February 14, 2019
Full SPAAR Calendar

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

SPAAR offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, for President's Day.
Take part in upcoming classes and opportunities at SPAAR
March 6, 1-4pm: Introduction to NorthstarMLS
Register here

March 11, 12-2pm: Agency and Fair Housing in Minnesota

March 13, 8:30am-12:15pm: 2018/19 Required Module - Risk Management

March 13, 12:30-1pm: Coffee with the President

March 22, 1-3pm: Instanet/Authentisign 102

March 25, 10am-12pm: Instanet/Authentisign

Note: Many of these 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.
Get to Know Woodbury forum was a success

Nearly 100 attendees, including REALTORS®, took part in the Get to Know Woodbury forum on Feb. 14 to hear from city officials and school leaders. The event provided insight into current and future plans.

SPAAR takes part in numerous city events throughout the year that provide great information that can be shared with potential buyers and clients.
Practice speaking and meeting management at Toastmasters

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, Feb. 19, 2019. 

Let your voice be heard at Housing Day at the Capitol
"I registered for Housing Day...  now what?" Whether this will be your first time attending a legislative meeting, or you are a veteran real estate advocate looking to brush up on this session's issues, this event will ensure you feel 100% confident walking around the Minnesota State Capitol.

Join Chris Galler, MN REALTORS® CEO, and other REALTOR® advocacy leaders for a prep session on Monday, Feb. 25 from 1-2pm, to discuss what to expect in your legislator meeting, the Dos and Don'ts of lobbying, and an overview of the issues being worked on at the Capitol.

No advance registration required. Questions? Contact Madeline at mvanert@spaar.com.
Registration now open for Housing Day 2019

Registration is now open for Housing Day at the Capitol. No one knows the housing market better than members. Don't miss the opportunity to share your story with legislators.
Learn how you can support those serving in the military
The Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive is a SPAAR tradition orchestrated by the Community Engagement Committee. SPAAR members collect small items (snacks, magazines, toiletries, playing cards, colored pencils, sketch pads, etc.) for "We Care" packages sent to troops serving in active duty. The nonprofit, Blue Star Mothers, assembles the items in "We Care" packages and ships them. SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has partnered with Blue Star Mothers for five years.
Consider a decorated box to be placed in your office waiting area, meeting room or staff lounge. This is a great way to show office visitors your team is involved in the community and remembering those serving in the military. SPAAR will be collecting items for "We Care" baskets now through March 31, 2019. Learn more here. 
Market stats to be shared at NAGLREP Lunch 'n Learn
You're invited to take part in the upcoming Lunch 'n Learn of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. NAGLREP President Ryan Weyandt will emcee, and SPAAR CEO John Fridlington and Goverment Affairs Specialist Madeline Van Ert will be the guest speakers presenting on Twin Cities market statistics, the 2018 year-end summary, present issues and events that may impact this year's market, and 2019 projections.

Sign up today for the event taking place at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location.
Take part in the Faces of AREAA Twin Cities Chapter Gala

You're invited to the Twin Cities Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Gala on Feb. 21.
The Twin Cities chapter is growing and we are looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2019. Come network with the AREAA Board and members. Learn why this organization is leading the way for homeownership opportunities for all.
Register here for the Faces of AREAA Twin Cities Chapter Gala. 
Questions about the event or how to become a member or a sponsor? Contact Ricky Cheath at (612) 269-2414 or Shannon Lindstrom at (612) 616-9714.
A history lesson about the first PAC

Did you know a Political Action Committee (PAC) is a popular term for a political committee organized by like-minded people for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates? PACs have been around since 1944 when the Congress of Industrial Organizations formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
In the real estate industry, 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! 
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.