January 23, 2018
2018 MAAR and SPAAR presidents share overview of Twin Cities residential housing market

The Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS ® (MAAR) and St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS ® (SPAAR) held their annual joint press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Kath Hammerseng and Man Huynh, 2018 presidents of MAAR and SPAAR, respectively, shared highlights with local media from the 2017 residential housing market and insights into what to expect this year.

Mid-Winter Fest is Saturday, February 3, in Apple Valley!
SPAAR and SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee are partnering with Apple Valley Parks & Recreation to sponsor Mid-Winter Fest. 
This partnership is supported with a SmartGrowth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). In 2017, SPAAR polled Apple Valley residents to report on park use-and park development. At Mid-Winter Fest, SPAAR will communicate results of this polling.
Want to help? Three to four volunteers are needed to staff SPAAR's table at Mid-Winter Fest, which runs from 10am to 2pm. Contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR at jmckinley@spaar.com if you are interested in helping out.

Emerging leaders in real estate sought for Washington DC scholarship opportunity

Are you relatively new to real estate and interested in representing your industry and your association at this year's Midyear Legislative meetings in Washington DC? If yes, SPAAR is now taking applications and would like to hear from you.

Learn more about how your association advocates for REALTOR® members at the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative meetings held in Washington DC May 15-17, 2018.

SPAAR's Professionalism Committee is offering a $2,000 scholarship to attend.

Learn more and download the application form  here. Completed applications should be emailed to mboldt@spaar.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by members of the SPAAR Professionalism Committee and recommended recipients are subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

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 McKinley at SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
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. [Note: weekly market reports will be delayed due to MLK Jr. holiday].

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to SPAAR! Thank you for joining. We look forward to helping you to be successful in your business.
New members Organization
John Adler RedWingHomesForSale.com
Jeffrey Anderson Edina Realty, Inc.
Vern Anderson Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Joshua Baker Keller Williams Integrity RE
Ryan Bard RES Realty
Curtis Beissel WEICHERT REALTORS - Carnel & Co.
Todd Bennett Edina Realty, Inc.
Laurie Blank Edina Realty, Inc.
Donna Busch Uniquely Yours Home Inc.
Ben Christensen Keller Williams Premier Realty
Logan Coplan Bridge Realty, LLC
Peter Crouser Peter Crouser Photography, Inc.
Francis De-Souza Real Estate Masters, Ltd.
John Fairbanks Bridge Realty, LLC
Jamie Fedder Pro Source Real Estate Group, LLC
Curt Forte National Realty Guild
Daniel Gaida Realty Group, Inc.
Thomas Gilbert RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Janet Hart Coldwell Banker Burnet
Jody Hartwell Keller Williams Premier Realty S. Suburban
Chao Her Creative Results
Catherine Herrmann Coldwell Banker Burnet
Natilie Hesli Greater Midwest Realty
Brian Hinn Keller Williams Classic Realty
Shona Hughes Coldwell Banker PRO IV
Sanna Kariniemi EXIT Realty Springside
Xao Lee Creative Results
Wahua Lor Allchoice Properties & Fi, LLC
Samual McCullough Welcome Home Productions, LLC
Jair Merino Fernandez RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Rustam Musevi Bridge Realty, LLC
LaRoyce Nicholson Keller Williams Premier Realty
Peter Olsen Edina Realty, Inc.
Joel Olson RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Nicholas Pangerl Mingo Realty, Inc.
Jennifer Patraw East Side Neighborhood Dev Co REB
James Philbrick Bridge Realty, LLC
Lynette Roland Edina Realty, Inc.
Jacalin Sall Edina Realty, Inc.
Diane Sanford Counselor Realty
Mason Schwab Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Michael Serie Incentive Realty
Jeffrey Siltala-Choban Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Chris Stalboerger Edina Realty, Inc.
Tara Thatcher RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Diana Thompson Edina Realty, Inc.
Molly Turner Turner Valuation Group
Timothy Vang Creative Results
Daniel Wenstrom RES Realty
Joseph Westerlund Structure Tech
Jessica Westin Edina Realty, Inc.
Andrew Zwart Keller Williams Premier Realty