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June 4, 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, on Facebook. SPAARky was created to unify SPAAR's safety program and share safety tips. When you see SPAARky, see article below, you'll know he has a message, tip or event to share.
SPAARky says:

Take the wheel! Whenever possible, take your own vehicle to a showing and suggest that your client meet you there. Always lock your vehicle when you exit it. Safety first, all year round!

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

" Back your vehicle into the driveway of the home you show. In the unusual situation that you prefer to leave quickly it will provide a much quicker departure."
 
"Tell visitors arriving to an open house not to be surprised if they see others viewing the property at the same time."
 
"When showing a home to unfamiliar clients, note the back door location and unlock it. Never go upstairs or downstairs first. Always direct the client to go ahead of you, allowing yourself a quick exit, if needed."
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.

CONGRATULATIONS to the May winners for submitting safety tips. Donis Dzialo of Edina Realty submitted the very first safety tip to SPAAR, and Peggy Langeslay of Coldwell Banker Burnet had her name drawn from among the May submissions. Donis and Peggy will each be receiving a $25 gift card.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming. They're great!
New dental plan open to members and their families

The Minnesota REALTORS® is offering a new dental plan available to members and their families. This new comprehensive plan includes huge savings, large network options and great plan benefits including orthodontic services.

Plan enrollment is currently open and will remain open through June 8. Contact Eric at MN Health at eric@minnesota-health.com to learn more.
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.
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'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.
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
Organization
Rebecca Anderson
Virtuance
Derek Biondich
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Mary Beth Burgstahler
Edina Realty, Inc.
John Buyense, Jr.
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Sandra Buyense
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Anna Cederholm
Virtuance
Cameron Christians
Greater Midwest Realty
Laura Cook
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Andrew Cosico
Elite Realty Minnesota, LLC
Megan Culhane
Weichert, REALTORS - Heartland
Jeffrey Cummings
RE/MAX Results
Jeremy Entinger
Cross Check Home Inspection LLC
Alaina Erickson
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Joseph Fogarty
Virtuance
John Ford
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Kathryn Harmon
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Dana Hartmann
Lund Realty
Andrew Helmer
Edina Realty, Inc.
Katelyn Hewett
Edina Realty, Inc.
Heidi Huseth
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Shannon Jarvis
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Katherine Kalow
MDC Real Estate Services
Victoria Kane
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Cody Lind
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Allison Loosbrock
Edina Realty, Inc.
Charles Martin
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Lisa Martin
Exp Realty, LLC
Dawn Nelson
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Paige Ojha
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Donald Olson, Jr.
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Benjamin Oxenberg
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Dustin Peterson
RE/MAX Results Inc.
Robert Peterson
Northstar Real Estate Associates
Namgyal Rapten
Integrity Realty
Hannah Roehrick
Edina Realty, Inc. - Faribault
Nathan Ryan
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Wyatt Samuelson
Lund Realty
Bret Scott
Fish MLS Realty
David Sender
Edina Realty, Inc.
Christine Swan
Dunn Realty Group
Ashley Tettamanzi
Results Support Services, Inc.
Mohammed Thamer
Edina Realty, Inc.
Carrie Tobin
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Patrick Toohey
New Leaf Realty
Benny Van Cleve
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Samantha VonRuden
Edina Realty, Inc. - Faribault
Ian Yankton
Virtuance
Nicholas Young
Virtuance

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