The First Property Management Pre-Licensing Class for 2019
Las Vegas Market Overview
The Las Vegas real estate market experienced a dramatic slowdown throughout the last quarter of 2018 with closed sales falling 5.5% from 2017 levels. In fact, it 2018 SFR closings resemble 2016 or 2005 levels. All price points declined, but price points below $250,000 are on a downward decline with only negative momentum. Price points above $250,000 continue to enjoy positive, upward momentum despite the soft last quarter. December Single Family Residential (SFR) closed sales were down 6.7% from November 2018 and down 18.3% for the same period last year. The SFR median sales remained nearly flat at $296,250 while the SFR average closing price advanced to $346,965 for a 1.5% increase from last month. Residential inventory also dropped this past month, but with lower demand – the SFR market increased to 3.3 months of inventory. Once again, the amount of SFR overpriced listings rose sharply and now makes up 74% of what is available. So let’s take a closer look at a breakdown of that!
It’s not clear what all the factors are that is driving a market downturn, but certainly things like affordability, loan underwriting, building costs, legislation, and even tariffs may be playing a part. But the good news is that this appears to be a soft slowdown and nothing like we experienced when the bubble burst in 2006-2007. It is also a nationwide market correction where cash seems to be taking a more cautious approach to investing. I expect 2019 to be a strong year, but just not as strong as 2017 or 2018. Higher price point homes and hi-rise units have the most potential to do well in 2019.