A Look Back at 2017

2017 was a great year for Boise Regional REALTORS®! We’d like to take a moment to highlight just a few of the association’s accomplishments in the past year.

In anticipation of the new year, we’d like to raise a toast to you, the REALTOR®, for your excellent service to clients, advocacy efforts, and volunteer hours that continually show our community that the value of a REALTOR® goes well beyond a smooth transaction. Thank you for your membership and involvement! Wishing all of our members happiness, health, and business success in 2018.

Gary Salisbury Installed as 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS®

2018 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Gary Salisbury

2018 Boise Regional REALTORS® President, Gary Salisbury

Gary Salisbury, REALTOR® with Equity Northwest Real Estate, was named 2018 President of the Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) during the association’s annual installation ceremony, held December 15th at the Inn at 500.

Salisbury had this to say about his new role: “I’m excited to lead such a dynamic group of professionals that make up BRR’s leadership team. It truly is an honor to lead the trade association that advocates on behalf of homeownership, provides educational opportunities to REALTORS®, and helps foster connections between industry professionals.”

“Gary has always been generous in volunteering his time and talents to our association, and we are pleased to have him leading the Board in 2018,” said Breanna Vanstrom, BRR’s Chief Executive Officer.

In addition, the following BRR Board members were sworn in during the event:

  • 2018 President-Elect Phil Mount, Front Street Brokers
  • 2018 Vice President Michelle Bailey, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Treasurer Bob Van Allen, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
  • Immediate Past President Katrina Wehr, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Becky Enrico-Crum, Andy Enrico & Company Real Estate
  • John Evans, Evans Realty, LLC

They will work alongside BRR’s continuing Directors Krista Deacon of Silvercreek Realty Group, Bob Hurtt of ERA West Wind Realty, Debbi Myers of Front Street Brokers, Carolyn Sinnard of Happy Dog Realty, Ed Sperry of Equity Idaho Real Estate, and Jeffrey Wills of Amherst Madison Legacy.

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The REALTOR® Store is Having a Sale!

From now until Thursday, December 21, 2017, the REALTOR® Store at BRR is discounting a number of items! We also have some GREAT gift ideas for the REALTORS® on your list! Supplies are limited, so come into the office and get them while you can! BRR is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and our office is located at 9550 W Bethel Court, Boise, ID, 83709.

Blue “A” Frame Open House – $35.00  $30.00

Blue open house sign

Red “A” Frame Open House – $35.00  $30.00

Red open house sign

Basket for Booties (Booties not included) – $10.00  $7.00

bootie basket

Brochure Box Info Pak – $15.00  $12.00


Cell Phone Charger Set – $10.00  $7.00

cell phone charger

Crystal “R” Ornament – $15.00  $12.00

Crystal R Ornament

Homeowner Book of Record – $22.00  $19.00

Homeowner Record

REALTOR® Hydro Water Bottle (various colors) – $13.00  $10.00


REALTOR® Travel Mugs (various colors) – $10.00  $7.00

travel mug

REALTOR® Water Bottles (various colors) – $13.00  $10.00

water bottle

REALTOR® Window Clings – $2.00  $1.00

Outrageous Authenticity by Leigh Brown –  $20.00

Leigh Brown Book

REALTOR® Snowflake Ornament – $10.00  $7.00



Member Spotlight: Jeffery Wills

Wills-Jeffrey1-e1446449529520-230x265“Jeff Wills is a consistent contributor to our real estate community through his involvement with the BRR Board of Directors as well as the BRR Young Professionals Network.  His leadership and enthusiasm attract other members to become involved in our industry in positive ways, including advocacy through RPAC. As a friend and colleague, he is a pleasure to work with and demonstrates professionalism in every aspect of the business.”

— Bob Van Allen, BRR Director, Designated Broker and Chief Executive Officer for Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group

We are Grateful!

Every day in November leading up to Thanksgiving, BRR shared something that we’re grateful for. Thank YOU for making BRR great!

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1. We are grateful for our amazing REALTOR® members!
2. We are grateful for our incredible Affiliate members!
3. We are grateful for the BRR Foundation and the good work they do We are grateful for the community!
4. We are grateful for our members who advocate on behalf of private property rights!
5. We are grateful for those who participate in service projects, like Paint the Town!
6. We are grateful for our talented and qualified instructors that teach at BRR!
7. We are grateful for our politically active members who ensure that REALTORS® have a voice!
8. We are grateful for the Code of Ethics and professional standards!
9. We are grateful for our annual sponsors who make so much of what happens at BRR possible!
10. We are grateful for those who invest in RPAC and protect access to homeownership!
11. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community by helping with Rake Up Boise!
12. We are grateful for members who find great deals at the BRR REALTOR® Store!
13. We are grateful for real estate professionals who work together in the best interest of the public.
14. We are grateful for our event sponsors, who make great events like the REALTOR® Awards Gala possible!
15. We are grateful for the IMLS and the valuable tools they provide members!
16. We are grateful for our members who financially support the BRR Foundation, making grants to deserving, local non-profits possible!
17. We are grateful for BRR YPN and the fun events they plan We are grateful for members all year round! 
18. We are grateful for our members who volunteer in the community!
19. We are grateful for our members who earn CE at BRR!
20. We are grateful for our committees and the many ways they serve members!
21. We are grateful for the new friendships We are grateful forged in BRR committees and leadership!
22. We are grateful for coffee… and the fact it’s free at BRR!
23. We are grateful for the opportunity to do business in such a great community!
24. Our President and Directors share what they are grateful for.

NAR Conference Report — November 2017

Experiences and highlights from the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago ranged from BRR President Katrina Wehr graduating from NAR’s Leadership Academy, to BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius presenting to two national committees, not to mention NAR Director Carey Farmer being recognized as Idaho REALTOR® of the year, committee work, roundtables, educational sessions, and the NAR board meeting. BRR attendees had much to share and even more to bring back to our association.

Notes, session takeaways, and ideas from BRR attendees:

NAR Director Carey Farmer

  • Encourage your clients to register with realtor, a platform for current and prospective homeowners to voice their opinion on NAR policy issues, similar to the REALTOR® Action Center for NAR members.
  • Speaking of the REALTOR® Action Center, please encourage five colleagues to text “Realtor” or “Action” to 30466, to download the app and respond to the current (and future!) calls for action quickly and easily.
  • Save the date for upcoming NAR Conferences… 2018 Legislative Meetings & Expo — May 14-19 in Washington, D.C., and 2018 REALTORS® Conference — November 2-5 in Boston!

 BRR President Katrina Wehr

  • Leadership Academy — I was pleased to participate in the 2017 NARLA class, and a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings of NAR and build lasting relationships with my classmates. I’m sure I’ll gain personal and professional benefits from that for years to come! Kit Fitzgerald is the chair in 2018 and it will be the first year of their partnership with REALTOR® University. Applications for 2018 are now closed but here’s the link if you’re interested in the future: realtor/programs/leadership-academy.
  • The Hub — For those serving on NAR committees, communication will now run through “The Hub.” From their website: “It’s a private, secure location where committee members can network and collaborate with each other year-round and have anytime access to those discussions via a computer or mobile device.”

BRR President-Elect Gary Salisbury

  • Large Board Forum — Two major topics were “coming soon” rules and professionalism. On the first topic, many boards were unsure how to approach the coming soon issue and look to MLSs like ours as an example, but may encourage NAR to create guidance or policy for consistency. Regarding professionalism, the consensus was that it’s the broker or team leader’s responsibility.
  • Charitable Foundation Idea Exchange — There were some productive discussions around the purpose of foundations, grant applications, fundraising, events and ideas for communicating the value year-round.
  • On a personal note, a very stirring moment for me was when, James Cornelison, who sings for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team lead us in the Star-Spangled Banner at the general session. Very powerful!

BRR Vice President Phil Mount

  • The roundtable discussions I attended noted a lot of problems similar sized associations have that simply are not issues for us. Lots of associations are in highly competitive markets and can’t do much to improve services and are having trouble with CORE standards, or are dealing with mergers of equally sized boards.
  • Professional standards is of concern to most everyone. One association now has a two day long new agent orientation!  (Content includes ethics and mandated classes.)  Some associations have fairly hefty fines and onerous reviews of even relatively minor infractions.  And in Ontario, Canada the process for getting licensed takes 6 months and lots of money, including a $2,000 member initiation fee to join the association. (As a result, they have far fewer licensed agents.)
  • I was surprised to see some local associations have a Leadership Academy for their Board members and committee Chairs & Vice Chairs. One is 13 weeks long, meeting every other week and includes media training from a local TV Anchor, and with Fire Departments, Police Departments and City council & highway district meetings. (Similar to the Leadership Boise program.) I think we could leverage some of this without a formal structure.
  • Advocacy will become a growing part of NAR, with proposed dues increases to fund expanded grants and initiatives. So great to see BRR as a model for how that gets done, and recognized for our efforts.
  • After listening to Lawrence Yun, I am cautiously optimistic about the next year. The outcome of the tax bill will certainly have an impact, but household formation is increasing and population is growing. Demand is there, we just need to ensure affordability is maintained. This is where advocacy becomes such an essential part of what we do going forward.

BRR Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom

  • Eight (8) BRR members were approved for NAR Emeritus status, recognizing 40 years of continuous membership! Those members will be announced and recognized in early 2018.
  • As a member of the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee, we recommended that the Board approve a change in the bylaws approval process to a compliance certification process. (The Board did approve this for 2018.) This process will also reduce the number of required items that each association must adopt, so BRR’s Bylaws Committee will review that next year. Some of the elements that have been adopted may be moved to a new policy manual.
  • As a member of the Association Executive Young Professionals Network Advisory Board (AE YPN), we discussed career development resources to share with other AEs, especially those that cannot attend national meetings. We also discussed partnerships with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). I will serve as Vice Chair in 2018.
  • As Vice Chair of the Staff Specialist Job Description Work Group, we compiled sample job descriptions to help local and state associations identify responsibilities for nearly 32 positions. These will be uploaded to the REALTOR® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) for AEs to access.

 BRR Director of Events and Community Engagement Shari Fernandez


  • From the Consumer Committee: The NAR AdCenter is up and running – members can access the information directly. We will be adding AdCenter to our Content Corner as a resource to members for use in their social media and marketing. We will also work to add some information about how to access the content and highlighting it as a resource.
  • Communication Directors Networking Session is a great resource for staff! Some tips and tools taken away from the meeting include: animation tools, Instagram campaigns, CFA tips, and Fair Housing tools.


  • The Minneapolis Association is working to see if they can get a charitable giving module added to RAMCO to be able to track donors and giving. As a RAMCO user we would benefit from this as well.
  • As we grow the Foundation, we need to develop a gift acceptance policy – other foundations have received land donations and other non-monetary items.
  • We can better utilize Idaho Gives Day (May) and our Foundation Engagement Month (Aug or Sep) to increase awareness of matching gifts and volunteer service.

BRR Director of Government Affairs Soren Dorius

  • My first takeaway is the impact we can have on fellow REALTOR® associations (and impact they can have on us) through sharing experiences and collaborating on successful ideas and events. Being asked to present in front of the Smart Growth Advisory Committee, as well as the Issues Mobilization Support Committee, was an incredible opportunity to highlight the great things we are doing at BRR. I was able to share our unique approach to advocacy through the use of REALTOR® Party grants, as well as explain our overall philosophy of putting our money where our mouth is and investing into our communities. This message resonated with fellow REALTORS® from boards all over the country, and allowed us to make an impact. Likewise, I learned a lot about other cool projects other associations have conducted.
  • “The Future of the REALTOR® Party” presidential advisory group (PAG) announced their recommendation for NAR to spend an additional $25 per NAR member per year, that will go directly into strengthening REALTOR® Party tools and resources. If NAR doesn’t find the funds elsewhere, they could look to an increase in membership dues. This is all just a recommendation for now, and the number changes may still occur. They have just asked that we start the conversation about doing this, since there is such a high (and fast growing) demand for REALTOR® Party grants throughout the country. As your GAD, I have found tremendous value in the use of these grants, having received over $76,000 in 2017 alone. I am very intrigued by the idea of strengthening these tools, and look forward to seeing more details in the coming months.

BRR Director of Education Angela Gibson

  • Great ideas from panel discussions to include in BRR professionalism segments and/or panels for new(er) members — How to show a house/open house; Tips for working with Affiliates, Agents, and Clients; Better explain the difference between a Licensed Agent and a REALTOR®; and, How to proper fill out Contracts and Forms.
  • Ways for improved broker engagement or to add to weekly Broker Bulletins — (a) Required training that each Broker must take once every two years that follows NAR bi-annual ethics requirement; (b) Brokers will spend the day at BRR for free or very low cost. The day will start with association update, followed by Ethics course a break for lunch. After lunch there is a broker class, either from NAR or one already approved for CE; and, (c) Roundtables about, What can BRR do for you? Your brokerage? Your new members? Trends/issues you’re dealing with? (Similar to the IR Broker Summits, or maybe in collaboration with them.)

Looking for more information? Below are conference resources provided by NAR for reference and/or download:

Wondering what’s been happening with the National Association of REALTORS® in 2017? This video provides a short overview.


Changes to BRR Affiliate Memberships

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) has two types of members; REALTOR® and affiliate members. Our affiliate members are real estate related business professionals; such as lenders, title representatives, home inspectors, movers, painters, etc. Affiliate members provide tremendous value to their clients and REALTORS®, as well as to BRR through sponsorships, committee work, and community service. To ensure that our affiliate members are getting the best possible value for their membership, we’re changing and simplifying our affiliate membership structure for 2018.

Affiliate memberships will now be sold on an individual basis for a flat per member fee of $100. This change allows our affiliate members the flexibility of having one membership for one employee or multiple memberships for multiple employees. The new structure easily enables companies to be recognized by office or by branch, if preferred. Under this new structure, communications from BRR and affiliate member feedback will improve, since the membership is connected to the individual, rather than one membership per office. Affiliate members will have the option to join Idaho REALTORS® (IR) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for just $25 more for even more benefits.


**Please note, dues are due by January 1, 2018, however, affiliates are welcome to join at any time.

The benefits of BRR affiliate membership include:

  • Monthly rosters of BRR REALTOR® members (includes members’ names, companies, and office addresses only)
  • Company listing in BRR’s printed Home Services Savings Guide for consumers
  • Company and individual listings in BRR’s online Affiliate Service Guide
  • Added to BRR Weekly Update, EdLink, and Market Report, and other member email distribution lists
  • Invitations to members-only networking events and programming (59 Minute Meetings, Mix & Mingles, Mid-Year Housing Summit, Annual Membership Meeting, etc.)
  • Ability to serve on BRR committees, task forces, and advisory boards (Please note: a membership will be required to serve on committees, task forces, and advisory boards)
  • Member pricing for classes and events, and ability to audit non-designation courses for free
  • Online profile for com for online registrations and payments
  • Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
  • Access to Affiliate Lockbox Key from IMLS (limited to home inspectors)
  • Invitation to a new bi-annual Affiliate Advisory Meeting
  • For an additional $25, affiliate members can choose to join Idaho REALTORS® (IR) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and receive the following benefits:
    • Company and individual name listed in the National REALTOR® database (NRDS #)
    • Recognition for RPAC contributions
    • Added to the NAR affiliate roster and receive discounts from IR affinity programs
    • Ability to sponsor IR member only events
    • Ability to attend NAR and IR member only events
    • Member pricing for classes and events, offered by IR


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*When you see your invoice, whether in paper form or online, there may be “Voluntary Contribution” line items for RPAC and/or the BRR Foundation. These are optional.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Gibson, BRR Director of Membership and Education, at (208) 947-7229.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Hires Cameron Kinzer as Government Affairs Specialist

BRR Government Affairs Specialist Cameron Kinzer

BRR Government Affairs Specialist Cameron Kinzer

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce that Cameron Kinzer will be joining the association as the Government Affairs Specialist, a recently added position that will support BRR’s legislative, policy, and advocacy efforts.

Cameron was previously an Account Manager for Paylocity, a cloud-based payroll and human resources software solution. Prior to that, he interned in U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador’s Washington, D.C. office, worked for Gallatin Public Affairs, and served as a Campaign Field Director for Meridian Resources. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Public Law from Boise State University.

“We considered a number of highly qualified candidates, but Cameron’s professional and political experience stood out as the right fit for this role,” said Breanna Vanstrom, Chief Executive Officer for BRR. “We’re excited for his support in expanding BRR’s reputation as a local leader in public policy and advocating on behalf of our members.”

2018 Sponsorship Packages are on Sale Now!

Interested in becoming a BRR sponsor and getting your company in front of over 4,000 BRR members? There are a number of event and annual sponsorship packages at a variety of price points on sale now! Learn more about the sponsor packages, or fill out the form to secure your spot here.

Questions about sponsorship packages? Contact Shari at 208.376.0363.

A special thank you to our 2017 sponsors for making another great year of events and programs possible.



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