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May 28, 2019
Apply now for a position on SPAAR's Board of Directors

Consider serving on the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR). The 2019 Nominating Committee is looking to fill three director positions for 2020. The 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.
 
What are benefits of serving as a director or officer of SPAAR?
 
As a Board Member you'll have:
  • Opportunities to both learn from and teach others
  • Direct involvement in decisions that impact 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
All candidates must have been a member of the association for one year prior to the date of the nomination and must be a REALTOR® member in good standing with no ethics violations within the past year.
 
If you are interested in applying for a Board position, complete the application form here no later than Friday, June 14, 2019. Questions? Contact Tracey Douglas at tdouglas@spaar.com. 
Visit a SPAAR Committee to learn what it's all about
There are many ways to be involved in SPAAR from joining the Board of Directors, to attending events or serving one of the many committees available. SPAAR members are the key to committee success, and there are always new opportunities for involvement. If you're interested in checking out a SPAAR committee, contact the staff liaison below to find a meeting date and time that work for you. You're always welcome!
 
Below are the SPAAR committees and respective contacts:
SPAAR REALTOR® member earns GRI Designation
SPAAR REALTOR® Denise Sjoberg was recently awarded the highly-acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Denise of Keller Williams Premier Realty South Suburban in Apple Valley joins other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation.
 
Additional information about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.
 
Congratulations, Denise, on this honor!
NAR announces agreements with commercial listing platforms
The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) recently announced agreements with two commercial listing platforms: Brevitas and Commercial Real Estate Exchange, inc. (CREXi).
 
Brevitas is a comprehensive platform built on collaboration, automation and intuitive design, offering a powerful algorithm to connect brokers with motivated, purchase-ready investors from their database.
 
CREXi aggregates data from multiple sources, displaying commercial property listings and creating national exposure for listings with a simplified user experience and a customer-centric sales team.

Learn out more about the platforms at nar.realtor/commercialtools where you can access the member discounts offered by Brevitas and CREXi.
Walk in Saint Paul's Grand Old Day Parade this Sunday, June 2

SPAAR will be participating in this year's Grand Old Day Parade and we want you to join us!

Invite your family or friends, and sign up today to walk in the Grand Old Day Parade as part of SPAAR from 8:30 to 11am on Sunday, June 2. We'll promote homeownership and draw attention to Fair Housing throughout the route. And it's a great way to network!
 
Questions? Contact Joe McKinley at jmckinley@spaar.com. It's bound to be a fun time!
License renewals and education deadlines are nearing
License renewals are due next month. Be sure you're up to date on your education requirements: check your pulse portal transcript to find out your status. Also, note that deadlines may vary so be sure to check with your broker and plan accordingly.

Questions? You may reach out to your broker, the Minnesota Department of Commerce or SPAAR. At SPAAR, contact Kristin Parker at kparker@spaar.com.
SPAAR's Biggest Tuesday Sales Meeting Ever provided a full morning of education and networking
It was a full house at SPAAR's Biggest Tuesday Sales Meeting Ever on May 21.
The 2019 event provided a three-part presentation to teach best practices in keeping up with the ever-changing real estate industry.  
 
The event included presentations by Nobu Hata and Jessica Lautz of NAR and David Arbit of MAR.
 
Hosted by SPAAR's Metro YPN (pictured above), the following sponsors also helped make the event possible: Avenue HQ, HMS Home Warranty, Key Land Homes, Liberty Title, Inc., Minnesota Housing, NorthStar MLS, Pillar Title Services, Summit Mortgage Corporation, Supra Real Estate and Xfinity.
Weekly safety tips as provided by SPAAR and its members
SPAARky says:
 
Don't be too flashy.  
Dressing for work doesn't mean dressing to impress. Do not wear flashy jewelry. Do not wear footwear with heels that are too high and possibly cumbersome. Be prepared for unexpected situations, and the ability to move quickly if needed. 
 
We like hearing what tips SPAAR members have to share, too, such as:
Construction season has begun! Remember to give yourself plenty of time getting to properties, especially if you're meeting your client there.
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.

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. Keep them coming!
Nominations requested for the next SPAAR HERO
 
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 news 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.
 
SPAAR Hero is sponsored by the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. 
Help stop opioid abuse!

Have you heard the radio ad featuring Chris Galler of Minnesota REALTORS®? There are ways that you can help to stop opioid abuse and urge people to safety dispose of unused medications. Remind clients to lock up their medications during any showings at their property. Learn more here.

Learn more facts and find a list of safe medication disposal sites here in Minnesota.
Member golf opportunities are on the horizon. Sign up today!
Sign up for Toys for Joy and the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation golf tournaments today!
Choose red, white or blue -- all teams for a great cause!
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
Organization
Jamie Anderson
Mr. Radon
Lora Antolik
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Rahjeme Bridgeford
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Lisa Castillo
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Luke Couwenhoven
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Earl Randolph
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Jiliane Erickson
eXp Realty
Scott Garwood
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Jay Gislason
Realty Group, Inc.
Christina Hall
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Reine Kassulker
eXp Realty
Kiah Lee
Covenant Realty LLC
Sabine Martinaka
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Austin Moore
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Madeline Phyle
Edina Realty, Inc.
James Rhodes
Servion Realty, Inc.
Nakaylah Thompson
Square Feet Floor Plans
Brenda Wright
Coldwell Banker Burnet
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