August 20, 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:
Attention appraisers: this CE course is for you!

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has approved a 2-hour appraiser continuing education (CE) course - VA Appraisal 101. This CE course will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm.

Ryan Nelson, Valuation Officer at the St. Paul Regional Loan Center, will be conducting the CE course. To receive CE credit, participants must attend the entire two hours from 1:30 - 3:30pm. The following hour, from 3:30 to 4:30 has been set aside for open discussion about the VA home loan program. This last hour is optional and not required for CE credit.

Location: St Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR), 325 E Roselawn Avenue
Cost: Free
Intended Audience: Minnesota Appraisers (also open to non-VA panel appraisers)

RSVP to email address CV335@va.gov. After receipt of the RSVP, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Limited to 50 attendees.
SPAARky says:

Carry less. If you carry a purse, lock it in your trunk before arriving at your appointment. Carry only non-valuable business items along with your cell phone. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches, or flash any money you may have in your possession.

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

" I show up to the property early and drive around the neighborhood. I check to see if there are any unsafe areas or items I should know about, and figure out an escape route should one be necessary."

"Make yourself bigger with direct eye contact and confidence. A strong presence indicates confidence. It lets any potential attacker know you are a fighter and will not go down easy."
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!
Golf tournament and luau dinner all for a good cause

SPAAR's REALTORS® Charitable Foundation invests in giving programs on behalf of all SPAAR's members, which in return benefit SPAAR members and promote causes related to homeownership within SPAAR's service area. The Foundation is just one of many ways Realtors give back to their communities.
In 2018, REALTORS® Charitable Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to children of SPAAR members enrolled in college, university or trade school programs. One scholarship recipient's father said it best: "Realtors are competitors, working for the next deal. When my daughter received this scholarship, I felt like part of a family."
In addition, each year the Charitable Foundation Board contributes grants to community nonprofits that have missions related to housing or homelessness. Later in 2018, the foundation will award grants to community organizations that work to promote or advance Fair Housing.
There are many ways you can support SPAAR's REALTORS® Charitable Foundation including the upcoming golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Register to golf and help support giving programs and increase giving in our communities. Not a golfer, come for games and luau dinner. Learn more here.

Questions? Contact Joe McKinley at (651) 772-6344.
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
"RealSatisfied allows me to show my professionalism without having to pester clients. The feedback and referrals that I've received as a result of this system are awesome!"
     -Bob Clark, SPAAR member and past president
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.
Take advantage of discounted CE this Wednesday
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.

Welcome, new members!
Welcome to SPAAR! There are many ways to get involved and grow your business. We look forward to meeting you!
Member Names Organization
Brian Bernard
RE/MAX Results
Krista Bertelson
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Bryan Burke
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Michael Coyle
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Ryan Davids
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Lisa Farwell
Integrity Realty
Alexandra Glasmann
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Bryce Hackman
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Amy Harrington
Coffman Realty
Brooke Huerkamp
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Justin Kennedy
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Wei Khoh
Bridge Realty, LLC
Laurel Larson
Professional Pride Realty LLC
Sarah Lins
Realty Group, Inc.
Michael Looney
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Brandon Matthees
NorthStar Home Inspections
Huong Nguyen
Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban
Christopher Niksich
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Samuel Stelter
Realty Group, Inc.
Corey Teinert
Elite Realty Minnesota, LLC
Janna Uchechi
Realty Group, Inc. - Apple Valley