BRR Endorses City Council Candidates

Elections were held November 7, 2017. Read about the results here.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements for city council races throughout Ada County.

Boise

  • Seat 2: Frank Walker
  • Seat 4: TJ Thomson
  • Seat 6: Holli Woodings

Meridian

  • Seat 2: Joe Borton
  • Seat 4: Treg Bernt
  • Seat 6: Josh Cummings

Star

  • Seat 3: Michael Keyes
  • Seat 4: David Hershey

Eagle

  • Miranda Gold and Robert Koellisch

Kuna

  • Richard Cardoza and Paul Schepper

Garden City

  • Elfreda Higgins and Jeff Souza

As real estate professionals, it’s our responsibility to engage in the political process by selecting candidates and supporting issues that protect homeownership access, private property rights, and promote economic growth. BRR’s endorsement process is thoughtful and deliberate in selecting candidates who best represent our industry and homeowners. The Public Policy Committee, comprised of REALTOR® and affiliate members with diverse backgrounds and political party affiliations, interviews candidates and determines the best recommendations for election endorsements.

Elections will be held on November 7, 2017. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/. For information requests regarding these endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

Many thanks to BRR's Public Policy Committee for interviewing the candidates and making recommendations for support. Pictured: Chelsea Hough, Soren Dorius, Phil Mount, Steve Cox, Gail Hartnett, Susan Weaver, Julie DeLorenzo, and Jessica Perreault.

Many thanks to BRR’s Public Policy Committee for interviewing the candidates and making recommendations for support. Pictured top row: Chelsea Hough, Soren Dorius, Phil Mount, Steve Cox. Bottom row: Gail Hartnett, Susan Weaver, Julie DeLorenzo, and Jessica Perreault.

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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 Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation. Visit boirealtors.com, intermountainmls.com, and boirealtors.com/realtor-foundation/ for more information.

WalkShop: 2017 Orchard Corridor Walkability Study

In July, The City of Boise, in partnership with Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), hosted a WalkShop with the purpose to start a conversation around future improvements to the Orchard Street Corridor. The WalkShop was made possible by a Walkability Study Analysis grant from BRR and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Elected officials, local business owners, and community stakeholders toured the Orchard Corridor by bus and then on foot. Then they broke into groups to brainstorm ideas and create an action plan to increase access and improve walkability in this area. The results of the study were later presented to the ACHD Commission and Boise City Council. The WalkShop was facilitated by Blue Zones, an organization that researches and promotes walkable communities among other healthy living tenets. This project was another success for the REALTOR® Party, and was featured in an REALTOR® Action Center article, “Boise Regional REALTORS® Bring Resources and Expertise to Revitalize Urban Corridor.”

What exactly is “walkability?” The National Association of REALTORS® defines it as a community where “residents can walk, bike or take public transit (light rail, trolleys and/or buses) to grocery stores, shops, schools, work, cafes, markets, playgrounds, and parks. Walkable communities have a mix of housing types as well as mixed-use buildings that combine residential, office, and retail. They can be high-rise urban neighborhoods, traditional downtowns, and main streets, or suburban town centers.”

Find more information on the importance of walkability in communities in the following links:

What does Orchard Street look like now? Click the images below to see 360-degree views of Orchard. Use your mouse to click and drag to change perspective, or rotate your mobile device.

Orchard Street and Morris Hill Road

 

Orchard Street and Fairmont Street

 

Orchard Street and Emerald Street

 

CALL FOR ACTION: URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT H.R. 2874

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Take Action Now

The National Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action for every REALTOR® across the country to contact their member of Congress and request they reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that is set to expire on September 30, 2017.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to take action and urge Congress to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act.” Participating in this Call for Action is easy and will only take you about 30 seconds!

This is an important opportunity to show Congress the strength of our REALTOR® voice and advocacy efforts, as we unite and rally on key policy issues that impact our industry.

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NAR supports H.R. 2874 because it reauthorizes the NFIP and makes a number of critical improvements, including:

  • Reauthorizes NFIP for a full 5 years, avoiding the uncertainty of short term extensions and potential shutdowns
  • Caps NFIP rates at $10,000 per year for property owners
  • Directs FEMA to develop more granular rate tables, to ensure fewer properties are over charged by NFIP
  • Sets aside $1 billion for flood mitigation assistance grants
  • Increases access to private market flood insurance

Reauthorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country, so it is critical Congress acts now.

Take Action Now

Questions? Comments? Contact BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius.

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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.

 

VOTE WEEK

May 7 – May 13

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  • 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!

ACT WEEK

May 14 – May 20

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      • 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.

 
INVEST WEEK

May 21 – May 27

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      • 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.

 

2017 REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings

 

This post will be updated daily throughout the meetings.

Recap from Day 5 — May 20, 2017

The NAR Legislative Meetings wrapped up with a Board of Directors meeting.

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Recap from Day 4 — May 19, 2017

Day 4 of the NAR Legislative meetings was busy for BRR leaders and staff. They attended a number of meetings including the Issues Mobilization Grant Workshop and Forum, Government Affairs Director meeting, a financial planning class, and the Region 12 Caucus in which Julie DeLorenzo presided as the Regional Vice President.

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Recap from Day 3 — May 18, 2017

BRR leaders and staff spent Day 3 of the NAR Legislative Meetings working in NAR committee meetings, taking a tour of the Capital building, and watching Congress in session. Congressman Simpson presided as Chairman of the session, and they were able to watch every member of Congress cast vote from their front row view!

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Recap from Day 2 — May 17, 2017

NAR Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello lead the discussion with expert panelists on tax reform and flood insurance. Chris Wallace of Fox News spoke on “America Under President Trump.” BRR and IR representatives met with Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Jim Risch. BRR Vice President Phil Mount discussed government-sponsored enterprise reform with Senator Mike Crapo during their visit today.

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Recap from Day 1 — May 16, 2017

Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the regulatory issues forum, Roy Wright from FEMA discussed national flood insurance issues, Kit Fitzgerald and Connie Fogle represented Idaho during the NAR Presidents Cup recognition. #NARLegislative #REALTORParty

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2017 REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings — May 10, 2017

Next week, leaders and staff from BRR will be attending the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this important conference is threefold: advocacy, committee service, and networking.

First, for REALTORS® from around the country to share issues important to our industry, communities, and consumers with U.S. Senators and Representatives. Three key issues to be discussed include tax reform, the reauthorization of the national flood insurance program, and ways to protect sustainable homeownership. Talking points for each are available here and will be the basis for meetings that Idaho REALTORS® will be having with Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch, and Representatives Labrador and Simpson while in D.C.

Second, to serve on national committees and workgroups, helping shape policy and initiatives to benefit members. From Idaho, there are 16 REALTORS® who serve on committees, as well as four staff members, including BRR Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom. You can see a full list of those serving on national committees at NAR.realtor (login required).

And third, to network with dedicated real estate professionals from around the country, sharing best practices and bringing new ideas back to our local association. There are structured networking sessions focused on association management, leadership ideas, and brokerage management, as well as the informal networking that happens between sessions, at educational programs, and during the trade show. The Legislative Meetings are open to all REALTORS®, so if you’re not able to attend this year, please consider it for 2018.

Stay up-to-date on the Legislative Meetings by following the NAR Legislative Live Blog.

Thank You for Voting YES and Supporting Local Schools!

BRR School Success

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) endorsed Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School Districts in their respective bonds/levies, and each of these endorsed efforts passed.

The Boise School District sought BRR’s help early enough that we were able to secure a $25,000 Issues Mobilization Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). That grant, along with some of our local RPAC funds, allowed us to run an independent campaign in support of the Boise School District Bond.  This investment resulted in BRR being a part of a historic win for the school district, with 86% voting YES in favor of the bond.

This election offered a great example of how EVERY vote counts — Kuna’s School District Bond passed by only 11 votes! It’s possible that those YES votes were made by REALTORS®, affiliate members, or members of the public that were influenced by BRR’s endorsement. From inviting the Kuna School District Superintendent to speak at our “59 Minute Meeting,” to using our social media, blog, and website to help promote their bond and levy; every vote, and every act of support influenced this very close election result.

The passage of these Ada County school funding initiatives is a big win for everyone in the community, regardless of whether or not you have children in the school system.  Education is a huge component of our economy, as well as a key deciding factor for families when relocating to this area. Securing funding for our schools is an investment in our future.

Thank you, REALTOR® and affiliate members, for voting in support of our local schools. Special thanks to our RPAC investors, whose financial commitments allow us to engage in important local, state, and national issues, such as this.

BRR Advocacy Update | February 2017

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BRR Endorses Ada County School Bond/Levy Efforts

Three school districts within Ada County have bonds and/or levies they are putting before voters on March 14th. Among these endorsements are Kuna School District’s $40 million bond measure and $2.5 million supplemental levy; West Ada School District’s $160 million plant facility levy; and Boise School District’s $172.5 million bond initiative.

All of these bonds/levies will help address the rapid growth our region has experienced, ensuring our children have access to safe and modern schools. We encourage all of our members who live in these respective school districts to vote YES on March 14th. Learn more about early and absentee voting, as well as more info on these bonds and levies here.

Widen Chinden Boulevard?

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is proposing some big changes to Chinden Blvd., with the possibility of investing up to $350 million in order to add more lanes and modernize intersections. If you are interested in learning more, consider attending their next open house event:

  • Thursday, March 9th, 4:00-7:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Ave., Caldwell.

The Idaho Statesman has more information about the proposal which you can learn about here.

59 Minute Meeting Success!

Thanks to the many REALTORS® who joined us for our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2017, held on February 21st at BRR. We heard from our special guests Wendy Johnson (Superintendent of the Kuna School District), Eric Exline (Chief Communication Officer for West Ada School District), and Dr. Don Coberly (Superintendent of the Boise School District). It was a great opportunity to learn more about what is going on in their school districts, as well as how the upcoming bonds and levies will help address school needs in our rapidly expanding communities. Stay tuned for information on our next 59 Minute Meeting, to be held Tuesday, May 23rd at BRR.

RPAC Lounge is returning to our REALTOR® Awards Gala

We are pleased to announce that RPAC will once again be hosting an exclusive lounge area for RPAC investors at our upcoming Gala on Friday, March 10th. For more details on this exclusive VIP lounge experience, please contact Soren Dorius at soren@boirealtors.com or call (208) 947-7237.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Endorse Local School Bonds and Levies

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) has endorsed the Kuna School District’s $40 million bond measure and $2.5 million supplemental levy, as well as West Ada School District’s $160 million plant facility levy. BRR also recently endorsed Boise School District’s $172.5 million bond initiative.

“As REALTORS®, we understand that strong schools are necessary to support our growing community,” said Katrina Wehr, 2017 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and Managing Broker for Keller Williams Realty Boise. “We endorse these local school initiatives that seek to improve existing facilities and build new facilities to accommodate expanding student populations. In doing so, we provide safe and effective learning environments for our students and continue to be a desirable area for families to relocate. For these reasons, the Boise Regional REALTORS® support the Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School Districts in their upcoming bond and levy initiatives, and will encourage our members to vote ‘Yes’ on March 14th.”

Additional information on each of these bond and levy initiatives can be found by visiting the following links:

Boise School District – www.yesforboiseschools.com

Kuna School District – www.kunaschools.org/112-district-information/board-of-trustees/bond-and-levy

West Ada School District – http://www.westada.org/Domain/7202

Early Voting Information:

Absentee Voting Information:

Do you know where to vote?  Find your polling location here.

Questions or comments may be directed to Soren Dorius, Boise Regional REALTORS® Director of Government Affairs, at soren@boirealtors.com, or by calling (208) 947-7237.

BRR Advocacy Update | January 2017

brr-rpac2017 Idaho Legislature is in session!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as the Idaho REALTORS® will soon release their legislative agenda, noting bills they’ll need our help to support. Boise Regional REALTORS® will work closely with IR to ensure our industry has a voice with our state’s legislative body.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mapping Changes

Changes to proposed 100-year flood maps could affect more homeowners in Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Meridian, and Star potentially requiring the purchase of flood insurance. To identify if a home is located in this impacted area, click HERE for an interactive map.  There are questions about these maps, the timeline for implementation, and options for homeowners in newly affected areas. We encourage BRR members and homeowners to attend the following public meetings to learn more:

  • February 1, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W Front St in Boise
  • February 2, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lowell Scott Middle School, 13600 W McMillan Rd in Boise

59 Minute Meetings are BACK!

Mark your calendar — our first 59 Minute Meeting of 2017 is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 21 at BRR. We’ll be talking about education and how it impacts our community. Between the Governor’s State of the State request for a 7.9% increase in education spending, and several local school districts running bonds and levies, we’ll let you know what’s happening and how BRR and IR are involved. Event details out soon.

Congrats to Jessica Perreault, on her appointment to the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission!

The Meridian Planning and Zoning commission is responsible for the policies and issues related to zoning, transportation planning and development, among other things.  Jessica is a BRR member and REALTOR® with Silverhawk Realty. She will serve a 3-year term.

Have questions about advocacy?

Contact BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, Soren Dorius, at soren@boirealtors.com.

Invest in RPAC

RPAC’s mission is to identify candidates for elected office on the local, state and national levels who will work with REALTORS® to promote and protect the American Dream of home ownership. Candidates that receive support from RPAC are not selected based on their political party or ideology, but solely on their support of real estate issues. Our legislative allies are members of the REALTOR Party.  The REALTOR® Party supports the issues that are important to your business as a REALTOR®, regardless of political party affiliation.

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