October 15, 2018
Position open on Minnesota REALTORS®  Executive Committee
The Minnesota REALTORS®  Executive Committee currently has an opening for Region 5, which includes the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR). 

This Committee acts in intervals between the Board of Directors meetings on personnel, strategic planning, and other managerial issues and is subject to the control and direction of the Board. All members of the Executive Committee automatically serve on the Minnesota REALTORS®  Board of Directors.

The position will be appointed at the  Board of Directors meeting on December 13, with the appointment beginning immediately. Anyone interested in consideration for the position must be present at this meeting.

If this position sounds of interest to you, learn more and apply here. You may also contact John Fridlington, SPAAR's CEO, at jfridlington@spaar.com with questions.
Nominations sought for REALTOR® of the Year and William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Award

Nominate a SPAAR REALTOR® member to receive this year's REALTOR® of the Year Award. This person demonstrates dedication to the real estate profession and upholds a professional business reputation.  The William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Award recipient will be recognized for their outstanding dedication to the industry.
Entries must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 9. Download a nomination form and e-mail entries to tdouglas@spaar.com .
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

The grant range is $500-$3,000. Recipients will be notified and grants will be made available by Dec. 31, 2018. 
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!
SPAARky says:

Remember not to send any vital or private information via email. Keep in mind that unlike secure websites, email is never secure.

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

"I don't bring anything "extra" with me. I don't carry a bag or allow my wallet to be visible. I always have my phone with me and have it charged. I make sure I'm not target as much as 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.

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. It's great to learn from each other. THANK YOU to all who have submitted one or more safety tips. Please keep them coming!
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:
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!
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