January 2012

Found 7 blog entries for January 2012.

Lennar  is now offering some excellent homes at a great value in Summerlin's Andalusia community.  This is a great location, just West of the 215 Beltway at Charleston & Desert Foothills.  Home sizes range from 3200 sf to 3900 sf, with prices starting at $380,000 with EVERYTHING included!  

By EVERYTHING, we mean Stainless GE Profile Kitchen appliances, granite slab kitchen countertops with full backsplash behind cooktop.  Include an undermounted stainless Amerisink with Moen faucet.  Cabinets are 42" raised panel maple with spice finish and crown molding.  Family rooms are pre-wired for home theatre.  Each room is pre-wired for ceiling fans and two ceiling fans are included in the purchase of the home.  Flooring in the entry and wet areas is 18" x 18"

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If you are relocating to Las Vegas one of your first questions is probably concerning the weather.  When clients ask me about the weather, I know they're waiting to hear about how hot it gets.  I'm probably not the best person to ask about the weather because lots of sunshine and warm weather is the reason I moved here from Northern California.  Best answer I have for this question is the photo I took of folks enjoying our nice 103-104 degree weather last June.  As you can see in the picture on the left, the Summer heat does not keep us from enjoying our parks and walking paths.

Even though I wanted those sunny, hot summers, I did prepare myself by moving here in December so I had a chance to acclimate.  For anyone who is moving here from a colder

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The Bellagio Conservatory puts a different twist on their New Year's Celebration with an incredible display in their conservatory.  While the Bellagio is known for their fountains, the conservatory is an additional attraction with magnificent displays that are changed several times throughout the course of the year to celebrate the seasons.  The Chinese New Year Display is always a favorite and the Year of the Dragon is no exception.

While the Palazzo/Venetian display is centered around one large, giant Dragon with five claws, the Bellagio features five beautiful Dragons.  Each of the dragons is a different color, representing an element ranging from the Brown Dragon for the Earth to the Gold Dragon for metal.  Each Dragon was made using 3000 hand

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Recent articles in the Las Vegas Review Journal taunted that the high rise prices have "tumbled", we don't believe they will continue to "tumble".  While we agree that high rise prices did tumble last year, we found that opinion to be the sort of short sighted view of someone who is looking in the rear view mirror rather than the road ahead.  Yes, we have seen some incredible deals in the high rise market.  Our happy clients are now owners of many of the lowest prices paid in several buildings.  I am quite certain that you want find a 1 bedroom Southeast corner unit above the 45th floor of Trump for $300K again, for example.  If it were listed for that price a bidding war would quickly drive the price up closer to $400K, or maybe a bit higher.

In

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Buyers who are re-locating here from other areas will frequently ask me which are the most prestigious of our commuities.  One way of answering that is to understand which communities are selling homes in the highest price ranges.  At the peak of the Las Vegas Real Estate market, it was not unusual to see homes that sold for more than $10 million.  Not so in today's market.  In fact, we can count the number of homes that sold for more than $5 million in 2011 on one hand with a couple of fingers to spare.

There were three homes which sold for $5 Million or more in the past year.  One of those homes did break the $10M barrier.  Built in 1996, the 24,006 sf home is on Tomiyaus Ln, near Wayne Newton's estate.  The estate which was purchased by Phil Ruffin,

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Now that we've all had time to take down the holiday decorations, return our presents and go grab the deals in the after New Year's sales, it's time to take a look at what may be in store for property values in this new year of 2012.  In yesterday's Las Vegas Review Journal, the business section carried the headline that "Las Vegas home sales set record".

You would have never guessed that if you had read the steady stream of gloom and doom stories that have been constant in the local press.  But here it was in black and white.  The stats they used were based on statistics from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors which doesn't account for the majority of new home sales by builders that never were entered in the MLS.  Even without the new home

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In today's Wall Street Journal, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke is urging Congress to take additional steps to hel[p the housing market.  I try to avoid getting political in my blog posts, and I do support Bernanke's view that the lending standards are choking our recovery.  However, I disagree with the suggestion that our government get involved in the rental market.  For most of the past year, at least half the homes purchased in Las Vegas have been cash purchases.  Many of those purchases are investors who are snapping up foreclosures and short sales to turn them into rental properties.  For the government to start competing with private investors who are risking their own money in converting these properties into rentals would be competing with the very

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