The Treasure Valley’s largest RE/MAX franchise is transitioning from leasing office space in Nampa to owning a newly built office on Idaho Center Boulevard.
RE/MAX Executives, based in Eagle, expects to move into the new, $1.1 million, 4,500-square-foot office in mid-October. Construction on the land across from Idaho Center started in May, franchise owner Yuri Blanco said.
RE/MAX had leased 3,500 square feet around the corner on Franklin Road since about 2000.
“We are in real estate; we might as well own,” Blanco said.
RE/MAX Executives, with 43 agents in offices in Eagle and Nampa, is the second largest RE/MAX franchise in Idaho behind RE/MAX Country Real Estate in Pocatello with 46 agents.
Blanco established RE/MAX Executives in 2012 in Eagle and acquired the RE/MAX office in Nampa in 2013, at which time it had about five agents. The Nampa office has since grown to 23 agents, Blanco said.
“Thousands of cars pass by (the Idaho Center Boulevard location) every day,” Blanco said about the move. “We are close to the interstate. We can serve the whole community.”
Blanco acknowledged that many real estate agents now work remotely, but quite a number still like to get out of the house and come to work. The new RE/MAX office will have a large conference room and “cafe-style” lounge with printer and other equipment agents in the field can use, Blanco said.
Blanco joined RE/MAX advantage in 2004, bought out the franchise in 2012 and rebranded it as RE/MAX Executives, which does residential and commercial real estate.
“My belief is Canyon County is doing great,” Blanco said. “There is a lot of business looking to Canyon County.”
RE/MAX has 17 offices in Idaho, including RE/MAX Executives in Eagle and Nampa, RE/MAX Capital City in Boise, RE/MAX Advisors in Meridian and RE/MAX Elite Properties in Boise. Other offices are located in Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Ketchum, McCall, Lewiston, Sandpoint, Montpelier and Moscow.