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Summerlin South Las Vegas

Summerlin South is Las Vegas’ Newest High-End Hotspot, with NFL Raiders and Celebrities Alike Buying Up Homes

LAS VEGAS, NV – Situated an approximate 20-minute drive west of the Las Vegas Strip, the master-planned community of Summerlin South has been becoming one of the most in-demand neighborhoods among the growing number of affluent sports stars and celebrities who have been calling Southern Nevada home in recent years.

Summerlin South is located within the development of Summerlin – also home to the communities of Sutherland North and West – and it is situated upon a 6,200-acre plot of land that originally began construction towards the end of the 1980s. Summerlin South is comprised of six residential districts, including the Red Rock Country Club, the Willows, the Gardens, Ridgebrook, Trilogy and Siena, all with their own unique layout, style, and amenities.

While Summerlin South features the same desert climate as the rest of Las Vegas, its residents experience a slightly cooler climate overall – anywhere from 5 to 7 degrees on average, with low humidity – due to the community’s higher elevation in general, which places it approximately 3,500 feet above sea level.

The homes in Summerlin South range in price by a wide degree depending on which neighborhood you’re looking at, going anywhere from a low of $500,000 to over $20 million, with the average luxury property fetching a minimum of $1 million and up.

A plethora of high-end amenities are the name of the game in Summerlin South, whose residents enjoy access to over 150 parks, 200 miles of scenic trails, numerous top-rated golf courses, recreational facilities, and Downtown Summerlin, which is a lavish, walkable shopping and entertainment center. In addition, Summerlin South’s constituent districts have their own dedicated amenities as well, including clubhouses, golf courses, parks, gyms, upscale restaurants and tennis clubs.

As for some of the more notable residents of Summerlin South, they include Hollywood A-lister Mark Wahlberg, acclaimed singer Celine Dion, musician Carlos Santana and numerous professional athletes such as Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams and Major League Hall of Fame baseball player Greg Maddux.

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 Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders NFL Team Purchases Offices, Warehouse Adjacent to Allegiant Stadium

LAS VEGAS, NV – Expanding their footprint in Southern Nevada even further, the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team recently purchased an office and warehouse building across the street from their home of Allegiant Stadium, spending approximately $10.6 million according to property records.

The Raiders had already been utilizing the 33,000 square-foot building in question – located at 5525 Polaris Avenue – after having signed a 10 year long rental agreement in 2020 with brokerage firm Colliers International. However, for undisclosed reasons, the Raiders have instead opted to purchase the property outright.

To date, the Raiders – along with team owner Mark Davis – have amassed an impressive array of real estate transactions in Southern Nevada since transplanting the team there in 2020.

Initially, the Raiders purchased over 60 acres of land near the famed Las Vegas Strip in 2017 for 77.5 million; it was there that they constructed Allegiant Stadium, their 65,000 seat, $2 billion home stadium.

After that, they purchased an additional 55 acres in Henderson for approximately $6 million in 2018, where they then constructed a 300,000 square-foot practice facility and headquarters complex; however, in early 2020 they sold the complex for $191 million, only to subsequently lease it back from its new owner.

Then, in 2019, the Raiders purchased just over 17 acres of property within a mile of Allegiant for $28 million, in order to utilize it for stadium parking. 2020 saw the team buy an additional 3 acres west of the stadium for $16 million, as well as three industrial buildings next to their Henderson headquarters for over $56 million.

Davis has been buying and selling a great deal of real estate in Vegas on a personal basis as well; he has purchased both undeveloped land and a condo in the exclusive Summit Club community, only to later turn around and sell both before buying a 6.8 acre site in Henderson’s Ascaya community, where he is currently building a three-story luxury estate.

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Raiders

NFL Raiders Expands Las Vegas Footprint, Purchase Three Buildings for $56 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis recently purchased three industrial buildings – one of which being the unfinished practice facility of the WNBA Las Vegas Aces – for $56 million, increasing the NFL team’s foothold in Southern Nevada even further. 

Davis purchased the three buildings, which are situated next to the Raiders’ Henderson-based headquarters, from Matter Real Estate Group.

The Aces’ 80,000-square-foot training complex is currently new, albeit unfinished, and once construction is expected to be completed in March 2023, and anticipated to include numerous amenities such as a weight room, daycare facility, player lounges, a lecture hall, and more. 

The Aces were originally purchased by Davis from MGM Resorts International in 2021, and in September 2022 the team won the WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun

The Raiders have a major real estate footprint in Las Vegas, including 60 acres of land purchased for $77.5 million in 2017 upon which their current home field – Allegiant Stadium – stands, as well as 55 acres of land in Henderson purchased in 2018, where they constructed a 300,000-square-foot practice facility and headquarters complex. 

An additional 20 acres of land adjacent to Allegiant Stadium was also purchased by the Raiders for $44 million that will mainly be used for a parking facility. 

Davis is also in the process of building a 15,000-square-foot home located within a luxury master-planned community in Henderson called Ascaya which will feature a man cave, professional kitchen, bar, steam room, library and 5,500-square-foot garage. The home is costing the Raiders owner $14 million, but currently its overall completion date is still up in the air. 

As for the aforementioned three industrial buildings that make up Davis’ most recent acquisitions, their exact intended use – aside from the Aces’ training facility – has yet to be revealed. 

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

Las Vegas

Real Estate Expert Says Las Vegas Housing Market Still Proving to be Affordable Despite Inflation, Competition

LAS VEGAS, NV – The housing market nationwide has been experiencing a series of hurdles and setbacks due to the ongoing inflation and rising mortgage interest rates that have been plaguing prospective homebuyers throughout 2022. However, real estate experts are noting that while Las Vegas isn’t immune to these issues, the marketplace is currently proving to be far more affordable overall than much of the country.

As 2022 soon enters into its final month, Las Vegas real estate expert Kirby Scofield stated in a recent interview that – despite the economic roadblocks that are in the way – individuals can still get a great deal in Southern Nevada if they’re willing to put in the effort, as the region features a unique set of circumstances that can prove rewarding for homebuyers.

“We have four casinos going up, two more sports teams supposedly going to be announced and thousands of jobs coming into Las Vegas, that means people are going to be moving…moving means buying and selling homes,” he said.

The factors contributing to an improving Las Vegas real estate marketplace include gradually-lowering home prices coupled with reduced competition for the current inventory; this situation, Scofield said, can provide the ability to secure a good deal on a purchase despite high interest rates on home loans, which are currently past 7 percent.

Scofield notes that buyers should be looking at homes that they can afford based on the current interest rates, but also keep in mind that the tough market is now causing sellers to offer compromises that can lower the overall money you need to sink into a deal.

In addition, Scofield also said that some first-time home buyers may qualify for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) home loan, which would require only a three-and-a-half percent down payment.

“Utilize that it’s currently a buyer’s market to get seller concessions to buy down the points, and pay for your closing costs and get keys for home you deserve,” he said. “More homes available in FHA limit, double than we had in inventory in January alone of every home total in Vegas.”

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Construction Workers in Las Vegas

Construction Workers in Vegas Losing Higher Wages to Increased U.S. Inflation; Segment Hit Especially Hard

LAS VEGAS, NV – Construction workers in Las Vegas have seen increased wages throughout last year, according to a recently-released study, but unfortunately those extra earnings have been gobbled up by the 40-year high inflation that currently holds the country in its grip, essentially negating any gains that were to be had.

The study, released by Construction Coverage, indicates that Nevada residents overall have been paying an additional $805 every month on everyday expenses, ranking the state seventh in the nation in terms of the toll inflation has taken upon it.

But construction workers – of which Las Vegas boasts approximately 7,600 – have seen the 7.1 percent pay bump that they experienced in 2021 reduced to the equivalent of just 3.4 percent when inflation is taken into account, showing that this segment of the workforce has been hit especially hard by the current economic crisis.

Throughout the heightened degree of inflation that the country has been experiencing, the Construction Coverage study illustrates that wages have struggled to keep up with the financial burden being placed upon Americans. In particular, Las Vegas has been in great need of construction laborers and inflation has not only been taking its toll upon them, but the industry as a whole – not even to mention that the prices of building materials have also skyrocketed.

Despite their importance to the industry, construction workers are among the lowest-paid segment of real estate development, with the median annual income being about $37,770; in contrast, Las Vegas construction laborers make an average of $37,500 a year, so any gains that are swallowed up by inflation are hurting these workers in the wallet more than usual.

U.S. Cities With the Largest Wage Increases for Construction Laborers [2022 Edition]
Construction Coverage: U.S. Cities With the Largest Wage Increases for Construction Laborers [2022 Edition]

Nevada recently ranked 28th in the country for gains in construction laborer wages, whereas Indiana and Montana had the largest increases in wages in the industry.

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House with Two Car Garage

Las Vegas Home Prices Set All-Time Records, But Still Below Pre-Recession Value Levels Due to Inflation

LAS VEGAS, NV – As the months go by and the economy continues to improve emerging – ever-so-slowly – away from the COVID-19 pandemic, records continue to be broken on a regular basis in Las Vegas’ housing market. But according to experts, while home prices are the highest they’ve ever been in Southern Nevada, there’s at least one way that home values are still underneath their pre-recession levels.

According to local media reports, signs that the Vegas housing market is on fire can be plainly seen in the numbers, with buyers for homes in Spring Valley and Summerlin last week paying a whopping $22,000 and $75,000 over their respective asking prices. And if you don’t think that’s a sign of intense competition, let’s not forget about the Henderson home that recently sold for approximately $160,000 more than its owner had paid for it just a few short years ago.  

But while real estate records are falling by the wayside with increasing regularity as of late in Las Vegas, one way experts note values remain in question is that they are still shy of the levels achieved prior to the burst of the housing bubble in the mid-2000’s, and that’s due to inflation.

In July 2021, the median sales price of previously owned single-family homes in Vegas was an all-time high of $405,000, representing a 22.7 percent jump from the same period of time in 2020. But the previous peak of median house prices in the region was in the middle of 2006, when they reached $315,000… which, in 2021 dollars, would come to $423,834.

Experts say that factor alone illustrates a great many things about Las Vegas real estate, such as the extreme bloat of the pre-recession marketplace and how circumstances today – despite prices rising again to the point of creating affordability concerns – are far more stable overall, leading to less risk of another hosing bubble pop and subsequent financial disaster.

Many analysts predict that the current boom in Vegas will eventually level off as developers continue to construct new homes and rental properties to satisfy demand, although exactly when that will happen is anyone’s guess.

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.

Justice

Courts in Las Vegas Ready Themselves for Mass Influx of Eviction Cases after End of State Moratorium

LAS VEGAS, NV – Courts in Las Vegas are steeling themselves for a massive influx of eviction cases as the eviction moratorium set by Governor Steve Sisolak finally came to an end as of May 31, with thousands of local residents who may have lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown facing expulsion from their homes after months of not making good on their rent, reports say.

A large number of Nevada residents have applied for rental assistance via CHAP, the county’s housing assistance program, but many have either been denied and are appealing or are still awaiting a decision on their eligibility. But regardless, no one can anticipate how large the upcoming number of evictions will be in the coming days now that the clock on the state eviction ban has run out.

Las Vegas Chief Judge Melissa Saragosa noted that it’s impossible to anticipate how many eviction cases will be filed in the upcoming weeks after over a year of landlords being forced to essentially provide free room and board for people while running their own bank accounts dry.

“It’s really hard to say,” he said. “I mean, we’re doing the best to be prepared and have the capacity to hear cases, but without knowing exactly how many cases are coming in, that’s very difficult to say.”

Prior to COVID-19, the caseload for evictions at the Las Vegas Justice Court was approximately 30,000 cases a year; however, with the vast number of anticipated cases that are expected to be filed as of June 1, that number is expected to be eclipsed very shortly, especially with the move on the part of city government to a remote eviction filing system.

“We’ve changed our model from a very in-person driven process to one that’s working online,” Saragosa said, noting that while a backlog is expected due to huge demand, extensive preparation means that it’s expected to be measured in terms of weeks and not months.

“I don’t anticipate anything even remotely close to six months!” he said. “We’re cross-training all of our legal office assistants, our legal office specialists, we’re cross-training those individuals to help us process the eviction paperwork. We also have additional courtroom space that we’re able to dedicate to hearing just evictions.”

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.

Caesars Palace

Las Vegas Receiving Large Influx of New York Real Estate Investment Dollars

LAS VEGAS, NV – Recently, with real estate booming in Southern Nevada, investment firms in New York have been delivering an influx of capital into multiple upcoming development projects in Las Vegas, signaling a strong belief in the current and future potential of the region, reports say.

The Rio Resort and Casino was sold last month by Caesars Entertainment Corp for $516.3 million to Imperial Companies, making the latest high-profile – and high-dollar – sale of a Vegas property to a New York-based investor or group. File photo: Pixabay.

The Rio Resort and Casino was sold last month by Caesars Entertainment Corp for $516.3 million to Imperial Companies, making the latest high-profile – and high-dollar – sale of a Vegas property to a New York-based investor or group. As per the deal, Caesars will continue to function as management for the Rio for the next two years – or possibly longer – while paying $45 million in rent annually.

Prior to the mid-2000’s national recession – before housing values in Las Vegas had collapsed and multiple development projects were abandoned – many New York-based investment firms swept in and financially backed numerous construction and real estate projects, a trend that has continued to this very day with the recovery of the economy.

One of the very biggest New York investors in Las Vegas is The Blackstone Group, owned by Stephen Schwarzman. Among the Vegas-based purchases that Blackstone has made in recent years – in addition to multiple local-area apartment buildings – include the Hughes Center office park for $347 million in 2013, the Cosmopolitan for over $1.7 billion in 2014, and the World Market Center furniture showroom hall in 2017; the amount of that last acquisition has not been publicly disclosed.

Steve Witkoff, a prominent New York-based developer, purchased the Las Vegas Strip-based Fontainebleau – in an unfinished state at the time, and now called Drew Las Vegas – for $600 million in 2017, along with partners based in Florida. In addition, the Nakash family of New York, in partnership with Gindi Capital, purchased the Showcase Mall – located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise – for over $367 million, the deal done in two phases in 2014 and 2015. Gindi, on their own, also bought 9.5 acres of property on Las Vegas Boulevard for $172 million in 2019.

Many other deals and investments have been made by New York-based entities as well.

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Focus on Downtown Las Vegas Construction Bringing Influx of Jobs to Area, Many With Higher-Than-Average Wages

LAS VEGAS – The Vegas economy continues to have its fires stoked with a renewed focus on development in recent months, centered on construction projects in the famed downtown district. With a renewed emphasis on renovating existing facilities and building new ones, hundreds of employment opportunities have been made available, and due to tight deadlines these projects impose, many jobs need to be filled quickly and often for higher-than-average wages. 

Experts are predicting that within the next ten years, real estate in the Las Vegas valley will become some of the most valuable in all of Southern Nevada. File photo: Pixabay.

Essentially, if you’re looking to find a job and aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, it’s a win-win situation for all involved. Penta Building Group is currently heavily involved in the construction of the Expo at World Market Center in Vegas’ downtown region; reports estimate that at least 500 jobs are being made available in order to bring the $100 million project to life, both on-time and on-budget. Reportedly the jobs offered run the gamut from skilled tradesman such as electricians and plumbers to rank-and-file laborers, the very backbone of any construction project.

Another project in the works is a hotel dubbed Circa, owned by developer Derek Stevens and slated for construction in the valley. Currently, the project is in need of 1500 workers, and is being heralded as one of the first casinos built in the downtown Las Vegas region in decades. In addition, reports also indicate that two large apartment complexes are going to be soon erected in Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, with the twin facilities known as Aspen Heights and Southernland.

Still more jobs are up for grabs from hotels and casinos that are in the midst of giving themselves a face-lift; renovations and upgrades are happening all over the downtown area and along the Las Vegas strip in order to offer more entertainment options and amenities for the growing tourist population that visit the city on an annual basis.

With all of this construction and the many jobs it will create, comes at a period of time where prices for real estate in downtown Las Vegas are currently on the rise. In fact, within the next 10 years, experts are predicting that real estate in the Las Vegas valley area will become some of the most valuable in all of Southern Nevada; with that being the case, many companies are now pouring development efforts – and dollars – into developing in the area while it is still relatively affordable.

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

mortgage rates

Top Five Market Factors That Influence Mortgage Rates

Timing the market for the best possible opportunity to lock a mortgage rate on a new loan is certainly a challenge, even for the professionals. While there are several several generic interest rate trend indicators online, the difference between what’s advertised and actually attainable can be influenced at any given moment by at least 50 different variables in the market, and with each individual loan approval scenario.

Outside of the borrower’s control, the mortgage rate marketplace is a dynamic, volatile living and breathing animal. Lenders set their rates every day based on the market activities of Mortgage Bonds, also known as Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS). On volatile days, a lender might adjust their pricing anywhere from one to five times, depending on what’s taking place in the market.

Factors That Influence Mortgage Backed Securities:

1.  Inflation –

In economics, inflation is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time.When the price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, annual inflation is also an erosion in the purchasing power of money – a loss of real value in the internal medium of exchange and unit of account in the economy.

A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index (normally the Consumer Price Index) over time.

As inflation increases, or as the expectation of future inflation increases, rates will push higher.

The contrary is also true; when inflation declines, rates decrease.

Famous economist Milton Friedman said “inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.”

Public Enemy #1 of all fixed income investments, inflation and the expectation of future inflation is a key indicator of how much investors will pay for mortgage bonds, and therefore how high or low current mortgage rates will be in the open market.

When an investor buys a bond, they receive a fixed percentage of the value of that bond as ‘coupon’ payments.

With MBS, an investor might buy a bond that pays 5.000%, which means for every $100 invested, they receive $5 in interest per year, usually divided up over 12 payments.

For the buyer of a mortgage bond, that $5 coupon payment is worth more in the first year, because it can buy more today than it can in the future, due to inflation.

When the markets read signals of increasing inflation, it tells bond investors that their future coupon payments will be less valuable by the time they receive them. So basically, this causes investors to demand higher rates for any new bonds they invest in.

2. The Federal Reserve –

As part of its 2008-2010 stimulus effort, the NY Fed spent almost all of its $1.25 TN budget buying mortgage bonds. Many believe this strategy kept mortgage rates lower over a 15 month period.

The lending environment significantly changed between 2008, when the Fed began its mortgage bond purchasing program, and early 2010 when the market was left to survive on its own.

When the MBS purchase program was announced in November 2008, mortgage bonds reacted immediately and dramatically.

But at that time, there weren’t any investors willing to take a risk in buying mortgage bonds.

The meltdown in the mortgage market and world economies lead many investors to shy away from the risks associated with MBS, which is why the Fed had to step in and basically assume the role as the sole investor of mortgage bonds.

However, loan underwriting guidelines drastically tightened up by 2010, which may create a little more confidence in the mortgage bond market.

3. Unemployment –

Decreasing unemployment will suggest that mortgage rates will rise.

Typically, higher unemployment levels tend to result in lower inflation, which makes bonds safer and permits higher bond prices.

For example, the unemployment rate in March 2010 was at 9.7%, just slightly below it’s highest mark in the current economic cycle.

Every month, the BLS releases the Nonfarm Payrolls, aka The Jobs Report, which tallies the number of jobs created or lost in the preceding month.

The previous report indicated a loss of 36,000 jobs. Not necessarily a number that will move the needle on the unemployment gauge, but some economists suggest we need about 125,000 new jobs each month just to keep pace with population growth.

So that negative 36,000 is more like -161,000 jobs short of an improving unemployment picture.

One flaw to pay attention to with unemployment rates is that the method of surveying fails to capture part-time workers who desire full-time employment, discouraged job seekers who have taken time off from searching and other would-be workers who are not considered to be part of the labor force.

4. GDP –

GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, is a measure of the economic output of the country.

High levels of GDP growth may signal increasing mortgage rates.

The Federal Reserve slashes short-term rates when GDP slows to encourage people and business to borrow money.

When GDP gets too hot, there might be too much money floating around, and inflation usually picks up.

So high GDP ratings warn the market that interest rates will rise to keep inflation concerns in balance.

Spiking GDP with flat/increasing unemployment begs some questions.

There are two major indicators that help provide more context:

1. Increases to worker productivity – employers are getting more work out of their current employees to avoid hiring new ones

2. Surges in inventory cycles – when the economy first started contracting, manufacturing slowed down to cut costs, and sales were made by liquidating inventory.

This is like a roller coaster cresting a hill, where one part of the train is going up, the other down. Eventually, the other side catches up, inventories are rebuilt by manufacturing more than is being sold. Both surges can throw off periodic reports of GDP.

5. Geopolitics –

Unforeseen events related to global conflict, political events, and natural disasters will tend to lower mortgage relates.

Anything that the markets didn’t see coming causes uncertainty and panic. And when markets panic, money generally moves to stable investments (bonds), which brings rates lower.

Mortgage bonds pick up some of that momentum.

Acts of terrorism, tsunami’s, earthquakes, and recent sovereign debt crises (Dubai, Greece) are all examples.

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Putting It All Together:

Economic data is reported daily, and some items have a greater tendency to be of concern to the market for mortgage rates.

If you are involved in a real estate financing transaction, it’s helpful to be aware of these influences, or to rely upon the advice of a mortgage professional who is already dialed in.

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Luxury Residential Development

January 2024 Sees Second-Highest Number of Luxury Home Sales in Las Vegas History

LAS VEGAS, NV – January 2024 saw the second-highest number of luxury home sales in Las Vegas ever, proving that high-end residence sales in Southern Nevada are still going strong – and picking up steam – despite whatever challenges are encountered by the national real estate market overall in light of high inflation and mortgage rates.

In all, 102 homes and condominiums priced at $1 million and higher exchange hands last month, an amount eclipsed only by the current record-holding year of January 2022, during which 122 abodes in that price range were sold. The next two highest months in Las Vegas history were January 2021, when 86 luxury sales took place, and January 2023, when 76 were sold.

January’s luxury home sales in Vegas were bolstered by a number of expensive purchases, topped by the sale of an estate in Summerlin’s affluent The Summit Club community for a whopping $19 million. This home, acquired by Insight Tech Holdings NV LLC – a buyer from Asia – from Chambord Revocable Trust with Michael L. and M’Lissa M. Gravelle listed as trustees, was an all-cash deal.

The home, located on Stardust Drive, was originally built in 2020 and subsequently renovated in 2021; it features four bedrooms and 4.5 baths in a residence with an “ultra-modern design” that offers 7,908 square-feet of living space. Situated on a 1.37-acre plot of land, the property also boasts a pool and unobstructed views of the famed Las Vegas Strip.

The second highest-priced home that was sold in Vegas in January was a two-story residence in McDonald Highlands in Henderson for $8.45 million. Built in 2022, renovated in 2023, and located on a 0.3-acre plot of land on Tranquil Rim Court, the 7,373 square-foot home has five bedrooms, five full baths, two partial baths, and a six-car garage. Amenities include a movie theater, bar, game room, wine cellar, and elevator.

The third-highest luxury sale in Las Vegas in January was $7.3 million for a Southern Highlands home, followed by a home in The Ridges in Summerlin for $5.76 million.

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

Report Indicates that Moving to Las Vegas En Masse

Report: California Residents Relocating to Nevada Partly Responsible for Las Vegas Affordable Housing Shortage

LAS VEGAS, NV – The recent drought of affordable housing options in Las Vegas can be contributed to a number of different reasons, but a new report indicates one of the factors affecting the situation is the large number of California residents relocating to Nevada that have been outcompeting state residents for housing for some time now.

Bob Cleveland, President and Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, noted that Californians have been outbidding Nevadans for homes in the Las Vegas Valley for several decades now. The situation was exasperated even further starting in 2022 when the Federal Reserve began increasing interest rates in order to curb record-high national inflation.

I hate to say it but it’s California, and that’s me growing up in the construction industry and I used to work for a builder,” he said. “During the first boom that we had, I was the area manager for the Northwest and we would release a section of homes at 3 o’clock in the morning and there would be a line of people and almost all of them would be from California. And you had to put down $20,000 cash deposit just to get on the list to buy these houses.”

Over the course of the last several decades, Californians have comprised approximately one-third of all new residents moving to Nevada, with the vast majority of those transplants coming from Los Angeles.

When it comes to Californians edging out Nevadans on the housing market, the edge that the former holds is clear; according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Los Angeles is $83,000, in contrast to just $66,000 in the Las Vegas Valley. In addition, the average price of a home in Los Angeles is approximately $900,000, as opposed to just $400,000 in Southern Nevada.

It’s these circumstances that Cleveland says creates an enormously unfair advantage for California residents when it comes to competing for affordable housing in the Las Vegas Valley.

Our income is just not on par with California’s income,” he said. “So our housing prices have gone up because of the influx of California money, and our income hasn’t been going up so it makes it hard for the average Joe to keep up.”

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.