August 13, 2018
Have you completed COE? Have you notified SPAAR?
If you have completed your National Association of REALTORS® COE requirement for the current two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018), but have not yet notified SPAAR, be sure to forward your certificate of completion to SPAAR at coe@spaar.com. The organizations that offer COE do not inform SPAAR when someone completes this requirement. There are only five months left to complete your COE and notify SPAAR that you're done!
Check your email for 2019 membership renewal notices

SPAAR 2019 Membership Renewal Notices were sent by email on August 7 from billing@spaar.com . If you do not see your renewal notice in your inbox, be sure to check the spam or junk folder so you do not miss any important information.
If payment is not received on or before November 30, 2018, a $50 late payment fee will be added to the amount due. Click here to view important 2019 dues billing information .
If you have questions regarding your membership renewal, contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
Please review your invoice and log into your portal account no later than September 25, 2018, to take advantage of the flexible dues billing payment option, which is available only to primary REALTOR® members and does not apply to MLS-only members, affiliates, secondary members, unlicensed REALTOR® assistants or new REALTOR® members.
Check out the links below for more helpful information:
SPAARky says:

Take a 2-minute pause. Take two minutes to look around before you enter your destination and ask: does anything seem out of place? Is anyone present who shouldn't be or isn't expected? If something feels off figure out why and be sure you're safe before you proceed as planned.

SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

" Before exiting my car, I set up check-in phone calls with various family members or friends approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. It gives me comfort knowing I have this safeguard."

"When I'm arranging to meet a client at our first location I always ask what kind of vehicle I should watch for and let them know the same about mine. It provides some peace of mind for both of us, and it's so easy to do."
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 jkovacich@spaar.com and you will be entered into a $25 drawing at the end of August.

We've had so many GREAT safety tips shared since SPAAR began its weekly focus on safety. Please go ahead and share one of your tips if you haven't already.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming!
SPAAR is hiring!

SPAAR has two open positions and welcomes members to share the news. If you know someone who would be a good fit for a role in member services or events and education, please share this information with those who may be interested.

While SPAAR appreciates someone having real estate knowledge or experience, SPAAR staff members cannot have an active real estate license while working for the association. Interested applicants may send an email and cover letter to hr@spaar.com.
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.
Taking a poll: book club and Toastmasters open to members

Preliminary plans are in the works to make both a book club and Toastmasters available to SPAAR members in the coming months.

To get a sense of participation, SPAAR is reaching out to ask if you would be interested in taking part in one (or both) of these member opportunities.

The book club, which is coordinated by Liberty Title, will be held on Friday mornings with its first meeting set for September and a focus on business books. The Toastmasters group will likely meet twice a month with the start date yet to be determined.

Please email Jennifer Kovacich at jkovacich@spaar.com if you'd like your name put on a mailing list for more information. Please specify book club, Toastmasters or both.
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.

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