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In this Issue   April 3, 2017

April is Fair Housing Month

ShowingTime Introduces New Appointment Types

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: We Need You

What’s a WalkShop?

Residential Residential Real Estate Summit Planned for April 7

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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April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month. Take a look at what SPAAR has got planned next month to recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act, which went into effect in 1968.

  • Fair Housing Poster Contest: Voting will start April 17; winners will be announced at the end of the month.
  • Unconscious Bias Presentation: This session 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. Wednesday, April 26, 9am-12pm. REGISTRATION
  • Agency & Fair Housing class. This course is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of Agency Law in Minnesota and Fair Housing Laws. Friday, April 28. Two Sessions: 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm.

FAIR HOUSING DECLARATION

 
 

ShowingTime Introduces New Appointment Types

The wait is finally over–ShowingTime has added new Showing Appointment types. The new types include Walk-Through, Broker Price Opinion, Photography, and a variety of Inspection sub-types, including Radon Pick-up/Drop-Off.

MORE INFORMATION

 
 

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

 
 

What’s a WalkShop?

SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee received an NAR SmartGrowth Grant to host a WalkShop. Walkable Communities are popular with homebuyers because they promote connection to the community and encourage a healthy lifestyle. A WalkShop is a workshop where you can learn about Walkable Communities and then tour a neighborhood (on foot, of course!) to assess how it rates.

SPAAR will be hosting a WalkShop in Saint Paul’s North End community on Wednesday, April 19. The focus of the WalkShop, which will be led by a consultant from BlueZones, is safer pedestrian crossings. SPAAR has partnered with the City of Saint Paul, Police Department and Public Works Department on this project.

ATTEND THE WALKSHOP

 
 

Residential Residential Real Estate Summit Planned for April 7

The annual Residential Real Estate Summit is set for Friday, April 7, from 8am to 12pm at Golden Valley Country Club.The program agenda is as follows:

  • Minnesota Residential Housing Update: David Arbit, MAAR
  • South East Minnesota Housing Update: Karen Becker, SEMAR and SEMAR MLS
  • Residential and Multifamily Financing Trends and Options:
Moderator: Herb Tousley, University of St. Thomas
Matthew O’Brien, Mortgage Banker, Summit Mortgage
Paul Basil, American Mortgage and Equity Consultants, Inc.
Peter Smith, State Sales Manager, First American Title
  • Home Builders Roundtable Discussion: Moderator: David Siegel, BATC
Art Plante, John Arthur Homes
Michael P. Ramme, Vice President, Land Acquisition, CalAtlantic Homes
John Rask, M/I Homes of Minneapolis
Charlie Devine, OX Engineered Products
  • Inventory shortages
Randy M Bacchus, Edina Realty

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

 
 

Upcoming Education & Events

  • Residential Real Estate Summit. Friday, April 7, 8am-12pm. REGISTRATION
  • 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
  • Biggest Tuesday Sales Meeting Ever. Tuesday, May 23, 8am-12pm. 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
Baker, Ana Keller Williams Integrity RE
Borrell, Charles Vibrant Realty
Brown, Alicia Keller Williams Classic Realty
Buck, Karoline Edina Realty, Inc.
Carlson, Tammy Greenlaw Realty
Coates, Andrew Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Ellis, Steven Coldwell Banker Burnet
Gabler, William RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Moua, Yeeleng Creative Results
Noble, Andrew Keller Williams Integrity RE
Olson, Katie Cedardale Realty, Inc.
ONeal, Latasha Integrity Realty
Ornell, James RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Roach, Colleen Keller Williams Classic Realty
Thao, Kochul Movement Mortgage
Wunderlich, Amber Edina Realty, Inc.