August 6, 2018
SPAAR's tech dump is this Friday. Drop your items off and stay for lunch!
Help SPAAR pack the bus
SPAAR members are collecting backpacks and school supplies for area kids. You can help SPAAR reach its goal of 75 fully-stocked backpacks to send students back to school ready and confident for the new year!


Drop off donations of school supplies or financial support to one of SPAAR's offices in either St. Paul or Coon Rapids.


The collection drive is coordinated by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee. It benefits Adoption is Love Fund and Fostering Love Project - two local nonprofits that were founded by Realtor® members of SPAAR! (Pack The Bus has also partnered with Saint Paul's Wilder Foundation). 

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!
SPAARky says:

Keep track of your colleagues. Have a check-out employee board at your office that lists the name, destination, client name, date and expected return time for anyone heading out to show a property.

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

" I host open houses for relatively short periods of time and heavily market the open houses so there is likely to be overlapping traffic during the duration, which helps to ensure my safety as an agent."

"When I meet a new client for a first time at a property, I call or text a family member or friend information about their vehicle: make, model, color and license plate. In addition, I send along the address of the home(s) I'm showing."
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.

Congratulations to Audrey Wirkus of Greater Midwest Realty in Blaine! Audrey is SPAAR's July winner for sending in a safety tip.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming. They're great!
Help sought where natural disasters have occurred in Minnesota

The Minnesota REALTORS® is working in coordination with the National Association of REALTORS® - REALTORS® Relief Foundation to ask for a contribution to assist fellow Minnesotans in areas impacted by rapid flooding in southern Minnesota and a tornado touchdown in Bemidji.

This devastating reality impacted residents, including REALTORS®, in southwest Minnesota on July 2 from the storms and in Bemidji on July 3 from the tornado. In all, there were 36 counties in Minnesota declared disaster areas by Governor Dayton.

Taking a poll: book club and Toastmasters may come to SPAAR

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 would likely be held each week on Friday mornings at SPAAR in St. Paul with a focus on business books. The Toastmasters group would likely meet twice a month with a day 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.
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.
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!
New Member
David Babcock
Re/Max Advantage Plus
Alexandra Baer
Re/Max Advantage Plus
Gary Balcom
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Dallas Brewer
Edina Realty, Inc. - Faribault
Ellery Dettinger
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Adam Dorn
RE/MAX Results
Charles Edwards
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Jason Edwards
Edina Realty, Inc.
Omar Francis
Edina Realty, Inc.
Hannah Gibson
Real Estate Concepts, Inc.
Rich Gruber
City of Coon Rapids
Jesse Heu
Herizon Realty
Nichole Kappel
Cardinal Realty Co.
Pamala Kaye-Williams
Edina Realty, Inc.
Rachael Mannen
Edina Realty, Inc.
Cynthia Miller
Edina Realty, Inc.
Stephanie Moore
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Lisa Ranum
Wild River Realty LLC
Gregory Roeder
Realty Group, Inc.
Maria Sandstrom
Realty Group, Inc.
Richard Spehn
P3 Property Imaging Co.
Jeanette Warner Keller Williams Integrity RE
Jessica White
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Daniel Woody
Vibrant Realty
Michael Ylinen
Fish MLS Realty