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.

 

Boise Regional REALTORS® Members Selected for National Association of REALTORS® 2018 Committees

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National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2018 committee appointments were announced last week and Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) will be well represented.

The eight BRR members appointed to national committees include:

  • Michelle Bailey, Keller Williams Realty Boise — Member of the Multiple Listing Issues and Polices Committee
  • Julie DeLorenzo, Keller Williams Realty Boise — Member of the Credentials and Campaign Rules Committee and Vice Chair of the Public Policy Coordinating Committee
  • Carey Farmer, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty — Member of the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee
  • Kit Fitzgerald, Equity Northwest Real Estate — Chair of the Leadership Academy Advisory Group
  • Gail Hartnett, Keller Williams Realty Boise — Member of the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee
  • Georgia Meacham, Georgia Meacham & Company — Chair of the Smart Growth Advisory Board
  • Susan Weaver, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty — Member of the Professional Standards Committee
  • Katrina Wehr, Keller Williams Realty Boise — Member of the Risk Management Issues Committee

BRR members Gail Hartnett of Keller Williams Realty Boise, and Carey Farmer of Group One Sotheby’s International Realty and Gail Hartnett of Keller Williams Realty Boise will serve as Directors on NAR’s Board.

“BRR is fortunate to have a wealth of talented and experienced REALTORS® who are able to serve on committees with our national association,” said BRR’s Chief Executive Officer, Breanna Vanstrom. “They will be a part of important decision-making processes that will benefit REALTORS® nationwide, while also bringing back new ideas to better serve their clients and our local association.”

Vanstrom was also appointed to a national committee and will serve as the Vice Chair of NAR’s 2018 Association Executive Young Professionals Network Advisory Board. Soren Dorius, BRR’s Director of Government Affairs, was appointed to the State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee.

Fast-Moving Housing Market Continues to be Driven by Demand

Despite rising home prices, today’s housing market doesn’t have much else in common with the market we saw prior to the recession.

The Boise Region’s housing market is being driven by real home buyer demand, not speculation, which was common a decade ago. And as we’ve mentioned before, the increase in demand and lack of inventory has pushed up home prices.

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That demand for housing can be seen in the data (real or speculative) by looking at the Days on Market.

Days on Market metric (or DOM) counts the average number of days between when a property was listed and when an offer was accepted.

For example, in Ada County, home sales that closed in September spent an average of 32 days on the market before going under contract, 23.8% faster than in September 2016.

DOM doesn’t factor in the time between accepting an offer and closing (which can vary based on the time it takes to complete home inspections, repairs, financing, etc.), so it is a good indicator of the demand for housing, and how quickly sellers find buyers.

DOM is seasonal, meaning homes generally go under contract faster in the spring and summer and slower in the fall and winter. To see the overall trend, we used a 12-month rolling average to remove seasonality. Based on those figures, DOM for Ada County has been trending down since 2009, and since 2014, DOM has been tracking closely with falling inventory.

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The very low DOM of 32 days on average, between February 2006 and January 2007, shows just how quickly buyers were snatching up homes, despite having plenty of inventory to choose from. In the past year or so we’ve experienced quite the opposite — low DOM and very low inventory.

September 2017 DOM Trends Canyon County - webPrior to the recession, Canyon County saw a similar trend with shorter average DOM despite plenty of inventory to meet demand. Since late 2013, DOM has been tracking closely with inventory, indicating increasing demand as inventory drops.

While that historical comparison is another helpful distinction between today’s market and the pre-recession market, it’s not much consolation for today’s buyers who are often required to make quick decisions because of limited inventory. Unless there is a sudden influx of inventory or a quick drop in demand, we expect the market to continue to move quickly, even if we see some slight increases in Days on Market through the winter.

Additional information about trends within each county, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the September 2017 Market Report. This report includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Download the latest market snapshot graphics for Ada County and Canyon County:

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This report is provided Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR). BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in Idaho, with over 4,300 members and two wholly-owned subsidiaries — the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (IMLS) and the Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation. This report is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com/Statistics/Static.aspx. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance.  || The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings). If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

BRR Endorses City Council Candidates

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.

2017 Annual Membership Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended BRR’s Annual Membership Meeting at JUMP on September 28, 2017! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the day…

President Katrina Wehr started the morning by welcoming members, congratulating BRR Past President Carey Farmer on being named IR REALTOR® of the Year, sharing the many successes so far this year with a video, and recognizing our CEO, Breanna Vanstrom, in honor of Association Executive Appreciation Day.

Andy Enrico, BRR’s Bylaws Committee Chair, presented the proposed Bylaws changes which were unanimously approved by the membership. These changes will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Gail Hartnett, BRR’s Nominating and Elections Committee Chair, and Katrina Wehr announced the winners of the 2018 Director Elections, as follows…

  • 2018 Vice President — Michelle Bailey
  • 2018-2019 Treasurer — Bob Van Allen
  • 2018-2020 BRR Director — Becky Enrico-Crum
  • 2018-2020 State Director — Krista Deacon
  • 2018-2020 National Director — Gail Hartnett

Our 2018 officers and newly elected Directors will begin their terms on January 1, 2018.

Below is a video of the BRR vote on the Bylaws changes and announcing the election results:

BRR Annual Membership Meeting Election Results and BylawsThis live stream is for informational purposes only. If you are not present, you will not be able to vote.

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The morning wrapped up with a panel discussion on “Engaging Consumers Through Emerging Technologies” featuring Dave Conroy, R&D Engineer for NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology & CRT Labs; Dr. Anthony Ellertson, Director of the Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology Program at Boise State University; moderated by Eric Jensen, REALTOR® and Vice President of the Intermountain MLS.

 

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Dave Conroy spoke about the importance of smart home tech and emphasized its importance to consumers, and shared resources from CRT Labs, like guides for understanding Smart Home devices and a Smart Home Checklist to help sellers reset devices.  Check out these links to learn more:

He also offered some smart home closing gift ideas:

Dave will be at the NAR Conference in Chicago, and he encouraged anyone who was attending to tour the CRT Labs while they are there.

Dr. Ellertson explained the difference between virtual reality and augmented reality, sharing that augmented reality is what will likely become more common in our day-to-day lives. He explained that the award-winning Virtual Nursing Simulation that his department developed, saved the nursing program thousands of dollars in nursing mannequin costs, was more flexible, and found to be just as effective as traditional training methods. His presentation also touched on the potential uses for beacons, Meta glasses, and other emerging devices.

The afternoon keynote speaker was REALTOR® Leigh Brown, whose presentation on the “Seven Deadly Sins of Real Estate,” had the audience constantly laughing, all while challenging REALTORS® to higher levels of professionalism, setting priorities, and putting their clients—and families—first.

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The Annual Membership Meeting also featured roundtable discussions, networking, and a  Vendor Showcase featuring 29 companies!

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It was a great day at JUMP that would not have been possible without the support of our vendors and sponsors. Special thanks to our event sponsors:

And finally, a big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors — Greg Henke, Jeb Stogdell and Mark Uecker.

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Copyrighted Real Estate Photos… Who Owns Them and Why?

Photography Copyright sliderAre you using a professional photographer to take photos of your listings? A pro has access to software, equipment, and tools you may not, carries the expense of their equipment and editing time, likely has faster shooting and turnaround times, will deal with the headache of organizing and storing large file images, and has the experience and knowledge to remove visual distractions (for example problems with color temperature, reflections, brightness, etc.) from their photos. Ideally, polished listing photos mean your marketing and brand are perceived as more professional, the home is better represented and sells faster than listings with amateur photos or no photos at all.

When dealing with copyrighted images, it is important to fully understand photo copyright laws and the rules for the MLS and any other platform where you plan to post the photos. Otherwise, you could find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit, fined, or at the very least, have the images removed. Take this court case against Zillow, for example.

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The whole concept behind “who owns these photos?” was a bit blurry to me, so I sat down with professional photographer Tom Hamilton of Sightline Photography to better understand how the copyrights of real estate photos work.

Tom explained that a common misconception is that if an agent pays for photos, it’s implied that the photographer is giving them full rights to use those images. This is simply not true. Consider a home that you might rent. As the renter, you sign an agreement that you will rent the house for X amount of time, and pay an X amount of money. At the end of this contract, you don’t own the home — you simply paid an agreed upon amount of money for usage of the home under certain conditions. When you hire a photographer to take photos, you don’t own those images, you are paying for the usage of those images in a specific, agreed upon way.

Another comparison would be a music streaming service — you pay for the rights to stream music, but you don’t own the music itself. If you want to own rights to the music, you’d have to pay a much larger fee than your streaming subscription. A photographer sells you limited usage rights to the images, for a much lower cost than if you were to buy the full rights.

The bottom line is, you need explicit permission to use any photos you did not take. Permission needs to be clearly outlined in a written and signed agreement between the photographer and the agent, or whoever is paying for the photos. Here are a few sample agreements, or your photographer will likely have a standard one they use. Make sure to keep a copy for your records.

So, why is this even an issue? Photographers should be compensated fairly for their work, and problems arise when money is lost because someone uses their photos without permission and then profits (or has the potential to profit) from those photos. If you hire a photographer to shoot listing photos, and then a builder or property manager ends up using those same images for marketing purposes, the photographer loses out in two ways, 1) They didn’t collect any usage fees and 2) They weren’t hired for another shoot, and the offending party now has the potential to make a lot of money off photos they have no rights to.

Here is how it is addressed in section 11 of the Intermountain MLS Rules & Regulations

“By the act of submitting any property listing content to the MLS, the Participant represents that he or she has been authorized to grant and also thereby does grant authority for the MLS to include the property listing content in its copyrighted MLS compilation and also in any statistical report on “comparables”. Listing content includes, but is not limited to, photographs, images, graphics, audio and video recordings, virtual tours, drawings, descriptions, remarks, narratives, pricing information, and other details or information related to listed property.”

And in section 1.2:

“Any office or agent cannot use another agent’s or office’s photographs, digital images, virtual tours or sketches to promote a new/active listing without written permission. Any violation of this policy shall be considered a violation of the MLS Rules and Regulations and may be subject to a fine.”

Moral of the story? Don’t post or use photographs unless you have permission. Not sure if you have permission? Reference your agreement, and then ask your photographer if you need further clarification. Want to learn more? Check out REALTOR®Mag’s article “Protect Yourself Against Copyright Claims.”

Thinking about finding a photographer to work with?  Here are some tips for finding the right fit:

  • Make sure you find someone you can communicate with.
  • Get recommendations from your colleagues.
  • Ask to see samples of their work to determine if you like their personal style.
  • Professional photographers will also be insured. If they aren’t insured, you don’t want them going near your listings.
  • Find more tips from REALTOR®Mag’s article, “Rules for Hiring a High Quality Photographer.”

Update: IMLS members can market another member’s listing, as long as they have the listing agent’s permission and give credit to the listing brokerage. If you have other questions about this issue, please contact IMLS Director of Finance/Director of Rules and Policy, Kim Griffin.

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 NAR 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.

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Ada County Home Prices Reach New Record in August While the Pace of Growth Steadies

Three main factors continue to drive housing demand in Ada County — increased economic development, limited housing supply, and a growing population — resulting in a record high median sales price in August 2017 of $278,000, up 9.6% from a year ago.

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MSP vs YOY Percent Change in Median Sales Price for Ada County

In January 2015, the Ada County real estate market began to see steadier, year-over-year price growth each month, at 7.9% on average through August 2017. Looking back to January 2012 (when the market recovery began) through December 2014, year-over-year price growth fluctuated each month at a much higher average of 13.2%.

These early fluctuations were closely tied to changes in mortgage interest rates.

Rising home prices are great for sellers and our economy overall, but eventually, can cause affordability concerns for buyers, even with low mortgage interest rates. Slowing price increases could be an early indicator of the market coming back into balance, but as long as consumer demand outpaces the number of homes for sale, that low supply vs. high demand relationship should keep actual prices moving up.

Canyon County is experiencing the same slowing price growth. From January 2012 to December 2014, the average monthly, year-over-year median sales price increase was 18.9%, compared to the average for January 2015 to August 2017 of 10.5%. The actual median sales price in Canyon County for August 2017 was not a new record, but it was up 11.0% from August 2016 to $183,000.

Additional information about trends within each county, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available in the August 2017 Market Report. This report includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

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Download the latest market snapshot graphics for Ada County and Canyon County:

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This report is provided by the Ada County Association of REALTORS®, which began doing business as Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) in 2016. BRR is the largest local REALTOR® association in Idaho, with over 4,300 members and two wholly-owned subsidiaries — the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (IMLS) and the Boise Regional REALTORS® Foundation. This report is based primarily on the public statistics provided by the IMLS, available at: intermountainmls.com/Statistics/Static.aspx. These statistics are based upon information secured by the agent from the owner or their representative. The accuracy of this information, while deemed reliable, has not been verified and is not guaranteed. These statistics are not intended to represent the total number of properties sold in the counties or cities during the specified time period. The IMLS and BRR provide these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but make no representations as to past or future performance.  || The term “single-family homes” includes detached single-family homes with or without acreage, as classified in the IMLS. These numbers do not include activity for mobile homes, condominiums, townhomes, land, commercial, or multi-family properties (like apartment buildings). If you are a consumer, please contact a REALTOR® to get the most current and accurate information specific to your situation.

REALTORS® Donate $1,000 to Assist Those Affected by Harvey

The BRR Board of Directors donated $1,000 to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) to help cover housing-related expenses for those caught in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in southern Texas and Louisiana.

The tropical storm brought with it 100 mph winds, historic rainfall, and catastrophic flooding — damaging homes and displacing more than a million people.

“REALTORS® support each other and the communities in which we live and work, here at home and across the country,” said Katrina Wehr, 2017 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Boise.  “We want to do our part to help those who have been uprooted and have endured the unimaginable.”

BRR is joined by the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service and Idaho REALTORS®, as well as individual REALTORS®, in donating to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. The overhead costs of running the foundation are covered by the National Association of REALTORS®, so 100 percent of donations go directly to victims of disaster. More information about the RRF is available at nar.realtor.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Board of Directors present a $1,000 to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. From left to right: Katrina Wehr, President; Phil Mount, Vice President; Carey Farmer, Past President; Danielle Cullip, Treasurer; Gary Salisbury, President-Elect. Photo provided by Boise Regional REALTORS®.

Boise Regional REALTORS® Board of Directors present $1,000 to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. From left to right: Katrina Wehr, President; Phil Mount, Vice President; Carey Farmer, Past President; Danielle Cullip, Treasurer; Gary Salisbury, President-Elect. Photo provided by Boise Regional REALTORS®.

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The REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) was established by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in 2001 to provide housing-related assistance to victims of natural or man-made disasters. Since its launch, RRF has raised more than $25 million for victims of disasters, such as wildfires, floods, tornados, and hurricanes. This charitable foundation is dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disaster.

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.

What Your REALTOR®’s Designation Means

Finding the right professional to help you navigate a real estate transaction is smart. At BRR, we always recommend working with a REALTOR®. That term, “REALTOR®,” indicates a real estate licensee who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and has agreed to abide by a strict Code of Ethics.

And within the REALTOR® membership, there are those who have earned additional designations, giving them additional knowledge and resources into various niche markets or pieces of the transaction.

We’ve compiled a list of directories where you can search for a REALTOR® based on these designations:

For Residential Real Estate Services

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Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) — Find a REALTOR® focused on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.

 

 

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Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) — Find a REALTOR® who has completed advanced education around the listing and sale of residential real estate, and who completes a certain number of transactions annually.

 

 

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Military Relocation Professional (MRP) — Find a REALTOR® focused on working with current and former military service members.

 

 

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Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) — Find a REALTORS® who specializes in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations. (NOTE: Select “Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist” under the Certifications section.)

 

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SRESSeniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) — Find a REALTOR® focused on meeting the needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties.

 

 

For Commercial Real Estate Services

CCIM-220Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) — Real estate professionals who are experts in the commercial and investment real estate industry. CCIMs include brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other more.

 

CPMCertified Property Managers® (CPM®) — Experts in the management of public housing developments, apartment complexes, homeowners’ associations, manufactured housing parks, mixed use and office buildings, parking garages, single- and multi-family rental housing, student housing, and more.

 

 

SIORSociety of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR) — Specialists in the industrial and office markets of real estate, with a minimum of three years’ experience and who have completed a certain number of transactions.

 

 

Other Business Specialties

ACLAccredited Land Consultants (ALCs) — REALTORS® who are experts in brokering sales and purchases of land, including investments, tax deferred 1031 exchanges, and more.

 

 

CIPSlogoCertified International Property Specialist (CIPS) — REALTORS® who have undergone specialized training focused on conducting business in the international real estate arena.

 

 

PrintGreen — REALTORS® who have taken advanced education to counsel clients on issues of energy efficiency and sustainability in real estate.

 

 

SFRShort Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) — REALTORS® who have taken advanced education to help buyers and sellers of distressed properties. (NOTE: Select “Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource” under the Certifications section.)

 

To search for REALTORS® across these designations and more, nationwide or here in the Boise region, visit realtor.com® or the National Association of REALTORS® using their “Find a REALTOR®” tools.

Are you a REALTOR® looking to get on one of these lists? Visit NAR’s Designations and Certifications page for details on the designations listed above. You’ll also find information about other programs that will enhance your business management skills and knowledge of the real estate industry, including: At Home With Diversity® (AHWD®), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS), Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Performance Management Network (PMN), Pricing Strategy Advisory (PSA), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RNE), e-PRO®, as well as, the General Accredited Appraiser (GAA) and Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA).