Greater Las Vegas Home, Condo Sales Continue to Slow in November

Greater Las Vegas Home, Condo Sales Continue to Slow in November

Residential News » Las Vegas Edition | By Michael Gerrity | December 11, 2023 9:20 AM ET

Las Vegas home prices rising while inventory shrinks

Based on new data from Las Vegas Realtors, housing supply continued to shrink in November 2023, while fewer homes are selling and prices are higher than the same time last year.

LVR reported that the median price of existing single-family homes sold in Southern Nevada through its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) during November was $450,000. That's up 4.4% from $430,990 in November of 2022. Local home prices are still below the all-time record of $482,000 set in May of 2022.

Meanwhile, the median price of local condos and townhomes sold in November was $275,000, up 5.8% from $260,000 in November of 2022. That's still down from the all-time high of $287,000 set in August.

LVR President Lee Barrett said a tight housing supply and increased mortgage interest rates have been altering seasonal trends this year.

"Interest rates are higher now than in past years and our housing supply is about as low as it gets," Barrett said. "These factors seem to be propping up home prices and slowing down home sales."

By the end of November, LVR reported 4,353 single-family homes listed for sale without any sort of offer. That's down 40.7% from the same time last year. Likewise, the 1,261 condos and townhomes listed without offers in November represent a 22.8% decline from one year earlier.

LVR reported a total of 1,894 existing local homes, condos and townhomes sold in November 2023. Compared to November 2022, sales were down 5.7% for homes and down 0.6% for condos and townhomes.

The sales pace in November equates to just under a three-month supply of properties available for sale. Last year at this time, Southern Nevada had more than a four-month housing supply.

Fewer homes have been selling this year than during 2022, when LVR reported 35,584 total sales. That followed a record year for existing local home sales in 2021, when LVR reported 50,010 homes, condos, townhomes and other residential properties were sold. That was the first time LVR reported more than 50,000 local properties selling in a year. It topped the previous record set in 2011 by nearly 2,000 sales.

During November, LVR found that 29.8% of all local property sales were cash transactions. That's up from 28.8% one year ago. That's still well below the May 2013 cash buyer peak of 59.5%, suggesting that investors have been less active in the local housing market.

The number of so-called distressed sales remains near historically low levels. LVR reported that short sales and foreclosures combined accounted for 1.1% of all existing local property sales in November. That compares to 0.5% one year ago, 0.6% two years ago, 0.8% three years ago, 2.0% four years ago and 2.6% five years ago.

These LVR statistics include activity through the end of November 2023. LVR distributes statistics each month based on data collected through its MLS, which does not account for all newly constructed homes sold by local builders or homes for sale by owners.

Other Greater Las Vegas market highlights:

  • The total value of local real estate transactions tracked through the MLS during November was more than $835 million for homes and more than $133 million for condos, high-rise condos and townhomes. Compared to one year earlier, total sales values in November were up 3.8% for homes and up 6.0% for condos and townhomes.
  • In November, 83.0% of all existing local homes and 88.2% of all existing local condos and townhomes sold within 60 days. That compares to one year earlier, when 73.6% of all homes and 76.4% of all condos and townhomes sold within 60 days.

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