February 25, 2019
Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for the Emerging Leader scholarship to Washington DC

Learn more about how your association advocates for REALTOR ® members as part of SPAAR's Emerging Leadership program by attending the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative meetings held in Washington DC from May 13-15, 2019.

SPAAR's Professionalism Committee is once again offering a $2,000 scholarship to attend the meetings.While SPAAR membership is the only prerequisite for applicants, we are seeking emerging leaders who are relatively new to their real estate career and have either not yet served or only recently begun serving on a SPAAR committee.

Completed applications are due by Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Learn more here.
SPAAR is now accepting scholarship applications

The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR) Charitable Foundation will grant up to five $2,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of current, active SPAAR members this year; at least one scholarship may be designated for the child or grandchild of a SPAAR Affiliate Member. 

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, school activities, community service and a written essay.

Learn about the rules and eligibility or fill out an scholarship application. Completed applications are due Friday, April 26, 2019. F or questions, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR,(651) 772-6344.
SPAAR Hero is open for nominations
Each month, a member of SPAAR is recognized for their community involvement by being named SPAAR Hero. SPAAR Hero is coordinated by the Community Engagement Committee. Each month's SPAAR Hero is recognized in a press release, on social media and on SPAAR's website, and receives $250 for the nonprofit or cause they support. 
Know someone who should be recognized as a SPAAR Hero? To nominate a SPAAR Hero, please provide details of the nominee's community service and the name of the cause or organization they support to Joe McKinley at (651) 772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
Be in the know for new Code of Ethics changes in 2019
There will be significant changes in mandating increased communications between listing agents and buyers' agents through the National Association of REALTORS®. The changes are in response to concern that all offers submitted to listing agents by buyers' agents are not being submitted to the seller-clients. Similarly, the issue is amplified when listing agents don't respond to inquiries about the buyers' offer. Familiarize yourself with the new changes here.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
There is safety in numbers.  
Make a touch base part of your routine. Always let someone you trust know where you are going, when you will return and who you will be with during that time. In addition, provide the client's name and number so someone, in addition to you, has that information. Feel free to ask someone to call you at a designated time simply to check in.  
SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

"Never hesitate to bring along another REALTOR®, a family member or a friend when you have a showing or an open house. Make safety your #1 priority."
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 February. 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!
Toastmasters provides members a platform to practice speaking and meeting management on a regular basis
SPAAR Toastmasters meetings will take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-2pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East (Maplewood) location. Interested to learn more or join? Contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 5.
Too cold? Think golf! Sponsorship opportunities available.
Sponsors are now being accepted for the 2019 SPAAR Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament taking place on September 11, 2019. There is sponsorship availability at many levels: hole sponsors, cart sponsors and beanbag sponsors, to name a few.

Interested to learn how you can be a part of the action? Contact Kristin at kparker@spaar.com.
What is the Value of a REALTOR®?

SPAAR throughout 2019 will be asking members "What is the Value of a REALTOR®?" The hope is that members will find many different ways they find value in the real estate profession, from keeping themselves informed to ensuring their clients understand the benefits of working with a REALTOR®, and much more.

Kicking off SPAAR's Value of a REALTOR® video interview series is Chelsea Erickson, vice chair of SPAAR's Communications Committee.
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:
Local Market Updates
Note: due to the President's Day holiday, check SPAAR's website for updated weekly statistics beginning on February 19.
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
Latyran Adams
Real Estate Masters, Ltd.
Deanna Barton
Edina Realty, Inc.
Timothy Collelo
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Ketmany Ditthidet
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Christopher Dollar-Simmons
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Ryan Fleck
Capstone Realty, LLC
Nycole Folsom
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Dale Foster
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Michael Griffith
BLIS Realty
Justin Grinstead
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Helen Heumann
Edina Realty, Inc.
Sacha Hilpisch
Journey Realty
Troy Howe
Realty Executives Results
David Jarnstrom
Grand Realty, LLC
Joseph Johnson
Realty Group, Inc.
Joseph Juilette
Coldwell Banker Burnet
MaraLynn Kubacki
Realty Group, Inc.
Michael Morrone
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Thomas O'Leary
Xome, Inc.
Amy Pearson
SC Realty
Dawn Peterson
Archi-Pix, LLC
Christine Petterson
Realty Group, Inc.
Mark Sims
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Keith Trautman
Hip Homes Incorporated
Olivia VanOrsdale
Edina Realty, Inc.