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Southern Nevada housing prices end 2020 in record-breaking territory

Single-family homes sold for an average of $345K in December
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Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 18:06:22-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Realtors organization reports home prices in Southern Nevada continued to be in record-breaking territory to close out 2020.

A report released Wednesday by LVR showed rising home sales and a shrinking housing supply, with a median price of existing single-family homes sold during December was $345,000.

That matches the record for existing local home prices set in November. It’s also up 10.2% from a median price of $312,990 in December of 2019.

Local condos and townhomes sold for a median price of $186,000 in December and up 4.5% from $178,000 in December of 2020.

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“I think we surprised a lot of people with how the local housing market not only held up but set records during an otherwise rough year for our community and our local economy,” said 2021 LVR President Aldo Martinez. “I don’t see much changing in the early part of 2021. Demand for housing remains high. Our housing supply and mortgage interest rates are still very low. As long as these trends continue, it’s a good bet that local home prices will keep rising.”

Martinez says the number of local homes available for sale remains well below a balanced six-month supply. And the sales pace in December equates to just over a one-month supply of homes available for sale.

By the end of December, LVR reported 3,240 single-family homes listed for sale without any offer. That’s down 41.5% from one year ago.

LVR reported a total of 4,097 existing local homes, condos and townhomes were sold during December.

Compared to the same time last year, December sales were up 26.7% for homes and up 30.9% for condos and townhomes.

According to LVR, the total number of existing local homes, condos, townhomes and other residential properties sold in Southern Nevada during 2020 was 41,617. That’s up from 41,269 total sales in 2019.

By comparison, LVR reported 42,876 total sales in 2018 and 45,388 in 2017.

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According to the organization, the Southern Nevada housing market has been more in line with national trends during the pandemic. A tight supply and historically low mortgage interest rates contributing to rising sales and record prices.

During December, LVR reports that 20.2% of all local property sales were purchased with cash. That compares to 21.8% one year ago. That’s well below the February 2013 peak of 59.5%, suggesting that cash buyers and investors have been less active in the local housing market.

Despite the coronavirus crisis and economic downturn, the number of so-called distressed sales remains near historically low levels.

LVR reports short sales and foreclosures combined accounted for just 0.9% of all existing local property sales in December.