Housing prices have been in a free fall in most sectors of the nation for a long while, much longer than any real estate expert had predicted. When mortgage financing is hard to come by and supply far outpaces demand that's usually what will follow. The weak economy is also a major contributor to this. Lately, though, prices have begun to stabilize across the colorful map.
Southern Nevada - Las Vegas, Henderson, Green Valley, Summerlin, Southern Highlands, Pahrump, Mountains Edge and Mesquite among its communities - is a good example of that. The lower end of the marketplace is rather busy here as investors and first-time home buyers do their thing and pick up bargain properties. The statistics are somewhat slanted because of the proportionally high impact of this particular segment. The mid-range and upper end in Las Vegas are still quite soft due to lack of demand, as expected, and difficulties in securing home loan approvals.
In a housing study Goldman Sachs just published it says that home prices have been nationally steered higher by 5% on average on account of government incentives and interventions.The number can be debated until mouths foam, but the fact right now is that Washington is largely making the housing market what it is. Mortgage money is kept affordable by the Fed buying just about everything that has a mortgage bond stamp on it. Then there are all these home loan modification and rescue plans, with eye-catching acronyms, that most consumers are liable to lose track of. But regardless, they at least slow down the supply of homes being foreclosed and dropped on the already saturated marketplace. The first-time home buyer tax credit has given a nice boost to the demand side. And by the way, it looks as if a similar program will come out of Congress in a little bit to replace it.
Las Vegas metropolitan area - as are many other markets throughout - is still grappling with many challenges in the mortgage and real estate arenas. It would be in much worse shape, though, without Uncle Sam's charity and efforts. Eventually it has to stand on its own again, and it will. It's already taking some wobbly steps using crutches toward that goal, but obviously needs more time to fully recover.
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