Conference on Housing and Economic Development

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1.16.18 IHFARegistration is open for this can’t miss event on March 5-6! The conference brings the power of face-to-face connection to life when you join hundreds of housing and economic development industry professionals. Participating in this conference gives you unlimited access to resources, tools, solutions, and – most importantly – connections. Don’t miss this amazing event!  Register today!

Brought to you by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.

Ninja Selling Training Course

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Ninja Selling Training Course | January 16-19, 2018

Registration is open! The Ninja Selling system is based on a philosophy of building relationships, listening to the customer, and helping them achieve their goals. It is less about selling and more about how to create value for people. It works if you’ve been in the business 3 days or 30 years! Click the link to see the agenda, FAQs and a welcome video from our instructor.

Four unique principles:

  • Personal Mastery: When you get better, your business gets better
  • Stop Selling! Start creating value
  • Business Strategy: Focus on people who know you
  • Connect & Communicate: It’s all about them, not about you

The 4-day training includes:

  1. Increase income per hour so you can have a life
  2. Help you properly set goals and program your non-conscious mind for success
  3. Install a sales system for predictable results
  4. Install a step-by-step process that helps borrowers make good decisions
  5. Install a system that generates a continuous flow of customers

New to Ninja? The training is $750.
Know Ninja? If this is a repeat, the training is $450.
Both options include breakfast, lunch and a manual.

The event will be held at Hillcrest Country Club, and the food & beverage is provided by Group One Sotheby’s. Your fees cover the speaker and course materials. We have seen firsthand the incredible growth of Ninja agents and are willing to invest to bring this amazing training back to Boise!

To register, contact:

Khristie LuMaye at Group One | Sotheby’s International Realty
208.949.0877 | klumaye@grouponesir.com

Ninja Selling Training Course

Brought to you by:
Group One Sotheby’s International Realty

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 REALTOR® Awards Gala!

Mark your calendar for the REALTOR® Awards Gala on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Boise Centre West!

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Production Awards

Production Award applications are now available! 

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Based on member feedback, production award categories will be calculated using a market-based formula that “floats” with the market, based on the previous year’s total dollar volume sold.

New this year, you can select either a combined team production award or the traditional, individual production award! Details will be outlined when applications open.

Have questions about production awards? Please see our Production Awards page for more information.


Now Accepting Award Nominations

Each year, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) gives out six (6) individual awards: Good Neighbor Award, the Code of Ethics Leadership Award, Affiliate of the Year, Broker/Manager of the Year, Rookie REALTOR® of the Year, and REALTOR® of the Year.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 2, 2018. 

Learn more about nominee eligibility and those who have previously received awards.

Good Neighbor Award
Formerly the “Darlene Manning Humanitarian Award,” BRR’s Good Neighbor Award was updated in 2018 to parallel the National Association of REALTORS® Award of the same name. It recognizes one REALTOR® for his or her commitment to their community through volunteerism, service, or other contributions.

Code of Ethics Leadership Award
This award recognizes one REALTOR® member who exemplifies what it means to abide by the Code of Ethics in their dealings with clients and customers, the public, and other REALTORS® and real estate professionals. This member demonstrates their knowledge of the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and professional standards, in all they do and regularly shares their expertise with others.

Affiliate of the Year
The Affiliate of the Year is given to one real estate professional who gives back to the industry and supports the association’s mission and its REALTOR® members.

Broker/Manager of the Year
This award is given annually to a Designated REALTOR® — either the designated broker or managing broker — in recognition of his or her individual achievements in their role, as well as their commitment to the industry.

Rookie REALTOR® of the Year
This award is given annually to a “new” REALTOR® who has established themselves as a rising star in the industry and the association, within in their first licensing period (or within their first two years of membership, if greater).

REALTOR® of the Year
REALTOR® of the Year (also known as “ROTY”) is the highest honor that BRR bestows upon one of its members.


Honor Society Membership 

Honor Society applications will be available on Monday, January 15, 2018.

The BRR Honor Society recognizes members who have earned professional designations, are active in the community, and are active within the association.


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Tickets go on Sale February 1, 2018 

Ticket sales will open at 10:00 am MST.

Individual Tickets: $65/each

Table of 10: $650

You will have the opportunity to select your seats and/or tables from the event map! Tickets are sure to go quickly so be sure to purchase early.


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Menu Options

Salad: Snake River Valley Wine Country Salad
Entree: Seared Petite Filet Mignon and Scampi Prawns
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Vegetarian Entree: Seared Cauliflower Steak
Dessert: Espresso Chocolate Cake or Key Lime Tart


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What to Wear?

While there is no “theme” per se, the REALTOR® Awards Gala is a big, fancy party to celebrate the successes of our industry and kick off 2018 in style! Attire is black tie optional.


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Thank you to our sponsors for the 2018 REALTOR® Awards Gala! There’s still time to get your company logo recognized! Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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How to Use WordPress to Save $2,760 per Year on Your Real Estate Website

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Have you ever bought a used car and got the feeling that the salesman wasn’t genuine? Almost like they were trying to get every last cent out of you?

Website designers can give us the same feeling of suspicion, and it’s not uncommon to get a quote for a basic real estate website that is close to $3,000.

Web designers justify this price by arguing that every website is unique and takes time to build. Designers also tend to incorporate software that has a monthly fee, and these subscriptions add up fast.

The high costs are why many REALTORS® choose to build their own websites using platforms like Wix or Squarespace. The drag and drop functionality is easy to use and there’s a quick learning curve. But did you know WordPress is drag and drop as well? You don’t have to know how to code to set up a WordPress site, it just takes a few clicks.

This post will show how anyone can design a beautiful, professional-looking real estate website using FREE WordPress plugins.

If you’d like to learn how to build your own real estate website with WordPress, sign up now for Tyro’s WordPress Workshop for REALTORS®.

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What Are WordPress Plugins?

  • A WordPress plugin is a small program that adds specific functionality to a website.
  • WordPress is open source, which means any web designer can create plugins.
  • Because WordPress is the most popular website building platform, there are thousands of web developers who have built thousands of free plugins.
  • Plugins are installed with a single click, and once installed, they allow us to enhance our website’s user experience.

Now that we understand what plugins are, let’s explore 7 common features of real estate websites and show how FREE WordPress plugins can accomplish the same results.

What is the best way to add walk-through tours to a real estate website?

The Paid Option

Real Tour Vision offers walk-through tour software starting at $29 per month. That works out to $348 per year.

The FREE WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature can be implemented using the Smart Slider 3 plugin. Once Smart Slider 3 is installed with a single click, as many walk-throughs as needed can be made. The slideshows allow clients to click through photos and all slideshows are mobile friendly.

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What is the best way to map all current listings on a real estate website?

The Paid Option

BatchGeo offers the ability to map current listings starting at $99 per month. That works out to $1,188 per year.

The FREE WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature can be implemented using the Easy Property Listings plugin. It allows you to create a map of our current listings, publish information about properties and sort properties by price, date, and status.

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What is the best way to make a real estate website mobile responsive?

The Paid Option

mobiSiteGalore creates a mobile version of your site starting at $19 per month. That works out to $228 per year.

The FREE WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature comes standard with almost every modern WordPress theme. For example, the theme Tyro uses in their WordPress For REALTORS® course has responsiveness built in. This means there’s nothing to install to create a good experience for the 90% of homebuyers that access websites on mobile.

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What is the best way to capture leads from a real estate website?

The Paid Option

JotForm offers form builders to capture leads starting at $19 per month. That works out to $228 per year.

The FREE! WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature can be implemented using the Site Origin Contact Form widget. Collecting customer information, specifically an email or phone number, is critical to closing a lead. Contact Form Widget allows customization of all fields so you can get whatever information you need, and there’s no limit on the number of forms you can make.

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What is the best way to live chat with visitors on a real estate website?

The Paid Option

Live Chat Inc offers live chat capabilities starting at $30 per month. That works out to $360 per year.

The FREE! WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature can be implemented using the Zotabox Facebook Live Chat plugin. Your website visitors can reach out to you through the chat box and all messaging occurs through Facebook Messenger. This chat works on both desktop and mobile. How to Use WordPress to Save $2760 Per Year On Your Real Estate Website tyro 5

What is the best way to add testimonials to a real estate website?

The Paid Option

TestimonialTree offers the ability to collect and publish testimonials starting at $30 per month. That works out to $360 per year.

The FREE! WordPress Plugin Option

The same feature can be implemented using the SiteOrigin Testimonials widget. Testimonials are the most important aspect of any site. Clients want to know that they are going to be taken care of and testimonials help put worries to rest.

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Why is WordPress better than other drag-and-drop website builders?

WordPress is better because the open source network of developers has made thousands of plugins that anyone can use for free. Just by using the seven plugins listed above, one can save $2760 per year.

If you’re still not convinced WordPress is the best choice, it’s also more affordable than Wix and Squarespace. Both cost $16 per month, but hosting a WordPress site on HostGator only costs $12 per month.

That’s $48 per year in savings that can be spent on either 48 meals at McDonald’s or one meal at Whole Foods.

If you’d like to learn how to build your own real estate website with WordPress, sign up now for Tyro’s WordPress Workshop for REALTORS®.

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A Look Back at 2017

2017 was a great year for Boise Regional REALTORS®! We’d like to take a moment to highlight just a few of the association’s accomplishments in the past year.

In anticipation of the new year, we’d like to raise a toast to you, the REALTOR®, for your excellent service to clients, advocacy efforts, and volunteer hours that continually show our community that the value of a REALTOR® goes well beyond a smooth transaction. Thank you for your membership and involvement! Wishing all of our members happiness, health, and business success in 2018.

Gary Salisbury Installed as 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS®

2018 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Gary Salisbury

2018 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Gary Salisbury

Gary Salisbury, REALTOR® with Equity Northwest Real Estate, was named 2018 President of the Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) during the association’s annual installation ceremony, held December 15th at the Inn at 500.

Salisbury had this to say about his new role: “I’m excited to lead such a dynamic group of professionals that make up BRR’s leadership team. It truly is an honor to lead the trade association that advocates on behalf of homeownership, provides educational opportunities to REALTORS®, and helps foster connections between industry professionals.”

“Gary has always been generous in volunteering his time and talents to our association, and we are pleased to have him leading the Board in 2018,” said Breanna Vanstrom, BRR’s Chief Executive Officer.

In addition, the following BRR Board members were sworn in during the event:

  • 2018 President-Elect Phil Mount, Front Street Brokers
  • 2018 Vice President Michelle Bailey, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Treasurer Bob Van Allen, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
  • Immediate Past President Katrina Wehr, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Becky Enrico-Crum, Andy Enrico & Company Real Estate
  • John Evans, Evans Realty, LLC

They will work alongside BRR’s continuing Directors Krista Deacon of Silvercreek Realty Group, Bob Hurtt of ERA West Wind Realty, Debbi Myers of Front Street Brokers, Carolyn Sinnard of Happy Dog Realty, Ed Sperry of Equity Idaho Real Estate, and Jeffrey Wills of Amherst Madison Legacy.

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Gem County is Now a Part of Boise Regional REALTORS®

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Boise Regional REALTORS®, Inc. (BRR) and the Emmett Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inc. (EVAR) are pleased to announce a merger of the two organizations, expanding valuable programs in government affairs, market statistics, grant opportunities, and more, throughout Ada and Gem counties. The newly merged organization will operate as Boise Regional REALTORS®.

2017 EVAR President John Evans, of Evans Realty, LLC

2017 EVAR President John Evans

“REALTORS® in Gem County are a close-knit group and it was important to us to find an association that helped us keep our roots in the community,” said 2017 EVAR President John Evans. “By turning over the day-to-day management tasks to the wonderful staff at BRR, we will be able to focus even more on what we love doing — serving our neighbors through service projects, scholarships and donations, and of course, selling real estate.”

2017 President of the Boise Regional REALTORS® Community Foundation Cyndi Elliot

2017 President of the Boise Regional REALTORS® Community Foundation Cyndi Elliot

Cyndi Elliot, 2017 President of the Boise Regional REALTORS® Community Foundation, added: “Our colleagues in Gem County have a long track record of community service, and we are excited to continue that through BRR’s REALTORS® Community Foundation. Projects like leaf raking and house painting, as well as our ability to provide financial grants to housing-related causes, are just some of the many ways REALTORS® give back to people in the place that we call home.”

Earlier this year, the REALTORS® Community Foundation distributed $30,000 to charitable organizations throughout Ada County, and plan to offer grant opportunities to Gem County non-profits in 2018.

BRR Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom

BRR Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom

“Boise and Meridian aren’t the only cities growing in our region,” says BRR Chief Executive Officer, Breanna Vanstrom. “Emmett and other nearby cities are evolving in their own unique ways, and we’re excited to be a part of that growth moving forward. Specifically, this merger allows us to include Gem County and the City of Emmett in our advocacy efforts and market research initiatives, which we hope will benefit REALTORS®, elected officials, and residents in Gem County, as it has in Ada County.”

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2017 BRR President Katrina Wehr

“We are honored that the members of EVAR selected BRR as their association partner, recognizing the value we provide to REALTORS® through our programming,” said 2017 BRR President Katrina Wehr. “REALTORS® have always worked together for the benefit of our clients and communities, and this merger will only continue that tradition.”

Details for a launch event, grant and service opportunities, advocacy efforts, and additional member benefits will be announced in early 2018.

About Boise Regional REALTORS®:

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is a 501(c)6 trade association that represents more than 4,400 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. Established in 1920, BRR is now the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, providing resources to help members conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation. Visit boirealtors.com, intermountainmls.com, and brrfoundation.org for more information.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation Awarded $3,500 Grant from First Story

The Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), recently received a $3,500 grant from First Story, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Hayden Homes.

The funds will be used to further the BRR Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in the Boise Region through housing-related projects and grants.

“We are so honored to be selected by First Story for this grant,” said Cyndi Elliot, 2017 BRR Foundation President, and REALTOR® with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty. “This grant money will make a significant difference in addressing housing-related and neighborhood needs.”

The BRR Foundation offers opportunities for local real estate professionals give back to our community with their time, talents, and donations.

Andrea Anderson, BRR Foundation Vice Chair; Becky Enrico-Crum, BRR Foundation Director; Jaclyn Roberts, Hayden Homes; Montse Burkhart, REALTOR® Outreach Committee Chair; and Gary Salisbury, BRR Foundation Director.

Andrea Anderson, BRR Foundation Vice Chair; Becky Enrico-Crum, BRR Foundation Director; Jaclyn Roberts, Hayden Homes; Montse Burkhart, REALTOR® Outreach Committee Chair; and Gary Salisbury, BRR Foundation Director.

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Boise Regional REALTORS® (or BRR) represents more than 4,300 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region, providing resources to help members conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Intermountain MLS and the REALTORS® Foundation. Visit boirealtors.com, intermountainmls.com, and brrfoundation.org for more information.

Hayden Homes provides new homes to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned homebuilder in the Pacific Northwest.
With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 work-force families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable homeownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom.

The REALTOR® Store is Having a Sale!

From now until Thursday, December 21, 2017, the REALTOR® Store at BRR is discounting a number of items! We also have some GREAT gift ideas for the REALTORS® on your list! Supplies are limited, so come into the office and get them while you can! BRR is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and our office is located at 9550 W Bethel Court, Boise, ID, 83709.

Blue “A” Frame Open House – $35.00  $30.00

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Red “A” Frame Open House – $35.00  $30.00

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Basket for Booties (Booties not included) – $10.00  $7.00

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Brochure Box Info Pak – $15.00  $12.00

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Cell Phone Charger Set – $10.00  $7.00

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Crystal “R” Ornament – $15.00  $12.00

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Homeowner Book of Record – $22.00  $19.00

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REALTOR® Hydro Water Bottle (various colors) – $13.00  $10.00

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REALTOR® Travel Mugs (various colors) – $10.00  $7.00

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REALTOR® Water Bottles (various colors) – $13.00  $10.00

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REALTOR® Window Clings – $2.00  $1.00

Outrageous Authenticity by Leigh Brown –  $20.00

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REALTOR® Snowflake Ornament – $10.00  $7.00

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Member Spotlight: Jeffery Wills

Wills-Jeffrey1-e1446449529520-230x265“Jeff Wills is a consistent contributor to our real estate community through his involvement with the BRR Board of Directors as well as the BRR Young Professionals Network.  His leadership and enthusiasm attract other members to become involved in our industry in positive ways, including advocacy through RPAC. As a friend and colleague, he is a pleasure to work with and demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of the business.”

— Bob Van Allen, BRR Director, Designated Broker and Chief Executive Officer for Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group