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Number of Nevada Residents Behind on Mortgage Payments at Record Low Before Coronavirus

LAS VEGAS, NV – The number of mortgage delinquencies in Nevada had reached its lowest point in years. Unfortunately, then the coronavirus came along and set things back once again, according to recent reports.

In January 2020, Las Vegas homeowners had reached a milestone, with records indicating that the sheer number of them behind on their mortgages was at a recent record low; only an estimated 1.3 percent were at least 90 days past due at that time, and had remained essentially “flat” since July 2019. This rate is the lowest the region has seen since January 2007.

However, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation, that record was quickly finding itself undone as 2020 continued. With state governors issuing stay-at-home orders and only businesses deemed “essential” allowed to remain open, many people began finding themselves furloughed or laid off, and no longer able to make home mortgage payments.

The number of unemployment claims made in Nevada in 2020 through April 4 numbered at 271,530; this is over double the previous two years put together, reports say.

This, coupled with a degree by Governor Steve Sisolak not allowing landlords to begin eviction proceedings due to non-payment of rent or mortgage while a coronavirus-fueled state of emergency is in effect – except in the case of individuals who are a threat to others or the property itself – will likely see the number residents behind on their payments quickly balloon. And the longer the pandemic lasts, the greater that number will become.

In addition, numerous mortgage relief programs are now available that will likely contribute to the growing number of people behind on their home loans; for example, many lenders have instituted policies where, as the state of emergency continues, borrowers can defer payments for up to 90 days. Also, late fees and/or penalties due to nonpayment have been outlawed by state government; however, all back rent and/or mortgage is expected to be paid to the lender or landlord once the state of emergency has been officially lifted.

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.

OSHA Issues Coronavirus Safety Guidelines to Nevada Construction Companies; Will Randomly Inspect Work Sites

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Nevada Occupational Safety and Human Administration (NV OSHA) recently sent safety guidelines to construction companies state-wide, documenting precautions and procedures to adhere to in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.

In light of recent “stay at home” orders issued to help curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, construction in Nevada has been deemed an “essential” business, allowing development projects to currently remain in effect.

However, in light of some construction workers testing positive for COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by exposure to the coronavirus – NV OSHA Chief Administrative Officer Jess Lankford sent out a letter to active construction sites in the state, outlining personnel safety procedures that must be adhered to going forward, including social distancing guidelines.

“It is visibly obvious that employees are still being directed/allowed to work in close proximity [less than 6 feet apart] to other staff,” Lankford’s letter said.

The guidelines outlined in the NV OSHA letter include the following:

  • Restrict meetings, safety meetings//tailgate talks, and gatherings to no more than 10 people.
  • Establish effective social distancing protocols, which ensure that staff maintain a 6 foot personal separation from other staff during meetings, discussions, etc., where 10 people or less are present. Ensure that social distancing protocols are maintained during operation of mobile service equipment designed for two or more passengers.
  • Provide sanitization and cleaning supplies for addressing common surfaces in multiple user mobile equipment and multiple user tooling.
  • Maintain 6 foot separation protocols for labor transportation services, such as buses, vans, etc.
  • Conduct daily surveys of changes to staff/labor health conditions. NV OSHA is emphasizing the need for construction leadership to be working with and aware of the health and well-being of its labor force. Many leaders in the construction industry have implemented entry surveys of labor health conditions that have, and may, include temperature scans and in person Q&A.
  • Ensure that any identified first responders in the labor force are provided and use the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and equipment for protection comes from communicable or infectious disease.
  • Provide access to portable and sanitary water.

In order to ensure that all developers are in compliance with these guidelines, NV OSHA noted that they would be sending representatives to randomly inspect construction sites; penalties for non-compliance could range from fines all the way up to the full closure of a project. Recently, workers at the Resorts World and the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium construction sites were confirmed to have tested positive for 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.

Moody’s: Nevada Economy Likely to be Hit Hardest by Coronavirus Outbreak

LAS VEGAS, NV – In a recent research report, financial analysis firm Moody’s noted that out of the numerous states feeling the pinch due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Nevada is the one most likely to be hit the hardest financially.

The spread of the coronavirus is making it difficult for experts to pin-point all of the specific factors that can determine what regions will be hit harder than others in terms of statewide economy. However, Moody’s research focused on several key factors – including demographics, trade and travel, tourism, finance, and commodities – and they have used those factors to determine the areas that are most assuredly to be the hardest hit financially.

Unfortunately, Nevada – and the city of Las Vegas in particular – is forecast to be the most affected, due to the fact that it relies on the lucrative tourism industry more than most states. As a result of non-essential business closures and stay-at-home orders instituted by state officials in the early days of the pandemic in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 – the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus – the city has already suffered great financial losses.

This early and deep impact upon Vegas’ economy does not bode well for the speed of its recovery, according to Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi.

“If you’re getting hit hard now and businesses are failing, and there’s bankruptcy and people are taking on debt or starting to default on debt, it’s going to be harder for those economies to recover,” he said. “So the No. 1 criteria for determining who recovers more gracefully will be who gets hit least hard during this period.”

Hawaii and Washington come in at number two and three, respectively, as states that are expected to experience severe financial woes due to the impact of the coronavirus upon the tourism industry. New York also ranks highly on the list, and currently contains the most cases of COVID-19 out of anywhere else in the nation.

In contrast, West Virginia and Missouri have seen the least coronavirus exposure – at least for the time being – and as a result their economies have been damaged far less, making their eventual recovery a less arduous task. But given the nature of the coronavirus outbreak, these factors and their effect upon statewide economies are subject to change as time goes on.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Stops Development, Delays Opening of Las Vegas MSG Sphere

LAS VEGAS, NV – The MSG Sphere, a one-of-a-kind entertainment venue originally slated to open in 2021 on the famed Las Vegas Strip, has become the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation. According to reports, the pandemic has brought a halt to construction of the MSG Sphere and, as a result its opening has been delayed to a currently undetermined date in the future.

A $1.7 billion, 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 360-foot-tall globe-shaped arena slated to be constructed on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, the Sphere – a joint venture of the Madison Square Garden Co. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. – is touted as a high-tech entertainment venue that will host musical performances and concerts, as well as potentially the occasional boxing or MMA contest.

Due to the outbreak, developers announced that they are suspending all work on the MSG Sphere, a process that will take approximately two weeks to implement. Issues cited include concerns over worker safety as well as disruptions to construction supplies due to fallout of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the 2021 opening of the Sphere will not be met, reports say.

Once completed, the interior of the Sphere will feature a 180,000-square-foot ceiling with massive video screens for attendees to watch, as well as floor-based bass speaker system to appeal to concert and club-goers on evenings when electronic dance music acts take the MSG Sphere stage, giving the venue a multi-genre and event capability.

But the real draw of the Sphere is the exterior, which will feature 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting, enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent facade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured.

A new projected completion date for the Sphere’s construction and opening has not been revealed yet, but MGS representatives have stated that they look forward to “quickly and efficiently resuming construction as soon as practicable.”

Las Vegas has allowed construction to continue during the pandemic – as long as workers abide by social distancing guidelines – deeming it as “essential” work; the temporary halt of work on the MSG Sphere project, nonetheless, is the second high-profile project in the city shelved during the pandemic, the second being the former Fontainebleau.

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.

While City Grinds to Halt, Construction Continues Without Pause in Vegas Despite Coronoavirus Pandemic, Experts Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the construction industry in Las Vegas is continuing forward without any major setbacks attributed to the ongoing coronoavirus pandemic that is causing issues for its sister industry – real estate – but it remains to be seen what problems could arise if the outbreak ends later rather than sooner, experts say.

Construction, along with other fields such as medical and food, has been deemed an “essential” business by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, allowing work to continue unabated on numerous projects, free of governmental orders mandating many non-essential workers to remain at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As a result, development on the many construction jobs currently ongoing in Las Vegas has continued without pause while the rest of the city essentially grinds to a halt; extra precautions have been taken on job sites to ensure that health and safety levels are maintained to prevent COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. In contrast, workers in other industries that are deemed non-essential are holed up in their homes, waiting for the pandemic to blow over so they can return to work.

However, despite precautions, workers at Las Vegas construction sites have run into coronavirus-related issues during major ongoing projects; one worker at the Resorts World Las Vegas site and another at Allegiant Stadium have both come back with positive COVID-19 test results. There has been no word of Governor Sisolak re-evaluating his stance on construction work in Las Vegas based on these developments, however.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused problems with Las Vegas’ economy, which has only just righted itself after recovering from the mid-2000s recession. However, construction persists due to the word of experts that predict a fast turnaround to the city’s fortunes once the ongoing pandemic is finally resolved and people are able to return to work.

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.

COVID-19 Brings House-Flipping in Vegas to Temporary Standstill

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the disturbance that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is causing in the real estate industry word-wide, house-flippers in Las Vegas – as well as across the nation – have taken a temporary pause while riding out the effects of the devastating outbreak upon the economy, according to recent reports.

Among the organizations putting the brakes on buying homes to quickly renovate and put back on the market to make a profit is the Zillow Group, which is ceasing such activities in Vegas as well as 23 other markets where it engages in flipping, through its “Zillow Offers program.”

The main driving factor behind Zillow’s decision, reports say, is compliance with ordinances passed by many local municipalities dictating that businesses deemed as “nonessential” temporarily close to reduce the spread of coronavirus. But while refraining from acquiring new properties, Zillow will still be selling homes already in their inventory.

In addition, numerous other flippers, both present in Vegas or with a web presence – including Opendoor of San Francisco – is reporting a pause from buying homes in the Southern Nevada region as well while quarantine measures are in effect.

According to experts, the Las Vegas real estate scene stands to be hurt more than average due to the effects of the pandemic for a number of reasons, not the least of which being its massive tourism industry; due to travel restriction measures and temporary business and retail closures – and no certain timetable yet for their re-opening – tourism in Vegas is completely off the table for the time being. This, unfortunately, is causing economic havoc in a city that was previously skyrocketing back to the top after recovering from the mid-2000s recession.

Real estate sales are expected to take a large dip while the coronavirus scare persists, but experts are also predicting a fast turnaround of Las Vegas’ fortunes once again when the pandemic eventually levels off. It’s simply a matter of riding out the storm until it subsides.

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 Real Estate Scene Strives to Survive and Adapt to COVID-19 Outbreak

LAS VEGAS, NV – The now infamous coronavirus outbreak has brought the city of Las Vegas to a near-standstill, with casinos and hotels closed in an effort to head off the rate of infection. However, reports indicated that the real estate and construction industries are nonetheless doing their best to continue to meet the needs of the population in these historically difficult times, and despite the expected uphill battle, have made some progress in doing just that.

After several months of strong home sales and following a massive recovery of the local real estate market and economy, Las Vegas home sales have taken a hit due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, with some deals being delayed while other cancelled outright. The issues are fueled about concern over the long-terms effects of the coronavirus on the economy, as well as the local job market and the performance of stocks.

However, there are just as many real estate transactions that are still ongoing, and the local real estate and construction markets are doing what they can to adapt to changing conditions as best they can. Motivated buyers are still pounding the pavement to get good deals, and many agents and builders are still showing homes and apartments, albeit by appointment only for now.

Likewise, some buyers are avoiding the concept of “social distancing” to potentially find better deals while many are holed up in their homes in self-imposed quarantine. However, reports indicate that builders are not currently considering price drops, seeing this as a temporary situation that will eventually right itself.

In addition, due to the housing demand in Las Vegas – and the fact that the virus will eventually blow over with life returning to normal, although unknown how long that will take – people are still researching homes via the internet, with some even buying homes without even visiting them in-person, instead going by photo galleries and video tours.

January and February of 2020 both saw over 1,100 home sales in Las Vegas, and before the coronavirus scare March 2020 was on course to produce similar strong numbers, reports say, with 589 sales already recorded. Buyer traffic in new homes overall dropped this week to less than 4,000 people, down from 5,000 two weeks ago, reports indicate.

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 REcon Convention, Largest Real Estate Show in the Nation, Suspended Due to Coronavirus

LAS VEGAS, NV – Owing to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the United States – and globally – the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced last week that they would be suspending the annual REcon convention – the largest Real Estate-based event in the nation – that was due to be held in Las Vegas in late May.
In addition, ICSC announced that they would be suspending all other organization events planned through June 30.

Recon normally attracts tens of thousands of attendees to Las Vegas ever year; the 2019 event boasted over 36,000 attendees, according to ICSC. However, ICSC representatives were quick to point out that this was a “postponement” and not an outright cancellation of the event; a memo issued by ICSC noted that they are already in the process of evaluating alternate venues and dates for the 2020 Recon, giving hope to the fact that it will still take place later in the year.

Recon, the largest real estate show in the country, offers a variety of programming and events for attendees, ranging from retail deal making, networking, information, seminars, and more. In addition, guests will often partake in extracurricular events as well as the night life that Vegas offers during the off-hours, feeding into and benefiting the local economy.

A number of conferences and industry events have been postponed or outright cancelled, both in Las Vegas and across the country, as measures have been taken to slow and contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, while such measures will likely contain the outbreak and prevent long-term economic damage, the fact is that there will absolutely be – at the very least – very real and significant effects in the here and now to the industries – such as hotels, caterers, entertainment, and more – that depend on these events for their very livelihoods.

Currently, the number of events in Las Vegas that have been cancelled due to coronavirus are approximately 30.

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.

Coronavirus Serving as Stumbling Block to Rising Las Vegas Economy

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, the skyrocketing economy that Las Vegas has been enjoying since miraculously recovering from the mid-2000’s recession has hit a bit of a stumbling block in the form of the infamous coronavirus outbreak. Tourism had increased, multi-million dollar construction projects and development deals were constantly springing up, unemployment was dropping, and the real estate industry was enjoying a huge surge not seen since before the burst of the housing bubble. But in the wake of the coronavirus, business are shutting their doors – both in Vegas and nationwide – and the economy of Southern Nevada is starting to feel the pinch.

Casions and resorts are starting to see decreased demand as tourism drops amid airline flight restrictions and overall travel fears, and employment cuts are expected to take place in a variety of industries. This holds especially true in the hospitality industry, the very lifeblood of Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International is expected to begin layoffs starting next week, and according to reports it could amount to as many as 150 employees. MGM is one of the largest employers in Nevada.

In a city where tourism is king and people come in droves to be entertained in crowded casinos and event venues, the coronavirus is not an ideal situation, although it will take some time to ascertain the full extent of its impact on the local economy. It’s possible that the measures being taken now to limit exposure via social activity will prevent long-term economic damage and minimize the job, revenue and development project losses.

The degree to which tourism is important to the economic well-being of Las Vegas cannot be overstated, and the coronavirus is sure to have a trickle-down effect to almost every industry in the city. According to reports, tourists poured $35 billion in Southern Nevada in 2017, through which over 234,000 tourism jobs were supported. Currently, construction jobs are not being majorly affected, although some contractors have reported delayed shipment of materials needed for their projects when coming from China and Italy, areas of the globe where the coronavirus has hit the hardest.

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.

Full Circle: After 13+ Years Home Prices in Las Vegas Surpass Pre-Recession Levels

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, home prices in Las Vegas, already in a constant state of increase, have finally managed to surpass pre-recession housing bubble-era prices after over 13 years of recovery, when not adjusted for inflation.

The median sales price of a single-family home set a record last month when it hit an all-time peak of $316,000, $1,000 more than the previous all-time record established in 2006, before the burst of the housing bubble lead to a deep recession that almost decimated the housing market in Southern Nevada for over a decade.

That amount, however, still manages to lag behind pre-recession peak prices when inflation is taken into account, reports say, which shows how pricey property had gotten in the region before the economy went south. When adjusted for inflation in 2020 dollars, the 2006 peak price would translate to approximately $400,500, which represents an additional $84,500 above today’s market.

Median home prices in Las Vegas have increased 6.7 percent from the same period one year earlier. In addition, February 2020 was an especially busy month for sales, with 2,471 houses sold, with represents an increase of 25.7 percent from February 2019. This represents good news for the market, as sales had previously leveled off in the region due to concerns regarding affordability began affecting the market overall.

Despite the fact that home prices still lag behind their pre-recession peak when inflation is taken into account, this new financial milestone is important given the fact that the recovery of the Las Vegas real estate market in particular lagged behind much of the rest of the United States after it began to recover from the recession.

Essentially, the real estate market in Las Vegas has finally come “full circle” and, given its continued positive momentum, it may only be a matter of time before more records are set.

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.

Multiple New Construction Projects to Revitalize Southwest Las Vegas, Including “The Bend” Shopping Center

LAS VEGAS, NV – In southwest Las Vegas, newly-announced construction projects are set to revitalize the region after seeing it in a state of decline for a number of years. Set along the 215 Beltway, a number of new developments are springing up, and locals are reportedly glad to see the positive impact it’s set to have on the area.

For example, in the vicinity of S. Durango Drive and W. Sunset Road there’s a new major shopping center in the works called The Bend, which is slated to host a number of new businesses, including dine-in movie theaters, retail establishments, and several different types of restaurants. The shopping center will come in at 170,000 square feet, will feature 725 parking spaces, and will be the largest development for dining and entertainment in the area.

According to The Bend’s website, ten tenants have been signed to date, with more on the way. The website notes that The Bend “will be the largest dining, entertainment and shopping destination in the Southwest area of the valley.” Since it was announced, The Bend has signed the first new Galaxy Theater Luxury in Southern Nevada, in addition to many dining establishments, including Lotus of Siam, Freed’s Dessert Shop, The Great Greek, Aces & Ales Brewery and more.

Currently there is no projected completion date for the construction of the Bend provided by the company that is working on it, but work seems to be progressing smoothly according to reports. In addition, there are several industrial projects in the works in the southwest valley, with a number of businesses of varying types set to make their presence felt in the coming months.

Residents that were interviewed have expressed support for the work going on in the area, with many saying that it would contribute to boosting the local economy, which was hit especially hard in the region during the recession; in turn, these improvements would likely attract other businesses and homeowners and help to raise home value, sparking further investment and improving life for the community overall.

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.

“Leasebacks” Playing Increasingly Larger Role in Las Vegas Real Estate Scene

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice facility – which is still currently under construction – was sold by team officials last week for the hefty sum of $191 million. But where will the Raiders practice then, you might ask? Why at that very same facility, since right after the sale Raiders officials leased the facility right back, a growing and popular trend in Las Vegas real estate known as a “leaseback.”

A form of flipping – buying a property, building upon it or renovating existing structures, and then selling it for a profit – the leaseback takes the concept to the next level by having property owners sell a building, only to rent it right back for whatever use they may need it for. The practice has generated billions of dollars in revenue in Vegas in recent months, and apparently the Raiders are the latest entity to get in on the action… and they’re not even officially residents of the city yet.

The Raiders sold their Henderson-based headquarters and practice center – which is still being built – to Mesirow Financial of Chicago in February 21, and then immediately entered into a lease agreement with Mesirow for 29 years, with the option of extending that lease for a total of 70 years, divided up into seven separate ten-year options, according to Clark County records.

The rent the Raiders will be paying to Mesirow is not currently known.

Leasebacks are common occurrences in many industries in Las Vegas, including fitness centers, fast-foot restaurants, and casino hotels; the advantages are many, including a large influx of cash up-front to the seller and the opportunity to establish a lock in long-term lease. For the buyer, the advantage is that they have an instant renter for their property, as opposed to acquiring it and then having it sit vacant – and not generating a dime in revenue – while they search for a tenant. However, leasebacks have their potential pitfalls as well, especially if the seller has financial issues or closes their doors for business; but regardless, leasebacks are growing in popularity in Vegas, as the benefits often far outweigh any potential issues that might come down the line.

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.