Economic Conditions for the Las Vegas Valley November 2009

Reblogger Kimberly Dearth
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX CENTRAL


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Economic Conditions for the Las Vegas Valley October 2009

Las Vegas NV Real Estate

 Housing Conditions:

  • Foreclosure/Short Sale Listings (11/15/2009): Total Listings 10393; Short Sales: 4475, 43% of all listings; Bank Owned Listings: 2243, 22% of all listings. Short sale and REO listings consume 65% of total listings
  • New Home Sales (October 2009, units sold): 441 Year Change -44.7% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • New Home Sales (October 2009, median price): $205,000 Year Change -16.0% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • Existing Home Sales (October 2009, units sold): 4328 Year Change +35.5%
  • Existing Home Sales (October 2009, median price): $125,000 Year Change: -30.6%
  • New Home Permits (September 2009): 396 Year Change -14.1%
  • Rental Rate (MLS Monthly Average August 2009): $1265/month 

My analysis:  Distressed listings (foreclosures and short sales) are 65% of total listings.  Credit markets must be watched as underwriting guidelines continue to tighten.  Condos are barely financeable.  Resale sold units and pendings remain impressive.  Builders cannot compete with bank owned listing prices, thus sales remain lackluster. The rental market is softening due to all the investor/first time buyer combination of activity.  This adds more supply and creates less demand.

New Residents/Employment Conditions:

Las Vegas New Resident Count

Las Vegas Total Employment

  • New Residents (October 2009): 4705, Year Change -16.2%
  • Total Employment (October 2009): 848,300 Year Change -6.7%
  • Unemployment Rate (October  2009) 13.0%, Year Change +68.8%

My analysis: The tourism, gaming and convention numbers need to improve before these numbers improve.  New Resident Count will continue to plummet if no new jobs are created.  Economists are hoping that City Center brings tens of thousands of new jobs.  The Las Vegas Valley has lost -78600 jobs since April 2008.  I am not optimistic that City Center can pull us out of this slump.  (see Tourism/Gaming conditions below!)  City Center is expected to draw in anywhere from 10,000-15,000 new jobs.  Unfortunately around 8500 construction workers from the project will be unemployed so that really boils down to only 2500-7500 new jobs.  Unemployment rate is painful.

Tourism/Gaming Conditions:

Las Vegas Convention Attendance

  • McCarran Airport Total Passengers (September 2009): 3,336,007 Year Change -3.5%
  • Gaming Revenue (September 2009): $774,055,720, Year Change -9.3%
  • Visitor Volume (September 2009): 3,350,862, Year Change -3.7%
  • Convention Attendance (September 2009): 401,319, Year Change  12.2% 
  • Hotel/Motel Occupancy (September 2009): 83.2% Year Change -1.3%

My analysis:   Convention attendance rose in the double digits this month after a -58% year over year for month prior.  We shall see if this is a fluke or sustainable.  This sector (tourism) needs to see some serious price corrections before we see a comeback.  Corporate credit is not coming back any time soon.  It will be hard to get convention attendance back up without corporate credit.  Glad to see regular tourists are making their way here with the imbalance of the other numbers to replace the convention attendee numbers.  Gaming and convention business is big business and those numbers MUST increase for jobs to increase and for our entire economy to stabilize.  Any convention attendance decrease of over 10% is extremely painful to this economy and all the overbuilt convention space.  It will be interesting to see what hotel/motel occupancy boils down to after city center opens with almost 6,000 new rooms online.  Anyone else seeing price corrections in store for the Las Vegas Strip?

Sources: Salestraq, Home Builder's Research, Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention & Visitor's Authority, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.  Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  My analysis is my humble opinion

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Richard Dolbeare
Inactive - Wailuku, HI
Living the Hawaii Lifestyle

Hi Kimberly.  The stats look good for real estate but not too good for employment (ouch!).

Dec 02, 2009 09:36 AM