Are You Affected by the 2017 Spring Flooding in Ada County? Could You Be?

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We’ve compiled some resources to help you keep track of river levels and locate sandbags and shelter areas if needed:

Flood tips from the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho:

Heed Flood Warnings:

Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately and stay there.

Stay away from flood waters:

If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or if you come across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.

Share preparedness tips with every member of your household. The best protection is to be prepared.

Advocacy Efforts:

Leaders from Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) joined more than 9,600 REALTORS® from around the country in Washington, D.C. last month, to advance key real estate issues on behalf of current and future homeowners during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings.

BRR leaders met with Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch, and Representatives Labrador and Simpson on Capitol Hill to discuss the reauthorization of the NFIP, as well as the importance of protecting the mortgage interest deduction and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. These kinds of programs and incentives are essential tools for sustainable homeownership.

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BRR 2016 Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from Boise Regional REALTORS®! Our office will be closed on the following days in observance of Christmas and New Year’s:

  • Friday, December 23rd
  • Monday, December 26th
  • Monday, January 2nd

 

Save the Date for the 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala

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The 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala is Friday, March 10th at the Boise Centre. Tickets will go on sale February 1st for $60 per person.

Evening Agenda:
6:00pm -7:30pm • Cocktail Hour (and a half!)
7:30pm – 9:00pm(ish) • Dinner & Program
9:00pm(ish) – 11:00pm • Dancing and Celebration!
Tickets to the event are sold individually. A table seats ten attendees.

Bigger and better than ever, the BRR Foundation online auction opens March 7th. Watch for announcements and links to the online auction.

Interested in sponsoring the Gala? Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Contact Shari for more information.

And, now through February 3rd, we are accepting applications and nominations for:

  • BRR Honor Society
  • Circle of Excellence Production Awards
  • Code of Ethics Leadership Award
  • Darlene Manning Humanitarian Award
  • Rookie REALTOR® Award
  • Affiliate of the Year
  • Broker or Manager of the Year
  • REALTOR® of the Year

Get the application and nomination forms on the REALTOR® Awards Gala event page and check back often for the latest event information!

Highlights from the 2016 Awards Gala…

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2016 Circle of Excellence Honorees

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Don’t miss out on the fun in 2017… get all the details here!

BRR Rakes Up Boise!

Boise Regional REALTORS® has twelve teams raking yards as part of NeighborWorks’ 2016 Rake Up Boise! Our teams, made up of both REALTOR® and Affiliate members, are making an impact in our community one bag of leaves at a time!

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REALTORS® Vote!

With less than 24 hours before Election Day, it’s time to prepare to vote and ensure your REALTOR® voice is heard!  Click HERE to find your polling location.

Every election cycle a group of your peers volunteer to help identify issues and candidates that best represent the ideals and vision of the REALTOR® Party.  After carefully interviewing candidates, and studying ballot issues, Boise Regional REALTORS® is proud to endorse the following candidates and issue:

  • TJ Thomson – Ada County Commissioner District 2 (4 year term)
  • David Eberle – ACHD District 2 (4 year term)
  • Sara Baker – ACHD District 5 (4 year term)
  • Support – W.A.R.D. (West Ada Recreation District) Aquatics Centers Bond Initiative

Each election we have the opportunity to vote REALTOR® Party, protecting and promoting our industry and community’s values.  We encourage every REALTOR® to get out and vote!  Locate your polling place by visiting http://www.idahovotes.gov/YourPollingPlace/WhereDoIVote.aspx

Stay involved and aware of key issues by signing up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts. Simply text REALTORS to 30644 to sign up!

Have questions? Contact Soren Dorius, Government Affairs Director at BRR.

REALTORS® Announce 2016 Endorsements

Boise Regional REALTORS® is pleased to announce its upcoming elections endorsements, for November 8th.  A committee of volunteers comprised of REALTORS® and Affiliate members, the Political Affairs Committee, reviewed upcoming ballot issues and a number of local election races to determine this election cycle’s endorsements.  After careful review of candidate interviews and issue presentations, the Political Affairs Committee made the following endorsements of candidates and ballot issues:

  • TJ Thomson – Ada County Commissioner District 2 (4 year term)
  • David Eberle – ACHD District 2 (4 year term)
  • Sara Baker – ACHD District 5 (4 year term)
  • Support – W.A.R.D. (West Ada Recreation District) Aquatics Centers Bond Initiative

“Each election cycle we have the privilege of giving our association and industry a voice on key issues and political races,” said Phil Mount, Chair of the Political Affairs Committee.  “This year was no different from previous years, where a committee of volunteers with diverse backgrounds and political party affiliations join together as the REALTOR® Party to determine the best course of action for endorsements.”

Speaking to the decision-making process, Boise Regional REALTORS® President Carey Farmer stated, “We are proud of the thoughtful deliberation and selection process, and also thankful for the time spent by our members to determine who the REALTOR® Party should support this election.  Committee members took time away from their businesses and family, to ensure our industry continues to have a voice in the community’s future.”

Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.  For information on registration and where to vote, please visit http://www.idahovotes.gov/ or https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/.

Get involved, build relationships, and make an impact!

Volunteering doesn’t just benefit BRR – it’s hopefully beneficial to our member volunteers, too. If you didn’t have a chance to attend the September Fuel Your Business Luncheon, here’s the recap:  Keri Davidson with The Idaho Nonprofit Center, Allison Dunn of Action Coach Business Coaching, and Carey Farmer, BRR’s 2016 President, shared their insights into how volunteerism can benefit your business:

  1. Volunteering for a cause or organization you are passionate about helps to connect you with like-minded people to build friendships and personal connections.
  2. Volunteering with, and leading groups, will give you leadership insights you can bring to your business. You will learn from others, seeing how they lead and serve, taking their best practices (or avoiding bad practices!) when you step up to lead.
  3. Don’t volunteer to get business – rather, by getting involved and being authentic – you’ll earn business. People will get to know you, and want to do business with you.
  4. You can connect your clients with volunteer opportunities, especially your out-of-state clients who are looking for ways to engage with their new community.
  5. Not all volunteer opportunities require a lot of time, or long-term service. Many opportunities, like Rake Up Boise, take just one day or a few hours. Find a volunteering mix that works for you based on your schedule. And, you don’t have to do everything your chosen group offers – pick those where you can have the most impact.

And finally…

  1. Once you’re involved with a group or organization, encourage others to participate! Sometimes, asking is all someone needs to get started. Help identify future leaders in current volunteers!

Looking for a place to volunteer? BRR offers a wide variety of opportunities and is a fantastic place to get your feet wet as a volunteer. Work alongside your peers and make an impact on your industry, and your business! The BRR Call for Committees is open now! Learn more about the different committees and submit an application at boirealtors.com/committees.

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L to R: Carey Farmer, BRR 2016 President; Allison Dunn of Action Coach Business Coaching; and Keri Davidson with the Idaho Nonprofit Center. BRR Fuel Your Business Luncheon Panelists. Sept. 2016

 

2016 Annual Membership Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended BRR’s Annual Membership Meeting on September 29th! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the day…

BRR’s President Carey Farmer kicked off the meeting sharing our successes so far in 2016. Take a look at the video.

Jane Kramer, BRR’s Bylaws Committee Chair, presented the proposed changes which were unanimously approved by the membership. These changes will go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Kit Fitzgerald, BRR’s Nominating and Elections Committee Chair, announced the winners of the Director Elections, as follows…

  • The 2017 Vice President will be Phil Mount. Phil will serve alongside our other officers, President Katrina Wehr, President-Elect Gary Salisbury, Past President Carey Farmer, and Treasurer Danielle Cullip.
  • The newest BRR Directors will be Bob Hurtt, Debbie Myers, Carolyn Sinnard, and Ed Sperry. They will serve alongside our continuing Directors, Krista Deacon, Bob Van Allen, and Jeff Wills.
  • The newest State Directors from BRR will be Michelle Bailey, Jared Cozby, and Gail Hartnett. They will serve alongside our continuing State Directors, Becky Enrico-Crum, Shirley Koch, Phil Mount, Carolyn Sinnard, Gary Salisbury, Susan Weaver, and Greg Winther.
  • The 2017-2019 National Director from BRR will be Carey Farmer.

Our 2017 officers and newly elected Directors will begin their terms on January 1, 2017.

The morning wrapped up with a keynote presentation by Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist from REALTOR.com®. Jonathan shared national trends and his forecast for the Boise market, and shared a few of the hottest tracks you should add to your workout playlist!

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During the afternoon session, Nobu Hata, Director of Member Engagement from the National Association of REALTORS®, gave a presentation about what buyers and sellers actually need from REALTORS® today, then led the group in roundtable discussions on topics such as marketing, video, CRM and the latest MLS tools.

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The afternoon ended with a Social Hour and Committee Fair, giving members the opportunity to explore the various groups with which they could volunteer with in 2017. Committee applications are being accepted online now through October 14 at www.boirealtors.com/committees.

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Throughout the day attendees had the opportunity to visit the Affiliate Showcase & Vendor Expo featuring twenty-three companies! It was a fantastic day that would not have been possible without the support of our affiliates, vendors, and sponsors. Thank you to the following Sponsors:

  • IntermountainMLS
  • First Federal Bank
  • Merchants Moving & Storage
  • Banner Bank
  • Idaho Independent Bank

And finally, a big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors — Greg Henke, Jeb Stogdell and Mark Uecker.

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Save the date for BRR’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting — Thursday, September 28, 2017. You won’t want to miss our featured speaker  Leigh Brown! We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, so stay tuned.

 

2017 Dues Billing Begins Next Week

Are you taking advantage of your REALTOR® Benefits?

This is the time of year to start planning for a successful 2017 by getting your business plan and budget squared away. As you’re doing this, we encourage you to incorporate the benefits you have access to through Boise Regional REALTORS®, Idaho REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®, into your plans. While we offer a variety of programs and services, below are five member benefits we hope you’ll take advantage of next year — or even this year!

  1. Free Idaho Commission Core course and free lunch at our monthly Lunch & Learn sessions. View our Upcoming Classes page for dates and details.
  1. Free social media content from the National Association of REALTORS® “Get REALTOR®” initiative, REALTOR.com’s “Learn with Liz” video series featuring Elizabeth Banks, Idaho REALTORS® “Empower the R” campaign, and, through Boise Regional REALTORS® Facebook and Twitter Share, re-post, and re-purpose anything you’d like from these sources!
  1. Free market reports, videos, and analyses about real estate activity in Ada and Canyon Counties updated monthly for you to use in your research, presentations, and communications.
  1. Free quarterly events featuring local experts and national speakers, providing insights on the housing market, economy, and legislative issues. One event planned yet this year, is BRR’s Annual Membership Meeting on September 29th at The Owyhee in Downtown Boise, featuring REALTOR.com Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke, and the National Association of REALTORS® Director of Digital Engagement, Nobu Hata. It’s also a great opportunity to network with your peers and local business affiliates!
  1. Discounts and exclusive offers on products and services from Sprint, Jeep, FedEx, Dell, and much more, through NAR’s REALTOR® Benefits Program, and competitive prices on open house and rider signs in BRR’s REALTOR® Store.

We know how busy you are each day, and how you don’t always have time to research what’s going on at the association — or to look beyond the great tools you get through Intermountain MLS. So again, we encourage you to incorporate the benefits noted above, and others, into your business plan and practices to get the most out of your membership and dues investment!

Contact us if there’s something you’d like to know more about — and visit boirealtors.com anytime for resources, news, and upcoming events.

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