Friday, October 12, 2018

Clark County Sales still Robust

Despite the general feeling of a market slow down, Clark County still pushed out nearly 700 sales last month (699). The median price including mannys and condos was 356k, but 3/4 of the units were between 250k and 400k the 'meaty' median range. There is little inventory in the sub 250k range and plenty of inventory above 500k so the market remains solid and close to neutral, if you are trading in the middle.

Buyers in the entry level will continue to struggle as rising rates and virtually no inventory make that sub 250k market a rough ride. That is not to say buyers should flee the market, in fact they simply need to be patient and willing to settle for a quality property even if it isn't exactly what they want. So long as jobs remain plentiful and wages continue to rise, demand remains for homes and prices will rise over time. Getting in now lets that entry level buyer enjoy some market appreciation so that later on they can make the move up with equity in the starter home.

Buyers at the other end can kick some tires and beat down sellers as inventory levels are actually pretty high. That doesn't mean that every upper end home is overpriced. In fact a well priced home in the 750k plus range will still find a buyer in a reasonably short time. It is the large homes that are dated, odd style, or otherwise non-traditional that are filling up the inventory and remain ripe for a discount.

Sellers in the upper price range should have no delusions about the value of their home. Price per square foot is nearly useless in the upper end. Upgrades, materials, build quality, neighborhood, design, age, and numerous other factors can dramatically effect high end homes causing widespread variance in price per foot.

This market remains healthy with modest appreciation, tight but manageable inventory levels in all but the very bottom, and interest rates that are still relatively low despite constant creep up all year long.

It's all good friends.

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