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California-Based American Homes 4 Rent Gets in on Las Vegas Rental Market

LAS VEGAS, NV – American Homes 4 Rent®, a California-based company that renovates and leases single-family homes (it already owns over such 1,000 homes in Las Vegas alone) has made the move to up its game in Southern Nevada, announcing recently that they would be constructing rental homes from Vegas, a move they have already pulled off in 14 other markets, according to reports.

An architectural rendering of a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with 2255 square feet of living space in Serene Park by American Homes 4 Rent. Photo also by American Homes 4 Rent.

American Homes 4 Rent was established in 2012, and is one of the first large public companies to begin investing heavily in single-family homes, following the entry of The Blackstone Group into the field; as of 2018, it owned over 51,200 single-family homes in 21 states, many of which were acquired through the Multiple Listing Service and foreclosure homes via auction. 

According to Clark County records, American Homes 4 Rent recently applied for 14 new home permits, the first time they have done so in the Las Vegas area, located in multiple plots of land that the company purchased in 2018. These permits are intended to make up a community the company is designing that will be named Serene Park in the southwest valley, according to reports. Once completed, the community will consist of a total of 21 single-family homes, all of which will be designed for long-term rentals and will range from 2,000 to 2,200 square feet in size.

The current slate of homes that American Homes 4 Rent already has on the rental market in Vegas range in price from $1,200 to $2,600 per month. The company has stated to media that the expansion into home construction – as opposed to just purchasing existing homes – came about due to an opportunity to build for approximately the same cost as acquiring structures that are already made, resulting in higher-quality rentals.

Once completed, the rent is expected be approximately $1,795 a month for a three-bedroom house and $1,950 a month for a four-bedroom house.

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 Short-Term Vacation Rental Market Doing Record Business

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the short-term vacation rental market is booming in Las Vegas, with Nevada becoming the fourth-highest such market in the country. Vegas has always been a destination city for a variety of reasons, but after the recovery of the city’s economy, the recent influx of money, jobs, businesses and the arrival of the recently-transplanted Raiders NFL team – tourism has reached a fever pitch in Southern Nevada. Enter the rental market. Tourists have been turning increasingly to short-term home rentals when visiting Las Vegas, and investors have sat up and taken notice. Within the span of the last ten years, the vacation home rental industry in Vegas has gone up a whopping 50 percent, reports say.

Some of the most popular areas to rent vacation homes locally include Henderson, due in part to it’s proximity to the famed Las Vegas Strip; after such rentals were made legal there, reports indicate that anywhere from a 200-300 percent increase in the number of investors who have purchased homes in order to rent them out to tourists. Home rentals for tourists are often more popular then hotels and other accommodations; this holds especially true for families with children, according to reports.

Home prices in Vegas, while still climbing at record rates due to the law of supply and demand, are still nonetheless much cheaper than the national average, especially when compared to neighboring states such as California. Some investors report seeing quick returns on their investment dollars, with some Airbnb users noting that it’s possible to make as much as $8,000 a week if your play your cards right.

However, the short-term vacation rental market comes with its caveats, among them the fact that it may see an increase in rent and traditional home-buyers being pushed out. Due to this, the rental business could end up making things more difficult for both type renters and buyers alike.

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New Study Shows the Most Expensive Zip Codes to Rent in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Las Vegas rental market – just like any other aspect of the real estate market in Southern Nevada these days – is still experiencing record degrees of growth, with prices that are rising at levels not seen in well over a decade. Rental prices, while showing signs of slowing down and stabilizing in recent months, are nonetheless approaching amounts that rival the boom period of Las Vegas real estate seen just prior to the mid-2000’s burst of the housing bubble.

Rental prices, while showing signs of slowing down and stabilizing in recent months, are nonetheless approaching amounts that rival the boom period of Las Vegas real estate seen just prior to the mid-2000’s burst of the housing bubble. File photo: Pixabay.

But obviously – as all things are not created equal – some areas of Las Vegas are commanding higher rental fees than others. But while rental fees continue to rise, a new study reveals that not all things are created equal, as obviously there are some areas of Las Vegas that are just plain more expensive to rent in than others. The study broke things down by individual zip codes, noting which ones were pricier than their neighboring peers. 

The study analyzed 4,400 zip codes in over 130 markets, and based on that established national, regional, and state rankings for rental costs. In Nevada, the Las Vegas Valley – zip code 89123 – is the most expensive area in the state to rent, with the 2019 average price coming in at $1,789 per month; this amount represents an increase of 6.6 percent from 2018.

In second and third most expensive the study indicated a tie; zip codes 89521 (Northern Nevada) and 89436 (Reno) average about $1,685 a month. In fourth place comes Henderson – zip code 89012 – with the average rent amounting to $1,541; a jump of 7.7 percent from last year, the study notes. And finally, in fifth place, Clark County zip code 89141 has an average rental cost of approximately $1,523 a month.

RANK ZIP CODECITY AVERAGE RENT
189123Las Vegas $1,789.00
289521Reno $1,685.00
389436Sparks $1,683.00
489012Henderson $1,541.00
589141Las Vegas $1,523.00
689148Las Vegas $1,470.00
789052Henderson $1,468.00
889434Sparks $1,463.00
989147Las Vegas $1,451.00
1089183Las Vegas $1,438.00

However, it should be pointed out that overall, the cost of living in Las Vegas is still well below the national average, especially when compared to neighboring states such as California, where the rent in zip code 90024 – Los Angeles – will set you back a cool $4,944 a month (up 4.1 percent from 2018).  However, the most expensive zip code in the United States to rent in currently is Manhattan, NY (10282), where the average rent comes in at a whopping $6,211, a 12.4 percent year-over-year increase.

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Amid Soaring Rent Prices, Las Vegas Apartment Market Still Considered Healthy and Affordable

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, despite the fact that rental prices for apartments in the Las Vegas area have increased over the past 12 months more than any other major U.S. metropolitan area in the United States, the market is nonetheless still considered by experts as remaining quite healthy and affordable, especially compared to neighboring states such as California.

Experts say that Las Vegas’ prices are still considered a bargain, especially when compared to regions where rental prices have increased to points where the cost of living has become prohibitive. File photo: Pixabay.

In a recently-released Zillow report, the median rent in Las Vegas for all property types was $1,435, which represents a 10 percent jump from the same period one year prior. However, local realtors are disputing this figure, noting that the median rental price is more around $1,100; this price is made possible by the fact that developers have been working long and hard over the past year to construct more apartments and condos to satisfy the rapidly-growing demand for affordable housing options in Vegas.

However, reports note, developers have not quite met housing demands as of yet; Clark County occupancy is currently at 95 percent, which is considered the hallmark of a healthy rental market, and further stability of the market would be ensured if more building was completed.

Experts say that Las Vegas’ prices are still considered a bargain, especially when compared to regions where rental prices have increased to points where the cost of living has become prohibitive, such as Seattle, Washington or California’s Bay Area.

Recognizing Las Vegas’ need to expand its rental options in order to further lower prices, developers have been hiring in droves in order to bolster their workforces; experts note that apartments can’t be built fast enough, and that the market has yet to completely recover from the lack of construction activity that took place in Vegas during the recession, a time when numerous projects where either abandoned or outright cancelled. 

Another factor that real estate experts say will be affecting the market in the near future is the impact that professional sports will have upon rentals in Las Vegas; once the Las Vegas Raiders NFL Football team begins hosting home games in the city at the start of their 2020 season, demand for rental units – which are typically cheaper than renting hotel suites for ten or more games per year – will likely increase even more as fans of the team flood the city on a regular basis.

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Las Vegas Rental Rates Continue to Increase While Home Resale Prices Stabilize, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS – After a record amount of time for rampant appreciation in value, Las Vegas home prices have begun to stabilize is as of late, with overall growth slowing in response to current market conditions. The same cannot be said, however, for the rates of Las Vegas rental properties, as prices continue to increase in response to overall demand, according to reports.

Las Vegas home resale prices have decelerated by 11 percent when compared to the same time one year ago; currently, the median sales price for a single-family home is approximately $300,000, and has held at this level for several months now. As a result of this, home appraisals are being affected due to the fact that home prices are no longer skyrocketing as they were late last year; some homes are coming in valued less than their owners currently would like, according to reports.

Close yet not exact to other reports, RentCafe, a nationwide listing service, indicates a similar trend. Recent reports note that Las Vegas has one of the fastest-rising levels of rent prices in the United States.

However, while home prices have apparently hit a plateau for the time being, the rates for rental properties, in contrast, continue to rise in the Las Vegas area. A recent report released last week noted that Las Vegas has one of the fastest-rising levels of rent prices in the United States. The average monthly rent for homes in Las Vegas was approximately $1,465 in the first quarter of 2019, which represents a near 6.8 percent increase from the same period in 2018. In addition, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment was $1,025, which represents an increase of over 7 percent from the same time last year.

While home buyers are beginning to find the stabilizing prices in Las Vegas to be a boon – prices have been rising steadily in the market since it recovered from the national recession in 2012 – those looking to rent are reportedly having a more difficult time finding affordable places to live. Likewise, rental units are in such demand that they are often snapped up as quickly as they are shown by realtors, presenting a problem even for those who are fully able to afford the current asking price.

More than likely, rental prices will eventually stabilize as well, especially in light of news that developers have been increasing work on constructing new apartment complexes in Las Vegas. As always, demand sets the price, and as more units go on the market, rental prices should stabilize.

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Nevada Passes New Housing Laws Governing Construction, Housing Development, Evictions

LAS VEGAS – Lawmakers in Nevada have recently passed a number of new pieces of legislation that are aimed at governing certain aspects of the housing market in the state, such as the eviction process, defect claims on construction projects, and the development of affordable housing.

Nevada lawmakers are hoping that a number of new bills including Assembly Bill 421, Senate Bill 103, and Senate Bill 151 will assist with construction, housing, evictions and of affordable housing for low-income residents. File Photo: Pixabay.

To start with, the state Legislature – currently under Democratic control – enacted a law to counter one passed four years ago when the lawmaking body was under Republican control. The new law enables victims that allege that a contractor has engaged in sub-standard construction work to have an easier process if they wish to sue said contractor for damages in court. Due to take effect on October 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 421 enables customers of a contractor to report alleged defects in housing and building development projects in “reasonable detail” when presenting a notice to the contractor; previously, the law in place was more exacting, requiring “specific” and “exact” levels of detail. In addition, plaintiffs now have 10 years in which to file a lawsuit against a contractor, as opposed to the six years allotted under the old law.

Next was a new law aimed at potentially providing a boost to the construction of affordable housing for Nevada residents of limited financial means. Due to go into effect on July 1, 2019, Senate Bill 103, gives local municipalities the ability to apply discounts on some of the fees that are typically levied on affordable housing projects. In addition, Senate Bill 448 – due to come into force on January 1, 2020 – adds to the support of affordable housing construction by allowing Nevada officials to provide financial assistance to new projects with the ability to issue transferable tax credits in the amount of $10 million per year

State lawmakers are hoping that these bills will assist with the issue of affordable housing for low-income residents, which number at approximately 73,000, according to reports. Currently, developers construct about 1,000 units annually that are aimed at this population; these bills could increase that output to as much as 1,600 per year.

And finally, Senate Bill 151, due to kick in starting July 1, 2019, would increase protections for those renting properties by granting more time to tenants before they are able to be evicted by landlords for lack of payment on their rent; in addition, late fees for delinquent rent payments will be capped at five percent of the full amount of the tenants regular rent amount, and more time will be granted – seven business days, as opposed to the previous five –  for tenants to pay overdue rent to landlords to avoid eviction. Evicted tenants will also be allowed to enter their former dwelling to procure “essential” belongings, such as medicine, for up to five days.
Whereas the previous laws could be seen as overly favoring renters and developers, some are saying these new laws have swung the pendulum too far in the opposite direction, while others are applauding the new bills.

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Henderson Noted as City with Fastest-Rising Rents in U.S., According to Reports

LAS VEGAS – With the recession over and done with and the real estate market on the mend in a major way, living expenses overall in Las Vegas – particularly rents – have been experiencing a steady climb over the course of the last few years as the improved economy is luring businesses and jobs into the region. Henderson is an especially poignant example of this phenomenon, having been currently ranked by ApartmentList.Com as the city with the fastest-growing rental prices in the United States.

Henderson is the second-largest city in Nevada, and according to reports, it has been experiencing growth in the cost of rental properties that outpaces any comparable city in the country over the course of the past year. The current 2019 monthly rent of an average two-bedroom apartment in Henderson comes in at $1,340, which represents a jump if 3.7 percent over the same period one year ago; the national average rental price, however, only increased 0.9 percent. This cements Henderson as a growing location in terms of demand, but it remains to be seen that, if rent continues to climb at its current rate, if the cost of living will eventually outstrip that demand.

A close contender in terms of rising rents is Las Vegas itself, which currently ranks fifth in the country; a two-bedroom apartment in Vegas will typically set you back $1,160 per month in 2019, which is an increase of 3.1 percent over the same period in 2018. Again, it remains to be seen if these increases will eventually become prohibitive to renters who are looking to get the most for their money in terms of living expenses.

Henderson and Las Vegas are standouts in the sense that, in much of the rest of the United States, rental costs – while also increasing overall – have nonetheless risen at a comparatively much slower rate throughout 2018.
Las Vegas’ rental scene has seriously ramped up in recent years, with the area seeing a large increase in development, especially in suburban areas. In addition, investors have been making numerous purchases of apartment buildings, rental complexes, and reduced vacancies – brought on by a large influx if new residents looking for jobs have produced a climate where rents have been rising to the point that some tenants are finding difficult to keep pace with. Work, however, is being undertaken by numerous developers in order to construct new and affordable housing options in order to bring more stability to Southern Nevada’s housing and rental market.

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Elderly Join Trend of Increased Home Renting Over Buying

LAS VEGAS – In years past retirees often remained in their homes as long as possible – even after their children have grown and moved on, or their spouse has passed away – but more recently, many seniors are opting to sell their homes and downsize into a rental for a variety of reasons. This is beginning to have more of an overall impact on the rental market – especially in Las Vegas – and has started to change into statistics.

For instance, due to improvements in healthcare and the resulting increased average life expectancy, the number of elderly in the United States has reached numbers not seen before with 22 percent of the population aged 60 years or older discovering the benefits of renting, especially on a local level; among large U.S. cities, such as Las Vegas sitting with the fourth-highest amount of senior renters, comprising approximately 21 percent of the market. And there are a number of legitimate reasons why; as American society changes and evolves, this is the case, and we can expect this number to increase as times goes by. In fact, the number of renters in their early 60s increased by 84 percent between 2006 and 2016, according to reports.

Renting as a senior holds many attractive qualities, including convenience and flexibility that owning a home might not afford. Rentals mean less home maintenance, which can otherwise be a lot of work for individuals that may be experiencing age-induced physical ailments; however, when something needs fixing and you’re a renter, a call to the landlord or property manager is all that is needed. Also, many rental units offer accessibility options – such as elevators – that a home will not, allowing elders to get around easily and remain independent longer. Additionally, rentals are often situated closer to services and stores than suburban homes are, allowing a senior easier access to the supermarket, pharmacy, or a movie theater.

Plus, selling your home and moving into a rental while in your Golden Years allows you to move to a less costly part of the country, so you can stretch and increase your retirement savings that much farther. Many seniors – after the sad passing of a spouse – often find themselves living alone, and the last thing a person in that situation would want to do is to maintain a multi-bedroom house for just one person. Rental units offer a single senior neighbors and building workers who provide a sense of community and a source of help if it is needed.

The rental market is being impacted more and more by the senior community – especially in Las Vegas – and as time goes by and the percentage of elderly in our country increases even more, that impact will continue to be felt. Indeed, because of this, investing in properties that feature amenities aimed at seniors is an excellent idea for anyone looking to get into real estate, in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the country.

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Las Vegas Rental Prices Climb at Record Speed as Pickings Remain Slim

LAS VEGAS, NV – While the nation is keeping their eyes on the ever-evolving and expanding housing market of Las Vegas, Nevada, a directly-related market that often gets overlooked – the rental market – is also experiencing a massive period of growth. Much like homesteads in the region, rental units, such as apartments and condominiums, are in big demand, short on supply, and growing in price. Las Vegas rental prices are increasing at one of the fastest rates in the United States, according to reports, while vacancy is at an all-time low; essentially, this means that there aren’t enough rentals to go around, and that’s driving prices up to significant levels. Developers are in the midst of efforts to create more apartment buildings and condos to satisfy demand, but at the moment they’re falling short of necessary construction goals. Currently, the typical Las-Vegas-based apartment in the third quarter of 2018 is pulling in an average rent of $1,020, which represents a jump of 5.8 percent from the same period in 2017. While this amount is far below the average price of an apartment in other, more expensive regions of the county – which lies in the $1,300+ range, currently – it still is an increase of 5.8 percent from one year ago, which means that prices in Vegas, while still more affordable than the national average, are still going up at record speed. The availability of rental units in Vegas is a large contributor to the rental hikes as of late, reports show- currently, the vacancy rate for apartments and condos in Southern Nevada stands at 3.6 percent. However, homes rentals are also feeling the squeeze, with prices increasing at similar rates as they are for apartments; as of press time, rent for a single-family home in Vegas for June has jumped 5.7 percent over the same period in 2017, and while it has been surpassed in recent months by other cities, in early 2018 Vegas had the fastest-climbing rental rates in the United States. Southern Nevada boasts a large number of rental homes on the market, due to the fact that investors bought numerous houses on the cheap during the recession and have since retained the majority of them (as opposed to selling) rental properties. As the region’s economy recovered and bounced back after the recession ended, the influx of new businesses and jobs greatly increased, along with the number of newly-transplanted residents; as a result, housing demand grew…along with rental prices. As mentioned before, developers are struggling with producing new housing options for residents hungry for shelter, but until they catch up, demand – and, correspondingly, prices – is sure to continue its upward ascent. If you are considering investing in or around the Las Vegas area give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Financial Behemoth “The Blackstone Group” on Las Vegas Real Estate Buying Spree

Financial Behemoth “Blackstone Group” on Las Vegas Real Estate Buying Spree; Snapping-up Properties Left and Right

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Blackstone Group, a New-York-based real estate and financial behemoth – currently holding $450 billion in assets under management – has been on a spending spree in Southern Nevada recently, snapping up properties left and right as the surging economy in the region has been driving up home and apartment prices. Clearly, Blackstone sees opportunity and is determined to get in on the action in a big way.

In recent years, Blackstone has acquired a slew of single-family homes – many of which were used as rentals – as well as Hughes Center office park, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, showroom World Market Center, multiple apartment buildings, and in May of this year, two Henderson hotels- SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites, a deal reportedly worth $36 million.

Apartment buildings are picking up steam in terms of sales as of late; reports indicate that in an 11-day stretch of time, $260 million in rental-based real estate – accounting for five apartment complexes – changed hands among investors; of the five apartment complexes purchased, Blackstone bought the Northwest valley complex Xander 3900 for $69.5 million, reports say.

This development leaves no doubt as to how red-hot the rental scene is in Vegas these days. After all, with the economy booming and new businesses setting up shop in large numbers, people looking for jobs in a hot market – in addition to the attractiveness of Southern Nevada’s relatively low cost of livings when compared to other parts of the U.S. – are transplanting themselves en masse, and just as anywhere else, these people needs places to live.

But that’s not all when it comes to Blackstone’s ambitions in the Las Vegas rental market– since spring of 2017, they have spent a total of $616 million in acquiring rental properties in the region, with their most recent purchase being Solis at Flamingo in the eastern part of the Las Vegas Valley to the tune of $72 million, which represents an increase of over $20 million of the amount paid by the seller just three years prior; clearly, home prices aren’t the only values skyrocketing in the area.

Part of the attractiveness of Vegas’ rental scene for investors is the fact that, despite steadily rising prices, the market is nonetheless still much cheaper than many other parts of the country. With omnipresent construction taking place in an effort to meet the rampant demand from buyers and renters alike, Vegas is experiencing a real estate boom that, while still not at pre-recession levels, is getting close and, according to experts, will eventually overtake those levels unless some unforeseen circumstance occurs. But the bottom dropping out is unlikely, because even though the economy of the region is still largely tourism-driven, industry and the job market are taking hold in a big way not seen in decades, ushering in an era of stability that suggests regular long-term economic growth. Exactly why investors are pouring money into Las Vegas these days.

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Las Vegas 51s Minor League Baseball Team Breaks Ground on New Home Stadium

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas’ transformation into a major player in the national sporting scene (the region has already successfully lured popular NFL team the Oakland Raiders into the fold, come 2020), continues to chug along as a home-town Pacific Coast League baseball team recently announced they have broken ground on a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility sure to attract many new fans in the near future.

Minor League Baseball the Las Vegas 51s – named after the infamous Area 51 military base located 80 miles north of Vegas – broke ground on Friday, February 13 on the Las Vegas Ballpark, a $150 million, 10,000-seat stadium located in Summerlin, with construction due to be completed in time for the start of the 51s’ 2019 season.

In April 2013, the 51s – formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars until they were re-named in 2001 – were purchased by Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC, a joint venture of Howard Hughes Corp. and Play Ball Owners Group. The group’s intention was to eventually move the 51s to a new stadium in Summerlin. In October 2017, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a 20-year, $80 million naming rights agreement to help pay for a new $150 million ballpark, which is expected to include 22 suites, a center field pool, kids’ zone, and several bars. The stadium will be owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

The team won their only division title in 2002, with the team posting the best record in the league at 85–59, but they lost to the eventual PCL champion Edmonton Trappers, three games to one. In 2012, the 51s signed a Player Development Contract with the New York Mets through the 2016 season.

The 51s have played out of Cashman Field Las Vegas since 1983, which has a capacity of 9,334 people; the decision to move to a brand-new home stadium was based on a number of factors, with most of them revolving around the age of the facility. Considered far behind the times, Cashman Field had fallen into disrepair in recent years, with the field, bullpens and clubhouse criticized by players as being “second class” and “decrepit.” The stadium also has very limited training facilities.

The final straw, however, fell in 2015, when the stadium’s sewage system backed up during an actual game, causing raw sewage – including actual fecal matter and other potentially infectious materials – to flow into the dugouts, driving the team out onto the playing field; it’s a problem that players and team owners say has yet to be fully rectified, with manager Wally Backman expressing concerns that the incident could repeat at any time. The numerous issues eventually drove team president and chief operating officer Don Logan to publicly declare his embarrassment to have the 51s associated with Cashman Field in any way.

“It’s disappointing that Vegas has the worst facility in our league when we have such a great town with the greatest hotels, the greatest dining, the greatest shopping,” he said. “It’s not becoming of this community to have a place like this.”

Come 2019 and the completion of the Las Vegas Ballpark, however, the Las Vegas 51s – and their fans – will finally have a new stadium with cutting edge, modern amenities that they can be proud to call home.

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Developers Pouring Resources into Apartment Complexes Throughout Southern Nevada

Developers Pouring Resources into Apartment Complexes Throughout Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the housing boom overtaking Las Vegas in recent years, one fact has emerged above all others- there are currently not enough houses to satisfy the overwhelming demand, pure and simple. But while developers are doing their best to ramp up construction to give prospective Southern Nevada homeowners more options (which would hopefully also help to drive down skyrocketing real estate prices in the process) people looking for a roof over their heads are turning to apartments, causing their availability – and prices – to dwindle as well, and subsequently driving more and more investment in that aspect of local housing.

Recent reports have noted that apartment vacancy rates in Las Vegas are among the lowest in the United States, currently standing at only 3.1 percent, compared to the national rate of 4.5 percent; this represents a vacancy increase in Las Vegas of 2.8 percent over the second quarter of 2017. Rent prices have continued to climb with greater demand as well, with tenants experiencing a 0.7 second-quarter bump to an average monthly cost of $956 in the Southern Nevada region; the national average is currently $1,295, which makes Vegas slightly cheaper than many other cities nationwide, albeit for the time being.

Bridge Investment Group, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is jumping into the apartment scene with both feet; they recently announced that they had purchased eight Las Vegas apartment complexes in a deal worth approximately $130 million. The complexes that were acquired as a part of the deal include Oasis Meadows on Nellis Boulevard in east Las Vegas; Oasis Landing on Bonanza Road; Oasis Ridge on Charleston Boulevard; and Oasis Bay on Katie Avenue, among others.

Buying apartment complexes in Las Vegas en masse is nothing new; in May, New York investment firm The Blackstone Group purchased three in May for $170 million and TruAmerica Multifamily of Los Angeles acquired three complexes of their own in September of 2016 for $83.5 million; in addition, 15 local apartment complexes, a retail center, and 20 acres of property were sold by Camden Property Trust of Houston to out-of-state investors.

Indeed, the apartment situation in Las Vegas is such that developers are finding it worth the effort and expense to replace aging and outdated apartment complexes as opposed to renovating them; for example, the 120-unit North Las Vegas public housing complex Rose Gardens – assailed by numerous structural issues due to its advanced age that would take at least $12.5 million to fix (according to estimates), will be building a new Rose Gardens right across the street as part of a new project spearheaded by the City of North Las Vegas to improve the surrounding neighborhood. The new Rose Gardens will be an energy-efficient, water-smart building, and once completed, the demolition of the old building will make way for yet more apartment complex construction to fill the area’s population needs.

Las Vegas’ apartment market has become highly competitive in recent months and years, with a general uptick in rents and construction amid dwindling vacancies. With recent increase in development, it’s expected that the apartment market in Las Vegas is only going to continue to heat up.

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