Based on new data by Las Vegas Realtors, 2024 began with home prices higher and the housing supply lower than the same time last year, with signs that home sales could start to bounce back from a slow year.
LVR reported that the median price of existing single-family homes sold in Southern Nevada through its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) during January was $445,000. That's down slightly from December, but up 4.7% from $425,000 in January of 2023. 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 January was $275,000, up 7.8% from $255,000 in January 2023. That's still down from the all-time high of $287,000 set in August of 2022.
LVR president Merri Perry said a persistently tight housing supply continues to hamper home sales while propping up home prices. Mortgage interest rates are also playing a key role. Despite increasing this week to about 7% for a 30-year fixed mortgage, rates had been moderating in recent months. Perry sees reasons for optimism in 2024, citing national experts who have been predicting that more homes will be available and sold this year than during 2023.
"Over the past few months, we've seen benefits from lower interest rates and relatively stable home prices here in Southern Nevada," Perry said. "Now, if we could just get more homes on the market, we'd really be in good shape."
By the end of January, LVR reported 3,551 single-family homes listed for sale without any sort of offer. That's down 34.8% from one year earlier. Likewise, the 1,136 condos and townhomes listed without offers in January represent a 7.9% decline from one year earlier.
LVR reported a total of 1,955 existing local homes, condos and townhomes sold in January 2024. Compared to January 2023, sales were up 11.6% for homes and up 19.6% for condos and townhomes.
The sales pace in January 2024 equates to a local housing supply of less than two and a half months. One year earlier, Southern Nevada had nearly a four-month housing supply.
According to LVR, 2023 was the slowest year for existing local home sales since 2008. During 2023, LVR reported a total of 29,069 sales of existing local homes, condos and townhomes. That was down from 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 total 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 January, LVR found that 27.4% of all local property sales were cash transactions. That's up slightly from 27.2% one year ago, but 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 1.5% of all existing local property sales in January. That compares to 0.8% of all sales one year ago, 0.8% two years ago, 1.2% three years ago, 2.7% four years ago and 2.8% five years ago.
These LVR statistics include activity through the end of January 2024. 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.
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