Idaho: A Summer Bucket List


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School is wrapping up and families are headed out for summer vacations, epic trips, and expensive experiences—but not all families. Maybe you’re stuck home, or unable to travel. Sometimes it’s hard to afford a vacation away, which is why we’d like to point out that it’s a lot of fun to become a tourist in your own hometown! We challenge you to experience Idaho in all the best way—We love Idaho and everything it has to offer; check out our list for some affordable, family-friendly “vacation” alternatives.

1. Have a Picnic at Shoshone Falls on the Snake River
Picnicking is one of the best summer activities that is super fun as well as cost effective; it’s something your whole family can do on a nice day—especially when the dog days of summer have your kids saying, “I’m bored.” Pack everyone up, grab a cooler, and head to the falls!

Often referred to as the Niagara of the West, Shoshone Falls is a must-see attraction in Twin Falls, Idaho.  At 212 feet tall and 900 foot wide, Shoshone Falls is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States surpassing the height of the famous Niagara Falls.

2. Go Camping — ANYWHERE!
This one seems like a summer no-brainer, but here’s your reminder: spend some time out in nature! Idaho offers hundreds of beautiful locations to camp. Check out our blog for some great suggestions. Idaho has something for everyone, whether you’re in an RV, a primitive tent, or yurt!

3. Take a Day Trip to McCall
In this resort town, you can do countless activities in the summertime; you can golf, hike, bike, camp, go river rafting, fishing, boating, jet skiing, sunbathing, watch the wildlife, take a dip in the natural hot springs, and visit the beautiful Payette Lake.

4. Soak in the Hot Springs
One of the many natural wonders of Idaho is its bountiful hot springs. Take a relaxing dip at Skinny Dipper Hot Springs, Kirkham Hot Springs, or consult this list for several more locations. As always, make sure to keep the springs clean and be mindful of others as well as preserving the springs for generations to come.

5. Float in the Boise River
Spend a relaxing day with your friends floating peacefully down the Boise River as you soak up some sunshine. Be sure to pack some snacks and don’t forget your sunscreen! There are a few spots you can start your float down the river, but one of the most popular is at Barber Park. Here, you can rent tubes, have a BBQ, or hike. They also offer free air if you need to fill up your own personal floatie!

6. Go to the Capital City Public Market on a Saturday Morning
The Capital City Public Market is an enormous, open-air market packed with veggies, fruits, local goodies, handmade, artisan items for purchase and much more. Grab a coffee and your market basket and get shopping for the perfect dinner ingredients. If you can’t make it to the Capital City Market, check out our blog for some other locations that might be near you!

7. Go To A Drive In Movie
There’s something very nostalgic about seeing a movie at the drive-in. Grab your cutie-pie, some movie snacks, and maybe a blanket as you watch a film under the starry sky. Take a break from Netflix on the couch, and head to Terrace Drive In (Caldwell, ID) Parma Motor Vu (Parma, ID), or The Spud Drive In (Driggs, ID).

8. Go boating at Lucky Peak
Soak up all the sights and sounds of summer by boat! Lucky Peak offers many activities, but the boat launch is located at Spring Shores. You can also rent watercraft vessels here. Be sure to keep your eyes on their event calendar—they host many activities throughout the summer months.

9. Hike Mineral Ridge Loop, Coeur d’Alene
The Mineral Ridge Trail is a shorter hike, being a 3.3-mile loop that offers outstanding views over Beauty and Wolf Lodge bays of Coeur d’Alene Lake, with excellent interpretive signage along the trail. A lot of beautiful hikes in Idaho are much longer, and not accessible for people of all walks of life. This one is a little shorter, but still offers up the boundless beauty that is Idaho.

10. Hike Tablerock and Watch the Sunset
Tablerock is a very popular hike in Boise. From here, you can overlook the entire town of Boise. We suggest hiking up there to catch the city views at sunrise or sunset.

This is just a short list of all the things you can do in and around Boise this summer. What do you have planned? What would you add to our list? We’d love to know!


Your Guide to Farmers Markets in the Treasure Valley


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One of our favorite parts of summer is the Farmers Market! Luckily for us, in Idaho there are several hard-to-beat markets that are definitely worthwhile to stop at weekly. The markets have a strong local vibe and are packed full of amazing produce, handmade goodies, and the sweetest people around.

Check out this list of some of our favorites:

The Boise Farmers Market
The Boise Farmers Market is located at 1500 Shoreline Drive. This outdoor market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM–rain or shine! At the Boise Farmers Market you will find fresh local seasonal vegetables and fruit, many types of locally raised protein, breads and pastries, honey, jams and sauces, fresh-roasted coffee, and a delicious selection of ready-to-eat foods. The vendors always have the best of what is local and in season. At the Boise Farmers Market, you’ll find farmers you can trust and food you can trace.

Don’t forget to check in with their events calendar–there’s a handful of fun and family-friendly events this summer that you won’t want to miss–especially The Boise Ice Cream Festival (June 1st) and Idaho Wines (June 17th).

The Boise Farmers Market also has a Mobile Market that delivers farm-fresh goodness to neighborhoods in and around Boise. Their goal is to improve the nutritional wellness of the community while supporting local agriculture. They accept cash, debit and credit cards, EBT, Double Up Bucks and Sprouts Kids Club. Be sure to take a look at their schedule to see when they’re coming to your neighborhood! The Mobile Market begins June 3rd and stops at different neighborhoods daily, Monday-Thursday each week until August 30th.

Capital City Public Market
The Capital City Public Market is open on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM and is located at Idaho and 8th Street in downtown Boise. The Capital City Public Market has connected the community with growers, producers, and artisans throughout Idaho since 1994, generating millions in revenue for the local economy.

This market is quite large and boasts over 130 vendors during the peak season, and caters to thousands of shoppers each week. Whether you’re scoping out amazing, local foods, or in search of the perfect artisan-made gift for someone you love, you’ll definitely find it all at the Capital City Public Market.

Check out their website to see What’s Fresh each month, follow their event calendar, and catch up on their blog for more info.

Old Fashioned Fruit and Veg
This market is located at 1525 S. Cloverdale behind the Chevron at the corner of Cloverdale and Overland. The Old Fashioned Fruit and Veg stand opens at 9:30 AM on Saturdays and here you can find great deals on local produce, fruits, veggies, plants, and even Shave Ice for a cold summer treat! Make sure to “like” their Facebook page, as that is where they post about all of their market happenings and updates.

Meridian Main Street Market
Just outside of Boise, in Meridian is the Meridian Main Street Market–another one you won’t want to miss. This Market is located at 33 East Broadway Avenue and is open Saturdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The Meridian Main Street Market is new and is one of many ways the Meridian Development Corporation and the City of Meridian are investing in the vitality of Meridian’s downtown.  MDC provided the majority of the funding to get this exciting new market off the ground.

If you’re in search of a quaint downtown, with less hustle-and-bustle than Boise, you need to come to this market! Don’t fight for parking, and walk away with tons of fresh produce.  

Wagner Farms
Another one just out of Boise, in Meridian is Wagner Farms. Wagner Farms is located at 3240 W Chinden Blvd, in Meridian. They are not yet open for the season, but be sure to check their website. They’ll be opening this summer and they offer a lot of wonderfully fresh produce like the previous markets: fruits, veggies, ice cold treats, ice cream, and handmade goods.

Wagner Farms is a family owned and operated business–get out there and support ‘em! Be sure to check out their Recipe of the Day on their website for some dinner ideas!

What are you waiting for? Set your alarm early on Saturday, pack your family in the car, and head out to a market near you! Grab a piping hot cup of coffee, stroll the stands, listen to the live music, and fill your baskets and reusable bags full of locally sourced and yummy goodies. Nothing beats local foods for freshness and flavor. By purchasing directly from Treasure Valley Farmers, you’re helping support and strengthen the community, our land, and economy.

All You Need to Know About Camping in Idaho: A Guide to the Best Spots


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Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means…camping! Or “glamping,” if you prefer a more kush experience. Either way—sleeping on the ground, or in an RV, we’ve got some tips for you as you pack up your vehicle to get outta dodge.

At First Service Group, we love to explore and soak up everything that Idaho has to offer—especially the wilderness and landscape. They don’t call it God’s country for nothing. We are proud to live and work in Idaho, and we hope you’re proud to live here too! If you’re not here yet, we’re happy to help you relocate!

If you live in Idaho, you must go camping this summer. With 35 million acres of public land, including 4.5 million acres of protected wilderness, it’s pretty easy to find a great camping spot in Idaho. It’s really hard to narrow down the best spots, but we gave it our best shot!

Redfish Lake
The Gem State has an infinite selection of shimmering lakes pooling in its high country, but perhaps the crowned jewel is Redfish Lake. Benched six miles above Stanley, Idaho, and framed by 10,000 ft. peaks, the five-mile-long lake is a popular playground for adventurers seeking respite from the summer heat. Walk the meandering trails that serpentine through shaded old growth, or kick it up a notch on the17-mile, bike-friendly trail that circles the lake.This campground is affordable, a great escape, and sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Ponderosa State Park
Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake near McCall. Every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups.The scenic overlook at Osprey Point offers a spectacular view of the lake.

Kirkham Campground
Camping and soaking in hot springs? Sign us up! Popular Kirkham Hot Springs is located at the river’s edge within the campground. A trail with staircases leads down to the soaking pools and small steaming waterfalls. The South Fork Payette River offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and trout fishing.The Deadwood and Danskin River Access areas are nearby.

You might assume that glamping isn’t real camping, but it’s still getting out in nature! Obviously you can camp in an RV or rustic cabin…but have you ever considered camping in a yurt?! Through the Idaho State Parks Service, they have several campgrounds that offer up this unique experience. They book up quickly, so if you’re interested, start planning!

A yurt is pretty comfy and kushy. The yurts are circular, Mongolian-style domed tents.  Every park yurt is about 20 feet in diameter with a plywood floor, canvas and hardwood sidewalls and a skylight.  Each yurt can sleep up to five or six people and is built to withstand high winds, snow loads and summer heat. With lockable wood doors, windows with screens and storm flaps Idaho State Park yurts are a comfortable, peaceful and safe place to be, in all seasons.

Bureau Dunes State Park
Idaho literally does have everything…from mountains, to hot springs…to dunes! Bruneau Dunes State Park is the perfect destination for a road trip adventure. This state park boasts the highest single-structured dune in North America. In addition to the sandy waves, Bruneau is home to Idaho’s largest observatory. Hike over miles of dunes, gaze at the stars, climb the 470-foot dune, or rent a sandboard and surf the family-friendly sandy waves.

This list is quite short compared to the limitless locations you could explore. Check out our links below to find a specific adventure you’re seeking!

If you’re a camper, you may want to bookmark the following sites as you plan for your upcoming get-a-ways.

A great resource is through Visit Idaho–on this site, you can find links to book your camping reservation from state parks, to private RV campgrounds. You can even search their database by adventure—whether you want to dip in some hot springs, see a waterfall, or go mountain biking.

Another one you won’t want to miss is the State Parks of Idaho website. On this site you can also book campsites and search by any activity you’re interested in, like fishing or hiking.

If you’ve got kids, be sure to look over all of the free offerings Idaho State Parks offer in the summertime! You can’t beat it.

If RVs are definitely your style, you will want to check out the Idaho RV Campground Association website. This site allows you to search by location or park and you can even sign up for a free camping guide brochure!

Idaho is truly the most beautiful state, and it’s packed full of happy campers. We wish you luck on your next adventure!

May Newsletter


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Boise’s “Californifaction”

The state projects in the region will add another 100,000 residents by 2025. The March Market Report and recent population study done by Compass (Southwest Idaho Planning Agency) point to a fact we know and see every day. Increasingly, the city is also known as a destination for new arrivals, many of them from California, Seattle, and Portland.

Like other smaller Western cities, like Reno, Nevada and Spokane, Washington, an echo boom- driven by West Coasters priced out of their increasingly expensive metros—is exacerbating the problems of economic growth and a tight housing market. found that last quarter, 86% of all out-of-state views of Boise listings came from the Golden State. These homebuyers, especially retirees, who cashed out at California or Seattle prices and want to buy in and around Boise, have helped increase the cost of real estate.

Ada and Canyon Counties are forecasted to have a combined population over 1 million people. The current population 2019 census puts this number at 712,200. The means approximately 300,000 more people are expected to populate these two counties in 20 years!

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May Newsletter

It’s Gardening Season in Boise: What to Plant and When


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Do you have spring fever? At First Service Group, we definitely do–which is why we put together this helpful blog for homeowners and property owners like yourself. Whether you’re sprucing up your place for some major curb appeal in the selling process, or you’re a new home-owner who wants to put down some roots (pun intended)–we’ve got you covered.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, springtime is ideal to plan your garden if you haven’t already. They state that, on average, the last spring frost in Idaho typically occurs on May 7th–this means if you’re planting a vegetable garden outside, the ground should be good to go and your plants will remain safe from frost after this date.

Below is a nifty planting calendar (based off of the Farmer’s Almanac) which allows you to determine which vegetables can be planted when, and whether they’re seed starters, seedling transplants, or seeds being placed directly in the ground.

Beans: May 14th-18th and June 3-4th (Start seeds outdoors)
Beets: April 23rd – May14th (Start seeds outdoors)
Bell Peppers: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Broccoli: April 16th – May 7th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Brussel Sprouts: April 9th – April 30th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Cabbage: April 9th – 23rd (Plant Seedlings or transplants)
Cantaloupes: May 21st – June 11th (Plant Seedlings or Transplants)
Carrots: April 2nd – April 16th (Start seeds outdoors)
Cauliflower: April 9th – 23rd (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Celery: May 14th – 28th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Collards: April 9th – April 30th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Corn: May 7th – May 21st (Start seeds outdoors)
Cucumbers: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Eggplants: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Lettuce: April 23rd – May 21st (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Kohlrabi: April 9th – April 30th (Start seeds outdoors).
Leeks: April 9th – April 30th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Okra: May 21st – June 4th (Start seeds outdoors)
Onions: April 9th – April 30th (Start seeds outdoors)
Parsnips: April 16th – May 7th (Start seeds outdoors)
Peas: March 26th – April 16th (Start seeds outdoors)
Potatoes: April 30th – May 21st (Start seeds outdoors)
Pumpkins: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Radishes: March 12th – April 2nd (Start seeds outdoors)
Spinach: March 26th – April 2nd (Start seeds outdoors)
Squash (Zucchini): May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Sweet Potatoes: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Swiss Chard: April 16th – April 23rd (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Tomatoes: May 14th – June 4th (Plant seedlings or transplants)
Turnips: April 9th – April 30th (Start seeds outside)
Watermelons: May 21st – June 11th (Plant seedlings or transplants)

Sometimes the almanac is correct, and sometimes it isn’t. But just to make sure we’ve got all the bases covered, here is another planting calendar which may be useful as you determine when to break ground and plant those seeds! Here’s another one that is organized by plant hardiness zones in Idaho. Each guide is slightly different, but will give you a window of time to shoot for when planting your veggies.

Not only will creating a garden look superb on your property, but gardening is proven to have known health benefits such as:

  1. Soaking up Vitamin D
  2. Decreased dementia risk
  3. Mood-boosting benefits
  4. Enjoyable aerobic exercise
  5. Helps combat loneliness
  6. Stress relief and self esteem boost

Grab those trowels and gardening gloves and get to work! Let us know about your future harvest and bounties this fall!

Why You Should Live in the Star, Idaho Area

We absolutely adore Idaho and everything about it. One of those things is our beautiful home town of Star, Idaho. Star is a small town with a population of around 7,000. Don’t let that small number fool you! This area is growing and booming with opportunity.

We think Star is one of the best places to live in Idaho, for many reasons.

Small Town Feel

Have you ever seen a movie with a dreamy town you wished you could live in? Well–that’s Star, Idaho! Star is quaint and welcoming. Because of its size, the community is tight-knit; it’s a place where neighbors help each other. Local business support each other, and even though the town is small, you’ve got everything you need in the way of groceries, great education and schools, coffee shops, and more. This area is a great place to raise a family.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re thinking perhaps Star might be too rural for your liking–think again. Star is a short 23 minute drive to the big city of Boise. Boise is packed with job opportunities and every modern convenience you’d ever need. When you want to escape the hustle and bustle that comes with big cities, you can retreat back to your lovely home in Star. Star is also near Eagle, Idaho–another great place to put down some roots!

America, The Beautiful

If you road-tripped all over America, you’d surely stop in Idaho. All of Idaho is picturequese. Everywhere you look it’s as pretty as a postcard or travel documentary. Star, Idaho is gorgeous. If you want to wake up to mountain views, fresh air and space to roam…contact us today and we’ll help you settle into the community! There’s something for everyone here. Winding around the landscape are endless trails, rivers, and limitless outdoor recreation activities. And the weather here–you can’t beat it. We don’t have hurricanes or tornadoes. Yes we have snow, but even THAT is picture perfect.

If you’re interested in acquiring some land instead of an existing home, reach out to us at First Service Group. We are happy to help you find the perfect spot of property to build and grow!

Affordable Living

You must be thinking it costs tons of money to live in such a wonderful place…well let us enlighten you. In Star, Idaho, the cost of living is quite affordable. The median income in Star, ID is $55,942 and the median home value is $175,600. See, pretty affordable, right? We’d love to help you find a home for you and your family; check out our most recent listings in the area to get a better idea of the availability of existing and new homes. The real estate market moves fast here, because everyone wants to live here!


Star is bursting with opportunities. In Star alone, the unemployment rate is currently sitting at 2%, which is 61% lower than the U.S. average. People are moving here for job opportunities, which is great for our local economy and local businesses. The town is growing and flourishing. If working in a small town isn’t your thing, you’re bound to find opportunities in Boise, right next door.

If you’re looking for a picturesque place to live, work, and play in, start packing your boxes because you’re moving to Idaho! You can’t beat the affordability, location, and opportunities here. When you relocate to a new place it can be stressful, but don’t worry–we’ve got you.

Easter Eggstravaganza with First Service Group 2019


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We had so much fun at the Easter Egg-stravaganza hosted by the Star Chamber of Commerce. The fun-filled and family oriented event was held at Blake Park in Star, Idaho on April 20th, 2019.

We had a blast at our booth representing our family owned and operated business, First Service Group. While we mingled with everyone, we hosted games and gave away prizes at our booth. Everyone enjoyed some amazing food at the food trucks, listened to music, and the kiddos went hunting for thousands of candy-filled eggs.

We are humbled to be in such a supportive community and are proud to be sponsors of this wonderful event.

We are already so egg-cited for next year!

Face Painting by our very own Felicia Todd

Check out our fun bunny-themed ring toss! It was a hit!

As you can see– our booth was very egg-citing!

Chris Todd in face-painting mode

Felicia and Chris Todd with their girls.

April Newsletter


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Spring has Sprung! Our market is hot and lively as predicted. For our area, spring kicks off our busiest time of the year. Local Developers are seeing increased pressure from out-of-state firms and demands for more supply from buyers. From retirees to single professionals, the demographic of those moving to the Treasure Valley remains strong and mixed.

Some driving factors behind this pressure are;

#1. Recent news about rent control along the West Coast – from Seattle to Los Angeles. There are new proposals on legislation to install rent controls within major metropolitan areas on the west coast, thus sending those potential investors to our community seeking a safe haven for their investment and development funds.

#2. Boise and the surrounding Cities continue to make the news as being the best and most livable cities for people of all backgrounds to move to.

#3. A strong economy with 1.8% unemployment is bringing in more industry, expansion to existing industry and job creation.

Our most frequently asked question from our out-of-state investors is the topic of “rent control.” In my professional opinion the state of Idaho will not install rent controls while I am alive. Idaho is a huge advocate for being a Property Rights State, meaning the state does not believe they can tell owners what to do with their properties. Things can change, however Idaho remains true to these philosophies no matter what county you visit or do work in.

Idaho is open for business and open for growth. The difference is Idaho – we have the room to grow, accessibility to recreation, great schools, affordability and a strong growing economy. According to most builders the pressure for building has never been higher. We are getting between 200-300 residents moving to the Treasure Valley per week. The supply of available properties is low and the prices remain high. New building permits are growing but resale homes are at an all time low for this time of the year. We have several new developments, listings and projects  coming through the pipeline. If you have any interest in some of the projects I am affiliated with from Eagle to Middleton please let me know. The real estate and investment property outlook for Spring and Summer is Strong!

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Real Estate Market Snapshot: Why Our Expertise Matters and How It Can Help You


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If you’re interested in living or relocating to Idaho and need some help understanding the real estate market, neighborhoods, and interest rates, look no further, we are here to help you!

Buying a home can be a daunting task; moving across the country is exhausting; navigating a new city, landscape, and marketplace is overwhelming. The housing market can be confusing.

But don’t worry, that’s where we come in. At First Service Group, we put you and your interests first. We’re a family owned business that knows the Boise area inside and out. Unlike many larger property management/real estate companies in Boise who cannot afford the quality time to do so, our family owned and operated company allows us to directly focus on our clients and their needs.

Breaking Down The Market

The market changes all the time; each month is packed with different data. In dissecting the month of February, some key facts arose.

New Construction Sales

The Ada County housing market has been shifting to a new norm with new construction sales gaining more and more of the total market share. In February 2019, new construction sales made up 38.7% of all sales, a 10.0% increase from a year ago.

While sales of new construction homes have been up year-over-year for the last 21 consecutive months, sales of existing homes have now been down for the last nine consecutive months; however; however, this doesn’t mean that there still isn’t abundant demand for existing houses. If you’ve been thinking about listing your home, now would be a great time to talk to your REALTOR® at First Service Group about your options as we head into the spring selling season.

Conservative Underwriting

Loans for new construction projects have been even more conservative than other areas of the market, diminishing the future pipeline. Together with rising labor and materials costs, these factors should restrain the construction pipeline of apartment, self-storage and industrial properties, which have all reached cyclical highs.

Supply and Demand

More and more people are looking to buy homes, build homes, and invest in property. Because there’s more buyers than sellers, things in the market get scooped up quickly. If you’re looking to buy a single family home, or invest in a property, things move quickly and you’ll want someone in your corner fighting for you. Let us help you navigate this! Our real estate agents have lived and worked in the Boise area for years and know it extremely well.

Location, Location, Location

Each county and neighborhood in and around Boise is different and homes get gobbled up at different price points. In the most recent data from February the following was determined:

Ada County

Median Home Sale Price  $365,142

Year to Date $369,286

Canyon County

Median Home Sale Price $217,000

Year to Date $215,000

Most expensive neighborhoods: The highest median sales prices in January were in Northeast Boise, at $532,000, followed by Eagle at $513,500 and North Boise at $498,262.

Least expensive Ada neighborhoods: The lowest median prices were in Garden City, at $222,000, followed by West Boise at $228,250 and the Boise Bench at $241,000.

Interest Rates

Interest rates are falling. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 4.41 percent. It had been as high as 4.94 percent in November. A drop in interest rates is invigorating investors as it reopens opportunities. Borrowing costs have fallen, and buyers are revisiting previous opportunities.

If you’re an investor, we can help you! At First Service Group Property Management, our goal is to optimize your property investments, and to maximize your rental income and occupancy rates. Our staff has over 15 years of combined outstanding property management experience in Boise. We specialize in single-family homes, condominiums, commercial spaces, homeowner associations and multi-family complexes.

We’re On Your Side

In giving you that snapshot of the market, we want you to know just how fast things move and change! If you’re interested in buying or selling, let us know, as interest rates can change daily. With low inventory, buyers are snapping up houses and investments quickly.

Choosing a company you trust is pivotal. Our family owned and operated business is here for you.

Why You Should Live in Boise: A Safe, Growing City That Has It All


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It is no surprise that people are flocking to Boise, Idaho. Boise is one of those growing cities that is still safe, kind, and affordable. The schools rank high and the job market is strong so it makes sense why so many families live here. There is a ridiculous amount of outdoor recreational activities for the locals and the climate varies–giving the residents access to all four seasons.


According to Forbes, Boise’s population grew 3% last year and the growing city doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. With so many people migrating to the City of Trees there has to be a reason  why living in Boise is so great.


The thriving job market is just one of the many reasons why it’s so easy to live here. Boise is noted as one of the fastest growing job markets in the Nation. In addition to this the cost of living is affordable and shines when it comes to the value of your home and location. Check out First Service Group’s real estate services and see for yourself how economical the market is.


People of all ages are rushing to this city in the Gem State because it’s safety is impeccable. Boise has below average rates of both violent and property crime. In fact many of the residents claim the city is so safe that they will leave their property unlocked and are comfortable walking around after dark.  

Family Life

Families make up a large demographic in Boise. The public schools in Ada County rank higher than many other places in Idaho. There are numerous parks and so many family friendly activities to do here. The four seasons are strong in Treasure Valley. Many families love the fact that there are so many outdoor recreational activities that change seasonally within thirty minutes from downtown Boise. There are over 180 public trails for people to hike, bike, and run on.

Local Life

Downtown Boise is bustling with art galleries, theaters, and amazing restaurants that offer unique dining experiences. The famous mochas from Java’s will guaranteed make you a repeat customer. If you’re into craft beers there is no shortage of breweries. The nightlife in Boise is buzzing. There is always a concert, performance, or watering hole to hang out at. Locals say that boredom does not exist in Boise.

With so many transplants moving to Boise the rental scene can get a little cut throat. First Service Group provides reliable property management and exceptional tenant service, you can visit their available rentals here.

The cat is out of the bag Boise–you always rank high on any “best places to live” top ten list! We know that living in Boise is special, from the family friendly vibes, outdoor recreational activities, safety, and quality of life in general there is never a shortage of things to do or places to go. This growing city definitely deserves all of it’s hype.

Let us help you with all of your relocation needs–we handle everything from real estate, to brokerage services, to rental properties, and land use planning. Boise is waiting for you! What are you waiting for?