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       Limited Demand For Land       

Little demand for Las Vegas land

With the current glut of vacant and for lease properties in Las Vegas, the demand for land to build is almost non existant.  This is a far cry from the land grab era just a few yearrs ago when a wealthy New York-based company controlled by Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva paid $1.24 billion, roughly $36 million an acre, for the New Frontier in 2007.  That land today is worth a fraction of that if you were able to find a buyer at all.

Smaller parcels that were purchased by private groups for development or investment purposes before the "Great Recession" have gone back to the bank. About half of commercial mortgage defaults in Las Vegas last year were for vacant land.

It is reported by Allkied Analysis that prices for raw, undeveloped, land in Las Vegas have fallen 74 percent from their peak of $939,357 an acre in fourth quarter 2007, That means that excluding the resort corridor, the average price dropped to $243,368 an acre, or $5.58 a square foot.  Sales, if there are any, are mostly distressed or trustee deed transfers with lenders.

With nearly 28 million square feet of vacant commercial space and still a very large excess inventory of foreclosed homes in Las Vegas, I would guess any investor looking to acquire land on speculation would have to account for at least a three to five year hold. 

 

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