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Boise Rental Market & Vacancy Rates

Overview

The average rent in Boise, ID, is $2,004 per month. Boise rents have increased by 19.36% over the past year and 38.21% over the past three years. The vacancy rate for all rental properties in Boise is 1.67%, up from 1.40% one year ago.

Boise Rental Market 2022 - Average Rent in Boise Idaho chart

Average Rents in Boise by Property Type

SINGLE-FAMILY

2 Bedroom

$1,649

3 Bedroom

$2,121

4 Bedroom

$2,570

5 Bedroom

$2,817

All Bedrooms

$2,113

MULTIFAMILY

1 Bedroom

$1,473

2 Bedroom

$1,470

3 Bedroom

$1,928

All Bedrooms

$1,624

In the Boise rental market, the average monthly rent for all property types in the second quarter of 2022 was $2,004. Boise rents have increased $325 or 19.36% from the second quarter of 2021. While below the all-time high of $2,085 we saw in the first quarter, rents are still the second highest on record.

The average house rent in Boise is $2,113, the second highest rate on record. From Q2 of 2021, that’s a 10.05% increase of $192.

Rents for two-bedroom homes finished the quarter at $1,649, an increase of $207 (14.36%) from a year ago.

Rental rates for three-bedroom houses saw a $187 (9.67%) increase from the previous year, finishing the quarter at $2,121, the second highest rate on record.

Four-bedroom home rates remain below 2021 Q3’s record of $2,734, finishing the quarter at $2,570. That’s still a $185 (7.76%) bump from the Boise rental market’s previous year.

Five-bedroom house monthly rental rates increased $573 (25.53%) from the previous year, finishing the quarter at $2,817. Keep in mind that the relatively small five-bedroom property sample size leads to market variation and unpredictability.

The average apartment rent in Boise is $1,624, a new record and a $26 (1.63%) gain from the previous record set in Q1, 2022. It’s also a yearly increase of $376 (30.13%).

For the fourth quarter in a row, rents for Boise’s one and three-bedroom multifamily units marked record, or near record, highs.

Boise rent prices for a one-bedroom apartment surged to $1,473, a $585 (65.88%) jump from 2021’s second quarter. Two-bedroom units topped out at $1,470, equating to a $221 (17.69%) yearly rise. Three-bedroom multifamily apartments hit $1,928, a yearly increase of $320 (19.90%).

Average Residential Vacancy Rate in Boise, ID

Boise Rental Vacancy Rates

2.19%

Single-Family

1.11%

Multifamily

Boise’s average rental market vacancy rate for all property types increased to 1.67% in the second quarter of 2022, up from 1.40% last year. In contrast, 2022’s first quarter saw vacancy rates at 2.20%.

Single-family investment property vacancies rose from 1.93% the previous year to 2.19% in the second quarter of 2022. Apartment vacancy rates declined from 1.16% over the last twelve months to finish the quarter at 1.11%.

To understand those numbers a little better, it’s important to note that a healthy rental market typically sees vacancy numbers around 5-6%. At the current average of 1.67%, renters are feeling the same supply shortage as homebuyers. The short supply and high demand—fueled by a fast-growing population—are sending rental rates higher.

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Residential Investment Property Summary and Outlook

The 2021 rental market ended much in the same way it began, with pandemic-driven demand, high population growth, and record-breaking real estate prices driving rental rates to the highest level the Boise metro area has ever experienced.

As one of the main contributing factors, Boise’s growing population is stretching a severe lack of available housing. The population has outgrown the number of residential properties built every year since the end of the recession in 2009, which means demand has surpassed supply for more than 12 years. At the beginning of 2020, that discrepancy expanded dramatically as Covid-19 brought even more people to Idaho, pushing Boise further into an extreme seller’s market.

Boise’s dwindling supply has kept buyer competition fierce over the last three years—many sales receive multiple offers—and record-high demand has sent prices soaring. Between July 2019 and July 2022, the median sale price of a single-family house jumped $240,000.

The Treasure Valley remains in a critical housing supply shortage.

Significant price bumps, a limited supply, and volatile and rising mortgage rates have driven many potential homebuyers to the comparatively more affordable rental market. As the real estate market prices out more and more buyers, the demand for rental properties continues to swell.

Compounding that additional rental demand, the formation of new households has risen as friends and family members strike out and look for their own spaces. While there was an initial decline as the pandemic began, new household formations exploded after the initial lockdowns as renters sought out personal space.

Real estate price jumps, low supply, rising household formations, and the flood of pandemic-related population growth have created a perfect storm. There just is not enough housing to meet Boise’s demand, and as a result, rental rates are breaking records every quarter, and vacancies remain near recorded lows.

This was vividly clear at the start of 2021—the first quarter saw Boise rental market vacancies reach an all-time record of 0.75%. As Q4 came to a close, its 1.64% vacancy rate indicated much of the same experience for renters going into the new year. Demand continues to dwarf available supply.

Note: Historically, the rental market vacancy rates average between 5-6% for both single and multifamily rentals.

With the rental property supply well below the historical market average, rates climbed, and Q1 of 2022 brought new records across the board.

2021 was different from the start of the pandemic when vacancies were spiking, and many landlords were reluctant to increase rent as Covid-19 took hold.

2020’s combined average rent stayed reasonably consistent throughout the year, and Q4 of 2020 ended at $1,480, only a $70 jump from the previous year, an increase consistent with historical data.

That was not the case for 2021 and hasn't been for 2022.

Q1 brought record-breaking rental rates in 8 out of the 10 metrics we monitor. Only four-bedroom single-family rentals stayed below their previous record, but that’s more due to statistically fewer properties and available leases. Four-bedroom houses are still much higher than historical rent increases, with rents rising 7.76% from the previous year.

Notably, landlords have been bumping rates in an effort to keep up with the steeply climbing market, and average rents have shot up 19.36% over the past year.

Q1’s combined average monthly rent across all property types hit a record of $2,085. That’s a $529 (33.14%) twelve-month increase.

Moving into the second quarter of 2022, demand has maintained near-record highs. This is driving prices higher across the rental market. As Boise’s population continues to grow by 2,000 people a month, demand is not dwindling—but it is continuing to exacerbate the supply shortage.

While we won't continue to see double-digit annual rent increases forever, expect the Boise rental market in 2022 to continue to follow last year's trend. Demand will stay high, vacancy rates will remain exceptionally low, and rental prices will likely keep climbing.

Prices

The single-family median home price in Boise, ID (metro) is $599,616. In the second quarter of 2022, the median sales price for duplexes was $585,000, $932,000 for fourplexes, and $1,325,000 for apartment buildings (defined as five or more units).

Affordability

Rents at 30% or below household incomes are typically considered affordable. Many property management companies require a minimum income of at least two and a half to three times the asking rent. Based on U.S. Census data, the median household income in Ada County is $69,952, equating to rents of $1,749 per month (at the 30% threshold).

 


Multifamily Market Report - Supply

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 monthly rents.

Estimated Apartment Projects Under Construction in 2022

  • Boise = 1,436 units
  • Meridian = 1,004 units
  • Eagle = 47 units
  • Garden City = 583 units
  • Nampa = 159 units
  • Kuna = 64 units
  • Star = 148 units
  • Caldwell = 123 units
  • Middleton = 0 units

Building Permits Issued for Multifamily Units by County

Year Ada Canyon Total
2021 3,324 291 3,615
2020 1,312 750 2,062
2019 2,468 807 3,275
2018 2,088 391 2,479
2017 1,621 310 1,931
2016 1,345 460 1,805
2015 1,194 26 1,220
2014 2,279 85 2,364
2013 680 100 780
2012 566 235 801
2011 290 147 437
2010 34 65 99
2009 138 4 142
2008 332 36 368
2007 964 441 1,405
2006 767 216 983

Boise Rental Units by Structure Type

Keep in mind that the Boise area still has fewer apartment buildings than a typical metro area this size. Single-unit properties, primarily houses, make up more than half of the Boise rental market.

Boise ID Rental Units by Type of Structure

 


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 considered, 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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*This We Know Boise Rental Market Report is based on a survey of 5,364 rental units. It refers to the city of Boise and the surrounding areas of Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star, and Garden City. Select data obtained from the Intermountain MLS, Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, and the 2022 SW Idaho Vacancy Report Q2 from the Southwest Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers.