LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, the mad scramble for local real estate and the subsequent record-setting months of rising median single-family home prices during the pandemic has real estate experts speculating that Las Vegas may potentially be in another bubble, reminiscent of the mid-2000’s that eventually gave way to a recession.
Multiple sellers are reporting that despite the ever-increasing prices of homes on the market – October 2020 saw the single-family homes median sales price reach and all-time high of $340,000 – multiple offers are often being made on new inventory as soon as they are available, with the activity surrounding it being described as “frenzied” and “defying logic” – lending itself to fears of a new recession in the works.
However, according to experts, there are several important differences between today’s real estate market and the one that eventually lead to the mid-2000’s recession; in the past, loans were easy to come by and the strong Southern Nevada economy led to skyrocketing property values, house-flipping, and mass construction. When the recession hit and the bottom dropped out, few regions were hit as badly as Las Vegas, with property values tanking, construction projects halted, and countless homes foreclosed upon.
Fast-forward to today, and while on the surface circumstances may seem similar, requirements for loans are mort strict now. While record-low interest rates are making it easier for people to get loans with monthly payments that they absolutely can afford, lenders are going to far greater lengths to verify a borrower’s income, employment, and assets; in the mid-2000’s, this often didn’t happen at all, leading an expert to note that “if you could walk and chew gum, you got a mortgage.” The result? A large increase in defaulted home loans, which experts say is unlikely to happen today.
So while experts are still scratching their heads over the current state of home pricing and demand in 2020 Las Vegas amid the pandemic and it’s uncertain what the market will ultimately look like within the next few years, it’s safe to assume that another bubble is, in fact, not around the corner.
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