Economic Conditions for the Las Vegas Valley (includes Henderson & North Las Vegas)

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  • Foreclosure/Short Sale Listings (2/15/2011): Total Listings 15128; Short Sales: 7728, 51% of all listings; Bank Owned Listings: 2935, 19% of all listings. Short sale and REO listings consume 70% of total listings
  • New Home Sales (January 2011, units sold): 224 Year Change -6.7% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • New Home Sales (January 2011, median price): $207,363 Year Change +3.3% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • Existing Home Sales (January 2011, units sold): 3080 Year Change -0.4%
  • Existing Home Sales (January 2011, median price): $115,000 Year Change: -8.0%
  • New Home Permits (January 2011): 232 Year Change -38.9%
  • Rental Rate (MLS Monthly Average Dec 2010): $1563/month 

My analysis:  Distressed listings (foreclosures and short sales) are 70% of total listings no movement from last month.  This figure is slowly going up after many months of decline. Credit markets must be watched as underwriting guidelines continue to tighten.  Condos are barely financeable.  Resale sold units and pendings remain impressive from the tax credit highs.  Inventory IS increasing as pent up demand from first time buyers was exhausted from the tax credit offering that expired June 30, 2010.  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 Area New Resident Count

Total Employment in Las Vegas

  • New Residents (February 2011): 4437, Year Change +17.1%
  • Total Employment (December 2010): 797,600 Year Change -1.6%
  • Unemployment Rate (December 2010) 14.9%, Year Change +1.9%

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 -129,300 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 still painful however the total employed numbers have remained stable for a year.

Tourism/Gaming Conditions:

Las Vegas Area Convention Attendance

  • McCarran Airport Total Passengers (January 2011): 3,165,368 Year Change +5.0%
  • Gaming Revenue (December 2010): $733,777,258, Year Change -2.6%
  • Visitor Volume (December 2010): 3,110,655, Year Change +3.7%
  • Convention Attendance (December 2010): 155,410, Year Change  +12.6% 
  • Hotel/Motel Occupancy (December 2010): 72.4% Year Change +1.1%

My analysis:   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 numbers are very encouraging.

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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Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Wow Renee! If anyone really wants to know what's happening in Las Vegas, be it real estate or airport traffic, this report has got EVERYTHING!!

Detailed, well thought out, informative.

I don't think I'd know where to start to put something like this together for my readers.



Mar 09, 2011 01:41 AM #1
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


I've often wondered how the LV market has seen such low absorption rates relative to the rest of the nation. It certainly can't be because there is less distress.


Mar 09, 2011 01:49 AM #2
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Renee - THe charts are pretty, but the numbers behind them are not so good. I see our market moving up right now, lets hope yours does also.

Mar 09, 2011 10:06 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Looks like more good news is needed for your area Renee ~ but you certainly are the "go to" Realtor in the Las Vegas Valley area!

Mar 10, 2011 11:03 AM #4
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Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Thanks all for the comments!

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