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Luxury Rentals

Due to Overwhelming Demand, Luxury Rentals Surpass $50,000 Per Month and Climbing

LAS VEGAS, NV – With affluent out-of-state residents fleeing highly-taxed regions of the country for Las Vegas due to its more affordable cost of living experience, demand for luxury rental units have reached a fever pitch, driving the market to surpass the $50,000 per month mark and beyond, and without any signs of slowing down due to increasingly low inventory.

Newer listings on the market in Southern Nevada have several luxury rental homes and condos going for prices ranging from $35,000 per month all the way up to a full-furnished unit – a 10,600 square foot residence in The Ridges with six bedrooms and six baths – for a whopping $65,000 per month.

Currently, the most expensive rented luxury property – acquired last fall on a one-year lease – is a $50,000 per month for a Summerlin one-story mansion that comes with landscaping, pool maintenance and weekly cleaning. The home is situated on 0.82 acres and is estimated to be worth over $9 million, and includes a private office, game room, movie theater, sunken wet bar, resort pool with spa, a gym and a basketball court.

The second-most expensive, currently rented rental property in Las Vegas is a $30,000 per month Ascaya property.

In addition to fleeing highly-taxed states such as California, another driving factor of the luxury market in Las Vegas was the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent rise of remote working, enabling people to ply their trades from any region of the country during business lockdowns. Prior to COVID, experts say, the high end of the Vegas luxury rental market was averaging about $25,000 to $35,000 a month, as opposed to $50,000 or higher now.

Experts say that many of these wealthy, out-of-state renters have actually purchased their own properties and are currently in the midst of having their own high-end homes built upon them; in the meantime, they are renting local luxury units to reside in until construction is completed, at which time the property is passed on to the next affluent transplant to the region.

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 Average Rent for One-Bedroom Apartment Hits $1,500 Per Month; Stokes Concerns Over Affordability

LAS VEGAS, NV – Due to ever-increasing demand and a lack of inventory, the cost of apartments in the Las Vegas valley continues to climb, with the median monthly price of a one-bedroom unit hitting its highest level ever, a development that is continuing to stoke concerns over affordability among residents in the region.

Reports indicate that roughly half of the valley’s residents are renters, and the rapidly-increasing costs of doing so are starting to weigh heavily upon them; the monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment currently ranges between $1,200 to $1,700, with the median price being $1,500. In stark contrast, that price just one year prior was approximately $1,100.

Experts say that month-to-month rent increases are going up at levels not seen before; part of that reason can be attributed to rising interest rates pricing some home buyers out of the market, resulting in them turning to rental units instead. This is resulting in more renters being on the market than is typical, and that demand is causing landlords to raise their asking prices to account for it.

In order to get a foot in the door amid the intense competition for apartments and rental properties, experts suggest that renters should make sure they have good credit scores – typically 650 or better is a good start – in addition to having a problem-free rental history. Salary is important as well, as landlords often look favorably upon those who are making at least three times the amount of their monthly rent in take-home pay.

In addition, conducting an apartment search throughout multiple zip codes – instead of simply sticking to one – and paying attention to large rental complexes that may offer move-in deals can often pay off. Mom-and-pop landlords can be a great way to find a rental as well, as they are often independent owners who are renting apartments in homes – or the entire home itself – and may prefer a tenant that is willing to assist in maintaining the property.

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.

Rental Listing Scams

Rental Listing Scams on the Rise in Las Vegas, Better Business Bureau Warns

LAS VEGAS, NV – There has been a recent and significant rise in the number of fake rental listings in Las Vegas as criminals hoping to take advantage of the intense demand for housing options are attempting to scam unwary individuals and families by way of social media.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southern Nevada is saying that prospective renters should be very cautious when responding to advertisements for apartment or rental properties on Facebook and other similar sites.

According to reports, once such victim of the uptick in rental scams is a woman named Christine – who declined to use her last name – yet was subjected to a “scary” experience when answering one particularly sketchy listing for a home in Henderson on Facebook Marketplace.

“I was desperate for a place, when you’re in that mindset and have kids,” she said. “He said he was the owner of the house. He said he wouldn’t be able to meet me. He would be able to give me a key code. I instantly thought that was a little weird.”

After she toured the property by herself by entering it via the back door – as per the instructions she received – the “owner” proceeded to email her a generic rental application. Suspicious, she had a friend look into the property.

“The house was on Zillow, more than what the guy was asking,” Christine said. “I got scared and I blocked him.” 

The BBB said that it’s common practice for scammers to masquerade as landlords or property managers of rental units they don’t even own – especially ones that have been vacant for extended periods of time – in order to separate the unaware from their hard-earned money.

In order to remain safe when looking for a rental, the BBB suggests adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Go to reputable realtors, leasing agencies or property managers.
  • If you’re dealing directly with a landlord, confirm they own the property.
  • Pay for any fees or applications with checks or credit card fees; you can easily dispute charges.
  • Never use Venmo, Zelle or any form of electronic payments for a stranger.
  • Report scams to BBB Scam Tracker.
  • Facebook advises users to report fraudulent listings or postings.

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 Announces Short-Term Rental Regulation Survey to Gain Residents’ Input

LAS VEGAS, NV – Currently, short-terms rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO are not legal in unincorporated Clark County, but all of that is set to change thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill 363 (AB363) by the Nevada Legislature, and county officials are seeking input from local residents on the regulation once the marketplace is allowed to open for business.

Clark County has launched a public survey regarding short-term rentals to assist officials in crafting ordinances that will serve to regulate the market, which AB363 requires be set in-place by no later than July 1, 2022.

Some of the limits to AB363 that local residents will be able to give their opinions on include minimum distance separation between short-term rentals proximity to resort hotels, limits on the number of occupants and number of permits a person may hold.

Erik Pappa, a Clark County spokesman, said that the survey should help to find compromises that will hopefully alleviate any misgivings that residents may have over short-terms rentals potentially appearing near their homes.

“We have to strike an appropriate balance and we really need the public’s input on what that balance should be,” Pappa said.

Currently, Assembly Bill 363 requires a minimum distance of 500 feet between any two short-term rentals – Las Vegas’ current ordinance requires 660 feet – and could also override a mandate that requires a rental property to be occupied by the homeowner.

“Are those standards appropriate or should we require further distance requirements? Should we limit the number of people that can stay at an Airbnb?” asked Pappa.

Clark County officials are urging residents to take part in the survey, which they say is vital in creating ordnances that can impact the quality of live in the neighborhoods that the majority of these rentals will be situated.

The survey, which takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, can be accessed at https://www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/survey.

The survey will ask several different questions of residents, including their opinions of having short-term rentals in their neighborhood, any experiences they have had with such services in the past, and other matters that will be taken into consideration when county officials draw up their mandated ordnances.

The survey will be made available to Clark County residents until the end of January, 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.

Rental

2021 Year End Report Sees Rental Prices in Southern Nevada Increase 27% Over 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – Questions of affordability have once again reared their ugly head in terms of Las Vegas’ rental marketplace, as year-end reports indicate that pent prices have jumped considerably over the course of 2021 when compared to the year beforehand.

Reports say that Nevada overall has now been thrust into the nation’s top five states in terms of rent increases over the past year, and when the two-year average is figured in, Nevada is actually propelled into the top four.

According to analysts, in Nevada the average price of rent has jumped 25 percent since the beginning of 2021, and 34 percent since 2019.

The report also indicates that the city of Las Vegas itself has seen a large jump in rental prices in 2021, with costs increasing by 27 percent since the beginning of the year; the average rent in Vegas currently, the report says, is $1,243.

Developers in Southern Nevada have been ramping up construction of new apartment complexes and rental homes over the past year in order to address the rising rent prices the region has been experiencing since the recovery of the local economy and the arrival of more jobs and out-of-state residents.

The development of more living options are, according to many real estate professionals, the key to solving the skyrocketing prices that are currently weighing on Las Vegas’ rental marketplace, which are leading many to question the region’s long-standing reputation for affordability when compared to neighboring states such as California.

Of all U.S. states, Arizona experienced the greatest increases in rental prices since 2019, with a 38 percent jump. In direct contrast, North Dakota was at the very bottom of rental prices over the past two years, with the state actually reporting an 8 percent decrease since 2019.

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.

The Highline

Development Begins on New Luxury Apartment Complex The Highline, Located in The Gramercy Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – Ground was recently broken on The Highline, a new luxury apartment complex that is being constructed within “next generation” master planned community The Gramercy Las Vegas, slated for completion by winter 2023.

Lyon Living and LandSpire Group are co-developing The Highline, with the project being the first one that they are collaborating upon in the Las Vegas Valley. When completed, the project will boast 294 apartment homes, consisting of studios and one-and-two bedroom units featuring numerous amenities and high-end appliances.

Tenants of The Highline will also have access to an impressive rooftop lounge area, including a resort-style pool and spa, a clubhouse, beer garden, co-working space, an elite fitness facility according to managing partner of Lyon Living Pete Zak.

“As the economy and population of the Las Vegas area continues to grow, we wanted to bring an innovative and exciting new property to the area, that will offer residents more than just a place to live, but a place to dine, shop, explore and network,” he said. “Conveniently located in the heart of Spring Valley, The Highline will deliver a sophisticated level of dining, retail and office space, while embodying a socially-driven living community that encourages residents to gather and entertain in shared spaces. We are excited for this first-ever partnership with LandSpire Group, who shares a similar vision of creating unique, community-based developments.”

The Highline will continue to evolve and grow past its 2023 opening date, and will eventually make 71 townhomes available for purchase, in addition to adding 25,000 square feet of retail space that will supplement the restaurants, shopping, and offices already offered in The Gramercy Las Vegas.

The Highline is advertised as being family-and-pet friendly, and is located just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the famed Las Vegas Strip, but will nonetheless be close to some of the most sought-after dining and shopping options available in Southern Nevada.

Rockwood Construction will be handling the construction duties on The Highline, and anticipates a 26-month timetable to completion.

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.

Airbnb

Airbnb to Block One-Night New Year’s Eve Rentals in Las Vegas from Users with Bad Reviews

LAS VEGAS, NV – In an effort to crack down on unauthorized New Year’s Eve parties in their rental partner’s properties, Aidbnb recently announced that they would be blocking users with poor credentials from reserving one-night rentals in the Las Vegas region. The move, Airbnb says, is to assist with noise complaints from neighbors and damage complaints from their rental partners.

The announcement comes as a great many neighborhoods across the country have issued previous complaints regarding Airbnb customers disturbing their neighbors with noise and wild partying, which has been a long-standing complaint – especially in suburban Las Vegas communities – in regards to the service.

The vacation home rental company noted that guests who have a series of negative reviews from people they have rented from in the past will be automatically blocked from reserving one-night stays in the Southern Nevada region – always known as a popular destination for partiers on New Year’s Eve.

Airbnb has implemented similar one-night rental bans on other major holidays in Las Vegas, including Halloween, New Year’s Eve 2021, the Fourth of July, and local users under the age of 25 with a history of poor reviews. Overall, the company noted that over 1,550 reservations in the region were blocked due to these policies.

Based on their success in lowering the number of holiday-related complaints in Las Vegas with these new policies, Airbnb has announced that they intend to implement these bans on individuals with consistently poor reviews in other cities throughout the United States.

In addition, Airbnb has other polices that discourage users from renting properties to use as party hangouts, including putting a cap on the occupancy of any rental home at 16 people due to the ingoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Lake Mead West Apartments

Affordable Housing Development Breaks Ground in North Las Vegas; Project Will Offer 156 Units When Completed

LAS VEGAS, NV – Lake Mead West Apartments, a new affordable housing complex that will be located near Texas Station in North Las Vegas, recently broke ground and, once development is started, is slated to be completed in 2023.

According to Hassan Chaudhry, principal of developer Foresight Companies and developer of Lake Mead West Apartments, the project will offer 156 units when completed and will have one, two, and three-bedroom units with below-market rents. At the moment, fair market rent in the area starts in the mid-$900 range.

“High-quality affordable housing is a critical need in Southern Nevada, and Lake Mead West Apartments will be a much-needed community in North Las Vegas,” he said. “Creating a project that is a true public-private partnership to benefit our working families requires intensive collaboration among numerous agencies and entities, but is worth the hard work for the community benefit.”

Chaudhry noted that the phrase “affordable” shouldn’t scare off prospective tenants who are worried that may translate into a lack of quality.

“Affordable just means that there is an opportunity for someone to pay less in rent. it doesn’t mean the quality of construction is low somehow,” Chaudhry said.

Lake Mead West Apartments, the development cost of which comes in at approximately $31.5 million, will be comprised of a gated complex and will feature numerous amenities for tenants, including a dog park and a barbecue area. In addition, the project will also boast of so-called “Wrap Around Services” aimed at serving the needs of tenants, offering services such as affordable health care, a food pantry, after-school programs for students, social services, computer/internet workstations, and a children’s play area.

The housing complex was brought into existence via a public-private partnership with the City of North Las Vegas, Nevada Housing Division, Foresight Companies, LLC and a private investor called Red Stone.

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

After End of Eviction Moratorium, Evictions in Las Vegas Quadruple Since 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – Since the end of the eviction moratorium in Las Vegas on May 31, 2021 – which was originally set in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic – Las Vegas has since seen a significant spike in evictions for a number of different reasons, but primarily for nonpayment of rent for an extended period of time.

While some of these evictions are due to genuine financial hardship brought about by the pandemic, reports indicate that many of these were due to tenants “gaming the system” by claiming hardship when none actually existed.

In September 2020, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported 800 eviction notices were served, along with 395 lockouts; these took place while the eviction moratorium was still in-place. It should be noted that while the moratorium forbade evictions due to financial issues encountered due to the pandemic, other reasons for an eviction – such as destruction of property or being judged to be a threat or nuisance to your neighbors – remained valid.

In September 2021 – after the eviction moratorium had ceased – police reported that the number of evictions on record effectively quadrupled, with 1,168 for eviction notices served and 1,482 lockouts having been carried out.

Some of these tenants, however, are able to remain in their residences due to Nevada Assembly Bill 486, which states that someone cannot be evicted if they have a pending application for rental assistance through programs such as the CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP). However, if an application is not pending, Bill 486 does not apply and the eviction can go forth.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused untold hardship not just for renters in Las Vegas – as well as nationwide – but also for landlords, many of whom were forced due to eviction moratoriums on both a federal and local level to allow tenants who were not paying any rent to nonetheless live for months in their properties, essentially for free.

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

Prices of Short Term Rentals In Las Vegas Continue to Climb, Spelling Big Profits for Hosts

LAS VEGAS, NV – As the pandemic winds down and more travel restrictions are removed, more people are looking to catch up on the vacationing that they were forced to do without when the pandemic was at its worst. And, in Las Vegas, according to Fox News, short-term rental hosts are taking in bigger profits than ever before as tourists seem to be willing to pay nearly any price to get away for a few days.

Travis Schurr, an Airbnb “superhost” – which Airbnb’s website describes “as experienced hosts who provide a shining example for other hosts, and extraordinary experiences for their guests” – currently runs nine rental homes in Henderson.

Because of his superhost status, Schurr is able to access software programs that synch up with current rates that hotels in the region are charging, allowing him to change his pricing of his short-term rentals dynamically on a day-to-day basis in order to remain competitive. And so far in 2021, the profits he’s enjoyed month-to-month have only gotten higher and higher due to the incredible demand.

January we did $30,000 and then we did more the following month and then we did more the following month,” he said. “We didn’t see a slowdown from January until August we dipped and then September we outdid August, and then October we outdid September.”

October was a huge milestone for Schurr, with the superhost earning over $150,000 from his Henderson rentals, which range from a two-bedroom condominium to a half-acre of land with a four-bedroom house.

Prices can really go up if a major local event is taking place, Schurr notes; for example, when the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team played their first-ever home game at Allegiant Stadium, he was able to change sports fans as much as $1,300 per night – often for several nights in a row – to stay at his properties.

With holiday travel expected to pick up in November, Schurr said that he is expecting this month’s profits to continue their upward trajectory.

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 money

Las Vegas Apartment Rent Continues to Set Records, Skyrocketing To All-Time High

LAS VEGAS, NV – When it comes to apartments in Las Vegas, they’ve never been more in-demand than they currently are now. And when it comes to what people are paying for those in-demand apartments, it seems that is yet another aspect of life in the Southern Nevada region that’s hit an all-time high.

Reports indicate that the prices of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in Las Vegas have seen a 30 percent jump when compared to the same period of time just one year ago, representing a significant increase in a relatively short amount of time.

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas is approximately $1,800 per month, and the average rent of a two-bedroom apartment will set someone back about $2,000 per month; these prices represent a new all-time high for the city.

The reason for skyrocketing rent is simple – demand, which has been fierce as the COVID-19 pandemic ends and the economy continues to recover. Competition has been strong for rental units in Vegas, and landlords and property managers recognize that; as a result, prices have been creeping ever-skyward, because it’s a given that someone will be willing to pay.

Rent prices in Vegas are currently at the point where it is beginning to fuel serious worry about the city’s continued affordability, an aspect of life in the city that has proved until now to be most attractive for people from neighboring states such as California, where taxes can make life unsustainable for some residents.

However, developers have been working on multiple apartment projects in Las Vegas that, upon completion, will hopefully feed into the ongoing demand and, as a result, help to stabilize rent prices.

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 Buildings

Las Vegas Based Apartment Complex ‘Ely at The Curve’ Purchased for $156 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – Ely at The Curve, a 456-unit apartment complex located in the Spring Valley suburb of Las Vegas, has been purchased by Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management from previous owners, The Calida Group, for $155.6 million.

Ely at The Curve, which offers easy access to not only the Las Vegas Strip, the greater Las Vegas Valley, and Downtown Las Vegas, but also several office and retail complexes, making it an ideal place to live for those looking for an apartment that is close to both business and entertainment options.

Situated at 6355 South Riley Street, Ely at The Curve was originally constructed in 2010 and offers one and two-bedroom apartments that come in at an average size of 945 square feet. The units offer a variety of attractive amenities for tenants, including walk-in closets, stainless steel dishwashers and high ceilings with crown molding.

In addition, there are two swimming pools, private cabanas, a clubhouse with coffee bar, a fitness center, and an outdoor lounge with fireplace. Ely at The Curve is located in a prime location in the Las Vegas Valley and looks to be an attractive option for professionals who have moved to the city amid the remote-work craze born out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the Las Vegas economy rebounding faster-than-anticipated after the end of mandatory business lockdowns, rental units in the heart of the city have proven to be an attractive – and highly-sought after option for those looking for new transplants to Southern Nevada.

Investors have been extremely active in the Las Vegas marketplace recently, with a number of high profile apartment sales having taken place as of late. In April, an unnamed buyer purchased three properties for $182 million from Tower 16 Capital Partners; in July, The Bascom Group also purchased three-properties for $72 million; and in August, TruAmerica Multifamily purchased Vida, a 252-unit building located near the Las Vegas Strip.

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.