Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Continue to Climb in March While Selection Dwindles
LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, real estate prices in Las Vegas are showing no signs of slowing down while on their upwards trajectory, whereas the selection of properties available to prospective buyers also continues on its recent decline downward. This sets up a situation in Southern Nevada where constant demand is creating ever-growing prices that will only continue to escalate until demand is satisfied in the form of consistent, new construction of houses, condos, and apartments; something local contractors have been struggling with in past years.
The median price for a single-family home in the Las Vegas area during the month of March 2018 was $280,000, which represents a 1.8 percent increase from February and a 15.7 increase over the same period one year ago. Meanwhile, condos and townhomes averaged in at $160,000 in March, which is a whopping jump of 30.1 percent from 2017’s prices.
3,152 single-family homes were sold in Vegas in March, an increase in sales of 48.1 percent from the month prior; housing availability, however, was slim, with only 3,835 single-family properties on the market by March’s end, representing a decrease in inventory of over 30 percent from one year ago. As for condos and townhouses, only 761 were offer-less on the market at the tail end of March, with 82 percent of all houses and 89 percent of condos and townhouses selling within a 60-days, reports say.
With the booming local economy and job market in Las Vegas attracting new companies and businesses – and many newly-transplanted residents moving into the area to work for them – the situation in Las Vegas is getting so bad that some desperate buyers are actually going so far as buying homes without ever having seen them, skipping any kind of inspection before moving in, and making sky-high offers in order to edge out the considerable competition vying for anything they can get their hands on.
The price of a median home in Las Vegas has jumped approximately 12 percent in the past year and 50 percent in the last five. The increasingly-rare house priced below the $200,000 threshold often experiences a flurry of bidding activity – usually at least 15 to 20 or more – and desperate buyers are doing whatever they can to stand out in the crowd to sellers, including making the deal personal by writing emotional letters explaining why they like the property so much.
Clearly, Nevada is home to one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, and it’s likely to remain this way until local building contractors and construction companies are able to finally catch up with the exhaustive demand.
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