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December 3, 2018
SPAAR's Coon Rapids office will open late on Dec. 6
 
Due to a staff training on Thursday, Dec. 6, SPAAR's Coon Rapids office will open at 10:15am.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

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. Need to know if you're compliant? Check here and notify SPAAR when you're done!
Consider joining a SPAAR committee in 2019!
 SPAAR provides numerous opportunities for members to become involved and one of those ways is to join one of SPAAR's many committees. SPAAR is currently seeking applicants for its committees in 2019. There are eight SPAAR committees you can choose from, and each committee typically meets once a month. Apply here to join!
Apply now for Leadership SPAAR Class of 2019

Leadership SPAAR is a nine-month program designed to identify 8-10 emerging leaders from within SPAAR membership and empower them to maximize their leadership potential and advance their efforts to build successful real estate careers.
 
Application deadline: Midnight, Friday, January 4. Email the completed application to Mandy Boldt at mboldt@spaar.com . The Professionalism Committee will review applications and schedule interviews with finalists. Participants will be notified in mid-January. Apply here.
Good news regarding 2019 quarterly MLS fees
Good news!  SPAAR is pleased to announce there will be a reduction in the quarterly MLS fees for 2019. The 2019 quarterly MLS fees will be $114.00 instead of $115.50. The first quarter MLS billing will be emailed out this week so watch your inbox for this important information. Questions? Please contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
Attention Affiliates: SPAAR's 2019 sponsorship opportunities are available
Each year, SPAAR's Affiliate members are a huge part of the success of the events and activities offered by the association, and each year SPAAR is blown away by the generosity.

The 2019 packet of sponsorship opportunities has recently been completed, and is attached here for those who have expressed interest about the coming year. If you haven't sponsored a SPAAR event in the past, but have an interest in considering one next year, feel free to take a look and see if anything is a good fit.

On the back page of the packet is a list of events and activities, beyond education, that SPAAR provided or partnered to provide in 2018. If you see something on that page that isn't listed in the packet, please inquire.

Please direct any questions to Kristin Parker, SPAAR's Education & Events Director, at kparker@spaar.com or (763) 489-3303.
Mock Toastmasters meeting is tomorrow (Tues) Dec. 4

SPAAR is hosting a one-hour mock Toastmasters meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4) from 1-2pm at its 325 Roselawn location. This mock meeting will provide a sample of the actual Toastmasters meetings that will start in January. Feel free to come check it out!

Please contact Jennifer Kovacich at jkovacich@spaar.com if you plan to attend. SPAAR is launching its first-ever Toastmasters chapter in mid-January with one-hour meetings taking place the first and third Tuesday of each month from 1-2pm. SPAAR's chapter is open to REALTOR┬« and Affiliate members with a 30-participant max.

Interested to learn more about Toastmasters?  Click here for more information about this international organization that will soon have a chapter at SPAAR to provide speaking and leadership opportunities for members. Dues include a one-time $20 new member fee and a $45 membership fee that covers six months. All the fees collected go directly to Toastmasters and cover the cost of materials; SPAAR is donating the meeting space at no additional cost.
Mark your calendar for SPAAR's Winter Social on January 9
Take part in SPAAR's annual Winter Social as we welcome and install our 2019 Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS┬« President, Patti Jo Fitzpatrick. Register here.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:

Arrive a few minutes early. Take an extra minute or two when you arrive at your destination to check for any potential dangers.
 
Are you parked in a well-lit, visible location? Is there a clear path to the door, or does there need to be snow removed or salt put down? Are you parked in a safe area without the ability to be blocked in? Is there any questionable activity to note in the area?

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

"When driving, always put your phone in the back seat. This way, it isn't easily accessible and cannot become a distraction."
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.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherri Baker! Sherri's name was drawn as the winner out of all who submitted safety tips for the month of November.

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. It's great to learn from each other. THANK YOU to all who have submitted one or more safety tips. Please keep them coming!
SPAAR members are invited to Coldwell Banker Burnet's annual holiday event this week
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
Organization
Michael Carlson
Keller Williams Premier Realty
David Haines
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Karina Her
Realty Group, Inc.
Zachary Hoffman
Princeton Realty
Tara Jackson
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Jennifer Kilzer
Edina Realty, Inc.
Sanjay Kohil
Edina Realty, Inc.
Kane Loukas
Wellspring Real Estate LLC
Angela Mitchell
Edina Realty, Inc.
Jordy Montejano-Rocha
Creative Results
Vivek Narula
Virtuance
Jeffrey Norberg
Keller Williams Integrity
Briana Nugent
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Paul Sigurdson
Engel & Volkers Minneapolis
Nathan Thorvilson
National Realty Guild
Dustin Woods
TC Realty
Cindy Yerington
Weichert, REALTORS-Heartland
Jeffrey Zajac
Trustone Home Mortgage
Linda Zappa Hauble
Coldwell Banker Burnet
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