February 4, 2019
NAR warns members about phishing attempt
WARNING: If you receive an email with the subject line "⚠️Signature requested by National Association of REALTORS®," it is NOT from NAR. The email spoofs a Citrix ShareFile site and asks you to sign an "important file" from NAR.

If you or your members receive this fraudulent email, please alert NAR Member Support at ContactNAR@realtors.org and then delete the email.

The National Association of REALTORS® urges its members and state and local REALTOR® associations to be on high alert for email and online fraud. 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.
Get involved! Consider joining a SPAAR committee this year.
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! Want to check out a committee before making the year-long commitment? Email spaar@spaar.com to learn dates and times.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says

Keep close tabs on the weather.

Make sure your car is ready for the season and that the brakes, battery, exhaust and cooling systems, headlights, fluids, windshield wipers and washers are in proper working order. If traveling and, especially if alone, tell someone your destination, your expected arrival time and your route.

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

"Be early! Be safe! Minnesota has experienced some harsh weather in the past week. Give yourself ample time to get where you need to go. "
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, Feb. 5.
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.
Consider a decorated box to be placed 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. Learn more here.
Tickets available to the St. Paul Home & Landscape Show
SPAAR has free tickets available for the St. Paul Home & Landscape Show taking place February 15-17 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. If you go, be sure to check out the many features and speakers, including John Gidding with TLC's Trading Spaces.

Tickets can be picked up at either of SPAAR's offices in Maplewood or Coon Rapids. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first served basis until they are gone.
Check out the link  https://stpaulhomeandlandscapeshow.com/ to learn more about the event.
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
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
Valerie Barrie
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