2017 REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings


This post will be updated daily throughout the meetings.

Recap from Day 5 — May 20, 2017

The NAR Legislative Meetings wrapped up with a Board of Directors meeting.

Day 5 collage

Recap from Day 4 — May 19, 2017

Day 4 of the NAR Legislative meetings was busy for BRR leaders and staff. They attended a number of meetings including the Issues Mobilization Grant Workshop and Forum, Government Affairs Director meeting, a financial planning class, and the Region 12 Caucus in which Julie DeLorenzo presided as the Regional Vice President.

Day 4 collage

Recap from Day 3 — May 18, 2017

BRR leaders and staff spent Day 3 of the NAR Legislative Meetings working in NAR committee meetings, taking a tour of the Capital building, and watching Congress in session. Congressman Simpson presided as Chairman of the session, and they were able to watch every member of Congress cast vote from their front row view!

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Recap from Day 2 — May 17, 2017

NAR Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello lead the discussion with expert panelists on tax reform and flood insurance. Chris Wallace of Fox News spoke on “America Under President Trump.” BRR and IR representatives met with Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Jim Risch. BRR Vice President Phil Mount discussed government-sponsored enterprise reform with Senator Mike Crapo during their visit today.

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Recap from Day 1 — May 16, 2017

Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the regulatory issues forum, Roy Wright from FEMA discussed national flood insurance issues, Kit Fitzgerald and Connie Fogle represented Idaho during the NAR Presidents Cup recognition. #NARLegislative #REALTORParty

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2017 REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings — May 10, 2017

Next week, leaders and staff from BRR will be attending the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this important conference is threefold: advocacy, committee service, and networking.

First, for REALTORS® from around the country to share issues important to our industry, communities, and consumers with U.S. Senators and Representatives. Three key issues to be discussed include tax reform, the reauthorization of the national flood insurance program, and ways to protect sustainable homeownership. Talking points for each are available here and will be the basis for meetings that Idaho REALTORS® will be having with Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch, and Representatives Labrador and Simpson while in D.C.

Second, to serve on national committees and workgroups, helping shape policy and initiatives to benefit members. From Idaho, there are 16 REALTORS® who serve on committees, as well as four staff members, including BRR Chief Executive Officer Breanna Vanstrom. You can see a full list of those serving on national committees at NAR.realtor (login required).

And third, to network with dedicated real estate professionals from around the country, sharing best practices and bringing new ideas back to our local association. There are structured networking sessions focused on association management, leadership ideas, and brokerage management, as well as the informal networking that happens between sessions, at educational programs, and during the trade show. The Legislative Meetings are open to all REALTORS®, so if you’re not able to attend this year, please consider it for 2018.

Stay up-to-date on the Legislative Meetings by following the NAR Legislative Live Blog.

Letter to the Editor: REALTOR® Ethics

The following letter was submitted to the Idaho Statesman on Monday, May 1, 2017.

The April 19th “Business Insider” contained a piece in which the author claims a friend told him about a real estate instructor teaching agents to “sneak” items into contracts presumably to benefit the agent.

As leaders of the largest REALTOR® associations in Idaho, we were disappointed to see an unsourced anecdote in the Statesman. This is not representative of what agents are taught, or of real estate professionals overall.

REALTORS® are guided by a Code of Ethics focused on fair dealings with clients, the public, and fellow agents. The overwhelming majority of consumers were happy with their REALTOR®, as cited in one example from the National Association of REALTORS® research: 80% of sellers surveyed would use their agent again or recommend them to others.*

Should a consumer feel something unethical occurred during a transaction, our associations can help. Consumers may file a complaint against a member of Idaho REALTORS® at idahorealtors.com or 800-621-7553. If the agent is not a REALTOR®, contact the Idaho Real Estate Commission at 208-334-3285 or realestatecommission.idaho.gov.

We are proud of the work done by our members and remind consumers a REALTOR® is their best advocate when buying or selling real estate.

— Breanna Vanstrom, CEO, Boise Regional REALTORS® and Isaac Chavez, CEO, Idaho REALTORS®


* “First-time Buyers, Single Women Gain Traction in NAR’s 2016 Buyer and Seller Survey,” from the National Association of REALTORS®; www.nar.realtor/news-releases/2016/10/first-time-buyers-single-women-gain-traction-in-nar-s-2016-buyer-and-seller-survey; published October 31, 2016.