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Housing Market in Las Vegas Stands to Improve as Mortgage Rates Fall Below 5 Percent

LAS VEGAS, NV – While the ongoing inflation crisis in the United States, coupled with rapidly-rising interest rates on mortgages, have resulted in the once white-hot housing market significantly cooling in recent months, a ray of sunshine has poked through the clouds as home loan interest rates dropped below 5 percent for the first time in months, providing hope that the market may rebound some for sellers in the near future.

For the past year, home prices and demand in Southern Nevada have surged, breaking records on a monthly basis; however, as inflation has gradually increased along with mortgage rates, the market in Las Vegas has shown some distinct signs of slowing down. But according to this week’s announcement by mortgage buyer Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage dropped to 4.99 percent, a noticeable reduction from last week’s 5.3 percent.

Interest rates on mortgages have not fallen below 5 percent since April, but while this week’s number is just barely below that level, it has given experts hope that the marketplace is beginning to stabilize to a degree where both buyers and sellers can each find their respective advantages.

Nonetheless, even with this week’s drop, interest rates on mortgages are still much higher than last year’s historically low numbers, and it’s certainly not a sign that cheap money will be on the table once again for those looking to buy a home. But amid slowing sales in Vegas – and growing inventory as a result – continued drops in interest for home loans could once again drive sales, experts say.

However, for the time being, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater noted that sellers shouldn’t get their hopes up too much, as loan rates will most likely “remain variable” due to the nature of the nation’s current economic turmoil.

Currently, 2,670 single-family homes were sold in Las Vegas in June, representing an 8 percent drop from the month before and a 25 percent drop year-over-year. The June median sales price was $480,000, a decrease of 0.4 percent from May, and the first time home prices in Southern Nevada have decreased – as opposed to increased – in over two years.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Residential Real Estate Showing Signs of Cooling Faster Than Other Markets

LAS VEGAS, NV – The housing market in Las Vegas, after spending a considerable amount of time on fire, is now not only showing initial signs of cooling, but doing so at a rate that appears to be faster than some other major metropolitan marketplaces in the United States.

Reports indicate that the number of homes in the Southern Nevada region that are being sold are decreasing, and despite the fact that sellers are cutting prices of their homes for sale in an attempt to entice more buyers, the amount of available inventory is starting to increase steadily.

In this, Las Vegas is not alone; after the national real estate market skyrocketed during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – with home prices soaring amid fierce competition between buyers, who would regularly drive up prices further by consistently outbidding each other – the country has finally appeared to have reached its breaking point.

High prices, low inventory, and climbing interest rates on home mortgages have finally put many off of searching for a home, with buyers now appearing to be taking a “wait and see” approach as far as what the marketplace’s future holds.

However, Las Vegas seems to be feeling this phenomenon more acutely than many other metro areas in the nation in several key ways; while the overall market in Vegas nonetheless remains competitive, the cracks are showing. For example, in June over 27 percent of pending home sales in Las Vegas failed to go through; while the market is experiencing similar issues from coast-to-coast, the Vegas numbers represent the highest home sale cancellation rate in the country currently.

In addition, 20.3 percent of the homes on sale in Vegas in June had experienced a discount – the fourth-highest number in the country – and inventory increased 22.2 percent month-over-month, the highest increase in the U.S.

This follows one of the hottest stretches of real estate activity in Las Vegas perhaps ever, with home prices and sales consistently breaking records month-after-month, due in-part to record-low interest rates on home loans that allowed buyers to get the most for their money.

But this drop-off in sales in Las Vegas hardly is a death knell; in fact, the overall market in Southern Nevada still remains quite healthy, and mortgage rates – while higher than they were just last year – have dropped off slightly as of late, which could serve to spark a home sales frenzy once again, experts 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.

5198 SCENIC RIDGE DRIVE, LAS VEGAS

Spanish Hills Mansion Offering Views of Entire Las Vegas Valley Listed for $8.9 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Spanish Hills “ultra-contemporary” mansion that purportedly offers breathtaking views of the entirety of the Las Vegas Valley has been listed on the open market for $8.9 million.

Located at 5198 Scenic Ridge Drive, the 9,084 square-foot residence – according to Jim Ross, owner of Unique Custom Homes, whose company built the house – is an entirely unique property that has the best views in all of Southern Nevada.

“This property has one of the best views in Las Vegas,” he said. “I wanted to capture those views from every room.”

The mansion began construction in 2017 as a “spec home” and was completed one year later. According to Ross, the residence offers six bedrooms – with two of them being primary suites – along with cutting-edge design techniques that emphasize “clean horizontal lines,” a warm, neutral color palette, distinctive detailing, and eye-catching curb appeal.

5198 SCENIC RIDGE DRIVE, LAS VEGAS – $8,900,000.00

The home’s design showcases “seamless indoor-outdoor living,” with a spacious great room with 12-foot ceilings leading to a formal dining area, gourmet kitchen, and an exterior deck that has retracting glass walls that blur the line between the indoors and outdoors.

There is also a vast wine cellar; a resort-style exterior with a pool with fire edge, covered patio, barbecue area, elevated spa and an outdoor gazebo; oversized four-car garage that can accommodate the installation of vehicle lifts to expand its capacity; and, of course, access to the Spanish Hills’ guard-gated community’s many amenities, including parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center and clubhouse.

“The beauty of buying in Spanish Hills is it’s a hidden gem,” listing agent Ivan Sher said. “Whoever buys this not only gets these incredible views, amenities and fully built-out neighborhood but you’re getting it at a price you couldn’t get anywhere else.”

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 Droughts Cause Water Authority to Vote to Limit New Residential Pool Sizes

Las Vegas Droughts Cause Water Authority to Vote to Limit New Residential Pool Sizes

LAS VEGAS, NV – Citing ongoing droughts in the region, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) board of directors last Thursday voted 7-0 to support a proposal that, if passed, would limit the construction of new residential pools to 600 square feet; this supports a similar recommendation recently made by the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

Despite opposition from local businesses and homeowners, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones noted that the water situation in Southern Nevada is reaching a critical juncture at the moment, necessitating the move to limit new pool sizes.

 “We’re in a water crisis,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of nonfunctional pools right now.”

The Las Vegas Valley Water District had previously voted last Tuesday to approve a service rule change – including the ability to enforce it – that would limit new pools to 600 square feet; this would affect any projects where the construction permits were obtained after September 1, 2022.

But while the SNWA voted to approve a similar measure last Thursday, the agency currently lacks the ability to enforce its ruling; it is merely a show of support for the Las Vegas Valley Water District’s new initiative.

Other municipalities in Southern Nevada are set to vote upon similar measures in the coming months in response to water shortages, including Boulder City in August and North Las Vegas and Henderson in September.

However, stakeholder groups have been critical of the process to establish the new limits on pool construction size; despite the SNWA inviting over 100 pool developers to meetings in March and June, Terence Thornton – project manager at Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc. – said that many have stated they felt “shut out” of the process.

“We reached out to SNWA staff and were granted a Zoom meeting,” he said. “During that meeting, we were told that a 600 square-foot size limitation was pretty much a done deal.”

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Lake Tahoe Nevada

Lavish 16,000+ Square-Foot Lake Tahoe Estate Hits Market for Whopping $64.5 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – Crystal Pointe Estate – a massive, lavish abode overlooking Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay – has been listed on the Nevada real estate marketplace, with the sellers hoping to fetch a massive payday of $64.5 million when or if it sells.

Crystal Pointe Estate, located at 300 Highway 28 in Crystal Bay, is an astounding feat of architecture. The home is a custom, private-gated estate consisting of a huge, 16,232 square-foot main residence, adjoining guest wing, detached garage pavilion and a 3,600 square-foot beach house, all interconnected by two hillside funicular trams enclosed in glass.

The asking price, if met, is record-breaking for the region; the previous record-holder is $56 million for the purchase of the Whittell Estate – including the historic Thunderbird Lodge – that took place back in 1998 by the Del Webb Corporation.

Crystal Pointe Estate was originally the brainchild of Stuart and Geri Yount, a couple who painstakingly designed every aspect of it from the ground-up. After buying the property it stands upon in 1994, the development of the main residence alone took five years; due to permit issues, the beach house took an additional 10 years to finish, having been completed in 2016.

The estate is comprised of 5.1 private acres that includes 525 feet of lakefront with a terraced beach, four buoys and a pier. The house itself has eight bedrooms, 12 baths, formal dining and living rooms, 13 fireplaces, a primary bedroom office with leather door inlays and a Brazilian mahogany library, an old English pub-inspired billiards room with bar, 1,687-bottle wine cellar, game room, movie theater, and caretaker’s apartment.

The home also features floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed fireplaces, wood vaulted ceilings, grand wood pillars and custom lighting. Throughout the estate intricate detail abounds and no two rooms look the same, with Geri Yount stating that when designing the home, “We went room by room and I insisted nothing be the same anywhere. Everything in the house is unique to its own space.”

Upon completion of the home, the couple resided there for the 24 years, only recently deciding to put it up for sale in order to move to be closer to their grandchildren.

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.

Jerry Lewis

Home of Late Comedian Jerry Lewis to Hit Market Again, Seller Asking $2.7 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Las Vegas home of late comedian Jerry Lewis, which has changed hands several times over the years since his passing, has been listed on the real estate marketplace once again, with its current owner asking for a cool $2.7 million for the former abode of the legendary funnyman.

Lewis had resided in the home – located in Las Vegas’ swanky Scotch 80s neighborhood – for almost 35 years; upon his death in 2017, it initially had difficulty in finding a buyer before eventually being sold to Jane Popple in 2019 for $1.2 million. It was then auctioned off for the sum of $2.5 million, but when the bid fell through, it was listed on the open market for $1.8 million.

Thereafter, the property, 1701 Waldman Ave, Las Vegas, was sold to Iddo Gavish of Century 21 Gavish Real Estate for approximately $1.4 million.

Gavish had spruced up the property before putting it up for sale, modernizing the home – while not taking away from the home’s nostalgia or history, he said – with several large-scale updates due to its need for “rehab and renovation.” The work included a renovation of the landscaping, gates, pool, master bathroom and kitchen.

The home, coming in at 7,230 square-feet and offering an impressive six bedrooms and six bathrooms, will officially be listed on the market this week for $2.7 million

Gavish also noted that he wanted to pay homage to Lewis’ legacy – especially due to his history as a long-time advocate of the Muscular Dystrophy Association with his famous “Jerry’s Kids” fundraisers – by hosting several charity events sponsored by his agency, with the proceeds going to the organization that Lewis represented for so many years.

The main fundraiser will take the form of a “socialthon” – the date of which will be announced – will run on multiple social media platforms, during which supporters can make online donations.

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

Las Vegas Valley’s Tight Real Estate Inventory Finally Seeing Small Increases

LAS VEGAS, NV – After months and months of an infamously tight inventory driving up prices in the ultra-competitive Las Vegas residential real estate marketplace, that slim inventory is finally showing some signs of growing due to a number of contributing factors, including rising interest rates on home mortgages cooling the market somewhat for the time being.

Previously, Las Vegas has been inundated with constant bidding wars between homebuyers, with some even being willing to purchase a property sight unseen in order to get an edge; low inventory, combined with historically-low interest rates on home loans, were seen as the main driving factors of the home buying frenzy.

However – due to rate increases on the part of the Federal Reserve to combat skyrocketing national inflation – the interest rate on a standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is currently hovering near the 6 percent mark; this is a big increase compared to the same point in time one year prior, when rates averaged just 2.93 percent.

According to Jennifer Graff, founder of New Home Experts Las Vegas with Coldwell Banker, now that money is growing more expensive to borrow, it’s little surprise that the demand for housing is starting to show signs of dropping, leading to increases in overall home inventory in Vegas.

“About $480,000 right now is essentially the median home price for here in Las Vegas,” Graff said. “So when you take into account, when we talked back in January, to when we’re speaking today…that payment for your average conventional loan is up almost $1,000 for that $480,000 home.”

Experts say that at the tail end of 2021, a monthly mortgage payment of $2,500 could get you a home worth $517,000; however, with interest rates currently being what they are, that same monthly payment could only get you a home valued at $400,000.

However, Graff noted that Las Vegas will always remain a hot real estate market, and she expects that the current economic woes facing the nation will do little more in Southern Nevada than stabilize the market.

“We have about 5,600 homes on the market right now,” she said. “That is almost double from last year.”

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.

Nevada HAND Breaks Ground on Largest Multi-Family Apartment Community, Decatur Commons

Two New Affordable Housing Complexes Set to Open Amid Skyrocketing Las Vegas Rents

LAS VEGAS, NV – Amid skyrocketing rents in Las Vegas driving very real cost-of-living concerns, two new affordable housing apartment complexes – both being constructed by the same developer – are set to open soon, allowing families and individuals on a budget a way to put a roof over their heads.

Decatur Commons Family and Decatur Commons Senior – neighboring buildings located at Decatur Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95 near Meadows Mall that are being developed by Nevada HAND will offer 480 residential units between them both when the $110 million project is completed.

Nevada HAND President and CEO Audra Hamernik noted on Friday that development on both apartment complexes will be finished by August; tenants have already started to rent and move into units in February, she said.

Las Vegas has a very real need for more affordable housing options for its residents; high demand, limited inventory, and rapidly-rising prices have created a serious issue for many families looking for a place to live that fits within their budgets, already stretched thin by record-breaking national inflation. However, Hamernik said the company is doing whatever it can to cater to families priced out of the typical Vegas real estate market.

Currently, the average rent for a home in the region was $1,847 in May, representing a 18.8 percent increase from the same period of time one year prior; however, as per Hamernik, the average rent of a unit in one of Nevada HAND’s properties is just $733 per month.

Hamernik said that Nevada HAND receives constant contact from Las Vegas residents looking for affordable housing options; the company currently has a portfolio in the city spanning 4,700 units, but vacancies are rare due to the highly-competitive pricing.

“The demand is just outpacing our supply,” she said.

For more information on the coming Decatur Commons Family and Decatur Commons Senior communities visit https://www.nevadahand.org or call them at (702) 739-3345.

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.

Dream Las Vegas Luxury Hotel

$550 Million “Dream Las Vegas” Luxury Hotel and Casino Breaks Ground for 2024 Opening

LAS VEGAS, NV – Ground was officially broken last Friday on Dream Las Vegas, a swanky new $550 million luxury hotel and casino complex situated upon the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip that is slated to open its doors for business in 2024.

Originally announced in February of 2020, Southern California firms Shopoff Realty Investments and Contour will now begin development in earnest on the 20-story establishment which, when completed, will encompass 531 guestrooms and suites. There will also be numerous amenities for guests, such as a third-level pool deck, a bar and lounge concept on the gaming floor, restaurants, nightlife options, meeting and event space, and more.

The hotel is being built upon a vacant 5.25-acre plot of land located at 5051 South Las Vegas Boulevard that Shopoff and Contour originally purchased for $21 million from Fort Lauderdale-based real estate firm Lily Funds; the property sale closed on February 14, 2020.

However, construction on the project was initially delayed for undisclosed reasons – but presumably due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic – based on a quote from Shopoff Realty Investments’ President and CEO William Shopoff when the project was first announced.

“We anticipate breaking ground late this year, probably more likely early next year,” he said back in 2020.

The hotel will be managed by New York-based Dream Hotel Group, according to Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein, and said that Dream would present a unique destination for inhabitants and visitors to Las Vegas when it opens in 2024.

“When open, Dream Las Vegas will be unlike anything else currently available on the Las Vegas Strip, offering a new go-to destination for locals and out-of-town pleasure seekers alike,” he said.

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.

Housing Market

Record Streak Broken: Las Vegas Home Prices Drop for First Month Since April of 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – After a long period of time that saw Las Vegas home prices continuously increase and break records month-after-month, the inevitable has finally taken place: according to a report released Wednesday by Las Vegas Realtors (LVR), local home prices dropped for the first time in over two years, an occurrence that experts say is proof that the market in Southern Nevada is finally beginning to stabilize.

The median price of existing single-family homes sold in Las Vegas in June dropped to $480,000, down from the all-time record-setting amount of $482,000 that was set in May; this represents the first time prices of homes in the region lowered from one month to the next – as opposed to increasing – since April 2020.

Despite this news, the June median home price is still a whopping 21.5 percent higher than it was in June 2021, when that amount was $395,000.

The median price of condominiums and townhouses has also experienced a slight dip in price in June, lowering 1.8 percent from May’s all-time high of $285,000 to $280,000. However, that new median price is still 29.6 percent higher than what condos and townhouses were fetching in June 2021, when they were going for $216,000.

LVR President Brandon Roberts noted that real estate prices in Vegas have bounced back a great deal since hitting their record low in January 2012, when the recession drove down the median home value to a rock-bottom $118,000.

However, Roberts noted that the end of the streak of price increases – at least for now – indicates that the high-competitive Southern Nevada housing market is finally showing signs of stabilizing and becoming more buyer-friendly.

“Rising mortgage interest rates sparked a slowdown that was bound to happen at some point,” he said. “Local home prices can’t keep going up at the rate they have been the past few years. More stable prices, along with the increasing number of homes on the market and decreasing number of homes being sold, are providing some relief for potential buyers.”

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.

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates Unexpectedly Drop, Giving Prospective Homebuyers Some New Leverage

LAS VEGAS, NV – Experts are reporting this week that mortgage rates – which have been skyrocketing since the new year after hitting historic lows during the COVID-19 pandemic – have unexpectedly dropped, giving beleaguered prospective homebuyers a modicum of leverage but also signaling potential bad news for state of the U.S. economy.

The average rate of a 30-year fixed mortgage, which was 5.81 percent one week ago, dropped this week to 5.70 percent. While that decrease will give some homebuyers some breathing room in terms of interest on a home loan, it also signals just how much rates have climbed, since at the same point in time one year ago, that rate was a mere 2.98 percent.

Nonetheless, according to Freddie Mac’s chief economist Sam Khater, this is a sign that the housing market – long thought to be heading in an unsustainable direction – may finally be starting to stabilize in the face of an ongoing national surge in inflation, which is straining the finances of most buyers. However, Khater noted, it could also be a grim sign that the country may also be on the verge of a recession.

“The rapid rise in mortgage rates has finally paused, largely due to the countervailing forces of high inflation and the increasing possibility of an economic recession,” he said. “This pause in rate activity should help the housing market rebalance from the breakneck growth of a seller’s market to a more normal pace of home price appreciation.”

But in the meantime, the lowering rates – combined with a cooling market may give buyers the upper hand, at least in the short-term, according to real estate agent Lilly Rockwell.

“It’s fabulous. Finally. Tons of choices, very little competition,” she said. “It’s crazy how quickly the tables have turned!”

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.

Silverado Square

Las Vegas Retail Center Silverado Square Sells for a Reported $24.4 Million to Chicago Landlord

LAS VEGAS, NV – Silverado Square, a 48,500 square-foot retail shopping center in Southern Nevada, has been sold to a major Chicago-based landlord for the sum of $24.4 million.

Silverado Square, originally developed by Scott Godino, has been purchased by Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust as confirmed by the company’s spokesperson, with the sale having closed on June 1, according to Clark County property records.

The shopping center – which is almost fully occupied with tenants – located in the southern Las Vegas Valley at Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Maryland Parkway, is adjacent to an intersection with several other retail outlets, including two that have major supermarkets – an Albertsons and a Smith’s – as anchor stores.

Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust currently possesses 120 properties across 27 states, which totals over 17.4 million square feet of commercial real estate and approximately 9,700 residential units. The company already owns other commercial properties in Las Vegas, including a northwest valley-based, 190,000 square-foot strip mall purchased in 2017 for $63.5 million.

Shopping centers in Vegas have been a hot commodity amongst investors in recent years, with 18 being purchased in the first quarter of 2022 alone, compared to the 37 that were purchased throughout the entirety of 2021.

It remains to be seen if this high purchase rate endures until the end of the year, however, as rising interest rates on loans are resulting in higher borrowing costs, this could curtail continued investment in commercial real estate, both in Las Vegas and throughout the United States as a whole.

However, reports indicate that rising interest rates could give investors willing to pay cash for their real estate transactions a distinct advantage going forward, given that there will be less competition overall; it remains to be seen how the current economic climate will play out through the remainder of the year.

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.