SPAAR’s newest SPAAR Hero is Marti Estey who became a Realtor® by fluke.
She purchased a home while a student at Hamline University from a Realtor® who then hired her to become his licensed assistant. Now, 22 years later, Marti and her husband, Ryan, are leaders within a team of Realtors®, Reidell-Estey & Associates, and their community connections run deep.
Originally from Mahnomen, the couple resides in Roseville not too far from Bridging, Inc., where Marti is a longtime volunteer. Bridging works to help those in need pursue housing stability, which includes providing items that create a home such as furniture, mattresses, dishware, bedding and lamps.
Marti urges Realtors® to let their clients know about Bridging, “it’s in need always, but especially currently, of big household items that are in new or good used condition.” Bridging provides drop-off sites at its Roseville and Bloomington locations and also provides trucks to pick up directly from homes for a nominal fee.
Marti and Ryan are involved in community volunteerism in other ways beyond Bridging. Among them, they started a Foundation in 2021, Reidell-Estey Foundation. In its inaugural year they raised $18,000 at its golf tournament and donated the proceeds to the Minnesota Chapter of Kidney Foundation, another cause near to their hearts. They enjoy attending sporting events and playing tennis. Marti is also on the board of St. Paul Urban Tennis program, which aims at strengthening the community by educating and empowering youth to realize their full potential
Congratulations, Marti, on being named SPAAR Hero! SPAAR Hero is a program of SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee, sponsored by SPAAR’s REALTORS® Charitable Foundation. Members of SPAAR’s Communications Committee interview and write the SPAAR Hero articles, including this one by Chelsea Erickson. If you think someone should be named a SPAAR Hero, contact Joe McKinley at firstname.lastname@example.org