June 11, 2018
SPAAR welcomes nominations for Board of Directors
Consider being on the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. The 2018 Nominating Committee is looking to fill three director positions for 2019. This position has a three-year term and directors are asked to make attending all Board meetings a priority.

SPAAR is also accepting applications for three officer positions: treasurer, president-elect, and president.

How will I benefit? As a Board Member you'll have:
  • Opportunities to both learn from and teach others
  • Direct involvement in decisions that affect the association
  • A broader professional network of members, the community and civic leaders
  • New experiences that develop professional and personal skills
  • Social opportunities that often lead to lasting friendships
If you are interested in applying for a Board position, please complete an application form and return it to Tracey Douglas at tdouglas@spaar.com no later than Friday, June 29, 2018.
SPAAR kicks off ongoing safety initiative
Safety is important. At work, at home, online and on the go, safety is a broad and varied topic, and one that SPAAR is taking on on behalf of its members and the communities they serve. SPAAR will be sharing safety tips and education opportunities each week through its newsletter, social media and, as scheduled, through presentations and classes.

REALTORS® are uniquely connected to the communities in which they live and work. SPAAR's safety initiative was designed to be connected and comprehensive. It's intended to cover a wide range of topics pertinent to creating better agents and better communities.

SPAAR recently introduced its new mascot, SPAARky. When you see SPAARky, see article below, you'll know he has a message, tip or event to share.
SPAARky says:

Lock up client keys! Be sure to use the lockbox property-key procedure that has been established to improve real estate agent safety. A reliable, secure lockbox system ensures keys don't land in the wrong hands. If you're crossing paths with another agent showing a home, you may consider swapping business cards or contact information with that agent.

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

" If you sense danger, there is danger. Follow your instincts and get out."

" Keep a sharp and longer key in your hand during open houses. If needed, have one made to always keep with you. A sharp and long key can be used to defend yourself if needed, allowing you time to get 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 and you will be entered into a $25 drawing at the end of June.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming. They're great!
Third quarter MLS invoices are due June 30
The third quarter MLS billing was sent via email on May 31 from billing@spaar.com. If you do not see the notice in your inbox, please check your SPAM and junk folders so you do not miss out on this important information.
As a reminder, payment must be received on or before June 30 to avoid suspension of MLS access. If not paid on or before June 30, you will incur a $25 reinstatement fee.
To access your portal account, please click here. If you have questions regarding your third quarter MLS fees, do not hesitate to contact the association at 651-776-6000.
Update: 2018 Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive

In January and February, SPAAR's members contributed items for We Care packages that are sent to service members on active duty. This collection drive is a partnership with a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America. In 2018, SPAAR collected almost twice as many items as in previous years! Congratulations---and thank you for your generosity.

But wait-there's more!
SPAAR member-emeritus Bill Tschohl contacted the Legion in Apple Valley to ask them about hosting a collection box to collect items for We Care packages. The Legion not only filled four boxes with items, but their Community Committee authorized a $2,000 grant (from sales of pulltabs) for the Blue Star Mothers. This grant will be used to defray costs of shipping packages to servicemembers overseas. Thank you for making this connection, Bill!  Bill serves on SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee, which coordinated the annual Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive.
Like to help?  The Blue Star Mothers will host a potluck and packathon on Thursday, June 21 when they fill and prepare We Care packages for shipment.  You can help!  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com .
It's coming... don't miss the bus!


Watch for information next week about Pack The Bus!, SPAAR's annual backpack and school supply collection drive. 
The collection drive is coordinated by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee (that's Committee Chair Diana Allen driving the bus, above). 
This year's drive will benefit two local nonprofits-both of these nonprofits were started by Realtor® members of SPAAR! This year's collection drive will run from June 18 through August 3.
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."
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.
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.
REALTORS® who read!
You don't just sell houses... you like to read!  Thirty-eight REALTOR® members correctly identified the book passage from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Wow! Nice work! All the correct entries were entered into a drawing for a $25 gas card. Congratulations to Shirley Larson from Coldwell Banker Burnet who was selected as the winner! 
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!
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