October 22, 2018
There's still room for tomorrow's NAR x 2 presentation
SPAAR members are invited to hear NAR directors in person at the NAR x 2 breakfast and presentation tomorrow morning.

Jessica Lautz, managing director of Survey Research and Communications with NAR, will present "Avocado Toast for One, Please" where you'll learn who is purchasing homes today, what they want and how NAR members can be prepared with facts to help them. Discussion will include the real and imagined barriers to homeownership and affordability constraints.

Nobu Hata, director of member engagement with NAR, will present "Learn and Execute on the State of Real Estate, Tech and Marketing" with a focus on how the industry is evolving, what forces are influencing change, what real estate technology can't do and how Realtors can market the value of people in the transaction for futureproof, scalable practices starting now.


Register for NAR x 2 taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 23 by sending an email to Tracey Douglas at tdouglas@spaar.com. The event takes place from 8:45 to 11am. Space is limited. Attendees must register in advance. Thank you! 

Check out the Better Brokers Series in your neck of the woods
Take part in a meet and greet on Oct. 29 to learn first-hand about the candidates receiving SPAAR's support this election
Nominations sought for REALTOR® of the Year and William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Award

SPAAR is now seeking nominations for multiple awards that recognize SPAAR members: the REALTOR® of the Year Award, the William Tschohl/James Stanton Distinguished Service Award and the Better Communities 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. The Better Communities Award recognizes a member who stands out in giving back to a local community organization. Help SPAAR identify this year's award recipients.
See submission requirements and deadlines on the respective Award links below.
Wanted: YOU for a SPAAR committee

SPAAR provides numerous opportunities for members to become involved and one of those ways is to join one of SPAAR's many committees. This is a great time of year to visit a committee meeting and see what it's all about, and consider joining a committee in 2019. Committees typically meet once a month throughout the year.

Interested in checking out one or more SPAAR committees during the November or December? Contact Joe McKinley of SPAAR at jmckinley@spaar.com to find a time that works for you.
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.
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:

From dawn until dusk, know your surroundings. When showing a property at dusk or after dark, make sure there is workable electricity and that curtains are open to anyone passing by as a security measure. Whenever possible, conduct showings during daytime hours.

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

"With winter upon us (and a brief morning with a little snow already) I always put a winter survival kit in my car. I also dress appropriately for the weather at open houses. I'd rather be safe than sorry."
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 .

You have the ability to adjust the optional items from your 2019 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, contact SPAAR at (651) 776-6000.
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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