Boise Rental Market & Vacancy Rates
The average rent in Boise, ID is $1,450 per month. Boise rents have increased 8.7% over the past year and 29.7% over the past three years. The vacancy rate for all rental properties in Boise is 3.74%, up from 2.29% one year ago.
Average Rents in Boise
On a per month basis, the average house rent in Boise is $1,494, that is a decrease of $32 (2.1 percent) over the previous year.
We continue to see high demand for four and five-bedroom single-family rentals, particularly in Boise, Meridian, and Eagle. While down from their records, both four and five-bedroom houses finished the second quarter of 2019 at the third-highest rental rate in history.
The average apartment rent in Boise hit a new record high in the second half of 2019, jumping $162 to $1,079 (17.7 percent) over the year prior. The previous record was set in the first quarter of 2019.
Boise one and two-bedroom multifamily units increased in price by $165 and $153 per month respectively. Three-bedroom rentals rose $169 to $1,381, up nearly 13.9 percent from twelve months ago.
Boise Rental Vacancy Rates
Boise vacancy rates finished the second quarter of 2019 at 3.74%. This is an increase of 1.45 percent from Q2 2018 when vacancies stood at 2.29 percent.
Single-family vacancies rose to 4.44 percent, an increase of 1.71 percent from the previous quarter. In the first quarter of last year, vacancies for houses stood at 3.05 percent.
Multifamily investment property vacancies rose to 3.38 percent from 1.84% in Q2 of 2018.
Multifamily vacancy rates finished Q3 of 2018 at 1.85 percent. The lowest since the 1.7 percent rate we saw the year prior, and second lowest in four years. In the first quarter of 2017, vacancies were 5%. As with houses, Q4 of 2016 was also a multiyear high for vacant apartments.
Residential Investment Property Summary and Outlook
Demand for rentals throughout the Boise area continues to remain healthy. None of the property managers we have spoken with are reporting any issues filling vacancies.
We see high demand, particularly for short-term rentals, from people moving to Idaho from other states. This helps explain the jump in four-bedroom single-family rental rates to $2,044 in Q2 2018 (all-time record high).
The significant uptick we saw in multifamily vacancies in the first half of 2017, most likely due to the completion of a number of new construction projects, has partially reversed itself. For 2018 as a whole, vacancies declined to 2.38 percent, down from 3.35 percent the year prior. Even that was lower than the 5 percent rate we saw at the beginning of 2017.
Single-family rents remain near all-time highs. Despite the average rent increasing 8.7% over the last twelve months, the strong price appreciation in the purchase market continues to keep renting attractive by comparison.
While we continue to see a slight uptick in single-family vacancies, rates are still well below the long-term averages. Historical market vacancy rates average 5-6% for both single and multifamily rentals.
The median home price in Boise, ID metro area (Ada County) is $352,000. In the second quarter of 2019, the median sales price for duplexes was $309,500, $537,500 for fourplexes and $950,000 for apartment buildings (5+ units).
Rents at 30% or below household income are typically considered affordable. In fact, many property management companies require an income of at least three times the asking rent. Based on U.S. Census data, the median household income in Ada County is $60,151, meaning rents of $1,504.
While there are no signs of a drop in demand for multifamily units from potential renters, we continue to see a steady stream of new supply, albeit at higher price points. In Boise, last year we saw the completion of the Arboretum (162 units), Havenwood (48 units), Kensington (323 units), The Fowler (159 units), The Watercooler (37 units), Tree Valley (32 units). Note: these are not included in the totals below.
Apartment Projects Under Construction in 2018
- Boise = 705 units
- Meridian = 902 units
- Eagle = 446 units
- Garden City = 32 units
- Nampa = 280 units
- Kuna = 136 units
- Caldwell = 128 units
- Total = 2,629
Keep in mind that the Boise area still has fewer apartment buildings than a typical metro area this size. Single unit properties, mostly houses, make up more than half of the Boise rental market.
Building Permits Issued for Apartment Units
** 5 units or more
Boise Residential Income Property Capitalization Rates
Capitalization Rate, also known as "Cap Rate," is a good starting point to compare Boise investment opportunities quickly. Many more factors need to be looked at, such as the growth or decline of the potential income and the increase (appreciation) in the value of the property.
Capitalization Rate = Yearly Net Income/Total Value
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*Select data obtained from the Intermountain MLS, Valbridge/Mountain States Appraisal and the 2019 SW Idaho Vacancy Report Q2 from the Southwest Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers.