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October 1, 2018
Do you have your Wine & Dine Experience tickets yet?
For $50 you and a guest can attend one of SPAAR's most elegant evenings sampling fine wines paired with multiple courses. This year's event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6-8pm at St. Paul's Town & Country Club. The cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple.


Thank you to this year's event sponsors: Summit Mortgage, Liberty Title and NorthstarMLS.
Community event and news conference tomorrow to highlight REALTOR® support of future Rondo Museum

A future Rondo Museum is set to take shape thanks in part to a grant from the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR) on behalf of its members.

Tomorrow, members of Rondo Avenue, Inc., which received the donation, along with SPAAR members, local dignitaries, guests and invited media will gather at the Rondo Commemorative Plaza in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood. Remarks will be shared about the Rondo Museum, the importance of being involved and what kind of impact the plans will have for the community.

You're welcome to attend. The community gathering and news conference will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 11:30am at the Rondo Commemorative Plaza and future museum site at 327 North Fisk Street, St. Paul. Hope to see you there!
Have you completed COE? Have you notified SPAAR?
If you have completed your National Association of REALTORS® COE requirement for the current two-year period (Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018), but have not yet notified SPAAR, be sure to forward your certificate of completion to SPAAR at coe@spaar.com. The organizations that offer COE do not inform SPAAR when someone completes this requirement. Need to know if you're compliant? Check here and notify SPAAR when you're done!
REALTORS ® Charitable Foundation announces Community Grants
 
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act. In recognition of this anniversary, SPAAR's REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is seeking nonprofits and government agencies with project ideas to promote Fair Housing with grants available in December.
 
"SPAAR's members promote the ideals of the Fair Housing Act with every client. This is an opportunity for the Charitable Foundation to recognize organizations that are working to accomplish these goals on a larger, community-wide basis," said Joe McKinley, staff liaison for the Charitable Foundation. "If you have an idea that promotes Fair Housing, we strongly encourage you to apply." 
 
Nonprofits and government agencies are invited to submit a one- to two-page letter of inquiry, which should briefly outline the project idea. The letter should include: requested amount of grant, purpose for the grant, anticipated outcome or goal of the program to be funded and statement of nonprofit or 501 (c)(3) status. A letter of inquiry allows the Charitable Foundation to review the idea while limiting demands on nonprofit or agency staff.  
 
Letters of inquiry are due no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. Submit letters to
jmckinley@spaar.com or by mail to SPAAR, 325 Roselawn Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55117. The foundation may contact you to request additional information after that date. Questions? Contact Joe McKinley at 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com
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The grant range is $500-$3,000. Recipients will be notified and grants will be made available by Dec. 31, 2018. 
Check your email for 2019 membership renewal notices

SPAAR 2019 Membership Renewal Notices were sent by email on August 7 from billing@spaar.com . If you do not see your renewal notice in your inbox, be sure to check the spam or junk folder so you do not miss any important information.
 
If payment is not received on or before November 30, 2018, a $50 late payment fee will be added to the amount due. Click here to view important 2019 dues billing information .
 
If you have questions regarding your membership renewal, contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
 
Please review your invoice and log into your portal account no later than September 25, 2018, to take advantage of the flexible dues billing payment option, which is available only to primary REALTOR® members and does not apply to MLS-only members, affiliates, secondary members, unlicensed REALTOR® assistants or new REALTOR® members.
 
Check out the links below for more helpful information:
DIRECTIONS FOR CHOOSING THE PAYMENT PLAN OPTION  (For Primary REALTOR® Members ONLY). 
SPAARky says:

Bring up the rear. When showing a home, stay behind your prospects. Don't lead them, but rather guide them with phases such as, "the master suite is in the back of the house. Go ahead and take a look." Then follow accordingly.

SPAAR members have shared some great tips, too, including:

"Make sure you have an easy way out of the house if you need it. Are there rugs that make the door hard to open? Do the handles open easily? Take a few minutes to check out the home you're in before you show it, if possible."
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 and you will be entered into a $25 drawing at the end of October. The September winner will be announced next Monday, Oct. 8.

We've had so many GREAT safety tips shared since SPAAR began its weekly focus on safety. Please go ahead and share one of your tips if you haven't already.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming!
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.

Welcome, new members!
Welcome to SPAAR! There are many ways to get involved and grow your business. We look forward to meeting you!
New Members
Organization
Lily Anderson
Archi-Pix, LLC
Sara Bobich
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Christine Dahl
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Nathan Dammann
Edina Realty, Inc.
Cristina Ekholm
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Tammy Gehrke
Integrity Property Management LLC
Jennifer Gouette
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Kevin Havemeier
Keller Williams Class Realty
Marisa Hernandez
RES Realty
Darrien Johnson
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Jon Jordan
Counselor Realty, Inc.
Lynne Kelly
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Tenzin Lama
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Christy Larson
Edina Realty, Inc.
James Leicht
Edina Realty, Inc.
Colton Lueck
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Jacob Mau
Realty Group, Inc.
Darcus Mitchell
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Adam Ostlund
Anchor Real Estate Trust, LLC
Benjamin Poole
Real Estate Masters, Ltd.
Sierra Rodero
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Shannon Strong
Keller Williams Classic Realty
Shannon Sullivan
Title Real Estate
Patrick Thomsen
Archi-Pix, LLC
Amber Tovsen
Real-Time Leasing
Andrea Warda
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Stephen Westerlund
Edina Realty, Inc.

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