A Name in 2016!

How do Al Jolson, The Beatles, Wilson Phillips, and Adele connect to the association’s history? Loosely, but stick with me.

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Each were top artists the years that we had a name change. Here’s a quick history:

  • 1920 — The association was founded as the Boise Realty Board and Al Jolson’s “Swanee” was all the rage.
  • 1964 — The Beatles topped the charts with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and the name was changed to the Boise Board of REALTORS®.
  • 1990 — The name shifted to the Ada County Association of REALTORS® and Wilson Phillips encouraged everyone to “Hold On”… for one more day.
  • 2016 — And now, just a few weeks into 2016, we’re getting ready to change the name once again, this time to Boise Regional REALTORS®. All while Adele’s “Hello” is being played errywhere.

If you listen to these songs back-to-back, you can clearly hear how music styles changed over time, yet every song is focused on the same thing — relationships. Sort of like real estate. Business practices evolve and shift year-after-year, yet the agent-client relationship always remains central.

And as the business evolves, so must the association. Past name changes were done to incorporate the term “REALTOR®” or to represent the market’s expanding geography. Geography is part of this change, too. Our members don’t just do business in Ada County and our name must reflect the market in which they live and work. But beyond geography, this name change is being done with a focus on our members and the relationships they have with their clients.

First, re-introducing “Boise” into our name will allow us to tap into efforts by the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and the Visitors Bureau, as they work to “brand” our region in the minds of people across the country. Doing so will improve the association’s consumer outreach initiatives, done on behalf of our members. For example, when people move here, they likely start searching “boise homes for sale,” not “ada county homes for sale” — see:

boise vs ada cty searchSource: google.com/trends/explore; Data generated January 31, 2016.

Once consumers get a sense of what’s in and around Boise, they expand their search to surrounding cities, or narrow in on neighborhoods, looking for REALTORS® who can help them through the process.

Our new name will better connect with consumers during this process, providing them with information on the value that REALTORS® bring to the transaction, and facilitating connections between consumers and REALTORS® both online and in the community.

Also, a name change also allows us to refresh the strategic focus and “personality” of the association. (Like how we now make Wilson Phillips references in our blog posts!) Kidding aside, it’s an exciting time for the organization, and we’re looking forward to rolling out new programs throughout the year.

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It will take some getting used to the new name, Boise Regional REALTORS®, or Boise Regional or “B-R-R” for short, so if you happen to refer to us as ACAR, it’s ok. It will also take us some time to catch all the old logos and name references on our website and other materials. We think we’ve found most of them, but if you find any, please let us know.

Finally, watch our website — boirealtors.com — and updated Facebook and Twitter profiles for some of the fun things we have planned to celebrate the new name throughout February and 2016.

Awards Gala Tickets on Sale Now!

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Register for the REALTOR Awards Gala!

Tickets are $60/person.

Evening Agenda:
6:00pm -7:30pm • Cocktail Hour (and a half!)
7:30pm – 9:00pm(ish) • Dinner & Program
9:00pm(ish) – 11:00pm • Dancing and Celebration!
Tickets to the event are sold individually. A table seats ten attendees.

Bigger and better than ever, the REALTORS® Community Foundation online auction opens February 19th. Watch for announcements and links to the online auction.

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available.

And now through February 15th, we are accepting applications and nominations for the ACAR Honor Society, 2015 Circle of Excellence Production Awards, the Code of Ethics Leadership Award, the Darlene Manning Humanitarian Award, the Rookie REALTOR® Award, and for the Affiliate of the Year, Broker or Manager of the Year, and the REALTOR® of the Year.

Get the application and nomination forms on the main event page and check that page often for the latest event information!

ACAR Installs 2016 President Carey Farmer; Shares Forthcoming Name Change

 

Carey Farmer 2016 President

Carey Farmer
2016 President

The Ada County Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) hosted its 2016 installation ceremony at Boise State University (BSU) on December 18, 2015. The event included a performance by the BSU Main Line Dancers — a tribute to the association’s 2016 President, REALTOR® Carey Farmer, who is a BSU alumna and former Main Line Dancer.

Farmer is an associate broker at Group One Real Estate and has been a REALTOR® for eight years. In addition to her service at ACAR, she is involved with the Junior League of Boise and the Boise Police Auxiliary.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we have in 2016,” said Carey Farmer. “As President, I plan to focus on two areas — advocating for the value that REALTORS® bring to consumers, and educating members about the resources available through the association. The increase in data and technology that’s available to consumers, paired with the fast pace of our local market, makes REALTORS® more valuable than ever. They help people navigate the ever-changing process of buying and selling homes, and can personalize transactions to the needs of each buyer and seller. Similarly, the association helps members navigate the changes in the real estate industry, by offering tools, statistics, classes, and more, suited to the individual needs of their businesses.”

During the installation event, ACAR’s Chief Executive Officer, Breanna Vanstrom shared that the association will be changing its name to Boise Regional REALTORS® in 2016. The association was known as the Boise Realty Board from 1920-1964, then as the Boise Board of REALTORS® starting in 1964, and then as the Ada County Association of REALTORS® starting in 1990. Vanstrom had this to say about the new President and forthcoming name change:

“We have a long tradition of outstanding leadership at the association which will certainly continue with Carey. She is a successful REALTOR® who thoroughly understands the issues and opportunities facing our industry, and will use her insights and experiences to strategically guide our organization. This will be especially important as the organization changes its name to Boise Regional REALTORS® in early 2016. By re-introducing Boise into our name, we hope to support the efforts of groups BVEP and the Visitors Bureau, as they work to ‘brand’ our community in the minds of people across the country. But also, our members don’t just do business in Ada County, and we want our name to reflect the expanding area in which our members live and work.”

An official announcement and more details about the name change will be shared soon.

Other leaders who were sworn in to serve on behalf of the association include President-Elect Katrina Wehr of Silvercreek Realty Group, Vice President Gary Salisbury of Red Barn Real Estate, Treasurer Danielle Cullip of Silverhawk Realty, Immediate Past President Brenda Kolsen of Silverhawk Realty, two new Directors Krista Deacon of Silvercreek Realty Group and Jeffrey Wills of Amherst Madison Legacy, and five new State Directors Becky Enrico-Crum of Andy Enrico & Company, Shirley Koch of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group, Carolyn Sinnard of Happy Dog Realty, Susan Weaver of Group One Real Estate, and Greg Winther of Silvercreek Realty Group.

They will work alongside the association’s continuing Directors Michelle Bailey of Keller Williams Realty Boise, Jared Cozby of Front Street Brokers, Dianne Hough of Group One, and Bob Van Allen of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group, and continuing State Directors Chase Craig of Keller Williams Realty Boise, Phil Mount of Front Street Brokers, Gary Salisbury of Red Barn Real Estate, and Katrina Wehr of Silvercreek Realty Group. The associations is also represented on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors by Kit Fitzgerald of Red Barn Real Estate, whose term goes through 2016.

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The Ada County Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) represents more than 3,600 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region, providing resources to help members conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully. For more information, visit www.myacar.com.

REALTORS® Community Foundation grants nearly $25,000 in Ada County

The ACAR REALTORS® Community Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Ada County Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) awarded nine Ada County nonprofit organizations with grants totaling almost $25,000 through its annual competitive grant cycle.

Funds for grants are raised throughout the year by members of ACAR. The two largest fundraisers include the Give-Back Charity Golf Tournament and an online auction at the annual Circle of Excellence Awards Gala.

The objective of the REALTORS® Community Foundation is to support projects and/or programs in Ada County in order to transform the lives of the people in the neighborhoods in which we serve, with special consideration given to projects and/or programs focused on housing needs.

The 2015 grant recipients are:

Boise Firefighters Local 149 Burnout Fund  ̶  $2,500 to provide fire victims with immediate resources for food, shelter and clothing needs.

Boise Firefighters Local 149 - 2015

Boise Rescue Mission/City Light Home for Women & Children  ̶  $3,000 to provide program support for the City Life Home for Women & Children; including the Emergency Services Program, New Life Program, Transitional Housing Program and Children’s Program.

Boise Rescue Mission - 2015

Good Samaritan League   ̶   $2,755 to purchase a new commercial dishwasher as part of the Renovation/Repair/Beautification project.

Good Samaritan League - 2015

Habitat for Humanity   ̶  $2,000 to help with construction costs for homes currently under construction in Frazier Place, a fifteen home subdivision in Boise.

Habitat for Humanity - 2015

Jesse Tree   ̶  $2,500 to provide funding for the Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance program to keep qualifying individuals in their homes following a one-time financial emergency.

Jesse Tree - 2015

Life’s Kitchen  ̶   $3,000 to help fund the Stone Soup Project providing one hot and healthy meal every weekday at the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter.

Life's Kitchen - 2015

NeighborWorks (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services)   ̶  $2,500 to help fund the Paint the Town program.

The Salvation Army   ̶  $2,000 to help fund the Nearly Home Transition in Place program.

Salvation Army - 2015

Women’s and Children’s Alliance   ̶  $4,000 to maintain the viability of the critical emergency shelter for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.

WCA - 2015

 

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The Ada County Association of REALTORS® represents more than 3,600 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region, providing resources to help members conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully. For more information, visit www.myacar.com.

Low Unemployment, Interest Rates Keep Homes Affordable Event as Prices Rise

In November 2015, the median sales price of single family home prices in Ada County, as tracked through the Intermountain MLS, was at $240,300 up 11.5% compared to November 2014. Breaking that down by sales type, the median sales price of existing single family homes was $213,000, up 7.2% year-over-year, while the new construction median sales price was $356,209, up 11.9% year-over-year.

According to a survey from the National Association of REALTORS®, the median price in Idaho is expected to increase by 3-4% over the next 12 months (looking ahead to October 2016), for existing and new homes combined. While the survey doesn’t break those numbers down to other geographies, in Ada County, we’ve seen prices increase over the past 12 months (from October 31, 2014 to November 30, 2015) by 8.7% for all homes—the median sales price for existing homes was up 8.8% year-to-date, and by 3.9% year-to-date for new construction homes.

There are a variety of factors that will determine where prices end up a year from now, especially local unemployment rates. The latest numbers from the Idaho Department of Labor show a 2.9% unemployment rate for Ada County, as of October 2015. Boise City had the lowest rate across the state at 2.4%, and Meridian came in at 3.6%. These were all well under the 5% rate nationwide.

“There is always a concern that when prices rise, homes will become unaffordable for some people,” said Brenda Kolsen, 2015 President of the Ada County Association of REALTORS®. “We’ll certainly continue to watch affordability in our region, but with the positive jobs numbers, recent wins by BVEP which is bringing new companies to the Valley, and continued interest from people wanting to move to our area, we feel that our local real estate market is in a great position for buyers and sellers alike—and we expect it to be that way for some time.”

Additionally, low down payment programs and the continuation of historically low mortgage rates have allowed people to purchase homes even as prices have risen. In November 2015, HSH.com reported mortgage rates at 3.988%.

In addition to price, here is how the rest of the market performed in November 2015, looking at all single-family home activity in Ada County, as reported to the Intermountain MLS, a subsidiary of the Ada County Association of REALTORS®:

  • Closed Sales were at 621, up 13.1% year-over-year, and up 18.4% YTD
  • Median Sales Price was at $240,300, up 11.5% year-over-year, and up 8.7% YTD
  • Days on Market was at 50 days, down 10.9% year-over-year, and down 9.1% YTD
  • Pending Sales were at 1,152, up 39.3% year-over-year (not tracked YTD)
  • Inventory was at 1,919, down 15.2% year-over-year (not tracked YTD)
  • Months of Inventory was at 2.7 months, down 28.9% year-over-year (not tracked YTD)

Download the November 2015 Snapshot

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The information in this market report is based on a variety of sources, but primarily on the public statistics provided by the Intermountain MLS (IMLS), a subsidiary of ACAR, available here: http://publicstats.intermountainmls.com/static/Reports/Ada/2015/November-2015-Ada.pdf. 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 Ada County during the specified time period. The IMLS provides these statistics for purposes of general market analysis but makes no representations as to the past or future appreciation or depreciation of property values. (To reduce the error, only data falling within 3 standard deviations from the mean has been included in the report. Existing and new construction statistics are calculated independently and may not sum to the total number of homes sold.) Changes to methodology: Effective 3/1/2007, ‘days on market’ refers to the number of days that transpire between the listing date and the date the property goes into pending status. Effective 4/1/2011, standard deviation is modified to reflect the difference between the asking and sold prices as a percentage of the asking price.

BVEP – Grow Big Ideas Here

Thank you to Clark Krause, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, for presenting during the ACAR Annual Membership Meeting on October 15th.  If you missed the meeting or want a closer look at Clark’s presentation on what BVEP is accomplishing around the valley, you can find his presentation here.

RPAC Golf Tournament – Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual RPAC Golf Tournament on Wednesday, September 23rd at The Club at SpurWing. This 9-hole tournament is a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start at 9am followed by lunch at approximately 11:30am (the event should be done by 1pm).  If you are a current investor in RPAC or are interested in learning more about or becoming an investor in RPAC, this tournament is for you!

The tournament is open to all ACAR members.  Major Investors at the Sterling R ($1,000) level and above are invited to play for FREE! All other ACAR members are invited to play for $75. Or join us just for lunch for only $20. REGISTER NOW.

Registration includes:

  • 9 holes of golf on Spurwing’s new Challenge Course
  • golf cart
  • drink ticket
  • raffle ticket
  • awards lunch

All tournament proceeds benefit RPAC which works to protect homeownership and the real estate industry by fighting issues and electing pro-REALTOR® and pro-real estate candidates. RPAC dollars are used on the federal, state and local levels to support issues critical to the future of real estate and REALTORS®.

July 2015 Market Report: Higher home prices despite seasonal sales dip?

Compared to June 2015, single-family home prices in Ada County for July 2015 were up, while pending and closed sales were down. To some these sales counts prompted questions of a slowdown—but a seasonal slowdown is quite different than a market slowdown. Based on the recent trends and comparing them to historical performance, we’re not seeing a market slowdown at this time. Let’s take a look…

Seasonal Trends          Month-To-Month June 2015 July 2015 MTM % Chg
Pending Sales 1,359 1,319 -2.9%
Closed Sales 1,035* 1,007 -2.7%
Median Sales Price $230,000 $232,500 1.1%

 

* Adjusted for sales reported to IMLS after previous month’s market report was distributed.

Market Wide Trends     Year-Over-Year July 2014 July 2015 YOY % Chg
Pending Sales 988 1,319 33.5%
Closed Sales 837 1,007 20.3%
Median Sales Price $214,503 $232,500 8.4%

We’ve highlighted pending sales, since that metric is an indicator of future sales, as the homes under contract will likely close within the next 30-60 days. So while there may be a seasonal dip in pending sales of 2.9% from June to July, looking year-over-year, pending sales were 33.5% higher than the same time last year.

Market Snapshot_July1Yet after last month’s market report, showing peaks in prices and closed sales for Ada County, it’s easy to wonder whether we’re at the top of the market, or leaning towards a downturn. Brenda Kolsen, President of the Ada County Association of REALTORS®, responds: “As noted in our mid-year market report, our area typically sees a slight drop in activity each year in July or August, after the rush of the spring market, and as people take summer vacations and get ready for the new school year. Then we usually have another pop of activity in the fall. I expect we’ll see the same this year if economic conditions persist, and based on the number of inquiries our REALTOR® members are fielding every day, from people looking to buy and sell.”

The question of a market peak—or even another housing bubble—is also being asked nationally. Based on the economic trends tracked by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), that’s not likely. At an industry event held in Chicago on Monday, NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explained that the national market is very different today than it was at the “bottom” in 2008 or 2009. Most notably because of the changes in credit/lending standards and housing inventory levels over the past few years.

Mortgage lenders now follow strict rules to qualify potential homebuyers, and many of the creative loan programs that were available back then are no longer in use. This has helped to diminish the risk of buyers getting into loans beyond their financial means. Paired with improving jobs numbers, we’re in a much better situation today, both financially and economically.

Additionally, the supply of homes nationwide is well below consumer demand, which is fueling the rise in prices. Locally, we’re definitely seeing the same thing, with supply at 2.5 months in July 2015 for all single-family inventory throughout Ada County. (A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically between 4.0-6.0 months of supply.)

“We will continue to watch local trends, especially pending sales and prices, to identify any irregularities that may emerge outside of our usual, seasonal peaks and valleys,” said Kolsen, “But in the meantime, I encourage any consumer who has questions or concerns about the market, to reach out to a REALTOR® to get the facts specific to their real estate situation.”

Here’s how the rest of July 2015 shaped up for single-family homes in Ada County:

  • Closed Sales were at 1,007, up 20.3% year-over-year, and up 19.2% year-to-date
  • Median Sales Price was at $232,500, up 8.4% year-over-year, and up 7.8% year-to-date
  • Days on Market was at 42 days, down 8.7% year-over-year, and down 5.5% year-to-date
  • Months of Inventory was at 2.5 months, down 30.6% year-over-year (number not tracked YTD)

 

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The Ada County Association of REALTORS® represents nearly 3,500 real estate professionals throughout the Boise region. For more information about the benefits of working with a REALTOR® and to search for a REALTOR® by name, language, or professional designation, visit http://myacar.com/find-a-realtor.

NOTE: The information in this market report is based on a variety of sources, but primarily on the public statistics provided by the Intermountain MLS (IMLS), a subsidiary of the Ada County Association of REALTORS®, available here: http://publicstats.intermountainmls.com/static/Reports/Ada/2015/July-2015-Ada.pdf. 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 Ada County during the specified time period. The IMLS provides these statistics for purposes of general market analysis, but makes no representations as to the past or future appreciation or depreciation of property values. (To reduce the error, only data falling within 3 standard deviations from the mean has been included in the report. Existing and new construction statistics are calculated independently and may not sum to the total number of homes sold.) Changes to methodology: Effective 3/1/2007, ‘days on market’ refers to the number of days that transpire between the listing date and the date the property goes into pending status. Effective 4/1/2011, standard deviation is modified to reflect the difference between the asking and sold prices as a percentage of the asking price.

ACAR Hires New CEO

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The Ada County Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) announces Breanna Vanstrom as the association’s new CEO beginning May 1st.  Ms. Vanstrom replaces Marc Lebowitz who accepted the position as CEO of the Tucson Association of REALTORS® earlier this year.  “With Breanna’s capacity as Chief Operations Officer at 10k Research, a subsidiary of the Minneapolis Assn of Realtors, she brings her leadership and operational skills to ACAR which we’re very excited about.  Breanna is passionate about ways to assist our membership, knows the right questions to ask, and has the knowledge to answer those questions which leads to an experience our membership will appreciate and value.  We’re looking forward to her arrival,” said Brenda Kolsen, President of the ACAR Board of Directors.

With more than 11 years of real estate industry experience, Ms. Vanstrom brings a unique perspective to the association by combining marketing, sales, and technology – three key areas of the industry.

“What excites me most about this opportunity are the fantastic people I’ll be working with. ACAR has a great reputation nationally which is due to the outstanding staff and volunteer leadership of the organization. I look forward to sharing my insights and ideas and being part of this passionate and talented team.”

Vanstrom earned a BA in Journalism/Advertising from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2000. Her industry experience began in 2004 as the Director of Marketing with the REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, Florida, and in 2006 as Director of Marketing with the Southern Twin Cities Association of REALTORS® in Eagan, Minnesota (which has since merged with the St. Paul Area Association of REALTORS®), and becoming a licensed REALTOR® in 2008.

After earning her MBA at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010, Vanstrom was asked to join 10K Research & Marketing at the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® as the Client Manager before becoming the Director of Business Development. In 2014 she became the Director of Marketing for HomeSpotter, a mobile technology company serving brokers and MLS’s.

Prior to working in the real estate industry, Vanstrom worked as an account executive for the Atlanta advertising agency, Ames, Scullin, O’Haire. Outside of work, Breanna is likely planning her next vacation with her husband, Jeff, taking a walk with their dog, Baxter, digging into her family history, or checking out a new restaurant.

Paint the Town

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2015 Paint the Town is right around the corner! The deadline has passed but if you are interested in helping with a team contact Sarah Kestler directly at 947-7236 and we can get you connected with a team.

This year, Paint the Town is on Saturday June 13th.  NHS is having a kick-off on May 30th.  Find out more about the entire Paint the Town event here.

If you can’t volunteer this year NeighborWorks (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS)) can still use your help. Get involved virtually ‘Buy a Bucket.’