May 28, 2018
SPAAR is closed today (Monday, May 28) for Memorial Day.
Tom Wilkinson recognized as SPAAR Hero for May 2018

Tom Wilkinson has been a key volunteer in efforts to transform the Anoka State Hospital into housing for homeless veterans, which will be operated by nonprofit Eagles Healing Nest. 
A veteran, Tom feels a personal commitment to helping other veterans. Tom has volunteered his time, talent and money to this project; he has worked onsite, six days a week since October 2017.
State Senator Jim Abeler, founder of the project, recommended Tom for his leadership as a volunteer. "Tom's commitment to this project has been exceptional. Through his commitment to this project he inspired others to accomplish what appeared to be impossible."
The Anoka State Hospital complex buildings had been abandoned for several years. Mechanical systems, windows and walls all needed significant upgrades to make the buildings habitable. Volunteers, including Tom, completed work on the first building despite an extremely tight deadline, and the first residents were welcomed home just before Christmas 2017.
In addition, Tom volunteers with Toys For Joy and the Link, and participates every year in Keller Williams Red Day. He is a REALTOR® with Realty Group MN and a contractor. Tom was nominated to be a SPAAR Hero by his wife, Terry, who said, "He likes to serve quietly and not get recognition."
About SPAAR Hero: SPAAR Hero recognizes the ways REALTORS® are involved in their communities. To nominate someone for recognition, please email jmckinley@spaar.com . The SPAAR Hero receives $250 for the cause or organization he or she supports. SPAAR Hero is coordinated by the Community Engagement Committee and sponsored by the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation.
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. 

New dental plan open to members and their families

On May 14, the Minnesota REALTORS began 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. Contact Eric or Andy at MN Health at (651) 348-7220 or eric@minnesota-health.com to learn more.
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.


Note: due to Memorial Day, new statistics are not included in this issue of eNews. You can find the latest statistics at www.spaar.com as soon as they are available on Tuesday, May 29.