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Clark County Awards Developer $21.9 Million to Build Affordable Apartments in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Clark County Board of County Commissioners this week approved two grants totaling $21.9 million from the Clark County Community Housing Fund (CHF) to be disbursed to a developer as part of its “Welcome Home” program, which helps to provide badly-needed affordable housing projects to the Las Vegas Valley.

The grants were awarded to Ovation Development Corporation and its nonprofit partner, Coordinated Living of Southern Nevada (CLSN), who will be tasked with building two facilities that will total nearly 600 affordable apartments.

Construction is anticipated to begin on the first development at the tail end of 2025, and will take the form of a 194-unit affordable senior community located near Burner Avenue and South Las Vegas Boulevard. The second development, slated to break ground in the first half of 2026, will be located in West Henderson on a plot provided by the Bureau of Land Management, and will offer 390 units for low-income working families.

To date, the “Welcome Home” program has awarded a total of $66 million in grants, spread out amongst nine applicants, in order to fund the construction of affordable housing units throughout Clark County. In all, this will result in a grand total of 1,273 units once all work is completed.

Alan Molasky, Chairman and Founder of Ovation Development Corporation, noted that he steadfastly believes everyone is entitled to a place to hang their hat at the end of the day, and is proud that Clark County has shown confidence in his company to help address the affordable housing crisis in the Las Vegas Valley.

Every Ovation project begins with our commitment to the steadfast belief that everyone, regardless of income, deserves a quality home that helps to strengthen individuals, families and community,” Molasky said. “We are grateful for the trust put in us by Clark County, and we do not take this responsibility lightly. This trust is a testament to the incredible work of the entire Ovation/CLSN team and the positive impact we continue to make in our community in our mission to help address Southern Nevada’s critical shortage of affordable housing.”

View a complete list of Welcome Home Community Housing Fund projects.

For more information on the Welcome Home program visit: https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/residents/community_housing_fund/index.php

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.

Rent for One-Bedroom Apartment

Las Vegas Apartment Rates Rising Steadily Once Again Due to Strong Demand

LAS VEGAS, NV – New data from Redfin indicates that apartment rental rates in Las Vegas are increasing faster than the national average, a development driven both by strong demand and an overall limited amount of inventory, among other factors.

Many other cities in the Southeast and Southwest United States have seen rental rates dropping when compared to last year, with the average rate having increased 1.7 percent by the end of April and 1.1 percent year-over-year. However, Las Vegas has bucked that trend, with rates having increased 2.4 percent by the end of April and 1.7 percent year-over-year.

Furthermore, Colliers International’s recently-released first-quarter report noted that the situation in Las Vegas could get worse come 2025, as by that point the pipeline for new multifamily projects in the valley will have dried up, which in turn could lead to a significant spike in rental rates.

The forward-looking supply and demand fundamentals for multifamily continue to be strong and will get stronger through 2025-2026,” the report stated. “This is due to a strong economy and the current difficulties that persist to start new projects in this environment. Sales will continue to be slow in the foreseeable future until we can experience improvements in the capital markets. But overall, we’re very bullish on the performance of Las Vegas apartments going forward.”

1,130 new apartment units were added to the Las Vegas Valley in the first quarter of 2024, which represents an increase from the 543 units added during the same period one year prior. In addition, more apartment construction projects were recently finished in Henderson, North Las Vegas, and the southwest valley, and currently another 6,625 multifamily units are currently under development.

And finally, the Redfin report noted that another contributor to rising rental rates in Vegas are the still high level that interest rates for home mortgages currently are at.

Elevated mortgage rates are likely bolstering U.S. rental demand, and as a result, propping up prices,” the report said. “The average 30-year-fixed mortgage rate is more than double the 2.65 percent record low hit during the pandemic. Some renters are putting off their home purchasing plans because monthly payments for homebuyers are near their all-time high.”

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.

Short-Term Rental

Clark County to Ramp Up Enforcement of Unpermitted Short-Term Rentals This Memorial Day Weekend

LAS VEGAS, NV – In anticipation of increased tourism during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Clark County officials have begun to ramp up their enforcement of short-term rentals operating within their borders that are doing so without a license.

Clark County will have their STR enforcement team out combing the streets in response to community complaints; as of May 21, 2024, the team has already issued close to the same number of citations – 289 – for unpermitted short-term rentals than they did for the entirety of 2023, when that number was 348.

In addition, Airbnb have stated that they are also cracking down on rentals in the area this weekend that are potentially being booked to host large and unruly parties. Currently, the online short-term rental platform is running reservation requests through an automated process that examines all information available – the prior history of both the host and the guest, the timing of the reservation, and numerous other factors – in order to approve or deny the customer’s stay in Clark County.

A similar process that Airbnb had in place in Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend in 2023 resulted in over 1,000 applicants being turned away from renting properties through their platform.

The intense crackdown on unpermitted short-term rentals in Clark County is occurring while homeowners wishing to rent out their abodes through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo continue to wait for the ongoing application process for a license, which so far has taken nearly two years.

The delays on the part of Clark County are causing intense frustration for many, said Greater Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Association founder Jacqueline Flores, who noted many homeowners are missing out on vital income that they could otherwise be getting.

It’s very frustrating. I mean, the homeowners are outraged,” she said. “Who knows how long that’s going to take the county because we don’t know if they’re going to do these hearings daily or just on certain days of the week. Are they just going to be monthly hearings? So, we don’t know how long that process is going to take.”

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.

18b Arts District in Las Vegas

New Mixed-Use Apartment and Retail Complex Under Development in Las Vegas’ Arts District

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas’ downtown is sorely in need of new housing options for its inhabitants, and as a means to address that issue, construction is currently underway on a large, new mixed-use project in the 18b Arts District that looks to combine apartment units and retail, spread out amongst several buildings.

The project – located at 1200 S. 3rd Street, and dubbed 3rd Street Assemblage – is slated to take the form of three seven story, mid-rise apartment buildings that will offer a total of 337 units for rent, in addition to ground level retail and restaurant space totaling 8,500 square feet in size.

Along with residential and retail space, 3rd Street Assemblage, upon completion, will also offer a 353-space concrete parking structure – complete with electric vehicle charging stations – that will be available for tenant use so that they can avoid having to park their cars on the street.

The developer of the project, Southern Land Company, is also responsible for the Auric and Symphony Park II and III mixed-use projects as well.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said that the development of 3rd Street Assemblage would be an exciting boon to the city’s arts community, which she said so far has been underserved in terms of housing options.

The 18b Las Vegas Arts District continues to be an exciting area that is an inviting destination for artists, visitors and residents,” she said. “For our local arts community, the area has long been ground zero, so it’s particularly exciting to see new housing opportunities take shape for those desiring to live in the epicenter of Las Vegas’ arts community.”

At the groundbreaking for the 3rd Street Assemblage project held in March, Southern Land Company presented a $5,000 donation to the First Friday Foundation to illustrate their commitment to supporting the city’s arts district.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2025; leasing for apartments is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2025, followed by retail leasing in the third quarter of that year. For information on availability, the Southern Land Company is your best bet.

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.

Share Downtown

Two Separate Mixed-Use Apartment Complexes Pitched for Downtown Las Vegas Totaling Almost 400 Units

LAS VEGAS, NV – Two developers – Cherry Development and Schulman Properties – have pitched two separate mixed-use apartment complexes for the downtown Las Vegas area that, when completed, will produce almost 400 units in an effort to address the housing shortage in the city.

Based in Las Vegas, Cherry Development is slated to hold their official ground-breaking later in March on their delayed $27 million shareDOWNTOWN project – originally slated to open in June 2020 – which is located on 1.2 acres of city-owned land at 1100 D Street, the former location of the Greater New Jerusalem Church.

In order for the developer to keep the project costs low and, in turn, keep tenant rent at affordable levels, the city is selling the land to Cherry Development for just $6. When completed, shareDOWNTOWN – which is catering to individuals who work in Las Vegas and who wish to reside near its downtown area – will take the form of a five-story building with 104 one-bedroom apartments, each one approximately 500-square-feet in size. It will feature 20 units going for the current market rate, and 84 units with rent caps determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

shareDOWNTOWN will offer a business center, a fitness center, a community kitchen, a co-working area with private conference room and an outdoor courtyard. In addition, there will also be a retail component on the ground floor, mainly consisting of restaurants and other assorted eateries, as well as an 8,400-square-foot shop.

The other project – Schulman Properties’ six story, $115 million Ilumina Midtown, located near Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway – targets a different demographic in the city, as it will offer 275 luxury apartments ranging in size from 600 to 1,800 square feet. It will also have numerous high-end amenities for its tenants, including a 4,000 square-foot restaurant, a 40,000 square-foot health club, a gym, a pool, sports courts and a co-working area.

Ilumina Midtown is currently pending approval by the Las Vegas Planning Commission in April; if given the go-ahead, development is anticipated to begin in spring of 2025, with completion expected in either the summer or fall of 2026.

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 tiny home gets overwhelming demand from desperate renters

Tiny Home Generates Big Demand from Desperate Las Vegas Renters on a Budget

LAS VEGAS, NV – In the Las Vegas Valley a tiny home is generating big demand from desperate Las Vegas renters on a budget, with its landlord receiving scores of inquiries from prospective tenants, a situation he said he was not expecting, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas.

The 160-square-foot residence is listed for just $950 a month – half the average rent in the valley, which is currently $1,745 – and is located on the landlord’s own property; he said he built it himself for just $22,000, and did so as a way to help out people during the ongoing economic downturn that the country has been experiencing.

I’ve literally [had] 113 and counting people. [My phone] keeps ringing on wanting to rent it,” the landlord said, who asked to remain anonymous when speaking to local media. “It’s definitely in people’s heart to want to save some money right now. This economy’s tough, and just doing my share on trying to help someone out.”

This isn’t the first time that this generous landlord has put such an offering on the market, having built dozens of other small homes that he rents out. In 2021, the Nevada State Legislature passed a law that requires cities whose populations are higher than 150,000 to create zoning laws for tiny homes, with compliance required by 2024.

The $950 rent includes all utilities and services, including water, electricity, internet, garbage removal, and plumbing. The interior boasts a small pull-down table for dining, a kitchen with a cooktop stove, a bathroom, a washer and dryer combo, and a bedroom located in an upper loft overlooking the main floor.

In addition, the tenant that snags this property will also enjoy a small backyard space, including a garden and a table and chair.

The landlord noted the interested parties run the gamut from a family of four to numerous single parents with children and pets. But the one uniting factor that all of the prospective tenants share is a need for affordable housing, and they are apparently willing to sacrifice some living space in order to acquire it.

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.

Short-Term Rentals

STRs Located in Las Vegas Among Most Profitable in United States; Investors, Fortunate Owners, Cashing In

LAS VEGAS, NV – Short-term rentals, STRs, are a major money-making business in the United States, and a new report indicates that among all of the cities in the country, the ones located in Las Vegas are among the very most profitable short-term rentals in the entire country.

The housing market in Las Vegas shot to unprecedented heights during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the median price of a single-family home jumping by over 50 percent by May 2022. Nearly 100,000 new residents moved to Southern Nevada during the same period of time, creating a seller’s market the likes of which had not been seen in many a year.

While most of the homes purchased during this span of time were by families and individuals who had relocated to the state, a large number of them were bought by investors seeking to turn them into STRs, a logical occurrence given the fact that Las Vegas is one of the most well-known destinations for tourism on the entire planet.

A new report released by finance experts Wealth of Geeks compared the average nightly rate of STRs in major cities across the United States, and contrasted that data with the average weekly wage in the same city, as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When comparing the two sets of information Wealth of Geeks were able to figure out what percentage of their weekly earnings could be comprised of income from Airbnb ownership.

Among major U.S. cities, Las Vegas came in at number five on that list, with the average nightly rate being $312. And with the median weekly wage in Las Vegas being $724, the average profit made from a nightly rental rate would translate to approximately 43.1 percent of the owner’s weekly income, according to Wealth of Geeks’ data.  

Of course, STRs are typically not rented out seven days a week, 365 days a year; however, even a slow short-term rental can still generate a significant degree of revenue for its owner in Las Vegas. An example of a slow month could be comprised of two three-night weekends a month, which would bring in $1,872 in profit alone; during busier months, a fortunate owner could book all four weekends, and if they are using a four-night minimum, that would get them $4,992 a month.

And one thing about Las Vegas, experts say – there aren’t many slow months.

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.

Eviction Moratorium Extension

Report Shows Las Vegas Residents Need to Make $70K to Afford Rent in the Valley

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to a new report by Zillow, Las Vegas residents need to be earning nearly $70,000 a year to be able to afford rent in the valley, an amount that is currently higher than the median household income. The current rental asking price comes in at $1,745, a 1.9 percent year-over-year increase and a whopping 34 percent jump since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the median annual income for a household in the Las Vegas Valley was $66,356; experts note that dollar amount has not risen by any significant degree in subsequent years due to decreased national wage growth.

In early 2021, the average household needed to be bringing in $52,000 a year to afford rent, meaning that the Las Vegas Valley has experienced the 15th largest increase of all major metro areas in the country.

Rent is typically considered “affordable” if it is takes up less than 30 percent of your monthly income. Rental rates in the Las Vegas Valley actually dropped slightly at the beginning of 2024.

Senior public relations specialist with Zillow, Mark Stayton, notes that the Las Vegas Valley is currently in an unusual situation where the number of units to rent and rental rates are both increasing.

The vacancy rate, which is seasonally adjusted, in Vegas is 9 percent, and has risen by 2.5 percentage points over the course of the pandemic,” he said. “that’s the 12th largest hike among the 50 largest U.S. metros by population.”

However, Skylar Oslen, the chief economist at Zillow and author of the company’s January rental report, predicts that rental rates should start going down across the country in 2024 due to the record levels of apartment construction that is currently underway.

Softer rent growth is ultimately good news for today’s renters who have faced significant financial strain from both general and rent inflation throughout the pandemic,” she said. “With wage growth now slower, but still persistent, rent affordability, the share of a typical household’s income that would go to market rate asking rent, stabilized over the past year at 29 percent. That’s down a percentage point from the record high set in June 2022.”

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 Turning into a Renter

Rents in Las Vegas Dropping to Start 2024, According to New Report

LAS VEGAS, NV – As per a new report released by Zillow, in the Las Vegas Valley rents showed a distinct decline to kick off 2024, with experts saying now is a good time to be looking for an affordable new apartment in the city.

As per Zillow’s January rental market report, 16 major metropolitan areas in the United States saw a decrease in the average rental asking price at the beginning of the year; among those 16 was Las Vegas, where the average January rent was $1,745, which represents a 0.3 percent decrease from December 2023.

Senior Zillow economist Orphe Divounguy noted that there are several factors in Las Vegas that are contributing to lower rents – such as a cooling job market – resulting in landlords lowering their rates and offering additional perks in order to entice new tenants to sign on the dotted line.

It’s not a bad time to find a new apartment in Las Vegas. Rents are relatively soft right now, annual growth is just $33, and a slight monthly decline is the sixth largest among major metros,” he said. “Concessions offered by landlords, such as free rent or parking, are on the upswing too, and are now offered for nearly 40 percent of Zillow’s local rental listings. But the surge in rents in 2021 and 2022 means they’re now $400 more expensive than before the pandemic.”

Despite Zillow’s report noting the rental decrease in the aforementioned 16 major metropolitan areas in the country, the overall average rent in the United States is nonetheless 29 percent higher than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with average increases over the last four years of 7 percent annually. In contrast, prior before the pandemic took hold of the nation, the average yearly rental increase rate was 5.5 percent.

Aside from Las Vegas’ 0.3 percent decrease from December, the highest drops in rent in the country were in Austin, Texas (0.5 percent), San Diego (0.4 percent), Buffalo, New York, (0.4 percent) and Riverside, California (0.3 percent).

In addition, experts note that there is less of an incentive for renters to buy homes these days, due to the fact that house prices are increasing at a much faster rate than rent; given the current stability in the rental market, many are saying that is much more feasible to remain a tenant for the time being as opposed to a homeowner.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Clark County

Clark County Commissioner Asks for Review, Caps on Short-Term Rental Fines After One Renter Receives $240,500 Fine

LAS VEGAS, NV – With fines being levied against illegal short-term rental units in Las Vegas’ Clark County reaching astronomical sums – with one recent violator reportedly being hit with a whopping $240,500 penalty – a County Commissioner is calling for a review of the process behind issuing fines, and has proposed establishing a cap on them in the interest of fairness amid criticism of the county’s slow process of approving rental applications.

Clark County had passed an ordinance in June 2022 to begin the process of legalizing short-term rentals following the passage of an assembly bill that required the county to create guidelines to regulate the industry. However, as of February 2024, it remains illegal in Clark County to rent homes for a period of time less than 31 days.

In the meantime, the county continues to review the over 800 applications they have received, a process that the founder of the Greater Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Association, Jaqueline Flores, says is taking far too long and costing homeowners far too much.

So, it’s absolutely ridiculous that it’s taking this long. Property owners have been left out, you know, there’s enough money here to be made for everyone, not just the resort, hotel industry,” she said. “Some homeowners are still trying to comply with the law and not rent their houses but some other ones have bills to pay, and they have no other choice, but to try to continue renting their houses.”

New reports indicate that in the first week of February alone, Clark County issued 13 citations to owners of rental properties who were illegally operating them ahead of Super Bowl LVIII this past weekend. With demand for rental properties at a high point prior to the big game, the owners of some rental units – aggravated with the delay in the issuing of licenses – decided to roll the dice and put their properties on the market via services such as Airbnb and Vrbo.

In response to news that one homeowner in particular had been slapped with a $240,500 fine, County Commissioner Ross Miller noted during a Board of Commissioners meeting that it may be time to give renters a break until the county gets its act together.

Some of those fines are massive. We’ve seen six figure fines,” he said. “Maybe there is some cap to a fine… maybe there is some period of amnesty. I’ve certainly got a number of calls about extensive fines that are being attempted to impose…they may be eligible for a license.”

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.

Super Bowl 2024

Super Bowl LVIII Predicted to Drive Average Daily Rate of Rooms in Vegas to Highest in History

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the Super Bowl slated to take place in Las Vegas this year, experts are predicting that the elite event – which will be attracting sports fans from across the nation, and perhaps even the world – will result in the highest hotel average daily rate (ADR) for any host city in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl LVIII, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2023 season, is scheduled to be played on February 11, 2024 at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium. A rematch of Super Bowl LIV, it will be played between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion and defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

With that being the case, the rental market’s ADR in Las Vegas is projected to reach $573 between the days of February 9 through 11, the highest level out of any Super Bowl weekend in history. The reason for such a surge in prices is clear when you look at the statistics- it is currently anticipated that the rental market in Vegas – from Friday through Sunday night on Super Bowl weekend – will reach a whopping occupancy rate of 87.9 percent, and that level of demand naturally has a significant effect on pricing.

The ADR of $573 – combined with the projected occupancy rate of 87.9 percent – would equate to a revenue per available room (RevPAR) rate of $504. This would result in not only the highest level of demand in Super Bowl history, but also one of the highest for any sporting event in the history of Sin City itself; for example, the Formula One Vegas Grand Prix – held in November 2023 from a Thursday through Saturday period – resulted in an ADR of $502 a RevPAR of $390.

The current record holder for the highest Super Bowl ADR and RevPAR level is Miami, and one of the main reasons that Las Vegas is expected to overtake that record this February is due to the fact that the city has over twice the number of hotels (393) and rooms (172,707) available when compared to the Floridian city.

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.

New Year Eve Parties in Las Vegas

Airbnb Using Power of AI to Clamp Down on New Year’s Eve Parties in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – This year, New Year’s Eve partiers need to be on the lookout, as Airbnb will be utilizing advanced artificial intelligence technology to clamp down on parties that are held on December 31 in Sin City.

The online rental hosting service will use what they describe as “proprietary AI and machine learning technology” to ensure that individuals utilizing their service are not violating their guidelines. This, according to Airbnb, will apply to 750 guests in the Las Vegas Valley and 1,290 guests in Nevada overall. A total of approximately 63,000 people across the continental United States that will be affected by this new technology as well.

The aim of this system is to try to identify one, two and three night booking attempts for entire home listings over the holiday weekend that could be potentially higher-risk for a disruptive and unauthorized party incident and block those bookings from being made,” an Airbnb statement said. “Guests able to make local reservations will need to attest they understand Airbnb bans parties and that if they break this rule they face suspension or removal from the platform.”

According to the company, the AI technology being utilized is able to identify hundreds of various indicators that could single out an individual property as being utilized for a banned party event. Among these indicators include the length of the stay that the individual is attempting to book, the location of the listing in relation to where they are coming from, the type of listing being booked, and if the client is attempting to book the reservation at the very last minute.

Airbnb – who noted that they began to use AI technology in 2020 – said that they prevented thousands of individuals in 2022 from booking entire homes for purposes that ran afoul of their guidelines, including 63,550 in the United States alone.

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.