Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Las Vegas Real Estate in July: Sales down 10% YoY, Inventory down 1%

by Bill McBride on 8/09/2016 01:41:00 PM

This is a key distressed market to follow since Las Vegas has seen the largest price decline of any of the Case-Shiller composite 20 cities.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Southern Nevada Home Prices Keep Climbing Amid Tight Supply, GLVAR Housing Statistics for July 2016

“The local housing market is having a pretty solid summer so far,” said 2016 GLVAR President Scott Beaudry, a longtime local REALTOR®. “Home prices have been going up gradually. And although we sold fewer homes and condos in July than we did during the previous month and year, sales have been running ahead of last year’s pace. Our tight inventory might finally be slowing down our sales pace. Sales slipped the most during July for lower-priced homes. This suggests it’s getting harder for entry-level buyers to find the homes they want.”

According to GLVAR, the total number of existing local homes, condominiums and townhomes sold in July was 3,447, down from 3,815 total sales in July of 2015. Compared to the same month one year ago, 7.2 percent fewer homes, and 4.2 percent fewer condos and townhomes sold in July.
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By the end of July, GLVAR reported 7,338 single-family homes listed without any sort of offer. That’s down 1.3 percent from one year ago. For condos and townhomes, the 1,212 properties listed without offers in July represented a 48.0 percent decrease from one year ago.
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As in past months, GLVAR continued to track declines in distressed sales and a corresponding increase in traditional home sales, where lenders are not controlling the transaction. In July, 5.7 percent of all local sales were short sales – when lenders allow borrowers to sell a home for less than what they owe on the mortgage. That’s down from 7.1 percent of all sales one year ago. Another 5.9 percent of all July sales were bank-owned, down from 7.7 percent one year ago.
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1) Overall sales were down 9.6% year-over-year.

2) Active inventory is down 1.3% from a year ago.