In this Issue   April 4, 2016

April 2016 RealTrends Now Available

Bring Your Son or Daughter to SPAAR on April 28

Reminder: Pay MLS Dues to Avoid Suspension of Service

Fair Housing Poster Contest Deadline Extended

REALTORS Charitable Foundation Scholarships

Quadrennial Code of Ethics Training Requirement

Seeking Five Good Neighbors to Receive $10,000 Grants

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

SPAAR Squad: Association Staff Speakers for Office Meetings

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!




April 2016 RealTrends Now Available

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

  • Largest Firms Grew Faster Than the Market
  • How to Grow Your Company
  • Using Stats to Find Productive Agents
  • Stop Selling: Start Solving
  • The Rise of the Team
  • Bob Hale, CEO, Houston Association of REALTORS®
  • February Housing Up Strongly
  • Chris Meyers, Managing Principal, Houlihan Lawrence, Rye Brook, NY
  • Signs of Increased Online Lender Regulatory Scrutiny?
  • The People Side of Deals
  • The Future of Smart Home Technology



Bring Your Son or Daughter to SPAAR on April 28

Thursday, April 28 is national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day. To celebrate, SPAAR is hosting a BBQ at their 325 Roselawn Ave. location for members from 11:30am to 2:00pm. We’ll be serving free burgers and brats, and fun activities for kids.

Show your children what you do for a living! Raise funds for RPAC to protect homeownership. The event is FREE with a suggested $15 RPAC Contribution.


Reminder: Pay MLS Dues to Avoid Suspension of Service

MLS Service will be deactivated on April 6 for those who have not yet paid their third quarter MLS dues, which were due on March 31, 2016. Visit your Pulse Portal account to ensure that your account is current.


Fair Housing Poster Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting posters for the contest has been extended to Friday, April 15! The theme is “Together We Make a Neighborhood.” The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Winning entries and schools will be recognized. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning individual students and to their class or school. 

Please share this information with teachers or principals who may want to get their students involved. If you have questions about the contest, please call SPAAR at 651-776-6000 or spaar@spaar.com.


Announcing REALTORS Charitable Foundation Scholarships

Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS Charitable Foundation will award $1000 scholarships to students beginning a two- or four-year degree program at a college, university or trade school in the fall of 2016. Up to six scholarships will be awarded. Eligible students must be a child or grandchild of a SPAAR member in good standing. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of applicant’s academic achievement, school activities and community service. Completed applications are due April 29.



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.


Seeking Five Good Neighbors to Receive $10,000 Grants

REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for the 17th Annual Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes REALTORS® who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to community service.

Five winners will be announced in October in REALTOR® Magazine and at the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. The winners will receive a $10,000 grant for their community cause, national publicity, travel expenses to the convention, and a crystal trophy.

Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by May 13, 2016. For more details and an entry form, go to http://www.REALTOR.org/gna, call 800-874-6500, or see the ad in REALTOR® Magazine.


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
Berger, Samantha Coldwell Banker Burnet
Cern, Brian Coldwell Banker Burnet
Cody, Claudia Edina Realty, Inc.
Helle, Jon Keller Williams Premier Realty
Holland, Michelle Keller Williams Classic Realty
Jacks, Jill Greater Midwest Realty
Long, Candice RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Martin, Kimball AmeriSpec Home Inspection Serv
Mellgren, Laura Coldwell Banker Burnet
Nelson, Scott Timber Ghost Realty, LLC
Ticknor, John Mingo Realty, Inc.
Tobias, James Structure Tech
Totino, Mark Keller Williams Premier Realty
Ulrich, Joseph RE/MAX Results
Wieremann, Sarah Keller Williams Integrity Rlty
Yang, Jonathan Creative Results