October 23, 2017
We want to hear from you!

Have you completed the SPAAR member communications survey?  SPAAR is asking members to share their insights about the services offered, opportunities available and interest in receiving member and industry news. This is your chance to share your voice, and allow SPAAR to learn what is most meaningful for you in your role.

The survey is available through Tuesday, October 31.
Education flash sale is this Wednesday, Oct. 25 - one day only!

The one-day flash sale  to purchase real estate education at a 40 percent discount is on Wednesday, Oct. 25. 

This discount applies to all courses and packages including pre-licensing, post-licensing and continuing education site-wide at spaar.theceshop.com. Simply enter MONSTER40 at checkout.

2018 membership renewals due November 30
SPAAR 2018 membership renewal notices were sent via email on August 18th 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. As a reminder, 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. If you have questions regarding your membership renewal, please do not hesitate to contact the Association at 651-776-6000.
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.

Seeking nominations for the 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. 10. Download a nomination form here and e-mail entries to tdouglas@spaar.com .
SPAAR announces its first-ever SPAAR Hero!

SPAAR Hero---the volunteer recognition project brought to you by SPAAR Community Engagement kicks off this month!
The October 2017 SPAAR Hero - and the association's first-ever SPAAR Hero - is Mike "Mac" McAnally. Mac volunteers with the Reading Partners Program at Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School in St. Paul where he's been partnered with a student for three years. Learn more about Mac's involvement with the Reading Partners Program. Congratulations, Mac!
Become a SPAAR Hero

Are YOU a SPAAR Hero? Yes, it's OK to nominate yourself! Do you know or work with a SPAAR Hero? If so, we want to know who they are, too!

Each month a SPAAR member will be recognized for his or her community involvement. The recipient will be profiled in E-News and on spaar.com and, in addition, will receive a check for $250 for the nonprofit or cause he or she supports. 
SPAAR Hero recognizes members' community engagement. The goal is to shine a light on the many good things REALTORS® are doing in the community. SPAAR Hero is also an opportunity to draw attention to nonprofits that are making a difference by impacting lives.
Selection will be made by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee. Direct any questions or nominations to jmckinley@spaar.com .
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.
Office brokers will see an update to SupraWEB by year-end

Later this year, the office broker version of SupraWEB will be discontinued and its features will transition to the keyholder version of SupraWEB. 

When the change is made, office brokers will have access to the following features in the keyholder version of SupraWEB:
  • Sending messages to all keyholders in the office
  • Managing ShowingTime integration for the office (if used by association/MLS)
Additionally, some new features have been added to provide office brokers more tools, such as:
  • Listing assignments can be made from the Office Keybox Inventory report
  • Showing duration will be added to the Showing and Key activity report
  • Office reports will be modified to show the listing address in addition to the MLS number, and the office name will be displayed in the assigned column if assigned to an office rather than an individual
More detailed information will be shared closer to the transition.
Learn how to market to diverse homebuyers

SPAAR's Diversity Committee is sponsoring three one-hour classes on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to assist you in working with and marketing to diverse homebuyers.

Each class offers 1.0 hour of Continuing Education credit. Julia Israel will present "Real Estate in Diverse Communities" followed by presentations from the Minnesota Housing Agency and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center on "Nonprofit Resources for You...and Your Clients."

Come to learn and stay for lunch, sponsored by SPAAR's Diversity Committee.
NAR Chicago Convention
Bring in SPAAR Squad for your next office meeting

Looking for useful content for upcoming office meetings? SPAAR Squad is here to help! Our staff members are available to attend your meeting and speak about a variety of relevant topics. We also provide onsite training (some with free CE) for groups of 25 or more. 
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 be successful in your business.
Member Name
Company Name
Kathleen Aplikowski
RE/MAX Results
Michael Cassel
Michael Cassel Photography
Colleena Coleman
Global Star Realty, LLC
Staci Dahl
Keller Williams Realty Integrity
Chad Devereaux
Polaris Home Inspection
Sara Ellestad
Minnesota Home Venture, Inc.
Randall Esswein
RES Realty
Corey Hennagir
Best Realty LLC
Erika Holland
Keller Williams Integrity NW
Aaron Kontz
Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Carrie Ledermann
Edina Realty, Inc.
Matthew Lindholm
Realty Group, Inc.
Rebecca Lippert
Weichert, REALTORS - Heartland
Brett Mielke
Sheri Murray
Fish MLS Realty
Wendy Ortiz
Keller Williams Premier Realty
David Schultz
Fish MLS Realty
Clayton Sedesky
Edina Realty, Inc.
Carin Sewell
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Kymberley Smith
RES Realty
Jerry Thao
Creative Results
Monica Wick
RE/MAX Professionals