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Month: September 2008

Plaza Brand Building Las Vegas Plaza Hotel?

The Plaza Brand might be coming to Las Vegas very soon. Elad Properties which purchased the New York Plaze Hotel in 2004 is planning on building Plaza Hotels around the world, including in London, Shanghai and Las Vegas. It appears that the first Plaza Hotel that will be built outside of New York will be in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Plaza Hotel will be built on the site of where the Frontier Hotel and Casino used to sit before it was imploded on November 13th, 2007. The Frontier Hotel and Casino used to sit across the street from the Wynn Hotel and Casino.

The Las Vegas Plaza Hotel is expected to have over 3,000 hotel rooms and is projected to have a price tag of over $4 Billion.

Currently a trial is under way between Tamares Group, the owners of the Plaza Hotel and Casino, a 37-year-old hotel in downtown Las Vegas, sued Elad, alleging trademark infringement.

Elad Properties has a few hurdles to overcome in order to build the first Plaza Hotel brand in Las Vegas.

FHA Short Refinance

As home prices continue to decline in certain markets, home owners with adjusting interest rates face the obstacle of not being able to refinance due to their mortgage balance exceeding the value of their property.

The FHA Short Refinance program may be able to help if you are in this scenario. Read More

Should You Sell Your Las Vegas Home or Rent It?

Las Vegas Home prices have dropped throughout 2008 and the trend could continue through the fall and winter. As more and more foreclosures hit the market, banks will continue to offer these homes at prices below market value in an effort to get them off of their books.  So with that in mind, you have to determine if it’s the right time for you to sell your Las Vegas Home.

If you determine the time is right to sell because of divorce, loss of job, job relocation or any other reason, it’s important to understand the Las Vegas Real Estate Market.

Unless you purchased your home before 2003 or put a substantial amount down, it’s unlikely your home has any equity and is most likely worth less than you owe.

This means, you have two options:

  1. You can pay the difference that you owe at close of escrow
  2. You can attempt to sell your home as a short sale

You have the option of selling your home and paying the difference at close of escrow but that amount could be substantial!  Not only do you have to factor in the difference between the offer amount and what you owe but also have to include real estate commissions, closing costs and taxes.

Selling your home as a short sale is not guaranteed!  A short sale is when your lender agrees to accept an offer for the purchase of your home at a price less than what is currently owed.  A short sale usually requires some type of hardship like divorce, loss of job or job transfer.  A short sale package has to be completed and submitted to your lender for approval and this can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 16 weeks!  Having an experienced Las Vegas Real Estate Agent that specializes in Las Vegas Short Sales is a must if you decide to sell your home as a short sale.

If you can afford to hold off on selling your Las Vegas Home in this market, I highly recommend it!  The Las Vegas Rental Market is doing very well and you have a greater chance of renting your home than selling.  Having an experienced Las Vegas Property Management firm representing you is important.  With so many homeowners losing their home to foreclosure, they are being forced into the rental market.  Completing a credit check is very important to determine the potential credit risk of your tenants.

Obviously your situation will play a key decision on whether you can afford to rent your Las Vegas Home instead of selling it in this real estate market.

Feel free to contact us at 702.376.0088 to discuss your situation.

Facing Foreclosure in Las Vegas?

Facing Foreclosure in Las Vegas?

Are you having a hard time making your payments on your Las Vegas Home because your interest rate adjusted causing your payment to increase hundreds of dollars a month? You’re not alone as many Las Vegas Homeowners are facing the same dilemma. Instead of letting your home foreclose you have a few options.

  1. Contact your lender and see if you can adjust your payment.
  2. Refinance – New FHA Guidelines allow you to refinance your house up to 90% LTV (loan-to-value) on current market value.
  3. Short Sale.

You can contact your lender to see if they will lower you payment but the chances of them lowering it any substantial amount is slim. From what I have heard from my clients, they usually will lower the payment by $100 to $200 a month.

FHA has just updated their guidelines which will take effect on October 1st, 2008.  So if you are interested in this refinance option, you will have to wait till October 1st!

Your best option might be attempting to sell your Las Vegas Home as a short sale. A Short Sale is a special transaction that allows you to sell your home – even when your mortgage debt is higher then the value of your home. Lenders are motivated to approve short payoffs if it makes sense.  The foreclosure process for a lender is very costly, takes a long time, and exposes the property to vandalism, deterioration, and declining market values.

If you have never been late on your payments and have a true financial hardship or compelling reason to sell your home (relocation, loss of job, hospitalization, divorce) the bank will still consider a short sale of your property. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE LATE ON YOUR PAYMENTS TO SELL YOUR HOME AS A SHORT SALE!

We will need to present to the bank a short sale package. Most banks request the same documentation, yet there are some that may require their own forms filled out and different actions. We will provide you with a package to fill out complete with a check list of documents needed.

Typically short sales can take anywhere from 45 business days to 120 days to complete from the time the offer is received. Contrary to popular belief, short sales are any thing but short in time. The true name is a short payoff when the lender is taking less than the full balance of the loan.

If you are interested in selling your home as a short sale or have questions about the short sale process, feel free to contact us any time at (702) 376-0088.

Las Vegas Property Managment

With home prices declining all across the Las Vegas Valley, it makes it very difficult to sell your home, especially if you don’t have any equity.  Instead of selling your home, what about renting your home?  The Las Vegas Rental Market is doing very well right now with so many Las Vegas residents looking to rent due to the loss of their own home.  So instead of trying to sell your home in this down market, why not rent it out and just sit and wait until the Las Vegas Real Estate Market rebounds?

If you are going to rent out your home, I highly suggest using a Las Vegas Property Management Company to handle the whole process so all you have to do is deposit your check every month.  You could do it on your own but managing a rental takes a lot of work and you can expect to receive phone calls at all times of the day from a tenant with something that needs to be fixed.

If you are looking for a property manager, contact Tony Sena at 702.376.7379

Las Vegas Real Estate

Las Vegas living is just as exciting as visiting. If you enjoy living in the fast lane, Las Vegas is the place for you. With any kind of entertainment that you could ask for, this is a great place to call home.  The Las Vegas Strip is not only a place to play but a great place to work.

With many job opportunities in the near future with the opening of Encore, Project City Center and the M Resort to name a few, it’s time to make a move.

Las Vegas Home prices are at lows we haven’t seen since 2003 and 2004, interest rates are still at all time lows and the abundant amount of foreclosures makes this a dream market for any buyer looking to relocate to Las Vegas.

There are homes available of all sizes and in all price ranges, with many luxeries included. These luxeries may include swimming pools, hot tubs, jetted bathtubs, and so much more. If you are looking for a nice place to live, and the perfect climate, Vegas is the hot spot. The community has grown in recent years, and the real estate market will also continue to grow throughout the years.