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MAAR Office Closed Monday, October 10 Oct 4 New Solutions for America's Housing Crisis
Weekly Market Activity Report for 10-3-2011 Oct 6 Quarter Century Recognition Reception
Membership Benefits | Communications Oct 6 Hopkins: City Council Candidate Forum
EPD | REALTOR® Safety: What Are You Worth? Oct 11 Appraiser Quarterly Support Meeting
Redfin Releases Scouting Report Oct 14 Broker Support Meeting | NorthstarMLS
Stable Trend Continues Twin Cities Construction Oct 20 Bloomington: Meet the Candidates
109 Ways to Make Your Business Irresistible to Media Oct 21 Demo: Cloud CMA for REALTORS®
REALTOR® Community Service Awards Oct 27–28 New Broker Workshop | 16 CE Hours
Welcome MAAR Members! Nov 11-14 REALTORS® Conference & Expo


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MAAR Office Closed on Monday, October 10

The MAAR office will be closed on Columbus Day—not so much to honor Christopher Columbus but to allow staff to participate in a mandatory, full-day, team-building and skill-learning session. The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® will remain open.

The Weekly Market Activity Report and enotes will be delayed one day due to the office closure. We'll talk to you again on Tuesday, October 11.



Weekly Market Activity Report

New Listings: Sellers posted their smallest decline in newly listed homes in three months. The 1,320 new properties were 4.8 percent fewer than the same week last year. What's causing the shift? New listings dropped at this time last year while current levels held fairly even with last week.

Active Supply: The 22.6 percent year-over-year drop in inventory levels broke last week's all-time record. Those shopping for homes will choose from 23,351 properties as opposed to the 30,178 properties at this time last year.

Buyer Demand: The 2010 and 2011 sales trendlines continue to mimic one another, with one important exception. This year's trendline is, on average, 260 sales greater than last year's levels over the past few months.

The Verdict: Falling supply and relatively strong sales volumes should theoretically bolster prices. Again, there's a notable exception: economic uncertainty and squeezed household budgets are all the motivation many buyers need to hunt for bargains – including lower-priced traditional properties as well as great opportunities in the lender-mediated housing segment.


Weekly Market Activity Report



Membership Benefits | Communications

CommunicationsIt starts at www.mplsrealtor.com, the gateway to essential industry information, products and services, and it continues on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and beyond. You have constant access to the best repository of resources for a thriving career path.

You will receive our award-winning enewsletter every Monday, chock full of simple, reliable and informative weekly notes pertinent to your real estate business, including current statistics, classes, policy news and networking opportunities.

We also operate an award-winning blog called The Skinny where we sometimes let our hair down a little bit.

Stay current and connected to your industry. Let’s keep the conversation open.



REALTOR® Safety | What Are You Worth?

Safety Class

Date and Time: October 7, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Wayzata City Hall, 600 Rice St E, Wayzata
Tuition: $15



Date: October 26
Location: Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34 Ave N, Plymouth
$29 – Early Bird | $39 –One week before class
Use 2011 Unlimited CE Pass


October Savings

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RedfinRedfin Releases Scouting Report

Last week, Redfin released the Agent Scouting report to its website. It allows users to view complete sales and performance histories for every agent in the markets in which Redfin operates. | MORE INFO

Source: 1000WATT Consulting




Stable Trend Continues Twin Cities Residential Construction

BATCWhile August 2011 construction activity showed an 18 percent spike in units over last month (primarily due to the inclusion of a 120-unit project in Minneapolis), overall the industry remains quite stable.




109 Ways to Make Your Business Irresistible to the Media

CopybloggerEver wonder why some businesses get press and some don’t? Getting a mainstream media outlet to pay attention to your business seems like an impossible-to-solve mystery.

You might see your competitors spouting a diatribe that you know for a fact is wrong, or that you could explain better.


Source: Copyblogger



REALTOR® Community Service Awards

Each year, MAAR recognizes REALTOR® members for their extraordinary contributions to their community through volunteer work. Please take a moment to share those REALTORS® with us so we may honor them at our annual Leadership Installation reception.

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com. To make a recommendation, please include the name(s) and a brief description of their community involvement in your email.

Application deadline is October 15.



Welcome MAAR Members!

New Members!

Ali Ahyai
Counselor Realty, Inc

Sheila Armstrong
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Buffalo

Andy Barnard
TheMLSonline.com, Inc.

Carla Boldon
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Wayzata

Robert Boyce
United Country BJ RE

Thomas Campbell

Annalisa Cariveau
Buy Sell Lease Real Estate

Candace Cobb
Urban Enterprises, Inc

Rachael Cornellier
Edina Realty, Inc., Champlin

Gregory Corrow
Edina Realty, Inc., Monticello

Kristopher Corts
Better Homes and Gardens

Natalie Cowart
United Country BJ Real Estate

Eric Davis
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Wayzata

Shirley Disterhaupt
United Country BJ Real Estate

Timothy Durst
Bridge Realty, LLC

Heather Gates
Edina Realty, Inc., Monticello

Ernest Gertzen,
United Country BJ RE

Jonathan Hanson
Bridge Realty, LLC

Jamie Jensen
United Country BJ Real Estate

Thomas Jensen
United Country BJ Real Estate

Patricia Jorgenson
Edina Realty, Inc., Monticello

Daniel Kingston
Urban Enterprises, Inc

Jessica Korb
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Crocus Hill

Michael Korby
Edina Realty, Inc., Edina

Kristin Louzek
United Country BJ Real Estate

Scott Mattiuz
Urban Enterprises, Inc

Kristin McCarney
Edina Realty, Inc., Monticello

Lauren Myers
Results Support Services, Inc

Jo Ann Nelson
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Eden Prairie

Brian Ofstad
Weichert, Realtors-Advantage

Pauline Olsen
Edina Realty, Inc., Wayzata

James Ostenson
James Development

Amy Perrine
United Country BJ RE

Elanie Pierce
The Realty House

Shannon Pipho
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Mpls

Dawn Pollman
Coldwell Banker Burnet, Carver

James Purtle
Edina Realty, Inc., Monticello

Mary Rhodes
Coldwell Banker Burnet

John Rudeen
Profile Properties, LLC

Claire Shaw
Keller Williams Integrity

Andrew Shrode
Zabrocki Real Estate Group

Jennifer Thompson
United Country BJ Real Estate

Mai Vang
AmericAsian Realty

Gerald Wilson
Coldwell Banker Burnet

New Affiliate!

Nathan Treanor
Space-Crafting Inc

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New Solutions for America's Housing Crisis, October 4

The National Association of REALTORS® has been working with two policy organizations, the Progressive Policy Institute and E21: Economic Solutions for the 21st Century, which are hosting a national housing conference in Washington DC.

The purpose of the “New Solutions for America’s Housing Crisis” conference is to elevate housing as a critical piece of the national debate on economic recovery and to highlight innovative proposals that stabilize the housing market.

NAR President Ron Phipps and Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will be featured panelists at the day-long event. Key members of Congress and Obama administration officials are slated to participate as well.

Date and Time: October 4, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.




Quarter Century Recognition Reception, October 6

QCCHonoring distinguished and dedicated service

Date and Time: October 6, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Sofitel Minneapolis La Fougasse Salon, 5601 W 78 St, Bloomington

Words from leadership, Quarter Century and REALTOR® Emeritus induction ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com or 952.988.3157.



Hopkins: City Council Candidate Forum, October 6

HopkinsThe League of Women Voters is hosting a forum for the Hopkins City Council candidates. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions to all of the candidates. | MORE INFO

Date and Time: October 6, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hopkins City Hall, 1010 1 St S, Hopkins

Source: City of Hopkins



Appraiser Quarterly Support Meeting, October 11

This quarter we are discussing websites and Apps that will help support and streamline your business. Joining us will be staff from MAAR and NorthstarMLS. We will also be looking for you to share sites and Apps that work for you.

This is a member benefit and free of charge.

Topic: Apps and websites to support your appraisal business.
Date and Time: October 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: MAAR

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com.



Broker Support Meeting, October 14

Broker Support MeetingOur guest this month is NorthstarMLS, here to discuss all of their new "stuff" on the NorthstarMLS system and what the future will hold.

Topic: NorthstarMLS
Date and Time:
October 14, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: MAAR

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com.

This is a broker member benefit and free of charge.



Bloomington: Meet the Candidates

City of BloomingtonPlease join the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the candidates for Mayor, Council member at Large, Council member District III and Council member District IV for an informative meeting and the opportunity to hear from each of them! | MORE INFO

Date and Time: October 20, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd

Source: Bloomington Chamber of Commerce



Demo: Cloud CMA for REALTORS®, October 21

Cloud CMA leverages multiple data sources and custom MLS reports for buyers and sellers.This interactive demo covers the creation of a winning CMA and custom reports for your buyers. | VIDEO

Cloud CMADate and Time: October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: MAAR
Promo Code: Lightning
RSVP 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Damon Alton at



New Broker Workshop, October 27–28

New Broker WorkshopMAAR is offering the New Broker Workshop in the fall! What a great time to attend and plan your business goals for 2012.

In this 2-day course, you will gain valuable knowledge on all aspects of managing a real estate business from strategic planning to reducing risk to what makes a great leader. After this class, you will walk away with a course of action! Here is what a seasoned broker had to say:

“The whole experience was fun and it empowered me. I truly enjoyed the two days. It was a great learning experience. I am glad that I have the privilege to learn from one of the best in the industry.”


Date and Time: October 27–28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: MAAR
Cost: $199 (includes class materials) | CE Pass Members get a 10% Discount
CE: 16 CE Credits

You don’t need to be a new broker to attend this class.

For more information, contact Linda Stoeckicht at lindas@mplsrealtor.com.



REALTORS® Conference and Expo, November 11–14

Six Weeks Left Until Anaheim!

REALTOR® Conference


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