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In this Issue   April 17, 2017

Vote Now! Fair Housing Poster Contest

SPAAR Monthly Stats Release

Realtor.com Results Series Coming to the Twin Cities May 2

One Week Until Cheers for Charity

Is Unconscious Bias Impacting Your Business?

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: We Need You

Upcoming Education & Events

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

Welcome, New Members!

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Vote Now! Fair Housing Poster Contest

Voting is now open for SPAAR's Fair Housing Poster Contest. The contest, open to all students in grades K-5, is intended to create awareness of the importance of providing equal housing opportunities for everyone, and to teach students about problems related to housing discrimination. This year's poster theme was "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Posters will be on display at SPAAR through the end of the month. Stop in and vote for your favorite! Students (and their classes) of posters recieving the most votes will win prizes. You can also vote online by viewing the poster albums on Facebook, and "liking" your favorite entry. There are two divisions: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Vote for your favorite in each!

VIEW ENTRIES GRADES K-2 | VIEW ENTRIES GRADES 3-5

 
 

Residential Real Estate Market Presents Opportunities for Reluctant Sellers

Released April 17, 2017 - Twin Cities residential real estate is off to a good start for the first quarter of 2017 and an increase in new listings compared to last year holds the promise of improved sales as we enter the busiest months of the real estate cycle. In March New Listings in the Twin Cities region increased 1.3 percent to 8,032. Pending Sales were down 3.0 percent to 5,631.

While Inventory levels fell 19.9 percent to 10,213 units, home building activity continued to break records, with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) reporting new home sales up nearly 50 percent over March 2016.

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Realtor.com Results Series Coming to the Twin Cities May 2

Realtor.com Results Series is coming to the Twin Cities on Tuesday, May 2, 9am-12:30pm, at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis North. The event, featuring Andrew Dorn and Kristi Kennelly, will teach you how to:

  • Uncover the best apps, technologies and tools for creating reactions and getting ahead of the competition
  • Hear actual scripts and systems used by top-producing agents doing up to $50 million of business yearly
  • Learn to master mobile productivity with best practices and results from agents who operate successfully on-the-go
  • Get in control! We have tips on balancing workloads and personal schedules

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

 
 

One Week Until Cheers for Charity - Get Your Tickets

Join SPAAR for the fourth annual Cheers for Charity event on Monday, April 24, from 5-8 pm. This year's event will be held at Flat Earth Brewing Company in St. Paul. New this year: Carnival theme with games and a bags tournament. Your ticket includes a sampling of amazing craft brews, one full pint, and appetizers. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, which supports local organizations that promote homeownership, and enhance our communities.

This event is sponsored by the following businesses: At Home Title, Bonfe's Plumbing, Heating & Air Service, Inc., Commission Express of MN, Liberty Title, Summit Mortgage, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

GET YOUR TICKET

 
 

Is Unconscious Bias Impacting Your Business?

SPAAR is holding a session on Unconscious Bias, that will focus on bias related to race, but is intended to be a starting point for consideration of unconscious biases related to age, education, economic status, etc. In this interactive and high energy session participants will be asked to think how our communications and treatment of others are based on stereotypes or misconceptions. Includes takeaways and suggestions for further study. This class is sponsored by SPAAR’s Diversity Committee, and is part of SPAAR’s recognition of Fair Housing Month.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

 
 

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: We Need You

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities (RTTC) is a local nonprofit that strengthens communities by helping homeowners. SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee has partnered with RTTC to assist with a ramp building project. We are looking for volunteers for Thursday, April 27 (full day) and Friday, April 28 (morning only). No construction experience is necessary. Lunch will be provided. Half-day shifts are available! Please contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.

REGISTER FOR APRIL 27 | REGISTER FOR APRIL 28

 
 

Upcoming Education & Events

  • WalkShop: Safer Pedestrian Crossings. Wednesday, April 19, 9am-2:30pm. REGISTRATION
  • Red Wing Micropolitan Summit. Friday, April 21, 10am-2pm. REGISTRATION
  • Cheers for Charity. Monday, April 24, 5pm-8pm, at Flat Earth Brewing Company. REGISTRATION
  • Unconscious Bias Presentation. Wednesday, April 26, 9am-12pm. REGISTRATION
  • Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Thursday, April 27 & Friday, April 28
  • Agency & Fair Housing. Friday, April 28. Two Sessions: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
  • TrustFunds for Brokers. Monday, May 1, 9am-10am. REGISTRATION
  • TrustFunds for Agents. Monday, May 1, 10am-11am. REGISTRATION
  • Minnesota Housing Real Estate Program. Wednesday, May 3, 10am-12pm. REGISTRATION
  • SPAAR Member Appreciation: Shred Day. Friday, May 12, 11am-2pm. REGISTRATION
  • Biggest Tuesday Sales Meeting Ever. Tuesday, May 23, 8am-12pm. REGISTRATION
  • Intro to NorthstarMLS.com. Thursday, May 25, 1pm-4pm. REGISTRATION
 
 

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Looking for useful content for upcoming office meetings? SPAAR Squad is here to help! Our staff members are available to attend your meeting and speak about a variety of relevant topics. We also provide onsite training (some with free CE) for groups of 25 or more.

SPAAR SQUAD TOPIC LIST | SPAAR SQUAD REQUEST FORM

 
 

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's doing.

Local Market Updates | Weekly Market Activity Report | Housing Supply Overview | Monthly Market Indicators

 
 

Welcome, New Members!

SPAAR would like to welcome all our new members! Thank you joining, and we look forward to helping you be successful in your business.

Member Name Company Name
Babneau, Laura Edina Realty, Inc.
Beardsley, Dianna TCI Realty of Minnesota, Inc
Benepe, Richard Agent Referral Network
Gunderson, Keenan Keller Williams Classic Realty
Hafner, Kenneth Keller Williams Classic Realty
Hall, Dustin Keller Williams Premier Realty
Hansen Thomas, Jennifer Hans Hagen Homes, Inc.
Hoefler, Andrew RE/MAX Results
Jensen, Greg RE/MAX Synergy
Kaiser, Barbara AmeriSpec Home Inspection Serv
Lunzer, Karen RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Markuson, Michelle Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Maxson, Lucy Keller Williams Classic Realty
McGinnis, Michelle Edina Realty
Meyer, Terry Re/Max Results
Nolte-Guettinger, Kimberly Keller Williams Integrity RE
O'Hara, Matthew Coldwell Banker Burnet
Raynor, Stephanie Edina Realty, Inc.
Rezac, Pamela RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Stein, Annie Fish MLS Realty
Tanley, Mitchell Mingo Realty, Inc.
Torgerson, Jody Realty Group, Inc.
Turitto, Fayet Coldwell Banker Pro IV
Warzecha, William Cartwright Realty, Inc
Yule, Dawn R Weichert, REALTORS- Heartland
Zweber, Rebecca D.R. Horton, Inc.