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Vegas Buyers Get Ten Thousand In Instant Equity! Is The Market Shifting?

The State Of The Market If you’ve been shopping for a home this year, you probably know it can be vicious out there. Almost 1/3 of the homes recently sold to out of state buyers. Many of those buyers are coming from the West costal area. They have plenty of sale proceeds to pay over

Ready To Relocate To Las Vegas? How To Find The Perfect Home.

Where is the best place to buy a house in Las Vegas?  

This really depends on your lifestyle & what you love to do. Do you go to the casinos on the Strip or enjoy all the great outdoors we have surrounding the city more frequently? If you want both there are also some great locals casinos in many areas too. Far up North & West may be good if you love snowboarding, or hiking Mt. Charleston. A few communities my clients really like up there are:

Providence

Centennial Hills  

Skye Canyon

Head South & East and you’ll be close to lakes Mead & Mojave if you prefer more fishing, boating, &  jet skiing.  Lake Las Vegas is a prominent community in that direction that has its own man-made lake & plenty of celebrity neighbors.  You could even go out to Boulder City, a small-town feeling city not far from Las Vegas proper.  Boulder City is the town built around the creation of the famous Hoover Dam & Milo’s Cellar is still a gem of a little spot for lunch & even has a few rooms to rent for the night. 

What Is 2020 Doing To Las Vegas Real Estate?

It Depends On Who You Are

This has certainly been a unique and challenging year so far for many of us, particularly in Las Vegas. How 2020 has impacted our housing market depends a lot on where you are in the market. While there are as many particular situations as there are clients; for our purposes here, we’ll break them down into the following categories: Sellers, Buyers, & Homeowners .

Sellers – Possibly The Biggest Winner?

Those looking to sell their home this year have seen very little competition. The demand may not be quite what it was last year, but it is still well-outpacing available inventory supply. Many areas in Las Vegas are seeing 2-3 weeks as a median time on market. Historically, this is incredibly low. This demand is raising home values & in some cases for well-marketed homes, in show-ready condition, even creating bidding wars.

Yes, selling this year has its own set of hurdles to overcome, but in a cost-benefit analysis is still heavily benefiting sellers. There are particular challenges to selling a home today if the seller may be working from that home. This creates limited hours available for buyer showings. In homes with children, we could see school from home, or daycare from home further restricting showing availability. There are some excellent options available for initial showings including a 3-dimensional virtual walk-through such as this one from one of our office’s listings under contract already. Innovative solutions like this reduce intrusions for the seller & expand the buyer’s ability to get a feel for the home prior to in-person showings while keeping everyone safe.

There are also other things we can do to keep your home’s residents & potential shoppers safe as well. Requiring masks & providing booties at the entry point are some we’ve used. Keeping the home not only show-ready clean, but pandemic-clean with sanitizer at entry & disinfecting wipes for light switches, door handles & other surfaces after showings can also go a long way to keeping everyone safe & pleased throughout the process.

The Other Side Of This Coin, Of Course – Home Buyers

Buyers are seeing a lot of competition for the home of their dreams, & yes prices are rising. You may think if the sellers are coming out so far ahead, it must be at the loss of the buyer. However, for those mortgaging their purchase, the drop in interest rates is creating a win-win for both parties. In many cases the lower rates mean buyers making the same money this year as last, on average, can afford about $30,000.00

Relocating to Las Vegas, NV and How to Buy A Home Out of State.

We just helped Debbie & Peter purchase a home in Spanish Trail; a gorgeous, well-established golf course community here in Las Vegas, NV. I’d spoken with Debbie, who was a referral from a friend of mine. She’s his mother & was looking to move to Las Vegas to be closer to her new grandson. Her husband also just got a relocation here with his company. There are a lot of great reasons to move to Las Vegas. Lower taxes & more affordable housing is a big one we’re seeing from many Californians making the move. For Debbie & Peter, being close to family, having the job-relocation opportunity, & being able to say goodbye to those frozen New York winters were main motivators.

We’d done all the leg work to figure out what she & Peter were looking for in a new home, had her pre-qualified with Charles Christmas at Gold Star Financial, and were prepared to make a confidant offer when the right home appeared. Something low maintenance, secure, and comfortably appointed with great amenities were all on the top of the list. Fortunately, Spanish Trail community was not only checking all these boxes, it was a short drive from family already in town.

Debbie’s son & I had walked a few properties together, using Facetime to give a live feed to Debbie and Peter, while her son gave commentary on how he thought the space & design elements would