January 7, 2019
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!
Apply now for Leadership SPAAR Class of 2019

Leadership SPAAR is a nine-month program designed to identify 8-10 emerging leaders from within SPAAR membership and empower them to maximize their leadership potential and advance their efforts to build successful real estate careers.
Application deadline: Midnight, Sunday, January 13. Email the completed application to Mandy Boldt at mboldt@spaar.com . The Professionalism Committee will review applications and schedule interviews with finalists. Participants will be notified in mid-January. Apply here.
NFIP decision means home sales will continue without interruption, with thanks to NAR and RPAC
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) became a critical win for home sales during the partial shutdown of the federal government. Congress initially passed legislation in December, then the decision was reversed just days later. The National REALTORS® Association (NAR), along with other groups, successfully urged policy makes to reevaluate the decision.
"This decision means thousands of home sale transactions...can go forward without interruption. Research has shown that 40,000 home sales are lost each month that flood insurance is not available," according to NAR President John Smaby
This decision reversal was made possible due to those elected officials who support REALTOR® party issues and is just one of the many important issues that NAR focuses on on behalf of REALTORS®.

Consider investing in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), which raises money to support candidates from the national to local level. RPAC ensures that programs like NFIP can continue to operate. RPAC is the largest nonpartisan political action committee in Minnesota. 
RPAC is 50!

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has been in existence for 50 years!

So, what is RPAC? RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates. RPAC is nonpartisan and contributes to and works with candidates who are REALTOR® allies, regardless of the letter behind their names. In fact, RPAC is the largest political action committee in the state to be recognized as nonpartisan.

Of your RPAC contribution through SPAAR, 70% is used to support state and local candidates in your area, while 30% is used to support federal candidates. 
Walz administration names former Senator Kelley as DOC Commissioner
Former State Senator Steve Kelley has been named commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce by the Walz administration. 
According to Chris Galler, CEO of Minnesota REALTORS®, Sen. Kelley has already reached out to the state association, and they are planning to sit down soon to discuss REALTOR® priorities.  
Sen. Kelley served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997, and served in the Minnesota Senate from 1997 to 2007. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the Deputy Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership.
Previously, Sen. Kelley represented the Senate District that the MN REALTORS® office fell within. MN REALTORS® have supported him many times. Sen. Kelley is said to be a thoughtful politician who understands the balance between consumer rights and best business practices.
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 REALTORS® 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:

You are not alone . If you encounter a person while working late or alone in your office, or if someone enters a property when you're alone and not expecting the visitor, say something that indicates you're not alone. A phrase may be, "let me quick check with my colleague and perhaps he/she can provide an answer now." Stay in a common area, if possible.

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

"Bring only your essentials into an open house: your phone, sign-in sheet, brochures, pen and a small bag with any personal items you may need. Do not bring your purse or wallet unless it can stay on your body at all times. Do not leave the property key in plain view, but rather put it in your pocket. Lock the door when the last visitor leaves, then check all doors, windows, lights and when everything is as it should be, then leave and lock the door behind you."
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.

Congratulations to Denny Breyer! Denny's name was drawn from among those who submitted safety tips during the month of December.

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!
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 1-800-545-9601, option 2, with questions.
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.
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, 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!
New member
Jolie Adams
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LeRoy Bendickson
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Stephen Brumbaugh
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Teresa Cleveland
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Erik Coleman
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Cydney Dubois
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Michele DuMond
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Carlie Johnson
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Nicole Kelly
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Ann Koehn
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Mark LaQua
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Mark Letizio
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John Lindsey
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Sarah Mayberry
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Shawn McNeilan
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Fred Mitthun
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Paxton Rasmussen
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Paul Reckinger
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Danielle Saiko
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Richard Soung
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Neelu Stene
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David Stenson
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Kira Stevens
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Shane Wyandt
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