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Economic Conditions for the Las Vegas Valley August 2009

Economic Conditions for the Las Vegas Valley August 2009

 Housing Conditions:

  • Foreclosure/Short Sale Listings (8/15/2009): Total Listings 11568; Short Sales: 4802, 41.5% of all listings; Bank Owned Listings: 2649, 22.9% of all listings. Short sale and REO listings consume 64.4% of total listings
  • New Home Sales (July 2009, units sold): 378 Year Change -41.4% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • New Home Sales (July 2009, median price): $205,791 Year Change -20.8% (excl condo conversions, highrises)
  • Existing Home Sales (July 2009, units sold): 4371 Year Change +37.9%
  • Existing Home Sales (July 2009, median price): $125,000 Year Change: -40.5%
  • New Home Permits (July 2009): 452 Year Change -56.4%
  • Rental Rate (MLS Monthly Average July 2009): $1405/month 

My analysis:  Distressed listings (foreclosures and short sales) are 64.4% of total listings.  Credit markets must be watched as underwriting guidelines continue to tighten.  Condos are barely financeable.  Resale sold units and pendings remain impressive.  Builders cannot compete with bank owned listing prices, thus sales remain lackluster. The rental market is softening due to all the investor/first time buyer combination of activity.  This adds more supply and creates less demand.

New Residents/Employment Conditions:

  • New Residents (July 2009): 4805, Year Change -21.6%
  • Total Employment (July 2009): 850,800 Year Change -6.6%
  • Unemployment Rate (July  2009) 13.1%, Year Change +89.9%

My analysis: The tourism, gaming and convention numbers need to improve before these numbers improve.  New Resident Count will go down if no new jobs are created.  Economists are hoping that City Center brings tens of thousands of new jobs.  The Las Vegas Valley has lost -76,100 jobs since April 2008.  I am not optimistic that City Center can pull us out of this slump.  (see Tourism/Gaming conditions below!)Unemployment rate is painful.

Tourism/Gaming Conditions:

  • McCarran Airport Total Passengers (July 2009): 3,557,509 Year Change -9.3%
  • Gaming Revenue (June 2009): $687,546,420, Year Change -14.7%
  • Visitor Volume (June 2009): 3,289,778, Year Change -6.9%
  • Convention Attendance (June 2009): 355,436, Year Change  -18.9%
  • Hotel/Motel Occupancy (May 2009): 82.2% Year Change -8.1%

My analysis:   This sector (tourism) needs to see some serious price corrections before we see a comeback.  Corporate credit is not coming back any time soon.  It will be hard to get convention attendance back up without corporate credit.  Glad to see regular tourists are making their way here with the imbalance of the other numbers to replace the convention attendee numbers.  Gaming and convention business is big business and those numbers MUST increase for jobs to increase and for our entire economy to stabilize.  Any convention attendance decrease of over 10% is extremely painful to this economy and all the overbuilt convention space.

Sources: Salestraq, Home Builder's Research, Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention & Visitor's Authority, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.  Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  My analysis is my humble opinion

Thanks,  Renée Burrows 702-580-1783 Broker/Owner, REALTOR®


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Comment balloon 1 commentRenée Donohue~Home Photography • September 11 2009 09:51AM


Hi Renee,

As I have mentioned once I lived in Las Vegas for three years,than I left to Florida and came visiting for Convention in year 2000.Right than I have already noticed a big change for worse,wanted to move to Las Vegas but eventually ended up in Poland in European Union.I'm still considering move to Las Vegas,that's one of the reasons I'm following your reports about the city.

Thanks again,


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