2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings

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BRR leadership and staff are in D.C. this week attending the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings where they will meet with Idaho’s Members of Congress and participate in association meetings. Follow along on this blog post, Facebook, and Twitter!

Here are four talking points from NAR that they will be sharing during their Hill visits. Click here to learn more about each topic.

  1. Supporting Strong Net Neutrality Protections
  2. National Flood Insurance Program
  3. Tax Policy
  4. Equal Access to Housing Opportunities

Check back for updates during the week!

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Dr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research for NAR, presented at the Residential Economic Issues & Trends Forum Thursday morning. One of his slides named Boise as one of the strongest U.S. job markets in the last three years. You can find his presentation and others at nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-presentations.

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On Saturday, May 19, 2018, BRR National Directors Gail Hartnett, Carey Farmer, and Large Firm Director Krista Deacon attended the Board of Directors Meeting. Learn more about the decisions that were made at that meeting at nar.realtor/internal-news-service-special-report-legislative-2018.

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Gail Hartnett was also honored on stage with an “Own It” Coin for her role as the Vice Chair for the Fair Housing Workgroup.

Gail Hartnett honored for Fair Housing


 

59 Minute Meeting Recap: The State of Garden City

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We had another great turnout for our 59 Minute Meeting on May 1st! Thank you for joining us and engaging in conversations around local public policy issues.

Our guests were Garden City Mayor John Evans and Director of Development Services Jenah Thornborrow. Mayor Evans talked about some of Garden City’s stats; such as how it occupies just over four-square miles of land, six miles of river, and is home to over 2,000 businesses and 12,000 residents. The Boise River and three major highways run through Garden City: Chinden, State, and Glenwood.

The Mayor and Thornborrow also discussed new residential developments, a new charter school, partnerships between Garden City and the City of Boise for the whitewater park and the 36th Street bridge, and the possible future of the fairgrounds. The mayor mentioned the success they’ve seen in creating affordable housing by partnering with NeighborWorks Boise on several projects.

As numerous new businesses have sprouted up in town, residents and business owners are increasingly creating a sense of place by adding murals and art to otherwise blank buildings. The commercial growth in Garden City isn’t limited to new buildings, many businesses are creatively reusing existing spaces.

In the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District, between 32nd and 37th streets on the north side of Chinden Blvd, the artistic community is thriving. The district features the greenbelt, Boise River, wineries, breweries, the Visual Arts Collective, and various other art studios and galleries.

The Q & A portion of the meeting focused on the fairgrounds, instant horse-racing initiative, and new developments along the river.

REALTOR® advocacy will continue to play an important role in planning as our region grows. Click here to learn how RPAC works to elect REALTOR® Champions who embrace smart growth principals, private property rights, and thoughtful community development strategies.

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Thank you again for joining us and be on the lookout for information regarding our next 59 Minute Meeting in the near future!

Vote in the Primary Election on May 15th!

REALTORS® are leaders in the community so it’s important that BRR members vote to make our voices heard. The Public Policy Committee at Boise Regional REALTORS® thoughtfully interviewed and vetted candidates to receive our association’s endorsement. Learn about the candidates and issues and then vote in the primary election on Tuesday, May 15th!

BRR has endorsed the following Ada County candidates:

Ada County Commissioner, District 1 —  Jim Tibbs

Ada County Commissioner, District 3 — Dave Case

Ada County Clerk — Phil McGrane

Ada County Assessor — Robert McQuade

Ada County Treasurer — Elizabeth Mahn

 

Ada County Endorsements

BRR has endorsed the following Gem County candidates:

Gem County Assessor — Hollie Ann Strang

Gem County Clerk — Shelly Tilton

Gem County Treasurer — Megan Keene

Gem County Endorsements

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.govadacounty.id.gov/elections for Ada County, or gemcounty.org/elections for Gem County.

 

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BRR’s Public Policy Committee extends invitations to all candidates running for office in Ada and Gem County, and the municipalities and agencies within each county. Candidates interested in being interviewed share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, provides a list of recommended endorsements which are reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors. For information regarding these local endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

Information about statewide races is available on the Idaho REALTORS® website at idahorealtors.com/your-voice-counts-important-voting-resources, or through the Idaho REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Max Pond. He can be reached at 208-342-3585 or mpond@idahorealtors.com.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing more than 4,500 real estate professionals throughout the Boise Region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

BRR Endorses Gem County Candidates

After thoughtful consideration of candidate interviews and questionnaire responses, Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is pleased to announce the following candidate endorsements for the upcoming Primary Election in Gem County.

Gem County Assessor — Hollie Ann Strang

Gem County Clerk — Shelly Tilton

Gem County Treasurer — Megan Keene

Boise Regional REALTORS® recently expanded association benefits such as issue and political advocacy to REALTORS® in Gem County.

“Each year, we endorse and support qualified candidates who understand the housing industry and recognize the importance of investing in our communities,” said Gary Salisbury, 2018 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and senior sales consultant with Equity Northwest Real Estate.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. For information on the candidates, registration, and where to vote, please visit idahovotes.gov or gemcounty.org/elections. Visit BRR’s website to see BRR’s Ada County endorsements. For information regarding these local endorsements, please contact Soren Dorius, BRR Director of Government Affairs, at 208-947-7237 or soren@boirealtors.com.

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BRR’s Public Policy Committee extends invitations to all candidates running for office in Ada and Gem County, and the municipalities and agencies within each county. Candidates interested in being interviewed share their views on housing, private property rights, education, transportation, and other issues affecting the community. From there, the Public Policy Committee, made up of volunteer REALTORS®, provides a list of recommended endorsements which are reviewed and approved by BRR’s Board of Directors.

Information about statewide races is available on the Idaho REALTORS® website at idahorealtors.com/your-voice-counts-important-voting-resources, or through the Idaho REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Max Pond. He can be reached at 208-342-3585 or mpond@idahorealtors.com.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR), is a 501(c)6 trade association, representing more than 4,500 real estate professionals throughout the Boise Region. Established in 1920, BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in the state of Idaho, helping members achieve real estate success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. BRR has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intermountain MLS (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

Q1 2018 Advocacy Update

BRR friends,

We’ve had a great start to the year with our local advocacy efforts, and we’d like to share some highlights with you!

BRR Supports Local Schools graphicIn an effort to address the needs of our rapidly growing community, we endorsed and supported the proposed local school bonds in West Ada School District and Emmett Independent School District. We helped campaign on behalf of these districts by utilizing funds from our Corporate Ally Program, as well as NAR’s Issues Mobilization grant money that we were awarded.

Thanks to BRR’s campaign efforts, the West Ada School District bond received the two-thirds majority of “Yes” votes needed and narrowly passed! This means the district can build new schools and expand existing schools, addressing the needs of families moving into the area.

Due to a recent merger between BRR and the Emmett Valley Association of REALTORS®, Gem County is now part of our local advocacy jurisdiction. Emmett was unsuccessful in passing their bond, but our efforts didn’t go unnoticed or without positive impact. Supporting and campaigning on behalf of the Emmett Independent School District bond allowed us to make new friends and prove our commitment to the growth of their community.

We’ve also hosted successful fundraising events for our REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC), raising over $80,000 so far this year. These events are incredibly important for our national, state, and local advocacy efforts. Case in point, BRR’s Public Policy Committee is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for countywide elected official positions in Ada and Gem counties, in order to identify and endorse REALTOR® Champions who will receive RPAC support in their campaigns. REALTOR® Champions are those who are committed to key issues that are impacting the housing industry and our fast-growing community.RPAC VIP Reception March 2018

Two recent recipients of BRR’s endorsement and RPAC dollars, Boise City Council members TJ Thomson and Holly Woodings, joined us for our RPAC VIP Reception last month. It was great opportunity to learn about issues the city is working on, and for those elected officials to hear about our industry directly from REALTORS®.

February 59 Minute Meeting Recap SliderLet’s not forget the quarterly “59 Minute Meeting” forum series, an exclusive event for our members where we get to hear from and discuss various topics of public policy interest with our guest speakers. In February, we hosted Cameron Arial, Director of Meridian Community Development; Clark Krause, Executive Director of Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP); and Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director Idaho Department of Commerce, in an incredible discussion on economic growth in our region. This last 59 Minute Meeting was our most highly attended to date, with over 100 attendees! Keep the morning of May 1st open for our next 59 Minute Meeting!

One more thing! Our talented Director of Communications, Cassie Zimmerman, helped us create a fantastic infographic that highlights the tremendous success we experienced last year with our REALTOR® Party community grants. Check it out HERE and feel free to share it with your friends, family, and clients! There has never been a better time to be a member of the Boise Regional REALTORS®!

REALTORS Help Home Buyers, Sellers and Their Communities

These are just a few of the things we’ve been working on over the last few months. We’ve got a lot more coming in the months ahead, that we can’t wait to share with you. If you haven’t already, register your team or sponsor a hole for BRR YPN’s Pub ‘N’ Putt on April 14th, benefitting RPAC, and join us for a fun day of mini golf!

We’ll be sharing live updates from NAR’s annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo as we learn about upcoming initiatives and policies, so let us know if you have questions or are interested in learning more.

The goal of our advocacy efforts is always to benefit your business and our community, and we appreciate your support in that. If you have any questions or need assistance, let us know!

Soren & Cameron

Follow up to a Recent KTVB Story

Hello BRR Members,

You may have seen a recent KTVB story about the real estate market. We were happy that they reached out to us for a take on the stats, as we want to be sure we’re helping you tell the story of the market with facts and data.

However, we know they can’t fit everything into a short segment so wanted to provide you with our full talking points and context around some of the quotes used in the story, for your reference and to share with your clients.

  • Based on data back to 2004, we do see inventory at its lowest point with prices at their highest. It’s a function of supply and demand, as we have more people staying in their homes longer with more people move into the area.
  • The most recent market data reflects the start of the spring market and combines existing and new construction together. The median sales price of existing homes is nearly 35% lower than that of new construction.
  • The full context of the quote, “Boise is still a more affordable,” was that Boise is still a more affordable market when compared to nearby higher priced areas, but we are watching prices, wages, and mortgage interest rates to provide local leaders with the information they need to make decisions about how our community will grow.
  • While prices are growing, we do see the rate at which they are growing has been slowing down for the past few years. As mortgage interest rates rise, a more even pace of growth should continue.
  • “Inventory will be something that buyers will have to work through with their REALTORS® to identify the options they do have.” We know there is a lack of inventory especially at the lower price points, but there are still options available.
  • When asked about the perception that the quality or condition of homes under $250,000 were mostly rehabs or needed a lot of work, we shared that “buyers shouldn’t think they’re going to have to sacrifice too much or do a lot of work” just because they are buying in the lower price points. There are well-maintained homes in all areas and all price points.
  • There are homes in both existing and new construction in all prices points, but lower priced new construction is more likely going to be found in western Ada County or in Canyon County, where new developments are coming online.
  • One positive effect of this market for homeowners is the growth in equity they’ve seen over the past few years. For those who do want to move, they may be able to move up in price point or into new construction or have equity to make improvements on their home to make it more suitable to their needs if they are not interested in selling.

We hope this information is helpful for you. If you have questions or need more, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

BRR is committed to fostering conversation around housing affordability and growth, and what’s needed for our communities.  We’ve been encouraged by the discussions we’ve been a part of with related industry groups of developers, builders, and mortgage lenders; local governments, transportation agencies, and economic development groups; and, engaged neighborhood associations and residents who want to preserve our quality of life. BRR will continue to monitor the local real estate market and provide market research in order to inform our members, decision makers, and the public. We will also continue our advocacy efforts in supporting local initiatives that enhance the value, safety, and livability of our region.

If you’d like to be part of the growth and affordability discussion or have ideas on what you’d like to see BRR doing on behalf of you and your clients, please reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Breanna Vanstrom MBA, RCE
Chief Executive Officer
Boise Regional REALTORS®

BRR Advocacy Update: 2017 in Review

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BRR had an incredible year with some exciting accomplishments and noteworthy events. I would like to thank the many volunteers, committee members, BRR leadership, and my fellow staff members who have been instrumental in making our advocacy efforts such a huge success. Below are some highlights of what we accomplished in 2017:

Joined Boise State University in a Treasure Valley survey to gather important information on housing, transportation, and quality of life, which we can use to help influence lawmakers.

To the one-third of BRR members who have invested their personal money into RPAC this year, I applaud you for your commitment to your industry and community and thank you for providing us with resources to engage our elected leaders and promote our values and vision for the future. We couldn’t have had these successes without you!

2018 is going to be another great year for Boise Regional REALTORS®, so stay tuned and give us a call if you need anything!

Happy New Year!

Soren Dorius and Cameron Kinzer
Government Affairs Department
Boise Regional REALTORS®

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

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Seat 3: Michael Keyes

Seat 4: David Hershey

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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

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  • 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.