BRR Reports on Boise’s Community Conversation Workshops

Growth imageLast month, the City of Boise held three Community Conversation Workshops to gather feedback from citizens to gain a deeper understanding of residents’ thoughts and priorities on growth; provide context to help update the city’s comprehensive plan, “Blueprint Boise”; and define a path forward that protects those things that make the city special.

You can read the city’s recap here, as the following is a summary of first-hand reports from BRR members and staff who attended.

“What a great event… and opportunity for us to gather the collective ideas of the awesomeness of Boise, and also the concerns about growth,” noted Gail Hartnett with Keller Williams Realty Boise.

Cameron Kinzer, BRR’s Government Affairs Specialist, said, “I’m glad the city officials who put these workshops together used a holistic approach that included discussion on the positive and negative aspects of growth. This exercise helped participants focus on what we value as a community, and what we want the Boise of the future to be like.”

The common themes reported by BRR staff and members were:

What is great about Boise? What are your concerns about growth?
Friendly People/Culture/
Boise is a “Welcoming City”
Transportation/Traffic/Lack of Infrastructure
Vicinity to Outdoor Activities/Greenbelt and Parks Affordability, including Housing
Strong Economy Urban Sprawl/Open Space/Farmland
Safety and Cleanliness Environmental Impact
Access to Elected Officials Need more Regional/Valley Agency Cooperation
Vibrant Downtown More to Boise than Downtown/North End

Dave Ferguson, with Ferguson Realty Group, reported that finding a balance between open space and private property rights was briefly mentioned, but that wages and access to rental housing seemed to be bigger concerns. “When the conversation turned to affordable housing, current wage rates were constantly brought up,” Ferguson reported, and said participants suggested the possibility of “creating private developer and city partnerships to address the rental housing shortage.”

Breanna Vanstrom, BRR’s Chief Executive Officer, said she was “surprised by the support for new housing, both infill and new development, as well as concerns about how divisive the anti-growth sentiment was becoming.” According to Vanstrom, one participant at her table said: “I get why people are frustrated with home prices and growth. I’ve been trying to buy a house for over a year and it’s been hard. But you can’t get mad about affordability, then on the other hand, yell online or at meetings against any new housing development. It’s not realistic.”

The inevitability of growth seemed to be an assumption shared by participants. As one newspaper reporter shared, in a follow-up interview to the workshops: “I think it has been pointed out, (if) you don’t grow, you die.”

The discussions at the workshops echoed this statement, but also expressed a desire for decisions about growth to be made in relation to a coordinated, forward-looking plan adopted by groups across the region. “Now is the time for the city councils, state legislature, and other agencies to come together to create common sense, proactive solutions,” added Kinzer.

More specifically, participants said that they didn’t want to “just build houses,” but rather, “create communities” to support the housing that is needed.

BRR whole-heartedly supports the idea of creating communities and will continue to form policy and promote initiatives rooted in smart, managed growth tactics. Therefore, we will be continuing this conversation with BRR members during the “Getting to Solutions on Community Growth” Listening Session at the Mid-Year Housing Summit on July 19th. If you’d like to be involved, secure your spot today. Seats are filling fast and there are only a few available spaces left.

REALTORS® Respond to Last Weekend’s Tragedy

Help Us Raise $10,000 For Families Hurt in Attack

Fellow REALTORS® and BRR Members,

By now, you’ve likely heard about the tragic attack at a child’s birthday party in Boise last weekend. This act of violence does not represent our community, and we share our deepest sympathies with everyone involved.

What does represent our community, and our members, is the willingness to help others in need.

In that spirit, please help us raise at least $10,000 for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to support the families hurt by the attack in Boise. To meet this goal, all donations made to the REALTORS® Community Foundation now through July 20, 2018, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.

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If you prefer, you can drop by the BRR office to make your donation in person, you can do so over the phone by calling BRR at 208-376-0363. Donations made through BRR’s REALTORS® Community Foundation are tax-deductible and 100% of the money raised through this campaign will go directly to the IRC of Boise. Donations from non-members will also be matched, however, the donate online option is not available to non-members.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for your commitment to our community.


Gary Salisbury
2018 President
Boise Regional REALTORS®
Kim Daley
2018 President
REALTORS® Community Foundation

How to Donate

Ready to donate? There are three ways to make a contribution and double your impact with matching funds between now and July 20th:

  • Drop by the BRR office to make your donation in person (credit or debit cards, checks, and cash accepted).
  • Call BRR at 208-376-0363 (credit or debit cards accepted over the phone).
  • Donate by credit or debit card online (find instructions and video showing how to donate online below). You must be a BRR member to donate online.

Step-by-step instructions to pay online:

  1. Go to the BRR member login.
  2. Enter your login information and click “Login“. (Note: If you do not know your login information, call BRR at 208-376-0363 or email
  3. Once you are logged in, click on the “Shop” tab in the top ribbon.
  4. In the center of the screen, you should see a rectangle that says, “Voluntary Foundation Contribution, $5.00“. Click “Add to Cart“.
  5. Then click, “View Cart“.
  6. Donations are in $5.00 increments. Click the + or – button until you reach the desired donation amount.
  7. Then click “Update“. The total should show the updated donation.
  8. Click “Checkout“.
  9. Enter your credit card information and click “Continue“.
  10. Confirm your payment and donation details, then click “Submit Payment“.
  11. A confirmation will display, and an email receipt will be sent to the email address BRR has on file.

If you have questions about donating online, contact BRR’s Director of Membership and Education, Angela Gibson. If you have questions about the fundraiser, contact BRR’s Chief Executive Officer, Breanna Vanstrom.

Member Spotlight: Stacie States

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“Stacie is a leader in the community and is always striving to make our industry a better place.”

— Michelle Bailey, BRR Vice President and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Boise

West Ada Hosts First-Ever One-Stop Enrollment Fair for Families New to School District

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Just move into the West Ada School District boundaries? Families new to or not enrolled at West Ada School District at the end of the 2017-2018 school year may enroll all of their children in one place and on one day at the district’s first-ever enrollment fair on July 25, 2018, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at Sawtooth Middle School. Beyond simply enrolling children in school, families have the opportunity to sign up for busing, set up school meal payments, and prepare care or learning plans for their children at this event.

Families should bring:

  • Original/official birth certificate or passport
  • Hard copy of immunization record with proof of required immunizations
  • Proof of address (such as current power, gas or city utilities bill, or housing contract)
  • Incoming grades 7-9 bring last report card
  • Incoming grades 10-12 bring an unofficial transcript
  • Copy of IEP/504, if applicable
  • Copy of legal custodial paperwork, if applicable
  • If an interpreter is needed, please call District Service Center ahead of time at 208-855-4500

School and Community Services Available:

  • Counseling
  • English Language Learners
  • School Nurses
  • Immunizations will be available, provided by Central District Health Department
  • Nutrition Services
  • Special Education
  • Transportation

For families new to West Ada unable to attend this one-day enrollment fair, please call your children’s schools for information on summer office hours.

Find more information about this event at


Windermere Powerhouse Group Open House

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Windermere Powerhouse Group LLC is thrilled to announce the opening of a new real estate brokerage office in the historic Powerhouse building in downtown Boise. To celebrate, they are hosting an open house on Tuesday, June 19, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Powerhouse at 621 S. 17th Street in Boise. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the updated space, have a drink and enjoy nibbles!

RSVP to or call 208.920.5966. Visit their website at

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BRR Membership Now Available to Unlicensed Admins and Staff

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Unlicensed admins and staff working with REALTOR® members of BRR, either as an employee or through an independent contractor agreement, now have the option to join BRR! Admins are often the go-to person for information and assistance by many teams and busy real estate professionals. Because of their important role in the real estate office, it makes sense to give them the option to become BRR members, connecting them with association services and benefits.

Through this voluntary membership option, unlicensed admins and staff receive access to a variety of benefits:

There is no application fee for this membership option, and dues are just $200 per year and prorated based on the month you join:



To get started, simply fill out the Unlicensed Admin/Staff Membership Application and drop it off at BRR in person, weekdays between 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or email it to Please call us with any questions and thanks for joining!

Please note, this option is for BRR membership only and does not extend to membership or benefits with Idaho REALTORS® or the National Association of REALTORS®. Because of this, unlicensed admin or staff members are not “REALTORS®” and therefore unable to use the term or logo to identify themselves as such in any marketing or communication. They are also not part of a solicitable class for RPAC. Finally, while unlicensed admins or staff may be eligible for administrative access through IMLS, that is separate from this membership.

Give-Back Golf Tournament Raises Money for Non-Profits

Local real estate professionals raised over $24,000 at the 2018 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 May 30, 2018, at Shadow Valley Golf Course with 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participating. As one of the largest annual fundraisers for the REALTORS® Community Foundation, this year’s event was a tremendous success, raising over $4,000 more than in 2017.

Kim Daley, 2018 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

Kim Daley, 2018 REALTORS® Community Foundation President

“Participation from REALTORS® and other industry leaders was phenomenal this year,” noted Kim Daley, 2018 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. 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, Jesse Tree, LEAP Charities, Life’s Kitchen, NeighborWorks®, The Salvation Army, Women’s & Children’s Alliance, and the West Ada School District Foundation. The BRR 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 more than 4,500 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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Free Finally Home! Homebuyer Education Classes for Your Clients in June


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Member Spotlight: Linda Young

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“Linda is extremely gracious with her time. She has supported so many local community organizations, including but not limited to; the Boys and Girls Club, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, and many others. Linda has been in the Treasure Valley for most of her life and a licensed agent for 13 years. She is passionate about helping others in her community and will give the shirt off her back to do so!”

— Krista Deacon, BRR Director and Broker for Silvercreek Realty Group