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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.

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Advocacy Updates – May 2024

Advocacy Updates go out monthly via the SPAAR Advocacy Report. If you're not receiving the advocacy report and would like to, email spaar@spaar.com. 
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April was Fair Housing Month

Each April, SPAAR’s Government Affairs Team sends out a Fair Housing proclamation to each city and county in its territory.
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A Recap of the National Association of Realtors® Legislative Meetings

From May 4th to May 9th, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) hosted its annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
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Columbia Heights establishes Time of Sale Program

At the City Council Meeting, on April 22, the City of Columbia Heights passed Ordinance 1695, which established a Time of Sale Program within the City, which was then shared with members of the local real estate community.
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Minnesota Housing announces new first-generation homebuyer loan program

Minnesota Housing will be launching the Agency First-Generation Homebuyer Loan program this spring.
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Poll results presentation: in-person overview available

SPAAR Government Affairs Director Simon Opatz is available to discuss the poll findings in person and answer questions about anything advocacy-related. Interested to have him speak at your office, email Simon at sopatz@spaar.com or call (763) 489-3306.
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Habitat for Humanity’s Spring 2024 Home Celebration is open to SPAAR members

SPAAR’s Housing Affordability Task Force donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity in 2023. These funds went directly toward helping a family in need to purchase a home in Roseville’s Community Land Trust.
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MSP Home Tour is this Saturday and Sunday

SPAAR was contacted to welcome its members to attend the MSP Home Tour on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, from 11am to 5pm.
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photo of Minnesota Capital building from a distance

Advocacy Updates – April 2024

Advocacy Updates go out monthly via the SPAAR Advocacy Report. If you're not receiving the advocacy report and would like to, email spaar@spaar.com. 
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