February 5, 2018
SPAAR members sought for focus groups

There is still time to sign up to participate in one of the focus groups on Feb. 7 and 8 to help ensure you, as a SPAAR member, are receiving the most value from your membership.
Among the areas of focus will be: membership opportunities; delivery and accessibility of services; how members want to be informed; what SPAAR can do to help members in their real estate businesses; and more.

The focus groups will be held on:
Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 6-7:30pm (dinner will be provided)
Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11:30am-1pm (lunch will be provided)
Click on the date/time above and login to the SPAAR portal to register.

Each focus group will be led by an independent facilitator so attendees can freely share their thoughts and ideas. The focus groups will take place at the RMLS office in St. Paul.

SPAAR is looking to hear from REALTORS® new to real estate as well as seasoned professionals. Participants will receive a gift card of appreciation for sharing their time and insights. 
Contact Jennifer Kovacich at jkovacich@spaar.com to learn more.
SPAAR REALTOR® Christa Hartig Earns GRI Designation
SPAAR REALTOR® Christa Hartig was recently awarded the highly-acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Hartig of Edina Realty in Apple Valley, joins other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation.
To learn more about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents, contact the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.
Take part in the Blue Star Mothers "We Care" Collection Drive
Now through March 2, 2018, SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee is sponsoring the third annual Blue Star Mothers "We Care" Collection Drive. The committee is collecting packaged snacks and toiletries for "We Care Boxes." These are care packages that are sent to members of the military.
Please help by displaying a poster or hosting a drive in your office. Items can be delivered to any SPAAR Office. For a list of suggested donations, please visit SPAAR.com. Bulk donations or cash donations to defray shipping expenses are welcome.   
Questions? Contact Joe at SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
Get to Know Woodbury

Take part in the REALTOR ®  Forum to get to know Woodbury. The half-day open house event will include a local builder fair and updates on development, community standards, public safety tips for REALTORS ® and information about the city's first-time homeownership program.

Attendees will hear from Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and South Washington County Superintendent Dr. Keith Jacobus.

The Get to Know Woodbury event is on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 7:30-11:30am at the Courtyard by Marriott's Global Innovation Ballroom at 185 Radio Drive in Woodbury. There is no registration necessary.
SPAAR sponsors launch of VAREP
A national chapter is putting down roots in the Twin Cities, and SPAAR is offering support. The Veteran's Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) is a nonprofit that was established in 2011 and currently has chapters in many cities throughout the U.S.

VAREP is dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunities for the active military and veteran communities and does so through a five-point plan:
  • Homeownership advocacy
  • Community outreach
  • Professional membership
  • Veteran job creation
  • Affordable housing
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, VAREP will hold its Twin Cities chapter launch at the Eagan Community Center from 6-9pm with SPAAR as a sponsor.
Be a SPAAR Hero in 2018

SPAAR is now accepting SPAAR Hero applications for the new year.

SPAAR Heroes are members who are involved in their communities in many ways. If you or someone you know deserve to be recognized as a SPAAR Hero, we want to hear from you!

The recognition program awards one recipient each month for his or her community involvement, which includes $250 to donate to the cause or organization he or she supports.

If you know someone who should be a SPAAR Hero, yourself included (self nominations are welcome!), please email Joe McKinley at jmckinley@spaar.com.
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
Alechia Bannochie
Real-Time Leasing
Cyrus Birchard
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Janet Bona
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Winnie Chen
MRG Realty Partners, LLC
Timothy Dolan
Acuity Group
Frank Downwind
Many Rivers Group
William Dunn
DR Horton, Inc.
Kay Edlund
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Jennifer Green
Edina Realty, Inc.
James Groskopf
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Gregg Hebeisen
Greater Midwest Realty
Jordan James
Marathon Realty
Kailee Keppers
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Joseph Lochner
Incentive Realty
Kathleen McMenoman
Edina Realty, Inc.
Terri McStocker
Fish MLS Realty
Stephanie Montpetit
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Sarah Moore
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Janelle Nielsen
Real-Time Leasing
Ryan Olson
Coldwell Banker AYS Realty
Kiran Pandey
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Mary Parker
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Kara Pelesikoti
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Kristi Preslaski
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Ann Pursley
Eagle Appraisals MN, Inc.
Rebecca Steinberg
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Emily Sumner
Re/Max Advantage Plus
Susan Sweeney
Greater Midwest Realty
Alexander Tall
Anthony James Real Estate
Tou Vue
Creative Results
Richard Watson, Jr.
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Heather Womack
Coldwell Banker Burnet