Who Are The Best Property Managers?

As Idaho’s largest, professional management company, we are continually expanding our portfolio of over 4,000 rental units throughout the Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, and other surrounding areas, and are always excited to be meeting new real estate investors.

Our experience over the past decade managing properties throughout the Treasure Valley agentshas given us a unique perspective on the competitive landscape and has helped up work towards becoming the best property management company. We consider ourselves close friends with many of Southwest Idaho’s other leading property management companies. We want our potential clients to be as well informed and educated as possible when it comes to choosing the right property management company for them. We have the utmost respect for our local competitors/colleagues and we are happy to provide our own list of Southwest Idaho’s Top Property Management Companies:

1. First Rate Property Management:  Over 20 years, First Rate Property Management has become the Boise based property management company that it is today, all from referrals. Their largest source of referrals are from their very own clients. Why? Because unlike most other companies, they are investors too. Their client’s real estate investments perform well and because of that, they tell all of their friends and family to invest in Boise.

2. Realty Management Associates, Inc: Realty Management Associates, Inc., CRMC® (RMA) has been in the business of management of single-family homes and small apartment properties since 1980. RMA has maintained a history of solid, long-term client relationships throughout Boise, Nampa and surrounding areas.These relationships were built on sound property management skills, owner communication, tenant solicitation and screening, maintenance supervision, and comprehensive accounting practices.

3. Bolton Property Management: Bolton Property Management is a comprehensive property management company serving communities throughout Idaho and Utah. They are dedicated to providing superior services that consistently exceed client’s expectations through Industry, Integrity, and Innovation.

4. Chapman Properties: The Chapman family has devoted the last 20 years in developing their expertise in the business of managing people and property in the Ada and Canyon County areas. They focus on exceptional management of homes, condos, and townhomes. Chapman Properties is a family owned and operated business and plans to continue this legacy for many years to come.

5. Boise Property Management: Boise Property Management offers both landlords and residents a professional experienced staff with unrivaled quality and property management services in the Treasure Valley. Their services include property management for Residential Homes, Duplex, Tri-Plex, Four-Plex and Multi-family Apartment Communities. In addition to their property management services, they also have an exclusive property maintenance division dedicated to rentals maintenance and repair needs.

We commend all these great companies for being active members of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) and IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management).

If you are shopping elsewhere for the best property management companies to help with your investment needs in the Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and surrounding areas, consider getting quotes from any of these 5 great companies. We are always available to help you or your clients make the best decision for your investments.

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SW Idaho Q4 2016 Vacancy Report

Ada & Canyon county vacancy rates on average increased from 2.7% in Q3 to 4.0% in Q4 with the largest increase being multifamily building that increased from 2.1% to 5.1%. Canyon County multifamily homes had a vacancy rate increase of .7%. Single family vacancies in both Ada and Canyon County were .9%.
Ada County single family rental rates decreased an average of $20 from Q3. Multi-family rents decreased by an average of $77 per month. Overall the average decrease was $34 per rental unit which puts average rents at $1143 which is a significant improvement on the average rental rate of $935 that was reported in the Q4 2015 vacancy report.

Canyon County rental rates continue to climb and increased an average of $34 per rental unit overall, with single family homes increasing by $91 per unit and multi-family units decreasing by $17 per unit. Again, a significant improvement in our area compared to the Q4 2015 report which was an average rate of $697 per rental unit.

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Housing Forecast for 2017

The 2017 national real estate market is predicted to slow compared to the last two years, nar-housing-predictions11-1200x900across the majority of economic indicators. Home prices are anticipated to increase 3.9 percent and existing home sales are forecasted to increase 1.9 percent to 5.46 million homes. Interest rates are expected to reach 4.5 percent due to higher expectations for inflationary pressure in the year ahead.

Realtor.com® is forecasting the homeownership rate will stabilize at 63.5 percent after bottoming at 62.9 percent in 2016. New home sales are expected to grow 10 percent, while new home starts are expected to increase 3 percent. The forecast is based on GDP growth of 2.1 percent, a 2.5 percent increase in the consumer price index and unemployment declining to 4.7 percent by the end of the year.

Prior to the election, demographics and an improving economy were laying the foundation for a substantial increase in first-time buyers in 2017, but due to mortgage rate increases over the last few weeks realtor.com® predicts first timers will face new hurdles as they navigate the qualification and buying process. These higher rates are associated with anticipation of stronger economic and wage growth next year, both of which favor buyers. However, higher rates will make qualifying for a mortgage and finding affordable inventory more challenging.

“We don’t expect the outcome of the election to have a direct impact on the health of the piggyhousing market or economy as we close out 2016. However, the 40 basis points increase in rates in the days following the election has caused us to increase our interest rate prediction for next year,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. “With more than 95 percent of first-time home buyers dependent on financing their home purchase, and a majority of first-time buyers reporting one or more financial challenges, the uptick we’ve already seen may price some first-timers out of the market.”

Top Housing Trends for 2017
Next year’s predicted slowing price and sales growth, increasing interest rates and changing buyer demographics are setting the stage for five key housing trends:

1. Millennials and boomers will dominate the market –– Next year, the housing market will be in the middle of two massive demographic waves, millennials and baby boomers – that will power demand for at least the next 10 years. Although increasing interest rates have prompted realtor.com® to lower its prediction of millennial market share to 33 percent of the buyer pool; millennials and baby boomers will still comprise the majority of the market. Baby boomers are expected to make up 30 percent of buyers in 2017 and given they’re less dependent on financing, they are anticipated to be more successful when it comes to closing.

2. Midwestern cities will continue to be hotbeds for millennials – Midwestern cities are anticipated to continue to beat the national average in millennial purchase market share in 2017 with Madison, Wis.; Columbus, Ohio; Omaha, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Minneapolis, leading the pack. This year, average millennial market share in these markets is 42 percent, far higher than the U.S. average of 38 percent. With strong affordability in 15 of the 19 largest Midwestern markets, realtor.com® expects this trend to continue in 2017 even as interest rates increase.

3. Slowing price appreciation – Nationally, home prices are forecast to slow to 3.9 percent growth year over year, from an estimated 4.9 percent in 2016. Of the top 100 largest metros in the country, 26 markets are expected to see price acceleration of 1 percent point or more with Greensboro-High Point, N.C.; Akron, Ohio; and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md., experiencing the largest gains. Likewise, 46 markets are expected to see a slowdown in price growth of 1 percent or more with Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla., Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Jackson, Miss., undergoing the biggest shift to slower price appreciation.

4. Fewer homes on the market and fast moving markets – Inventory is currently down an average of 11 percent in the top 100 metros in the U.S. The conditions that are limiting home supply are not expected to change in 2017. Median age of inventory is currently 68 days in the top 100 metros, which is 14 percent – or 11 days – faster than U.S. overall.

5. Western cities will continue to lead the nation in prices and sales – Western metros in the U.S. are forecast to see a price increase of 5.8 percent and sales increase of 4.7 percent, much higher than the U.S. overall. These markets also dominate the ranking of the realtor.com® 2017 top housing markets, making up five of the top 10 markets on the list (Los Angeles, Sacramento and Riverside, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.) and 11 of the top 25 (Colorado Springs, Colo.; San Diego; Salt Lake City; Provo-Orem, Utah; Seattle. and Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.)



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