Advocacy News

SPAAR advocates for you and your business.

Our Government Affairs team works to make sure both REALTORS® and homeowners are represented in government.

In addition, the Government Affairs Committee works to expand the Association’s sphere of influence in local, regional, state and national public policy areas focusing on issues affecting communities throughout the Association’s jurisdiction.

Shane Phillips, Author of ‘The Affordable City’ – May 10, 2022 Presentation

Watch the recording from Shane Phillips, author of 'The Affordable City', presentation to SPAAR on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
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Call To Action For Homeownership And Housing Affordability

Minnesota Realtors®: you are urged to message your state legislators to support the inclusion of key homeownership and housing affordability and supply provisions in the final version of the omnibus agriculture, housing, and broadband supplemental budget.
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Run, Realtor®, Run! Candidate Training Academy makes it easy.

Get involved. Make a difference in the real estate industry by running for elected office. Candidate Training Academy shows you how. There is no experience necessary
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Model Container Home: A Solution In A Box (Sponsorship Opportunities)

SPAAR is working on an innovative project to propose a concrete solution (actually a steel solution) that could contribute to resolving this housing crisis.
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City of Saint Paul Seeks REALTORS® For Focus Groups

Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department is seeking Realtors® to participate in a virtual focus group in March or April to discuss demand for 1-4-unit housing types and potential opportunities for Saint Paul to add more housing.
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SPAAR Book Club Read: The Affordable City

The United States faces a housing crisis. Nationwide, including both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, cities are struggling to address rapidly increasing housing costs and household instability.
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Scholarships Available For Housing Day At The Capitol

SPAAR’s Government Affairs Committee is offering five scholarships to SPAAR members who have not previously attended Housing Day at the Capitol.
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Saint Paul’s 1-4 Unit Housing Study

Saint Paul’s 1-4 Unit Housing Study is engaging the community around zoning and 1-4 unit, neighborhood-scale housing types to inform the proposed zoning code amendments to support a greater range of housing options in one-family, two-family, and townhouse zoning districts.
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2021 Market Wrap Up & 2022 Market Projections

Much like 2020, many unique trends emerged in 2021. Homebuyers were still interested in moving to the suburbs; the continued work-from-home changes had families looking for more space; and the minimal time that homes spent on the market forced buyers and sellers to move quickly to close deals.
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