Social Media Policy

The following applies to all blog comments, social media posts, and any online interaction with Boise Regional REALTORS®.

NO POSTING OF LISTINGS. No solicitations or advertising of any products, companies, individuals, except those with which BRR, IR, and NAR have an agreement to do so. Do not share self-promotional material, this is not the forum for that; those types of posts will be deleted.

This website and corresponding social media pages are moderated by Boise Regional REALTORS® staff, who are here to assist you. Please be respectful and considerate in your comments.

Tips for participating:

  • Take the time to read all the comments in a thread before leaving your own.
  • Respond to the ideas shared, don’t attack the person who shared them.
  • Remember this page is for constructive sharing and discussion.
  • Complaints are allowed if they meant to seek solutions.

If you have a question you’d like to ask offline, please email us at info@boirealtors.com or call us at 208-376-0363. Thank you!

 

2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala

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2017 Statesman Ad SYMMETRICAL 3.9.17

Download the PDF version here.

BRR Honor Society members are also recognized at the Gala. To learn more about the Honor Society and to apply, visit our Honor Society page.


Thank you to our 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala Sponsors!

PRESENTING

PLATINUM

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GOLD

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SILVER

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BRONZE

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SPECIALTY SPONSORS

LandmarkHomeWarranty          Fidelity Title Company          nextitle logo          FirstFedBank Logo




2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala

2017-gala-save-the-date-image

2017 Statesman Ad SYMMETRICAL 3.9.17

Download the PDF version here.

BRR Honor Society members are also recognized at the Gala. To learn more about the Honor Society and to apply, visit our Honor Society page.


Thank you to our 2017 REALTOR® Awards Gala Sponsors!

PRESENTING

PLATINUM

FIMC-2Color          IMLS Logo final-color

GOLD

Banner Bank Logo          Evergreen house logo         Print   Guild        signature_art7-2014         Silvercreek Realty          Premiere Mortgage Resources          CBH Logo (red)

SILVER

Bear Printing Real Estate Marketing               Berkeley Building2           Blakeley Building Inspections         Merchants Logo High Res          Washington Federal          US Bank Home Mortgage          Silverhawk          PillarToPost-Henke.Stogdell.Uecker

BRONZE

BancHomeLoans_standard_logo™          Eagle Home Mortgage Master Logo                  Wells_Logo          IHFA

SPECIALTY SPONSORS

LandmarkHomeWarranty          Fidelity Title Company          nextitle logo          FirstFedBank Logo




See highlights from the 2016 Circle of Excellence Awards Gala!

Member Spotlight: Lynn Bradescu

Lynn Bradescu“I am recommending Lynn Bradescu for the Member Spotlight. She has been a REALTOR® for over 10 years, is good-natured, fun-loving and hard-working, which is reflected in her approach to life and real estate. Lynn is a founding member and CEO of 100ADA, a non-profit that helps small, local non-profits that need fundraising assistance. To date, 100ADA has gifted over $60,000 to Ada County non-profits! She truly believes that this is her way of “paying it forward,” and considers it an honor to be in the position to accomplish this small change within her community.”

— Carolyn Sinnard, BRR Director and Designated Broker for Happy Dog Realty

2018 Call for Committees

The 2018 Call for Committees is open now closed. Thank you!

To accomplish BRR’s Mission, we rely on the experience and expertise of volunteer members, who serve on our various committees, advisory groups, and subsidiary boards. In doing so, members help us plan programs, events, and outreach activities, based on what’s happening in the market today. Learn more about BRR’s various committees and the volunteer leaders who serve on each:

BRR Committees are filled by applicants for one-year terms, although some positions may have multi-year terms. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer leadership or have questions, please contact BRR’s Director of Events and Community Engagement, Shari Fernandez.

2018 Proposed Bylaws Amendments

2018 Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Per Article 17 of the Bylaws of Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), the Bylaws may be amended by majority vote at any meeting, when notice of the proposed amendments have been given at least 10 days prior to the time of said meeting.

BRR’s Bylaws Committee and Board of Directors are proposing amendments to its Bylaws, to be voted on in their entirety, by BRR REALTOR® members at the Annual Membership Meeting — September 28, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at JUMP, located at 1000 W Myrtle Street, in downtown Boise.

The proposed amendments are now available for review, in accordance with the minimum 10-day review period:

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENTS FOR 2018 (PDF)

Questions about the proposed changes may be submitted to Andy Enrico, 2017 Chair of the Bylaws Committee at andy@andyenrico.com or 208-866-0302; or, to Chief Executive Officer, Breanna Vanstrom at breanna@boirealtors.com or 208-947-7228.

For more details on this year’s Membership Meeting, including presentations by REALTOR® Leigh Brown, an expert panel discussion on “Engaging Consumers Through Emerging Technologies,” and more, please visit the event page and register now!

2018 REALTOR® Membership Renewal Dues

2018 membership dues have been invoiced.

Pay your dues online (login with your IMLS Paragon credentials) or call 208-376-0363 to pay by phone or with questions.

Payment is due by Friday, December 29, 2017, to avoid a $100 late fee.  And don’t forget… your annual REALTOR® dues are not set up as an auto debit like your quarterly IMLS fees.

Here’s a breakdown of your 2018 dues invoice:

  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Dues — $200
  • Idaho REALTORS® Dues — $180
  • National Association of REALTORS® Dues — $155
    • Are you taking advantage of your REALTOR® benefits?
      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 business plans. While we offer a variety of programs and services, below are five member benefits we hope you’ll take advantage of.
      1. Two Idaho Commission CORE courses per licensing cycle for free ($50 value each) 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, Twitter, and Content Corner. Share, repost, and repurpose 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.
      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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  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Suggested/Voluntary Investment* — $30 for REALTORS® and Appraisers; $99 for Designated REALTORS®/Brokers
    • Learn more about Investing in RPAC
      Any contribution made to the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is completely voluntary and may be declined without reprisal by the Association. Your investment in RPAC gives the industry a voice with your elected officials and important legislative actions that can significantly impact your business and clients. All RPAC investments made via dues billing are earmarked for 2018 fundraising goals. Questions about RPAC? Contact BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius. 
  • New in 2018! BRR Foundation Suggested/Voluntary Donation* — $5
    • Learn more about the BRR Foundation
      Your voluntary donation to the Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation helps to improve the quality of life in the Boise region through housing-related projects and grants.  Through the support of BRR members, the BRR Foundation directly impacts access to housing in our community. Since its inception in 1995, the BRR Foundation has provided over $1.7 million in grants to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Ada County. Questions about the BRR Foundation? Contact BRR Director of Events and Community Engagement Shari FernandezAny contribution made to the BRR Foundation is completely voluntary and may be declined without reprisal by the Association. 

* To edit the amounts for RPAC and the BRR Foundation, simply click “EDIT” on the Order Summary page before clicking “Pay Now.”

Rules for Deductibility

100% of donations made to the BRR Foundation are tax-deductible since the foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.  Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes.  The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts.  The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute.  You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. For investors, 70% of each contribution is used by State PAC to support state and local political candidates and 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.

Note 1:  The Legal Review and Issues Mobilization Fund is used to support legal services for the REALTOR® organization including, but not limited to assistance in court cases and issue campaigns with potential statewide significance.

Note 2:  Your 2018 dues include a $35.00 mandatory assessment by NAR to fund a nationwide public consumer advertising campaign that includes TV network and Cable ads that highlight the value a REALTOR® brings to a transaction and stressing the importance of using a REALTOR®.

Compliance with the Tax Reform Act of 1993 requires that a portion of dues attributable to lobbying and political activities at the State and Federal levels of government be considered non-deductible for income tax purposes.

For 2018, with dues at $155 per member, NAR computes 43% or $52 to be nondeductible for income tax purposes due to NAR lobbying efforts. Please note the entire $35 Public Awareness Campaign special assessment (which is included in the $155 sum) qualifies as fully deductible. The non-deductible portion of 2018 Idaho REALTORS® State dues is $42.50. $137.50 is deductible (the $10 Legal Review Fee and $127.50 of the IR dues). For 2018, with dues at $200 per member, the full $200 for Boise Regional REALTORS® dues qualifies as fully deductible, since none of it is used for lobbying efforts.

NOTE: Boise Regional REALTORS® and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, accounting, or financial advice. This has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, accounting or financial advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, accounting, or financial advisors about your specific situation. 

 

Why are BRR dues up $5?
Like any business, BRR’s operating costs aren’t immune to the market. As prices of supplies, professional services, health insurance premiums, etc., increase, so do the line items in the association’s budget. Last year, the Board of Directors adopted a policy to use a Consumer Price Index (CPI) Based Dues Formula to provide a method for evaluating our annual dues amount, in relation to the changing prices of goods and services. Using this formula, it was determined that a 2.5% increase was warranted. And while small dues increases are meant to help with annual operations, BRR is also diligent with our finances to ensure we have the resources necessary to provide you with services under all market conditions. This means building and maintaining adequate financial reserves. To that end, a minimum of 5% of dues goes directly into reserves to ensure the long-term financial stability and solvency of BRR. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact your BRR Treasurer Danielle Cullip or Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom. Thank you for your continued membership! 

 

If you have further questions about dues billing or what your dues pay for, please visit our Dues Billing FAQs page.

REALTORS® > Tech

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Adapted from BRR’s weekly “Broker Bulletin” email series.

Did you catch the Inman article, “3 things real estate agents will always do better than tech disruptors,” written by Anthony Hitt, CEO for Engel & Völkers Americas? If not, I wanted to bring it to your attention.

The key takeaway was this: “Agents who embrace technology as a way to enhance their existing skill sets, understand how to pivot and hone their ability to deliver a superior experience to their customers will be around for a very long time.”

I want to emphasize the idea of using technology to enhance your services.

It’s very easy to see technology as a threat to our industry, but I would argue that’s it’s a threat to (or change agent for) certain tasks of the transaction (search, transaction management, etc.) and to agents who are unable or unwilling to do what Mr. Hitt suggests: pivot and hone their services.

Here are the three areas he says where REALTORS® are greater than tech:

  1. Offering a personalized white glove experience — Great agents know how to create a personalized experience for each of their clients throughout the sales process, which a website or device simply cannot offer.
  1. Understanding the emotional impact — A good agent understands the emotional elements of this process for the buyers and sellers and doesn’t treat it as a simple, formulaic transaction.
  1. Guiding buyers and sellers — Technology can use certain algorithms, follow strict parameters and return search results, but it doesn’t understand why those parameters were given, offer feedback based on experience or market knowledge, or alter search criteria.

While I don’t think you would disagree with any of these things, we never talk about them. We don’t weave these ideas into our business philosophies and practices and review them on a regular basis. Instead, we talk about “how to get more agents using the new technology we implemented,” or “how to get more listings in your pipeline.” Those things are important, but we have to get back why we’re doing what we’re doing (shout out to Simon Sinek’s TED Talk), knowing the value we bring to the transaction, and then tell that story in our marketing, through our interactions with clients, etc. — while also delivering the results.

I don’t disagree that new products and services from tech companies can feel threatening when they’re first launched (and I’m not looking at any one company in particular, nor is this meant to start a debate about any of them). And I’m certainly not going to pretend that changing technology will not affect our business or impact customer preferences and expectations. Especially when there are literally hundreds (thousands?) of tech companies out there looking to change the way real estate is experienced by consumers.

These companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to figure out how to make buying or selling a home more efficient, more streamlined, more, whatever.

But you already do that.

So, use technology to help you do it better, and keep focused on serving clients before, during, and most importantly, after the transaction. You are closer to the consumer experience than any tech company, and you can see desires change and shift in real-time. Meaning, you can more quickly pivot and hone your services than any tech company ever could.

We’re Hiring!

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Interested in working at BRR? Open positions will be posted here. While there are no current openings, feel free to send your resume to Breanna Vanstrom at breanna@boirealtors.com and we’ll reach out if something opens up that fits your skills. Thank you!

 

2016 Mid-Year Housing Summit

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