BRR Portal Maintenance

website maintenanceMembers won’t be able to login to BRR’s online portal from 1:30-2:30 PM on Friday, September 20th. We’ll be performing some testing and maintenance during this time. If you need to register for an event, class, or pay your membership renewal invoice, please call us at 208-376-0363 and we will be able to assist you over the phone. Thank you for your patience!

2020 REALTOR® Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal Slider2020 REALTOR® membership renewal invoices are now available on member accounts. View and pay your invoice online or call 208-376-0363 to pay by phone.

Pay your invoice before Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to avoid a $100 late fee. (Please note, your membership renewal is not set up as an auto debit as it might be for IMLS.) Unpaid members will lose access to forms starting on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

Your REALTOR® membership includes a variety of savings and benefits that quickly give you a return on your investment. From reduced IMLS fees, discounted rider signs, free CORE classes, a free tech helpline, savings on a car (seriously!), or even just a free cup of coffee when you visit the BRR office… we work hard to provide you with a tremendous value, especially compared to what non-members would pay for the same services.

Beyond those savings and freebies, there are benefits in advocacy, education, and networking, that we hope you’ll take advantage of in 2020…

ADVOCATE. BRR works to develop legislative initiatives favorable to the real estate profession and private property rights, so you can continue to grow your business and serve your clients. Advocacy as a unique member benefit that, to be honest, is nearly impossible to but a monetary value on. But without these efforts, we can say with certainty that it would be more expensive to buy, sell, and own a home, not to mention, run your real estate business. Visit boirealtors.com/advocacy to learn more.

EDUCATE. Our fully accredited real estate school offers CE classes at a discounted rate for members, in person and online. In fact, you can take two CORE courses per licensing cycle with us for no cost — a $50 value! Or take advantage of a 10% discount on classes through Boise State University’s Center for Professional Development. Also, watch our emails and social media pages for savings on online CE classes through The CE Shop, sometimes up to 40% off! Visit boirealtors.com/education for more.

Another way BRR provides you with business intelligence is through our market reports, focused on Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties. Through monthly snapshots, analysis, data sheets, and press releases, we invest a lot of time and resources to make sure you have the information needed to help explain trends or to support your comps and pricing recommendations. This is another benefit that’s hard to quantify, but let’s just say if you were to purchase this level of reporting and analysis from a vendor, it would cost at least $25,000 per year. (Crazy, right?) As a BRR member, it’s yours for free – plus exclusive access to Canyon County information, too.

CONNECT. BRR members have the opportunity to connect through a variety of networking events, meetings, service projects, and committees, as well as online through our social media channels and targeted email newsletters. Most of our events are free or offered at a reduced rate for members, with non-members paying at least $25 or more to attend the same programs. Another ROI tip — through the REALTORS® Community Foundation, you can get up to $100 in matching gifts for donations you make to a local, charitable organization (while funds are available; see the program page for details).

Those are just a few of the benefits, savings, and freebies we hope you’ll take advantage of in 2020. There are plenty more perks and programs we’d love to tell you about, so please reach out if we can help connect you with any of them. We appreciate your membership and wish you a successful year in 2020!

For reference, here’s a breakdown of your 2020 membership renewal invoice:

  • Boise Regional REALTORS® — $205
  • Idaho REALTORS® — $180
  • National Association of REALTORS® — $185
    • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Suggested/Voluntary Investment* — $30 for REALTORS® and Appraisers; $99 for Designated REALTORS®/Brokers
      Learn more about Investing in RPAC
      Your voluntary investment in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is designated for political purposes to support or oppose candidates and issues that affect the housing industry. From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. RPAC speaks with one voice to build strong communities, promote a vibrant business environment, and protect the real estate industry. From defending mortgage interest deductibility to stopping a transfer tax on every real estate transaction, RPAC is there for you. All RPAC Investments made via dues billing are earmarked for 2018 fundraising goals. Questions about RPAC? Contact BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed.
    • REALTORS® Community Foundation Suggested/Voluntary Donation* — $5
      Learn more about the REALTORS® Community Foundation
      Your voluntary donation to the REALTORS® Community Foundation helps us achieve our mission to improve the quality of life in the Boise region through housing-related projects and grants, demonstrating the many ways REALTORS® and industry professionals give back to the community. Since its inception in 1995, the REALTORS® Community Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in grants to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Ada, Elmore, and Gem counties. To learn more, please visit boirealtors.com/realtor-foundation. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and Boise Regional REALTORS® will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed.

*To edit the amounts for RPAC and the REALTORS® Community Foundation, simply click “EDIT” on the Order Summary page before clicking “Pay Now.”

Deductibility Rules
100% of donations made to the REALTORS® Community Foundation are tax deductible since the Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

RPAC voluntary contributions are not deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes. Provisions of the Federal Tax Act regarding lobbying expenses limit the extent to which National, state, and local dues are deductible.

For 2020, with dues at $185 per member, NAR computes 38% or $57 to be nondeductible for income tax purposes due to NAR lobbying efforts. Please note the entire $35 Public Awareness Campaign special assessment (which is included in the $185 sum) qualifies as fully deductible.

For 2020, with dues at $180 per member, Idaho REALTORS® computes $27.79 to be nondeductible for income tax purposes due to Idaho REALTORS® lobbying efforts. Please note the entire $10 Legal Review Fee and $142.21 of the Idaho REALTORS® dues qualifies as fully deductible.

For 2020, with dues at $205 per member, the full $205 for Boise Regional REALTORS® dues qualifies as fully deductible, since none of it is used for lobbying efforts.

NOTE: Boise Regional REALTORS® and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, accounting, or financial advice. This has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, accounting or financial advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, accounting, or financial advisers about your specific situation.

Why is BRR membership renewal up $5?
Like any business, BRR’s operating costs aren’t immune to the market. As prices of supplies, professional services, health insurance premiums, etc., increase, so do the line items in the association’s budget. The Budget and Finance Committee uses a Consumer Price Index (CPI) Based Dues Formula to provide a method for evaluating our annual dues amount, in relation to the changing prices of goods and services. Using this formula, it was determined that a slight increase was warranted.

BRR is also diligent with our finances to ensure we have the resources necessary to provide you with services under all market conditions. This means building and maintaining adequate financial reserves. To that end, a minimum of 5% of dues goes directly into reserves to ensure the long-term financial stability and solvency of BRR, so we can continue to operate and continue to provide high quality programs and services as the lowest prices possible. All of these items were carefully considered prior to this increase being approved by the Board. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact your BRR Treasurer Bob Van Allen or Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom.

 

Have questions? Visit our Membership Renewal FAQs page.

Annual Sponsorship Packages go on sale Tuesday, September 17th!

Looking for turnkey sponsorship opportunities with BRR for all of 2020 at a great value and with marketing perks you can’t get anywhere else? Become an Annual Sponsor!

2020 Annual Sponsorship Packages and Advertising Packages

View the 2020 Annual Sponsorship Packages and use the form below to secure your package today! If the form below is not displaying correctly, please click this direct link.

Your logo and business will be present at every BRR event, in every BRR Update, on our website, and much, much more. We have a wide variety of packages at price points that are sure to meet your budget. Sponsorships are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that BRR has made some gala ticket changes that affect sponsors. Annual Sponsors will still receive tickets, but we are unable to secure any more than are outlined in the sponsorship agreement, prior to general ticket sales. Learn more about these changes at boirealtors.com/gala-ticket-changes.

Have questions about the annual sponsorship packages or future sponsorship opportunities? Feel free to reach out to marind@boirealtors.com.

More information about sponsorships can be found in the BRR Sponsorship Policy.

REALTORS® Community Foundation is Now Accepting Grant Applications

Through its grants, the REALTORS® Community Foundation (RCF) seeks to support projects and/or programs that are actively working to transform the lives of people in our community.

RCF is now accepting grant applications for both 2019 and 2020 through Monday, September 30, 2019.

Learn more about the grant guidelines and applications here and share this information with your favorite non-profits!

Please contact Marind at marind@boirealtors.com or call 208-946-5721 with questions.

2019-2020 Annual Grant Information and Applications

News Story Regarding REALTORS® and Home Inspections

Phil and KTVB 8.29.19

Local homeowners were featured in a recent news story, stating their home inspector missed serious problems when they purchased their home last year — issues that cost them thousands to repair. While this is a very unfortunate situation, the story implied that REALTORS® were at least partially to blame for home inspections that go awry because they may schedule any inspector they can find if “their” top home inspector contacts are busy.

We are unaware of the details of the particular situation reported in the story and have not received other reports to think this is a widespread problem.

Our President, Phil Mount, was included in the story and while not all of his comments could be included, he talked about how REALTORS® recommend inspectors and often assist with scheduling them, but that any service professionals selected are at the discretion of the buyer.

As a follow-up, we wanted to share his comments with our members, as important considerations to keep in mind when recommending any service provider to your clients:

  • Make it clear that your recommendation is just that, a recommendation and it is their choice on who to hire.
  • Always offer two to three names/companies. If one of them is a friend or relative, disclose that fact.
  • Share that you’ve had positive experiences with these service providers in the past, but make no guarantees on future performance.
  • If they have questions or want to know more, encourage them to contact the provider directly so that they can feel comfortable with their choice, and not pressured in any way.

The National Association of REALTORS® has a “Vetting the Vendor Checklist” that you can share with clients to help them make informed decisions and use in your own business when hiring service providers.

Home inspections are an important part of the home purchase process and as a REALTOR®, you best serve your clients when you empower them to make informed decisions.

2020 REALTOR® Awards Gala Ticket Changes

Last year was the first time in recent history (perhaps ever?) the REALTOR® Awards Gala sold out. Our event is in held in the largest, suitable space in town, designed to hold as many people as possible. However, we heard from production award winners that it was difficult for to purchase tickets, with some saying that, perhaps, too many tickets were reserved for sponsors.

In response to member feedback, your board leadership and Gala Committee have made some changes to how tickets will be sold for our 2020 event. Since adding tables is not an option, we plan to make the most of the tables and tickets available, with a new pre-sale premium table option for brokers and updated sponsorship opportunities.

Pre-Sale Premium Table Options for Brokers

To give Designated REALTORS®, managing brokers, and potentially team leaders, a chance to secure seats for their production award winners before general ticket sales begin, there will a limited number of premium tables available for pre-purchase. Here are the details:

  • There will be 40 premium tables available for purchase. Each table seats 10 people. (Seats cannot be added to any table.)
  • Cost is $900 per table and a minimum of one (1) to a maximum of four (4) tables may be purchased during this pre-sale period.
  • They will be the best seats in the house, centered and as close to the stage as possible, unless requested otherwise.
  • Premium tables will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. We will do our best to accommodate all requests but cannot guarantee each will be fulfilled.
  • BRR will notify brokers of their table(s) and an invoice will be added to their account which must to be paid in full by Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., otherwise, unpaid tables will be released for general ticket sales — no exceptions.
  • No individual ticket sales will be allowed during this pre-sale period.
  • We cannot guarantee that any additional tickets or tables purchased during the general sales period will be nearby these premium tables.

Key dates and communications:

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ― Designated REALTORS® and/or managing brokers will be sent an email invite with a link to request 1-4 premium tables.
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. if pre-sale tables remain ― Team leaders will be sent an email through which they can request 1-4 premium tables.
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., or once tables sell out ― Pre-sale premium table sales close.
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ― Invoices for pre-sale premium tables must to be paid in full, otherwise, unpaid tables will be released for general ticket sales — no exceptions.
  • Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ― General ticket sales will open and will be available for purchase online through Eventbrite.

To be sure you receive gala-related emails, you need to be:

  • An active member of Boise Regional REALTORS®;
  • Listed in BRR’s membership database as a Designated REALTOR®, Managing Broker, or team leader, or, were noted as the team leader on a past team production award to receive the pre-sale invitations; and,
  • Able to successfully receive emails from BRR, which means that if you’ve unsubscribed from BRR’s emails, if we have an outdated email address on file, if your system is marking our emails as spam, etc., you will not receive the invite. (Please try to resolve potential issues prior to Monday, January 20, 2020 in order to receive the invite. If you have any questions, please contact cassie@boirealtors.com.)

Sponsorship Opportunities

We’ve completely restructured our sponsorship offerings, limiting sponsor seats while improving the exposure and marketing opportunities available. Watch boirealtors.com/sponsorship-opportunities for details. If your company would like to sponsor and secure gala tickets prior to general ticket sales, you can either:

  • Become an Annual Sponsor with BRR. Annual Sponsorship Packages will be announced Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and go on sale Tuesday, September 17, 2019; or,
  • Select an Á La Carte Event Sponsorship for the REALTORS® Awards Gala, each of which includes two (2) gala tickets. Á La Carte Event Sponsorship options will be announced Tuesday, November 26, 2019, and go on sale Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Please note, we are unable to secure any additional tickets beyond what is outlined in the sponsorship agreement prior to general sales — no exceptions. If you are a sponsor and you require additional tickets, you can purchase them on Monday, February 3, 2020 through Eventbrite.

Thank you for celebrating our industry’s successes with us each year. Most of all, thank you for your membership and support of our association. We look forward to another great REALTOR® Awards Gala on Friday, March 6, 2020!

2019 Member Survey

2019 Survey

Starting next week (August 19th) members will be receive an email from T3 Sixty, a third-party national consulting firm, requesting their participation in a quick 3-5 minute survey via SurveyMonkey. The email will come from survey@t3sixty.com, or if you’d like to access the link to the survey directly, you can do so here.

They will be asking what you like, don’t like, love, and maybe very much dislike, about the programs and services offered by Boise Regional REALTORS®, to help us continually improve and provide members with valuable resources. All responses will be kept confidential and aggregated to help us refine our 2020 strategic plan and program offerings.

Members who complete the survey can then enter to win one of these great prizes — free local membership renewal for 2020 (aka, dues at a $200 value!), a $100 Amazon Gift Card, a $50 Chandlers Steakhouse Gift Card, or, one of two $25 Gift Cards to the Village at Meridian.

Your feedback and ideas are important and we thank you in advance for completing this survey once you receive it next week.

 

2019 Housing Summits

2019 Ada County Housing Summit                            2019 Elmore County Housing Summit                        2019 Gem County Housing Summit

BRR hosted Housing Summits in Ada and Elmore County in July, and will host the Gem County Housing Summit in August. If you’re interested in attending the Gem County Housing Summit, click here to register. There is no cost for members.

Looking for the Mid-Year Residential Real Estate Updates? Here are the download links:

 

BRR’s new Guide to Civic Engagement was also announced at the 2019 Housing Summits. Learn more about how to get involved on our website and download the handout today!

Guide to Civic Engagement pg 1              Guide to Civic Engagement pg 2

 

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Ada County Housing Summit  | Elmore County Housing Summit | Gem County Housing Summit

REALTOR® Golf Tournament Raises Money for Local Non-Profits

Local real estate professionals raised over $31,000 at the 23rd Annual Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the REALTORS® Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the Boise region through housing-related projects and grants. The golf tournament was held June 5, 2019, at Falcon Crest Golf Course with 196 golfers and 51 sponsors participating. As one of the largest annual fundraisers for the REALTORS® Community Foundation, this year’s event was a tremendous success, raising over $7,000 more than in 2018.

Danielle Cullip, 2019 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

Danielle Cullip, 2019 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

“Participation from REALTORS® and other industry leaders was phenomenal this year,” noted Danielle Cullip, 2019 REALTORS® Community Foundation President. “It just shows how committed this industry is to giving back to the community. All of the funds raised by this event will help real people facing housing challenges in our area.”

Since its inception in 1995, the REALTORS® Community Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in grants to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Ada County, expanding services to Gem County in 2018 and to Elmore County in 2019. Past grant recipients include Boise Fire Fighters Local 149, Boise Rescue Mission, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless (CATCH), Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Living, Inc., Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers, Good Samaritan Home, JANNUS Inc., Jesse Tree, LEAP Charities, Life’s Kitchen, NeighborWorks®, The Salvation Army, Women’s & Children’s Alliance, and the West Ada School District Foundation. The REALTORS® Community Foundation also offers a matching gifts program for member contributions to local non-profits.

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)(6) trade association, representing real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

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Service Project: Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bunk Bed Build

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the REALTOR® Outreach Committee partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) to help build bunk beds for kids! Service projects like this are just one of many ways that REALTORS® give back to the communities in which they live and work. Special thanks to Jamie Matzdorff for coordinating this service project. You can learn more about Sleep in Heavenly Peace at shpbeds.org/get-involved.

SHP Group Photo

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In May of 2019, the REALTORS® Community Foundation donated $5,000 to Sleep In Heavenly Peace, an organization that helps build beds for kids who do not have one.
This donation helped Sleep in Heavenly Peace purchase materials and build 30 bunk beds for those in need.

SHP Impact Grant May 2019