2018 BRR Director Candidates

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Voting will open August 7, and close at 11:59 pm on September 27.

BRR VICE PRESIDENT – (2 Candidates for 1 Opening)

In addition to the responsibilities noted for a Director, the BRR Vice President will be the primary liaison between all BRR committees and the Board of Directors. The Vice President will also assume the responsibilities of the President in their absence (and in the absence of the President-Elect) and will assist the President in carrying out the functions of the office. Term: January 2018–December 2021; One year as Vice President, the progress through the Officer roles to become the 2019 President-Elect, 2020 President, then Immediate Past President in 2021, unless otherwise determined by the Board of Directors.

Michelle Bailey_resizedMichelle Bailey, Keller Williams Realty Boise

I’ve served as a REALTOR® since July 2006 after moving to Idaho from Northern California. I’ve consistently been a Top Producer in our field and enjoy serving in many different volunteer positions to help those that work in an area I’ve found so much passion and enjoyment in.

In 2016 I partnered with the Ben Kinney Team and now lead a team of amazing Realtors in Idaho. We have a defining culture of doing much more than just selling real estate. As a Keller Williams affiliated organization, we share the KW culture of serving each other, our communities and our planet. Our mission, vision, values, and culture differentiate us as industry innovators and leaders.

We are recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends as a top 25 producing real estate team in the nation, across all brokerage brands. Our amazing team helped 991 families buy, sell, or invest in real estate in 2016.

“I’m looking forward to using the skills I’ve gained in multiple leadership positions and challenging myself in a new role for the benefit of the Association and our members. We are at a pivotal point in real estate with many changes happening quickly.  Understanding these changes, implications for our members and communicating them are vital.” – Michelle Bailey


Danielle Cullip_resizedDanielle Cullip, Silverhawk Realty

Danielle’s commitment to customer service and professionalism are the basis of her foundation. Connecting deeply and serving others, along with building strong valuable relationships is her primary focus.

She has been passionate about real estate since 2005 and thrives on continued education, knowledge, and volunteering in the industry.

Danielle is a rock-star mom of three amazing children: Blake who loves to hunt, play sports and ride his dirt bike. Jocelyn enjoys reading and dance classes … And Ian is all about controlling his 7-year-old environment.

When Danielle is not serving others in real estate, she loves spending time with her family and friends and being active on the water during the summer months. She also loves reading great books and traveling whenever she gets the chance.
Danielle is a team player that approaches every situation with a go-giver attitude, she thrives on helping others meet their needs.

“I have been extremely lucky to be involved with Boise Regional Realtor’s for so many years but most to have had the opportunity to sit with some incredibly talented people on the Board of Directors for the last 4 years. I believe my leadership skills have grown this last year and a half as your Treasurer. I have been able to learn how the association runs as a whole as well as giving my input on different situations. If I am elected as Vice President I look forward to fine tuning my skills even greater while representing Boise Regional REALTORS® to the best of my ability.” – Danielle Cullip


BRR TREASURER – (1 Candidates for 1 Opening)

In addition to the responsibilities noted for a Director, the BRR Treasurer will be the primary liaison between all BRR committees and the Board of Directors. The Vice President will also assume the responsibilities of the President in their absence (and in the absence of the President-Elect) and will assist the President in carrying out the functions of the office.

Term: January 2018–December 2019

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Bob Van Allen, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group

A 2001 graduate of Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, Bob has considered the Treasure Valley his home for over 17 years. After working as an engineer at Micron Technology briefly after graduation, he decided to combine his analytical way of thinking with his business ambition and acumen, entering the real estate brokerage business in 2003.

Bob started his career with Coldwell Banker in 2003 and has been affiliated with the company for most of his real estate career. A lifelong learner, he values continuing education and has attained many of the industry’s most-respected professional designations, including the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute), and ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative).

As a producing real estate agent, Bob was always in the top tier of sales productivity in the market and values hard work, professionalism, and integrity in business above all else. Bob has been a member of the Boise Regional Realtors’ (BRR) “Circle of Excellence” since 2004 and participates in local industry leadership as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Boise Regional Realtors (BRR) and the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS).

In 2013, Bob became Chief Operating Officer of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group, eventually transitioning into the role of Designated Broker and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he supervises four local sales offices consisting of approximately 250 real estate agents and 20 staff members. He became a partner in the company in 2014.

Bob is also a member of the TitleOne Corporation Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Idaho Diaper Bank. Additionally, he is active as a member of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and a new member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Idaho Chapter.

An avid real estate investor himself, Bob has bought, sold, and managed many rental properties over most of his real estate career and is a valued resource for real estate investors.

Bob believes deeply in the Zig Ziglar mantra, “If you help enough other people get what they want, you will get what you want.”

His vision as broker and CEO for Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group is to be the premier real estate brokerage of choice for customers and real estate professionals in the Treasure Valley. Bob brings fresh ideas and great excitement to his company as it continues to serve clients and move forward into a very bright future.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys traveling, getting outside, playing golf, and home life with his wife, Erin, and his two young sons.

“My experience in brokerage ownership/management at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group over the last four years – as well as my broader investment and industry experience – positions me to serve the association well in the position of BRR Treasurer. Additionally, having served on the BRR and IMLS Boards of Directors, I am familiar with the Association’s programs, bylaws, and staff. I am very comfortable with oversight of financials for larger organizations like this one and am able to translate details to broader concepts (and vice versa) easily.

I also maintain the belief that you can always tell what’s really important to an organization by looking at where it spends its money. I’d like to build on a system that is already well-run and ensure that our financial activities match our mission, vision, and organizational priorities. I would also like to make it easier for Directors to track and understand what’s happening financially on a regular basis through simplified reporting and regular “laymen’s terms” updates.” – Bob Van Allen


BRR DIRECTOR – (5 Candidates for 1 Opening)

A Director of the BRR Board will advise, govern, oversee policy, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the association, in support of the association’s mission.

Term: January 2018–December 2020

Becky Enrico-Crum_resizedBecky Enrico-Crum, Andy Enrico & Company Real Estate

Growing up in a real estate family has given Becky a very strong understanding of the importance of service to her clients. As a second generation Realtor with over 20 years helping dreams come true with home ownership, the mentoring and knowledge she has gained along the way is priceless.

She has an outstanding reputation for her “positive” negotiating skills gained over a long career in both real estate and corporate management and sales. Her long-time knowledge of the Boise area as a native and more particularly the real estate market both here and McCall, combined with her “tell it like it is” approach along with her many community contacts are a real asset to her clients.This is why she has so many of her clients referring their friends and family to her.  An active school volunteer, she has been involved with annual fund raising events, Art Mom, Board member and served as PTO President. Operation School Bell was a favorite, which helped clothe kids in need.

She volunteered for her children’s sporting activities & several other youth oriented community organizations, she and her husband most recently housed a Rotary Exchange Student from Slovakia and athletes from Sweden & Canada.

For many years, her and her family have volunteered for both “Paint The Town” and “Rake Up Boise” (annual community volunteer programs for older & fixed-income homeowners who aren’t able to maintain their homes). She’s also an active volunteer in her church.

Becky is a “Graduate of The Real Estate Institute” (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and a lifetime member of the Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) “Circle of Excellence/Top Producer” and BRR’s “Honor Society”. Twice been a nominee for “Tribute To Women & Industry Award”.

Becky believes in giving her time back to her industry and has served on many committees at both the state & local level. These include: “Circle of Excellence Committee”, “Political Affairs Committee”, “Outreach Committee”, “State Convention Committee”. She currently serves on the BRR’s “Foundation Board”, “Outreach Committee” and “Nominations Committee”, and is part of the “Welcome Committee” for Women’s Council of REALTORS®.

She’s a State Director for the Idaho Realtors and President of the Broker’s Council of Idaho. (a marketing group of over 30 “non-franchised” brokerages and affiliates).

Her “fun time” consists of spending time with her family, mountain biking, hiking, wake surfing, downhill & cross country skiing, snowshoeing, cooking & traveling. She enjoys spending time at their family cabin in McCall, a resort community 2-hours North of Boise. Of course, she enjoys Boise State Football Season.

Becky loves working with both buyers and sellers and is committed to continue to treat them as she would like to be treated herself.

“I care deeply about our Association, the staff and members both REALTOR® and Affiliates that make our organization great. As an active REALTOR® since 1996, I am all for the ” Feet on the Street” folks! I work day to day in the “trenches” running my business with my husband. I feel we need to know the latest and greatest in technology, community events, legislative issues and continued day to day politics along with mortgage information to be a true professional to help my clients through the biggest financial decision they will make. Also to share ideas, helpful hints, & mentor each other as professional REALTORS® & Affiliates that make this industry flourish! I would like to be a member of the Board to stay informed & up to date with our industry & to give back in service to our members/affiliates & staff with anything I can share from experience along with help I can give physically. I would like to share in being mentored as a professional and be a mentor where needed. I have learned this is helpful both ways to share with each other. I would be grateful for this opportunity and be honored to serve this wonderful organization. Thanks for your consideration.” – Becky Enrico Crum


Brandy Holaday_resizedBrandi Holaday, Keller Williams Realty Boise

Brandi has been a full time licensed REALTOR® in the Treasure Valley since summer 2013. She attributes her success in real estate to her wonderful past mentors who helped her learn the ins and outs of this crazy wonderful world we call real estate! Brandi is available to her clients and does everything she can to anticipate their questions and concerns and be one step ahead and not just provide excellent customer service but LEGENDARY.

She stays involved in the Boise Regional Realtors as a board member of the Young Professionals Network and a board member of the Circle of Excellence Gala Committee 2016 & 17 both appointed positions. She is an active participant in various community events such as Paint the Town. Brandi’s outgoing personality makes her fun to be around, and depth of industry knowledge helps her connect easily with everyone she meets.

Brandi will strive to meet and exceed all of your real estate needs while keeping you informed and most importantly, having fun! So if you have any questions feel free to call her and relax while you put your home search in her qualified hands. She has a genuine interest in your financial well-being for the life of your real estate purchase, and plans for all of her clients to be clients for life!

“I have served on committees for years and now have reached a point where I’d like to take my volunteerism to the next level. I have learned and helped grow through the committees I have served on.  I can help take that knowledge a step further to better our association moving forward to work with like minded professionals to look out for all of our best interests.  Through my work on the Gala Committee I have a new appreciation for our budget, and through YPN I’ve learned all about our impact through RPAC and other association forms of giving back through REALTOR® outreach. More important than just saying I will be there, I have consistently been involved in the association for years and like to think of all of the board professionals as friends and mentors I’ve had the privilege to work alongside.” – Brandi Holaday


Elizabeth Hume_resizedElizabeth Hume, Keller Williams Realty Boise

I began my career managing restaurants and developing training programs around the country. I was a national training coordinator for NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway and an instructor in California training professionals in Microsoft Office. I finally landed back in Idaho where I worked for the Idaho Office for Refugees developing a database and later training users how to use it. I am currently teaching for Boise Regional REALTORS and working at Keller Williams Realty Boise as an associate broker, and working on my IREC instructor application.

Education is important to me, I continually work to educate myself most recently I received my MBA and industry CRS designation. I am actively involved in the community. My notable activities include serving the community with The Junior League of Boise, Learning Lab Board member, PTA executive board member, and other boards and organizations. I spend my free time with family chasing children to various sporting events (lacrosse, gymnastics, golf, etc.) and I like to spend time practicing yoga, reading, camping, skiing, traveling, and riding ATV’s.

I believe that Boise Regional REALTORS® does a great job of linking our REALTOR® community together, I would like to be a part of this organization and help make our association stronger. I have back ground in training and leadership and am ready to participate more in the leadership of my vocation. I feel that we need strong leaders with a strong moral compass to lead our industry. We need people who are willing to lead by example and do the right thing, even when it is hard. We also need these people to have compassion and understanding that we are all people working and learning together. I believe that I have these characteristics.

“I work with a diverse group of buyers and sellers and see their struggles with buying a home no matter what price level of home they are buying or selling. I work hard every day to learn more so I can help these folks have smoother transactions. I believe I am modeling what a great agent is capable of, and want to help others in our industry to do the same.

I have seen the industry change with technology since I started. We need strong leaders to help our members navigate these changes. I appreciate why one agent might choose one model or brokerage over another. As a leader, I feel I work to see both sides of a situation so I can make better decisions.

Today there are many models of real estate to choose from, as an association we need to be able to understand these different models and develop guidelines that are fair to all of them. I have worked hard to understand several of these models and I have been actively involved in real estate through several market shifts. Having strong leadership that can lead during all phases of the market, anticipate membership needs, and communicate effectively is important. I am always striving to become a stronger person and leader than I was the day before.
I believe I have the skills, leadership qualities, interest, and time to help Boise Regional REALTORS® become stronger.” – Elizabeth Hume


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Jessica Perreault, Silverhawk Realty

I’ve had the privilege of working in Treasure Valley Real Estate for 13 years in multiple capacities ranging from long term escrow to asset management, private investing, title, and residential purchases and sales. It’s been an honor to be a member of the Circle of Excellence and a Top Producer for the last 5 years. I also serve on the RPAC and Public Policy Committees (which I love!) and as a volunteer Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Meridian. My husband and I, fellow Realtor Craig Perreault, comprise the Picket Fence Team at Silverhawk Realty.

My educational background, volunteer, and work experience has uniquely prepared me to serve as a BRR Director. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Studies from Idaho State University, interned in Washington DC for the US Senate and volunteered in US Senators and Congressman offices in Idaho. My husband and I strongly believe in continually educating ourselves for the benefit of our clients and the public. We recently completed our Graduate Realtor Institute designations and will be studying for broker’s licenses this fall.

I enjoy being a part of a brokerage that actively pursues leadership opportunities with Tracy Kasper as the Immediate Past IR President and several fellow Silverhawk REALTORS® on multiple boards across the Treasure Valley. They have been incredible examples and inspirations, showing that being a REALTOR® is so much more than myself or a “job.” it is truly about serving others in my industry, the public, and advocating for home ownership nationwide.

“Our complex and ever changing industry has given me a strong desire to advocate for the needs of my fellow REALTORS®. My goal is to encourage the REALTOR® of Ada County to be the most educated, knowledgeable, and professional representatives possible for the clients we love and serve.  I have a strong vision for REALTORS® to invest financially serve together as a team toward the greater good.” – Jessica Perreault


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John Thomas, Skyline Realty

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, John has been in real estate in the Treasure Valley since 2013. After attending Boise State University for business school and beginning a career as a financial advisor, John moved toward real estate and founded Skyline Realty in 2015 with Jordan McCrea. Let his experience in real estate, business, and finance be an asset to you in your home purchase or sale.

“I would like the opportunity to help lead our growing group of REALTORS® in the Boise metro area. With the growth in membership at BRR, we have many new agents who need business development leadership and education to ensure that they are successful, long term members of our organization.”– John Thomas


IR DIRECTOR FROM BRR– (1 Candidates for 1 Opening)

The State Director from BRR to Idaho REALTORS® (IR) will advise, govern, oversee policy, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the state association, in support of IR’s mission. More information about their programs is available at idahorealtors.com.

Term: January 2018–December 2020

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Krista Deacon, Silvercreek Realty Group

Krista Deacon has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2006 and is currently the Designated Broker of Silvercreek Realty Group in Meridian, Idaho. With more than twelve years of experience in the mortgage finance industry prior to becoming a REALTOR®, she earned her GRI and broker’s license early on in her real estate career. While she’s only been in her current position since 2015, she has earned the respect of her peers and her industry.

She joined the Boise Regional Realtors REALTOR® Outreach Committee within a month of getting her real estate license and has been an invaluable member of the committee and the BRR REALTORS® Foundation ever since. Krista is past president of the Foundation, she is also a member of the BRR Board of Directors, the 2017 Idaho REALTORS® Leadership Academy, an RPAC Major Investor and a member of the President’s Circle.

Krista and her husband Brian stay busy with their four children. They enjoy outdoor activities, traveling and spending time with family.

“I’ve been involved in association matters at the local level for many years.  I’d love the opportunity to see how the state level functions.” – Krista Deacon


NAR DIRECTOR FROM BRR– (3 Candidates for 1 Opening)

The National Director from BRR to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will advise, govern, oversee policy, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the BRR, in support of NAR’s mission.

Term: January 2018–December 2020

Gail Hartnett_resizedGail Hartnett, Keller Williams Realty Boise

Hailing from Long Island…..Gail Hartnett made her way to Ft Lauderdale and then to Boise, Idaho in 1987. She was a cheerleader in high school…… a Tupperware Lady in Florida ……and was licensed as a REALTOR® in February of 1992, Honored in 1998 as ACAR’s REALTOR® OF THE YEAR…..she served as President of ACAR Realtors in 1999. Since 1995 Gail has been a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She was elected to the National Leadership Team in 2003 and served as the 2006 National President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Gail was the 2007 President of the Idaho REALTORS®.

She is NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Mike Simpson and was honored by NAR as the recipient of the FPC Meritorious Service Award in 2013. A strong believer in RPAC, Gail is a Golden R, President’s Circle member and was inducted into the 2 Star NAR Hall of Fame having invested over $50,000 since becoming a REALTOR®. …….. What does that mean????? It means she puts her money where her mouth is as a passionate advocate for Homeownership and Private Property Rights.

Gail was the 2012 NAR Regional Vice President for Region 12, NAR’s Liaison of the Public Policy and Federal Issues Group in 2016 and is now serving as Vice Chair of the Fair Housing 50th Anniversary Commemoration Work Group which we will celebrate in 2018! Gail will be facilitating the first ever Boot Camp for NAR Chairs and Vice Chairs this August in Chicago.

……and back home in Boise….Gail serves on the Advisory Council the Idaho State Meth Project and Idaho Women in Leadership. In 2001 Gail was a TWIN ….(TRIBUTE TO WOMAN IN INDUSTRY) Award recipient and in 2008 she was honored by Boise State University as a recipient of the “Women Making History” Award.

In 2008, Gail ran for the Idaho State Legislature….Although she did not prevail, many lessons were learned which she is sharing with others interested in running for public office.

Happily married to Ron for 48 years, they have three wonderful grown children….and five PERFECT GRANDCHILDREN….Baxter, their Black Labrador keeps both Gail and Ron “up to speed”….. In her spare time….she’s with those Grandkids….Baseball Tee Ball Gymnastics and what ever else they are doing….

A consistent Top Producer, she is listing and selling Real Estate as the Team Leader of THE GAIL HARTNETT TEAM at Keller Williams Realty BOISE.

“Serving REALTORS®and Consumers is my passion and has been since becoming a REALTOR®. My goal has been to “be the best version of me” always, and to make things better for those who follow. Volunteering to move the association forward is a part of my life as I continue to give my time, talent and energy to the Realtor Organization at all levels. I have much to give at the NAR level which in turn brings our State and Local into the National scene. Serving as NAR Director means understanding the issues that affect all Realtors and the future of our industry. I have and will continue to serve intelligently using my experience and wisdom.” – Gail Hartnett


Jim Pauson_resizedJim Paulson, Progressive Realty Corporation

After attending Boise State University, I went to work for Morrison Knudsen Corporation (MK) as a Marketing and Planning Specialist at their world headquarters in Boise. I was transferred to upstate New York where I ran the document control (similar to our MLS database) for a $517 million contract to build over 70 buildings. Then, I was transferred to the Eastern Regional Office outside of Washington, DC where I was in charge of the marketing for the Industrial Buildings Division for MK.

I left the Corporate world in 1991 to become a full-time REALTOR®. During my 25 years as a licensee, I have served as a REALTOR®, Sales Manager, Regional Director and now as the owner/broker of my own independent brokerage – Progressive Realty Corporation.

My professional positions within our industry include being members of multiple committees and leadership positions. My online portal for BRR shows a list of 21 committee/leadership positions which include: Chair of the IMLS New Tech Committee, Professional Standards, Election Committee, Political Affairs, plus all the Board positions I have held including ACAR, IAR & IMLS Board of Directors. I was also the 2010 President of the Ada County Association of REALTORS® and the 2014 President for Idaho CRS.

I am also a Real Estate Instructor for Boise Regional REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

I look forward to the opportunity to step it up further as an NAR Director if I am elected!

“As you can see I have been involved in multiple leadership roles over my 25 years a licensed REALTOR®. I have served at the local level, state level and now it is time to step up to the National level as a National Director for the Boise Regional REALTORS®.

I believe my 25 years of personal licensed real estate experience in addition to my experience in leadership at the local, and state level will serve our members well as I step up the national level. I hope to be more involved in evaluating trends and helping our association and its members avoid some of the factors addressed by NAR and other industry leaders. I think my experience on the board and MLS levels will serve our members well. I have a passion for what I do and take the position extremely seriously! I am committed to the time it will take to attend the local Board of Director’s Meetings as well as to be prepared in advance for the national meetings. I sincerely hope that Jim Paulson will be elected to the position of National Director!” – Jim Paulson


Susan Weaver_resizedSusan Weaver, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty

I am an active full-time top producing REALTOR® for over 20 years, I am an Associate Broker, GRI, CRS, and E-Pro. While living in Idaho Falls, I was the chair of the association’s Christmas Party and Affiliate Appreciation Party for many years, I was president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® for the local board and the Treasurer for the State, I was on the agent leadership council for Keller Williams for 3 years, until I moved to Boise, I was on the Board of Directors for the State of Idaho for Idaho Partners for Home Buyers Education until they dissolved, I also taught First Time Home Buyer education for many years.

Currently, I serve as a State Director for Idaho REALTORS®, I have sat on the Professional Standards Panel for the local association, both in Boise and Idaho Falls, I’ve served on the RPAC Committee, and currently am the Vice Chair for the Public Policy Committee. I am also serving on the Community Investment Task Force.

“I am passionate about being active and engaged in the Real Estate community and it is important to me that we all be involved in our industry to help make it better for all, and in the process, help make me a better agent and person as a whole.” – Susan Weaver

Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation Grant Application is Open

The Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation will be accepting grant applications for its annual competitive grant cycle beginning Tuesday, August 15, 2017, through Friday, September 15, 2017. In 2016, the BRR Foundation awarded nine grants totaling more than $25,000.

The mission of the BRR Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Boise region through housing-related projects and grants. The two largest fundraisers include the Give-Back Golf Tournament and online auction. Funds for grants are raised throughout the year by BRR members — local real estate professionals giving back to our community.

“The BRR Foundation board is pleased to offer grant opportunities to local organizations making an impact in our community,” said Cyndi Elliot, 2017 BRR Foundation President, and REALTOR® with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty. “By supporting these nonprofits with grants, we are able to make a tangible difference by addressing housing-related and neighborhood needs.”

Since its inception in 1995, the BRR Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations throughout Ada County. Past grant recipients include Boise Fire Fighters Local 149, Boise Rescue Mission, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless (CATCH), Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers, Good Samaritan Home, Life’s Kitchen, NeighborWorks®, The Salvation Army, and the Women’s & Children’s Alliance. The BRR Foundation also offers a matching gifts program for member contributions to local nonprofits.

Find the grant application and learn more about the criteria for consideration at http://boirealtors.com/foundation-grant-application.


July 2017 Member Spotlight: Karen Pestka

Karen Pestka“This month’s Member Spotlight is on Karen Pestka, full-time Relocation Director for ERA West Wind Real Estate and REALTOR®. Despite going through treatment for some difficult health issues, Karen managed to sell about $7,000,00 last year and has never missed a beat with her relocation duties. Her motivation and drive to overcome this hurdle while maintaining her dedication to work is unbelievable.”

— Bob Hurtt, BRR Director, Broker with ERA West Wind Real Estate


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Fuel Your Business: Understanding Appraisals Recap


At the June Fuel Your Business Luncheon, Donna Jacobsen of Silvercreek Realty Group and Appraise It Now, Jon Nishikawa of 24 Hour Appraisals, and Eric Thornfeldt of Thornfeldt Appraisal Services, Inc., explained the appraisal process, shared their experiences and discussed how agents might help prepare their clients for the appraisal.

The following is a summary of the discussion in a Q&A format; the content has been edited for length and clarity.

You can also watch the Facebook Live recording of this event.

Are there different types of appraisals? How are they different?

There are various types of appraisals — appraisals for loans, or for collateral management. For example, some lenders do quick drive-by appraisals for home equity lines. There are also differences between commercial and residential appraisals. Appraisals can also be done for consulting, pricing, estates, and liquidation, etc., the differences are based on the intended use.

Most appraisals are for conventional, FHA, VA, purchases, and refinances. FHA requires an inspection.

A common misconception is that the value of a property is the price at which a seller is willing to sell. Keep in mind, that is not the figure the lender is asking the appraiser to determine. The lender needs to make certain the loan is secure, based on history and comparables. An agent simply saying, “the market is hot,” doesn’t cut it as a valid comparable.

The appraiser has a lockbox key and can let themselves into the property. Should the listing agent attend the appraisal?

The preference about meeting an appraiser at the property varies by appraiser. They do value an agent’s input and would like to see comparables (and info about the listing, like if there were multiple offers) PRIOR to the appraisal, do so either by meeting at the property, leaving info on the counter, or emailing it to them ahead of time.

Here are some tips if you do decide to meet for the appraisal:

  • Feel free to be there during the appraisal, just don’t hang out with them the entire time. It can be difficult to work quickly if the listing agent is there, talking a lot and/or trying to help with measurements.
  • Appraisers prefer if the listing agent (or an assistant) doesn’t tell them how to appraise a property.
  • Don’t rush the appraiser to finish because you need to leave, you don’t have to present through the whole process.
  • Allow them room to work and don’t distract them when they are trying to focus.
  • TIP: If the listing is vacant and you want the appraiser to contact you before going to the property, change the showing instructions to “See LA.”

What kind of information should real estate agents be providing the appraiser?

Confirm the final purchase price with the appraiser—they may not be aware of counter offers. They don’t appraise to contract price, but it’s good to let them know what the final price is.

Share your logic behind pricing with the appraiser as they don’t want to be “deal killers.”

Provide a list of improvements and/or upgrades. Providing good comparables and any inside information you know about comparables.  Once the appraisal is done, it isn’t likely to be changed. Provide your input upfront, not afterward.

How should agents prepare their clients – buyers and sellers – for the appraisal?

Appraisers aren’t there to inspect a home for cleanliness, but the nicer it is, the easier it is to appraise. Put away dogs, repair anything that’s damaged, pick up clutter, and flush toilets, to make it as presentable as possible. Remember, they will take pictures of all the rooms. If it’s an FHA loan, make sure there is access to the crawlspace and attic. Also for FHA, if the house was built before 1978, advise your seller to fix any peeling paint. Get rid of anything that could cause safety issues, for example, hazardous waste.

What is one thing you wish REALTORS® knew about appraisals?

Appraisers are looking for the most similar, recent, closest sales as comps. They are not trying to prove your purchase price. On pricing, Jon made this analogy, “It’s kinda like a murder scene, appraisers show up, look at the evidence and we come up with a suspect. Agents already have their suspect (or price) in mind, so they look at the evidence, and how to frame who they want to.”

Understand that appraisers have rules they must follow and forms they have to fill out. Forms are “interesting gadgets” that find a way to prove the value of the property, and they require a high comp, low comp, and one comp in between. If they can’t meet that requirement, something is wrong with the appraisal. Appraisers can’t arbitrarily use comparables. Properties need to have “similar utility.”

Price per square foot may be good for marketing but is useless for valuations. Pricing a house per square foot is as relevant as pricing cars per pound. No one is going to trade a white Hyundai for a white Lexus even though they are both the same color, have four doors, and go 65 mph.

When it comes to the appraisal results, keep in mind that the definition of “market value” for Fannie Mae appraisals is the most probable price, not the highest price, not the lowest price, not the purchase price. Lenders want to be sure they are secure with the asset.

What are the consequences for appraisers if they don’t accurately value a property?

If these appraisals hit a certain Risk Score, it goes back out into the field to another appraiser to be reviewed. If the reviewer finds that good comps weren’t used, it can be labeled as fraudulent and/or incompetent, and a discipline process can be started.

How much value do you give to a home with a view, a 2nd or 3rd bay garage, or and RV garage?

It depends. Appraisers use match paired analysis, where they compare the same properties. For example, if the exact same homes are compared and one has the 3rd bay and one doesn’t, and the one with the 3rd bay sells for $8,000 more, then the market says that 3rd bay is worth about $8,000.

There isn’t a set number. Appraising is part science and part art, and the art is learning how the market reacts to different features. For example, construction value is important on the high-end homes and isn’t as important to starter homes.

Should you disclose the appliances to be included in the RE-21, if it’s not on the MLS?

Appliances that are built-in are “fixtures” (with the exception being a stove, which is considered a fixture). Refrigerators, washers, and dryers are considered “personal property” since they can be removed. If someone takes a stove, the value is adjusted because that fixture isn’t included. FHA requires appraisers to state which appliances are included.

What are appraisers required to do now versus three years ago?

Appraisers are now required to take photos of every room, fill out additional forms showing market trends, etc., which has doubled the time it takes to do an appraisal. Forms have been standardized, and they are limited to certain descriptions and ratings that they can use. Appraisers are more micromanaged now than in the past.

What are your hurdles, now that you’re hired by a third party?

There is less pressure from lenders and agents, which is nice.

How much of a challenge is it to add closing costs to the sale price? Does it push on value?

Yes, it does. With FHA, when comparing two of the same homes, and the subject home does not have any concessions, the appraisal will come in $4,000 low. With conventional, it’s a little easier. Just because you up the price for concessions, it doesn’t mean that the appraiser can value it higher. It does make it a riskier loan, and the bank will be sensitive to the value. It’s important to report concessions.

Do you ever look at previous appraisals on a property?


What can a homeowner do to their yard to increase the value the most?

Curb appeal and landscaping helps marketability but doesn’t necessarily impact the value, since landscaping is a personal preference. However, sprinkler systems do add value. A really nice paver system and outdoor kitchen may be considered in reconciling final value, but not as a line item adjustment.

Are the fees for appraisals changing?

Nationally, our area is still inexpensive when it comes to appraisals. In Portland, they are paying $1,200 for an appraisal if they want to get it back in two weeks. For a standard appraisal in our area, the range is about $375-$600.  VA is changing the appraisal fee to $600 on July 1, 2017.

If an agent has an appraisal come in low and knows of another comp that will close in the next few days, is there a reconsideration of the value that can be done with that comp closing?

If you’d like the appraisal to be reconsidered, the first thing you can do is read the appraisal. Look for mistakes — if there is a mistake, the odds are much better that you’ll get a reconsideration. Your comps need to be a good alternative to the comps the appraiser used.

They value the property based on the date of the appraisal. If you know a deal like that is coming up, tell the appraiser before, so they can deal with it.

They are required to use three to four comps on sold, one or so on active, and one or so for pending. FHA is now asking for two actives and two pendings.

At what point does a square footage discrepancy (between public record and what the appraiser measures) impact value?

Don’t rely on public records for square footage, assessors often get the square footage wrong. Measure your listing yourself and then correct the square footage in the MLS.

Any discrepancy from +/-50-100 square feet will make an adjustment, or if it’s a very large home, a difference of +/-200 square feet will be an adjustment to value. When looking for comps, look for ranges in square feet above and below the listed size.


Boise Regional REALTORS® Paint Five Boise Homes

Local real estate professionals volunteered their time and resources by participating in this year’s Neighborworks® Paint the Town™, painting the homes of deserving residents who are unable to do it themselves. If you’ve ever painted a house, you know that this isn’t an easy task. Teams schedule working times with homeowners, perform hours of prep, painting and clean up. BRR teams often go above and beyond, trimming bushes and trees, and making repairs to the home prior to painting. One homeowner commented, “This is a better paint job than if we’d hired someone to do it!”

This year, BRR had five teams participate: Lysi Bishop Real Estate and Keller Williams Realty Boise painted house #1; The Independent Broker’s Council painted house #2; Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group painted house #3; AAD Inspection and Silvercreek Realty Group painted house #4; and BRR Young Professionals Network, Silverhawk Realty, and Templeton Real Estate painted house #5.

BRR Foundation has donated nearly $100,000 as a sponsor of Paint the Town™ since the foundation’s inception in 1995. Sponsorship funds help cover the cost of paint and materials for the event. The REALTOR® Outreach Committee (ROC), the working arm of the BRR Foundation, helps recruit volunteer teams and match teams with homeowners. If you’re interested in getting involved with ROC, BRR is currently accepting applications for 2018 committees. If you’d like to volunteer for next year’s Paint the Town™, we will share details on how to sign up in early spring 2018.

Thank you to our volunteers, and to everyone who supports the BRR Foundation. Your efforts reflect the fact that REALTOR® and affiliate members are committed to giving back to our community.

2017 Paint the Town Photo Gallery

Boise Regional REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (BRR YPN), Silverhawk Realty, and Templeton Real Estate teamed up to form one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Volunteers pose with homeowners in front to nearly finished paint job.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Young Professionals Network (BRR YPN), Silverhawk Realty, and Templeton Real Estate teamed up to form one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Volunteers pose with homeowners in front of the nearly finished paint job.

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group was one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Painters busy at work on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Independent Brokers Council

The Independent Broker’s Council was one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Volunteers in front of the house in progress.

Lysi Bishop KW with homeowners

Lysi Bishop Real Estate and Keller Williams Realty Boise House teamed up to form one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Lysi Bishop Real Estate and Keller Williams Realty Boise volunteers gathered around the homeowners (centered) in front of the newly painted house.

AAD Inspection Silvercreek Realty Group

AAD Inspection and Silvercreek Realty Group teamed up to form one of the five teams participating in Paint the Town with Boise Regional REALTORS®. Volunteers putting the finishing touches on the freshly painted home.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Golf for a Cause

Local real estate professionals raised over $20,000 at the 2017 Stan Thomas Give Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) 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 1, 2017, at Eagle Hills Golf Course with 136 golfers and 36 sponsors participating. As one of the largest annual fundraisers for the BRR Foundation, this year’s event was a tremendous success, raising nearly $2,500 more than in 2016.

The tournament is named in memory of Stan Thomas, a real estate professional and avid golfer, who was actively involved in serving our community for many years.

Since its inception in 1995, the BRR Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in grants to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Ada County. Past grant recipients include Boise Fire Fighters Local 149, Boise Rescue Mission, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless (CATCH), Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers, Good Samaritan Home, Life’s Kitchen, NeighborWorks®, The Salvation Army, Women’s & Children’s Alliance. The BRR Foundation also offers a matching gifts program for member contributions to local non-profits.

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2017 Event Photo Gallery

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

2017 STGBG Tourny Sponsors

Registration is Open for the Mid-Year Housing Summit

Join us as we learn about highlights from the Treasure Valley Policy Survey, an update on our real estate market, and discuss investing in our community. We have reached capacity for this event. Use the register link below to be added to the waitlist, or email Shari if you’d like to cancel your registration.

Date: July 20, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Scentsy Commons, 2701 East Pine Ave., Meridian, Idaho

Cost: FREE for BRR Members/$20 for non-members

Register: https://2017brrmidyearhousingsummit.eventbrite.com

Learn more about the Mid-Year Housing Summit on our event page.

May 2017 Member Spotlight: Julie Schott

Julie Schott“This month’s Member Spotlight is on Julie Schott. Julie and I met a few years back, and she is nothing short of amazing. She is one of the most giving and compassionate people I know, always volunteering within and outside of BRR. I like to describe her as a tiny ball of fire because she has so much energy and passion for this industry, and love for her REALTOR® family. I am extremely lucky to be able to work with Julie, but even more so to call her a friend.”

— Danielle Cullip, BRR Treasurer, REALTOR® with Silverhawk Realty

Vote. Act. Invest.

advocacystartswithyouMay is REALTOR® Advocacy Month, an opportunity to recognize the importance of REALTOR® advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. BRR celebrated by focusing on three different ways to be involved in advocacy: vote, act and invest.  Here is a summary of the topics discussed and resources shared by the Boise Regional REALTORS® during REALTOR® Advocacy Month.



May 7 – May 13

Vote - REALTOR Advocacy Month 2017

  • Why is it important for REALTORS® to vote? From the REALTOR® Action Center website: “As a member of the REALTOR® Party, you vote for candidates at the local, state and national levels who support the REALTOR® Party and make the right decisions for your profession and your customers.”
  • REALTORS® get out the vote for pro-real estate ballot issues and candidates with the goal of protecting homeownership. If you’re not registered to vote, register today!
  • BRR members were encouraged to learn about the issues and vote in the local election for the Greater Boise Auditorium District (GBAD) on May 16, 2017.
  • Does your vote as a REALTOR® matter? Local school funding successes are the perfect example why. Thank you for voting YES and supporting local schools!


May 14 – May 20

Act - REALTOR Advocacy Month 2017

      • REALTORS® actively engage in government, and voting in the GBAD election on May 16th was the perfect opportunity to ACT by!
      • YES for Boise Schools thanks Boise Regional REALTOR® members and the REALTOR® Party for taking action by supporting the Boise School District Bond Initiative.

      • Get involved by signing up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts. NAR will send you short text messages when you need to act on important real estate issues.


May 21 – May 27

Invest - REALTOR Advocacy Month 2017

      • The REALTOR® Party supports the issues that are important to your business as a REALTOR®, regardless of political party affiliation. Learn more about RPAC.
      • Wondering if RPAC investments make a difference? Ask the YES for Boise Schools campaign! Boise Regional REALTOR® members and the REALTOR® Party supported the Boise School District Bond initiative, which PASSED with a historic majority!
      • Do you have questions about the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)? Find answers here, or contact BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius.
      • The financial commitments of RPAC investors allow REALTORS® to have a voice in important local, state, and national issues. Learn more here.
      • What happens when REALTORS® vote, act and invest? Read about REALTOR® Party successes.