Idaho Real Estate Agent Robert Farias Helps His Clients and Fellow-Veterans Start New Chapters

BOISE, Idaho, Mar 27, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Robert Farias loves real estate, It’s his passion. He enjoys seeing his clients start new chapters in their lives, whether they are buying or selling a home. And while every transaction has the client’s satisfaction at the center, he also takes pleasure in donating $500 from the sale to a local veteran organization. Farias is the founder of 22-0 Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty Boise.

Farias is also a former U.S. Army Sergeant. He served his country for eight years and earned a combat action badge and an Army commendation medal. That service included a year in Ramadi, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he provided convoy security for support units and escorted them around the Iraq countryside. When he was honorably discharged from the military in 2009, he left with the invisible scars that so many veterans do.

He credits his wife and seven-year-old daughter and counselors at the Veterans Administration for getting him through the worst of times but ever-present in his thoughts were those fellow veterans and active duty service members who didn’t have the support he did. And he decided to take action.

22-0 Real Estate was founded and named to represent and call attention to the estimated 22 veteran and active duty service member suicides that happen each day in this country. That translates to one every 65 minutes – a 22 percent higher rate than the general civilian population.

“Suicide is preventable. Unfortunately, about 75 percent of veterans and active duty service members do not get the medical or mental health care to help them cope with the effects of their experiences and the struggles of returning to civilian life,” said Farias. “This year, my goal is to raise $25,000 through buying and selling 50 clients’ homes. That money will go to area non-profits that advocate for veterans at risk of suicide and homeless veterans.”

Farias has presented one check so far with one more check presentation already scheduled. His business is also a title sponsor of the Golf ‘Fore’ Vets Tournament, hosted by Wishes 4 Warriors, on March 30th and is participating at the upcoming Ride for 22 Military Veteran Suicide Awareness Rally on April 27, 2019.

“Every time a client buys or sell a home, I get a lot of joy from seeing how positively it affects them. I’m especially fortunate to know that I’m lending a helping hand to those who deserve it most,” added Farias. “I have a happy marriage and beautiful daughter, a new baby on the way in August, and a career I love. I would never have thought that possible in the darkest years after I left the military. I am committed to helping other veterans know there is hope and help them get help.”

To contact Farias and find out more about 22-0 Real Estate, visit

If you are a veteran or know of one in crisis, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visit – or call 800-273-8255 *Press 1 – or Chat or Text 838255.

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22-0 Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty Boise was founded in 2018 by Robert Farias an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Robert Farias has been helping clients buy or sale homes for over four years in the Treasure Valley and Boise, Idaho. 22-0 Real Estate is named to represent and call attention to estimated 22 veteran and active duty service member suicides that happen each day in this country. 22-0 Real Estate donates $500 from each home bought or sold to local veteran non-profits in Boise, Idaho. The goal for 2019 is raise $25,000 through buying or selling client homes. That money will go to area non-profits that advocate for veterans at risk of suicide and homeless veterans. More information:

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Suit Filed Against ID Law Voiding Pregnant Women’s Living Wills

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An exclusion for pregnant women was included in a 2005 Idaho law allowing people to write living wills. (adistar/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – A lawsuit has been filed over an Idaho law that voids women’s living wills if they become pregnant.

Legal Voice and the end-of-life care advocacy group Compassion and Choices filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of four women, saying the law is unconstitutional for violating due-process and equal protection clauses.

Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln is a plaintiff in the case and also a behavioral therapist, pregnant with her first child. She says it’s problematic that the state could override her living will.

“I want to be able to have a say over what happens to my health and to my care and whatever I have expressed to be honored and respected,” she states. “So that became absolutely on the forefront of why I had to take the initiative with this case.”

The pregnancy exclusion is part of the 2005 Medical Consent and Natural Death Act, which allows Idahoans to make decisions to have “life-sustaining procedures withheld or withdrawn.” It allows for advanced directives on end-of-life care.

The Idaho attorney general and secretary of state are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Ten states have laws invalidating advanced directives for people who are pregnant.

Sara Ainsworth, advocacy director at Legal Voice, says pregnant women are entitled to make decisions like anyone else.

“Women don’t lose their constitutional rights when they’re pregnant,” she insists. “They retain the same legal autonomy and decision making power that all patients have, and they have the right to decide whether their bodies would be sustained with life-sustaining treatment or what exact kind of treatment they’d want.”

There is no medical evidence that a woman who is brain dead can be kept alive to bring her pregnancy to term.

A tragic case from 2014 highlights this. The state of Texas kept a pregnant woman who was brain dead on a ventilator, saying it was following state law. But a judge ultimately sided with her family’s wishes to end life-sustaining treatment.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service – ID

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The Trading Profit Launches New Options Trading Website

New Options Trading Website

The Trading Profit’s highly acclaimed products and services can be found on their new website Many of their alert services and courses focus on weekly Options and income-based strategies. Jeff Tompkins of Boise, ID is the President and founder of The Trading Profit, LLC and is an expert trader with nearly 20 years of experience in the markets. Tompkins’ firm focuses on educating aspiring and experienced traders alike in stock, Options and Forex trading. Jeff Tompkins explains, “Our key to success is consistency. We teach traders how to produce consistent results in their trading without having to spend years and countless mistakes to get there. Compared to other trading education companies, The Trading Profit provides a very clear and quick path to measurable success.”Jeff Tompkins has been featured as an expert speaker at the International Trader’s Expo and his top-selling trading courses have received high ratings on learning platforms like and

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Paulette Jordan Announces Running Mate for Gubernatorial Campaign

From a Paulette Jordan Campaign News Release:

Boise, ID (May 9, 2018) – Representative Paulette Jordan is proud to announce Kristin Collum as her running mate. Representative Jordan and Kristin Collum are aligning their visions for the future of Idaho and will campaign together under one ticket. Representative Jordan is running for Governor and Kristin Collum is running for Lieutenant Governor, becoming the first all-female gubernatorial ticket in Idaho history.

Sharing the same principles and values such as hardwork and servant leadership, these two women will revitalize the state of Idaho by combining their skill sets to create a valuable and progressive perspective needed for the state. Representative Jordan has served her community through her elected leadership positions on the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council and with two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives. Mrs. Collum has served as military veteran that served under Colin Powell at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and most recently worked as a technology sector business executive in Boise. Both of women are committed to continuing to serve their communities, and now, the entirety of the state within the Idaho State Governor’s Suite.

Representative Jordan states, “We are two progressive women who are very independent and strong-minded. Running with Kristin Collum is an important moment in our campaign and in history. Moving forward united in our innovative vision, we believe together we can truly represent the voices of the people and bring about the change needed for Idahoans.”

Please join them Friday, May 11th at Governor Cecil Andrus Park (Boise, ID) across from the Capitol Building for this announcement and more.

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Boise Hawks’ Ballpark Brew Fest Announced

BOISE, ID: The Boise Hawks, Single-A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have announced their second annual Ballpark Brew Fest will be held at Memorial Stadium on June 16th from 3 PM to 8 PM.

“We are thrilled to host this event at our ballpark again this year,” said Bob Flannery, Hawks General Manager. “This is a fun event to kick off our season and for our over 21 friends in the valley to sample some of the finer craft beers on the market.”

Tickets for the Ballpark Brew Fest will go on sale May 14th at the Memorial Stadium Box Office, over the phone and online at Admission tickets are $15 (includes Ballpark Brew Fest mug and six beer tasting tickets) and under 21/designated driver tickets are $5 (includes a hot dog and a soda). Guests who purchase their admission tickets (excluding under 21/designated driver tickets) before June 15th will receive $5 off their tickets.

Ballpark Brew Fest will include craft beer tasting from the following local breweries (with new breweries to be added): Mad Swede, Boise Brewing, Payette Brewing, White Dog Brewing, Sawtooth Brewery, and Mother Earth Brew Company. Food trucks, live music and games will also be taking place at the Ballpark Brew Fest.

About the Boise Hawks

The Hawks are the Treasure Valley’s top stop for affordable, family entertainment. Deposits and seat location requests for the 2018 baseball season are currently being accepted. To guarantee the best seats available for 2018, contact the Boise Hawks Front Office at (208) 322-5000. To stay up to date on all things Boise Hawks, follow us on Facebook ( or visit

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Idaho GOP candidates report latest congressional fundraising

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BOISE, Idaho — Campaign finance reports show Republican Russ Fulcher continues to lead the GOP pack in fundraising in the race for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District.

According to sunshine reports released Monday, Fulcher raised roughly $141,000 between January and March. In total, he’s raised more than $408,000 since announcing his bid for the congressional seat

Former Attorney General and former Lt. Gov. David Leroy raised around $102,000 during the same period. Meanwhile, state GOP Reps. Luke Malek raised $55,600 and Christy Perry raised close to $12,000.

First-time political candidates Michael Snyder of Bonners Ferry reported securing nearly $41,000 and Alexander Gallegos of Nampa secured $53,000.

The 1st Congressional District seat has attracted a wide array of candidates ever since GOP U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador announced earlier this year he would leave Congress in 2018 to run for governor.

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Meet a ‘Hotdogger’ who is paid to drive the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

“Hotdogger” Jena Dalykas behind the wheel of the Wienermobile in Boise, Idaho

Everyone loses their minds when they see the famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruising down the highway. How do you not?

A giant delicious hotdog-on-a-bun on four wheels in cartoon bright colors is a delight and has an enduring mojo that never gets old.

The fun concept vehicle was initially created in 1936 by Carl Mayer, a Bavarian immigrant who created a hot dog empire in the United States.

His kitschy wiener “car” turned heads and promoted the brand like wildfire.

Since then there have been several iterations. The 1952 Wienermobile is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, while the 1969 Wienermobile model boasted Ford Thunderbird taillights, a Chevy motorhome frame and averaged 187 “smiles” per gallon.

Now, at any given time, there are six newer Wienermobiles criss-crossing the USA! We got to exclusively meet one of the Wienermobile’s drivers — known as “Hotdoggers” — to get a taste of what it’s like behind the wheel of the iconic vehicle.

Jena Dalykas, aka “Jena from the Cheese Block”, became a Hotdogger after graduating from college. It’s a “bun-afide” job that involves driving a 27-foot-long hot-dog-on-wheels across the country for a year, and Jena is one of the lucky holders of the position in the Western region of the USA.

We caught up with Jena and her copilot, Connor Gray, A.K.A Connie Salami, when they rolled into Boise, Idaho, for an extended stay during the annual Treefort Music festival week. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be parked at various Boise area Walmart Supercenters from now until March 26.

The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile spreads good cheer and salivating stares wherever it rolls. We got the straight wiener insider details directly from the Hotdogger herself!

The classic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — who wouldn’t want to drive one of these?

Monsters and Critics: How long have you worked for Oscar Mayer’s parent company Kraft Heinz and been doing this?

Jena Dalykas: I started driving the Wienermobile last June. This is a year-long position — we are called “Hotdoggers” and we get to drive the Wienermobile for a year. So this upcoming June will be when we’re done. A little bittersweet but, yes, about a year.

It’s not every day the Wienermobile rolls up on you in traffic

M&C: What kind of training do you get to drive the Wienermobile?

Jena: We actually go through a two-week program called “Hot Dog High”. That’s where we earn our “Bun-dergraduate” degree. Essentially what we learned in Hotdog High is basically how to drive this 27-foot long hot dog. We get trained by the state police in Madison, Wisconsin, because that’s where our program’s based out of.

We will do a little bit of media training and stuff, and basically how to live life on the road and everything and what it takes to be a Hotdogger.

M&C: So one of the things I’ve noticed about the Wienermobile is that people nearly get in accidents trying to take photographs with their cellphone while driving when they see it on the freeway. Have you had any accidents?

Jena: We haven’t been in any accident instances, where we’ve scratched our buns or anybody has scratched their buns beside us.

But we do get people who are always excited to see a Wienermobile…there will be people honking, smiling, waving, taking pictures, the works and stuff. But no, no close calls for us. We’re a safe, safe Wienermobile, so that’s good.

M&C: Where does the Wienermobile go in the United States?

Even on a rainy day the colors pop on the Wienermobile

Jena: There are actually six Wienermobiles. They’re all across the country. So you’re currently speaking to the western Wienermobile. We cover states like Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, all that region.

But the other ones are in the south, southeast, northeast, Midwest, and central regions, and then the western region. We pretty much cover everything. We’ve even been to Alaska and Hawaii and overseas in Germany before.

M&C: Some of my editors in Scotland couldn’t believe that there is such a thing as the Wienermobile. Will the Wienermobile ever go to Scotland?

Jena: Scotland…I don’t want to say never…there’s always a possibility because we did go to Germany about over a decade ago…so there’s always a possibility to go.

Last summer we went to Whittier, Alaska. It’s like the smallest location, a very remote place in Alaska. Everybody lives [practically] in one apartment building, it’s crazy.

You have to go through like this really long, skinny tunnel to get to it. So it was awesome and that was pretty cool because we took like a barge up there and then we had to drive and everything.

And then we took two Wienermobiles and another barge to the Statue of Liberty too in New York last summer. That was awesome.

M&C: For the gearheads what kind of engine is under the hood?

Jena: Essentially the Wienermobile is on a Chevrolet truck chassis. Similar to UPS trucks, so it has a six-liter V8 Vortec engine in it. Of the 300 series.

Inside towards the front, the seats are embroidered with hot dogs

M&C: Can you hire the Wienermobile for private charter?

Jena: No. I mean, the seats are more or less for when we have sweepstakes where you can win a ride or sometimes randomly like on our personal off days because the Wienermobile is a personal vehicle for our off days as well. So we take it around…but if we so feel as to give someone a ride, we can do that.

Toward the back, there’s a cool sound system and a flat-screen TV!

M&C: Wait. Can you use the Wienermobile to go to the grocery store?

Jena: So, yeah, when you’d normally do events at grocery stores…but we also need to go grocery shopping and do errands for ourselves so, yes, we’ll take it where we need to go…and to go to events. We stay in hotels and stuff, though, it’s not a wienie-bago!

M&C: That’s so funny. Are there any other surprising facts that people need to know about the Wienermobile? How long has it been in existence?

Jena: The first Wienermobile started cruising the roads, or the “hotdog highways”, in America in 1936 in Chicago. I think a fun fact about those of us who drive it, the Hotdoggers, would be that actually more people have been to outer space than have driven the Wienermobile. That’s always one of my favorite fun facts for sure.

It’s 60 hot dogs long, too. So you got to always know those facts…always.

M&C: Has a competitor tried to emulate the Wienermobile in some sort of like kitschy fashion or you guys, I mean, there’s nothing like this anywhere is there?

Imagine seeing this in your rear-view mirror!

Jena: We’re pretty much the only hot dog that’s cruisin’ the road. I know there are other different objects that are also turned into vehicles that cruise around as well. But for the most part, I believe that the wienermobile is pretty much the first hot dog that has cruised the road and is still cruising.

M&C: Take me through the steps. I want to be a Hotdogger. How do I become a Hotdogger?

Wouldn’t you be this happy if you were a Hotdogger too?

Jena: So it’s a little different journey for everybody. Actually, there are some places, some universities…they usually hire recent college graduates from all across the country. So some universities actually take a wienermobile there [on campus] and recruit.

I went to one of those universities and I had two friends do it last year rarely enough, which is like kind of weird…to have two people that you know do it. I just I applied through my school’s application site and landed an in-person interview at my university.

Jena from the Cheese Block plans on meeting a lot of Boiseans this week

They really accelerate things after that, they kind of cut the competition in half. Then they’ll give you a final round interview in Chicago and you just kind of go through another series of interviews.

But for my partner [Connor] out there, he actually did not recruit at university, he actually applied online. I think he did a phone interview and then went off to the final rounds and stuff.

It is definitely open to anybody to apply, though. All you really need is a bachelor’s degree, just because we do handle more aspects than just driving and stuff, there’s a lot more that goes into it.

M&C: Where does the Hotdogger go from being a hot dog driver, what’s the next step in Kraft Heinz?

Jena: So you could actually choose to stay with the company if you wanted, if positions open you can obviously get interviews and stay with Kraft-Heinz, or you can choose to move on.

We do have a large alumni base of people who have done this, people who were Hotdoggers before us who are always looking out…we’re always looking out for each other, and if our company, their companies are hiring, they are making sure that we’re aware and stuff.

There are endless opportunities afterward. We all come from similar backgrounds in communications and advertising and marketing and stuff. So I know a lot of us usually choose to go into the agency life just because we’re so young.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be parked at various Boise area Walmart Supercenters from now until March 26.

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Bret Connor Joins KQFC/Boise, ID For Middays, Dir./Production & Traffic Reporter

Bret Connor Joins

CUMULUS Country KQFC/BOISE, ID has tapped BRET CONNOR to handle middays as well as Asst. Dir./Production & Traffic Reporter duties. He joins from the CUMULUS/SALT LAKE CITY cluster where he served as Dir./Creative.

CONNOR succeeds TOMMY COLLINS at KQFC; COLLINS departed the company in DECEMBER to join the ADA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT (NET NEWS 12/13/17).

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City Office REIT Announces Sale of Washington Group Plaza Property for $86.5 Million

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VANCOUVER, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) (“City Office” or the “Company”) announced today that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Washington Group Plaza property in Boise, Idaho for a gross sale price of $86.5 million before customary closing and transaction costs.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay approximately $32.1 million of mortgage debt and for general working capital purposes, including repayment of amounts outstanding under the Company’s Secured Credit Facility and potential future property acquisitions. The Company structured the transaction as a part of a reverse like-kind exchange under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.

“The four office buildings that comprise Washington Group Plaza were contributed to City Office as part of the initial public offering in April 2014,” said Greg Tylee, Chief Operating Officer and President. “Since that time, we have implemented substantial operational improvements and cost savings, increased the square footage of the buildings by 23,000 square feet through re-measurement and most recently completed a 148,000 square foot lease to St. Luke’s. These efforts demonstrate our ability to create and realize value for our shareholders at the property level.”

About City Office REIT, Inc.

City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading markets in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has an interest in 4.6 million square feet of office properties. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. All statements that are not statements of historical facts are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to acquire additional properties on the terms and timing it expects, if at all. These and other material risks are described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any other documents filed by the Company from time to time, which are available from the Company and from the SEC, and you should read and understand these risks when evaluating any forward-looking statement. The Company does not have any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.


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Why US billionaires want property in New Zealand

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FILE – In this July 21, 2016, file photo, entrepreneur Peter Thiel speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Thiel was able to gain New Zealand citizenship in 2011 despite never having lived in the country becaus …

The island nation of New Zealand has emerged as an unlikely real estate and investment hub for U.S. billionaires looking for palatial estates, and, according to some reports, a sense of security amid rising global tensions.

New Zealand’s gorgeous landscape, booming home prices and isolation have made it an attractive target to outside investors, to the point that government officials are pushing to ban the sale of houses to overseas buyers. However, the country presently offers a pathway for motivated foreign investors, offering residency and a pathway to citizenship, for those willing to invest millions in the country and spend a certain amount of each year there.

With nuclear tensions on the rise, New Zealand’s political stability, low population density, pristine country and distance from major powers provides a potential refuge to those for whom money is no object. That is particularly true among the tech elite of Silicon Valley, whose West Coast headquarters are a nonstop plane ride away.

“[New Zealand] makes investor visas relatively easy to obtain when compared to many other nations such as the United States, thus it is natural for those looking to invest money overseas to choose New Zealand,” Joshua Harris, a clinical assistant professor of real estate at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, said. “The country’s real estate markets are generally believed to be under supplied and have experienced rising prices in recent years. Further, daily nonstop flight options from the West Coast of the U.S. has made getting to New Zealand easier in the past few years as well.”

Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel, legendary investor Julian Robertson and Hollywood director James Cameron are just a few of the notable figures tied to property deals in New Zealand, whose pristine hills served as the filming location of the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, purportedly told the former New Zealand prime minister in April 2016 that he wished to buy a home in the country, the New Zealand Herald reported, adding that many of Ma’s colleagues had already retired there.

New Zealand offers two pathways for foreign applicants to obtain an investor visa. For a standard visa, applicants must invest NZ$3 million (more than $2 million in U.S. currency) for a four-year period and spend at least 146 days for three of the four years of an investment period. To speed up the process, foreign applicants can agree to invest NZ$10 million for three years and spend at least 44 days in the country for the last two years of the investment period. The country grants about 250 such visas annually, according to the Washington Post.

The notion that New Zealand is serving as a refuge for billionaires wary of a global crisis originated from a January 2017 story in the New Yorker entitled “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich.” Venture capitalist Sam Altman told the publication in 2016 that he planned to fly with Thiel to New Zealand in the event of a global pandemic.

For proponents of the theory, a New Zealand Herald report that Thiel recently added a panic room to his $4.8 million estate in Queensland served as a form of proof.

“I would venture to guess the biggest reason for U.S. billionaires investing in New Zealand real estate is political and economic instability, coupled with the ‘prepper’ mentality and vast amounts of disposable income,” said Max Coursey, a real estate investment expert and president of Tiger Prop in Boise, Idaho. “New Zealand is friendly with most of the world, so their chances of being hit would be minimal and fallout in the southern hemisphere would likely be substantially less than the northern. … If there was a major outbreak of disease, what better place to be than a sparsely-populated island?”

Years of overseas investment has driven up housing prices on the island. New Zealand’s national median average home price rose 5.8% to $405,000 in 2017, the BBC reported. Those rising prices are the primary driver behind the push by New Zealand’s Labour Party government to ban foreigners from buying homes in the country.

The emergence of high-profile American buyers has rankled some New Zealanders. The country’s Overseas Investment Office, which oversees attempts to buy property, told FOX Business last December that it review disgraced former NBC anchor Matt Lauer’s ownership of a $9 million ranch to determine if the allegations of sexual misconduct against him would violate the country’s “good character” clause for foreign investors.

“For an overseas person to receive consent under the Overseas Investment Act they need to be of good character,” Lisa Barrett, the agency’s deputy chief of executive policy and overseas Investment, said at the time. “There is a range of regulatory tools or actions we can take if we believe the Overseas Investment Rules have been broken. The OIO can seek orders, through the Courts, that require people to dispose of property.”

For critics, Thiel’s pathway to property ownership was seen as particularly problematic. New Zealand experienced a public uproar after it was revealed last month that the PayPal founder had gained permanent citizenship after just four visits to the country and did not attend his citizenship ceremony.

The country’s laws generally require that a would-be citizen spend 70% of their time in New Zealand for five years before gaining acceptance. Detractors argued that Thiel, who donated $800,000 to a local earthquake relief fund in 2011 and millions of dollars toward local startups, had effectively bought his citizenship.

“I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand,” Mr. Thiel wrote on his citizenship application.

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