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Las Vegas Homes Continue to Sell at Lightning Pace; Overall Total Sales Begin to Stabilize

LAS VEGAS, NV – The house selling boom that’s taken the nation – and particularly Las Vegas – in its iron grip since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun easing off has finally begun to show some early signs of stabilizing and cooling down, despite the fact that many new homes introduced to the market are still being snatched up at an incredibly quick pace, reports say.

In Southern Nevada, sales of homes have started to drop ever so slightly over the course of the past few months and the number of available homes on the market has started to build; however, this doesn’t mean that the Las Vegas real estate scene has hit a plateau at all, since the houses that are being sold are still being gobbled up lightning fast.

Reports indicate that approximately 87 percent of previously owned single-family homes that were sold in the month of May had only been listed on the open market for 30 days or less; this represents a significant increase from the sales figures from January, when that number was at 64 percent.

Las Vegas’ real estate market has continued to grow over the past few months, as shown by fast sales and quickly escalating prices, spurred on by low mortgage rates that allow buyers to get more for their money. Regardless, the competition has been fierce, to the point that simply offering the initial asking price on a home is no longer a viable option; typically, the successful buys as of late have paid more.

However, experts are having trouble predicting where Las Vegas’ housing market will ultimately end up as the pandemic slowly comes to an end and the city’s tourism industry finally begins to heat up once again.

Despite the market showing signs of becoming more stable after skyrocketing for months, it nonetheless is still breaking records; the median sale price of a single-family home in May broke the all-time record at $385,000, and the overall inventory of available houses – despite increasing recently – is still low, with the end of May seeing only 2,031 homes for sale without offers.

So while there are a slightly smaller amount of people buying homes at the moment, those that are doing so are still grabbing them at a frantic rate.

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.

Vegas Modern 001

“Vegas Modern 001” $25 Million Deal Sets Record for Highest Priced Home Sale in Las Vegas History

LAS VEGAS, NV – In a real estate marketplace such as Las Vegas that is regularly setting records as of late, it takes a whopper of a deal to stand out; one such deal has just taken place, and it has broken the all-time record for the highest-priced home sale in Southern Nevada history, according to reports.

The sale of Vegas Modern 001 – a three-story, 15,000 square-foot home in Henderson’s MacDonald Highlands community – has earned its place in the record books, reportedly going for a staggering $25 million. The brand-new home, built by luxury developer Blue Heron of Southern Nevada, was purchased by LoanDepot Founder and Chairman Anthony Hsieh.

The property was originally listed for $28 million, which was also noted at the time for being the most expensive home listing in Las Vegas history.

Intended to be an ultra-sleek, high-tech showcase with a plethora of eye-opening amenities, Vegas Modern 001 features a great room with retractable walls, an office casita, seven fire features, water on three sides and views of both the Las Vegas Strip and the Red Rock Mountains, 200 solar panels, and a “smart home” system that allows users full control over the security system, sound system, and energy management.

The home has seven bedrooms – including a primary suite with a private patio and a separate suite accessed by a glass bridge – as well as nine bathrooms and a garage with room for up to 11 cars.

The home’s chef’s kitchen is also impressive, with Wolf and Sub-Zero touchscreen appliances, a full catering kitchen, and a glass wine cellar.

Prior to the sale of Vegas Modern 001, the highest record for a home sale in Las Vegas was when illusionist David Copperfield bought a 31,000- square-foot house in Summerlin in 2016 for $17.55 million.

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

Las Vegas Real Estate Market Trends Continue – Prices Soar, Supply Lags; On Pace To Exceed Last Year’s Total

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, prices of homes in Las Vegas are continuing to soar based on continuing demand, while the supply of homes to placate the need for housing options is still falling far behind, proving the truism of the age-old adage of “supply and demand.”

The current median price of existing single-family homes in the Southern Nevada region during the month of May 2021 was reportedly $385,000; this represents an increase over the same period of time in 2020, which was $315,000.

Meanwhile, the May 2021 median price of local condominiums and townhomes came in at $205,000, which is an increase of 10.8 percent from one year prior, at which time those residences were fetching just $185,000, reports say.

While this degree of growth is a boon for the Southern Nevada real estate scene, experts are saying that continued escalation in housing costs may have the detrimental effect of pricing some first-time and entry-level buyers out of the market.

In terms of housing trends in the near-future, experts are saying that since it seems unlikely that prices will be going down in the near-future – indeed, they are expected to continue on their upward trajectory – rentals will also take an increased role in the marketplace until prices begin to stabilize.

Indeed, a six-month supply of homes in any given housing market is considered “balanced,” but May sales figures suggest that Las Vegas merely has a supply of existing homes that is considered one-month or less; however, it must be said that it has been some time since the region has possessed a legit six-month housing supply.

Reports indicate that a total of 4,100 existing local homes, condos and town homes sold during May 2021 while currently this year, local home sales are on pace to exceed last year’s total, 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.

Steffi Graf Andre Agassi

Legendary Tennis Champs Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf Put $2.4 Million Las Vegas Home on the Market

LAS VEGAS, NV – Legendary tennis champions – and husband and wife since 2001 – Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have recently put one of their several Las Vegas homes up on the market for $2.4 million, according to reports.

The athletic couple’s primary residence is a 9,000-square-foot mansion in the upscale community of Summerlin; in addition, they also own a number of other homes in the vicinity for members of their family, and one that Agassi – who grew up in Vegas – has owned for a number of decades, is also up for sale.

The home Agassi is selling may hold some special appeal to fans of his, or just fans of tennis in general; the two-story, 4,600 square-foot residence features a private tennis court that Agassi has previously used to train when he was a professional player. In addition, it also has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms and sits on a third-acre lot that boasts a backyard lawn, swimming pool, and spa.

4944 SPANISH HEIGHTS DRIVE, LAS VEGAS – $2,390,000.00

Originally constructed in 1993, the Mediterranean-style home has numerous amenities, including a glass, two-sided fireplace that divides the living room from the dining room, a beverage bar a second-floor balcony that overlooks the pool and tennis court, with views of distant mountains.

Now retired from tennis and pursuing other business and charitable ventures, Agassi, 51, is a former world No. 1 tennis player; in singles, he is an eight-time Grand Slam champion and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, as well as a runner-up in seven other Grand Slam tournaments.

He is the founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which has raised over $60 million for at-risk children in Southern Nevada. In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children.

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. File photo: Everett Collection, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

685 DRAGON PEAK DRIVE, HENDERSON

Futuristic, Cutting-Edge Property Could be Henderson’s Most Expensive Listing Ever at $28 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, a futuristic new mansion boasting numerous cutting-edge amenities has just hit the Henderson, Nevada marketplace, and if it sells for anywhere near its asking price, it could go down as the most expensive residence sold in the region.

The new listing, dubbed “Vegas Modern 001,” is currently going for $28 million, and offers a plethora of crazy features, such as a great room with retractable walls, an office casita, seven fire features, water on three sides and views of both the Las Vegas Strip and the Red Rock Mountains, 200 solar panels, and a high-tech “smart home” system that allows users full control over the security system, sound system, and energy management.

FOR SALE: 685 DRAGON PEAK DRIVE, HENDERSON – $28,000,000.00

The home’s chef’s kitchen is no less jaw-dropping, with Wolf and Sub-Zero touchscreen appliances, a full catering kitchen, and a glass wine cellar.

The realtor handling the listing notes that Vegas Modern 001 is beautiful, forward-thinking, and unique, and serves as “a showcase for the way people are going to be living in the future.”

Vegas Modern 001’s vast 15,000 square-feet of space offers enough real estate for up to seven bedrooms – including a primary suite with a private patio and a separate suite accessed by a glass bridge – as well as nine bathrooms and a garage with room for up to 11 cars. The home was designed by Southern Nevada architecture firm Blue Heron; Tyler Jones, the founder and owner of the firm that said their approach to this project was inspired by, “capturing the energy of our city, where we were born. It’s meant to connect with people about the current modern lifestyle for Las Vegas.”

As stated above, if Vegas Modern 001 sells for anywhere near its asking price, it will become the most expensive sale in the area, breaking the previous record-holder, a 12,940-square-foot penthouse near the Las Vegas Strip that sold for $16.25 million just last week.

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.

Becoming a Tenant for the First Time: Tips for Tenants

Tips For Tenants: Becoming A Tenant For The First Time

LAS VEGAS, NV – Finally moving out of your parent’s place into the big bad world? Naturally, you’ll have more responsibility, and will have to look out for yourself more. You’ll need to learn about things like paying bills you’re not used to paying for, and that you should always read any paperwork you’re given before signing it. 

Being smart with your money, budgeting wisely and not spending more on your rent than you realistically can are great ways to start strong in solo life. It’s also important to stay away from scams and frauds. Never pay for an apartment you haven’t had a chance to tour, and always be careful about who you’re doing business with. 

If all these tips are confusing you and you’re not really sure what to do, don’t worry. Here are some of our top tips for renting your first apartment. 

Know Who You’re Dealing With 

Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of scammers and criminals in the real estate world, and you don’t need anything much except for money to be a landlord. That said, it might not always be safe to trust landlords to be who they say they are, or even about the history of the property. 

If you’re renting a place with someone you don’t know well, get in touch with a provider of landlord background check or any similar service so you can verify the authenticity of your future landlord’s claims and find out if there’s anything fishy going on with the property. 

Don’t Pay Too Much Rent 

Obviously, you don’t want to rent a property for above market value, but you also don’t want to rent one that’s nicer or more expensive than you can afford. Ideally you shouldn’t be spending any more than 30% of your gross income on rent, and be smart about your savings

Be careful about how much you’re paying and if utilities are included in the package or not. Sometimes bills like water and electricity come out of your rent payments, and other times they don’t. It can even be possible that you need to pay some of the utilities and bills yourself because they’re not included in a “utilities included” rent package. 

Consider the Parking Situation 

Parking spaces aren’t always ideal in all places, and if you’re getting a cheaper than usual deal for an apartment it may be because it comes with some hidden cons. Check if any parking space is available nearby, and if the parking lots are safe. The last thing you want is to get mugged or attacked while you’re getting out of your car and heading for your home. 

Make Friends with Your Neighbors 

Your neighbors and the people who are living in the area are by far your most trusted source of information on what it’s like to live in the area, you also need to know who you’ll be living around to make sure there won’t be any problems – particularly if you belong to a marginalized community. 

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.

Gene Simmons buys Henderson home

KISS Rocker Gene Simmons Purchases Henderson Home, Adjacent Land for Nearly $11 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, KISS rock star Gene Simmons has splashed out for a lavish home in the Las Vegas Henderson hills master-planned community of Ascaya – in addition to a large plot of land next to it for privacy and potential future expansion – land he purchased for a whopping tune of $10.8 million.

The home – a two-story, six-bedroom residence that covers an impressive 10,871 square feet – was sold to Simmons for $8.2 million, with the rocker – also known as “The Demon” – also purchasing the adjacent .48-acre parcel of land for $2.6 million, which had been bought by the previous owners for a comparatively meager sum of $700,000, reports say.

Simmons, who had indicated through media contact a reluctance to comment on his purchases at this time, had previously been looking at properties in The Ridges in Summerlin and MacDonald Highlands in Henderson, according to records.

The property had been described at a ”distinctively modern estate in Ascaya offers a unique opportunity to live in a piece of art that has no equal in the Las Vegas Valley.”

According to Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the home has more than 11,000 square feet of living space and “residence blends indoor and outdoor appeal into a seamless whole that is not only exciting, but masterfully executed. Enter the home via a floating pathway over a sculptural koi pond. Highlighted by glass walls and soaring geometrical spaces, the transitions between indoor and outdoor space are blurred by disappearing glass walls throughout.”

In addition, county records show the property has six bedrooms, six full baths, two half-baths, a pool, 3,963 square feet on the first floor, 3,882 on the second floor, a finished basement of 3,026 square feet and basement garage of 2,284 square feet.

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.

Luxury homes

2021 Could See Major Las Vegas Real Estate Milestone: Highest Price Ever Paid for a Home?

LAS VEGAS, NV – Reports indicate that, given the ongoing boom in terms of the sale of ultra-luxury homes in the Las Vegas Valley in recent months, the very real possibility is looming that 2021 could see an especially impressive milestone reached in terms of real estate – the highest price ever paid for a home in the region.

In 2020, the number of homes sold for over $1 million – numbered at 856 – saw a 60 percent increase over the year prior for a whopping total of $1.68 billion, and all despite the economic ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports say that this trend has continued into 2021 and doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing down; between January and April, 524 homes valued at $1 million or more have already been sold, and with the pandemic in its waning stages as vaccines continue to be distributed at a record pace, it’s safe to say that this year could very well be on its way to exceeding already-impressive 2020’s sales.

In April 2021 alone, 162 $1 million or higher homes were sold, which makes it the second-highest month ever, behind only the 170 $1 million-plus homes sold the month before. In addition, there are currently 257 pending luxury sales, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Luxury homes have been selling like hotcakes in the Southern Nevada region since nationwide lockdown orders created a new work-at-home phenomenon in the United States, with residents from many neighboring states choosing to relocate to Nevada; not only upgrade their homes, but also to escape highly-taxed states such as California for a lower cost of living.

As a result of demand, the cost of luxury housing in Las Vegas has been skyrocketing, leading to a climate where uber-luxury homes – ones valued at $4 million or more – are also selling almost as quickly as they are listed on the market.

For example, in 2019, there were 26 uber-luxury home sales in Vegas; by the end of 2020 that number had jumped to 53, and between January and April 2021 there have already been 43 sales of homes valued at $4 million or higher.

Clearly, 2021 could be a record-breaking year in many ways for the Las Vegas real estate industry.

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.

Mark Davis

Las Vegas Raiders Owner Mark Davis Closes on $5.3 Million Summerlin Tower Condo

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis recently closed on a new $5.3 million clubhouse tower condo in Summerlin’s Summit Club, in addition to having recently purchased property in Ascaya – located in the Henderson mountains – upon which he intends to build his primary residence, according to reports.

Obviously needing a new place to hang his hat after bringing the famed Raiders NFL team to Las Vegas, Davis’ new residence in the Summit Club is a place where numerous executives and celebrities either already own luxury custom homes or are in the process of having them constructed. The closing on his home, which took place back on March 15, is the fourth highest price paid for a home in the area in the first quarter of 2021, reports say.

Previously, Davis has purchased a 1.21-acre lot in Summit Club for $8.5 million in 2017, but instead of building a home as was his original intention, he instead sold the lot for $10.5 million in July 2020, stating at the time that he had changed his mind because – part-way through the design process – he realized he would be unable to see the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium, which was “starting to drive me crazy,” Davis said.

The lot in Ascaya – located closer to the Raiders’ Henderson headquarters is being constructed by luxury builder Blue Heron and yes, the property does indeed have a nice view of the stadium, he said.

This news come amid reports that luxury home sales and construction in the Las Vegas region is still exceeding real estate experts’ predictions, having shown very little negative impact due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, approximately one month ago a Vegas broker put a $1.8 million home on the market, and six minutes later he had a taker; another broker listed a $12.5 million home shortly afterwards, and within days she had two buyers she was actively negotiating with.

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.

House Sold

In Southern Nevada, “Full Price Now A Weak Offer” As Las Vegas Real Estate Scene Commands Top Dollar

LAS VEGAS, NV – Following a slight dip due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate scene in Las Vegas has not only recovered, but is currently in such a state that an offer for the requested price point of any given home is quickly becoming a “weak offer,” according to recent reports.

Jordan Rodriguez, 26, had placed a two-story house on the market in Las Vegas less than a month ago; he had originally purchased the home in 2016 for $293,000, and was selling it for $560,000, which was $10,000 over the asking price.

Rodriguez received multiple offers immediately, and before he knew it, the residence was under contract. And he’s not the only seller in the Southern Nevada region that’s cashing in on the recent real estate boom that’s taking place.

Sellers are regularly getting significantly more than they paid for properties just a few years ago, although some real estate experts have expressed concerns over the rapidly rising cost of homes in Las Vegas and if this level of rapid growth – despite still being significantly cheaper than the national average – will eventually result in affordability issues.

But however you look at it, the Las Vegas real estate scene is very much a seller’s market, with those looking to unload their homes being firmly in control and able to command top dollar for their investments, especially considering the fact that inventory in Las Vegas has been plunging recently while prices have reached their highest point since well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the local economy being otherwise negatively impacted by COVID, the housing market has not only survived, but rebounded more quickly than anyone expected, aided in part by cheap borrowing costs that have allowed buyers lock in lower monthly payments and get more for their dollar.

In short – nowadays in Southern Nevada, if you’re offering the asking price on a home, you’re bidding too low, according to Urban Nest Realty agent Christina Chipman.

“Now a full-price offer is a weak offer,” she 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.

Judge

Federal Judge Strikes Down CDC’s Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Saying The Agency Exceeded Its Authority; DOJ Will Appeal

LAS VEGAS, NV – On Wednesday, a federal judge overturned the COVID-19 national eviction moratorium enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was currently set to expire at the end of June, which may be the catalyst for millions of evictions across the country if the decision is allowed to stand.

Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia noted in her decision that the CDC exceeded its authority when it first enacted the eviction ban in September 2020; the ban was originally set to end at the end of January 2021, but President Joe Biden later extended it first to April, then June.

“The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not,” Judge Friedrich said in her ruling.

Upon hearing the news of decision, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will appeal Judge Friedrich’s ruling, in addition to seeking a stay of the decision; if granted, it would keep the eviction ban in effect until the issue is resolved in court.

In response to the DOJ, Judge Friedrich agreed to put a temporary hold on her ruling, but gave groups representing landlords and property owners that had challenged the eviction ban a May 12 deadline to submit legal paperwork voicing their opposition to the delay. Friedrich also gave the DOJ four days to respond to the landlord groups after they have filed their papers.

Reports indicate that 1 in 5 renters across the United States are having financial issues that affect their ability to pay their rent; however, landlords and property owners have criticized the long-term eviction ban, saying that they can’t afford to continue housing people for free.

Judge Friedrich’s ruling does not impact state or local government eviction moratoriums, including the one enacted by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, which due to expire on May 31.

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.

Apartment Complex

New Report Shows Las Vegas Apartment Demand Still Strong and Growing

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to a recently-released report from the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA), the demand in the apartment market in Las Vegas has continued to remain strong and has even shown signs of growth, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Southern Nevada economy over the course of the past year.

The NVSAA report notes that apartment rents have continued to rise while vacancy rates have continued to shrink over the past 12 months. Rent has grown by 9.3 percent in the first quarter of 2021 when compared to the same period of time one year prior. Currently, the average rent of an apartment in Southern Nevada is sitting at $1,198 per month, which represents an increase from $1,138 from the fourth quarter of 2020 and $1,096 from one year ago.

However, despite the rising rents in Las Vegas, the NVSAA report is still quick to point out that they are still lower than the national average, which is currently $1,414 per month, a 2.9 percent increase from one year earlier.

As for vacancy rates, the average vacancy during the first quarter of 2021 is 5.4 percent, which represents a decrease from 5.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2020 and 6.9 percent from one year ago.

Over the years from 2015 to 2019, Southern Nevada apartment rents increased at a regular rate until the pandemic hit last March; at that point, rents dropped significantly but – just as quickly – rebounded and have now gone beyond their pre-pandemic peak.

Another reason for the high demand is a lack of new inventory on the market; during the peak of the pandemic, new apartment development was slowed, but has since regained speed; according to the NVSAA, as of the first quarter of 2021, 3,826 Las Vegas apartment units are currently under construction.

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.