Report shows fewer money purchasers in industry

One particular of the most common inquiries I’ve been obtaining lately from members of the public, the media and the real estate profession is about investors and if they are becoming significantly less active in our neighborhood housing industry.

I addressed this question for the duration of the Nevada Housing Forum presented recently by the Lied Institute for True Estate Studies at UNLV and sponsored by the Nevada Association of Realtors. As I said that day, I’m seeing fewer investors getting homes here in Southern Nevada.

Offered the selection, I believe most home owners contemplate this to be very good news and would choose to see much more purchasers truly living in the properties they are buying.

Figuring out exactly how numerous local homebuyers consider themselves to be investors can be an inexact science. A single very good barometer, even so, is to look at how many purchasers are paying money when they purchase a home here.

According to the most recent statistics from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, the percentage of local home buyers paying money is approaching half of what it was at its peak.

GLVAR stated 34.3 % of all regional properties sold in September were purchased with cash. That is up from 32.1 percent in August, but still close to a 5-year low and effectively short of the February 2013 peak of 59.5 %. The percentage of cash purchasers remains highest amongst neighborhood condo and townhome buyers, 65.7 percent of whom paid cash for such properties in September.

Though not all money purchasers can be classified as investors, this is nevertheless a very good indication that fewer investors are purchasing and a lot more owner-occupants are moving in to properties.

A couple of years ago, cash purchasers dominated our market and accounted for far more than half of all current regional home sales month soon after month. This was tough on several very first-time and entry-level home purchasers, who have been frequently left standing on the sidelines as they occasionally struggled to safe financing and were often outbid and lost out on properties to cash purchasers.

At the time, we definitely welcomed and needed these money purchasers. Following all, several of them purchased residences that had gone through the foreclosure procedure and would have otherwise been left to sit vacant for extended periods of time.

In many, if not most, instances, these cash-paying investors refurbished and rented these homes to prepared tenants. At the quite least, these investors helped our housing market place and our communities by placing folks into these properties. Frankly, I do not know exactly where we’d be with out them.

It’s a various story nowadays. Thanks in part to these same investors buying so numerous regional houses at favorable costs for the duration of the housing downturn from about 2008 through 2011, costs have bounced back nicely in the previous couple of years. Because bottoming out at a median single-family members home cost of $ 118,000 in January 2012, GLVAR has reported nearby home rates rising practically every single month since then. These days, the median single-household local home price is hovering around $ 200,000.

Of course, that is nevertheless a lengthy way from June 2006, when local home rates reached a height of $ 315,000. But at least we’re headed in the proper direction.

With the cost appreciation we’ve had lately, investors have stepped back a bit. Today, there’s much far more opportunity for initial-time and conventional home purchasers needing a mortgage to finance their home to locate and buy the home they want.

Please maintain these queries coming, sending them to so I can answer them in a future column.

Heidi Kasama is the 2014 president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) and has been a local Realtor for a lot more than 11 years. GLVAR has more than 11,500 members. E-mail concerns to For a lot more info, check out

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