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Las Vegas Real Estate News from Berkshire Hathaway

The majority of prospective homebuyers are worried about low inventory and rising interest rates impacting their ability to purchase a home, according to new data from Zillow. 

Mortgage rates increased last year following the presidential election and December’s federal funds rate hike. With more hikes expected on the horizon, rising rates may stifle homebuying ability, Zillow said.

Low inventory is still homebuyers’ number-one concern, with 65% saying they worried about their ability to find an affordable home. However, rising interest rates were in second place, with 53% concerned that interest rates could prevent them from buying. When Zillow conducted the same survey in 2015, interest rates ranked behind worries about both finding an affordable home and

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If you're shopping for a house in 2017, don't expect it to be easy.

If you're planning to buy a house in 2017, be prepared for a rough ride. A number of factors are coming together to make buying a house particularly difficult (and expensive). It's predicted to be an especially tough year for first-time homebuyers, who already tend to have a harder time than experienced homebuyers.

Here's why:

Prices are up almost everywhere across the country

As of October 2016, home prices nationwide had experienced a 5.6% year-over-year gain. The Pacific Northwest saw a particularly steep rise, with Seattle showing a 10.7% price increase and Portland close behind with a 10.3% increase.

"With the current high consumer confidence numbers and low

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Sales of  previously owned U.S. homes climbed for the fifth time in six months to the highest level since 2007, indicating housing-market momentum will extend into 2017, National Association of Realtors data showed Wednesday.

by Patricia Laya at Bloomberg


Key Points
Contract closings rose 3.3 percent to a 5.69 million annual rate in January (forecast was 5.55 million), the highest level since February 2007 Median sales price jumped 7.1 percent from a year earlier to $228,900, the fastest gain since January 2016 Inventory of available properties fell 7.1 percent from January 2016 to 1.69 million, making it the 20th consecutive year-over-year decline

Big Picture
Housing demand remained strong in January despite dwindling inventories of available homes.

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Key Takeaways

  • 'Greige' (subtle yet powerful) improvements pay off the best.
  • This year's report reflects continued optimism for the housing market.
  • Replacements beat remodels and exteriors beat interiors.


The 2017 Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling magazine documents the national and regional costs and ROI (return on investment) for 29 popular home improvement projects.

Overall, these 29 improvements paid back 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value.

What that says to the homeowner is that spending money to sell a home requires research.

The goal of improvements from a seller’s standpoint is to attract buyers and achieve top dollar on a listing. But finding the balance between updates and return isn’t that simple.

In

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Key Takeaways

  • 'Greige' (subtle yet powerful) improvements pay off the best.
  • This year's report reflects continued optimism for the housing market.
  • Replacements beat remodels and exteriors beat interiors.


The 2017 Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling magazine documents the national and regional costs and ROI (return on investment) for 29 popular home improvement projects.

Overall, these 29 improvements paid back 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value.

What that says to the homeowner is that spending money to sell a home requires research.

The goal of improvements from a seller’s standpoint is to attract buyers and achieve top dollar on a listing. But finding the balance between updates and return isn’t that simple.

In

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Typically winter months have a higher number of housing bargains due to stressful weather conditions and lack of competition, with February coming out on top as the month with the most housing deals.

In fact, a recent study by Attom Data Solutions looked at the sales of 50 million homes from 2000 through 2016 and found that the median selling price during February was around $104 per square foot, a 6 percent discount over the rest of the months of the year.

With these housing bargains, why aren't more people buying this time of year? According to Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at Attom Data Solutions, besides the difficult winter weather, many potential buyers are cash-strapped after the holidays and don't want move during the middle

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What are the top challenges your home buyers face this year? A recent survey from realtor.com® reveals the following:

1. Low inventories: There aren’t enough homes for sale and inventory woes are expected to worsen this year. Active inventory in December 2016 on realtor.com® dropped 11 percent compared to a year ago. “As a result, the year has started with the lowest inventory of homes for sale at least since the recession, and possibly in decades,” realtor.com® notes. “Inventory was a challenge all year but a stronger offseason in the fall depleted the available homes for sale even more than is typical.”

2. Prices move to record highs: Typically, asking prices decrease in the fall. However, this year, the median list price in December was the

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Following several weeks of decreases, mortgage rates were back on the rise this week.

"The 10-year Treasury yield increased more than 10 basis points this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate moved up as well to 4.19 percent, a 10 basis point jump. This week marks the first increase in the mortgage rate since December 29. The 2.8 percent decline in existing home sales in December is a reminder of the lack of homes for sale. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, supply is at its lowest level since 1999, a factor that should support higher house prices regardless of the oscillations of the mortgage rate."

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the

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There were 3,340Single Family; Condos & Town-homes closed transactions in December 2016.

That’s up by 224 closed transactions compared to November 2016. 

December 2016 #’s- Resale 2,972 -89% Short Sales 162 -4.8% REO 206-6.2%

November 2016 #’s- Resale 2,789 -89.5% Short Sales 128 -4.1% REO 199- 6.4%

 957 Cash Purchases (This is up by 122 from November)

 1,271 Conventional Financing (This is up by 107 from November)

 790 FHA Financing (This is down by 2 from November)

265 VA Financing (This is down by 9 from November)

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Two master-planned communities in the Las Vegas Valley were among the top 10 nationally for home sales last year, a new report shows.

Builders sold 769 new homes in Summerlin in 2016, up 28 percent from 2015. Buyers also picked up 564 new homes in Inspirada, up 45 percent, according to real estate consulting firm RCLCO.

  Among U.S. master-planned communities — sprawling projects with housing, parks and other components — Summerlin was No. 5 for new-home sales and Inspirada was No. 7.

No other Las Vegas Valley community cracked RCLCO’s top-20 list, released Wednesday. The company said it would publish a list of the top 50-selling communities in the next few days.

 

Summerlin runs along the western rim of the Las Vegas

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