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In this Issue   September 11, 2017

SPAAR Modified Office Hours

Vote on SPAAR Bylaws

SPAAR Members Contribute to REALTOR® Relief Fund

National Flood Insurance Update

2018 Membership Renewal Notices Sent Via Email

Your September Issue of RealTrends is Now Available for Viewing Online

SPAAR 2017 Board of Directors Nominees

Nominate Somone for the Better Communities Award

Upcoming Education & Events

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 

SPAAR Modified Office Hours

SPAAR's Eagan and Coon Rapids offices will be closed until 11:30am on Tuesday, September 19 for staff training. SPAAR's Maplewood/St. Paul location will maintain regular office hours.

 
 

Vote on SPAAR Bylaws

All voting SPAAR members were mailed an email with access to their ballot last Friday. Please review and cast your vote by this Friday, Sept 15.

For questions, call Tracey Douglas at 651-772-6349 or tdouglas@spaar.com.

 
 

SPAAR Members Contribute to REALTOR® Relief Fund

SPAAR Board of Directors authorized a $5,000 contribution to the REALTOR® Relief Fund to assist our colleagues in Texas. We are monitoring the impacts of Irma.

 

 

 

National Flood Insurance Update

The United States Senate voted to pass a three-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Friday, September 8, 2017.

This legislation ensures that the NFIP will not lapse on September 30, 2017. NAR will continue our legislative advocacy efforts for the 21st Century Flood Reform Act until this long-term reauthorization and reform bill is enacted.

If you have any questions please contact John DiBiase, NAR Government Affairs Communications Director jdibiase@realtors.org or 202-383-1037

 
 

2018 Membership Renewal Notices Sent Via Email

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 30th, 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.

Please note: Please review your invoice and log into your portal account no later than September 25, 2017 to take advantage of the flexible dues billing payment option. (This program is only available to primary REALTOR® members, and does not apply to MLS only, affiliates, secondary members, unlicensed REALTOR® assistants or new REALTOR® members).

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ONLINE | DIRECTIONS FOR PAYING ONLINE

DIRECTIONS FOR CHOOSING THE PAYMENT PLAN OPTION (For Primary REALTOR® Members ONLY)

 
 

Your September Issue of RealTrends is Now Available for Viewing Online

In this month's issue: 

  • A Confusing Time
  • Redfin is Worth More Than RE/MAX International?
  • Brokers: Five Steps to Creating More Value
  • Who’s Your Competition?
  • People Always First
  • Sponsored Article: Brightway Insurance
  • National Showing Index Shows 7.8% Year-Over-Year Increase
  • Brokerage Fair Market Value
  • The CFPB Suffers a Defeat in an ABA Lawsuit
  • Cape Town: An African City with a Global Outlook
  • Overcoming Pain Points of Online Leads

READ THE SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE OF RealTrends

 
 

SPAAR 2017 Board of Directors Nominees

The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and the 2017 Nominating Committee have completed the selection process to fill open positions for the 2018 Board of Directors. New Directors named are Deborah Newell, Mary Knudsen, and Tracy Baglio.

Additional candidates may be nominated by petition signed by at least 75 REALTOR® Members and directed to tdouglas@spaar.com no later than September 15, 2017. Any nominations so made, shall be added to the list of nominees selected by the Nominating Committee and all such nominees shall appear on a ballot to be voted on by REALTOR® Members.

Installation of the elected Officers and Directors shall take place during the Annual Meeting in January 2018. This notice serves as delivery of the Nominating Committee report.

 
 

Nominate Somone 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 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 REALTOR® or Affiliate members in good standing with the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®. Nominees should be a recognized leader in some community endeavor. Their contributions to a program and/or an organization should result in improving the quality of life in our service area and serve to demonstrate they care 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.

 
 

Upcoming Education & Events

  • SPAAR Flu Shot Clinic/Member Appreciation Day. Friday, Sept. 15. 9:30am-11am. REGISTRATION
  • Reducing the risk of criminal victimization to property owners and real estate agents. Friday, Sept. 22. 9am-11am | 12pm-2pm
  • Meals from the Heart. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1pm-4pm. Register: SHIFT 1 | SHIFT 2 | SHIFT 3
  • REALTORS® Unite Annual Conference and Expo. Oct. 4-6. REGISTRATION
  • Wine & Dine Experience. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6pm-8pm. REGISTRATION
 
 

Bring in the 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.

SPAAR SQUAD TOPIC LIST | SPAAR SQUAD REQUEST FORM

 
 

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's doing.

Local Market Updates | Weekly Market Activity Report | Housing Supply Overview | Monthly Market Indicators

 
 

Welcome, New Members!

SPAAR would like to welcome all our new members! Thank you joining, and we look forward to helping you be successful in your business.

Member Name Company Name
Alvarez, Andrew Keller Williams Premier Realty
Brockman, Haydn Hans Hagen Homes, Inc.
Coughlin, Michele Coldwell Banker Burnet
Daley, Jim RE/MAX Synergy
Fisher, Matt RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Hynes, Nannette New Day Realty
La Porta, Louis RE/MAX Advantage Plus
McDonald, Tim Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Moran, Carol Coldwell Banker Burnet        
Nelson, Todd RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Newborg, Nicole Edina Realty, Inc.
Tamaisar, Uma RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Westerman, Naomi Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Xiong, Neng Realty Group, Inc.
Yoe, Michael Capstone Realty, LLC