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postheadericon Las Vegas Market on the Rebound

Las Vegas Real Estate is Coming Back Strong

Las Vegas suffered a sharp decline in real estate values during the recent recession. Perhaps more than other areas do to the second largest employer in Las Vegas being the construction industry. When construction stopped, we lost 125,000 construction jobs!

Now it appears Las Vegas is coming back and in a big way! Residential real estate had a 26% gain in value for 2013. Commercial projects that were put on hold or abandoned have started up again. While prices are still not back to 2006 prices yet, the combination of low interest rates and renewed enthusiasm has created a great opportunity for those who want to invest in Las Vegas.

If you have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for things to get better, come and jump in, the water is fine!

Newest Hotel and Casino about to open. SLS

The beautiful SLS to open soon!

100 acre Summerlin Mall under construction.

postheadericon Road to Recovery Started

How is real estate doing in Las Vegas?  Depends who you talk to!  There are definite signs of recovery and optimism in the air!

Las Vegas Homes are backAfter nearly a two year gaming slump, the city's tourism numbers are climbing and room rates are on the rise.  Does the improved gaming and tourism numbers mean Las Vegas has begun to rebound from the recession?  A better indication is the job market.  As the job market improves, people start to buy homes. 

The sale of homes, condos and townhomes totaled 46,879 last year compared to 28,618 the year before.  Home prices have begun to stabilize as inventory of homes declines and we see investors and home buyers competing for good deals..  The Las Vegas commercial market is viewed as still being distressed.  The market is going to have to work thru existing inventory and rents increase before any new construction is considered and that could be not until the year 2015. 

The commercial market is going through a period of re-pricing. The floor in pricing won't be seen until there are more transactions.  The buying and selling market are pretty much at a standstill wile the rental market is still negotiating downward.  We are seeing more businesses wanting to set up shop and bargain hunting for great space at a good price. 

For financially well positioned buyers and all cash buyers, the Las Vegas market continues to be a wealth of opportunity as Las Vegas has much better recovery prospects than other regions of the United States, particularly the Midwest and the Northeast.  Make no mistake, Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will make a full recovery.  When it does, today's smart buyers will reap the benefits of investing now.
 

postheadericon Fixer Uppers in a Recovering Economy

Making Money Buying Fixer Uppers.

When I first got interested in real estate in the 70's, (yes, I am THAT old !)  I started by buying inexpensive homes, fixing them up and reselling them.  Here it is 2011 and it seems there is an opportunity to do this again.  Prices have dropped more than 50% in the last 36 months.  The price of the average home is under $100 per square foot.  Some people have abandoned their homes and left them in great disrepair.  The banks own these homes and for the most part, can not repair them.  So they sell them at a discount.  If you are a wise shopper, you can find a great house in a good neighborhood that may need $5,000 to $10,000 to fix the home up enough to make it presentable and salesable at a tidy profit. 

If you are interested in investing in these types of properties as an investor, give me a call or email me and I will send you more information. 

The time to make money is when there is blood in the streets!

postheadericon Las Vegas Land Values

       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. 

 

postheadericon Invest in Residential Foreclosures

 Las Vegas is the “Perfect Storm for Residential Investors.   
 
2009 residential sales was a big improvement over 2008!  According to GLVAR, we closed around 48,500 transactions in 2009 compared to around 28,000 in 2008.   Good news, right?  Not so fast.  The rate of foreclosures rose from about 8.9% in 2008 to 12% in 2009.  With over 3 million homes nationwide hit with foreclosure notices last year, nearly 95,000 homes or about one in 82 homes in Las Vegas was served.  Las Vegas housing values have plummeted from the highs of 2004.   Is this a bad market to invest in?
 

postheadericon Las Vegas Retail

The Las Vegas commercial retail market still shows the strain of the current economic downturn. Vacancies, especially in newer constructed centers are running 50% or more.  There is little new commercial construction on the horizon this year. The current retail market is not bad news for everyone. 

There are some bright spots for Investors with cash looking for good opportunities, business able to expand and new tenants looking to lease space.  For tenant looking for more space there are more location choices and more negotiating power for tenants.  The current retail market provides businesses the opportunity to expand by taking advantage of exceptional deals in both leasing and sales by motivated landlords and sellers.  Don’t wait too long because timing is critical.    Many buyers on the residential side sat on the sidelines just 6 months ago and now are competing with multiple offers on properties and banks not willing to make the concessions they were 6 months ago.

postheadericon The Commercial Rental Market

As the Economy Goes, So Goes The Rental Market

“The real estate economy is a large, integral part of the general business economy.  Housing affordability, the availability of credit and interest rates influence the demand for real estate. Local population trends also affect the value of real estate.  

The changes in supply and demand, due to the economy also affect commercial leases.  When the economy is doing poorly, there is lack of demand for a businesses services or product, the business may close and the unit can become vacant.   As this continues this not only affects the property owner’s bottom line but the remaining businesses leasing feel the effects.  Vacancy rates climb and the downward trend becomes more severe. 

Property owners must be proactive.   A good commercial property owner or manager tries to stay ahead of the market by understanding the distress of the economy on their tenants and working with the existing tenants to help them stay in the property during tough economic times.  It is better to collect reduced rents than no rents at all.   A vacant unit can take months to rent and thousands of dollars in needed tenant improvement money to attract a new tenant not to mention free rent. 

Work with existing tenants.   By working with existing tenants and anticipating changes in the market and adjusting rents accordingly, property managers can minimize the effect of contractions in the real estate cycle and keep vacancies as low as possible.   When space is in short supply, rents are high.    When there is a large supply of vacant properties, landlords have to be aggressive to lease space. 

New Tenant Leases.  “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Prospective tenants form their initial impressions of the premises based on “curb appeal”.   After the first impression is the usability of the space for the tenant’s intended use and price and terms.   Today it is a tenant’s market.   A landlord has to be flexible and have a clean, well positioned property with an attractive price point to attract today’s tenants.

postheadericon Is Las Vegas Ready for a Comeback?

 

When will the recession be over in Las Vegas?

Is Las Vegas ready to make a comeback?

After nearly a two year gaming slump, the city’s tourism numbers are beginning to climb.  Doe the improved gaming and tourism numbers mean Las Vegas has begun to rebound from the recession?  Gaming and sales tax make up nearly 2/3rds of the state’s revenue. Revenue was up in November 2009 by almost 28% yet convention attendance was down 13% from November of last year.  

In 2009, the sale of homes, condos and townhomes totaled 46,879 compared to 28,618 the year before.  Home prices have not stabilized yet and the median home price fell over 22% even while inventory of homes on the market declined 11%. The Las Vegas commercial market is still viewed as being very distressed.  The market is going to have to work thru existing inventory before any new construction is considered and that could be not until the year 2011.  The commercial market is going through a period of re-pricing. The floor in pricing won’t be seen until there are more transactions.  The buying and selling market are pretty much at a standstill wile the rental market is still negotiating downward.  It is expected that the capital market are going to have to expand and vacancies are going to have to be cut before lenders are going to view Las Vegas as a market they once again want to lend in.  With over $80 billion dollars in commercial mortgage backed securities reaching maturity in the next 18 months, the last thing lenders want to do is extend their position in Vegas until this mess has had a chance to work itself  thru. 

Is now the time to buy?  For financially well positioned buyers and all cash buyers, the Las Vegas market is a wealth of opportunity as Las Vegas has  much better recovery prospects than other regions of the United States, particularly the Midwest and the Northeast.   Conventions are being steadily booked, strip hotels are near full and with no new construction being developed, it should be a short time before Vegas is back on top and in full recovery mode.

postheadericon City Center is Open!

With Aria, the centerpiece of MGM Mirage's CityCenter project, opening earlier this week, I decided that it was time for me to get my first glimpse of the eleven billion dollar project.  When fully opened, this amazing mixed-use development will be composed of a “skyline” of two small boutique hotels, one4,000-room hotel and casino, a condo-hotel tower, two towers of  residential units, and 500,000 square feet of high-end retail, dining, and entertainment space. The total number of buildings will be between 40 and 50.  Even by Vegas standards, this project is stunning.

City Center is Open

Half of the center is not ready for prime time and about 30% of the high end shops at the retail shopping center, Crystals, are not open yet but if what is available is any indication of what is left to come, then this project is a must see when you come to Las Vegas!

The Veer Towers

Crystal Retail Shopping

Forget Shopping in New York and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. When all of the retail stores open at Crystals

Prada – Coming Soon

 

 

postheadericon What is a Special Servicer?

  The most delinquent securitized commercial property loans are in New York at $2.2B followed by Phoenix, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  These properties are among thousands across the U.S. facing foreclosure due to job losses, lack of refinance credit, vacancies and rent rollbacks. 

   In order to make any change to an existing commercial loan in default as a mortgage backed security (MBS), you need to be working with the “Special Servicer”.  A commercial loan may be handled by a “Special Servicer” when the loan is considered delinquent, at least 30 days past due, classified as a non performing loan or in foreclosure.

  “Special Servicing is when the management of the loan is transferred from the “Master Servicer” to a “Special Servicer”.  This can occur when the borrower has defaulted or is deemed likely to be unable to fix the issue within a reasonable time.  The loan may be placed on a “Watch List” by the Master Servicer if the servicer has a cause for concern on the loan but it is still considered a performing asset.