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HGTV’s Reality Hit ‘Flip of Flop’ Gets Las Vegas Spinoff; Highlights Demanding, Fast-Paced Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS, NV – If the numbers aren’t enough to convince you that Las Vegas, Nevada is a fast rising hotbed of real estate activity – last month’s median home price moved up 10 percent to $242,000 from the same period in March of 2016, and five years ago that number was a mere $123,000 – Hollywood has also taken note.

HGTV’s Flip of Flop, one of reality television’s hottest programs, is offering its very first spin-off with a Las Vegas-centric theme; entitled Flip or Flop Vegas and starring local residents Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, its very existence displays a firm belief in the high activity of the Southern Nevada real estate market by HGTV studio executives, as typically they are loathe to sign off on a show that concentrates on a single region unless they feel they have a certified hit on their hands.

Flip or Flop is a television series airing on HGTV hosted by real estate agents and real-life husband and wife Tarek and Christina El Moussa. First airing in 2013, the show, which chronicles the activities of the two as they “flip” homes; in other words, they buy distressed properties and renovate them while a camera crew captures the process from beginning to end. The popularity of the show is readily apparent by the fact that, to date, it has filmed 86 episodes through 8 seasons. As is the case with successful television, eventually talk of a spin-off came to bear, and on April 6, 2017, Flip or Flop Vegas premiered on HGTV starring Bristol Marunde, a Vegas-based real estate expert and designer, and her husband Bristol, a designer, contractor, and former Mixed Martial Artist who has competed in the UFC and Strikeforce.

Flip or Flop Vegas takes the same premise as its progenitor; the Marundes are featured in each weekly episode dealing with the trials and tribulations of flipping homes in Las Vegas; the real estate market in the Vegas area is ripe for such a show, with the current demand for housing options far outstripping supply, a state of affairs that is causing prices to continuously make gains. Indeed, Las Vegas is fast becoming a seller’s market, and each week viewers can tune in to HGTV and see it all for themselves.

Producers from HGTV first became aware of the exploits of Bristol and Aubrey Marunde when they discovered videos clips on the couple’s Instagram account of their Vegas home flipping achievements; it wasn’t long before the Marundes were contacted and eventually signed to a contract for a 13-episode season Flip or Flop spin-off focusing exclusively on the Las Vegas market, and if ratings are any indication, HGTV has yet another certified hit on their hands.

As for the advantages of flipping homes in the Las Vegas area, Aubrey Marunde recently said in an interview that the high, high demand for homes in Southern Nevada in general lends itself to a much more intensive flipping experience than in the rest of the United States, both in terms of the need for speed when it comes to identifying and buying prospective properties as well as the amount of time it takes to actually sell a home once you’ve finished renovating it (hint: in Las Vegas, they go fast).

“Vegas is a very, very fast-paced market. There are so many opportunities and they present themselves daily. You have to be ready to jump on them, because if you don’t, somebody else is going to,” she said. “So our fast-paced market here is much different than other places around the country and I think that people watching are going to see that. Our properties sell in hours, rather than days or months here. That’s very unique to the show.”

Flip or Flop Vegas currently airs on HGTV on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

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Amazon.com Expanding Warehouse Operations to North Las Vegas; Boost Expected for Local Economy

LAS VEGAS, NV – As if Las Vegas’ economy – and as a by-product, it’s real estate market – wasn’t beefing up its already impressive profile, Amazon.com, the nation’s largest online retailer, is currently in the process of constructing a massive warehouse in North Las Vegas to be used as a regional fulfillment center for the countless orders placed via their website on a daily basis.

Amazon’s warehouse, one of over 75 Amazon currently has across the country, will ring in at an impressive 800,000 square feet, and is being erected near Lamb Boulevard and Tropical Parkway. The facility is expected to open its doors for business in summer 2017, and with the opening of said doors will come a immediate boon to the local economy in the form of 1,000 new jobs, many of which will man the warehouse stocking items and packing orders that are destined for numerous locations throughout the Southwest.

As an enticement for Amazon to set up shop in North Las Vegas, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has offered up $1.8 million in tax savings in the form of tax abatement’s for the online retailer. According to Amazon’s latest annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company saw net income of $2.37 billion for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

Governor Sandoval noted in a statement that Nevada has been attracting numerous big-name companies to its corporate landscape; in addition to Amazon, The Honest Company, CML Media Corp Sutherland Global Services, TH Foods and Zazzle are expected to set up shop in the area, not to mention the impending re-location of the Oakland Raiders NFL team to Las Vegas within the next 1-2 years. With this injection of fresh blood into the region, Sandoval said, is serving to turn Nevada in general and Las Vegas in particular into a destination not only for tourism, but business as well.

“That’s what provides the jobs…a variety of companies will spur growth in Nevada, including Amazon.com, the largest internet-based retailer in the world,” he said. “North Las Vegas is transforming…Nevada’s business-friendly atmosphere is not only helping existing Nevada companies expand, but also bringing industry-leading companies to our state.”

Following the national recession, the North Las Vegas area has seen an increase in warehouse construction, which in turn has been providing a great many new jobs for local residents; with the steadily improving employment situation in the area – not to mention an influx of out-of-state transplants looking for a better job market – the Las Vegas real estate outlook has improved at an equally steady rate. After all, when jobs are available, money is flowing, and new people are settling in an area, adequate places to live are a necessity; with the housing options in Las Vegas already raising regularly in value due to growing demand outstripping supply, new economic factors resulting in an even greater need for enough houses and apartments is going to cause already swelling prices in the real estate market to spike even further.

Oakland Raiders Will Move to New Stadium in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – For the third time in 35 years, the Oakland Raiders have decided to pack their bags and move to greener pastures; this time, calling Las Vegas, Nevada home, possibly within the next two years or less, and the arrival of the popular National Football League team – an addition to a brand-new 65,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium for them to call home – is bound to have a distinct impact upon the Southern Nevada area.

In late January 2016, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, proposed a new domed stadium in Las Vegas to potentially house the University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team and a possible NFL team. Adelson contacted Raiders management for a potential partnership with the team in regards to the new stadium, and in April 2016, Raiders owner Mark Davis met with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee.

Adelson – along with Goldman Sachs, the project’s backup investor – later pulled out of the deal, but the gap was filled by Bank of America; Nevada’s legislature also approved a $750 million public subsidy (via a 0.88 percent increase in hotel occupancy taxes) for the stadium in October 2016, and the Raiders themselves will invest $500 million of their own money in the project. Overall, the stadium has a $1.9 billion price tag, which includes a $100-million practice facility.

The Oakland Raiders were founded on January 30, 1960, as a member of the American Football League; they are currently members of the National Football League, which merged with the AFL in 1970. Over the years, the Raiders’ fortunes on the gridiron have flip-flopped regularly, going through losing streaks but becoming dominant within the league as well, culminating in an easy 1980 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV. At the end of the NFL’s 2015 season, the Raiders boasted a lifetime regular-season record of 444 wins, 397 losses, and 11 ties; their lifetime playoff record currently stands at 25 wins and 18 losses.

The Raiders have courted much controversy over their seemingly nomadic tendencies; in 1982 the team relocated to Los Angeles (while still retaining the ‘Oakland’ moniker), and would remain there until 1995, at which time they returned to Oakland. On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-to-1 vote. The Raiders will remain in Oakland through 2018 – and possibly 2019 – and relocate to Las Vegas in either 2019 or 2020.

The stadium and the prestige of having their very own NFL team on-hand is part of state government’s goal of solidifying the very backbone of Las Vegas’ lucrative tourism industry, according to a statement released by Governor Brian Sandoval.

We have before us the opportunity to invest in Nevada’s most foundational industry, tourism, by providing for the infrastructure and public safety needs of the 21st century,” he said. “We can and must usher in a new era for tourism in the Las Vegas market, while keeping our citizens and visitors safe, and ensuring our position as the global leader in entertainment and hospitality.

The stadium is anticipated to provide a boost to the local economy, which is expected to create a ripple effect that will be felt throughout many of Las Vegas’ many industries- including real estate. Jobs and local wages are both expected to receive a boost; in addition, the amount of tourism to the area is sure to increase as not only will the stadium be host to the Raiders, but also the University of Nevada – Las Vegas football team as well, attracting professional and collegiate football fans of all ages.

All of this will translate into a significant amount of fresh revenue being pumped into the Vegas economy, and in any market experiencing employment and wage prosperity, it’s attractiveness as a place to live is sure to increase as well. This is anticipated to result in an increase in home and apartment prices in the area, where quality housing options are already shrinking and are priced at a premium. More than ever – fueled by the arrival of the Oakland Raiders and a brand-new football stadium – Las Vegas will become a seller’s market within the next few years.

However, all the details have not been set in stone yet; terms for a 30-year lease with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority still to have terms ironed out, and property upon which to actually build the stadium still needs to be secured; one proposed 63-acre site is located near McCarran International Airport. However, these are considered to be minor issues with all parties committed to making Las Vegas the new home of the Oakland Raiders a reality.

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Las Vegas Real Estate Market Continues Slow But Steady Climb

LAS VEGAS, NV – Local real estate continued its slow but steady climb upwards during the month of February, with prospective homeowners buying more properties – at higher prices – in a busy marketplace where fierce competition is resulting in steadily dwindling options.

The advances made in the real estate market of Las Vegas are especially apparent when you look at how far it has progressed within the context of a year ago; in Southern Nevada, single-family dwellings have gone up nearly nine percent since February 2016, with the average home currently going for approximately $240,000. 2,249 single-family homes were sold in the Southern Nevada area in February, an increase of 6.5 percent from one year ago.

Likewise, the demand for home loans and mortgages have seen an uptick in activity recently as well; last year in the Las Vegas area, 36,130 home-purchase loans were taken out, which is an 8.5 percent increase over 2015. In fact, the home lending market in the Southern Nevada area has seen continued growth for the past three years and running.

Of course, with the increasing demand also comes increasing prices; that rings true for just about any commerce field, of course. In February of 2012, the average price of a single-family home in the Las Vegas area was about $121,000; fast-forward to 2017, and that same home will set back a buyer $240,000 – a whopping 100% increase. Home prices have consistently increased year-by-year in the area, with the same home in 2015 costing $205,000, $220,350 in 2016, and so on. After enduring a series of peaks and valleys, the real estate marketplace has stabilized and has begun to rise once again.

Furthermore, and comparatively speaking, home prices in Las Vegas are among those that are rising more than elsewhere throughout much of the United States. Whereas the national median single-family home price in February 2017 was $195,300 – a 7.2 percent bump from the same time one year ago – the same home in Las Vegas was fetching $216,400; this represents an increase of 9.8 percent, 2.6 percent higher than the national average.

The reason why more buyers are taking the plunge and committing to buying homes in recent years is simple; a steady population increase in the region, coupled with a slowly-but-surely growing economy and a job market that has boasted regular improvement, has given consumers – many who have been putting off starting families until they were in a position to be able to afford a home – the confidence to finally plunk down the dough on a dwelling of their very own. In addition, the price of the average home in the state of Nevada is still lower overall than many other neighboring states, including cities in California.

However, while the steadily-growing demand for real estate in the region is clearly there, the options to satisfy that demand are starting to shrink; by the end of February, 10,725 single-family homes were on the market, up slightly from the month before but representing a 17.5 decrease from the year-to-year average. Clearly, the rise in demand has caused the available housing resources to decrease in size, and this should go hand-in-hand with continued price increases going forward into the near future.

As you can see, after a long period of dormancy nationwide, the real estate market is slowly transforming back into a seller’s market rather than a buyer’s market, and there’s nowhere this is more readily apparent than in Las Vegas. If you are considering purchasing a home in the Southern Nevada region, it’s best to start weighing your options sooner than later – and if you need help, that’s exactly what we’re here for; contact us today.

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