Friday, October 06, 2017

Las Vegas Real Estate in September: Sales up Slightly YoY, Inventory down Sharply

by Bill McBride on 10/06/2017 12:55:00 PM

This is a key distressed market to follow since Las Vegas saw the largest price decline, following the housing bubble, of any of the Case-Shiller composite 20 cities.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Local Home Prices Keep Climbing, While Sales Stabilize in September, GLVAR Housing Statistics for September 2017

The Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR) reported today that local home prices continued to rise while home sales stabilized in September.
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By the end of September, GLVAR reported 4,969 single-family homes listed for sale without any sort of offer. That’s down 33.1 percent from one year ago. For condos and townhomes, the 680 properties listed without offers in September represented a 41.4 percent drop from one year ago.

The total number of existing local homes, condos and townhomes sold during September was 3,571, up from 3,541 in September 2016. Compared to one year ago, sales were down 0.4 percent for homes, but up 7.0 percent for condos and townhomes.

According to GLVAR, total sales so far in 2017 continue to outpace 2016, when 41,720 total properties were sold in Southern Nevada. At this rate, GLVAR statistics show that 2017 is on pace to be the best year for local home sales since at least 2012.
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In recent years, GLVAR has been reporting fewer distressed sales and more traditional home sales, where lenders are not controlling the transaction. That trend continued in September, when 2.9 percent of all local sales were short sales – which occur when lenders allow borrowers to sell a home for less than what they owe on the mortgage. That’s down from 4.6 percent of all sales in September 2016. Another 2.3 percent of all September sales were bank-owned, down from 6.0 percent one year ago.
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1) Overall sales were up about 1% year-over-year.

2) Active inventory (single-family and condos) is down sharply from a year ago.

3) Fewer distressed sales.