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June 20, 2016 | Tags: Words from Our Members  Words from our Members – 2016 Jean Leake Emerging Markets Service Scholarship RecipientBy Rebecca SimontonAs the recipient of the 2016 Jean Leake Emerging Markets Service Scholarship, I have become aware of the influence of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® and the collective voice of REALTORS® regarding housing policies that impact our industry.  MAAR scholarship… Read More
June 14, 2016 | Tags: Sellers Uninspired by Record May Sales Activity Pending home purchase activity exceeded year-ago levels for the 18th consecutive month. Buyers signed 6,809 new purchase agreements, a 9.9 percent gain compared to May 2015. Closed sales, however, rose 5.3 percent to 6,167—the highest May closed sales figure on record. In large part due to low inventory, would-be sellers are concerned about their ability… Read More
June 6, 2016 | Tags: POTW | Wayzata        The name “Wayzata” is from a Lakota Sioux phrase meaning “North Shore”—a rather fitting name for the city that occupies a hearty share of Lake Minnetonka’s northeasternly shore. Wayzata is a water-oriented community with a 2010 population of 3,688. Newsweek included Wayzata High School on its list of the top 1,000 public high schools in… Read More
June 3, 2016 | Tags: Words from our Members WORDS FROM OUR MEMBERS─2016 ANN BROCKHOUSE FUTURE LEADER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTBy Thang M.C. HoltIt was an honor to be awarded the Ann Brockhouse Leader Scholarship out of a pool of inspiring professionals who work diligently to raise the real estate industry standard. MAAR provides three scholarship recipients the opportunity to attend the National Association of REALTORS®… Read More
May 31, 2016 | Tags: Does Your Online Presence Need a Makeover? [caption id="attachment_8258" align="alignnone" width="667"] Original Artwork by Ross Auger, 2016[/caption]The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2013–14 CRT REALTOR® Technology Survey Report states that 77% of REALTORS® use Facebook for real estate business purposes, the highest of the major social networks.  Taking that into consideration, we found some tips on how to be most effective on social media including this informative article and the… Read More
May 18, 2016 | Tags: John Smaby Elected First Vice-President of the National Association of REALTORS® for 2017  Congratulations to Minneapolis REALTOR®, John Smaby on his election as First Vice–President of the National Association of REALTORS® for 2017 (President-Elect for 2018 and President for 2019). John has 45 years of experience in the real estate industry, with extensive leadership experience on the local, state and national level. It's an honor to have John represent our real estate… Read More