SPAAR Squad

SPAARSquad

The Association offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to maximize your time and money. The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® is committed to bringing its members relevant and exciting continuing education opportunities.

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. Complete our SPAAR Squad Request Form for scheduling and more information. df

Continuing education courses must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit for the number of approved hours (MN Statute 45.30 Subd.4a).  Students are required to sign-in prior to class start to receive continuing education credits.  Students must provide a cancelation request within 24 hours to the class to receive a refund for the class.  Students who cancel after, do not show up, or who arrive late for class will not receive a refund.

SPAAR Squad Non-CE

Enhancing REALTOR® Professionalism Online

15-30 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt

Are your electronic communications as professional as they could be? This session will get you thinking about whether you are using the right communication mode for your message and provide quick tips to make sure your spelling and grammar are top-notch.

Government Affairs Update

15-40 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Madeline Van Ert

This presentation provides a brief overview of how SPAAR advocates on your behalf with local governments. The presentation will identify sources of valuable sign ordinance, point of sale and other regulation information, share state or federal legislation updates and brief you on any current issues SPAAR is addressing on your behalf.

Making Market Statistics Work for your Business

15-40 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt

As a SPAAR member, you have access to a number of ready-to-print market reports in your marketing tool box. In this presentation, a SPAAR representative will provide a high-level walk-through MATRIX and show you how you can create specific reports. Clients requesting market info ASAP? We will also identify reports that are updated on a weekly and monthly basis and ready to download and share.

RPAC Update

15-40 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Madeline Van Ert

This presentation provides an overview of the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and why it is valuable to you and your business. Topics covered include: who RPAC supports, why it’s beneficial for REALTORS® to support it and how RPAC dollars are raised and managed.

SPAAR Association Update

15-30 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt, Joe McKinley, Jennifer Kovacich

Get the latest SPAAR happenings! You’ll learn about upcoming opportunities that help you get the most out of your SPAAR membership, including classes (often free CE!), networking events and committee leadership.

Volunteering: Good for the Community, Good for Your Business

15-30 minutes (customized to your schedule); NO CE                FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt, Joe McKinley, Jennifer Kovacich

Giving back to the communities in which you live and work has never been easier. SPAAR staff will share what SPAAR is doing to engage members in community service programs and create a positive public image for REALTORS® as a result. Ready to add a service project to your calendar? We will let you know what opportunities are coming up!

SPAAR Squad CE

Agency & Fair Housing

2.0 Hours CE                          Course# 1022792                               $20 per person
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt

This course covers Agency Law and Fair Housing. It is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of the following:

  • Agency Law in Minnesota. This includes the historic evolution in Minnesota, agency terms, fiduciary duties, relationships in Minnesota, and contracts in Minnesota Agency.
  • Fair Housing Laws. This last section addresses the legal history, protected classes, and prohibited actions. Attendees will examine a Code of Ethics case study and complete an exercise that looks at the Fair Housing implications of two consumers’ real estate experiences.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

NAR Code of Ethics for Existing Members

2.5 Hours CE                          Course# 1023645                               $10 per person
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt

This class will educate existing licensees about the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and how it promotes professional ethics in real estate. A detailed explanation of the Ethics Complaint process and potential discipline if found in violation of the Code of Ethics will be given. We will review some of the Code’s Key Articles, discuss how they apply in common scenarios faced by real estate professionals and explore the legal and ethical duties REALTORS® have when these situations arise. Suggestions for corrective action and communication will be discussed as a standard of practice.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Professional Courtesies in a Tight Market

1.0 Hours CE                          Course# 1023030                               FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt

While the NAR Code of Ethics establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards that govern the professional conduct of REALTORS®, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette. This one-hour course looks at Professional Courtesies REALTORS® are encouraged to follow to show respect for the consumers (the public), property and peers. We’ll focus especially on those areas where dealing with historic low inventory adds a variety of pressure – and sometimes bad behavior – to the business of residential real estate and offer recommended practices that attendees can immediately implement to enhance their professionalism and protect consumers and property.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Real Estate Safety Matters

1.0 Hours CE                          Course# 1025405                               FREE for all agents
Instructor:  Mandy Boldt or Joe McKinley

This one-hour course will instill safety awareness and habits in real estate professionals. They will learn methods for averting or responding to dangerous situations they—and the consumer clients and customers they serve—may encounter when practicing their profession. Attendees will learn safe practices for showing properties, conducting open houses, meeting with prospective clients, using social media and smart phone technologies and protecting personal data. They will also learn how to quickly assess a potentially dangerous situation and take appropriate action. Lastly, the class will also identify safety tools and resources real estate professionals can use to implement their own safety best practices.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.