In this Issue   July 18, 2016

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

SPAAR Announces New Flexible Dues Billing Program for 2017

SPAAR Member Henry Edelstein Makes Coldwell Banker 30 Under 30

HR 3700 Passes Senate; Awaits President’s Signature

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for SPAAR & BATC Little Library Project

Office Furniture for Sale

Have you Completed the Quadrennial Period Code of Ethics Training?

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 3 question: In 1906, what did the St. Paul Growers Association use to build a model of the State Capitol? CLICK HERE to submit your answer. Answers must be received by noon, on Wendnesday, July 20 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.



You Asked, We Listened: Announcing New 2017 Dues Billing Program

Based on feedback from our members, SPAAR is happy to announce the offering of a new, flexible dues billing program for the 2017 cycle. The new program will give members the option to pay their dues in three easy installments or as one lump sum. This program is only available to primary Realtor® members, and does not apply to MLS only, affiliate, and secondary members, or unlicensed Realtor® assistants.

2017 Dues Billing Information:

  • 2017 dues billing notices will be emailed out the first week of August vs. the middle of October
  • Under either plan option, the due date is November 30 to avoid a late fee
  • The MLS billing schedule will remain the same: September, December, March, and June
  • When choosing the installment plan, your first installment will be drawn at the time you select your plan and the additional installments will be automatically withdrawn of the 10th of the month in October and November (highlighted in blue on the billing chart below).   

2017 Dues Billing Calendar (Installment Plan)





































*Fee does not include optional items (RPAC, Charitable Foundation, & Toys for Joy Donation)



SPAAR Member Henry Edelstein Makes Coldwell Banker 30 Under 30

SPAAR would like to congratulate member Henry Edelstein on being named one of Coldwell Banker's 2016 30 Under 30. This group represents the next generation of talented real estate professionals in the Coldwell Banker brand.

Henry became interested in real estate by watching his father, who has been a successful agent for 41+ years, and from the time he was tall enough to add a rider to one of his father's "for sale" signs he was hooked. What began as a fun way to spend time with his father is now something deeper which they can share on a professional level. Henry strives to bring a level of professionalism, hard work and dedication to all that he does, and judges his success by building life-long relationships and clients who are happy with the real estate experience.


HR 3700 Passes Senate; Awaits President’s Signature

The US Senate passed HR 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” by unanimous consent. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Obama.

With nearly 140,000 contacts to Senators, Capitol Hill office visits during the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo and meetings across the nation, this is a true team victory for NAR. You can view President Tom Salomone’s statement on NAR’s victory here.

Passage of HR 3700 will ease FHA condo rules, make transfer fee rules consistent with the GSEs and streamline the rural housing loan approval process.

If you have any questions, please contact NAR Government Affairs Communications Director John DiBiase, 202-383-1037 or jdibiase@realtors.org.


SPAAR & BATC Celebrate Little Library with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Books Around the Block presented the Oakdale Little Free Library (at Cardinal Place) to the community on July 12 with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social. The same evening, the Library was recognized by Oakdale's Mayor and City Council as a project that will promote bringing neighbors together. Books Around The Block is a partnership between SPAAR and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities.


Office Furniture for Sale

SPAAR has for sale: (1) 12' x 5' conference room table with ten high back chairs. Table and chairs are in flawless condition and of a very neutral color. Price for the complete set is $1,500; buyer is responsible for moving the furniture. For more information contact Jeff Bengston at 651-295-3458 or jbpropertyllc@gmail.com.


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 7/15/16) 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.


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. MORE INFORMATION

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
Anderson, Erin Sterling Realty and Management
Anderson, Sonja Edina Realty, Inc.
Beard, Renee RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Brusewitz, Aidan Edina Realty, Inc.
Chang, Xiong Pao Great Venture Realty, LLC
Dwyer, Amanda Edina Realty, Inc.
Erickson, Jolene Edina Realty, Inc.
Garofalo, Joseph Keller Williams Integrity RE
Goldschmidt, Jacob Keller Williams Classic Realty
Gonyea, Barbara C.U.Realty
Hager, Selena Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Hall, Robert Realty Needs Inc.
Her, Dou Creative Results
Hudson, Linnea Keller Williams Premier Realty
Iacovino, Philip Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Janzen, Tamara Edina Realty, Inc.
Kousoulos, Tammi C.U.Realty
Leetz, Shawn Coldwell Banker Burnet
Letourneau, Michael Heartland Inspections, Inc.
Lord, Wayne Edina Realty, Inc.
Moore, Michael RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Schaeffer, Michael Spring Side Realty
Schwartz, Catherine C.U.Realty
Smith, Laura Edina Realty, Inc.
Speer, Tyler Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Swisher, Steve Land And Home Financial Service
Tadevich, Stephan City Wide Realty
Taurinskas, Jillene American Home Realty Co
Torgerson, Karen Keller Williams Integrity Rlty
Vang, Ker Creative Results
Vue, Tou Creative Results
Willmus, Robert Edina Realty, Inc.
Yang, Sean Bee Realty, LLC