Edgerton School Gym.
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.
Coon Rapids Forum a great resource for REALTORS®
Register here for the forum, which 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.
VAREP hosts professional growth in real estate rally
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. 

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.
Join in Cardinal's 15th annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser tomorrow
Back for its 15th year, Cardinal Realty, Homebuilders and Remodeling will hold its Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to support The American Cancer Society tomorrow, Friday, April 26, from 4:30-7:30pm at Hope Church in Oakdale. Click here for more information.
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.
SPAAR member golf events are June 24 and September 11!
Sign up today to support Toys for Joy and the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation golf tournaments! Click on the respective links to register and to learn detail for each event.
Grow your real estate business on the go with Homesnap
Choose a time that works for you and register here for a session on April 29!
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! 
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Keep up on SPAAR coverage and events by following on Facebook and Instagram

You can follow more news, events, activities and photos of SPAAR and its members by following the association on social media.

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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