March 21, 2019
Full SPAAR Calendar

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

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.
March 28, 1-3:15pm: Islamic Funding in the USA
April 5, 9-11am: Agency & Fair Housing

April 8, 10-11am: Real Estate Safety Matters
April 18, 1-3pm: Realist Tax Intro
April 24, 9-10:30am: Breakfast for the Brain - Mortgage Gotcha's that'll Get Ya!

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 .
Islamic financing: what you should know
Many prospective homebuyers seek non-interest bearing transactions, in compliance with cultural, religious or personal beliefs and traditions. How can you assist clients seeking these resources? How do non-interest bearing mortgages impact transactions?

Taught by Shoeb Sharieff of ijara Community Development Corporation on March 28 from 1-3:30pm at SPAAR. Click on the image above for more information. Cost: $10.
Learn how to get on the path to leadership
Hear firsthand from SPAAR members about the leadership opportunities available to you at the local, state and national association levels, and how to go about getting involved.

Come to learn and stay to network! To RSVP register here or contact Jennifer at
VAREP Twin Cities Chapter announces motivational speaker and Veteran John Kriesel as gala keynote
Take part in the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) annual gala event that will feature keynote motivational speaker John Kriesel who, in 2006, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Four hospitals, 35 surgeries, the loss of his legs and months of recovery followed, but the loss of his two close friends hurt the most. Following his near-death experience in Iraq, Kriesel returned to Minnesota and transitioned from military to civilian life. He will share his journey through story, humor and inspiration. Event proceeds will benefit local military families.
Join SPAAR at the 2019 NAREB Homeownership Expo
SPAAR is looking for volunteers to help staff our table! Greet prospective homebuyers and answer general questions about the homebuying process. Contact SPAAR if interested: 651-772-6344 |
Mark your calendar to attend Cheers for Charity on April 16
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.
One week remaining to 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. 
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 The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 

Volunteer at a community event!

Each year, SPAAR's Diversity Committee participates in community events to promote homeownership. State agency Minnesota Housing participates in many events all over the Twin Cities and across the state. These events provide opportunities for real estate professionals to answer general questions about homeownership, the property market, down payment assistance or the process of buying a home.
Volunteers are needed! Consider volunteering to help staff a community event and answer questions. You do not have to be a committee member to volunteer. This is a great opportunity for all REALTORS®, including those who are new in real estate.
Upcoming events to consider:

NAREB/AREAA Housing Fair         Saturday, April 13

These opportunities are made possible through SPAAR's partnership with Minnesota Housing:
IGH Hi-Design Expo                         Saturday, April 13
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 or (651) 772-6344.
Who can invest in a 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. PAC money must come from voluntary contributions from members.
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! 
Mark your calendar to golf on September 11
The golf tournament sign up is coming soon! Interested in being an event sponsor or volunteer? Contact Kristin Parker at or (763) 489-3303.
Learn tips and techniques to stay safe while showing homes
Join this fun and informative session taught by Alison Salo, an independent pro with Damsel in Defense, as she educates about situational awareness, preparing for the unexpected and leveling the playing field. This event takes place on Tuesday, March 26 from 10am to 1pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location and is sponsored by Pillar Title. RSVP to Melissa Cartier at
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.
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.