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$3 Billion in Local Investments Expected to Come Out of New Las Vegas Railway Project

LAS VEGAS, NV –  According to reports, a light-rail system set along the Maryland Parkway corridor is currently being mulled over by Clark County city officials; if brought to fruition, the project would connect the downtown area with the University of Nevada, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, and McCarran International Airport. This development is seen to represent a major boon to the region, as once up and running, the nearly 9 mile, $750 million project could possibly result in upwards of $3 billion in local investments in offices, retail, entertainment, and housing development along its planned route. These estimates are based upon the positive financial impacts that similar railway projects have had in other American cities, including Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona.

The Regional Transportation Commission is currently set to announce their decision on the railway in September; if approved, the project is slated to be up and running by 2025. There are no indications yet if the RTC is leaning one way or the other on the potential light-rail system, but it’s known that they are also considering other, more cost-efficient choices to improve transportation along the Maryland Parkway corridor – an area that many experts feel is ripe for development – including a roadway improvement initiative with an estimated cost of approximately $29 million; however, the addition of some much-needed rapid transit lanes for buses could possibly run an additional $335 million. Expensive, yes, but still cheaper than the proposed train line.

However, the railway system has a great many supporters, and development is already underway; G2 Capital Development has invested heavily in this regard, as they are currently building University Gateway, a $60 million, eight-story mixed-use project along the Maryland Parkway corridor, in addition to a parking garage nearby. G2 has also purchased commercial development situated along the parkway – Campus Village – that may see a face-lift in the future if business warrants it. If the railway project comes to light, developer Mike Saltman has also announced his intention to construct a shopping center at one of the railway stations.

While $750 million isn’t chump change, the taxpayers of Clark County likely won’t have to foot the entire bill if the RTC approves the project; currently, county officials are looking into the possibility of acquiring a federal New Starts grant that could cover up to half of the costs associated with the project. In addition, local residents may get the chance to cast their votes for or against a possible hike of sales taxes that, if passed, would also contribute to the costs of the light-rail system. But before any federal grants would be applied for, the plans for the project would have to pass scrutiny in terms of any possible environmental impact they may have upon the proposed route, as well as review any public concerns along with any potential alternate projects.

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.

Financial Behemoth “The Blackstone Group” on Las Vegas Real Estate Buying Spree

Financial Behemoth “Blackstone Group” on Las Vegas Real Estate Buying Spree; Snapping-up Properties Left and Right

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Blackstone Group, a New-York-based real estate and financial behemoth – currently holding $450 billion in assets under management – has been on a spending spree in Southern Nevada recently, snapping up properties left and right as the surging economy in the region has been driving up home and apartment prices. Clearly, Blackstone sees opportunity and is determined to get in on the action in a big way.

In recent years, Blackstone has acquired a slew of single-family homes – many of which were used as rentals – as well as Hughes Center office park, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, showroom World Market Center, multiple apartment buildings, and in May of this year, two Henderson hotels- SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites, a deal reportedly worth $36 million.

Apartment buildings are picking up steam in terms of sales as of late; reports indicate that in an 11-day stretch of time, $260 million in rental-based real estate – accounting for five apartment complexes – changed hands among investors; of the five apartment complexes purchased, Blackstone bought the Northwest valley complex Xander 3900 for $69.5 million, reports say.

This development leaves no doubt as to how red-hot the rental scene is in Vegas these days. After all, with the economy booming and new businesses setting up shop in large numbers, people looking for jobs in a hot market – in addition to the attractiveness of Southern Nevada’s relatively low cost of livings when compared to other parts of the U.S. – are transplanting themselves en masse, and just as anywhere else, these people needs places to live.

But that’s not all when it comes to Blackstone’s ambitions in the Las Vegas rental market– since spring of 2017, they have spent a total of $616 million in acquiring rental properties in the region, with their most recent purchase being Solis at Flamingo in the eastern part of the Las Vegas Valley to the tune of $72 million, which represents an increase of over $20 million of the amount paid by the seller just three years prior; clearly, home prices aren’t the only values skyrocketing in the area.

Part of the attractiveness of Vegas’ rental scene for investors is the fact that, despite steadily rising prices, the market is nonetheless still much cheaper than many other parts of the country. With omnipresent construction taking place in an effort to meet the rampant demand from buyers and renters alike, Vegas is experiencing a real estate boom that, while still not at pre-recession levels, is getting close and, according to experts, will eventually overtake those levels unless some unforeseen circumstance occurs. But the bottom dropping out is unlikely, because even though the economy of the region is still largely tourism-driven, industry and the job market are taking hold in a big way not seen in decades, ushering in an era of stability that suggests regular long-term economic growth. Exactly why investors are pouring money into Las Vegas these days.

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.

Clark County Planning on Converting Nearly 40,000 Acres of Public Land To Private Development

LAS VEGAS, NV – With demand outstripping the current supply on the housing market in Las Vegas following a decade of dormancy due to the recession, Clark County is mulling over the possibility of opening approximately 39,000 acres of public land to private development which could be used for real estate and industrial development. An additional 370,000 acres are also being proposed for conservational use, reports say.

The land in question – situated mostly along Interstate 15 south of the valley, among other areas – could be used for development of housing to help alleviate the shortage of homes in the Vegas area, spurred on by the recent economic boom experienced in the region as more and more businesses move in and, subsequently, more people looking for jobs and a more affordable cost of living as well. In addition, the allotted public land could also be used to construct manufacturing centers and distribution hubs, which are also sorely needed in Southern Nevada.

However, due to public outcry by environmentalists, Clark County has also proposed setting aside an additional 370,000 acres of land to help aid wilderness and wildlife conservation; in particular, an emphasis will be placed upon protecting the region’s desert tortoise population, as well as other protected and endangers species. Nonetheless, some environmental groups are expressing concern over what they view as rapid expansion of Vegas’ outer lying areas for construction, instead advocating for a more density in currently-populated areas before the decision is made by officials to expand outward. However, builders argue that doing so would result in higher costs than simply developing on undeveloped land would entail.

Experts and Clark County officials note that offering additional property in the Las Vegas region for developers to utilize would help offset the ever-growing costs of home ownership currently affecting the area, as scarcity has caused new arrivals to scramble for any property they can get their hands on while paying top dollar to do so. In addition, experts say that opening up new areas of Southern Nevada to development will not only help to prepare the region for increased population, but also help to continue to attract new businesses and companies in order to maintain the steady economic growth that Las Vegas has been enjoying the past several years; not striking while the iron is hot, some claim, could ultimately undercut the economic boom that Vegas has been experiencing in the long-term.

Any city undergoing the rapid period of growth – in terms of both economy and population – is due to experience growing pains as a result, and concessions need to be made to ensure that the needs of residents are met and to promote the sustained and continued economic growth of the region, while also ensuring that the environment and endangered animal species are protected at the same time. It can be a tricky tightrope to traverse, but if done with care and intelligence behind it, it would benefit all involved.

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.

Las Vegas Home Prices Continue to Climb, Expected to Reach Pre-Recession Peak This Year

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas real estate has continued to astound the nation, with demand – and prices – still climbing ever since Southern Nevada spectacularly rebounded from the devastating recession of the mid-2000’s. Properties that were previously vacant and unwanted are now being snatched up at a record pace, and according to experts those prices will soon reach levels the region has not seen in over a decade, with no signs of slowing down.

2018 could very well see Las Vegas home prices, which have been rising steadily due to ever-increasing demand, reach their pre-recession peak; media house prices hit their zenith in 2006, coming in at $315,000, but after the housing bubble burst in 2012, that price dropped drastically- all the way down to $118,000.

The Vegas market is currently zeroing in on those pre-recession numbers. For instance, May of 2018 saw the median sales price of single family homes coming in at $295,000, which represents an increase of 2.1 percent from April and a jump of 18 percent from the same period one year prior.

The median sales price of previously owned single-family homes was $295,000 last month, up 2.1 percent from April and 18 percent from May 2017, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR). In addition, the number of homes sold increased from April to May – 3,140, up 9.1 percent. This showcases the rapid and continuing growth of the Vegas real estate market, although the increasing scarcity of inventory in 2018 is resulting in a slightly lower number of sales when compared to April of 2017, which saw an additional 10.7 percent in sales over this past April.

However, the amount of homes on the market has been steadily increasing as construction has been working overtime to meet the wants of new transplants to Nevada seeking job opportunities and an affordable lifestyle, in addition to more investors putting their properties up for sale. At the end of May 2018, 4,118 homes were for sale without offers, an increase of 7.9 percent from the month before; however, that number is still down 17.2 percent from May of 2017, showing that inventory is still not quite matching demand yet.

The ever-increasing home prices in Las Vegas are functioning as a double-edged sword; property owners and investors are accumulating a great deal of money as homes sell, but with the increasing number of new residents in the region looking for homes, a question of affordability will soon figure into the equation. Experts, however, don’t foresee any price decline in the Vegas real estate market over the course of the next several years, although some are hoping for price growth to at least slow down to a degree that goes more in line with the income level of local residents. Achieving that slower price growth will be possible, experts say, when local Vegas construction projects introduces more housing units upon the market – slightly curbing demand and giving buyers more options – anticipated to happen in 2019.

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.

Better Things to Come: Re-Development of Blighted Downtown North Las Vegas Begins With New Movie Theater

LAS VEGAS, NV – For years, the blighted downtown area of North Las Vegas has stood in stark contrast to the glitzier areas of the city as a whole, but along with the resurgence of the local economy, job and real estate market, this neglected region of Southern Nevada is poised for a comeback of epic proportions…and the first step has already began as a new 14-screen movie theater in the middle of one of the region’s many vacant dirt lots has taken ground; a sign of better things to come for an area that has endured a great deal in the past decade or so.

For a number of years, a prominent part of North Vegas’ downtown area has consisted of abandoned storefronts and large, vacant dirt lots, and its overall reputation was essentially the part of town one should strive to avoid. Local government have been working on redevelopment efforts, first by approving a larger fiscal budget in order to restore vital services and manpower positions lost during the recession brought on by the housing bubble burst that occurred in the mid-2000’s. As a result of the city’s $601.2 million 2018-2019 budget, North Las Vegas has announced plans to hire as many as 29 employees on a full-time basis; this marks the second year in a row that North Vegas has made headway in their efforts to grow and enhance their workforce.

Meanwhile, development of the new $75 million, two-story, 65,000 square-feet movie theater – dubbed the Maya Entertainment Center, and located across the street from North Las Vegas City Hall – is expected to be open by Christmas of 2018, and is intended to attract, in part, Las Vegas’ increasing Latino population. The project is seen as the starting point of an overall revitalization of the downtown area that city officials are currently tentatively referring to as Lake Mead Village West.

And on White Street just a few blocks away, city officials are in the process of starting to convert an abandoned Canyon Electric Building into a 7,000 square-foot library, a process that so far is being funded via a $1.2 million federal community block grant.

In addition, the North Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency – part of the City Council – previously purchased a 3.65-acre plot of land at the corner of Las Vegas and Lake Mead boulevards in 2017; this acquisition, along with other neighboring properties that the city owns, essentially fits together to form a 10-acre piece of land that is intended to be the site of a yet-undisclosed large-scale master planned project, with the goal being to attract retail stores, restaurants, a library, and more, transforming the area and raising the standard of living.

Thus far, North Las Vegas’ downtown region has lagged behind the growth and resurgence experienced by Las Vegas as a whole in the last few years, but it appears that city officials finally have a solid plan to putting it back on the map and are taking the first tentative steps to making that achievement a reality.

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.

Las Vegas Second in Appreciation in United States, House Prices Up Over 16.1 Percent from 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, the real estate market in Las Vegas is still on an upwards trajectory with little sign of slowing down; substantial year-to-year gains in terms of the value of properties in Southern Nevada are eclipsing almost every other region in the United States, speaking volumes to the fact that Vegas is a hotbed of housing activity in 2018.

Overall, real estate in the United States is skyrocketing, and even in such an environment Las Vegas is standing out; currently, it is ranked number two nationally in property value appreciation, up 6.3 percent in February 2018 from the same period of time one year prior. This is equal to a previous jump in December, which represented the biggest gain in home appreciation in Vegas in almost three years, making it second only to Seattle, Washington. Coming in third is San Francisco, California.

The gains in home values in Las Vegas can be attributed to a number of factors, with experts mainly citing the improving economy resulting in steadily-increasing jobs – which, in turn, is attracting new transplants to the area – as well as an increased amount of young millennials leaving home and getting their own places. And, of course, there is that old adage that supply and demand sets the price; March 2018 saw an increase in home sales over February, although that overall number was lower than a year ago simply due to the fact that there currently aren’t enough properties on the market to satisfy the growing need.

As far as the prices of homes overall, April recorded a whopping 2017-2018 year-to-year increase in April of 16.1 percent, with the median sales price of a single-family home coming in at $289,000; this represents a 3.2 percent jump from March. As for actual sales, 2,878 homes were sold in April, which was a decrease of 8/7 percent from the month prior but still an uptick of approximately 0.4 percent from last year. As for inventory, 3,816 single-family homes in Las Vegas were up for sale but were without offers in April, representing a drop of 0.5 percent from March, and 24,9 percent from the same time one year ago.

But while this is all good news for dabblers and investors in the real estate market, it spells potential issues for actual home buyers, as the gains to home values reported for February signify that they are rising at a level that is currently greater than respective gains in terms of both inflation and the average pay level for the region. While this obviously doesn’t make buying property for the average family impossible, if appreciation continues at this level for the foreseeable future buyers may have to make more frugal choices in terms of lodging. For example, due to increasing mortgage rates, more and more people in the United States are opting to renovate their homes as opposed to selling them, and less families are selling their properties because – especially in areas like Las Vegas – the supply currently hasn’t caught up to demand, yet, although many developers are doing their best to try.

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.

Moody’s Investor Service Notes Completion of New ‘Las Vegas Stadium’ Will Boost Local Economy

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the imminent arrival of the soon-to-be former Oakland Raiders National Football League team in Las Vegas causing quite a stir in both the tourism and business industries, and their new home stadium – with construction already having broken ground – expected to draw even more visitors and companies to Southern Nevada, a noted bond credit rating business, Moody’s Investor Service recently announced that the already skyrocketing local economy will continue to improve once Las Vegas Stadium, to be located at Interstate 15 and Russell Road, finally opens its doors for business in 2020.

In a recently released report, Moody’s Patrick Liberatore noted that the new stadium, in addition to a future Las Vegas Convention Center expansion would serve as a hub for a revitalised event scene, allowing the city to host a wide variety of different sporting events, concerts, and business and entertainment-based conventions sure to attract numerous tourists to the region.

Clark County expects the new NFL stadium will be a notable new draw for consumers and visitors,” he said. “In addition to professional football, the approximately 65,000-seat stadium will compete to attract other large-scale sporting events and also provide the Las Vegas area with its first major facility that can accommodate other large-scale events, like major music tours.”

The report released by Moody’s, which encompasses 10 pages, confirmed that tourism in the Las Vegas region is up to levels that manage to exceed numbers obtained before the mid-2000’s recession that rocked the region – and especially the real estate market – with the number of visitors to the city’s hotels being considered “consistently strong,” according to the report. This fact is especially telling in light of the recent October 1 mass shooting during an outdoor concert having a temporary yet detrimental effect on tourism in Las Vegas.

However, that tragedy does not appear to be having an effect upon the progress of the construction of the Las Vegas Raiders’ Stadium, with reports indicating a recent sale of $650 million in bonds to help pay for the nearly $2 billion, 65,000-seat project was a rousing success, all of the bonds on offer by Clark County being purchased within only an hour-and-a-half by 43 investors. The bonds constitute a major portion of the $750 million in public funds that are being contributed to the cost of the stadium, and are set to mature over a period of 30 years at an average interest rate of 3.94 percent. The reminder of the funding for the stadium project is being provided by Raiders management.

As is plainly apparent, the resurrection of the Las Vegas economy and its tourism industry are going hand-in-hand, with financial growth leading to a booming job and real estate market, and the arrival of new businesses, residents, entertainment options and professional sporting teams are only serving to attract more visitors – and their dollars – to Southern Nevada.

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.

Las Vegas Real Estate Scene So Busy, Buyers Submitting Offers Without Ever Seeing Properties in Person

LAS VEGAS, NV – If you’re at all familiar with the real estate scene in Las Vegas, you’ve probably well aware of the fact that demand is currently well outstripping the number of properties available on the open market, with prospective buyers clawing like a drowning man at a straw in the ocean to get in a bid whenever a new home or condo becomes available. It’s becoming a very real problem in Southern Nevada, and sellers and buyers alike are finding new ways to even the odds as much as possible- the increased use of social media in real estate to communicate and inform on all aspects of housing sales, giving web-savvy individuals a leg up whenever a new abode is for sale in their neck of the woods.

Oftentimes, in a fast-packed market such as Las Vegas, once an ad for a property sees print it may already have been snatched up, depending on when the publication it’s appearing in has been purchased or delivered to you. But when you go digital, those same listings are available universally at the same time; while this doesn’t give you a leg up on the competition, it certainly levels the playing field and gives you a better chance of getting in on the action before the listing is inundated with offers, as the situation in Vegas is getting so bad that some buyers are actually submitting offers without ever having actually seen the properties in question, believe it or not.

Following Las Vegas real estate on social media is beneficial for all parties involved; it enables sellers to immediately inform prospective buyers about any new dwellings that may be available, and for buyers, it is especially vital to be following real estate brokers if they have a social media presence as, according to statistics, more and more buyers – nearly 50 percent, by last count – are doing their house searching via the internet alone, forgoing print altogether. After all, social media has permeated the lives of the majority of the people in the world today, so it only makes sense for both sellers and buyers alike to take advantage of this widespread aspect of daily life when it comes to real estate…especially in a cutthroat town like Vegas when the pickings are slim and the demand is rabid.

While looking for a home can be a difficult process, social media can help a potential homeowner cut to the chase and find a property that fits their exact needs. By utilising search methods including hashtags and keywords, social media users can find a region-specific broker or agency that fits with their vision and – once following them – they will be informed of any new developments in terms of inventory or offerings as soon as they are made available; to that end, we recommend that you have the latest, most up-to-date versions of whatever social media apps you utilise and make sure you have your notifications set to inform you of any new posts by whatever real estate accounts you’re following…you never know when that buzzing in your pocket may turn out to be the precursor  to a brand-new home.

Las Vegas is becoming a tough town to find a new property in, and buyers need every advantage they can get- social media can be the key to finally finding the home of your dreams. If you are considering relocating in or around the Las Vegas area give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Tax Cap Keeping Property Taxes, Cost-of-Living in Las Vegas Affordable

Tax Cap Keeping Property Taxes, Cost-of-Living in Las Vegas Affordable

LAS VEGAS, NV – The news when it comes to Las Vegas real estate, day in and day out, mainly consists of the skyrocketing home prices and scant availability of properties for sale, resulting in a mad scramble for just about any home or condo that a buyer can get their hands on. It’s been like this for a while now due to Vegas’ booming economy and quickly-recovering job and housing market, but what is life in Southern Nevada like once you’re lucky enough to have finally gotten your hands on an abode? Will the cost of living – mainly, property taxes – prove to be yet another hurdle to deal with?

In a word, no. In more words…well, please read on.

Unlike other regions in the United States, such as New York, where high taxes are driving people out to greener pastures (financially speaking), Las Vegas features a strict property tax cap that assures homeowners that their costs will only incrementally increase from year-to-year, keeping their bottom lines manageable. In addition, the sale of a home in Vegas does not trigger a reassessment of the property for tax purposes, therefore the purchase price of any given home will not be adversely affected; this prevents property taxes from being a deterrent from any given property sale in the region.

The tax cap is currently set at three percent and ensures that property taxes can only increase that currently set amount – and not a penny more – in any given year. The cap is re-examined each year by the state, and features a variable rate; in recent year, the property tax cap in Las Vegas has been as low as one percent and as high as eight, although recent trends have seen the rate slowly increasing as if late.

An major advantage of the tax cap is the fact that it currently works hand-in-hand with the fact that most properties in Vegas received their most recent re-assessments at the end of the mid-2000’s recession, a time when property values were at an all-time low; while the market has bounced back and house values are the highest they’ve been in over a decade, the tax cap greatly prevents property taxes from increasing at the same speedy rate.

To really get a sense of how much cheaper the cost of listing in Las Vegas is, one merely has to look it Nevada’s neighbors to see how the other half lives; Mike Scanlin, CEO of IT company Born to Sellrecenly noted that his 2016 move from California’s Silicon Valley to Las Vegas saved him a small fortune in terms of property taxes.

“California has a nice climate, but the state income taxes, property taxes and property values drove me crazy,” he said. “You can make half as much in Las Vegas and save more money. In fact, the money I’m not paying in California state income tax is more than the mortgage on my 2,400 square-foot home.”

As you can see, the appeal to newly transplanted residents of living and working in Las Vegas isn’t just the economy, or the culture, or the job market, or the influx of new businesses and enterprises, or the booming real estate…it’s the quality of life and bang for your buck you can enjoy once you’ve arrived and settled down as well, allowing you to work less and enjoy life more while you’re at it.

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Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Continue to Climb in March While Selection Dwindles

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, real estate prices in Las Vegas are showing no signs of slowing down while on their upwards trajectory, whereas the selection of properties available to prospective buyers also continues on its recent decline downward. This sets up a situation in Southern Nevada where constant demand is creating ever-growing prices that will only continue to escalate until demand is satisfied in the form of consistent, new construction of houses, condos, and apartments; something local contractors have been struggling with in past years.

The median price for a single-family home in the Las Vegas area during the month of March 2018 was $280,000, which represents a 1.8 percent increase from February and a 15.7 increase over the same period one year ago. Meanwhile, condos and townhomes averaged in at $160,000 in March, which is a whopping jump of 30.1 percent from 2017’s prices.

3,152 single-family homes were sold in Vegas in March, an increase in sales of 48.1 percent from the month prior; housing availability, however, was slim, with only 3,835 single-family properties on the market by March’s end, representing a decrease in inventory of over 30 percent from one year ago. As for condos and townhouses, only 761 were offer-less on the market at the tail end of March, with 82 percent of all houses and 89 percent of condos and townhouses selling within a 60-days, reports say.

With the booming local economy and job market in Las Vegas attracting new companies and businesses – and many newly-transplanted residents moving into the area to work for them – the situation in Las Vegas is getting so bad that some desperate buyers are actually going so far as buying homes without ever having seen them, skipping any kind of inspection before moving in, and making sky-high offers in order to edge out the considerable competition vying for anything they can get their hands on.

The price of a median home in Las Vegas has jumped approximately 12 percent in the past year and 50 percent in the last five. The increasingly-rare house priced below the $200,000 threshold often experiences a flurry of bidding activity – usually at least 15 to 20 or more – and desperate buyers are doing whatever they can to stand out in the crowd to sellers, including making the deal personal by writing emotional letters explaining why they like the property so much.

Clearly, Nevada is home to one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, and it’s likely to remain this way until local building contractors and construction companies are able to finally catch up with the exhaustive demand.

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$76 Million, 350k Square-Foot Expo Center to be Erected Next to Las Vegas’ World Market Center

LAS VEGAS, NV – International Market Centers announced plans this week to construct a mammoth $76 million, 350,000 square-foot expo center in downtown Las Vegas, next to the group’s World Market Center, pending a signed deal with city officials that is expected to be made within the next few days. The project is slated to be one of the biggest projects in terms of construction volume in the downtown area within the last several years.

Provided the City of Las Vegas gives final approval to the proposal, work on the expo center is expected to begin in anywhere between 12 and 18 months. The completed project would see the 60 acres next to the World Market Center transformed into a cutting-edge exhibition hall and meeting venue that would allow the facility to host large-scale trade shows, conventions, and other events that may be too large for other halls to accommodate.

The current plot of land that is slated for the expo center is already host to three showroom buildings, a parking garage, and several temporary tent-based pavilions; it is currently not known if the new expo center would incorporate these existing buildings into its design, but the pavilions are expected to be removed upon completion of construction in order to make room for more expo parking spaces.

The expo center could also be used to host elements of the bi-annual furniture, gift and home décor focused Las Vegas Market, which brings some 100,000 visitors to the city. In addition, IMC will offer the Expo Center for a set number of days throughout the year to host non-profit events as designated by the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency.

The Las Vegas Market, a popular home décor-based bi-annual event that typically attracts 100,000 visitors to the city, could also run aspects of their show in the expo center; also, according to the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, a pre-determined number of days each year at the center will be made available to not-for-profit organizations for attraction and fund-raising purposes.

The City of Las Vegas is proposing to partially fund the expo center project to the tune of $30 million in tax increment financing, which means that taxes collected by the construction of the expo would be put right back into the project by the city. Such an investment is seen as a wise expenditure on the part of local officials; once completed and functioning at maximum capacity, the expo hall is expected to attract a large increase of visitors to the area on a regular basis, creating an influx of tourism-based funds for downtown Las Vegas in the projected amount of $97 million annually, in addition to $234 million for the overall region of Southern Nevada.

The expo center is expected by many to fill a large void for large-scale event hosting made by the closure of the Cashman Center in late 2017, which had operated as a meeting, theater, and sporting venue in the downtown Las Vegas area.

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Market Update: Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Continue Growth While Inventory Shortages Cause Sales Slowdown

Market Update: Las Vegas Real Estate Prices Continue Growth While Inventory Shortages Cause Sales Slowdown

LAS VEGAS, NV – As an example of scarcity not being able to keep up with demand, the ongoing housing shortage in red-hot real estate market Las Vegas has begun to take its toll on sales; while reports indicate that prices on houses and apartments continue to rise, the lack of available options in the market – and the inability of local developers to continuously produce new units at a pace which adequately satisfies demand – has caused a slight cool-down on home sales in the region.

As of current time, Las Vegas possesses less than a two-month supply of homes available for sale on the market; for any given area’s real estate market to be considered “balanced,” a six-month supply is typically called for. And it’s this imbalance – coupled with ever-increasing demand thanks to a rebounding economy and subsequent growing populace – that is driving home the fact that there are simply not enough homes for sale in Southern Nevada.

Part of the overall issue is that, while numerous developers and contractors are going about the business of constructing more properties, they are simply proving unable to keep up with demand at a sufficient pace given the rapid expansion of the market in the last few years, according to a statement by Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors President Christopher Bishop.

I’ve heard reports saying that they can’t employ enough people to build enough homes to keep up with the supply and demand. I wouldn’t say the market has slowed down. I would say the effects of the shortage have now caught up with us,” he said. “Sales have continued to go up over the last few years, even as our inventory has been going down. But with fewer homes on the market each month, it seems like it was only a matter of time before it started to affect sales.”

Currently, the median price for a single-family home in the Southern Nevada region during the month of February 2018 was approximately $275,000; this represents a 3.8 increase from the previous month and an impressive 14.6 percent jump from the same period one year prior. Meanwhile, the median price last month of townhouses and condominiums was $150,000, a whopping increase of 27.1 percent from February 2017. All told, the grand total of homes, townhouses, and condominiums sold during the month of February 2018 came in at 2,704; this represents an overall decrease of 5.4 percent from 2017, although the sales of condos and townhouses did rise 1.8 percent.

All in all, this news merely proves that Las Vegas real estate is hot, and shows no sign of cooling down in the near future. Clearly, more resources need to be allocated into the region to up construction rates to satisfy an ever-present and ever-increasing demand as Southern Nevada continues to grow and prosper.

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