eNews
November 13, 2017
Membership dues deadline is on the horizon:
pay your 2018 dues by November 30 to avoid a late fee
 
Did you know SPAAR has not had a dues increase since 2009?

SPAAR 2018 membership renewal notices were sent via email on August 18 from billing@spaar.com. If you do not see your renewal notice in your inbox, please check your SPAM and junk folders so you do not miss out on this important information. If payment is NOT received on or before November 30, a $50 late payment fee will be added to the amount due. To view important 2018 dues billing information, please click here.
 
Note: You have the ability to adjust the optional items from your 2018 SPAAR Membership Renewal Order. For detailed instructions on how to adjust the optional items, please click here. If you have questions regarding your membership renewal, please contact the Association at 651-776-6000.

Take part in free SPAAR-sponsored events: choose to be charitable, educated or entertained, or ALL of the above!

Choose charitable: the Fifth Annual Dresser Build is November 17. This service project helps people in our community as they transition out of homelessness and poverty and into a home of their own!

 

A free lunch for SPAAR members will follow at Grumpy's in Roseville. Also, please consider donating a new or gently used blanket. The highest demand is for queen-size blankets and comforters. Thank you! 

Choose educated: come hear Elliot Eisenberg PhD, a nationally acclaimed (and endlessly hilarious) housing economist. Dr. Eisenberg will share about the current state of the housing market, ongoing tax reform efforts and everything in between! Don't miss this free event that is sure to educate and entertain.
Choose entertained: join in the fun of the year-end celebration as the Metro YPN and Affiliate committees thank everyone who supported them and participated in events this year!
Apply now for Leadership SPAAR Class of 2018

Leadership SPAAR is a nine-month program designed to identify 8-10 emerging leaders from within SPAAR membership and empower them to maximize their leadership potential and advance their efforts to build successful real estate careers.

Application deadline: Midnight, Sunday, November 26. Email the completed application to Mandy Boldt at mboldt@spaar.com. The Professionalism Committee will review applications and schedule interviews with finalists. Participants will be notified in mid-December.
November's SPAAR Hero is Sydney "Syd" Jensen
 
REALTOR® Syd Jensen thinks "hero" is too strong a word to describe her. Growing up in small-town Nebraska, watching out for your neighbors was just something people did. But Syd's volunteer work with Meals on Wheels through her office---Coldwell Banker Burnet Shoreview/North Oaks---has made her a hero to the people this program serves.
 
Congratulations, Syd, on being named the November 2017 SPAAR Hero! Read about Syd's volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and more.
Become a SPAAR Hero

Are YOU a SPAAR Hero? Do you know or work with a SPAAR Hero? If so, we want to know!

Each month a SPAAR member is recognized for his or her community involvement. The recipient is profiled in E-News and receives $250 for the nonprofit or cause he or she supports. 
 
SPAAR Hero recognizes members' community engagement.
 
Selection will be made by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee. Direct any questions or nominations to Joe McKinley .
Nominate someone for the Better Communities Award

We are looking for members who are doing great things in the community for SPAAR's Better Communities Award. The award is given annually and its recipient is honored at the Winter Social. A financial contribution of $1,000 will be awarded to the recipient's charitable organization of choice.

Eligibility criteria: nominees must be REALTORS® or affiliate members in good standing with the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. Nominee should be a recognized leader in some community endeavor. His or her contributions to a program and/or an organization should result in improving the quality of life in our service area and serve to demonstrate he or she cares about the total well-being of the community. The award is designed to recognize individual contributions, not association or company-wide efforts; however, if an individual within a company is instrumental to the triumph of a group effort, he or she is eligible.

Download a NOMINATION FORM and submit to Joe McKinley by December 1, 2017.
REALTOR® Ring Day

Offices throughout Minnesota and North Dakota interested in REALTOR® Ring Day are encouraged to sign up individually or as a group to volunteer on either Friday, Dec. 1 or Friday, Dec. 8.

REALTOR® Ring Day debuted in 2010, bringing thousands of realtors to red kettles to collect donations that support local Salvation Army housing programs and more.
Office brokers will see an update to SupraWEB by year-end

Later this year, the office broker version of SupraWEB will be discontinued and its features will transition to the keyholder version of SupraWEB. 

When the change is made, office brokers will have access to the following features in the keyholder version of SupraWEB:
  • Sending messages to all keyholders in the office
  • Managing ShowingTime integration for the office (if used by association/MLS)
Additionally, some new features have been added to provide office brokers more tools, such as:
  • Listing assignments can be made from the Office Keybox Inventory report
  • Showing duration will be added to the Showing and Key activity report
  • Office reports will be modified to show the listing address in addition to the MLS number, and the office name will be displayed in the assigned column if assigned to an office rather than an individual
More detailed information will be shared closer to the transition.
"Won't you be my neighbor?"

2018 Fair Housing poster contest calendars are now available!
 
Calendars are available at any SPAAR office. $10 each. Your purchase helps to support programs coordinated by SPAAR's Diversity Committee.
 
The bright artwork with the theme "Won't you be my neighbor?" was created by area kids as part of an annual poster contest.  
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.

New Member
Organization
Joseph Arel
Edina Realty, Inc.
Julissa Betting-Fuentes
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Lara Duddingston
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Emily Eck
Realty Group, Inc.
Sara Ellestad
Concierge Title, Inc.
Pamela Fearing
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Jessica Hamilton
Offsite Realty Inc.
Sarah Hammad
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Cody Hogan
Edina Realty, Inc.
Sajid Hassain
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Brittney Juhnke
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Andrea Kraft
Weichert Realtors Achieve
Catherine Meli
Edina Realty, Inc.
Jodi Newsom
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Laura Rindahl
Realty Group, Inc.
Amy Ritter
Housing Hub LLC
Gemma Sibilev
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Chris Simmons
Colliers International
Liz Song
Bridge Realty, LLC
Nancy Steinke
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Anne Storms
The Bancor Group, Inc.
Joyce Swartz
Keller Willams Preferred Realty
Paochoua Vang
Creative Results
Delos Wait
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Thomas Wheeler
Keller Williams Premier Realty
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