In this Issue   July 11, 2016

Attend the First Annual REALTOR Day at the MN State Fair

SPAAR REALTOR® David Funck Earns GRI Designation

DIY Network Seeking Twin Cities Realtors®

Pack the Bus! SPAAR's School Supply Drive Kicks off Today

REALTOR® Build Week with Habitat For Humanity, August 15 through 19

Have you Completed the Quadrennial Period Code of Ethics Training?

Books Around the Block Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow

Upcoming Events

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!




REALTOR® Day at the Minnesota State Fair: Question of the Week

Answer this week's REALTOR® Day at the State Fair question, and you could win two tickets to attend the event.

Week 2 question: What year did the Tilt-a-Whirl debut at the Minnesota State Fair? CLICK HERE to submit your answer. Answers must be received by noon, on Wendnesday, July 13 to be eligible.

Show your REALTOR® pride at the first annual REALTOR® Day at the Minnesota State Fair, on Monday, August 29, 2016. Join your state and local associations at the Horton Pavillions at Hefron Park between 8am and 2pm for activities and events exclusively for REALTORS®. Register* online at https://statefairrealtorday.eventbrite.com to let us know you'll be there. All REALTOR® attendees and their guests will receive a free t-shirt to wear at the event. *Registration does not include admission to the fair.



SPAAR REALTOR® David Funck Earns GRI Designation

SPAAR REALTOR® David Funck was recently awarded the highly acclaimed national Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. In completing the required curriculum, Funck of Keller Williams Premier Realty in Stillwater, joins other top REALTORS® in the residential real estate industry from across the nation who hold this designation. Additional information about the Institute and other educational opportunities for professional real estate agents may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® at 800-862-6097.


DIY Network Seeking Twin Cities Realtors®

A new show for the DIY Network is looking for active home buyers and their Realtors® in the Minneapolis area. The show features HGTV superstar Mike Holmes, an expert at home inspection, renovation and construction. Mike will help assess potential future problems with the property and give invaluable advice so the buyer can make an informed choice. The show will not make the final decision on any home purchase - but the hope is that this process will help result in an actual sale for both Realtor® and the buyer.

They are looking for all types of prospective home buyers - singles, couples, families, siblings, partners and more. If your referral is selected for the show, there is pay for both the Realtor® and the buyer! The network is also seeking active listings to showcase on national television.

If you would like more information, please email twincitiesrealestatetvshow@gmail.com.


Pack the Bus: SPAAR's School Supply Drive Kicks off Today

SPAAR’s 2016 School Supplies & Backpack Drive kicks off today and runs through August 12. One big drive, with two great community partners - Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Wilder Foundation. We need your help to meet our big goals: 50 backpacks, loaded with supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and 2,500 notebooks for the 1,000 kids Wilder will serve this year.

How you can help:

  • Shop and drop - select items from our list and deliver them to the nearest SPAAR Office. Look for the bus!
  • Make a donation: purchase items online at Target.com or contribute towards a giftcard on SPAAR’s registry: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=b1VZ5IBYFGI0q3bR5cGsFA
  • Spread the word: please share Pack the Bus on social media
  • Park a Bus - display a Pack the Bus poster or bus box at your office. Contact SPAAR for details (limited supplies available.)

REALTOR® Build Week with Habitat For Humanity, August 15 through 19

Join us for this great opportunity to build a better a better community!  Our project is a single-family home in West Saint Paul.  This is a great way to meet and work with other REALTORS®. To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR.

UPDATE: We need volunteers for Friday, August 19!
Monday, August 15, and Wednesday, August 17 are at capacity.
Limited spaces are available Tuesday, August 16, and Thursday, August 18.


Have You Completed the Quadrennial Period Code of Ethics Training?

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 (Updated 7/05/16) 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.

CLICK HERE to view options for enrolling in an NAR approved Code of Ethics class. To check if you have completed the Code of Ethics training in this quadrennial period, CLICK HERE or call SPAAR at 651-776-6000.


Books Around the Block Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tomorrow

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony as the Books Around the Block Project unveils the Little Free Library in Oakdale! This project is a partnership between SPAAR and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities Young Professionals Committee. This is the first of a series of Little Free Libraries to be completed. Libraries in Apple Valley and Anoka are underway, with more locations to be announced. This project is supported, in part, by a Placemaking Grant from NAR.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 12 at 2007 Goodview Avenue North in Oakdale.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, August 5: Membership Appreciation Day: Tech Dump, 11am to 2pm, at SPAAR's St. Paul location. MORE INFORMATION
  • Friday, August 12: St. Paul Saints Game, 6-10pm at CHS Field. Ticket includes game, food, and post game fireworks. GET YOUR TICKET
  • Monday, August 15: REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament, at Keller Golf Course. Event includes dinner, games, and golf. REGISTER
  • August 15-19: Habitat for Humanity REALTORS® Build Week, South Saint Paul. Twenty volunteers needed for each day. REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER
  • August 29: 1st Annual REALTOR® Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Details coming soon.

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Looking for useful content for upcoming office meetings? SPAAR Squad is here to help! Our staff members are available to attend your meeting and speak about a variety of relevant topics. We also provide onsite training (some with free CE) for groups of 25 or more.



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


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
Carlson, James Carlson Property Services LLC
Carlson, Tiffany OEA Realty
Dippon, Michelle Carlson Realty Group
Emond, Garrett Agent Referral Network
Gunstrom, Alyssa Spring Side Realty
Hager, Selena Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Hanson, Timothy Bridge Realty, LLC
Hodynsky, Andrew Edina Realty, Inc.
Houle, Mitchell Keller Williams Premier Realty
Hughes, Patrick Coldwell Banker Burnet
Iacovino, Philip Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Janzen, Tamara Edina Realty, Inc.
Johnson, Brenen Silver Creek Properties, Inc.
Johnson, Jennifer Edina Realty, Inc.
Jondahl, Jena Re/Max Results
Lord, Wayne Edina Realty, Inc.
Nystrom, Nicholas Silver Creek Properties, Inc.
Sandau, Matthew Greenlaw Realty
Schipper, Latasha DCA Title
Schrupp, Jill Spring Side Realty
Torgerson, Karen Keller Williams Integrity Rlty
Wesley, Alyssa Keller Williams Premier Realty
Windingstad, Amy Jo RE/MAX Synergy
Wise, Thomas Red Fence Realty, LLC