LAS VEGAS, NV – Amid the current real estate boom taking Southern Nevada by storm – simply put, there are currently more buyers looking for housing than there are houses on the market, which has seen its highest sales in a decade – local contractors and developers have been working overtime in an attempt to satiate demand…and falling short, unfortunately. However, this situation is ripe for any go-getter to take advantage of, and one such company – hailing from Texas, of all places – has decided to firmly plant their foot in the Las Vegas housing market.
LGI Homes, which is headquartered near Huston, is currently in the process of expanding their company to the Las Vegas region, an act which is surprisingly considered an unusual occurrence. For years, Vegas has typically relied on local developers for their construction needs, but the arrival of a relative newcomer in the market clearly signals that more muscle is needed when it comes to ramping up housing output for the demand created by the skyrocketing revival of Nevada’s economy and job market. Since its recovery from the housing bubble burst of the mid-2000’s, Vegas has seen a large increase in the number of newly-transplanted residents into the area in the last few years…and, obviously, those new residents need places to live.
LGI recently purchased its first property in Las Vegas – a 20.5-acre subdivision located on Lake Mead Boulevard near Lamb Boulevard – and announced their first construction project, which is slated to create 102 single-family homes; a review for six variants on different housing models was recently approved by the Planning Commission of Clark County. LGI has stated that their main goal is to create dwellings that cater more to first-time home buyers, which is a population that most new construction does not take into consideration, reports say, with the projected price of their proposed single-family homes to come in at around $200,000 apiece, below the current median price for a typical Vegas property; the average sales price of a home purchased in March of 2018 was $357,195.
The Lake Mead Boulevard area is considered “depressed” by some developers; the space located next to LGI’s new property currently contains an encampment for homeless individuals, with the space littered with shopping carts, tents, a mobile home, and random pieces of kitchen and living room furniture strewn about. However, the intense need for affordable housing is driving some companies to take risks in hopes of big payoffs in the end; while an established contractor may be loathe to take on such projects – even with demand currently being what it is – an outsider to Vegas can bring an alternate viewpoint and see a downtrodden area as an asset, experts say.
Development, even in underprivileged areas, can pave the way for revitalisation and profits; after all, Las Vegas as a whole was largely considered an economic black home for nearly a decade until its fortunes recently took a turn for the better, with jobs and businesses pouring back into the region. Savvy developers, such as LGI, are taking a shot at giving Vegas what it needs when others are dropping the ball, and it will only benefit the city as a whole in years to come.
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