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Boise Regional REALTORS® President-Elect Katrina Wehr Selected for NAR’s 2017 Leadership Academy

KatrinaWehr_picKatrina Wehr, 2016 President-Elect for Boise Regional REALTORS® and managing broker for Keller Williams Realty Boise, was selected as one of 19 people who will participate in the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Leadership Academy.

“Throughout the lengthy application and interview process, Katrina clearly demonstrated that she was driven, confident, and embodies the true heart of volunteer leader,” said Kit Fitzgerald, REALTOR® with Red Barn Real Estate and 2016 Vice Chair for NAR’s Leadership Academy Advisory Committee. “As someone who has served alongside Katrina in leadership roles, I am thrilled that she will be representing Idaho through this program.”

Fitzgerald was one of the first REALTORS® from the Boise region to attend NAR’s Leadership Academy. She currently serves as a National Director from Boise Regional REALTORS® and as the West District Vice President for Idaho REALTORS®. Tracy Kasper, 2016 President of Idaho REALTORS® and broker of Silverhawk Realty, is also a graduate, making Wehr just the third person from the Boise region to participate.

The Leadership Academy provides intensive training on legislative issues, advocacy, and leadership development to REALTORS® who volunteer with their local and state associations, and are poised for future national leadership positions.

“Katrina’s commitment to the real estate industry is outstanding,” said Breanna Vanstrom, Chief Executive Officer for Boise Regional REALTORS®. “She has a command of best practices and professional standards, and always has the best interest of our members and the association at heart. The additional skills she’ll gain through this training will be a tremendous asset when she leads BRR’s Board in 2017.”

Boise Regional REALTORS® Help Transform Downtown Meridian

BRR President Carey Farmer and BRR CEO Breanna Vanstrom join Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, partners and other officials at the Idaho Avenue Placemaking Project ribbon cutting ceremony on September 9th, 2016.

BRR President Carey Farmer and BRR CEO Breanna Vanstrom join Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, partners and other officials at the Idaho Avenue Placemaking Project ribbon cutting ceremony on September 9th, 2016.

The City of Meridian and Idaho Smart Growth unveiled the newly transformed Idaho Avenue in downtown Meridian on Friday, September 9, 2016, thanks in part to a placemaking grant from Boise Regional REALTORS® (formerly Ada County Association of REALTORS®) and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Placemaking reshapes a public space to be more welcoming, functional and attractive to people and activity – enhancing the community overall.  This was achieved on Idaho Avenue by narrowing traffic lanes to allow for boardwalks and public art projects; while colorful planters and outdoor seating invite people to stay awhile.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) kicked off this project by providing the grant through a partnership with Idaho Smart Growth. Idaho Smart Growth worked with Project for Public Spaces and various community organizations, local officials, and business leaders to select the Idaho Avenue location and complete the three-year pilot project, making it truly a community effort.

“We’re so glad that our association could be a part of the Idaho Avenue Placemaking Project,” said Carey Farmer, 2016 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and broker associate with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty. “Investing in our communities is a priority to REALTORS®. Meridian is already a great place to live, projects like these only enhance it.”

The idea behind the placemaking process is to find lighter, quicker and cheaper ways to energize a space, drawing people and building community.  Partners and communities are encouraged to think creatively about low-cost improvements, and be flexible in the uses of public space so it fits the needs of the people that use them.

For more information about this project, see the Idaho Smart Growth “Placemaking Downtown” report.

REALTORS® Donate $1,000 to Assist Louisiana Flood Victims

Carey Farmer, President, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty; Danielle Cullip, Treasurer, Silverhawk Realty; Katrina Wehr, President-Elect, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Brenda Kolsen, Immediate Past President, Woodhouse Group; Gary Salisbury, Vice President, Red Barn Real Estate

Carey Farmer, President, Group One Sotheby’s International Realty; Danielle Cullip, Treasurer, Silverhawk Realty; Katrina Wehr, President-Elect, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Brenda Kolsen, Immediate Past President, Woodhouse Group; Gary Salisbury, Vice President, Red Barn Real Estate

The Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) Board of Directors donated $1,000 to the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund (RRF) to help flood victims in southern Louisiana cover housing-related expenses.

The historic flash flooding occurred in areas of the state that had never flooded before, so many of the homes and businesses affected did not have flood insurance.

“REALTORS® support each other and the communities in which we live and work, here at home and across the country,” said Carey Farmer, 2016 President of Boise Regional REALTORS® and broker associate with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty.  “We hope this donation will help those who are still struggling, or whose homes are now uninhabitable, rebuild after this devastating flood.”

BRR’s donation will be added to the nearly $350,000 collected so far, from other associations and REALTORS® who have donated individually. More information about the REALTOR® Relief Foundation and donating to this cause is available at REALTOR.org.

In 2015, Boise Regional REALTORS® and Idaho REALTORS® distributed $8,000 in grants to victims of the Kamiah, Idaho wildfires with monies from the RRF.

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 disasters.

Registration is Open for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting

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Call for Action: Urge Senate to Pass H.R. 3700

CFA-H.R. 3700 Condo Financing

RPAC SUPPORTS… Homeownership Opportunities

Take Action Now

Condominiums are often the most affordable homeownership option for first-time buyers, small families, single people, and older Americans. Unfortunately, current FHA regulations prevent many buyers from purchasing condos, harm homeowners who need to sell, and limit the ability to attract resident buyers.

Ask your U.S. Senators to pass the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” to:

  • Reduce owner-occupancy ratio to 35%;
  • Allow lenders to approve condos with commercial space over 25%;
  • Require HUD Secretary to “substantially reduce” burdens on condo recertification; and,
  • Require FHA to mirror the FHFA rules related to private transfer fees.

Why you should care… Your condo buyers and sellers may find a property is ineligible for FHA financing, restricting the pool of buyers.

While our local market doesn’t have a lot of condo product (in part because of the current restrictions) if passed, this new legislation may encourage condo construction and help sell those condos that are currently on the market.   Especially important as condos are often an affordable option for first time buyers and others which we certainly need throughout the region (condos are 27% less expensive than single family homes).

Take Action Today!

ACAR Executive Inducted Into National Leadership Society


Marc_LebowitzBOISE, March, 27:  
Marc Lebowitz, Executive Director for the Ada County Association of Realtors®, was inducted into the National Association of Realtors Bud Smith Leadership Society last week .

To achieve induction into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society, it must be demonstrated that nominees have brought credit to the profession of association management through their personal involvement in advancing the purposes of the organization at the local, state, and national level; provided leadership in ways that have benefited the organization, the members, or other association executives; or made other significant contributions that have advanced their organization in meaningful ways. To recognize those who excel in the association management profession by demonstrating uncommon leadership, a willingness to help others, and acceptance of a responsibility to constantly improve themselves.

Lebowitz holds a BA in English and Film from the University of Maryland and has earned both the Realtor Certified Association Executive (RCE) from the National Association of Realtors and the Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

Lebowitz serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Housing Services – Southwest.

The Mission of Ada County Association of REALTORS® is to be valued by the real estate profession and the public, to protect private property rights, to better the communities in which we live, and to provide members with tools and resources to conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully.

Government Shutdown Ends

Late Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill ending the shutdown of the federal government. The bill was passed by the Senate earlier in the day. President Obama has signed the bill into law.

Under the agreement reached, a continuing resolution funding government operations through Jan. 15, 2014 is enacted. The measure also raises the debt ceiling to a projected date of Feb. 7, 2014. The Senate will also consider another separate proposal to instruct House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13, 2013 on a long-term blueprint for tax and spending policies over the next decade.

Although the legislation reopens the federal government immediately, there could be residual delays in programs as workers address issues caused by the 16 day lapse.

REALTOR.org will keep the shutdown information available over the next several days as government operations return to full capacity.

 

What does the Government Shutdown mean?

Many, but not all, government programs, including some that impact federal housing and mortgage programs, have been suspended or slowed.

Federal Housing Administration
HUD’s Contingency Plan states that FHA will endorse new loans in the Single Family Mortgage Loan Program, but it will not make new commitments in the Multi-family Program during the shutdown. FHA will maintain operational activities including paying claims and collecting premiums. Management & Marketing (M&M) Contractors managing the REO portfolio can continue to operate. You can expect some delays with FHA processing.

VA Loan Guaranty Program
Lenders will continue to process and guaranty mortgages through the Loan Guaranty program in the event of a government shutdown. Expect some delays during the shutdown.

Flood Insurance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will not be impacted by a government shutdown, since NFIP is funded by premiums and not tax dollars. Changes to the flood insurance program scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1 will be implemented as scheduled.

Get all the latest via a PDF summary click here. Visit NAR’s page here to see the latest information.