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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

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®.

Idaho Real Estate Summit 2015

The second Idaho Real Estate Summit hosted by the Ada County Association of REALTORS® was held yesterday, December 10th at  the Idaho Capitol. Topics included current housing trends and a look at our economy. Professionals from all segments of the housing industry will benefit from attending the Housing Summit.

Our Keynote speaker was Lawrence Yun the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He will deliver insight into the National Housing Economy and a forecast for 2015. If you weren’t able to join us download the presentation here

Speakers covered topics including:

  • Local Residential Housing – Marc Lebowitz
  • Commercial Market – LeAnn Hume
  • IHFA Lending in Ada County – Gerald Hunter

“Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report.  He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members.Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report.  He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members.Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. USA Today in 2008 listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country and he has been named among the Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by INMAN News over the past several years.Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.”

Golf and Give: A Perfect Match

On Thursday, August 7th, ACAR will be hosting our 18th Annual Give Back Golf Tournament at Falcon Crest Golf Course. This fabulous event will include lunch, player gift bags, raffle prizes and super tickets with over 100 golfers and much – much – more!

This is a fun-filled event where REALTOR and Affiliate members along with friends and family of ACAR can spend a day out on the course while raising funds for a great cause.

All net proceeds from the event will go to REALTOR Community Foundation a 501(c)(3) that will provide grants to support programs and projects that enhance the quality of life in Ada County.

If you haven’t already, please REGISTER NOW. Make sure you have your Team Name ready to enter, you can also register individually or as a team (they will be registered as “guests”).


Questions, contact Sarah Kestler| Director of Communications

Get Ready for the Party of the Year!

Circle of Excellence – Friday, February 28th

The Circle of Excellence Banquet- “The Roaring 20’s” is Friday, February 28th at the Boise Centre.  Banquet begins with cocktails at 6pm. Dinner and the program begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing and merriment. Applications are now available for the production and the “of the year” awards. (see below) If you have an outstanding broker, rookie, or affiliate that you work with, please let us know and submit a nomination!

Attention Sponsors: If you are interested in sponsoring the event, we have many Sponsor opportunities available.

TICKETS ON SALE:  THURSDAY JANUARY 30TH – Get your 2014 COE ticket order form here. Tickets $49.00 Each

QUALIFICATIONS: $2 million closed production for the year 2013. Applicant must be a primary member of ACAR in good standing at the time of the transaction and remain in good standing.  COE is an individual award and must be calculated per individual. If commission is shared by a team, calculate the production share using the same percentage as the commission split.   Make sure to Download Broker Certification Form  to your Broker by Monday, January 27.  Next step get your  2013 Circle of Excellence Production Application by clicking here  and return to ACAR by Friday, January 31, 2014.

2013 COE qualifying categories are:

•    BRONZE –    $2 million to $4 million closed production
•    SILVER –    $4 million to $6 million closed production
•    GOLD –    $6 million to $9 million closed production
•    PLATINUM –    Over $9 million closed production


Monday, January 27th – Production Award Applications to Broker
Thursday, January 30th – COE Tickets go on sale here at ACAR
Friday, January 31st- Production Applications turned into ACAR office
Friday, January 31st – Circle of Excellence Award Applications need to be turned into ACAR

2014 AWARD NOMINATIONS (download applications below) – Return by Friday, January 31

The Honor Society Award is given to ACAR members actively involved in a leadership position, continuing educational opportunities, and serving in community service organizations. The Lifetime Honor Society award is given to those members who have earned this award for a minimum of 10 years. Celebrating personal & professional successes of members of the Association who have achieved certain and specific high standards of qualification.Honor Society application


YPN Avimor Community Tour

croquet bouquetJoin YPN as we visit Avimor for lunch, games and a tour. Get ready for a ‘Swinging Good Time’! We will be playing a round of croquet as we tour around and see all that Avimor has to offer. Bring all your friends and your competitive streak.

Think beyond your backyard and visit Avimor with YPN!

Event Info:

Thursday, October 17th

11:30 am-1:00 pm

RSVP to Sarah Kestler 947-7236

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