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September 17, 2018
Join SPAAR's president for coffee
 
Take a break in your day for Coffee with the President this fall. SPAAR president Man Huynh will be visiting different locations once a month to meet with SPAAR members to discuss issues of interest and answer questions. 
 
These coffee visits will last 60-90 minutes and provide a casual setting for anyone interested to attend.
 
Join us for the inaugural Coffee with the President taking place on Friday, Sept. 21, at 12:15pm at SPAAR's 325 Roselawn Avenue East location. Register here. Box lunches will be provided.

Stay tuned for future opportunities in October, November and December.
Member report: update on backpack and school supply drive
  1. The 2018 Backpack and School Supply drive, coordinated by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee, helped prepare local kids with the tools they will need to have a successful school year.  Members contributed backpacks, school supplies and donations resulting in nearly 60 full backpacks contributed to local nonprofits.
SPAAR partnered with area nonprofits to efficiently and effectively serve families in need.  Saint Paul's Wilder Foundation was the recipient of more than 750 notebooks that were distributed to families and children served by Wilder's after-school programs.
 
"Thank you for the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS' donation of hundreds of notebooks to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation's Tools for School Success Campaign. With your help, more than 1,500 children currently served through Wilder programs will return to school with the backpacks and classroom supplies they need to begin the year ready to learn. These children return to school with confidence and the tools needed to succeed," Michelle Zwakman, vice president of advancement, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
 
SPAAR also partnered with two nonprofits focused on serving children living in foster care programs, Adoption is Love and Fostering Love Project. Noteworthy is that both of these organizations are led by REALTORS® and SPAAR members: Julie Ledy and Kim Graham.
 
Kim, from Fostering Love Project, said, "The social workers were so delighted to have backpacks filled and ready to distribute to the kids they help."
 
Want to learn more? Interested in giving back? The Community Engagement Committee has invited Julie and Kim to share information about their organizations with SPAAR members at a Lunch & Learn this Thursday, September 27, at noon. Lunch is sponsored by SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee. No charge, but registration is required. Sign up here for the Lunch & Learn. For information, please contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR: 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.
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!
Fourth quarter MLS invoices are due September 30
Fourth quarter MLS billing was sent by email on August 30 from billing@spaar.com. If you do not see the notice in your Inbox, please check your spam or junk folders.
 
As a reminder, payment must be received on or before September 30 to avoid suspension of MLS access. If not paid on or before September 30, you will incur a $25 reinstatement fee.
 
To access your portal account, please click here. If you have questions regarding your fourth quarter MLS fees, please contact the association at 651-776-6000.
A beautiful day for golf and bag toss tournament for a good cause
  1. Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, golfers and bags-throwers who participated in this year's tournament at Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul on Sept. 12. 
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  3. All of this year's participants made SPAAR's annual Charitable Foundation Golf & Bags tournament a success, which will help to grow SPAAR's scholarships and community grants programs. Interested in helping to plan next year's event? Please contact SPAAR---and watch eNews for details about the 2019 tournament---coming soon.
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:
DIRECTIONS FOR CHOOSING THE PAYMENT PLAN OPTION  (For Primary REALTOR® Members ONLY). 
SPAARky says:

Rely on good neighbors. Inform a neighbor that you will be hosting an open house, and ask if he or she would keep an eye and ear open for anything out of the ordinary.

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

" When entering a property I always loudly yell REAL ESTATE COMPANY as it alerts homeowners, pets or even someone who shouldn't be in the property that someone is on site. Making myself loudly known alerts a seller who may have overslept or expected me at a different time. It also allows me to alert other agents. I've been yelling my announcement for more than 40 years. There are no uncomfortable entries here!"
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 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.

THANK YOU to all who have provided safety tips. Please keep them coming!
Many hands make for light work

Thank you to all SPAAR members and their families who volunteered one of more shifts on Sept. 15 and 16 as part of the St. Paul Side by Side meal-packing event to help feed people in our communities.

Coordinated by Stillwater-based Meals from the Heart, the 500-plus volunteers made up of SPAAR members, East Side of St. Paul faith organizations and community members, a total of 201,096 meals were packed!

KSTP-TV covered the meal-packing event, and local food shelves are receiving the meals this week.

RealSatisfied: a new benefit for SPAAR members
"RealSatisfied allows me to show my professionalism without having to pester clients. The feedback and referrals that I've received as a result of this system are awesome!"
 
     -Bob Clark, SPAAR member and past president
How is RealSatisfied working for you?

SPAAR now provides RealSatisfied as a free, member-only benefit. Rolled out to all members in February, this tool is designed to help REALTORS® be more competitive in the real estate marketplace.

Brokerages and managers are not required to take any action to implement RealSatisfied, as the tool has been purchased by SPAAR for individual SPAAR members; however, if an office wants broker access the broker dashboard may be purchased for $600 per office annually.

RealSatisfied has information to get started and tutorials to learn how the tool works.
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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