In this Issue   February 8, 2016

SPAAR Closed on Presidents Day

Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

Member Communication Survey Results

Blue Star Mothers “We Care” items needed for US Military stationed overseas

February 2016 RealTrends Now Available

"Get A Clue" Mini-Conference Set for March 10

MAR to Offer "Learn More Earn More" Series

New online REALTOR Code of Ethics Course - with CE credit

SPAAR Squad: Association Staff Speakers for Office Meetings

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!



  SPAAR Offices Closed February 15

SPAAR offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day.

  Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

SPAAR's Eagan and Coon Rapids offices will be opening at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 9, due to staff training.

SPAAR's remote locations will be opening at 11:30am on the following days:

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SPAAR's Maplewood/St. Paul location will maintain regular office hours on these dates.

  You've Spoken, We've Listened: Member Communication Survey

In October 2015 SPAAR launched a member communications survey, and follow-up focus groups to evaluate SPAAR services and communications, in effort to better meet our members' needs. We received a wide variety of comments, in which we have been and will be acting on in 2016. Watch upcoming issues of our e-news, or our "Member News" blog, for answers to member questions received in the survey. For more information about the survey and a summary of results click here.


Blue Star Mothers “We Care” items needed for US Military stationed overseas

The SPAAR Community Engagement Committee is collecting goods, gift cards, phone cards and monetary donations (checks made out to Blue Star Mothers) for their Easter "We Care" packages for our military stationed overseas. Donations can be dropped off at all three SPAAR locations now through February 26.



February 2016 RealTrends Now Available

Your February 2016 issue of RealTrends is now available for viewing online. In this month's issue:

  • Humans are Underrated
  • The Big Short
  • Part 2: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch
  • Lorne Wallace, CEO, Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, Irvine, Calif.
  • December 2015 Sales Up
  • Douglas Van Nortwick, owner, ERA Sellers & Buyers Real Estate, El Paso, Texas
  • Southern California Broker Drives Agent Recruitment with Technology
  • Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Case Study: When Partners Want to Split
  • Part 2: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch
  • REAL Trends Names Management Committee
  • REAL Trends 500 and Up-and-Comers Launched
  • GOE Keynote Speakers



"Get A Clue" Mini-Conference Set for March 10

MAAR and SPAAR Young Professionals Network are partnering for an exciting mini conference, which will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Minneapolis Club. We’ll have national speakers, food, vendors and fun! Join us for this “Clue” themed event for a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Speaker schedule TBA.



Minnesota Association of REALTORS® to Offer Learn More Earn More series

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is offering a Learn More Earn More series of classes on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 9 AM to noon, at the Maple Grove Community Center. The program consists of one keynote session and two breakout sessions, with the following course offerings:

  • Keynote Session - Emerging Markets (1 hr*)
  • Breakout #1 - Green Designation (1 hr*) or New Construction (1 hr*)
  • Breakout # 2- Senior Living (1 hr*) or Multi-Unit Housing/ Rental Property Management (1 hr*)

*These courses have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for 1 hour of real estate continuing education


  New online REALTOR Code of Ethics Course - with CE credit

The National Association of REALTORS® is pleased to offer a new online Code of Ethics course, now with CE credit in select states, at a cost of $29.95. REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training within designated training cycles. The deadline for the current training cycle is December 31, 2016, and the new “CE” course is one great way to meet this requirement and earn CE credit at the same time. The existing free online course will continue to be available at REALTOR.org until later in 2016, at which time a new and enhanced free non-CE course option will also become available. More information at realtor.org/code-of-ethics/training and onlinelearning.REALTOR.

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


SPAAR Squad: Association Speakers for Office Meetings

SPAAR staff would love to join you for your next office meeting! We will give a presentation on Association happenings, policy issues, communications, market information and more. You can tailor the presentation to meet your office's needs: choose the length of the presentation and the topics you'd like discussed. We want your agents to have all the information when it comes to the Association. Request speakers today!

Click below to book the SPAAR Squad for your next office meeting!



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
Altergott, Brett Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Bloom, Gregory Keller Williams Integrity NW
Bond, Scott Coldwell Banker Burnet
Borgeson, Kristi Edina Realty, Inc.
Cheath, Janenery Realty Group, Inc.
Conroy, Nathan Keller Williams Integrity RE
Cycenas, Joel Edina Realty, Inc.
deJesus, Ricardo Keller Williams Classic Realty
Dreblow, Paul Keller Williams Classic Realty
Janson, Eric Red Poppy Properties
Johnson, Irish Keller Williams Integrity Rlty
Karlen, Dean Greater Midwest Realty
Knutson, Evan Weichert, REALTORS- Heartland
Knutson, Ryan Edina Realty, Inc.
Moody, Justin RE/MAX Results
Mueller, Rachal RE/MAX Results
O'Connell, William Keller Williams Classic Realty
Oddo, Anthony Realty Group, Inc.
Oribamise, Elizabeth Global Realty Specialist
Pawlitschek, Drew Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Peterson, Jonathan RE/MAX Results
Pettersen, Ivy Keller Williams Premier Realty
Roemhildt, Catherine Coldwell Banker Burnet
Sage, Cody Integrity Realty
Schermann, Kylie Youngfield Homes, Inc
Schwartz, Alicia Edina Realty, Inc.
Steadman, Samuel Integrity Realty
Stephens, Tammy White Oaks Real Estate, LLC
Yaines, Dexter Mingo Realty, Inc.
Ylonen, Nicholas Keller Williams Integrity Rlty