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  • Writer's pictureBecky Ashby

Southern Nevada Housing Market Continues Sizzling in March 2024

The temperatures weren't the only thing heating up last month here in the Las Vegas valley. The latest housing data reveals that the Southern Nevada real estate market maintained its remarkable upward trajectory in March, with no signs of cooling anytime soon.

Record-Breaking Price Appreciation

Leading the way were staggering year-over-year price gains for both single-family homes and condos/townhomes. The median single-family home price in Southern Nevada skyrocketed to $465,000 - a mind-blowing 99.4% increase compared to March 2023. Similarly, condos and townhomes saw their median price surge 8.7% to hit $282,000.

This demonstrates the incredible equity growth that local homeowners have enjoyed over the past 12 months. Real estate in our region continues proving to be one of the soundest long-term investment vehicles available.

Sales Activity Remains Brisk

While the number of single-family home sales dipped 11.8% year-over-year, the condo and townhome segment showed impressive resilience. Sales in that category decreased by just 1.8% compared to last March.

In total, 2,672 properties traded hands, underscoring the persistently high buyer demand in Southern Nevada. Our world-class amenities, quality of life, and business-friendly environment keep attracting new residents from across the nation.

Inventory Crisis Intensifies

Fueling this price appreciation and sales activity is the severe shortage of homes on the market. Our market data indicates a housing supply of less than two months - meaning if no additional listings came online, our entire inventory would be depleted in under 60 days at the current sales pace.

At the end of March, there were only 3,323 single-family home listings without offers. That number plummeted 20.8% compared to the same time last year. Conversely, condo and townhome listings did increase 6.9% annually, providing a slightly better - but still inadequate - supply for hungry buyers in that segment.

Cash Buyers Remain Prevalent

Another data point highlighting the strength and affluence of Nevada buyers: cash transactions accounted for over one in four (26.1%) property purchases in March. This percentage ticked up from 2023 and demonstrates the purchasing power of local and relocating households.
From investors looking to expand their portfolios to families comfortably positioning themselves by avoiding mortgage financing, cash deals have become the norm in our market's middle and upper tiers.

Distressed Sales Barely a Blip

As the housing sector continues recovering from the pandemic-induced turbulence of 2020, distressed properties made up just 1.1% of total sales last month. This near-record low number is yet another indication of our market's stability and resilience.

Combined with the high cash buyer prevalence, it underscores that the overwhelming majority of transactions in Southern Nevada are being fueled by legitimate buyers with staying power - not speculative fringe activity. Our market's foundation is as strong as ever.

Looking Ahead: Mortgage Rates in Focus

While Las Vegas realtors closely monitor many economic indicators, one variable commanding extra attention is the fluctuation of mortgage rates. After reaching multi-decade highs in 2023, rates have been vacillating over recent months.

If we see sustained decreases, it could provide a welcome boost in housing supply as more sellers aim to capitalize on robust prices and buyers feel increased purchasing power. An influx of new inventory would be a major step towards better balancing our currently lopsided sellers' market.

The lingering unknown is whether the Federal Reserve will continue raising its benchmark interest rate in the months ahead to further combat inflation. Regardless, demand shows no signs of waning in Las Vegas - ensuring real estate remains an exceptional long-term investment.

For buyers, sellers, and investors alike, it's absolutely crucial to have an experienced real estate professional in your corner during this unprecedented hot streak. With comprehensive market insights and skilled negotiating tactics, I can ensure you're optimally positioned to accomplish your goals and navigate every twist and turn along the way.

The Southern Nevada housing market continues delivering record-setting numbers month after month. Who's ready to seize the tremendous opportunities and make your move? Contact me today to get started!


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