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December 4, 2017
Phone upgrade taking place tomorrow at SPAAR
SPAAR is doing a telephone transition on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at all three of its locations.
 
The association expects to continue to receive calls as usual, but wanted to provide a heads up in case there are any unforeseen delays or moments when the phones are out of service.  
SPAAR is seeking committee representation for 2018

Have you ever considered serving on a committee at the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR)? If so, you can apply now!

Being part of a SPAAR committee provides opportunities to:
  • Meet REALTORS® and Affiliates from different offices
  • Expand your professional network
  • Be part of a team that plans events or addresses issues
  • Have firsthand knowledge about SPAAR through your involvement
  • Join in the fun!
The applications to join one or more  SPAAR committees are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 15. Committee members for 2018 will be contacted no later than Friday, Dec. 29, with their placement(s). Committees meet a minimum of six times each year, and regular attendance is expected. Committees are a great way to be involved!
Application deadline extended: Leadership SPAAR Class of 2018
 
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.
 
We've extended the deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, December 5. Click here to learn more, then 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-December. 
Good news regarding first quarter MLS fees
Good news!  SPAAR is pleased to announce there will be a reduction in the quarterly MLS fees for 2018. The 2018 MLS fees will be $115.50 instead of $120. With first quarter MLS fees (January, February and March), each member is receiving a $40 credit toward those fees, which will bring each total invoice to $75.50.
 
Note: first quarter MLS billing was sent via email on November 30 from billing@spaar.com and is due on or before December 31, 2017. Questions? Contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
SPAAR members welcome to join in 2018 Winter Social
Join the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® to welcome incoming President Man Huynh at the Winter Social and kick off another great year for 2018. All members, office assistants, affiliate members and state leadership are welcome to join in this special event as we celebrate the National Association's theme to "Monumentally Own It!"

Register here for this FREE event taking place on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Community Grants Program available for REALTORS® Investing in their communities
REALTORS® Charitable Foundation will award grants to community nonprofits that promote home ownership in SPAAR's service area. Is there a nonprofit or community organization in your community that may benefit? 
 
Applications are being accepted through Friday, December 15.
Scholarships available for diversity training

SPAAR's Diversity Committee is excited to provide scholarships for members who complete the National Association of REALTORS® At Home with Diversity (AHWD) course by Sunday, December 31, 2017. Up to 30 scholarships, with a value of up to $100 each, are available to members who provide proof of course completion by this date.

The AHWD class addresses diversity, fair housing and business planning development. After successfully completing the course, REALTORS® are eligible to apply for the official AHWD certification, which lets clients know they are working with a dynamic real estate professional with expertise that transcends cultural barriers. The 6 to 7-hour class can be taken online or in person.

The 6 to 7-hour online AHWD course is $99 (currently on sale for $79.20). There is a one-time, $75.00 fee to apply for AHWD certification. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the class participation.

For more information about the scholarship opportunities, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR at jmckinley@spaar.com  or 651-772-6344. Click here for more information about AHWD. 
30 Under 30 applications now being accepted
 
The application process for the 30 Under 30 rising stars in the real estate industry is underway. Each May, REALTOR® Magazine features the 30 winners of this esteemed honor from the approximately 500 real estate practitioners under age 30 who apply.
 
The application period will remain open until Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at noon CT. Applicants may to access the online form here. (Please note that you will need your NRDS ID number.)

Learn more about the contest rules for the 30 Under 30 program.
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! Thank you for joining. We look forward to helping you to be successful in your business.
New Members
Organization
Adam Anderson
LEAF Building Services
Bobby Blakely Jr.
Best Realty LLC
Nathaniel Browning
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Michael Coenen
Edina Realty, Inc.
Nina Costello
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Timothy Deming
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Jac Fleming
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Attila Gabrielli
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Victoria Koegel
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Derek Lanz
National Realty Guild
Kristin Martin
Re/Max Results
Marie Morales Pastrana
Real Estate Masters, Ltd.
Touyer Moua
Wang-Yu Realty, LLC
Annie Pearson
Edina Realty, Inc.
Chester Sackie Jr.
Premium Moving Services, LLC
Kelly Waschenbecker
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Kara Wicht
Minnesota Home Venture, Inc.

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