July 23, 2018
Help SPAAR pack the bus
SPAAR members are collecting backpacks and school supplies for area kids. You can help SPAAR reach its goal of 75 fully-stocked backpacks to send students back to school ready and confident for the new year!

Here's how you can help:
  • Drop off donations at SPAAR's offices in St. 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.
  • School supply sales are in full at many stores, including grocery, hardware and dollar stores, too.
  • 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:

An open house is over when everyone leaves. Be sure everyone has left a property before you lock up. Check all of the rooms and the backyard before locking the doors. And, as always, be prepared to defend yourself if necessary.  

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

" When showing properties to first-time clients, I leave contact information with someone at my office or in my family so they know who I'm seeing as well as my whereabouts. I may even bring someone with me if I'm showing a vacant property or house in a remote location."

"I try to preview all properties in advance to be prepared for my clients, but also to make sure I'm comfortable once I'm at the house."
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!
SPAAR remembers Millie Berg
Long-time REALTOR®, SPAAR member and friend Millie Berg passed away on July 18, 2018. Millie's real estate career began in 1976. She was dedicated to the community of Northfield, the clients she served, her fellow agents where she worked at Coldwell Banker South Metro and, of course, her family.
As a broker Millie was a mentor to many. She had a keen sense of humor and an incredible amount of real estate expertise that she generously shared as well as a great affection for her colleagues and clients.
Millie will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of working with her or calling her a friend.
Have you completed COE? Have you notified SPAAR?
If you have completed your National Association of REALTORS® COE requirement for the current two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018), but have not yet notified SPAAR, be sure to forward your certificate of completion to SPAAR at coe@spaar.com. The organizations that offer COE do not inform SPAAR when someone completes this requirement. There are six months left to complete your COE and notify SPAAR that you're done!
Education discount offered to SPAAR members on July 25
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.
Thanks to all National Night Out coordinators

Thank you to all National Night Out block party coordinators who contacted SPAAR for hot dogs and buns for your upcoming block party. Due to the nearing events and the overwhelming response, SPAAR is no longer taking requests for 2018.


Enjoy your block party, and thanks for allowing SPAAR to be a part of it.

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.
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!
New Member
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