April 22, 2019
This Friday marks the deadline to submit 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 a scholarship application. Completed applications are due Friday, April 26, 2019. F or questions, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR at (651) 772-6344.
Meet SPAAR Hero Susan Gonyea

Susan Gonyea, a REALTOR® with Gonyea Properties, Inc., is SPAAR Hero for April 2019. Sue has been recognized for her work to educate and encourage the next generation of volunteers. 
Before becoming a REALTOR®, Sue was an educator for 20 years, teaching kindergarten through 5th grade in a Montessori School and serving as a math and instructional specialist. She made a point of incorporating education about social justice into her classroom by introducing students to service opportunities that have impacted their communities. 
Through the Gonyea Foundation, Sue continues to work with many former students to help them find ways to get involved. The 25 or so students meet every month to work on a community project and some of the students have been part of this group for five years. Examples of the projects the group has been instrumental in include crafting blankets for families in Guatemala; assembling toiletry kits and collecting coats for people who are homeless; making and selling jars of candy to support education for girls in Africa; and visiting nursing home residents.
Congratulations, Sue, for being named SPAAR Hero for April 2019! You are helping young people build better communities. 
Nominate someone 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.
Cheers to all who came out to support REALTORS ® Charitable Foundation

The annual Cheers for Charity event on April 16 brought together SPAAR members and friends for a fun evening of tacos, beverages and activities to support REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. The funds raised will be put to good use to better the communities in which REALTORS® live and work.
SPAAR is grateful to the following Cheers for Charity sponsors: Liberty Title, Pillar Title Services , Stewart Title, Summit Mortgage Corporation and Supra.
From left: Amy Peterson, Kevin Zabel and Patti Jo Fitzpatrick enjoy the evening.
Free safety webinar tomorrow!

The National Association of REALTORS® has created a page for reporting member safety threats. For cases in which a physical or cyber threat to members warrants national attention, the REALTOR® Safety network will deploy an alert via social media. For incidents that don't meet the criteria for a national alert, the network will inform the local association.

Register for the safety webinar on April 23.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
Thwart thieves 
Help your clients to be safe from anyone with ill intentions by locking up their valuables and moving items such as jewelry, bills, credit cards and medication from view of people, often strangers, who are viewing the property.
We like hearing what tips SPAAR members have to share, too, such as:
Trust your instincts. Do not meet strangers at vacant homes for showings or bring someone along so you're not alone. Make a point to meet your client at your office or a public place before heading out to see properties.
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)!

Congratulations to Lana Cook who is the recipient of a $25 gift card for sharing a safety tip in March 2019. It's great to learn from each other. THANK YOU to all who have submitted one or more safety tips. Please keep them coming!
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.
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.

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."
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. Interested in a sponsorship for this year's event? Contact Kristin at kparker@spaar.com.
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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