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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Las Vegas Real Estate in August: YoY Non-contingent Inventory up 39%, Distressed Sales and Cash Buying down YoY

by Calculated Risk on 9/09/2014 02:39:00 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 GLVAR reports local home prices holding steady, fewer cash buyers

According to GLVAR, the total number of existing local homes, condominiums and townhomes sold in August was 3,120, down from 3,314 in July and down from 3,539 one year ago.

GLVAR said 32.1 percent of all existing local homes sold in August were purchased with cash. That’s down from 35.6 percent in July, near a five-year low and well short of the February 2013 peak of 59.5 percent, suggesting that fewer investors are buying homes in Southern Nevada.
Since 2013, GLVAR has reported fewer distressed sales and more traditional home sales, where lenders are not controlling the transaction. That trend continued in August, when GLVAR reported that 11.5 percent of all sales were short sales – which occur when lenders allow borrowers to sell a home for less than what they owe on the mortgage. That matched the percentage of short sales in July. Another 8.9 percent of all August sales were bank-owned properties, down from 9.1 percent in July.
The total number of single-family homes listed for sale on GLVAR’s Multiple Listing Service in August was 13,752, up 0.3 percent from 13,717 in July, but down 5.0 percent from one year ago. ...

By the end of August, GLVAR reported 7,788 single-family homes listed without any sort of offer. That’s up 7.2 percent from 7,266 such homes listed in July, and a 38.8 percent jump from one year ago.
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There are several key trends that we've been following:

1) Overall sales were down about 12% year-over-year.

2) Conventional (equity, not distressed) sales were up 5% year-over-year.  In August 2013, only 67.0% of all sales were conventional equity.  This year, in August 2014, 79.6% were equity sales. 

3) The percent of cash sales has declined year-over-year from 52.5% in August 2013 to 32.1% in August 2014. (investor buying appears to be declining).

4) Non-contingent inventory is up 38.8% year-over-year.

More inventory (a major theme for 2014) suggests price increases will slow.