In this Issue   July 25, 2016

Modified Office Hours at Remote Locations August 2

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

SPAAR Monthly Stats Release

In Memoriam: Hugh Trimble

Pack the Bus: Give School Supplies to Students in Need

Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament is August 15

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!




Modified Office Hours for SPAAR Remote Locations

SPAAR's Eagan and Coon Rapids offices will be opening at 11:30am on Tuesday, August 2, for staff training. SPAAR's Maplewood/St. Paul location will maintain regular office hours.


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 4 question: During a typical year, how many gallons of milk are served at the All You Can Drink Milk booth? CLICK HERE to submit your answer. Answers must be received by noon, on Wendnesday, July 27 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.



June Stats Release: Twin Cities real estate market continues to experience strong sales and low inventory

Released July 19, 2016 - Halfway through 2016, residential real estate markets are performing as predicted at the beginning of the year. Sales and prices are up in most areas, while the number of homes for sale and total months' supply of inventory are down. Many sellers are getting a higher percentage of their asking price, and supply continues to struggle to meet demand.



In Memoriam: Hugh Trimble

SPAAR is saddened by the news that Hugh Trimble, of the NorthstarMLS, passed away on Saturday, July 23. The following message was posted on NorthstarMLS's site:

We are so sad to report the passing of our colleague and friend, Hugh Trimble. For over 15 years, Hugh administered the NorthstarMLS rules and regulations with expert knowledge and guidance, kindness and humor. He was motivated by a deep and sincere desire to help agents "color inside the lines" so that our real estate market worked better for everyone. We have always known Hugh was popular among our customers but were overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and support from so many of you on Hugh’s Caring Bridge site and social media. Most of you know how full of life, humor, energy, love, compassion and positivity that he was. He was one-of-a-kind, and we will miss him greatly. Hugh was an extremely loving and devoted family man and is survived by his husband, children, grandchildren, mother, siblings, and so many other family, friends and colleagues.

You may visit Hugh’s Caring Bridge site here, which contains complete, updated information from his family. Once you have registered on the site, you will find him listed as Hubert Skanes-Cady. If you wish to lend financial support, the family has set up a special gofundme.com site where you may contribute (also listed there as Hubert Skanes-Cady).

The family plans to have a memorial/celebration of life service for Hugh in the next few weeks. Information regarding time and location will be posted on the Caring Bridge site and here when available. If you have pictures or stories of Hugh you would like to share for the service, you may send them to his family at hubiecady@gmail.com.

In the words of Hugh’s cousin Shanté Willis, “To anyone who ever got to spend ANY amount of time in the presence of Hugh’s beautiful light, you are blessed. We are blessed.”


Pack the Bus: Give School Supplies to Students in Need

Participate in SPAAR’s 2016 School Supplies & Backpack Drive, which 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.)

Shout-out to Keller Williams in Woodbury and Edina Realty in Coon Rapids for parking a bus in their offices - a school bus collection box, that is! Need a poster or bus box for your office? Contact Joe McKinley at SPAAR.


REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament is August 15

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament is August 15 at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood! Come for golf, stay for dinner---or just join us for dinner! This annual tradition supports SPAAR’s Scholarship Program and grants to local nonprofits—and it is A LOT of fun! In addition to golf, the event will feature games, prizes and surprises. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact SPAAR for 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
Benson, Daniel Vibrant Realty
Bigit, Karina Coldwell Banker Burnet
Filmalter, Charles RE/MAX Results
Garofalo, Joseph Keller Williams Integrity RE
Gillispie, Erin Keller Williams Classic Realty
Graves, Amber Coldwell Banker Burnet
Hegg, Kim Mingo Realty, Inc.
Holst, Mark Holst Home Inspections
Jenner, Rachel Edina Realty, Inc.
Jubert, Brian Jubert Home Inspection
Markuson, Joel JPM Inspections LLC
Marquette, Conner Keller Williams Classic Realty
Moua, Lee Realty Group, Inc.
Peel, Amanda Coldwell Banker Burnet
Sivigny, Donald All American Home Inspections
Somnis, Colleen Realty Group, Inc.
Yang, Mai See Integrity Realty
Younger, Sandra Edina Realty, Inc.