February 21, 2019
Full SPAAR Calendar

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

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SPAAR members are welcome to free classes and free snow

While free snow will only be available at SPAAR for a limited time, members should be sure to take advantage of the many free and ongoing classes that SPAAR has to offer.

Check out the classes with availability below or check out SPAAR's calendar for a complete list.
Take part in upcoming classes and opportunities at SPAAR:
 
March 11, 12-2pm: Agency and Fair Housing in Minnesota

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

April 18, 10am-12pm: Instanet/Authentisign

April 18, 1-3pm: Realist Tax Intro

April 24, 9-10:30am: Breakfast for the Brain - Mortgage Gotcha's that'll Get Ya!

April 25, 10am-12pm: Comparative Market Analysis in Northstar MLS

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.
"I'm 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.
Emerging Leader scholarship applications due on Feb. 26

Learn more about how your association advocates for REALTOR ® members as part of SPAAR's Emerging Leadership program by attending the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative meetings held in Washington DC from May 13-15, 2019.

SPAAR's Professionalism Committee is once again offering a $2,000 scholarship to attend the meetings.While SPAAR membership is the only prerequisite for applicants, we are seeking emerging leaders who are relatively new to their real estate career and have either not yet served or only recently begun serving on a SPAAR committee.

The Emerging Leader scholarship applications are due on February 26. Apply today.
Practice speaking and meeting management at Toastmasters
"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, March 5, 2019. 

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 29, 2019. Learn more here. 
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! 
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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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