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Recovery to Continue in 2014, Says NAR; Rates and Home Prices Predicted to Rise

By Nick Caruso

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The real estate market will continue its road to recovery in 2014, with home prices rising 6 percent and mortgage rates hitting 5.4 percent. In addition, demand is predicted to plateau, all according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of Research for the National Association of REALTORS®, who presented his 2014 market forecast during last week’s REALTORS® Conference and Expo.

Other factors aim to set the market back on the right path. Although there could be a possible negative impact due to rising mortgage rates, job creation and loosening underwriting standards should balance out 2014’s sales volume.

“There were two million jobs created in the past few months and we’ll see the same next year,” says Yun. “These people could potentially enter the market.”

Yun does not see, however, an increase in unit sales nationwide, as inventory levels remain an issue to keep an eye on. Currently, the nation is under one million and this number needs to increase 50-60 percent in order to get back to normal numbers.

“I don’t foresee that next year, but maybe we can at least make up half the needed gain to steadily reduce the inventory pressure,” he says.

While existing home sales are expected to remain flat at roughly 5.1 million units, new homes could rise by 25 percent from 430,000 to 510,000 next year.  This part of the market is still in recovery due to the difficulties for smaller builders to obtain financing. This should continue easing throughout the next year.

When prompted further about how the rising mortgage rate will affect sales and the market, Yun responded: “Assuming nothing changes further, I believe it takes about 10 percent right off the top in terms of people who qualified this year versus the same people who would qualify next year. If need be, NAR will be pushing for new legislation to clarify what QM and QRM are so that we don’t get hit by that 10 percent.”

With the housing market is recovering for most Americans, homeowners will be more concerned than ever about their home values in 2014. Actual price increases for 2013 was 11 percent, which is now expected to be a six percent rise next year. The way to relieve home price pressure is for more inventory to come into the market, says Yun.

“We were surprised by how fast inventory would decline, but there was always a fresh set of inventory trickling in as it went out,” he says.

Overall in 2013, investor activity has been normal, but numbers slightly declined. Though, more small-time investors entered the market, staying one step ahead of the population, consistently punching numbers to see what transactions made the most sense for them. “If investors remain active, it implies that housing is a good buy,” says Yun.

Despite some cautionary areas, the real estate market has its beacons of potential. The industry may not be back to its best numbers yet, but we are still heading in the right direction and making our way down that road to recovery.

“We’ve had a decent year this year and next year will be roughly the same.”

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.

Happy Holidays!   There has been quite a bit going on in our marketplace today, from even further constraint in available housing, to increased NOD filings, to even higher sales prices in recent months.

A little bit of history……   In August 2009, Clark County saw a whopping peak of 11,482 filings of Notices of Default.    The filing figures remained steady around 4,000+/- per month, from 2010 through September 2011.    The October 2011 effective date of AB284 then caused filings to fall to less than 1,000 a month.  

To clarify, the “need” to foreclose on a property did not change – what DID change was the bank’s ability to foreclose, due to the requirements of AB284.   You can read my blog post from earlier this year regarding AB284 to learn more.    According to the Board of Realtors®, foreclosures have fallen from nearly 50 percent of Las Vegas home sales to about 15 percent in October (we believe to be a direct result of AB284), and short sales now account for roughly 45 percent of the market.

As a result of AB284, default filings fell by as much as 80% through September, though the numbers have been growing over the past several months.     There were almost 2,100 Notices of Default filed in August 2012.    Additionally, as banks resolve past issues with MERS, we anticipate increased foreclosure activity – and may even see some lower prices as a result of the increased supply in available listings.

At this time, our current MLS inventory shows only 3,800+/- single family homes available, an unbelievable 10-day supply of housing!      This decreased inventory has caused asking prices for Las Vegas homes to increase 13.7% over a year ago, as reported by online site this morning, December 4th.     And according to Las Vegas-based SalesTraq, the median existing home price in Las Vegas has climbed from $100,000 in January to $124,000 in October.

We do try to report the most accurate, up-to-date information to our clients, but there could be a margin of error in our reporting.   Please understand that some of our comments may also be opinions and not absolute fact.  

If you’re a home buyer or a home seller in today’s frenzied Las Vegas market, you need professional help.   Call Heather Brockhurst, Denise Moreno or Joanna Piette at 702-365-1000 and be a part of the right team!   HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NEW HOME RESOURCE!


The lack of resale housing available in Las Vegas has caused all out-frenzy to buy, perpetuating a steady increase in pricing over the past year.

The GLVAR (Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors) reported earlier this month that the median price of single-family homes is up almost 14% since September 2011, and some sources that believe prices have increased as much as 20% from one year ago!    GLVAR reports that condominium prices are up 24% from this time last year.

Almost half of the Las Vegas market is comprised of short sales; foreclosure activity has slowed to barely a crawl since the inception of AB284, whose effects are still be greatly felt throughout the state.   This tight supply of homes is responsible for pushing up pricing from all types of home-sellers, who are taking advantage of the lack of inventory.

This increase in pricing is being felt in the appraisal arena (see my blog from 9-25-12) because comparable sales can’t keep up with the fast-rising pace of the newly listed properties.    Even new construction homes are suffering with low appraisals.

Some reports are showing sales volume is actually down from a year ago.   One must wonder if this surge in pricing isn’t keeping many buyers out of the arena.

When this will end is anyone’s guess.    For home sellers, NOW is a great time to sell your home for top dollar!!   For buyers, you need a professional agent who knows how to work well within this unique market.   Contact Denise Moreno, Heather Brockhurst or Joanna Piette with New Home Resource today at 702-365-1000!

The Mortgage Debt Relief Act is soon to expire!   And Congress has not mentioned a word about extending it…..     NOW is the time to get your short sale completed!


 Let me first remind everyone that we’re not attorneys,  and do not profess to understand this Act nor the law it its entirety.     Seek professional legal and tax advice for any and all of your questions or concerns!


 In a short sale, debt “forgiven” by the lender is subject to income tax,  because it is treated by the IRS as regular income.   With Las Vegas prices as they were during the “Boom Years” of 2004-2007, this figure is astronomical for most homeowners;  hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgiven debt could be considered taxable income.    


 The Act relieves qualifying homeowners from the obligation of paying taxes on mortgage debt forgiven from a short sale or foreclosure.     


 First enacted in 2007, the MDRA was extended once in 2009, but is set to expire this year on 12-31-12.    This means your short sale must be CLOSED by then, or any forgiven debt could be taxed as regular income.    There is qualifying criteria associated with the Debt Relief Forgiveness Act, so please seek professional legal and tax advice to see if you qualify.   


 Potentially millions of people could find themselves liable for a huge tax bill if the government doesn’t renew the MDRA by the end of 2012.    This bill may expire!     Since many short sales take an average of six months to complete, homeowners are simply running out of time.       Those  considering a short sale of their home need to act QUICKLY (like today!) in order to take advantage of a potential tax break. 


 Real Estate Brokers who are “Certified Distressed Property Experts” (CDPE) have undergone additional training specific to short sales.       The Broker at New Home Resource, Joanna Piette,  is a Certified Distressed  Property Expert / CDPE, and she can help. 


 Contact a professional Realtor® at New Home Resource today at 702-365-1000.     We will help you get through this!!

If you’re thinking about selling your home, I’m thinking of telling you NOW’s the time!


Now, I’m not a clairvoyant and I’m not privy to any secret housing information, so all of this is based on my own gut feeling….  But I DO eat, sleep and breathe real estate, every single day!!!

Here’s my take on it:    Due to the negative effects of AB284 on our housing market (see my blog from 6-25-12), our inventory is at an all-time low…..  Interest in buying today’s undervalued real estate is incredibly high.   Together these two things = frenzied buying, overbidding and top-dollars being paid for today’s real estate.    Literally everything from vacant land to condos, manufactured housing to duplexes, single family to luxury homes are all receiving multiple offers, and selling above list price, day in and day out!    Cash buyers and financed buyers alike are overbidding to be the winners.

It’s my belief that the  effects of AB284 causing the current UNDER-supply of houses will conversely cause an OVER-supply when all these kinks get worked out on the bank’s end.   Once this glut of held-back foreclosures begins to hit the system, the generous supply of available properties will put an end to overbidding to win something.    A buyer will simply move along to a better-priced home down the street.

So THIS is why I say that NOW is the time to sell your home!    Even if you are selling short, I certainly believe that your lender(s) would be more likely to approve a sale at a higher price where their loss is less.    It could be a good bargaining tool as well!     And NEW HOME RESOURCE has a lot of experience with short sales!

If you are a traditional seller with equity In your home, selling TODAY could put more $$ in your pocket for investments, to build savings, pay for a college education or wedding, pay off debts or to buy a different home that better suits your needs.

Regardless of the type of sale, you definitely want to be working with the tenacious and knowledgeable Realtors® at NEW HOME RESOURCE!    Call Joanna Piette, Denise Moreno, Debbie Sullivan or Penny Womack today at 702-365-1000 !!   Don’t waste another minute!


Needing to short-sale your home?  NOW Is the time!     Buyers are abundant and available properties are scarce.

In addition, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have just announced new SHORTENED timelines for short-sale decisions and a couple of the major banks are changing their processes to shorten their timelines as well.

You need a qualified real estate team to handle your short sale – call on the Joanna Piette Team at New Home Resource.    We get the job done!  Many times we already have buyers in place, just waiting for a great home like yours to hit the market.  Don’t delay – call Joanna Piette at New Home Resource today 702-365-1000.

Never before today in my real estate career have I encountered so many folks who are buying property, sight unseen. 

In today’s busy, busy world of real estate purchases, more and more out of state and foreign buyers are wanting to invest in the Las Vegas housing market.  I personally think NOW NOW NOW is the time to buy!  I could be wrong, but just live daily around these incredible prices,  and I can’t help but  think we should all be gobbling It up like candy.     

I’m apparently not the only person who feels this way about Las Vegas real estate 🙂

However, this concept becomes an issue for buyers not living in Vegas – how can they jump on the “purchase today” bandwagon  when they aren’t here to physically visit the home and consummate the purchase?    

Hire a stellar Realtor, that’s how!!  

You need to work with a Real Estate Agent and agency you trust to provide you with all the information available about the property.    One who directs you to websites where you can learn about the area schools, the amenities,  and the crime statistics/rates.  One who responds to your emails and phone calls.    Develop a trust and rapport with your Realtor and together, you’ll put together the deal that works best for you. 

Buying real estate isn’t a simple task, whether or not you live in Las Vegas or Timbucktoo.    Enlist the help of a New Home Resource agent and you won’t go wrong !

As Realtors, one of the first things we do is make sure the buyer in our car has the ‘ability’ to buy:  either they have cash funds to purchase, or they need financing.   Buyers who’ve had a short sale or a foreclosure often think it’s the end of the road for them…. that due to their impaired credit,  they’ll not be able to buy a home for several years.     Well, look no further!      

Las Vegas-based company Premier Mortgage Lending is able to help homeowners who’ve had a recent short sale or foreclosure, and get them into a home – – at today’s incredibly low prices!      The buyer must qualify with at least 20% down and a stable job, regular income and debt ratios that work with traditional loan types, but credit may be overlooked.      Premier Mortgage offers a free prequalification service – – if you or anyone you know has impaired credit, but does have a stable job, regular income and at least 20% down, please urge them to call Premier Mortgage Lending today at 702-485-6600.