April 15, 2019
Don't miss a fun outing THIS TUESDAY for a great cause!
There is still availability for tomorrow's event! Your ticket gets you networking, tacos and more, a drink ticket and the potential to win lots of great prizes. Bring a friend, a family member or colleague -- everyone is welcome! Register here today!
SPAAR helps replace libraries following vandalism

Patrick Ruble, SPAAR 2019 president-elect, presents Little Free Libraries to homeowners Lois (left) and Jeanne of Saint Paul. SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee approved donation of the libraries following the recent vandalism to the libraries on Jeanne's and Lois' boulevard. Lois installed her library as a way to connect with her neighborhood, and she is excited to "get back in business."
SPAAR is now accepting scholarship applications

The REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS (SPAAR), 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.
Members share with members at Leadership Panel Discussion

SPAAR members took part in the recent Leadership Panel Discussion on April 8 where they heard from members who have pursued various association roles at the local, state and national levels. The discussion provided opportunities for members to ask questions as they determine their own paths for leadership. SPAAR hopes to hold two more Leadership Panel Discussions in 2019. If you have any questions or an interest to learn more, contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com.
Nominations welcome for the next SPAAR HERO
Each month, a member of SPAAR is recognized for their community involvement by being named SPAAR Hero. SPAAR Hero is coordinated by the Community Engagement Committee. Each month's SPAAR Hero is recognized in a news release, on social media and on SPAAR's website, and receives $250 for the nonprofit or cause they support. 
Know someone who should be recognized as a SPAAR Hero? To nominate a SPAAR Hero, please provide details of the nominee's community service and the name of the cause or organization they support to Joe McKinley at (651) 772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
April is Fair Housing Month

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which expanded on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 1968 Act prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap and family status.

Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
Weather is an important safety factor, too.  
SPAAR is a registered Ambassador for the National Weather Service's Weather Ready Nation, and part of the network of individuals and organizations that work to promote weather safety. 
Did you know tornadoes have been recorded in all months in Minnesota except for January, February and December? The peak tornado activity in Minnesota usually occurs in June. Below are some important guidelines to keep in mind.  
Learn how to bring a safety class to your office!
Did you know SPAAR offers the class Safety Matters? This one-hour class is approved for one Continuing Education credit, and can be presented at your office sales meeting. Inquire for more details by emailing spaar@spaar.com. Let's work together to make safety a top priority!
What is your #1 safety tip to share?

In keeping with the safety theme introduced in this newsletter, what is your #1 safety tip?

Share your safety tip and provide your name and email by sending an email to Jennifer at  

We've had so many GREAT safety tips shared since SPAAR began its weekly focus on safety. Please share one of your tips if you haven't already (or send another)!

It's great to learn from each other. THANK YOU to all who have submitted one or more safety tips. Please keep them coming!
No need to RSVP. Networking, appetizers and a cash bar await you.
Be in the know: become a Homesnap master!

Take part in a training session with a Homesnap Agent Trainer. Sign up for a class on either April 29 or April 30. Attendees can sign in for a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate.
Note: there is no CE credit for this class.
Toastmasters provides members the space and an audience to polish your speaking skills. All members are welcome!
SPAAR Toastmasters meetings will take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-2pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East (Maplewood) location. Interested to learn more or join? Contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 16.
Annual golf tournament supports Toys for Joy
"Last year, Toys for Joy served more than 1,000 families, including 2,900 children, during the holidays alone providing food, clothing, books, bikes and toys, and there's so much more," said Mike Hunstad, director at large for Toys for Joy. "We've also supplied toys, clothing and school supplies to many organizations that provide support to children and continue to provide support year-round to families in Anoka County. In 2018, Toys for Joy also provided five $1,000 scholarships to high school students who went above and beyond to support their communities."
SPAAR REALTOR® member earns GRI Designation
SPAAR REALTOR® Jessica Coleman-Siverson was recently awarded the highly-acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Jessica of Greater Midwest Realty in Forest Lake joins other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation.
Additional information about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.
Congratulations, Jessica, on this honor!
SPAAR members volunteer at Homeownership Expo

Thank you to Annastacia Dunaiski, Coldwell Banker Burnet-Woodbury (pictured at right) and Anita Hill, Coldwell Banker Burnet-Highland Park, (pictured below with Joe McKinley, SPAAR's Community Engagement Director) for volunteering to staff the Homeownership Expo on April 13 in North Minneapolis. The event was coordinated by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).
SPAAR welcomes your volunteer involvement with community events and sponsorships to help promote homeownership. Email spaar@spaar.com to request details of opportunities available this spring and summer.
Safety is key: learn about Supra's Agent Alert

Agent Alert is a convenient feature built into Supra's keys that is available for Supra e-key users. The feature provides peace of mind for agents who carry their wireless key. Agents have a simple and discreet way to send an "alert" message to up to three priority contacts with the press of a key. The Agent Alert works anywhere.

Check out this video to learn more.
Specific questions about the Supra Agent Alert? Call (877) 699-6787.
Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available for the golf tournament!
Registration is open for the 2019 SPAAR Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament taking place on September 11, 2019. Sponsorship spots are filling up quickly at all levels: hole sponsors, cart sponsors and beanbag sponsors, so contact Kristin at kparker@spaar.com if you're interested in becoming a sponsor for this year's event.
SPAAR in the news
See SPAAR in the news? We'd love to know about it. Please let us know if you see articles in your local paper about SPAAR members, events or other news. You can send an email to jkovacich@spaar.com or mail to Jennifer Kovacich at SPAAR (325 Roselawn Ave E, St. Paul, MN  55117) or simply let us know the station or publication. Thank you!
Housing Market Statistics

Get up-to-date housing market information here. SPAAR provides four different types of reports so you can offer your clients the most accurate housing data available. Click below to see how the market is doing:
Local Market Updates
SPAAR welcomes its newest members
Welcome, new members! We look forward to working with you.
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