Las Vegas Region May Home Sales

Las Vegas-area home sales held at a seven-year high last month as activity above $200,000 continued to rise sharply and buyers used cash to purchase a record 59.6 percent of all homes sold. The median price paid for a home rose above a year earlier for the 14th consecutive month, pushed higher by price appreciation, the shift toward more mid- to high-end deals and the decline of foreclosure resales, a real estate information service reported.

In May, 4,958 new and resale houses and condos closed escrow in the Las Vegas-Paradise metro area (Clark County). That was up 1.8 percent from the month before and up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. The firm tracks real estate trends nationally via public property records.

Total home sales have increased year-over-year for the past two months, following 10 consecutive months of year-over-year sales declines.

May sales in the Las Vegas region were the highest for that month since May 2006, when 7,615 homes sold. Last month's sales were 2.2 percent above the average number of homes sold during all months of May since 1994, when DataQuick’s complete Las Vegas-area statistics begin.

Resales of houses and condos combined were 26.8 percent higher than average for the month of May, while sales of newly built homes were 52.1 percent below average for a May.

Mid- to high-end activity continued to soar compared with year-ago levels, while the number of low-end deals fell sharply again.

Sales of homes priced below $100,000 dropped 44.8 percent in May compared with a year earlier, while the number of transactions below $200,000 fell 17.8 percent year-over-year. Sales above $200,000 surged 78.4 percent year-over-year, pushed up by the combination of home price appreciation and the increase in sales in mid- to high-end markets. May sales of homes priced from $200,000 to $500,000 – a range that would include many move-up purchases – jumped 76.9 percent from a year earlier, while the number sold over $500,000 nearly doubled, rising 92.6 percent.

The median price paid for all new and resale houses and condos sold across the Las Vegas region (Clark County) in May was $162,000, which is the highest for any month since the median was $175,000 in December 2008. Last month's median rose 1.3 percent from the prior month and increased 32.8 percent from a year earlier. The median has risen year-over-year for 14 consecutive months, with those gains ranging from 1.7 percent to 34.8 percent. Those annual gains have been double-digit for the past 11 consecutive months.

Recent sharp gains in the median sale price reflect price appreciation triggered by strong demand meeting a relatively low supply of homes for sale, as well as changes in market mix. Fewer of the homes re-selling now are low-cost foreclosed properties, and more are move-up homes in mid- to high-priced neighborhoods.

Despite the median’s year-over-year surge in May, it was still 48.1 percent below its November 2006 peak of $312,000. The median has been rising off a cyclical low point of $110,000 in January 2012, which was the lowest level since the median was also $110,000 in April 1994.

Las Vegas region May highlights (see two charts below)

More Las Vegas Housing Statistics  May-12 May-13 Yr/Yr % chng
Median price paid per sq. ft. for resale detached houses $68 $91 33.80%
Median price paid per sq. ft. for resale condos $56 $78 39.60%
Number of homes sold for $2 million or more 4 10 150.00%
Foreclosure resales as a % of all resales* 38.80% 10.90% -71.90%
Short sales as a % of all resales  31.80% 31.10% -2.20%
% homes sold to cash buyers** 53.30% 59.60% 11.70%
Median price paid by cash buyers $95,000 $140,000 47.40%
% homes sold to absentee (investor/vacation) buyers 48.90% 52.50% 7.40%
Median price paid by absentee buyers $100,000 $140,000 40.00%
% homes flipped (sold 2X w/in 6 mos.) 4.90% 6.10% 24.50%
# of Notices of Default filed***  1,343 2,072 54.30%
# of Trustees Deeds filed  905 714 -21.10%
% home purchase loans FHA insured  34.80% 29.80% -14.40%
*Foreclosure resales = % homes resold that were foreclosed on in the prior 12 mos.  
**May-13 cash buyer level was a record in DataQuick's Las Vegas statistics back to January 1994
***It’s likely that the year-over-year jump in NOD filings is mainly the result of lenders playing catch-up
     after adjusting to a relatively new foreclosure law

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

Number of sales 12-May 13-Apr 13-May YOY % Change
Resale houses 3,469 3,309 3,262 -6.00%
Resale condos 778 848 969 24.60%
New homes 583 712 727 24.70%
All homes 4,830 4,869 4,958 2.70%
Median sale price 12-May 13-Apr 13-May YOY % Change
Resale houses $124,000 $160,000 $165,000 33.10%
Resale condos $63,000 $84,948 $88,000 39.70%
New homes $189,990 $234,981 $249,264 31.20%
All homes $122,000 $160,000 $162,000 32.80%

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