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In this Issue   September 19, 2016

SPAAR Modified Office Hours

Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Industry

2017 Membership Renewals: Review Your Account by Sept. 25

SPAAR Monthly Stats Release

Get Familiar with the New Version of Instanet Forms

Cultural Insights Roundtable: Participants Needed

Better Communities Award: Now Accepting Nominations

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 Closing Early Tomorrow, Sept. 20

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.

 
 

Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Industry

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 - In a major victory for real estate, Data Distribution Technologies, LLC—a so-called patent troll that has been demanding patent licensing fees from real estate companies—has agreed to a settlement with the National Association of REALTORS® that will prevent it from suing, or threatening to sue, real estate practitioners, brokerages, MLSs and other companies in the real estate industry that offer email alerts to consumers about new or updated listings.

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2017 Membership Renewals: Review Your Account by Sept. 25

SPAAR 2017 Membership Renewal Notices were sent via email on August 3rd from billing@spaar.com. As a reminder, if payment is not received on or before November 30th, a $50 late payment fee will be added to the amount due. To view important 2017 dues billing information, please click here. If you have questions regarding your membership renewal, please do not hesitate to contact the Association at 651-776-6000.

Please note: Please review your invoice and log into your portal account no later than September 25, 2016 to take advantage of the flexible dues billing payment option. (This program is only available to primary REALTOR® members, and does not apply to MLS only, affiliates, secondary members, unlicensed REALTOR® assistants or new REALTOR® members).

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL ONLINE | DIRECTIONS FOR PAYING ONLINE

DIRECTIONS FOR CHOOSING THE PAYMENT PLAN OPTION (For Primary REALTOR® Members ONLY)

 
 

Strong End to Summer for Twin Cities Home Sales

St. Paul, Minnesota – September 14, 2016 - The Twin Cities real estate market experienced a positive ending to summer with strong sales, and prices continuing to gain traction. Compared to August 2015, Closed Sales were up 2.1 percent to 7,072, and the Median Sales Price increased 5.7 percent to $237,750. Pending Sales were also up 7.9 percent to 5,728.

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Get Familiar with the New Version of Instanet Forms

You may have noticed that since September 14, the new version of Instanet Forms (Transaction Desk) automatically loads whenever you open Instanet through NorthstarMLS. To get familiar with the new version, check out this document that includes a list of the features, how to move to the new system, and training videos. This document is also linked under the Instanet Forms link in the “External Links” box on the Matrix home page, and from the Home Tab drop-down menu.

If you have questions, contact the NorthstarMLS Help Desk at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-5456 (toll free 1-877-251-5455), M-F, 8:00 to 5:00.

VIEW THE INSTANET GUIDE

 
 

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 on November 2, from 11:30am to 1pm. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required to participate.

For more information 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.

 
 

Upcoming Education & Events

  • ISD 196 Informational Session for REALTORS®: Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 9am-10am, at Rosemount High School. EMAIL RSVP
  • SPAAR Policy & Pint Series - St. Paul: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5pm-7pm, at W.A. Frost. REGISTER
  • Listings & Liability Off-MLS Listings and Copyright Infringement: Thursday, Sept. 29, 8:30am-11:30am, Majestic Oaks Golf Course. REGISTER
  • Understanding the New Healthcare Landscape: Thursday, Sept 29, 9am-11am, at SPAAR Maplewood. REGISTER.
 
  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
Busse, Nathan All American Home Inspections
Carter, Elizabeth Keller Williams Preferred Rlty
Cermin, Jon Glide-cam Property Tours
Dvorak, Wolfgang Edina Realty
Frantz, Jenna Coldwell Banker Burnet
Garbow, Greg Garbow Imagery
Hilmanowski, Richard Edina Realty, Inc.
Julian, Krystal Keller Williams Premier Realty
Lymer, Dustin Princeton Realty
Malsom, Rachel Housing Hub LLC
McCann, Patrick Keystone Real Estate Group
McNattin, Jennifer BCL Appraisals
Oien, Andrea Trikin Properties INC
Ostergard, Tracy All American Home Inspections
Robinson, Katherine Vibrant Realty
Roe, Lindsay RES Realty
Sabin Jr., Timothy Keller Williams Integrity RE
Simmonds, Victoria Edina Realty, Inc.
Stenzel, Jake Keller Williams Classic Realty
Stockness, Kathleen Keller Williams Premier Realty
Unger, Jacklyn Results Support Services, Inc
Yang, Cha Creative Results