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Beazer Homes to Hold Grand Opening for New Community in North Las Vegas Dubbed Acacia Ranch

LAS VEGAS, NV – Atlanta-based Beazer Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country, recently announced that they will be holding a grand opening on December 5th for their newest community in the city of North Las Vegas, dubbed Acacia Ranch, according to reports.

The Acacia Ranch community will consist of 48 new single-family homes – with six single and two-story floor plans available to choose from – all situated in the vicinity of numerous entertainment, shopping, and dining options. In addition, it is located near both the Interstate 215 and U.S. Highway 95 freeways, allowing for easy access by car.

The homes will range in size from 1,750 square feet to 3,182 square feet, and the plots of land they will be available on will measure 100 feet deep with 20-25 foot rear yards – larger than the land provided by the average home in the region by approximately 15 to 20 percent.

All homes will include open-concept kitchens and two- or-three-car garages. Buyers can choose between pre-set layouts or the ability to choose room-specific layouts, allowing them a great deal of flexibility to design the homes in a way that is better tailored to their lives.

Homes in Acacia Ranch will focus on affordability, with prices starting in the low $300,000 range while being devoid of any homeowners associations fees.

At the December 5th grand opening, interested parties will be able to tour model homes to see what the final residences will look like, in addition to having assistance available on-hand for the loan pre-qualification process.

Construction plans and materials are said to yield a great deal of energy efficiency, reports say. Beazer builds homes in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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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Real Estate Experts Say Las Vegas Buyers Are “Frenzied” With Home Prices “Defying Logic” – May Cause Another Bubble

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.

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.

Real Estate

Las Vegas’ Dwindling Home Supply Feeding Rising Real Estate Prices In Region, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – Soaring prices in the Las Vegas housing market are being shaped by one vitally important factor above all others – dwindling supply of residences available for buyers, according to recent reports. October 2020 saw yet another record broken when it comes to the median price for an existing single-family home sold in Southern Nevada, with prices now up to $340,200, representing a jump of approximately 11 percent from October of 2019.

Real estate experts are noting that thanks to COVID-19, the house buying season that normally hits its peak during the summer has continued into the fall with no signs of slowing down; that, coupled with demands for housing not being met in terms of new construction – in some instances slowed down by the pandemic – have resulted in home prices that seem to get higher month-after-month.

Townhouses and condominiums are also growing in cost, with the median sales price in October coming in at $186,500, compared to $171,250 during the same period of time last year.

Typically, to maintain a balanced real estate market, a six-month supply of homes is needed; currently, Las Vegas finds itself far below that threshold, with only a 1.5 month supply of homes for sale. Approximately 4,000 homes were sold in October 2020 alone.

Experts are also attributing the demand for homes to historically low interest rates on home loans, in addition to an order issued by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak that allowed real estate agents statewide to be able to resume open houses for prospective buyers; the latter move has been attributed to more people getting out and buying homes and more homeowners putting their residences up for sale.

Ultimately, developers must find a way to increase their output of home construction in order to not only meet the continuing demand, but to also help stabilize prices, lest they continue to increase on a monthly basis.

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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Las Vegas Hotels – Are They Safe to Stay at During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here’s How To Minimize Your Risk

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the economy continuing to re-open across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking to finally do a bit of traveling after being home-bound for many months on end.

But while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses the safest thing a person can do to stay safe is to simply stay at home, there are precautions one can take when traveling and staying in hotels that can minimize risk and serve to keep you and your loved ones safe while allowing you to get out there and work off a bit of cabin fever at the same time.

First of all, when looking for lodging options while on the road, it’s best to avoid risky establishments such as hostels, which typically utilize shared sleeping areas with total strangers.

When it comes to hotels or Airbnb residences, call ahead and ask if they have a policy that provides a time buffer in their rooms between guests; 72 hours is ideal, but any amount of time that allows hotel staff to engage in a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning of the room will suffice. All surfaces should be subjected to intense cleaning, including scrubbing floors with spar and water, washing all towels and sheets with hot water, and an overall disinfection of all areas and items that are touched by guests often, such as door knobs, light switches, and so on.

Also inquire if the hotel that you’re interested in enforces strict social distancing protocols. Once there, avoiding common areas and make a point of taking stairs instead of elevators. In addition, bringing your own cleaning and protective supplies – such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and masks – is good idea as well, just in case.

According to infectious disease expert at the University of California, Dr. Natascha Tuznik, hotels have reported very few instances of COVID-19 infections since they have been allowed to re-open, which illustrates that they are taking their cleaning and disinfecting routines – as well as the health of their guests and staff – very seriously. So, if you feel the need to travel in the near future, hotels should provide a safe and secure place for you to stay while the pandemic is still sorting itself out, as long as you’re careful and do your research first.

Photo: Sign outside the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Editorial credit: Ceri Breeze / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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Real Estate Prices

Single-Family Home Prices in Las Vegas Set Record for Fifth Month in a Row, Despite Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV – Despite the COVID pandemic continuing to flare up around the country – and the economic woes that follow in the disease’s wake – Las Vegas has nonetheless managed to set records as home prices have managed to hit all-time highs for the fifth consecutive month in a row, according to recent reports.

October 2020 saw the demand for residences in Las Vegas to continue to climb, with the median sales price of previously-owned single-family homes – which make up the majority of the marketplace – reach $340,000, representing a 0.9 percent increase from September, itself a record-making month for the real estate industry. In addition, jumps in home prices last month saw an increase of 10.8 percent from October 2019, showing that despite the economic impact of COVID still being felt, it hasn’t done much to slow down home prices.

Market inventory is still growing smaller as well, with the end of October seeing only 4,501 single-family homes on the market without offers, a decrease of 6.2 percent from the previous month and a decrease of 37.6 percent from October 2019. 3,225 homes were sold in October, representing a decrease of only 1.4 percent from the previous month but a jump of 11.2 percent from the same time period in 2019.

While negatively affected early on in the pandemic, the Las Vegas housing market bounced back far more quickly than anticipated and has been described as being “on fire” in recent months, due in part to much lower interest rates on loans as of late.

Before the pandemic hit, the record median sales price of single-family homes was $316,000 in February, a milestone that had taken 13 years to reach after the mid-2000’s recession; in mid-2006, right before the market crashed, the record median home price was $315,000.

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.

Brightline

Brightline West Railway Indefinitely Delayed After Project Encounters Financial Hurdles

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, construction on Brightline West, an $8 billion railway system that would have linked Las Vegas and California – one which has been in the works for years now, has been indefinitely delayed due to last-minute financial hurdles the project has been unable to clear.

Brightline, developers of the project, announced that a $2.4 billion bond they were planning on selling to fund the first phase of construction – with a sale deadline of December 1 – has now been delayed due to several reasons, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects upon financial markets to the upcoming election and the economic uncertainty that it is creating.

It is currently not known when Brightline plans to offer the bond for sale, but representatives from the company maintain that they will keep tabs on the market, that investors are still interested in the project, and that it will eventually resume its forward momentum.

“Brightline West received a significant amount of investor interest, despite the challenging market. We ultimately had a deal, but it would have been restrictive,” they said. “We have always said we will fund this project with a combination of equity and debt — exactly as we have [with the passenger rail system the company operates] in Florida. That continues to be our plan.”

Originally, work on Brightline West was expected to start this year, with a completion date set for early 2024, according to reports. The finished rail line would have resulted in a 34-mile stretch of track in Nevada running along Interstate 15 that would have ended at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. This line would be fed by several other lines from various locations in California resulting in a total of approximately 185 miles of track overall, and providing a link between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The delay is sure to cause some degree of economic impact, as according to Brightline West’s official website, it would have created more than 40,000 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent jobs, with an economic income of $9 billion. In addition, it would have generated $1 billion in tax revenue.

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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North Las Vegas City Council Votes to Impose Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals

LAS VEGAS, NV – The North Las Vegas city council unanimously voted to impose restrictions upon short-terms rentals of rooms and homes, such as those rented via Airbnb, including a new rule that requires a $900 a year licensing fee for the privilege of doing so; a fee that is currently the highest in the valley, according to reports.

The vote came after a public comment period – held virtually, due to COVID-19 concerns – where the city council listened to residents who were both for and against the idea of short-terms rentals in their neighborhoods. While some expressed strong opposition to the new restrictions and fees, many North Las Vegas residents expressed dissatisfaction with the number of Airbnb rentals that end up being party houses.

In addition to the annual $900 fee, there will also be a 13 percent transient lodging tax imposed on rentals whose occupants stay less than 30 days; if the stay is over 30 days, the 13 percent tax is waived.

There are also numerous other rules that Airbnb renters must adhere to, such as the installation of noise monitoring equipment, at least $500,000 in general liability insurance, and making sure that all neighbors living within 200 feet of the property are notified that the property is a short-term rental.

Original document: http://www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com/BIS-Ord%203041.pdf

Short-term rentals in Las Vegas have taken off in the last year, and especially during the ongoing pandemic, as it allows homebound families and friends to vacation in a fancy home in a tourist destination while maintaining lodging that adheres to social distancing regulations, more so than most hotels can manage.

However, some rentals have caused issues for the surrounding community, as many occupants typically use the residence as loud and disruptive party houses; hence the strict new rules adopted by the North Las Vegas city council.

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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Las Vegas Boulevard to Soon Receive New 754-Unit Apartment Complex With Construction of “Ariva”

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas Boulevard will soon be receiving a new 754-unit apartment complex in what is currently a stretch of desert land running along the famous road. Ariva, headed up by investor group WTI Inc. out of Cupertino, California, is currently under construction and, when completed, stands to be one of the largest rental developments in the city, according to reports.

Like many new developments in Las Vegas these days, Ariva is slated to be a mixed-use facility, combining rental apartments with retail and office space. The project, which originally broke ground in August of this year, is expected to start renting the initially offering of apartments in late 2021, with the entire project expected to be completed in mid-2023, reports say.

Work on the complex is being carried out by Las Vegas contractor Sam Nicholson, and is being constructed in a spot on Las Vegas Boulevard that’s considered slightly off the beaten trail in terms of tourism. Situated several miles south of the glamour of Las Vegas’ hotels and casinos, Ariva is being built in an area made up more of large plots of vacant, expensive land that has only recently begun to experience large-scale development.

The Ariva project has been in various stages of development for over three years, and when completed, will encompass at least twice the size as the average apartment complex in the Southern Nevada region, reports say. The property is located on – 46.6 acres – originally purchased by WTI in July 2017 for $24.5 million, after the company had their plans approved by Clark County the month before.

When finished, Ariva – formerly known as The Arch – will possess four pools, a huge gym, two penthouses, and approximately 71,000 square feet of commercial space.

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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Some Las Vegas Landlords Experiencing Thousands of Dollars in Tenant Property Damage During Eviction Moratorium

LAS VEGAS, NV – While the eviction moratorium put into place by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has since expired, the end of the Nevada moratorium is finally giving Las Vegas landlords the opportunity to gain access to properties that have been home to tenants that have not been paying rent for the past six months or so, and what some of these landlords are discovering is the end of one hassle but, unfortunately, the beginning of yet another.

While most tenants relied on the eviction moratorium to avoid homelessness while furloughed or laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others merely took advantage of a well-meaning program in order to get out of paying rent. Likewise, most tenants will go to great pains to leave a property in the same condition as when they moved in, but some landlords are discovering that isn’t the case with everyone.

A recent report indicates that some Las Vegas landlords who have finally been able to evict tenants for non-payment of rent are discovering – much to their dismay –  that some of them took vindictive action while exiting the premises in the form of thousands of dollars of vandalism that the landlord is now on the hook for.

Las Vegas real estate broker and property manager Geoffrey Lavell recently got the chance to inspect a property where the tenants, who had been evicted, inflicted approximately $18,000 in damage to the apartment. High-end appliances were destroyed, multiple hatchet marks were discovered on every wall, the carpet was cut out, and windows, mirrors, and furniture were broken.

“Not having rent for six months is already hard for the homeowner, but having to pay $18,000 or so in repairs is devastating,” he said. “It ruins them financially, and now I fear the only chance the owner has is to sell the property.”

Lavell said that a police report has been filed against the tenant.

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.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Luxury Home Market Sets Records Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the Las Vegas luxury home market is being described as “on fire” by experts, with home sales continuing to set records despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Noel Lee, 71, the CEO of Monster Inc., recently sold his Henderson home – measuring 11,375 square feet with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms – for $7 million, the third-highest price paid for a residence in the Las Vegas valley in 2020 so far. Lee’s two-story home features two master suites, an office, game room, fitness room, wine cellar, theater, an infinity-edge pool, and a five-car garage.

The other two highest 2020 luxury home sales in Las Vegas were a MacDonald Highlands mansion owned by Paragon Gaming co-founder Diana Bennett for a whopping $11.25 million, and a Summerlin mansion located in The Ridges – a master-planned community – for $10.15 million.

In addition, 96 homes with a closing price of $1 million or higher were made in September alone, setting an all-time one month Las Vegas record. Previously, the record for homes at this price point (or higher) was 74 in May of 2019.

Overall, in September, 502 luxury homes and condos were sold in Las Vegas, representing a 16.4 percent increase over the same month in 2019, when 431 luxury homes and condos were sold. In contrast, the number of single-family homes – in all price ranges – in Southern Nevada are down 5.6 percent from 2019.

Industry experts are noting that the sales of existing luxury homes are bolstering the Las Vegas real estate market as a whole, according to reports; there are currently 160 sales pending in September of luxury homes in Las Vegas with an additional seven months of inventory to spare, further showing that the Sothern Nevada luxury sales market is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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Bloomberg: Las Vegas Has Highest Increase in U.S. Cities of Tenants Not Paying Rent Due to COVID-19

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to a Bloomberg report, Las Vegas is the city in the United States that the highest increase in the number of residents who are not paying rent due to finical issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With Las Vegas’ dependence on tourism to supply the city’s ample economy, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with the city’s finances due to the fact that people simply aren’t traveling as much these days. This has lead to major spikes in unemployment, with many local residents laid off or furloughed from their jobs and unable to make ends meet as a result.

With Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s state-level eviction moratorium recently expired, one with no further extensions, all that’s standing between tenants and a life of homelessness is the federal eviction moratorium signed into effect by President Donald Trump, which is set to expire at the end of the year; however, unlike the state moratorium, tenants must opt-in to Trump’s decree in order to take advantage of it.

Meanwhile, regardless, Nevada landlords are holding their breath until the end of 2020, as according to reports, September saw 10.6 percent of Las Vegas renters as having missed a rent payment, with this number representing an increase of 4.1 percent over the same time period in 2019. This is the largest increase in missed payments amongst the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States, according to reports.

However, this does not represent the highest number of tenants missing their rent payments in the nation; that dubious honor falls upon New Orleans – another city highly dependent upon tourism to support its local economy – where 12.9 Percent of tenants missed rental payments in September, a jump of 8.6 percent from 2019.

Other tourism-dependent cities in the United States that have high levels of tenants missing rent payments due to the ongoing pandemic are Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York, reports say.

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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Las Vegas Golf Course Formerly Owned by Famed Gambler Billy Walters Possibly Being Converted Into Housing Property

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, an East Las Vegas golf course once owned by famous gambler Billy Walters will potentially be converted into land for housing by its current ownership.

Rezoning of the 160-acre Royal Links Golf Club for residential use was recently approved by the Clark County Commission. The club property, owned by Shelby Futch – who purchased it in 2016 – is located one mile east of Nellis Boulevard, running along Vegas Valley Drive.

Futch has noted that he envisions a very dense network of approximately 1,200 homes to be built upon the property; plans for the project have been filed with Clark County, but at this point in time they are merely considered to be in a conceptual stage and nothing more. Reports indicate that land owners will sometimes get potential projects officially approved in order to make their property more appealing to an outside developer, who would then swoop in and make a purchase.

The Royal Links Golf Club was originally owned by Walters, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and retired professional gambler widely regarded as among the most successful sports bettors in Las Vegas, having a winning streak which extended for over 30 years. In 2011, Walters claimed he could make anywhere from $50 to $60 million on a good year from sports betting alone.

Walters bought the land from the city of Las Vegas in 1999 for $894,000, but afterwards found himself embroiled in controversy in 2005 after offering the city $7.2 million to lift a deed restriction on residential development – approved by the City Council, which was headed by Walters’ personal friend and former lawyer, Mayor Oscar Goodman – so as to allow residential development, which would have vastly increased the property’s value. Nevada’s then-attorney general announced an investigation into the matter, and the City Council then quickly reversed its decision.

In April 2017, Walters was found guilty of insider trading and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined $10 million. He was recently released from prison due to being vulnerable to COVID-19.

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.