In this Issue   March 28, 2016

Update: Proposed Smoke-Free Rule From HUD

FREE Metro Transit Cards for Listings 4 Blocks from Green Line

Quadrennial Code of Ethics Training Requirement

Second Quarter MLS Invoices Due March 31

SPAAR Charitable Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholarship Program

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

SPAAR Squad: Association Staff Speakers for Office Meetings

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!




Update: Proposed Smoke-Free Rule From HUD

On November 17, 2015 the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a proposed rule to mandate smoke-free policies in public housing.

The public comment period for the rule closed on January 19, 2016. HUD will review public comments before the rule is sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review. If and when HUD publishes a final rule, public housing agencies will likely be required to adopt a smoke-free policy within 18 months of the effective date of the final rule. You can learn more about the proposed rule from the Public Health Law Center.


FREE Metro Cards for Listings within 4 Blocks from Green Line

Give your clients the gift of free transportation, thanks to a new partnership between SPAAR and Metro Transit. SPAAR has reloadable $10 Metro Transit gift cards for agents to use as closing gifts for clients who live within 4 blocks of the Metro Green Line. Eligibility Requirements: Available any time from pending to 60 days after close; must provide an MLS number and the homeowner's name to claim. Subject to availability; quantities are limited.

To obtain your free gift cards, contact Eric Myers at emyers@spaar.com or 763-489-3306.


Watch for your Minnesota RPAC Survey Link

RPAC is currently in the middle of their 2016 Annual Feedback Survey and we need your help. Tomorrow morning, agents across the state, who have not already filled out our 2016 survey, will receive an email reminder encourgaing them to fill the survey out as soon as possible, as well as the link to their personalized survey.

The entire process should take less than 2 minutes.

During your sales meetings this week, please encourage everyone to look in their inboxes and complete the survey ASAP. Their responses are valuable feedback for Minnesota RPAC and allows RPAC to fight harder and more efficiently for REALTORS® in the future.


Quadrennial Period Code of Ethics Training Requirement Ends Dec. 31, 2016

The mandated four-year cycle to meet the Code of Ethics Training for The National Association of REALTORS® membership requirement ends December 31, 2016. If you do not have the NAR Code of Ethics completed by December 31, 2016 your membership will be suspended per the NAR bylaws. If your name is not on the list then you need to complete the NAR Code of Ethics. If you have taken an approved NAR Code of Ethics training class please be sure to submit proof of completion to SPAAR at spaar@spaar.com.

You can take the NAR approved Code of Ethics in one of the following ways:

At SPAAR-325 Roselawn Ave E, St Paul, MN 55117
Approved for 2.5 CE credits (Cost is $10.00 per class)
Click here for class schedule and registration links

Online Course-

To check if you have completed the Code of Ethics training in this quadrennial period, click here or call SPAAR at 651-776-6000.


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.


SPAAR Charitable Foundation Accepting Scholarship Program Applications

Do you have a child or grandchild who is attending college in Fall 2016? 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.



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
Bakken, Kevin True Life Real Estate Solution
Day, Steven Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Egging, Vincent Egging Inspections
Garcia, Jody Keller Williams Premier Realty
Gorden, Michael Coldwell Banker Burnet
Heltemes, Randy Title One, Inc
Hesley, Steven Twin Cities Home Inspectors
Jones, Shelby Coldwell Banker Burnet
Khemakhem, Michelle RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Lawrence, Matthew Midwest Realty Network
Lesieur, Paul Silvertree Inspections
Mayne, Jacob Pioneer Real Estate, LLC
McCarty, Heidi Coldwell Banker Burnet
Milbrath-Gustafson, Kayla Edina Realty, Inc.
Piccott, Amy Counselor Realty, Inc
Pokwal, Tilak Herizon Realty
Powell, Sarah Piche & Associates Real Estate
Prall, Michael Edina Realty, Inc.
Spearman, Aubiedee Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Springer, Jeremy RC Fields
Stoner, Gregory Edina Realty, Inc.
Wehlage, Jason Bridge Realty, LLC
Xiong, Tang Bee Realty, LLC
Xiong, Veng Creative Results
Zerwas, Nicholas Acuity Group