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Whatever your skills, experience, or interests, there’s a place for you on our many volunteer committees. Run by Realtors® these groups tackle issues that impact your business, career, and community. You have until September 30 th   to submit your application. The Leadership Team meets in mid-October to review applications and appoint committee members. To apply, click the link below to any committee.   Board of Directors   manages the business and affairs of Minnesota Realtors®. Representing the state in its population in geographic location, age, gender, and racial make-up, its members bring a balanced perspective to the association. The application ...
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In-person Installation Awards slated for October in Minneapolis Like most of this year’s live, in-person events, Minnesota Realtors ® (MNR) annual convention, UNITE!, migrated to an online format. The abbreviated sessions for the annual three-day gathering kicked off on Tuesday, September 15 with MNR on the Hour, an overview from association leadership that looked at a tumultuous, yet ultimately robust year for the real estate industry. Subsequent sessions on Wednesday and Thursday covered a mix of credited and uncredited courses on a range of topics, including: Realtor ® safety; doing business during a pandemic; racism in the real estate industry; and ...
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On American Businesswoman Day, we celebrate the achievements of business women across the country. We especially want to recognize the tenacity, dedication, and perseverance of women Realtors® - whether they run their own brokerage, are the broker of record for their offices, or the managers of their offices, these women are incredible leaders in their communities!     To celebrate American Businesswoman day we chatted with a few of our trailblazing women members about their experiences as Realtors®, as well as their advice to future leaders!   Wendy Emler Broker of Record, Century 21 Northland Realty Fairmont, MN   What is the best part about ...
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Realtor® Safety

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MNR spoke with former MNR President Patty Zuzek about a scary experience she had when she was a new Realtor®, and her advice on practicing real estate safety
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Fall Parade of Homes on Now

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The Fall Parade of Homes is on now through October 4 th .  This fall’s tour features 355 new homes available to explore across the Twin Cities ranging in price from $239,570 to $2,800,000. Plan your tour Free guidebooks are available at a Holiday Stationstores in the metro area to help tour-goers plan their tours. You can plan your in-person tour or explore virtual tours online at ParadeofHomes.org or download the Parade of Homes app. Online visitors can save favorites to their own personal login and then plan the best tour route with the Tour Planner. The Tour Planner allows you to easily share home listings with others, mix new and remodeled homes together, ...
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Since 1985, Minnesota Realtors ® has made its home in an office on Lincoln Drive in Edina. As the years passed, that space has seemed smaller as the staff and membership have grown. Our association has always been committed to our mission of uniting, empowering, and inspiring our members. We exist to help our members excel in their careers through legal resources, innovating education, professional training, and advocating for our industry at the Capitol.   This fall, Minnesota Realtors ® will move into spacious new headquarters at 11100 Bren Road West in Minnetonka. Conveniently located within a couple miles of our Edina location, the 14,500 square-foot ...
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The MNR Member Shop is Open!

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Check out our new member shop where you can purchase Minnesota Realtors® branded apparel and other merchandise. Represent your association in style!  Click here to shop n
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The Member Engagement Committee chaired by Jackie Pozorski wanted to coordinate a service project during the UNITE! virtual convention.  Letters Against Isolation is a project that was started by a couple who have been doing their best to support their self-isolating grandparents during COVID-19.  They realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens are growing lonely. They believed that they could do something to help, and so they decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes.  When growing demand for letters outpaced them, they started ...
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UNITE! Sessions are This Week!

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Realtors® UNITE! is going virtual this year. Join us September 15-17. There is no charge, but you must register to attend. Register & Learn More . Tuesday, September 15 MNR on the Hour (no CE) – 9:00 – 10:00 AM Hear directly from your Minnesota Realtors® Leadership Team on the work that’s been done in 2020 during these times. Register   Wednesday, September 16 Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story – 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Approved for 1.0 hours of CE) Carl Carter, Jr. , is a Realtor® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, Realtor® Beverly ...
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September 13 th is National Grandparents Day! A special occasion to cherish moments and memories with our grandparents. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together. To help celebrate Minnesota’s gramps, granddads, nans, nanas, and grannies, we asked a few of our members who are grandparents what their favorite part about this most distinguished role is. “My wife Donna and I are blessed with seven grandchildren ranging in age from 20 months to 17 years old. For us the best thing about being grandparents is having the time to watch them discover the world, to learn, and grow. As a parent you ...
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Bidding wars ignite across the state for scarce inventory In August, Minnesota’s residential real estate marketplace was exceptionally busy, with pending sales up +16.3% and the median sale price climbing +9.3% versus August last year. By contrast, closed sales were nearly flat to last year at -0.2%, reflecting an acute shortage of homes. “As Realtors® and consumers became familiar with guidelines for living with the virus, more consumers started considering – and acting upon – their desire to purchase a home,” said Chris Galler, CEO of Minnesota Realtors®. Inventory issues continue to plague first-time home buyers. The quantity of homes for sale ...
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Bidding wars ignite across the state for scarce inventory   MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 10, 2020) – In August, Minnesota’s residential real estate marketplace was exceptionally busy, with pending sales up +16.3% and the median sale price climbing +9.3% versus August last year. By contrast, closed sales were nearly flat to last year at -0.2%, reflecting an acute shortage of homes. “As Realtors® and consumers became familiar with guidelines for living with the virus, more consumers started considering – and acting upon – their desire to purchase a home,” said Chris Galler, CEO of Minnesota Realtors®. Inventory issues continue to plague first-time home buyers. ...
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The MN Realtors® Rebuilding Community is executing online giving campaign September 10 – 22 in support of rebuilding efforts for the Twin Cities area. Recognizing the strong tie between healthy businesses and home ownership, all money raised will fund the rebuilding of businesses in the Twin Cities that were damaged or destroyed following the killing of George Floyd. All funds raised will go through the MAR Foundation, and will be distributed to the following organizations: Upper Northside Business Association Rebuilding Camden neighborhood businesses (mostly minority owned). Longfellow Community Council 31 buildings (including 3 grocery stores) ...
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September Realtor® Safety Tips

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September is safety month, and a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of staying safe on the job. Here are some tips* on how to keep yourself & others safe.  Tip #1: Keep it light Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise someone of your schedule. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you go through, and don't lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds. Tip #2: New Client If possible, have a new client complete a Prospect Identification Form. Also, photocopy their driver’s license and retain this information. Be certain to properly discard this personal information when you ...
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Have you ever felt unsafe during your work as a Realtor ® ? If so, you’re not alone. According to a Member Safety Report from the National Association of Realtors ® (NAR), nearly 70% of Realtors ® have worried about their personal safety while doing their jobs. All month long, we’ll share information that helps you understand the risks faced by you and your clients and take action to improve your safety. From property showings to homeowner safety tips, we’ll provide articles, videos, and tips that help you make safety a priority. NAR also offers a wealth of safety resources that you can check out anytime: Articles Apps, products, educators and ...
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The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Has Launched!   Minnesota Housing announced that the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program is now accepting applications from individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program provides housing assistance payments to help prevent eviction, prevent homelessness, and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners. Local administrators will review applications from individuals and families requesting assistance, verify eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.  Visit Minnesota Housing’s website  to learn more about how the program ...
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Homes.com recently compiled twelve Midwestern beaches perfect for a socially distanced vacation. Below are the three Minnesota shores that made the list: Iona’s Beach, Two Harbors The Iona’s Beach Scientific and Natural Area is about 40 miles northeast of Duluth and just three miles north of Gooseberry Falls State Park, along the north shore of Lake Superior. Instead of silky, golden sand, the beach is covered with smooth pink rocks that form a narrow 300-yard salmon-colored crescent that curves around the lakeshore. Zippel Bay State Park South of the Canadian Border, Zippel Bay is located on Lake of the Woods, one of the world’s largest ...
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Before 1920, American women were not allowed to vote in most local and state elections, and none held that right in national elections. In fact, the country’s foundational value that “all men are created equal” did not fully apply to women or people of color in most areas of life. Women who worked outside the home could not expect equal pay (still an issue today), nor could they borrow money from a bank, or seek higher education without discrimination.  Women’s Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the 19 th Amendment’s certification on August 26, 1920. After that, all women who were U.S. citizens achieved the right to vote* and hold public office. It ...
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Having a good headshot is the first step in Realtor® marketing 101. And whether it’s for a billboard or for your website, it’s important to have a high-quality photo. First and foremost, a headshot is your first chance to make a good impression with your clients. It might seem like a small detail, but it shows that you take yourself, your job, and career seriously, and having a clear, well-branded photo is the key to that first impression. Having a quality headshot is a quick and pretty easy way to get ahead of the pack. Here are some tips for making sure you’re taking advantage of your headshot: Make sure it’s the best resolution. ...
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“Several years ago, I was honored to earn my Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council ® (SRES) designation. To become one of approximately 15,000 real estate professionals in North America with this special credential, I had to successfully complete a comprehensive course for understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers who are 55 and older. Having an SRES ® means that I have the expertise to understand seniors’ lifestyle and financial issues. Whether they are buying, selling, relocating, or refinancing, seniors can be confident I will help them every step of the way. Supported by a team of professionals that includes ...
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