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Colliers Experts Explain Why Investors are Snapping up Boise Apartments and Office Buildings


BoiseDev told you yesterday about the investor demand for local real estate. But investors are interested in buying more than single-family homes. 

Locally based brokers with Colliers International said demand from out-of-state buyers to purchase apartment buildings and office buildings is at record levels. Clay Anderson, an investment broker who typically deals in multi-family properties, said he’s seen a big influx of investors from the coast looking to buy up rental properties because of the quality of life and “stable political environment.”

Not 2008 all over again

He said there’s always been strong demand in the market, but since the pandemic hit it’s reached levels of demand he has never seen. And oftentimes properties aren’t even listed on the market before they’re sold.

“We’ve always had a bit of an imbalance of more buyers than sellers and so especially in apartments you’d say for every one deal you can find a seller you’re going to have 30 to 50 buyers,” he said. “Now it almost feels like every one deal you can find to sell you’ve got a couple of hundred potential buyers.”

But, this doesn’t mean this steep increase in prices is leading to a bubble, like the years before the Great Recession caused by the implosion of the subprime mortgage market. Anderson said he saw more speculation and overvaluing of the market back in 2006 than he sees now, where people are better able to meet their borrowing obligations.

“If I looked at trends of Boise pre-recession, it felt like there was a lot more speculation back then,” he said. “People were stretching further than normal in (borrowing for) homes and other categories of development and you had people talking about moving their companies here, but they couldn’t figure out how to functionally do it.”

“It seems like now you have companies moving here and we also have the post-COVID world of the remote worker,” Anderson said.

COVID-19 who? Office buildings a safe bet

National headlines from San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City warn of the decline of downtown cores as major employers go full remote. But, in small to midsize markets like Boise buying an office building is still a safe bet to make money.

Lance Millington, who works in office brokerage for Colliers, said Boise has always been attractive for investors from out of state looking for good deals, but now demand has increased along with interest in people relocating here and prices have slowly ticked up. 

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Clay Anderson

Investment Brokerage Services | Partner


Clay Anderson joined the Investment Services Team at Colliers International in 2006. Over the past several years, he and his team have transacted over $2.0 billion in commercial real estate, incorporating shopping centers, office buildings, mobile-home parks, and net-leased investments and apartments.

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Lance Millington

Office Brokerage Services


In 2008, Lance Millington entered commercial real estate as partner in a small development company. He has 12 years of experience in managing and leasing the company’s office buildings.

Joining Colliers  in 2020, Lance brings over 25 years of sales and marketing experience in technology companies.  He has held sales executive, partner management and leadership roles at companies including HP, Oracle and Underwriters Laboratories. In his work at Colliers, Lance engages with a broad range of companies and individuals, with the primary focus being on finding the right commercial real estate solution to help clients achieve their overall business objectives. 

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