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December 31, 2018
Happy New Year!
SPAAR will close at 12pm on New Year's Eve and remain closed on New Year's Day.
This is it! Today's the day! Complete your COE today or send your certificate to SPAAR before the clock strikes midnight to avoid having your association services suspended.
Complete your Code of Ethics requirement by December 31, 2018, to avoid having your association services, which include MLS and Supra, suspended.

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!
First quarter MLS fees are due today, Dec. 31, 2018
The first quarter MLS fees are due today, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, to avoid suspension of your MLS access and a $25 reinstatement fee. 
 
To view and make payment of your first quarter MLS fees, please click here.  If you have questions regarding your first quarter MLS fees, please contact SPAAR at 651-776-6000.
Planning for the new year? 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.
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.
SPAAR REALTOR® Members Earn GRI Designation
SPAAR REALTORS® Janet Steffes and Jerry Stewart were recently awarded the highly-acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Steffes of Keller Williams Classic Realty in Coon Rapids and Stewart of Servion Realty in New Brighton, join other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation. Additional information about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.

 

Congratulations Janet Steffes and Jerry Stewart on earning your GRI designation!

Looking for the next SPAAR Hero

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to volunteer within his or her community? Brought to you by SPAAR's Community Engagement committee, the SPAAR Hero program returns in 2019 to shine a light on the many, many good things REALTORS® are doing in the community. The SPAAR Hero recipient will be featured in SPAAR's newsletter and will also receive $250 toward the cause he or she supports.

SPAAR Hero is an opportunity to draw attention to nonprofits that are making a difference by impacting lives. If you know someone who meets this criteria, email spaar@spaar.com and share why the person you know should be the next SPAAR Hero.

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. Please direct any questions to Kristin Parker, SPAAR's Education & Events Director, at kparker@spaar.com or (763) 489-3303.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:

Got cell service? Be sure you have service in the areas where you're showing properties. Check before you head out so you know in advance.

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

"Don't wear your finest or most sentimental jewelry when working in the field and showing homes. Keep it simple! You don't want to attract attention from the wrong person, and you don't want to have to retrace your steps should you lose one of your favorite jewelry items."
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.

A winner will be drawn for a $25 gift card for anyone who submits a tip during the month of December. 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!
New radon licensure rules take effect on January 1, 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, the Radon Licensing Act is effective. The Minnesota Radon Licensing Act (MN Statutes 144.4961) was passed by the legislature and signed into law in May 2015. The act gives the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) the authority to write rules and enforce laws related to the radon industry in Minnesota. Professionals who measure or mitigate radon and companies that mitigate radon or perform radon lab analysis must be licensed by MDH. Learn more here.
Blue Star Mothers annual collection drive is underway. Learn how you can be a part of it!
The Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive is a SPAAR tradition orchestrated by the Community Engagement Committee. SPAAR members collect small items (snacks, magazines, toiletries, playing cards, colored pencils, sketch pads, etc.) for "We Care" packages sent to troops serving in active duty. The nonprofit, Blue Star Mothers, assembles the items in "We Care" packages and ships them. SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has partnered with Blue Star Mothers for five years.

Lend a hand on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10-11am when SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee partners with St. Paul-based nonprofit Lyngblomsten to decorate collection boxes for Blue Star Mothers' annual collection drive. A minimum of 10 SPAAR members are needed for this hands-on volunteer opportunity, which should be a fun time! SPAAR volunteers will decorate the boxes alongside residents from Lyngblomsten's The Heritage apartments.
 
If you're unable to help decorate but still want to take part, consider sending supplies for the project. Magazines, fabric, cardstock, stickers and other decorating supplies are welcome. To register or donate supplies (by Jan. 18), email spaar@spaar.com or call 651-772-6344.

Blue Star Mothers collection box sites are needed, too. Place a decorated box in your office waiting area, meeting room or staff lounge. This is a great way to show office visitors your team is involved in the community and remembering those serving in the military.
 
SPAAR will be collecting items for "We Care" baskets now through March 31, 2019.
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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