September 24, 2018
Quick reminder: fourth quarter MLS fees 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.
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. 
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:
SPAARky says:

Choose flight over fight. It is advantageous for real estate agents to know basic self-defense; however, the primary goal when faced with any threatening situation is to escape from immediate danger and be able to call for help.

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

" I always listen to my gut. If I don't feel comfortable about entering a property when I arrive, I reschedule. Luckily, it doesn't happen often but I never second guess my decision."

"My #1 safety tip is to carry an ASP Baton. It is a small tool that can fit in a purse or briefcase that, when you extend it, becomes a police-grade steel baton you can use for self-defense. It is legal to carry for self-defense situations."
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!
SPAAR REALTOR® member earns GRI Designation
SPAAR REALTOR® Christopher Swanson was recently awarded the highly-acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Christopher of Carriage Realty in Lake Elmo joins other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation.
Additional information about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.
Congratulations, Christopher, on this honor!
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.

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