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Month: September 2018

North Las Vegas Becoming Hotbed of Real Estate Development, Business Opportunities

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the post-recession boom currently occurring in Las Vegas as a whole, the real estate market and business industries are feeling the positive effects of this development more than they have in years. But recently, North Vegas in particular – the region hit hardest by the recession – has been coming to the forefront of development efforts now that the nation’s economic woes appear to be fading into the past, and is currently one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States.

Local North Vegas officials have recently been making waves that their city is ready to turn up the heat, so to speak, and are interested in devoting ample resources to increase the amount of housing and commercial properties within their borders. With land available that sat literally unused after the burst of the housing bubble in the mid-2000’s, city officials are looking to finally capitalize on the vast potential for development that North Las Vegas displayed prior to the recession.

Currently, numerous high-profile conglomerates and corporations are setting their sights upon North Vegas, opening up the promise of increased availability of well-paying jobs that, in turn, will spur on housing development in anticipation of new hires moving to the area. In particular, internet retail giant Amazon will be constructing an massive, 2.5 million square-foot fulfillment center that promises well over 1,000 full-time positions when it opens doors for business at the tail end of 2019. That alone will be more than enough to put North Vegas on the map in a serious way, but it’s actually only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s to come.

Another company setting up shop in North Vegas is noted cosmetics company Sephora, who will be building a distribution center coming in at over 700,000 square feet that is also slated to open in 2019; the establishment is expected to add yet another 400 jobs once it gets fully up to speed.

In addition, according to city officials, additional businesses have already opened up in recent months, including medical clinics, restaurants, and retail, and a potential master-planned community is currently in the works, although details are currently not available for that project.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee noted that the main goal of his administration is to help promote his city as a destination for business and real estate development, and to put North Vegas back on the lofty path it was set to traverse before the recession hit the nation.

“My thing is to change the reputation of North Las Vegas,” he said. “Fifty percent of North Las Vegas hasn’t been built out yet, but people think it’s the same North Las Vegas that it was 20 years ago. Now we’re going to take it to the next level.”

If you are considering investing in or around the Las Vegas area, which clearly is experiencing huge growth and a booming job market,  give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any real estate and tenant related questions you may have.

Las Vegas Overtakes Seattle as #1 Real Estate Market in U.S.

LAS VEGAS, NV – After a lengthy reign of 21 months in a row, Seattle Washington has been kicked to the curb by Las Vegas, Nevada as the number one real estate market in the United States, according to a recently-released report. Las Vegas took first place in the latest release of the monthly Case-Shiller home price index with a jump in property sales of 13 percent in August, an increase over the previous month’s of 12.6 percent.

After a devastating hit to the housing market in Southern Nevada during the mid-2000’s recession – homes lost as much as 60 percent or more of their value and foreclosures were at six times the national average – Las Vegas has bounced back significantly in recent years as the local economy has improved and the job market has stabilised and grown. Shrinking real estate inventory coupled with growing demand and rising prices have resulted in home prices increasing to double what they were during the depths of the recession, with few signs of that upward trajectory slowing down any time soon.

Las Vegas also ranks highly nationally in terms of population and employment growth while low in unemployment, which also plays a factor in terms of home prices and sales. The price of a median single family home in Las Vegas is currently $290,000 – in the neighbourhood of average when compared to national statistics – which represents a massive bargain when compared to a place such as Seattle, where a family can expect to pay up to a whopping $805,000 for the very same type of property.

Another reason for Vegas’ rapid growth as it relates to its current Case-Shiller index ranking is that its real estate market had been devalued so greatly during the recession that any growth would have a comparatively large impact on its gains in terms of overall national rank. However, that in no way takes away from the impressive significance of Vegas’ current status as the king of the housing hill in America, as there are numerous other factors at play that determine the overall national ranking.

Seattle’s market had been the second longest-running on the monthly Case-Shiller home price index in the 31 years they have been tracking the real estate market nationally; the only city coming in higher had been Portland, Oregon with 23 straight months in the 1990’s. However, Seattle has been experiencing a drop both property prices and sales recently, and experts expect this trend to continue when the next Case-Shiller index is released, as the report reflects a three-month average. Las Vegas, in comparison, has been experiencing an upward climb for a significant amount of time now, so it is likely that the next Case-Shiller index will continue to reflect its number one national ranking for some time to come.

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Las Vegas House Flipping Market Considered Hottest in Country

LAS VEGAS, NV – House flipping – the act of purchasing a home, fixing it up, and putting it back on the market in order to turn a profit – has been a popular way to make money in the real estate field for many years, but recently the market has seen its profit margins slipping nationally… almost everywhere except in Las Vegas, that is, where the practice remains both lucrative and very popular.

According to reports, approximately 7.7 percent of the homes sold in the Las Vegas region in the second quarter of 2018 consisted of flips; compare this to the overall national average of homes sales, of which flips accounted for 5.2 percent and falling, real estate experts say. Only a mere handful of other cities in the United States come in at higher levels, among them Memphis, Tennessee with 9.7 percent; Clarksville, Tennessee at 8.2 percent; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, at 7.9 percent.

However, none of those regions have experienced the rapid and consistent growth that Las Vegas has in recent years, which can be attributed to the ongoing economic uptick in the area, with money, businesses, and jobs flowing into the area, spurred on by a rapidly-recovering real estate market after a near decade of dormancy following the mid-2000’s recession.

However, even before and during the burst of the housing bubble, house flipping had been big money in Las Vegas; before the recent recovery of the economy, flipping was nonetheless big thanks to the ease of acquiring bank loans, which many flippers took advantage of. But with the resurgence of the market in the last few years, flipping has taken on a new significance in Southern Nevada, and with time the practice could overtake other areas and make Las Vegas number one.

On average, house flippers in Las Vegas during the second quarter of 2018 saw a healthy return on their efforts to the tune of approximately $54,000 or more in terms of profit for houses sold, or a nearly 28 percent return on their investment. This amount accounts for the money spent acquiring the property, but not for any subsequent expenditures encountered while renovating and/or improving the house itself before it had been sold. But with careful work done with economy – and quality – in mind, flippers can minimise their costs while maximising their profits.

House flipping in Las Vegas is maintaining its reputation as a profitable and sure-fire way to turn a quick buck in one of the hottest real estate territories around, so if you have the money, time, and wherewithal, it’s something that anyone interested in hard work and high rewards should seriously consider undertaking. With homes in the Las Vegas market still in high and ever-increasing demand, it only makes sense to get in on the action while it’s still hot in one of the fastest-climbing housing markets in the country.

If you are considering investing in or around the Las Vegas area, which clearly is experiencing huge growth and a booming job market,  give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any real estate and tenant related questions you may have.

Resorts World Casino to be First “Mega-Resort” to Open Doors on the Las Vegas Strip in Over Ten Years

Resorts World to be First “Mega-Resort” on Vegas Strip in Over Ten Years

LAS VEGAS, NV – Genting Group, a developer based in Malaysia, recently announced that they are on-target for the late 2020 completion of construction on the Resorts World Las Vegas Casino, despite some experts expressing doubts that such a goal is currently not realistic given the overall lack of progress since work began on the $4 billion project in 2017.

Genting originally purchased the 87-acre property – situated on the famed Las Vegas strip at the former site of the Stardust Casino – five years ago, but ran into issues that delayed the start of construction; the developer blamed the problems on logistical construction difficulties and negative fluctuations in Malaysian currency, known as the Ringgit. However, Genting has noted that they have resolved all issues pertaining to Resorts World Las Vegas and, in 2017, began work on the casino in earnest.

However, while some progress has been made at the 87-acre construction site as far as the overall structure is concerned, some are expressing doubts that Genting’s stated 2020 goal is attainable as certain major aspects have yet to be completed, such as the proposed glass siding. Some have said, given the lack of progress thus far, that a more realistic estimate would be 2021 at the very earliest, if not later.

Resorts World Las Vegas – anticipated as the first mega-resort to open its doors on the strip in over ten years – is slated to feature traditional Chinese architecture, with a red and white color scheme and a giant Chinese lantern hanging from the top of a tower. It will feature over 3,400 rooms divvied up between three towers, with a 100,000 square foot gaming floor, numerous restaurants with traditional Chinese cuisine, an amphitheatre, swimming pool, and many more amenities.

At this point, Genting’s website notes that the project will be  completed in phases – the company has stated that the project does not need to be 100 percent completed in order to open for business – and will target mid-market Chinese visitors, although the current and escalating trade war between the United States and China may throw a wrench in the works as far as discouraging tourism from that country, experts say.

“The first phase of Resorts World Las Vegas will be done in stages and will include a hotel; multiple restaurants including a variety of authentic, regional Chinese cuisines; over 100,000 square feet of innovative gaming space, numerous retail offerings; and a top-tier nightlife venue” states the Resorts World Las Vegas website.

Resorts World Las Vegas is Genting’s first project in Las Vegas; the developer also operates resorts in the Bahamas and the United Kingdom, as well as Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea.

If you are considering relocating in or around the Las Vegas area, which clearly is experiencing huge growth and a booming job market,  give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any real estate and home relocation questions you may have.