eNews
April 2, 2018
Students: share what it means for dreams to come true as part  of the Fair Housing essay and poster contests
Don't miss the upcoming April 13 deadline for any kids you know to submit their essays and posters in the 2018 Fair Housing essay and poster contest. All they need to do is share what it means to make dreams come true (see details below)!

April is National Fair Housing Month and 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Saint Paul Area Association of  REALTORS┬« (SPAAR), this is an opportunity to learn about, remember and talk about the protections provided by  the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  Students are invited to share the impact of the Fair Housing Act.  How has the FHA impacted  you your family or your community?
 
Students in grades 6 to 12 are encouraged to take part in the Fair Housing essay contest  and younger students in grades K through 5 are encouraged to share their talents by taking part in the Fair Housing poster contest: making dreams come true.
 
Click here for contest information: Fair Housing essay contest and Fair Housing poster contest and enter today!
Raise a glass at Cheers for Charity and support SPAAR's Charitable Foundation

Did you know SPAAR's Charitable Foundation gives back to the community and directly to SPAAR-member families?

A few of the organizations that have benefited include Rondo Community Land Trust, NeDA, NeighborWorks Home Partners and the Jeremiah Program. In addition, in 2017, three teenagers, the children or grandchildren of SPAAR members, were awarded scholarships toward their 2- or 4-year college programs. Scholarships will be awarded again in 2018 -- with up to five recipients receiving $2,000 scholarships each!

How can you help? Attend a fun evening out at BlackStack Brewing on Tuesday, April 24. There will be local brews, appetizers and opportunities to network with peers and colleagues. And best of all, ticket proceeds directly support the Charitable Foundation's scholarship program! Unable to attend? Your purchase of a ticket will help fund scholarships given to the kids and grandkids of SPAAR members.

Click here to sign up for the Cheers for Charity event today!
New monthly feature:
share your tips for helping buyers find their just-right home

In today's tight-housing market where it's commonplace for multiple offers on a house,
what is your best advice for potential buyers to successfully find their perfect abode?

Each month, a new question will be asked in eNews in hopes to share the responses of SPAAR members with SPAAR members. Please email your ideas and answers to Jennifer Kovacich at jkovacich@spaar.com. And if you have a question for which you'd like an answer, feel free to propose it as a question of the month.
RealSatisfied: a new benefit for SPAAR members
How is RealSatisfied working for you?

SPAAR now provides RealSatisfied as a free, member-only benefit. Rolled out to all members in February, this tool is designed to help REALTORS® be more competitive in the real estate marketplace.

Brokerages and managers are not required to take any action to implement RealSatisfied, as the tool has been purchased by SPAAR for individual SPAAR members; however, if an office wants broker access the broker dashboard may be purchased for $600 per office annually.

RealSatisfied has information to get started and tutorials to learn how the tool works.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 9-13

Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 9-13 is dedicated to educating people about the seasonal threats of severe weather and how to be prepared.

This is a good time to discuss and prepare for severe weather both at home or in the workplace, and where you consider a safe place to be in the event of bad weather. Use the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie and share a selfie in your safe place. If you mention @NWSTwinCities on Twitter, your tweet will be retweeted.

The National Weather Service has great tips for severe weather, including those that impact Minnesota most in the spring and summer: lightning and hail, flooding, tornadoes and heat.
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.

Welcome, new members!
Welcome to SPAAR! There are many ways to get involved and grow your business. We look forward to meeting you!
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