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In this Issue   September 12, 2016

SPAAR Modified Office Hours

Updated Supra® eKEY® App for iOS 10

Cottage Grove REALTORS® Forum is October 6

Cultural Insights Roundtable: Participants Needed

Better Communities Award: Now Accepting Nominations

Mark your calendar: Give To The Max Day is November 17, 2016

Have You Completed the Quadrennial Period Code of Ethics Training?

Upcoming Education & Events

REALTORS® Charitable Foundation announces grant opportunities

Bring in the SPAAR Squad for your Next Office Meeting

Twin Cities Housing Market Statistics

Welcome, New Members!

Connect with us!
 
 
 
 

 

 


 

SPAAR Modified Office Hours

SPAAR's Eagan and Coon Rapids offices will be opening at 11:30am on Tuesday, September 13, for staff training. SPAAR's Maplewood/St. Paul location will maintain regular office hours.

On Tuesday, September 20, SPAAR's remote office locations will be closed, and the Maplewood/St. Paul office will close at noon for staff training.

 
 

Updated Supra® eKEY® App for iOS 10

Apple® is releasing a new operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 10, on September 13, 2016. Supra has updated the eKEY app to work with iOS 10 and is working with Apple to get it placed in the Apple app store soon. Important! Please do not update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 until you have updated your eKEY app to the new version.

The iPhone 7 and 7S are scheduled to release on September 16th. Supra has ordered the new iPhones and will begin testing them with the eKEY app as soon as they arrive. Please hold off on switching your eKEY device to an iPhone 7 or 7S until Supra completes testing and notifies you of the results.

 
 

Cottage Grove REALTORS® Forum is October 6

Attend the Cottage Grove REALTORS® Forum on October 6th to get live updates about your community/ market center, and hear directly from the city officials and staff regarding updates and ‘Need to Know’ Information. This event is part of SPAAR's Community CE Program Series, and has been approved for 3.0 Hours of CE. There is no cost to attend.

The event will take place Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. Seating is limited.

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

 
 

Cultural Insights Roundtable: Participants Needed

Do you have experience working with diverse homebuyers? Curious about cultural traditions related to housing and home-buying? SPAAR is looking for volunteers to join a panel discussion on Cultural Insights. This discussion will be held at SPAAR's Eagan office (date and time TBD), and will include lunch. Seating is limited.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Joe McKinley at jmckinley@spaar.com or 651-772-6344. This discussion is sponsored by SPAAR’s Diversity Committee.

 
 

Better Communities Award: Now Accepting Nominations

Do you know an outstanding volunteer? SPAAR is accepting nominations for the 2016 Better Communities Award. The winner will be recognized at SPAAR’s Winter Social in January, 2017. This annual award includes a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit, community organization of the winner’s choice. Completed Application forms can be submitted to SPAAR. If you have any questions, please contact Joe McKinley at 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.

 
  Mark your calendar: Give To The Max Day is November 17, 2016

Give To The Max Day is a great way to support Minnesota’s nonprofits and schools. This year, please consider supporting Toys For Joy and the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Please watch E-news for information on where, when and how you can log-in and contribute to Better Communities.
 
 

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 9/06/16) 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 Education & Events

  • SPAAR Safety Class: Reducing the risk of criminal victimization to property owners and real estate agents. Friday, Sept. 16, at SPAAR, 325 Roselawn Ave. E., Maplewood. FREE, 2.0 hours CE. Two sessions (click to register): 9am-11am or 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • SPAAR Member Appreciation Day, Flu Shot Clinic: Friday, Sept. 16, at SPAAR, 325 Roselawn Ave. E., Maplewood. REGISTER
  • Minnesota Sellabration: Monday, Sept. 19, 8:30am-4pm, Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. DETAILS & REGISTRATION
  • ISD 196 Informational Session for REALTORS®: Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 9am-10am, at Rosemount High School. EMAIL RSVP
 
  REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Announces Grant Opportunities

SPAAR and the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants from nonprofit, community organizations with missions related to housing or homelessness. Organizations are asked to submit a letter of inquiry, including a summary of mission, proposed purpose of grant, opportunities for partnership with SPAAR members and proof of nonprofit status. The deadline for applications is October 15. For more information on the application process, please contact Joe McKinley, Director of Community Engagement, at 651-772-6344 or jmckinley@spaar.com.

Do you work with or know about an organization that may be interested in applying for a grant from the REALTORS® Charitable Foundation? Please share this information, or contact SPAAR.
 
 

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.

SPAAR SQUAD TOPIC LIST | SPAAR SQUAD REQUEST FORM

 
 

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
Cherry, Aimee JPS Pro Realty
Dahn, Elton PCH Realty LLC
Dickson, Rebecca RE/MAX Advisors
Farrar, Isaiah RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Griffin, John Keller Williams Premier Realty
Halbur, Sheri Vibrant Realty
Johnson, Steven RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Lavanier, Jamie Peoples Realty, Inc.
Lawrence, Abbey RES Realty
Lee, Mai Creative Results
Marek, Renee Coldwell Banker Burnet
Moore, Veronica Keller Williams Integrity RE
Peterson, Robert Minnesota Home Venture, Inc.
Robinson, Connie Offsite Realty Inc
Schonberg, Jody Edina Realty, Inc.
Sleweon, Jonah Keller Williams Integrity RE
Tappe, Kirsten RE/MAX Advantage Plus
Thao, MaiKor Creative Results
Vang, Rosamund Creative Results
Wauters, Kyle Silver Creek Properties, Inc.
Xiong, Mathew Creative Results
Zurek-Mikrut, Jody Coldwell Banker Burnet