Bart is a licensed realtor with Silvercreek Realty Group, he is also a co-founder of Property People and the founder of the non-profit LEAP Housing, a non-profit aimed at developing and preserving affordable housing opportunities. From Sandpoint, Idaho, he attended the University of Idaho before moving to the “big city” of Boise to begin his real estate career. Seeing an increasing number of people unable to access housing in the region and felt the need to create avenues to housing for those facing difficult market forces and other barriers. As the co-founder of a previous commercial finance brokerage firm, Mr. Cochran's real estate experience includes the financing, acquisition, placement, processing and closing of commercial financing transactions. He also worked at a national real estate syndicate where he obtained experience in financial structuring and one-off specialty transactions.
In 2016, Bart began working as the volunteer founder and CEO of the nonprofit now known as LEAP Housing. LEAP’s mission is to develop and preserve affordable housing in Idaho while providing empowering services that lead to greater housing stability. Both Boise Regional REALTORS and Idaho Regional REALTORS awarded Bart with the Good Neighbor Award in 2023. This award recognizes a REALTOR® who volunteers time and resources to the community through volunteerism.
Bart pivoted to leading LEAP Housing full-time in 2021 while remaining a licensed Realtor. Since then, LEAP has become a leader in affordable housing in Idaho and is on track to bring more than 1,000 affordable housing opportunities to Idaho by 2026.
Bart lives in Northwest Boise on a tiny farm with his wife and son, and can be spotted around town in his orange 1970s Volkswagen bus, affectionately known as the “LEAP Bus”.