In this Issue   March 14, 2016

Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

Second Quarter MLS Invoices Due March 31

Clearance Sign Riders-4/$1.00

SPAAR Charitable Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholarship Program

SPAAR Monthly Press Release

Community Engagement Committee Reaches 100% RPAC Participation

Seeking Schools to Participate in Fair Housing Poster Contest

4th Annual Black Women’s Expo and Job Fair

Last Chance to Claim your Free dotRealtor Domain

Take the REAL Trends Survey on Mortgage Services

Upcoming Education & Events

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

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 11:30 am on the following days, due to staff training.

  • 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.


Second Quarter MLS Invoices Due March 31

Second Quarter MLS billing was sent by email on March 2 from billing@spaar.com. If you do not see the notice in your Inbox, please check your SPAM and Junk folders so you do not miss out on this important information. As a reminder, payment must be received on or before March 31 to avoid suspension of MLS access. If not paid on or before March 31, you will incur a $25 reinstatement fee. To access your portal account, please click here. If you have questions regarding your second quarter MLS fees, please do not hesitate to contact the association at 651-776-6000.

  Clearance Sign Riders Now 4/$1.00 - Stock up for the summer!!

SPAAR's St. Paul location has clearance sign riders available now for 4 for $1.00. Included are: Condominium, FHA Financing, Financing Available, Finished Basement, Foreclosure, Model Home, Open Sat/Sun, Sale/Lease, Short Sale, Townhouse.

SPAAR Charitable Foundation Accepting Scholarship Program Applications

Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is awarding $1000 scholarships for children or grandchildren of SPAAR members in good standing. Eligible students must plan on attending a two- or four-year college, university or trade school beginning in the fall of 2016.

Applications are due April 29, 2016. Questions? please contact Joe McKinley at jmckinley@spaar.com or 651-772-6344.



Record Low Inventory Shapes Spring Selling Season

St. Paul, Minnesota – March 14, 2016 The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® reported today that Twin Cities home sellers are in motion and adding to a record low inventory of homes at the start of a warmer-than-normal early spring. February saw inventory levels fall 19.4 percent over February 2015 to 10,953 units. With just 2.3 months supply of inventory, sellers are well positioned to attract buyers as the spring selling season begins.


  Community Engagement Committee Reaches 100% RPAC Participation

All members of the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS® Community Engagement Committee have invested at least $15 RPAC. This accomplishment makes them the first SPAAR committee of 2016 to reach 100% of their members as RPAC investors. Watch for updates as other committees complete their 100% Investment goals.

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee supports candidates for public office, regardless of party, who support homeownership and private property rights. Funds are not expended on candidates for the office of President.

For more information contact, Eric J. Myers, Government Affairs Director at emyers@spaar.com or 763-489-3306.

Seeking Participants for Fair Housing Poster Contest

SPAAR’s Fair Housing Poster Contest is rapidly approaching. Do you know schools or teachers that may be interested in getting their students involved?

The goal of the Poster Contest is to create awareness of the importance of providing equal housing opportunities to all people. The contest takes place during April – Fair Housing Month—and is open to all students in kindergarten through 5th Grade. Prizes will be awarded to individual and class winners. Entries will be due April 1st. We would like to get information about this opportunity to schools and teachers as soon as possible.

Please contact Joe McKinley at 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com with questions or suggestions.

  4th Annual Black Women’s Expo and Job Fair

SPAAR's Diversity Committee will be participating in the 4th Annual Black Women’s Expo and Job Fair. We need additional volunteers to staff SPAAR’s table. Please join us at this community event featuring more than 100 vendors and exhibitors.

The event will be held Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 6pm, at the Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, 270 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Joe McKinley at 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.

Last Chance to Claim your Free dotRealtor Domain

2016 is your last chance to get a .REALTOR web address FREE for one year, when you register before December 31, 2016. Strengthen your digital brand with a website URL that tells clients who you are, the locations you serve and what you specialize in, while promoting your status as a REALTOR®. A .com website can’t do that.



Take the REAL Trends Survey on Mortgage Services

REAL Trends recently partnered with a leading banking institution to research agent perceptions of mortgage services and the real estate industry in general. To do this, they are conducting a 10-minute survey for real estate agents across the country to take. Each agent who completes the survey will be entered to a win a $100 Amazon gift card.



Upcoming Education & Events you Don't Want to Miss

  • Wednesday, March 16: Legislative Impact Day, 10am - 4pm, at the Minnesota History Center. REGISTER
  • Tuesday, March 15: Image 1 Studios Photo Shoot, at SPAAR. MORE INFO
  • Wednesday, March 23: Lunch & Learn - Understanding Investment Risks, 11:30am - 1pm, at SPAAR. REGISTER
  • Wednesday, March 30: Introduction to REALTORS Property Resource (RPR), 10am - to 11am, at SPAAR. 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
Atkinson, Joshua iMetro Property
Fredrickson, Johnathan Premier Property Inspection
Hansen, Roger Hansen & Young, Inc.
Heaser, Lavern Authentic Home Inspections, LLC
Hengen, John Coldwell Banker Burnet
Hiestand, Erika Edina Realty, Inc.
Horan, Kevin Keller Williams Premier Realty
Johnson, Rebecca Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lovejoy Realty
Koebele, Cindy Title Smart, Inc.
Lanz, Richard Mingo Realty, Inc.
Lindrud, Jodi Edina Realty, Inc.
Marshall, Justin Keller Williams Integrity RE
McCullough, Christina RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Myers, Shannon Counselor Realty, Inc
Ostlund, Eric Anchor Real Estate Trust, LLC
Peterschick, Mariann Keller Williams Premier Realty
Rasdal, April Marathon Realty
Schepers, Timothy Counselor Realty, Inc
Taylor, Joshua Keller Williams Classic Realty
Thao, Mee Talbot Realty
Trofimovich, Demyan Keller Williams Premier Realty
Wandersee, Sarah Edina Realty, Inc.