November 27, 2017
Avoid a late fee: pay your membership dues by Thursday! 
2018 membership dues deadline is November 30
SPAAR 2018 membership renewal notices were originally 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.

Cyber Monday sale today at The CE Shop

There's still time! Purchase your real estate education with The CE Shop today, Nov. 27, on Cyber Monday 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 CYBERMONDAY to save. 
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.
What are your fun plans for tomorrow evening?
Join i n the fun and free year-end celebration as the Metro YPN and Affiliate committees thank everyone who supported them and participated in events this year! Games and food covered, cash bar available. Sign up today!
Application deadline extended: 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.
We've extended the deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, December 5. Click here to learn more, then 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. 
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Last call for the REALTOR® of the Year and William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Awards nominations

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

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 by the end of TODAY, Monday, Nov. 27. Click here to nominate someone for the REALTOR® of the Year or the William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service awards today.
First quarter MLS notices emailed to members by week's end

First quarter MLS notices will be sent out later this week. SPAAR is pleased to announce members will receive a  $40 credit toward first quarter MLS fees that cover January, February and March. This brings each member's total invoice down to $75.50. 
Contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000 with any questions or to learn more.
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.
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.

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.
Scholarships available for diversity training

SPAAR's Diversity Committee is excited to provide scholarships for members who complete the National Association of REALTORS® At Home with Diversity (AHWD) course by Sunday, December 31, 2017. Up to 30 scholarships, with a value of up to $100 each, are available to members who provide proof of course completion by this date.

The AHWD class addresses diversity, fair housing and business planning development. After successfully completing the course, REALTORS® are eligible to apply for the official AHWD certification, which lets clients know they are working with a dynamic real estate professional with expertise that transcends cultural barriers. The 6 to 7-hour class can be taken online or in person.

The 6 to 7-hour online AHWD course is $99 (currently on sale for $79.20). There is a one-time, $75.00 fee to apply for AHWD certification. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the class participation.

For more information about the scholarship opportunities, contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR at jmckinley@spaar.com  or 651-772-6344. Click here for more information about AHWD. 
30 Under 30 applications now being accepted
The application process for the 30 Under 30 rising stars in the real estate industry is underway. Each May, REALTOR® Magazine features the 30 winners of this esteemed honor from the approximately 500 real estate practitioners under age 30 who apply.
The application period will remain open until Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at noon CT. Applicants may to access the online form here. (Please note that you will need your NRDS ID number.)

Learn more about the contest rules for the 30 Under 30 program.
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
Jaclyn Kopel
iMetro Property