In this Issue   February 22, 2016

Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

Legislative Impact Day is March 16

Did You Know?: SPAAR Committees

SPAAR & BATC Seeking Little Library Designs

Community Engagement Committee Collecting Items for Deployed Military

Upcoming Education & Events

SPAAR Squad: Association Staff Speakers for Office Meetings

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!



  Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

SPAAR's Eagan and Coon Rapids offices will be opening at 11:30am on the following days, due to staff training.

  • 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.


Legislative Impact Day is March 16

Join Minnesota REALTORS® for Legislative Impact Day from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, March 16, at the Minnesota History Center. The event schedule is as follows:

  • 10am-Noon: Meetings with your legislators
  • 1pm-4pm: Legislative program at the MN History Center - 345 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul:
    • Todd Rapp, President, Himle Rapp & Company: The Political Atmosphere in Minnesota
    • Dr. Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota's State Economist: This program will provide historical content and an outlook of key economic indicators for licensees to share with their consumers and help them prepare for the upcoming economic changes that impact real estate. (1.0 hour of CE pending)
    • Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing: Minnesota Housing Programs and Initiatives
  • 4pm-5:30pm: Reception with legislators at the MN History Center - appetizers and cash bar available

The cost to attend the event is $25/person + service charge. Parking is available at the MN History Center at the rate of $6 per car.



Did You Know?: SPAAR Committees

Did you know that SPAAR has eight member-driven committees? Volunteer members of these committees play a vital role in guiding the association's directives. SPAAR is always welcoming new committee members. Committees cover a variety of topics and include: affiliate, communications, community engagement, diversity, government affairs, MetroYPN (young professionals network), professionalism, and RPAC. Consider joining a SPAAR committee today: joining a committee is a great way to get involved and meet new people. For more information or to apply for a committee contact spaar@spaar.com.



SPAAR & BATC Seeking Little Library Designs; Book Drive to Follow

SPAAR's Community Engagement Committee has partnered with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) to bring Little Libraries to several communities including Apple Valley, Oakdale, and Anoka. Libraries will be designed by SPAAR and BATC members. Pictured, at right, are two designs that have been submitted and selected. Submissions are currently being accepted for the third location. Got an idea? Submit to amacleod@spaar.com by March 11, 2016. Libraries will be built and installed later this spring. A book drive to stock the libraries will be starting in March. Stay tuned for more details.


SPAAR Community Engagement Committee Collecting Items for Blue Star Mothers and 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.



Upcoming Education & Events you Don't Want to Miss

  • Wednesday, February 24: SPAAR Lunch & Learn: Failed to Save for Retirement – Now What?, 11:30am to 1pm. REGISTER
  • Thursday, February 25: Required Module 2015/2016, 9am to 12:45pm, at the Eagan Community Center. REGISTER
  • Monday, February 29: Toys for Joy WhirlyBall, beginning at 11:30am, Maple Grove. REGISTER
  • Thursday, February 25: MetroYPN Kickoff, 5 to 7pm, at Louis Ristorante in St. Paul. REGISTER
  • Thursday, March 3: Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception, 4:30 to 6pm, at Southview Country Club, West St. Paul. REGISTER
  • Thursday, March 10: "Get a Clue" Mini Conference, 1am to 5pm, at the Minneapolis Club. The event is co-sponsored by SPAAR and MAAR Young Professionals Networks. REGISTER

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
Bertucci, Scott Heartland Inspections, Inc.
Borchardt, Michael Kuchinka Agency Real Estate
Cook, Lori RE/MAX Results
Cook, Paul Keller Williams Classic Realty
Cromley, Ryan Mingo Realty, Inc.
DeWall, Joshua RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Giles-Brauch, Hillorie Coldwell Banker Burnet
Hicks, Kaylea Keller Williams Classic Realty
Isle, Marie Keller Williams Classic Realty
Krouth, Shawn RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Lee, Yer Integrity Realty
Parker, James Marathon Realty
Queen, Lauren Keller Williams Premier Realty
Refshaw, Meredee Coldwell Banker Burnet
Rick, Gary Real Estate Masters, Ltd.
Ronning, Derek Keller Williams Premier Realty
Svare, Nicholas Mingo Realty Inc
Sweet, Gregory RE/MAX Results
Vang, Fong 1st In Service Realty, Inc.
Vang, Pa Sunset Realty
Whisenant, Ryan VanquishAP
Yang, Lia Creative Results