July 16, 2018
The Bus is Here!
Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® members are collecting backpacks and school supplies for area kids. You can help!

We need school supplies and backpacks. SPAAR's 2018 goal is 75 fully-stocked backpacks!

Here's how you can help:
  • Drop off donations at SPAAR's offices in Saint Paul or Coon Rapids.
  • Park a bus collection box in your office (limited supplies available).
  • Display a poster in your office and help to promote PACK THE BUS! At your office sales meetings.
  • Purchase online through Target.com: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/b1VZ5IBYFGI0q3bR5cGsFA
  • Consider making a cash donation to purchase school supplies in bulk. Contact Joe McKinley for details.
Get all of the details here!

The collection drive is coordinated by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee. It benefits Adoption is Love Fund and Fostering Love Project - two local nonprofits that were founded by Realtor® members of SPAAR!  (Pack The Bus has also partnered with Saint Paul's Wilder Foundation.)

SPAARky says:

Keep in light.  Whenever possible, show properties before dark. Of course, this is easier said than done in the winter months, but arrive early and make sure the property is well lit both inside and out when it's dark outside. And always let someone know when you'll be at a specific location.  

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

"I never park in the driveway during open houses, providing a quick exit if necessary. If the home is on a cul-de-sac or dead end, park facing out of the dead end."

"Use a Supra key pad instead of old locks. Supra shows you were there!"
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 and you will be entered into a $25 drawing at the end of July.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming. They're great!
Hot dogs and safety

Does your neighborhood host a National Night Out block party? Are you a block captain or party organizer? If so, SPAAR will donate hot dogs and buns for your block party coupled with safety information you can provide to your neighbors.


If you fill this role, contact Mandy Boldt at mboldt@spaar.com with your neighborhood block party count for National Night Out.

Make your vote count to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a vital program to homeowners in Minnesota, and is essential to the success of REALTORS® both locally and nationally. Yet, the program is set to expire on July 31, 2018, and we must act now to tell Congress to reauthorize the program because for each month that NFIP lapses, 40,000 property sales nationally, and many right here in Minnesota, are at risk, threatening the ability for people to buy homes and for REALTORS® to earn a living. Click here to read more and vote.
Changes coming to forms on August 1

The MN REALTORS® Forms Committee held its final meeting for fiscal year 2018 on May 23.
There will be residential and commercial forms changing within the MN REALTORS® forms library. The revised forms will be released and become effective on August 1, 2018. Members should begin using the revised forms on and after August 1.
Stay tuned for a detailed description of what is changing or log into Minnesota REALTORS® to learn more.
SPAAR's Professionalism Committee wants you!
SPAAR is looking to expand its membership on the Professionalism Committee with a few new members. If you have an interest in helping members raise the bar in real estate, please contact Mandy Boldt at mboldt@spaar.com or complete this committee application and select "Professionalism."
RealSatisfied: a new benefit for SPAAR members
How is RealSatisfied working for you?

SPAAR now provides RealSatisfied as a free, member-only benefit. Rolled out to all members in February, this tool is designed to help REALTORS® be more competitive in the real estate marketplace.

Brokerages and managers are not required to take any action to implement RealSatisfied, as the tool has been purchased by SPAAR for individual SPAAR members; however, if an office wants broker access the broker dashboard may be purchased for $600 per office annually.

RealSatisfied has information to get started and tutorials to learn how the tool works.
Excuse the noise as SPAAR undergoes a minor remodel
SPAAR's St. Paul location is currently under construction to create and reconfigure existing space following the departure of Royal Credit Union, which used to be housed in the lobby at SPAAR. The remodel will include some new employee offices, a new meeting space and a renovation of another meeting space. Please excuse the noise and any inconvenience if you're onsite during the construction. Thank you.
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.

Newsletter annual update conducted
SPAAR recently updated its mailing lists for the eNews and Education & Events newsletters that are distributed on Monday and Thursday, respectively. This update helps ensure all SPAAR members interested in receiving weekly updates receive them to their preferred email address. Should you choose to opt out at anytime, contact Jennifer Kovacich at jkovacich@spaar.com.
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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