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Housing Market in North Las Vegas Setting Records; Home Prices Shooting Up Throughout Valley, Experts Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – Due to the low housing inventory throughout Southern Nevada – coupled with high demand – more and more people seeking residences are turning to North Las Vegas, causing prices to shoot up to a degree that is causing real estate experts to do a preverbal double-take, according to reports.

While upscale communities such as Henderson and Summerlin have been the hotspots for home buying in recent years, North Las Vegas is considered a major up-and-coming territory, with many expecting the region to become a dominant force in the real estate market for the next ten years, at least.

New homes are selling as fast as they’re being built, reports say, and waiting lists are becoming the norm for many developments. New home sales in North Las Vegas have tripled in the last two years; for example, Valley Vista had 1,073 closings in 2020, and Tule Springs had 543 closings, which represents a huge flurry of sales in a relatively short amount of time.

In addition to the availability of inventory at the moment, another attractive feature of North Las Vegas that is bringing in buyers is its relative affordability when compared to other parts of Vegas; currently, the average home in North Las Vegas is selling for $340,000, compared to the southwest where similar homes are going for as high as $497,000.

Experts say that the city of North Las Vegas has been doing an excellent job of making the region attractive to builders. In addition, the region has a surplus of land to build upon when compared to other areas in Las Vegas currently, making it an ideal place for buyers to find a home in their price range, especially those who are working from home due to the pandemic and are looking for an affordable residence to call their own.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

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Nevada Landlords Set to Experience More Financial Burden Due to Eviction Ban Extension

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the recent extension until June 30 of the COVID-19 federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spells three more months of relief for tenants, both in Nevada and nationwide. But the eviction ban extension also means three more months that many local landlords will be forced to endure a lack of income, in some instances from people who are fully able to pay their rent but instead are gaming the system and taking advantage of the laws meant to protect those who are financially impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

While the law states that tenants are still responsible for the back rent that accumulates throughout the moratorium, many landlords are worried about people who may owe them thousands of dollars simply packing up and moving on once the ban is finally lifted, and with no way of contacting them to arrange payment, said Danielle Gallant of Guardian Realty, a Las Vegas property manager.

“If a tenant decides before the moratorium is lifted to vacate the house without any notice, they’re gone,” she said. “You have to be able to know where they physically live to send them a demand letter to serve them.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many tenants who have experienced financial ruin have been protected from homelessness by the state and federal eviction bans; however, according to the Nevada State Apartment Association (NSAA), an equal number of people have been taking advantage of the bans to simply avoid having to pay rent, despite being able to afford to do so. And this reality is proving to have a devastating effect upon landlords, many of whom are small mom-and-pop operations who are struggling to get by day-by-day themselves, according to NSAA rep Susy Vasquez.

“We are starting to struggle, mom and pops for sure. I know many of them are facing foreclosure and that will definitely impact the housing dynamic in Nevada,” she said.

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Sisolak

Sisolak Extends Eviction Moratorium Until the End of May; CDC Extends Federal Ban Until End of June

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas landlords received a double-whammy of bad news as Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a controversial extension of the state’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium until the end of May, prefaced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one-upping Sisolak by extending their respective eviction ban until the end of June.

“Originally, I did not plan on extending this moratorium today, but I’m not going to put thousands of Nevadans at risk of losing their homes while funding exists to help them and the landlords,” Gov. Sisolak said upon the lengthening of his eviction ban.

Sisolak’s announcement followed a new directive by the CDC, which extended their federal eviction moratorium until June 30; this was announced two days before their previous ban was set to expire on March 31.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed the extension at the last minute, citing the extreme financial toll that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taken upon many tenants throughout the United States since its inception last year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health,” Walensky said. “Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

However, the CDC moratorium is not automatic; it only applies to those who make less than $100,000 a year who can prove that they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and that they have no other options for shelter.

If a tenant fulfils all of those requirements, they are required to present a signed declaration to their landlord to qualify for protection under the moratorium; however, this does not absolve the tenant from any back rent that they may owe, which will come due when the eviction ban finally comes to an end.

Clark County has money available to help those who are behind on their rent, known as the CHAP program.

While both the Nevada and CDC eviction moratoriums are a boon to tenants who are suffering financially under the pandemic, the announcement is yet another setback to landlords nationwide who have been suffering under the mandate of having to essentially provide free room and board since the beginning of COVID-19 in this country, and it remains to be seen if they will be forced to shoulder yet more of the financial burden with additional eviction ban extensions in the near future.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Henderson, Nevada

California Company Starting Construction on $327 Million Las Vegas Valley Factory

LAS VEGAS, NV – The community of Henderson, located on the tip of the Las Vegas Valley, is set to receive a new factory next year, as a California-based company is gearing up to soon begin construction on the $327 Million facility, according to reports.

Haas Automation, a company that builds machines for manufacturers, currently has construction crews on the site who are in the process of prepping the land for development, including grading the land and installing underground utilities. Ground for the project was originally broken in the fall, and should start showing serious signs of progress by the early-to-mid summer, reports say.

Upon its expected completion in late 2022, the 2.5 million square-foot facility – located south of Henderson Executive Airport – will be the latest addition to the western region of Henderson, which has seen a notable uptick in construction of apartment complexes, homes, and industrial structures such as warehouses in recent years.

The Haas Automation facility is also expected to bring in a number of new jobs to the area, and any new employment opportunities not tied to casinos is a welcome boon to Las Vegas’ growing economy, which is primarily dependent on tourism.

The facility has been an ongoing project for over two years; originally Hass purchased the 279 acres – owned by the City of Henderson with the sale approved by the City Council – for $27.4 million in February 2019, with tax breaks coming from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development later that year to the tune of $10.5 million.

According to reports, the reasoning behind the generous tax breaks is because the Hass facility is being constructed in an area that is currently light on factories, and the state wants to encourage that type of development in the future.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Air Bnb

Las Vegas Airbnb Booming Once Again as Vacation Rentals in Southern Nevada Surge

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, rental services such as Airbnb and VRBO are noticing a huge surge in their businesses in regards to locations in the Las Vegas Valley, as vacation rentals are experiencing a massive come-back on the heels of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

One individual who maintains 45 rental properties in the area – 24 of those being short-term rentals – noted that he as of the month of March seen a 200 percent increase in rental activity; previously, in February, there was only a slight bump, making the explosion in rentals currently a huge surprise.

There are a number of potential reasons why this is happening now, including March Madness and the current rollout of the latest round of government economic stimulus checks, but one of the main driving factors many feel is causing this phenomenon is the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is currently available and is being administered to a growing number of people across the nation each day.

During the previous rental boom in Vegas, property owners noted that their clientele mainly consisted of people coming to Sin City to party; this time around, however, they say that their renters consist more of families who are just looking to get away and unwind after being cooped up in their homes for the past year while riding out the pandemic.

So far this year, the property owner said, they have had 1,075 nights booked, and absolutely none of them have cancelled at all… even after having raised their regular rental rates by 200 percent to take advantage of the demand.

In addition, property owners say, bookings for April currently appear to be on par with March, which experts say is an excellent sign for Las Vegas as a whole, since tourists will be further bolstering the local economy with their spending. 

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Eviction Notice

UPDATE: Renters and Landlords Speculate Biden’s Next Move as Eviction Moratorium Set to Expire

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, there are mere days before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium is set to expire, and Las Vegas renters and landlords alike are speculating as to what the administration of President Joe Biden will do next. Will the government let the moratorium finally end – triggering an immediate flood of mass evictions nationwide – or will they issue yet another extension and further burden landlords across the country?

Originally, the CDC eviction moratorium was put into force in September, and former President Donald Trump extended it until January; President Biden then extended it further until March 31, which as of now is just days away. The reasoning behind the moratorium was to help curb the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by preventing homelessness that would inevitably expose more people to the virus.

The recently-passed American Rescue Plan contains over $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, in addition to other monies earmarked for utilities such as heat and electricity. However, it did not contain an extension on the CDC eviction ban as some were expecting.

Advocates for those financially impacted by the pandemic are expecting Biden to issue an extension for several months, and are even entertaining the chance that that the moratorium will be beefed up in ways, offering yet more layers of protection to families that are unable to meet their rent obligations… as well as those who can, but are “gaming the system” to get free room and board.

Recent news indicates that Biden is at the very least considering an extension of the eviction moratorium, and some experts believe that a decision has already been made on the matter. Reportedly, a representative from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has contacted housing advocates recently to get their opinions on how to streamline paperwork that tenants can utilize to gain immunity from being evicted due to financial constraints.

Stay tuned for more news in the upcoming days concerning any possible updates to the eviction ban, and the ramifications such news may have upon both Las Vegas renters and landlords.

JUST IN: White House Extends COVID Eviction Moratorium Through June As Millions Struggle To Pay Rent – NBCNews.com – March 29, 2021, 7:23 AM PT

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Property Brothers

Las Vegas Couple Suing “Property Brothers” TV Show Over Alleged Sub-Par Renovations

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Las Vegas-based husband and wife are suing the producers of the well-known reality television show “Property Brothers,” alleging that the renovations to their home carried out by the siblings’ crew were sub-par, according to reports.

In 2018, Mindy and Paul King participated in an audition to appear on the reality show, hosted by twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott; the renovations they sought for their homes were originally budgeted at $110,000, but that amount increased to over $168,000 upon buying a home located in the Las Vegas Valley, situated near Elkhorn Road and Tenaya Way, according to the lawsuit.

It should be noted that only the producers of the show are named as defendants in the lawsuit, and not the Scott brothers.

A complaint filed by attorney Ryan Ellis, who is representing the Kings, alleges that the couple were lied to and that misrepresentations were made to them “solely for Defendants’ financial gain,” and that the renovations carried out “was plagued with issues” that left the couple with numerous code violations, improperly installed doors, warped cabinets, and poor grout work, according to the lawsuit.

However, Cineflix – the production company behind “Property Brothers” – filed a motion to dismiss, saying that they acknowledged the issues and offered to make the needed repairs, but that the Kings refused to allow the contractor to carry them out. The motion to dismiss the suit noted that Nevada law allows a building contractor a “reasonable opportunity” to make good upon their work.

When the episode of “Property Brothers” in question aired, the Kings appeared to be happy with the work that was done to their home, but they maintain that they were fooled by the show’s production company as to the quality – or alleged lack thereof – of the work.

A judge is scheduled to make a decision on Cineflix’s motion to dismiss at a hearing at the end of March.

Feature Photo: Drew Scott (left) and Jonathan Scott (right) attend the Paper Towns premier at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 21, 2015 in New York City. Editorial credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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Las Vegas Valley

Competition, Combined with Shortages, Driving Up Prices of Las Vegas Valley Homes

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, more and more people are growing frustrated with the state of the home buyer’s marketplace in the Las Vegas Valley, as what little inventory there is often disappears as soon as it hits the market and often goes for far more than its initial asking price.

It’s the age-old dilemma- shortages combined with fierce competition always drive up prices in any industry, but this holds especially true when it comes to home sales, and especially when it’s in Las Vegas.

Many homes are being snapped up as soon as they get listed for sale, and many buyers are paying in cash; realtors are saying home inventory in the valley is the lowest it’s been in 20 years due to how incredibly hot the market is at the moment. At this point, the COVID-19 pandemic – which has brought many industries to their knees – has been little more than a speed bump when it comes to real estate.

Indeed, experts predict that the Las Vegas real estate market will continue to perform strongly throughout the end of 2021, and many developers are working non-stop to build housing on every available square-inch of land in the region in order to get in on the action. But until supply satisfies demand, many are noting that overbidding on properties will remain the norm, making it very challenging for people to get their foot in the door of a home… literally.

Even those who are able to purchase a house in Las Vegas have the battle scars to show for it. One report indicates that a recent home-buyer had been on the hunt for the past three months, but every time they found something they liked, it was already under contract.

Eventually, bidding wars broke out, but while top-dollar was usually paid for any home, a distinct advantage was given to those paying in cash, even if they slightly underbid… for obvious reasons.

Eventually, the home buyer referenced above managed to find a house after warring over five properties in a row. His advice? Act quickly on any property that catches your eye, and expect to pay at least 10-15 percent more than it’s listed for. Such is the reality of the modern-day Las Vegas real estate scene.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Rental Scam

New Online Home Rental Scam Making the Rounds, According to Las Vegas Realtor

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, a new online home rental scam is making the rounds, and a Las Vegas realtor is warning people interested in becoming a tenant in the near future to be especially wary of deals that seem too good to be true.. because they most likely are..

Realtor Robert Hau notes that the individuals perpetrating this new scam are taking the hard-earned money of people that have been lured in with promises of a cheap home rental, and the especially devious part? The scammers don’t even own the home in question.

Hau relayed an instance where crooks listed one of his own Las Vegas-based rental properties on Facebook – even using his listing photos – at an absolute steal of a price – a three bedroom, 1,300 square-foot home for $900 per month. For this kind of a deal, who wouldn’t jump, considering how in-demand housing is in Vegas currently, especially when it’s this cheap?

What made the home in question a target was because it was in escrow at the time; since it was vacant, it was easier to use as scam bait, Hau said. This way a con-man can have a prospective renter meet him at the property, and get the victim to give them money in the form of a deposit, an application fee, or anything they can soak them for.

The Nevada State Apartment Association offers several tips for renters looking to avoid getting scammed, such using safer sites for house-hunting such as Zillow or Apartments.com. It’s also advisable to visit the Clark County assessor’s website to confirm the identity of the property owner so you know if something funny is happening or if someone else meets you at the house.

And finally, never use cash for any fees or deposits – always use a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Reality Television

Two Las Vegas Realtors Set to Star in Upcoming VH1 Reality Television Series “Selling Summerlin”

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, a new Las Vegas-based reality television show will be coming soon that focuses on the city’s expensive luxury housing marketplace. “Selling Summerlin” is set to illustrate “the aggressive and luxurious real estate market in Sin City,” according to a recent announcement by the well-known cable channel VH1, also home of the real estate reality show ”Love & Listings.”

The show is not affiliated in any way with the Las Vegas community known as Summerlin, but instead will showcase all manner of luxury housing and rentals throughout the Southern Nevada region. It is set to star two Las Vegas-based realtors, Michele Sullivan with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties and Alese Morrow with Synergy Sotheby International Realty, as the two work together – and against each other – while showcasing some of the priciest and ritziest properties around.

Executive producer of “Selling Summerlin,” Tai Savet of Ouse Media Group, said that he felt Las Vegas was the perfect city to host a reality show focusing on luxury real estate. The show will not be scripted, he said, but instead will serve as a legitimate showpiece for female luxury realtors in the high-stakes city of Las Vegas.

“There’s going to be a lot more drama than they think, and none of it is going to be scripted,” Savet said. “You will see some authentic good old rush to the finish line, and everybody will do what it takes to get there.”

The show will not only feature the ins-and-outs of how real estate transactions are carried out, beginning to end, but also the private lives of the show’s stars as well. The show has been shooting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been strictly adhering to health and social distancing standards, with smaller crews on-site and stars and crew both wearing masks.

The premiere date of “Selling Summerlin,” along with what markets it will be airing in, has yet to be announced.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Commercial Real Estate

Las Vegas Now In Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets Nationally, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to the National Association of Realtors, Las Vegas now ranks in the top ten of commercial real estate markets in the United States, and considering the fierce competition out there, this achievement is by all means no small feat.

The list – which was made public on Wednesday, March 10 – represents the first time that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has released a commercial real estate forecast. Other cities on the top ten list include Phoenix, Seattle, Nashville and Salt Lake City.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun noted that commercial real estate in particular has had a hard time in the past year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but expects 2021 to represent a big comeback as vaccine rollouts continue and the economy improves.

“A recovering economy and the near certain job growth will steadily lead to the absorption of commercial properties,” he said. “The apartment rentals market could once again experience very low vacancy rates by year’s end.”

NAR’s top ten list was put together based on 25 factors, taking into account multiple aspects of a region’s economic, demographic, housing and commercial market conditions in a variety of sectors, including multifamily, office, industrial, retail and hotel property. A number of indicators were examined, including but not limited to GDP growth, unemployment rate, median household income, consumer spending, number of business openings, population growth, homeownership rate, rental vacancy rate, building permits and apartment rent.

Affordability was a major factor in determining the top ten of commercial real estate markets in the United States, Yun noted, as cheaper areas to live in often do better than expensive markets in terms of drawing in new residents and businesses.

“The top commercial real estate markets that are expected to outperform the rest of the nation are generally affordable and able to draw new residents with a greater flexibility to work from home,” he said. “These growing markets also offer much lower office and retail rents and are, therefore, able to attract new and expanding businesses.”

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

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The Harsh Impact of Eviction Bans on One Struggling Las Vegas Mom-and-Pop Landlord

LAS VEGAS, NV – A local news outlet recently ran an opinion piece written by a struggling local mom-and-pop landlord and the financial hurdles that are constantly being placed in their path as a result of the ongoing pandemic, driving home the point that it’s not only renters who are suffering in myriad ways due to COVID-19.

Sarah Savko wrote the opinion piece in reaction to a column written on Assembly Bill 141, a proposed piece of legislation that, if passed, would seal eviction records incurred during the pandemic – not allowing future landlords to know if a renter has a history of not paying rent – as well as giving long-term renters greatly increased amounts of time to vacate after being served with a no-cause eviction. The column in question viewed Bill 141 as a positive development for hard-hit renters that would give them “a degree of respect.”

However, Savko, herself a local independent landlord, felt it necessary to share the other side of the story, and how Bill 141 – if passed – could greatly exacerbate an already intolerable situation for many in her position.

Savko notes that she has a tenant for the one property that she owns, and that tenant has not paid their rent in months, despite currently being consistently employed throughout the pandemic at a job that pays $80,000 a year; current eviction moratoriums in-place allow renters who claim to be financially impacted by COVID – often without having to provide any proof at all – safeguarded from evictions.

This has forced Savko – who relies on her rental income to pay her own rent and fund her costly cancer treatments – to dip into her savings, and as a result her personal funds have been greatly diminished while being forced to provide free room and board for her own tenant, without any assistance from local government.

It got even worse when the tenant – who was on a month-to-month lease agreement – told her that they have signed a CDC moratorium form, and offered to pay Savko the back rent owed only if she agreed to extend his lease to a full year.

Thankfully, Savko realized that this was most likely an attempt to coerce a full year of free rent from her, since the tenant had already proved to be more than willing to game the system at her expense; why, with a one-year lease under their belt, would the tenant bother paying anything going forward?

Currently, Savko is owed over $10,000 and the amount continues climbing while she is struggling to survive on social security and her retirement savings while a tenant who makes twice what she does is bleeding her dry due to statewide pandemic-based eviction bans that heavily favor renters in almost every regard.

Savko worked hard and purchased her rental property to, in her words, “allow me some sort of stability later in life.” Sadly, she feels that the state of Nevada has failed landlords like her during this pandemic, and in that sense it is hard to argue with her; if Assembly Bill 141 passes in the Nevada legislature, it may fail her all the more.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.