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Minnesota CRS Chapter News June 2014


TABLE OF CONTENTS: Message from President Tom Slupske………..……..………………....3 MN CRS Chapter Board of Directors.………………………………….…8 MN CRS Chapter Board of Directors Photo…………………………..9 MN CRS Chapter New CRS Designee Members…..……………....10 “Exciting Times for the Council of Residential Specialists”..11 Steve Stewart, CRS CRS One-Day ESSENTIALS Course…………………………………….…13 Exclusive by Referrals-The PROgram…………………………………..14 MN CRS & Liberty Title-Memorial Blood Drive…………………..15 MN CRS Tee It Up For Kids……………………......…......……............16 “Sealing your home to improve Energy Efficiency”…………..…18 Support Our Sponsors…………………………..………………………….…..20


President’s Message: CONFIDENCE What gives you confidence? How confident do you seem to others? Do you inspire confidence in others? Which thoughts or actions do you recognize as confidence in yourself and people around you? What is confidence? Belief in oneself and one's skills or abilities; self-confidence is self-reliance; self-assurance. Realtors® with the most success tend to have the most self-confidence. Confidence usually comes as you gain experience and success. But, when you’re newer in your business you need to compete with a lot of people who are more experienced how will you succeed? Or after you’ve lost that sale or listing do you struggle with confidence? Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: People who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to achieve success.


President’s Message (cont.) How Confident do you Seem to Others? Self-confident people inspire confidence in others: an audience, your peers, your bosses, prospects, your clients, friends and even your family. Gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a person finds success. Your level of self-confidence can show in many ways: your behavior, your body language, how you speak, what you say, your attire and how you feel about yourself. The good news is that self-confidence really can be learned and built on. And, whether you’re working on your own self-confidence or building the confidence of people around you, it’s well-worth the effort! There’s more good news about self-confidence. Attend a CRS® sponsored class and you may quickly gain that confidence and success you want. Your level of self-confidence can show in many ways: your behavior, your body language, how you speak, what you say, your attire and how you feel about yourself. 4

President’s Message (cont.) What is your Minnesota CRS® Chapter up to? 2014 has been an active year and your chapter will be even more involve for the remainder of the year. After popular demand we’re bringing back the annual all-star panel. The All-Star Panel has been one of our best attended events. For 2014 we renamed the all-star panel to “Breakfast of Champions”. This year it was held at Pinstripes in Edina. Attended by 100 Realtors® who listened to six panel members discuss the trends and outlook for the remainder of this year and what’s to come. There are plans to recreate the Breakfast of Champions as a Road Show in other areas of the State: Rochester, Duluth, Brainerd, and Fergus Falls. Featuring each area’s local top producers. On June 26th there was a one day Essential’s course “Converting Leads into Closings” in St Paul. July 14th 1:00 – 4:30 PM CRS® Blood Drive to be held at MNAR offices, 5750 Lincoln Drive Edina, MN. A worthy cause as so many are in desperate need of blood donations. 5

President’s Message (cont.) Get ready for our biggest charity event ever! “Tee Up for Kids”. A charity golf tournament on August 12th at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake. Our goal is $25,000.00 towards our military families. September 8-12th is CRS® Awareness Week. There will be a series of CRS® webinars and classes how being a CRS® designee will increase your success. Our annual boat cruise will be held during this time; stay tuned for date and time. This year, the CRS® Cruise will be on Majestic Lake Minnetonka. As we cruise the Lake you’ll enjoy food and beverage and mingling with fellow Realtors. You may make a new friend or even receive a referral. September 29th CRS® education with Ed Hatch in Rochester. October 17th will have an exciting new event, “Realtors® Mingle Around the World.” This promises to be one of the biggest event CRS® has ever hosted. Due to so much activity and demands upon our time in December we’ve decided to revitalize our annual Realtors Holiday Party and Charity Auction and move to October. We’ve selected a new location, Mingle Show Room on Highway 55 in Plymouth, one of Minnesota’s premier home decorating showrooms. 6

President’s Message (cont.) If you’ve never visited “Mingle” you are in for a special treat! Stop by any time and check them out. Dream kitchens. Splashy baths. Luxurious living rooms, dramatic dining rooms and sumptuous bedrooms – they’re all at Mingle, where seeing meets believing. Our 25,000-square-foot showroom features full-sized, professionally decorated living spaces appointed with the latest in appliances, cabinetry, countertops, furnishings, flooring, lighting, home automation and interior design. Preliminary plans for “Realtors® Mingle Around the World” include food from around the world. Who knows, you might even see the servers dressed in their native costumes. The venue will be a great excuse to dress-up for a night, or come as you are. “Realtors Mingle Around the World” promises to be BIG I have no doubt you’ll be talking about the great time you had. Interested in knowing more about CRS®? Perhaps you’ve been thinking for some time of getting your designation, perhaps now is that time. Perhaps you already have your designation but you have a friend who is curious. We have several opportunities to earn the prestigious designation. I’m happy to take whatever time is needed to discuss how you can have self-confidence and success by becoming a CRS® designee. Call me. Tom Slupske, 2014 MN-CRS President 612-720-2997 7

2014 Minnesota CRS Chapter Board of Directors Please feel free to contact us with questions and/or ideas for improvement or if you would like to become a MN CRS Board of Directors member

President: Thomas Slupske President Elect: Eric Kodner Secretary: Sandy Maxwell Treasurer: Dar Vosburg Past President: Dan Boman Director: Cindy Bramwell Director: Betty Cole Director: James Geisinger Director: Jason Gorman Director: Dennis Libby Director: Shannon Lindstrom Director: Fred Schramm Director: Stephen Stewart Director: Gary Williams District Representative: Ron Hanger District Representative: Scott Norton District Representative: Melanie Schmidt District Representative: Dinah Sundberg Regional Vice President: Michele Epps MNAR Support Staff: Chris Galler MNAR Support Staff: Peg Anderson 8

2014 Minnesota CRS Chapter Board of Directors

MN CRS Chapter Board of Directors Meeting Photo On Thursday, 5th of June 2014. MN CRS Board of Directors: Fred Schramm, James Geisinger, Jason Gorman, Dan Boman, MN CRS Chapter President 2013, Gary Williams, Dar Vosburg-MN CRS Treasurer, Shannon Lindstrom, Tom Slupske-MN CRS Chapter President 2014, Stephen Stewart, Michele Epps-CRS Regional Vice President, Betty Cole, Cindy Bramwell, Dinah Sundberg-MN CRS District Representative, Eric Kodner, MN CRS Chapter President Elect 2015, Sandy Maxwell-MN CRS Secretary.


New Minnesota CRS Chapter Designee Member May & June 2014 Daniel Rosen - Century 21 Pastrana Thomas R Distad - Coldwell Banker Burnet Danella J Swanson-Ness - Counselor Realty Christine A Fairchild - RE/MAX 1

Please welcome the new designee members to the MN CRS Chapter Family!


“Exciting Times for the Council of Residential Specialists� By Steve Stewart, CRS Edina Realty As many of you know, the Council of Residential Specialists hired Lana Vukovljak as our new CEO just over a year ago. Lana has been hard at work challenging her staff and our volunteer leadership to improve, revitalize, and add relevance and significance to our CRS family and the CRS designation. Our leadership has been working hard on developing a new Strategy Plan, new educational programs, new marketing, and more. Many of the new ideas and plans will be unveiled at our National meetings in November. It is an exciting time to be a CRS and to be working with our National leaders. One new program being launched this summer is the CRS One Day Essentials Class. The One Day Essentials series covers three essential skills needed to build a solid, successful real estate practice - whether you are a one person shop or part of a multi agent firm. Each course is eligible for 8 hours of Education Course credit toward the CRS designation and will provide you with take-aways to grow your business and increase market share. There are 3 different Essentials courses: Converting Leads into Closings, Win - Win Negotiation Techniques, and Building a Team to Grow Your Business. Each course will be taught by a top CRS instructor. There will be 30 class offerings throughout the country this year.


“Exciting Times for the Council of Residential Specialists� (cont.) Minnesota was very fortunate to be selected as a site for Course 1: Converting Leads into Closing. Our instructor will be Chandra Hall, and the date will be June 26. Register online at CRS.COM/Essentials. Save $25 on your registration by using code CHAPMN25. We hope to see many of you at this outstanding program later this month. Now is the best time to invest in your career as a residential sales agent. Our own Minnesota CRS Chapter is also growing and improving as it offers more educational and networking opportunities over the next several months. Chapter President Tom Slupske and his leadership team are working hard to reach more of our members throughout the state, and to provide more and varied activities. Some upcoming events include The Breakfast of Champions on June 19th in Edina, and the Tee it Up for Kids Charity Golf event in August. More outstate classes will also be offered later in the year. Watch our newsletter for more details. It is an exciting time for our Council and for our Chapter. If you ever have questions about CRS membership or any of our exiting educational or networking opportunities, please contact any of our Board of Directors. We would be pleased to answer your questions and help you grow in your business.. Steve Stewart, CRS Past President MN CRS Chapter (2012) CRS Region 13 Vice President



You can save $25 on your registration by using the code CHAPMN25. 13


MN CRS & Liberty Title – Memorial Blood Drive 14th of July 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Memorial Blood Centers | | 1-888-GIVE-BLD

"Donated blood saved me and now I know that we all have the ability to give other people that same chance." —Cara Every 2 seconds someone needs blood—premature infants and patients battling cancer to new moms, like Cara, whose life was saved from life-threatening hemorrhaging during childbirth. MN CRS Board – MN Certified Residential Specialist & Liberty Title will be partnering with Memorial Blood Centers in an effort to help the community. Memorial Blood Centers is the local nonprofit community blood center that has been saving lives in the community for over 60 years. MBC provides blood to over 30 hospitals in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin and we need your help. We are looking for anyone who would want to donate blood at a MN CRS Board – MN Certified Residential Specialist & Liberty Title sponsored Blood Drive on Monday, 14th of July from 1:30-4:00 PM at the MNAR location. Visit the link at and the sponsor code is 4227. Simply, to register please email Sandy Maxwell at and leave your name and office phone number if you are interested. You will be contacted when the blood drive is scheduled to set up an appointment time. For questions about donor eligibility contact Jennifer at Your 1 donation can save 3 lives! Liberty Title will be providing hot dogs. Complete your health history questionnaire online—from the privacy of your home or office on the day of your donation at MBC.ORG/iDONATE. | ©2012 Memorial Blood Centers


Please make all checks out to: MN National Guard Youth Camp


Please make all checks out to: MN National Guard Youth Camp


RC Fields Home Inspection – Ryan Sinkfield “Sealing your home to improve Energy Efficiency” Every month when it’s time to sit down and pay our bills, most of us wonder “where does it all go?” During the extreme heating and cooling seasons in Minnesota we experience increased utility costs that can make your wallet scream for mercy. The good news is that there is a few fairly inexpensive steps that we can take to help reduce these costs. By reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of our homes, you can cut heating and cooling costs, increase comfort ability, and create a healthier indoor environment. 1. Caulking – Caulking is an inexpensive and effective way to seal most leaks found around our homes. The use of a polyurethane based caulk is recommended for all exterior needs as it has excellent bonding and weather ability characteristics. By applying to/around all; Windows and Doors Wood/Composite siding joints Dryer, Heating, Exhaust fan vents Hose bibb, A/C refrigerant line, Electrical/Gas service entrance


RC Fields Home Inspection (cont.)

“Sealing your home to improve Energy Efficiency” And anything else that you can think of, will help your cause. 2. Weather Stripping – By replacing/installing weather stripping to all components that move (i.e. doors and windows), you will achieve a tighter seal. 3. Insulation – Ensuring proper insulation in the attic space (don’t forget to seal your attic access panel to avoid air bypass), rim joists and crawl spaces can help keep things more comfortable. These are just a few tips to help cut costs and help maintain a happy home.

For more information or recommendation of services, please contact Ryan Sinkfield with RC Fields Home Inspection Services Direct: 612-812-4977 or online at


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