November 20, 2017
10 days remain to pay membership dues and avoid a late fee 2018 membership dues deadline is November 30
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.

Wanted: nominations for the REALTOR® of the Year and William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Awards.

SPAAR is currently accepting applications for this year's REALTOR® of the Year and the William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Awards.

Do you know someone who has made contributions within the real estate industry and greater community? Perhaps it's one of your colleagues. Perhaps it's you. Either way, now is the time to recognize the person for his or her efforts.

Nominations are due on Monday, Nov. 27. Click here to nominate someone for the REALTOR® of the Year or the William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service awards today.
Come hear Elliot Eisenberg PhD, a nationally acclaimed (and endlessly hilarious) housing economist, discuss 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.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale at The CE Shop

Purchase your real estate education with The CE Shop on Black Friday (Nov. 24) or Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) for 40 percent off site-wide.

This discount applies to ALL courses and packages, including pre-licensing, post-licensing and continuing education. Click here to  shop. Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY on Nov. 24 or CYBERMONDAY on Nov. 27 to save. 
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.
Way to go, amazing SPAAR volunteers!
Below is a message from the volunteer coordinator at Bridging, where more than 60 SPAAR members helped build dressers last Friday, Nov. 17:
"Woo hoo! THANK YOU for volunteering at the fifth annual Bridging dresser build! You did an awesome job assembling 30 brand-new dressers for families in need that will be in homes by Thanksgiving. You made a big difference in the lives of those transitioning out of poverty and homelessness in your community. Thank you for sharing your energy and enthusiasm with us."
Bridging helps fill more than 4,500 homes with hope each year and is able to accomplish its mission due to the generosity of volunteers.
Have you signed up for an evening of fun on Nov. 28?
Join i n 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!
Community Grants Program available for REALTORS® Investing in their communities
REALTORS® Charitable Foundation will award grants to community nonprofits that promote home ownership in SPAAR's service area. Is there a nonprofit or community organization in your community that may benefit? 
Applications are being accepted through Friday, December 15.
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.

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.
"Won't you be my neighbor?"

2018 Fair Housing poster contest calendars are now available!
Calendars are available at SPAAR offices for a $10 suggested donation. 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.

Welcome, new members!
Welcome to SPAAR! Thank you for joining. We look forward to helping you to be successful in your business.
New Members
Christopher Anderson
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Sarah Hammad
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Chelsye Johnson
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Samuel Johnson
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Megan Laatsch
Integrity Real Estate
Jessica Moren
Realty Group, Inc.
Jason Pape
Integrity Home Inspections
Raven Pierce
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Lin Qian
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Wayne Ruth
All Phase Agency Inc.
Jacqueline Sauter
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Stephanie Skrivseth
Hans Hagen Homes, Inc.
Cong Xiong
Creative Results
Yeng Xiong
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Cassandra Yarbrough
Coldwell Banker Burnet