Benefits of Routine Rental Inspections for Your Boise, ID Investment

A rental inspection is critical for the successful management of your investment property. Some people call them surveys or reviews, but we’re talking about the importance of entering your property at regular intervals during the tenant’s lease term. There are three specific reasons that these inspections are necessary. Continue reading

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SW Idaho Q2 Vacancy Report

Ada & Canyon county vacancy rates on average decreased again from 3.7% in Q1 to 3.5% in Q2 of this year. Overall the largest decrease was in multifamily units in Ada County which went down 1.3% this quarter. The second largest decrease in vacancy rates was Canyon County single family homes which went down by.8%.


Ada County single family rental rates decreased an average of $154 per month however multi-family rents increased an average of $39 per month from last quarter. Overall the slight decrease of $29 per unit puts the average rents at $1158 in Ada County.

Canyon County rental rates decreased as well putting the average at $906 per rental unit, with single family homes decreasing in monthly rent by an average of $86 per unit and multi-family units increasing by $11 per unit.

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Construction is Slowing Down in Idaho

The heady days of 2015 and 2016, where Idaho frequently led the nation with double-digit growth in construction jobs, seems to have tempered in 2017.

constructionThe number of construction jobs in Idaho did reach a nine-year high at 44,500 in February, but the sector has been shedding jobs each month since then and hit 42,900 in May, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

The May job count is still 3.9 percent higher than in May 2016. But Idaho ranked only No. 21 among the states in year-to-year job increases in May after routinely sitting at No. 1, 2 or 3 through much of 2015 and 2016. In those years, year-to-year increases were often between 10 and 14.8 percent, according to AGC statistics.

“Last year we were out of control. That’s not really a sustainable pace,” said Todd Bloom, owner of B&B Steel Erectors, a Boise general contractor.

The spring slip in construction jobs can be attributed to the completion of several large-scale projects.

City Center Plaza, the J.R. Simplot Co. corporate headquarters, Hyatt Place and Inn at 500 Capitol construction have all wrapped up in downtown Boise as have three hotels in Nampa and Meridian. New hospitals in Nampa and Meridian are in their final stages of construction. Saint Alphonsus Health Systems has scaled back from 300 to 45 construction workers since February, though the St. Luke’s Nampa work site has ramped up a touch from 255 to 290 workers since February.

Idaho has hovered between 39,000 and 44,500 construction jobs since November 2015 after sitting at 33,000 to 35,000 for most of 2013 and 2014. Idaho reached its highest number of construction workers in June 2006 at 53,300, according to AGC statistics.

Bloom believes Idaho can reach those numbers again – but at a more gradual growth rate. He thinks there will be a shift from large buildings.

“A lot of it is going to be infrastructure projects,” Bloom said. “Our infrastructure is in need of dire help. It has to be a coordinated effort between government policy and private investment. The cities and counties have to do a better job at urban planning.”

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