All along it has looked as if the general real estate slowdown here in the Las Vegas valley would leave the high-end segment largely unmarked. Mortgage lenders felt confident for a long time about the viability of the luxury market and kept underwriting loans here for those who needed them. Many, of course, were able to close a purchase by bringing in a sack of cash and that was it.
The outlook has changed, though, quite a bit in the last year or so. The segment has slowed down considerably and is now going through the same type of adjustment that the rest of the market started couple of years ago. The evident overbuilding, the tighter mortgage environment and the slow economy are now adversely touching on it. To read the entire article, please click on the link in the first paragraph.