October 8, 2018
SPAAR offices will open late on Tuesday, Oct. 9

SPAAR offices will be closed tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Oct. 9, for an all-staff meeting. The Roselawn Avenue office will open at 11am and the Coon Rapids office will open at 11:30am. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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, Bay Equity Home Loans, Liberty Title and NorthstarMLS.
Enjoy coffee with the president this Friday

Take a break in your day for Coffee with the President on Friday, October 12.

SPAAR President Man Huynh will be at the Caribou Coffee in Coon Rapids at 10am for 60-90 minutes of casual conversation to discuss issues of interest and answer any questions you may have.

The Caribou Coffee is located at 3536 Main Street in Coon Rapids (55448).

Stay tuned to the SPAAR newsletters for more Coffee with the President opportunities later this fall.
SPAAR members to represent on NAR Board of Directors and committees
More than a dozen SPAAR members have been appointed to the National Association of REALTOR® (NAR) Board of Directors or NAR committees.
Congratulations to the individuals listed below who will serve in the following capacities:
Bob Clark: REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee
Jim Cormier: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee, RPAC Trustee Federal Disbursement Committee, State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee
Bob Day: State and Local Issues Policy Committee
John Fridlington: Finance Committee
Patti Jo Fitzpatrick: State and Local Issues Policy Committee
Mike Hunstad: Corporate Investors Council
Man Huynh: REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee
Lynn Leegard: Finance Committee and the Reserves Investment Advisory Board
Deb Newell: Single Family Investment Management Committee
Amy Peterson: Board of Directors
Patrick Ruble: Public Policy Coordinating Committee
Peter Sparr: Board of Directors
Jerry Teeson: Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Richard Tucker: Professional Standards Interpretations and Procedures Advisory Board, and the Professional Standards Committee
Tom Wiener: Board of Directors

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

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

Keep model home showings safe. Have guests sign in when they come to view a model home. It's suggested to collect their full name, address, phone number, email address and vehicle information.

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

"I listen to my gut. If something doesn't feel quite right in my interactions with a client, I postpone or reschedule so someone can be present with me during the visit. Also, I always require a face-to-face initial meeting at my office before I show a new client a property."
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.

CONGRATULATIONS to Carol Erks, whose name was drawn from those who submitted safety tips during the month of September.

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!
New Members
Stacy Bifulk
RM Realty LLC
Ryan Blomberg
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Gerald DeGray
Turpen Realty, Inc.
Jennifer Diadoo
RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Michael Dorcas
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Katherine Evertz
Integrity Property Management LLC
Lang Lang Guo
Partners Realty Inc.
Sean Heier
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Andrew Herda
Weichert, REALTORS - Heartland
John Kuhne
US Bank Home Mortgage
Melanie McCallum
The Ewing Group, LLC
Tenley McNamara
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
Bryn Miller
Keller Williams Premier Realty
Andy Mimbrera
Eagan Realty LLC
Dale Mueller
Samuel Ourada
Edina Realty, Inc.
David Parsons
Keller Williams Integrity RE
Gina Pettle
Edina Realty, Inc.
John Robinson
Realty Group, Inc.
Pamela Roble
VSM Real Estate LLC
Jodi Roth
Keller Williams Integrity Realty
Calisto Schulte-Houmas
Anderson Realty
Peter Senty
Edick Valuation Services LLC
Tiffany Syring
Keller Williams Premier Realty
McKenzie Thompson
Tonya Voight
Edina Realty, Inc.