March 18, 2019
Explore the possibilities of leadership within your association

Do you ever wonder what leadership path you want to be on as a REALTOR® 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 Diversity Committee needs YOU! 
SPAAR's Diversity Committee has two goals: 
  1. Promote homeownership to diverse audiences 
  2. Recognize (and celebrate!) the diversity of SPAAR's members. 
In 2019, the committee plans to march as a group in parades around the Twin Cities to meet these goals. REALTORS® want to make some noise! YOU CAN HELP!

The committee is looking for volunteers to march in parades. Marchers will help promote Fair Housing and Equal Housing Opportunities. You can march in one or as many parades as you like. T-shirt provided. Funny hat? OK! Play a drum? Sure! Join the team today! 
March by yourself, with friends & family or with a team from your office!

Questions? To register, please call 651-772-6344 or email spaar@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 less than two 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 REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS (SPAAR), 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 REALTOR®?
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:
Safety is part of being a professional.  
High-profile murders of real estate practitioners, though tragic, have created urgency to reforming the way pros do their jobs. Check out the article in REALTOR Magazine.
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  

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!
Registration is now open and sponsors are being accepted for the 2019 SPAAR Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament taking place on September 11, 2019. Sponsorship is available 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.
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