January 14, 2019
SPAAR offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.
A warm reception at SPAAR's Winter Social
More than 225 SPAAR members and their guests turned out for the 2019 Winter Social on January 9 at the Saint Paul Hotel for the inauguration of Patti Jo Fitzpatrick as the 2019 SPAAR president.

Among the honors and awards given for 2018 were the following:
REALTORĀ® of the Year: Amy Peterson
William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service: Lynn Leegard
Better Communities: Julie Overbye Ledy
Affiliate of the Year: Ashley Haataja
Rising Star: Diana Allen and Mark Mason

Congratulations to everyone who was recognized and honored at the Winter Social!
2018 Leadership SPAAR graduates receive their certificate of recognition. From left: Lisa Zmuda, Melissa Cartier, Jennifer Livingston and Danielle Pelton. Pictured above right: Patti Jo Fitzpatrick is sworn in as SPAAR president for 2019 by SPAAR member and REALTORĀ® Emeritus Terry McDonough.
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!
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 REALTORSĀ® 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:

Educate yourself about scams.
Before you respond to an email request that seems out of the norm, check the latest email scams on the Federal Trade Commission's website: https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-consumer-protection 
SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

"Know your buyer. Don't meet anyone who isn't willing to be forthcoming with information and listen to your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is."
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 January. 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!
SPAAR's first-ever Toastmasters chapter kicks off on Jan. 15
SPAAR Toastmasters meetings will take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-2pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location. Interested to learn more or join? Contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com.
New Supra eKEY app introduced

A new Supra eKEY app for iOS (iPhone) users was released effective today, January 7.

The Supra eKEY app released to a limited number of Android users over the past couple of weeks, and will continue to be released to its remaining users also effective today.

Learn more here or contact the Supra liaison team at 1-877-699-6787 with questions.
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 or Jan. 29, 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.

Welcome, new members!
Welcome to SPAAR! There are many ways to get involved and grow your business. We look forward to meeting you!
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