March 11, 2019
Explore the possibilities of leadership within your association

Do you ever wonder what leadership path you want to be on as a REALTORĀ® or working in the real estate industry? Here's your chance to gain insight into the growth and development opportunities at the local, state and national levels by hearing firsthand from members who have served in varying capacities.

Come for the Leadership Panel discussion on Monday, April 8 from 3-4pm, and stay for the networking reception from 4-4:30pm. RSVP here (registration requested but not required). Questions? Contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com.
SPAAR's outreach to REACH Together and Meals from the Heart serves local communities

SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has kicked off a new program of food shelf grants in 2019. In February, the committee approved the first $250 grant to REACH Together, a Saint Paul nonprofit that serves refugee families in its Eastside neighborhood. REACH Together founder Sheryl Fried used the grant to purchase rice and paper products in bulk, which were then broken down for distribution to individuals and families.
Food insecurity was brought to the committee's attention through SPAAR's partnership with Stillwater-based Meals from the Heart, a nonprofit that packages meal kits for distribution to area food shelves. In 2017 and 2018, SPAAR coordinated meal packing service opportunities with Meals from the Heart and in 2018 SPAAR was lead sponsor for Side-by-Side Saint Paul, a two-day, community-wide meal-packing event that brought together more than 700 volunteers who packed more than 125,000 meals for local food shelf distribution.
This year, on April 17, Meals from the Heart will host a community meal-packing event and your office or business is invited to bring a team of 8-10 volunteers for an hour of meal packing, and some friendly competition. The sponsorship cost for your team is $500. For information, visit mealsfromtheheart.org/Stillwater-b2b or call ( 651) 829-3232. 
Like to nominate a food shelf or emergency pantry for a grant from the Community Engagement Committee? Call (651) 772-6344 or email spaar@spaar.com.
Second quarter MLS invoices are due on or before March 31
Second quarter MLS billing was sent by email on February 28 from billing@spaar.com. If you do not see the notice in your Inbox, please check your spam or junk folders.
As a reminder, payment must be received on or before March 31 to avoid suspension of MLS access. If not paid on or before March 31, you will incur a $25 reinstatement fee.
To access your portal account, please click here. If you have questions regarding your second quarter MLS fees, please contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
Blue Star Mothers receives additional community support
There are just three weeks left to contribute to the Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive, which collects and distributes items to those currently serving in active duty.

Below are suggested donation ideas should you be interested in taking part:
  • Toiletries (especially deodorant, baby powder, unscented wipes)
  • Granola bars
  • Drink mix single serving packets
  • Oatmeal single serving packets
  • Single serving coffee and tea packets
  • Jerky single servings
  • Assorted Halloween/fun size candy (used for filling holes in packing)
  • Note cards, colored pencils, adult color books, small games
The Blue Star Mothers Collection Drive runs through March 29. Visit spaar.com for more information about where to donate or to host a donation box at your office. Items may also be dropped off at the SPAAR offices.
SPAAR is now accepting scholarship applications

The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORSĀ® (SPAAR) Charitable Foundation will grant up to five $2,000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of current, active SPAAR members this year; at least one scholarship may be designated for the child or grandchild of a SPAAR Affiliate Member. 

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, school activities, community service and a written essay.

Learn about the rules and eligibility or fill out an scholarship application. Completed applications are due Friday, April 26, 2019. F or questions, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR,(651) 772-6344.
Community resources for housing in multiple languages now available at SPAAR
SPAAR's Diversity Committee has created four flyers for use in communications and marketing efforts. Each flyer is available in eight languages: Arabic, Cambodian, English, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. The one-page flyers include the following topics:
  • Benefits of Owning a Home
  • Buying After Foreclosure or Bankruptcy
  • Path to Homeownership
  • Why Use a REALTORĀ®?
The flyers are available on SPAAR's website for printing and sharing. Click here to access the available flyers. Need other translations or have suggestions for additional languages? Contact spaar@spaar.com.
SPAAR Hero is open for nominations
Each month, a member of SPAAR is recognized for their community involvement by being named SPAAR Hero. SPAAR Hero is coordinated by the Community Engagement Committee. Each month's SPAAR Hero is recognized in a press release, on social media and on SPAAR's website, and receives $250 for the nonprofit or cause they support. 
Know someone who should be recognized as a SPAAR Hero? To nominate a SPAAR Hero, please provide details of the nominee's community service and the name of the cause or organization they support to Joe McKinley at (651) 772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
Don't get caught by a virus.  
Computer viruses can impair or damage your computer. To safeguard against a virus, never open an attachment from an unknown sender or someone you don't know. If something seems suspicious, contact the sender prior to opening the email. 
SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

"Have wasp spray with you. It can spray up to 15 feet and can come in handy during the spring and summer months."
Learn how to bring a safety class to your office!
Did you know SPAAR offers the class Safety Matters? This one-hour class is approved for one Continuing Education credit, and can be presented at your office sales meeting. Inquire for more details by emailing spaar@spaar.com. Let's work together to make safety a top priority!
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 Paige Bandy, the winner of the drawing for submitting a safety tip in February. A winner will be drawn for a $25 gift card for anyone who submits a tip during the month of March. 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!
Toastmasters provides members a platform to practice speaking and meeting management on a regular basis
SPAAR Toastmasters meetings will take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1-2pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East (Maplewood) location. Interested to learn more or join? Contact Jennifer at jkovacich@spaar.com. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 19.
Sponsorship opportunities available for the golf tournament!
Sponsors are now being accepted for the 2019 SPAAR Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament taking place on September 11, 2019. There is sponsorship availability at many levels: hole sponsors, cart sponsors and beanbag sponsors, to name a few.

Interested to learn how you can be a part of the action? Contact Kristin at kparker@spaar.com.
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:
Local Market Updates
SPAAR welcomes its newest members
Welcome, new members! We look forward to working with you.

New Member

Ashlyn Becker
Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban
Cassandra Benson
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Charles Brunner
Re New Home Inspections, LLC
Nicholas Buche
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Lirong Chen
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Lourdes Gordova
Elite Realty Minnesota, LLC
Quinlan Dewey
Space Crafting Photography
Sara Dopp
Greater Midwest Realty
Coleman Fierst
Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban
Kari Francois
Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Shantell Gant
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Andrew Gillquist
Win Home Inspection
Jeremiah Hackett
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Colleen Hallada
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Jacob Hannan
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Kyle Hartmann
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Dan Hendren
Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Lindsey Howitz
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Jamie Ives
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Madyson Johnson
Weichert Realtors Achieve
Steven Kunzman
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Nicole Larson
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Amy Madsen
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Andrew Magnuson
Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban
Jared McCoy
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Ryan Miller
All-in-One Home Inspecting
Claire Olson
Appraisal Resource
Brittany Ouellette
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Tracy Petersohn
We Sell U Save, LLC
Tammy Rhine
Greater Midwest Realty
Paulette Rickey
Counselor Realty, Inc.
Peter Salazar III
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Russell Sampson
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Hanna Smith
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Shannon Toner
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Shayne Tweedell
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service
Thomas Urbanski
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Fernando Urbina
Sunrise Banks
Heiberth Vargas
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Leng Vue
Wang-Yu Realty, LLC
Steven Waggoner
Everest Home Inspectors, LLC
Nicholas Watkins
Avenue HQ
Dustin Wiebold
Realty Group, Inc.
Ka Yang
Partners Realty Inc.
Paoliang Yang
Partners Realty Inc.
Julie Yeager
Edina Realty, Inc.
Amanda Zweber
Keller Williams Preferred Realty