After Holding Steady, September Marks First Decrease in Las Vegas Sales of Luxury Homes
LAS VEGAS, NV – After holding steady for months amid lowering home and condo prices due to the nation’s inflation and rising mortgage interest rates, prices of luxury homes in Las Vegas have finally begun to feel the sting as well, with September representing their first decrease in value since January 2021.
However, experts are saying that this lull is only temporary, with values are already starting to pick up once again as October nears its end, proving that despite the nation’s economic woes having a very real negative impact upon the housing market, luxury homes remain very much in demand.
In Las Vegas during the month of September, reports indicate that 99 homes with a value of $1 million or more were closed upon, a 1.5 percent decrease from August; this is the lowest number since January 2021, when 86 closings of homes in this value range.
The all-time record for the Vegas luxury marketplace, in contrast, was 218 closing in April 2022; this was followed by 178 luxury closings in May, 156 in June, 106 in July, 118 in August, and 99 in September.
But real estate experts say that, despite the dip in September, the market appears to already be bouncing back, with 164 pending deals in-place at the start of October, representing a significant uptick from the month before.
Experts are attributing the lower-than-expected sales of luxury homes in Vegas in September to increasing national mortgage rates – which currently sit at 6.94 percent and rising – which has fueled the highest rates on 30-year fixed-rate home mortgages in 20 years.
In addition to pricing some buyers out of the market, the inflated interest rates have also caused a slowdown of sales due to some sellers now taking a “wait-and-see” approach to listing their properties until interest rates go back down and the market improves.
However, the Vegas luxury market is less affected by these factors, experts say, due to the fact that a few interest points more or less may not dissuade individuals with the significant buying power and net worth from purchasing homes sooner rather than later, as opposed to middle-to-lower-class buyers who not might want, but need – to wait.
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