April 8, 2019
Thank a volunteer this week!

Did you know April 7 through 13, 2019 is National Volunteer Week?

According to the National Association of REALTORS® research, you will have a lot of people in the real estate industry to thank as more than 66% of REALTORS® volunteer in the communities in which they live or work on at least a monthly basis, and this includes many SPAAR members.

Learn more about the research as published in NAR's Community Aid and Real Estate (CARE) report. Thank you for all that you do!
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.
Don't miss a fun outing to support a great cause!
SPAAR's outreach to REACH Together and Meals from the Heart serves local communities

SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has kicked off a new program of food shelf grants in 2019. In February, the committee approved the first $250 grant to REACH Together, a Saint Paul nonprofit that serves refugee families in its Eastside neighborhood. REACH Together founder Sheryl Fried used the grant to purchase rice and paper products in bulk, which were then broken down for distribution to individuals and families.
Food insecurity was brought to the committee's attention through SPAAR's partnership with Stillwater-based Meals from the Heart, a nonprofit that packages meal kits for distribution to area food shelves. In 2017 and 2018, SPAAR coordinated meal packing service opportunities with Meals from the Heart and in 2018 SPAAR was lead sponsor for Side-by-Side Saint Paul, a two-day, community-wide meal-packing event that brought together more than 700 volunteers who packed more than 125,000 meals for local food shelf distribution.
This year, on April 17, Meals from the Heart will host a community meal-packing event and your office or business is invited to bring a team of 8-10 volunteers for an hour of meal packing, and some friendly competition. The sponsorship cost for your team is $500. For information, visit mealsfromtheheart.org/Stillwater-b2b or call ( 651) 829-3232. 
Like to nominate a food shelf or emergency pantry for a grant from the Community Engagement Committee? Call (651) 772-6344 or email spaar@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.

Stay tuned to learn more about Fair Housing this month, and how SPAAR is involved.
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.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
Money doesn't grow on trees. 
Take extra precautions if you handle cash. Be especially aware of any strangers who may be hanging around. If you must transfer cash deposits, use the buddy system or arrange for security to assist you.   
Members have great ideas to share, too, such as:   
When getting ready to leave an open house, especially if you are solo, call someone you know and tell them where you are and that you're heading out. Once in your car you can follow up to let them know you're safe and on your way. It's always good to have someone you trust know where you are and have your best interests 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!
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.
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.
SPAAR's Diversity Committee needs YOU! 
SPAAR's Diversity Committee has two goals: 

First, promote homeownership to diverse audiences 

Second, recognize (and celebrate!) the diversity of SPAAR's members.


In 2019, the committee plans to march as a group in parades around the Twin Cities to meet these goals. REALTORS® want to make some noise!

The committee is looking for volunteers to march in parades. Marchers will help promote Fair Housing and Equal Housing Opportunities. You can march in one or as many parades as you like. Funny hat? OK! Play a drum? Sure! March by yourself, with friends & family or with a team from your office! A t-shirt will be provided to each participant.

Questions? To register, please call 651-772-6344 or email spaar@spaar.com
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.
New Member
Amber Bergen
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Brittney Besser
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Cindy Bright
RE/MAX Synergy
Amber Carleton
RE/MAX Professionals
Rebekah Cook
Anderson Realty
Debra Danley
Edina Realty, Inc.
Branko Djurich
Edina Realty, Inc.
Lawrence Erickson
eXp Realty
Kristin Feich
Elite Realty Minnesota, LLC
Yvonne Flaifel
Edina Realty, Inc.
Justin Freberg
Realty Group, Inc.
Dave Gallogly
MSP Services, LLC
Nikki Gibbons
Redfin Corporation
Hillary Hittner
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Taviah Johnson
Weichert, REALTORS-Heartland
Madelyn Jones
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Roxie Lewis
National Realty Guild
Nathaniel Markoe
Redfin Corporation
Tanya McElmury
Edina Realty, Inc.
Juli Mueller
Edina Realty, Inc.
Ellen Obeng
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Alec Owens
AkSams Appraisal LLC
Andrea Rochon
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Chad Roehrick
Edina Realty, Inc. - Fairbault
Kati Stewart
Results Support Services, Inc.
George Umolac III
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Sonali Vora
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Melinda Vue
Wang-Yu Realty, LLC
Jason Wedan
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Mailah Yang
Partners Realty Inc.