June 12, 2017
The Heart of the Community Award recognizes REALTORS® for their commitment to serve as leaders in our local communities. If you are a REALTOR who rocks, your organization might be eligible to receive a $500 contribution from MAAR. Go ahead and tell us how you have made a difference in your community. Nominate yourself or a colleague. Watch the video below to see the impact. Nominations are accepted until July 11. | APPLY
Thursday, June 22 (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
What's Your Cultural IQ? | Alisa Poehler
Do you have the ability to navigate, communicate and interrelate effectively when encountering cultural difference? Join us for an enjoyable lunch with Alisa Poehler, Cultural Subject Matter Expert with Berlitz Inc, as we gain knowledge of various cultures to help avoid misunderstandings and enable REALTORS® to provide better service. Investment: $10

Twin Cities Pride Festival
Stop by the MAAR booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park on June 24 - 25.
In our continued commitment to fair housing and homeownership for all, MAAR will again be participating at the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival, which will include hosting a booth that will be staffed by REALTOR volunteers & friends of the Association. A Tiny Home from Midwest Tiny Living will be parked next to our booth. We'll also be featuring the Tiny Home from as our float in the parade on Sunday morning. Join the fun! | MORE

2017 Jean Leake Emerging Markets Service Scholarship Recipient—My NAR Realtor Legislative Meeting Experience 
"The night before I left, I had planned to get up at 4 a.m. to make my 7:30 a.m. flight but found myself awake at 2 a.m. in anticipation of my first trip to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C" | READ MORE

Whether or not new listings or total sales are up or down in week-to-week measures, there are two universal truths in residential real estate across the country at the moment: the market is quite active, and, thus, overall inventory is still trending downward compared to last year. That will likely be the case for the entirety of 2017, especially at the pace that homes are coming off the market.| MORE

"The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) engaged PwC to review the impacts of an illustrative comprehensive tax reform option that would lower and consolidate marginal tax rates to three rates with a top rate of 33 percent, double the standard deduction, eliminate all itemized deductions other than charitable contributions and mortgage interest, eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, and cap the tax rate on pass-through business income at 25 percent."

"Did you know that homeowners pay between 80 and 90 percent of all federal income taxes? If you are a homeowner, it’s time to stand up and be counted!"

Please note that many of our June classes are filling up rapidly.
Be sure to complete your 15 CEs by June 30. 
Tuesday, June 13 (1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
7/1/16 - 6/30/17 Required Module: Residential Contracts | 3.75 CE Hours | REGISTER
Wednesday, June 14 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Using RPR to Better Serve Buyers and Sellers | 3.00 CE Hours | REGISTER
Thursday, June 15 (1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
7/1/16 - 6/30/17 Required Module: Residential Contracts | 3.75 CE Hours | REGISTER 
Friday, June 16 (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Pathways to Professionalism - Code of Ethics | 2.5 CE Hours | REGISTER
Tuesday, June 20 (1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
7/1/16 - 6/30/17 Required Module: Residential Contracts | 3.75 CE Hours | REGISTER
Thursday, June 22 (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Global Lunch and Learn: What is Your Cultural/Global IQ? | REGISTER

Tuesday, June 13 (9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Appraiser Support Meeting
NorthstarMLS will present useful products specific for your appraisal business and you will meet our new Government Affair Director, Eric Meyers, who will be providing you with a legislative update on the local, state and national level. 
This is an appraiser member benefit and free of charge. 

Friday, June 16 (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Pathways to Professionalism - Code of Ethics 2017/18 | 2.50 CE Hours | REGISTER
Completion of this course will satisfy your Code of Ethics requirement for 2017/18

This course has been approved by the MN Commissioner of Commerce for 2.50 hours of Real Estate Continuing Education

Tuesday, June 20 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Home Inspections Panel Discussion | Kevin Lucas, Tom Geoffroy, Tim Gerdes, Mike Nagell | INFO
Please note, there will be no Tuesday Mornings at MAAR held on July 4

Monday, July 10 - August 3 | Three Week Course 
Salesperson Pre-licensing Education | 90 Hours | REGISTER
Do you know someone who may be interested in getting their Pre-Licensing education?
MAAR now offers Salesperson Pre-Licensing education through Kaplan (Brightwood College).
This premium Minnesota real estate licensing package includes Course I, II, III and the licensing exam prep at a $99 savings. The package is created to give potential agents the most effective licensing education and exam practice possible.
Not only will this package satisfy the state’s 90-hour education requirement and prepare them to successfully pass their licensing exam, it will lay the foundation for a successful career in real estate. 
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for real estate pre-license education

3rd Quarter MLS payment of $119.00 is due by Friday, June 30, 2017
To pay via credit card, log in to the online portal to review your credit card information and/or to remove invalid credit cards before submitting payment. Please make sure there is only one credit card (payment profile) on file to submit your payment.  If you are enrolled in auto-pay please also log in to your account to ensure there is only one credit card on file.
To protect your credit or debit card information payments by phone will not be accepted. Payments can be made securely online or in person. Once payment is submitted, there are no refunds available.

And we're hiring...
Do you know someone who has a fantastic personality, smart, works great with people, and is looking for a new job?  MAAR is hiring a Membership Services Representative. This position is full time Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., salary commensurate with experience, and we have an excellent benefits package.
Applicants should contact Robyn Chargo at robync@mplsrealtor.com for more information.


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