59 Minute Meeting Recap: Transportation

Mathew Stoll, Executive Director at Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), addressing the crowd.

Mathew Stoll, Executive Director of Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), addressing the crowd.

Thank you to everyone who attended our fourth and final 59 Minute Meeting for 2017! We had a packed room of BRR members who listened and participated in an interesting discussion about the future of transportation in our area. Our panel of experts included Amy Revis, District Engineer Idaho Transportation Department (ITD); Mathew Stoll, Executive Director of Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS); and Bruce Wong, Director of the Ada County Highway District (ACHD).

Our speakers highlighted how these organizations are working together to prepare for the transportation needs of the Boise region’s growing population, estimated to exceed one million people by 2036, while continuing to maintain current infrastructure and address safety issues.

Amy Revis, District Engineer Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), talks transportation at BRR.

Amy Revis, District Engineer Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), talks transportation at BRR.

Each speaker noted how Idaho’s leaders are not meeting funding requirements for current maintenance needs, let alone the new projects and expansions needed to support projected growth. During the Q & A portion of the meeting, they answered questions regarding safety, public transit, and ways to advocate for additional transportation funding.

REALTOR® advocacy efforts will play a crucial part in working with our elected leaders to ensure that our growth is well planned and adequately funded. Learn about the role of RPAC and how it enables us to elect leaders who understand the importance of properly funding transportation and other community needs.

Bruce Wong, Director of the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) discusses a charity event put on by ACHD.

Bruce Wong, Director of the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) discusses a charity event.

Thank you for attending, and look for information about our next 59 Minute Meeting in the coming months!

November 2017 Local Election Results

Election results are in! Of the 14 city council candidates BRR endorsed, 10 were successful in their respective races. Thanks to your RPAC investments, BRR’s endorsements went a long way in helping elect officials who value access to homeownership and private property rights.

BRR would like to recognize each of these candidates for the time, money, and energy spent on their well-run campaigns. This was a tough election year, and we were fortunate to have so many well-qualified candidates seeking the opportunity to serve our communities.

Below is a list of BRR’s endorsements with the candidates who won. For a more in-depth review of the election results, please see the Ada County Elections report.

Boise

Seat 4: TJ Thomson

Seat 6: Holli Woodings

Meridian

Seat 2: Joe Borton

Seat 4: Treg Bernt

Star

Seat 3: Michael Keyes

Seat 4: David Hershey

Eagle

Miranda Gold

Kuna

Richard Cardoza

Garden City

Elfreda Higgins and Jeff Souza

Once again, thank you to the BRR Public Policy Committee for carefully interviewing all of the candidates and identifying those who would best represent our REALTOR® industry and values.

For more information, please contact BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, Soren Dorius at 208.947.7237

CALL FOR ACTION: Tell Congress to Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle-Class Homeowners

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The National Association of REALTORS® has issued a Call for Action for REALTORS® across the country to contact their member of Congress and request they Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle-Class Homeowners. Participating in the Call for Action is easy, and will only take you about 30 seconds.

We can’t let Congress turn tax reform into a tax increase for middle-class homeowners. Consider what effect the points below would have on your tax bill, the tax bill of your clients, and the impact on your business.

  • Homeowners already pay 83% of all federal income taxes. Homeowners should not have to pay more taxes so corporations can pay less.
  • Home-owning families with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 could face average tax hikes of $815 in the year after enactment.
  • Tax reforms under discussion could result in a drop of more than 10% in the value of all homes.
  • NAR rejects repealing or weakening tax incentives for homeowners, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local property tax deduction.
  • These incentives are critical for a strong housing market that creates jobs and builds stable communities.

We need tax reform, but not at the expense of middle-class homeowners. Let’s take this opportunity to show Congress the strength of our REALTOR® voice and advocacy efforts.

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Want to learn more? Check out the articles below for more detail.

 

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

Call For Action - Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

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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.

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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

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.

 
INVEST WEEK

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.

 

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.