January 21, 2019
SPAAR offices are closed today, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day.
SPAAR members invited to learn about association involvement at the local, state and national levels.
Come hear what seasoned members have to say and ask any questions you may have on Monday, January 28 at 3pm, then stay for networking and refreshments.
Consider joining a SPAAR committee in 2019. There is still time!
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.
Take advantage of tax ideas
Understand tax options and minimize headaches by taking advantage of the Center for REALTORĀ® Financial Wellness, a new resource of the National Association of REALTORSĀ® (NAR) designed to help members understand their financial planning options and best prepare for the future. Learn more here.
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:

Be vigilant from dawn to dusk. Be aware of the time of day you meet with a client, especially when it's a vacant site. Showing a property at dusk or after dark alone is not advisable. Always be sure someone knows where you are, who you are with, and the timing of your plans. 
SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

"Always back your car into the driveway at an open house and leave it at the end so you cannot be blocked in in the event you need to leave right away."
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!
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.
New Supra eKEY app introduced

A new Supra eKEY app for iOS (iPhone) users was released effective 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. 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. To register, 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.

Note: due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, holiday the statistics will be updated in next week's issue or on the website at SPAAR.com beginning tomorrow.
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
Kevin Bunnell
Realty Group, Inc.
Landon Crossley
Edina Realty, Inc.
Kathryn Kovachev
Edina Realty, Inc.
Mallorie Kuschel
Anderson Realty
Jodie Lundell
Edina Realty, Inc.
Richard Martin II
Results Support Services
Eliezer Mishulovin
Archi-Pix, LLC
Eugenia Pennig
Realty Groups, Inc. - Forest Lake
Tom Sobetski
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Andrew Soulis
Archi-Pix, LLC
Tamara Washington
Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban
Michael Zenner
Edina Realty, Inc.