Exciting Summerlin News!!

Big moves have been happening all over the Las Vegas Valley with lots of land being bought up by home builders and commercial developers!  In the last couple of weeks the Howard Hughes Company, a subsidiary of General Growth Properties announced new land sales in the Summerlin area.  A recent article in the Las Vegas Sun detailed that 503 finished lots are being sold to Pulte Homes and Richmond American Homes in the Mesas Village in Summerlin.  In addition to these residential lots, a 7.21 acre parcel is in the process of being sold to commercial developers to construct a in-line strip center focusing on Luxury Car Dealerships and two restaurants.  Summerlin’s top executive, Kevin Orrock said that the time is right for Summerlin to resume development. 

The most exciting news is that GGP recently signaled its intent to sell land to a high-tech manufacturer that will bring thousands of jobs to the region.  This manufacturer was not named in the Sun article but it appears to be the billionaire founder and CEO of Red Digital Camera Jim Jannard, founder of Oakley, Inc. won zoning changes to build an 80 acre high-end digital movie camera manufacturing plant, sound studios and homes for himself, actors and others from the movie industry.  This will eventually employ 1000-2000 and could create several support businesses to serve this huge complex!  This is all great news that will add many jobs and contribute to our local economy!  Feel free to leave a comment or question! 

 

What is going on in the Las Vegas real estate market you ask?

Las Vegas Lifestyle

Las Vegas Lifestyle

I get this question quite frequently and most people who ask are very surprised at the answer.  Las Vegas is experiencing tremendous sales activity and in the month of June an all-time sales record was exceeded.  The number of resale homes available to be purchased is around a three months supply at the current consumption rate.  Clients of mine who travel to Las Vegas from out-of-town are amazed at the quality of life here and the low prices of homes.  The local Las Vegas Review Journal recently reported that Nevada is in the top ten states in the Nation for the best Economic Outlook.  Right now in Las Vegas we have more resale homes under contract then are available to purchase and it costs less to own a home than it costs to rent!  These are both indicators that the current housing market is undervalued because when you consider the tax benefits and appreciation potential of owning a home it should cost more than renting.  You also must insure a home in Las Vegas for more than the current prices because it will cost more to rebuild if damaged! 

I think that our low tax structure will most assuredly be a driver of our economic growth as is our warm climate since 7918 people in the US turn 60 every day(according to the US Census Bureau) !  When the Baby Boomers retire they will be looking for warmer climates and environs that have low tax structures which Nevada and especially Las Vegas have.  This is not a political blog but with the Bush tax cuts expiring next year and the current Administration’s expansion of government higher taxes is a certainty!  Those in the highest tax brackets in the higher tax states like New York, New Jersey and California may be facing tax bills in excess of 50% including property, income and business taxes.  Nevada is one of the states with the lowest tax burden and we just FELL a notch and are now number four in the Nation for lowest business tax environment!  And as proof of this more high net worth individuals are moving to Nevada and relocating their businesses here in growing numbers. 

Major Institutions are also investing in the Las Vegas community:   the prestigious  Brookings Institute just announced a joint initiative with UNLV to improve the quality of life in the US Southwest with an emphasis on Las Vegas,  and the World-Renowned Cleveland Clinic, partner in the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health  in  Symphony Park in Downtown Las Vegas is starting a feasibility study on head-quartering a Clinic location within Symphony Park. 

Las Vegas is a great place to live and will make a great place to relocate, purchase your second or vacation or investment property!  Please leave me any questions or comments in the space below and make sure to visit Vegasdreamsellers.com!

The return of Mira Villa!

Mira Villa

Mira Villa

The long awaited and much talked about Mira Villa condominiums in Summerlin was recently opened for sales.  This community started pre-sales about four years ago and was under construction until litigation halted progress.  From what I understand, the development group had financing issues and ultimately filed for bankrupcy protection which collected the builder, Westmark Homes in the process.  This was unfortunate because Westmark is a quality, local builder that as a result of the litigation has halted construction of Coronado in the Paseos and Montechiro. 
Mira Villa

Mira Villa

These are large homes.  They start around 2000 square feet to 4000 square feet and are located near the JW Marriott on the TPC Las Vegas Course.  All of the homes are one level,  have two car garages, private elevators and large verandas.  The common ammenities include a state of the art gym, barbecue ramadas firepits and hottubs.  The location provides a tranquil setting and ideal place to take in the  tremendous views of Red Rock Canyon and the beautiful environs of Summerlin.  These homes start in the $400,000’s  and if you are interested in touring this community just call or email me!  As always remember to visit Vegasdreamsellers.com and don’t forget to ask questions or leave me a comment or two! 

More Great Summerlin Homes News!!

Boulder Ridge Plan 2 Kitchen

Boulder Ridge Plan 2 Kitchen

I was recently asked by Christopher Homes to participate their new education seminar, the Realtor Ambassador program.  I was blown away by these homes and the floor plans, upgrades and the area! First, Boulder Ridge is located in The Ridges in Summerlin , which in my opinion, is the finest place to live in the entire Valley.  These beautiful homes range from 4400sf to 5900sf and start in the upper $1 millions.   The standard upgrades and finishes available here are much more elaborate than I have seen even in most custom homes!  Features like pivot front doors, kitchens with two of everything, slick wall texture, unique door hardware, stone flooring and counters and exotic hardwood cabinetry (like zebra-wood and gum wood)!  All this and home-sites of 1/3acre to 1/2acre at prices that in many cases is lower than building it yourself!  In addition to these incredible homes, Christopher is offering  jumbo financing at 6% with only 25% down.  For those of us who don’t want to sell our homes at the current prices, Christopher has a solution:  sign a contract to purchase a B. R. home but only buy the home-site at that time and then they give you 24 months to sell your home all the

Boulder Ridge Plan One Living Room

Boulder Ridge Plan One Living Room

while your new home is under construction.  So this gives you time to sell your home in a more favorable market and lock in today’s prices on the home of your dreams at Boulder Ridge!   They also offer a sale/leaseback for investors looking for locked in cash flow.  The plan one home is available with out artwork but fully furnished with a lease payment of $19,630/month (8%)  for a guaranteed year!  An investment that yields an 8% return!  Please contact me for more information about these tremendous homes and these incentives!  And remember to contact your Ambassador to schedule a tour of Boulder Ridge!

Ladera Canyon

Ladera Canyon

Ladera Ridge at Ladera Canyon my Richmond American Homes is closing out their community located in The Mesas.  The floorplans are unique for Richmond in Las Vegas and they offer some great spaces!   I got a call from a sales person and they told me that the homes they have left in the Mesa can be purchased with free upgrades!!  So think of this buying a home with the natural stone floors and upgraded finishes for no additional cost!  This is a tremendous opportunity in the Mesas and I love these homes! 
If you are interested in touring Boulder Ridge and seeing these fabulous homes or Richmond American’s models in the Mesa please contact me on my mobile and we will set up an appt!  Please leave me a comment and make sure to visit http://vegasdreamsellers.com!  

Next post: The return of Mira Villa!

Summerlin Mall Update!

Summerlin Centre Mall Under Construction

This is a photo I recently took of the construction activity on the Summerlin Centre Mall located at the 215 and Sahara in Summerlin.  The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that the mall would be delayed by one year due to the fact that only about 50% of the rentable space had been leased.  Construction has not been halted, only slowed which in my opinion, is good news because it shows activity and ongoing construction progress.  Also under construction in Summerlin Center is Minnesota based Lifetime Athletic,  an upscale health club chain that will bring the residents of this area a much needed amenity.  I am looking forward to the completion of both of these projects and I feel that when the economy starts to recover next year that we will see an increase in leasing activity at Summerlin Centre and the construction will accelerate so that we see a grand opening in the first half of 2010.  This mall will be a great addition to the area as an amenity but will also be a big positive to the Summerlin real estate market!  You heard it here!

National Publications are Buzzing about Summerlin!

NY Times article on SummerlinSummerlin has been the glowing subject of several articles in the National Press lately touting its high quality of life and close proxmity to several outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.  The New York Times recently did a piece on Summerlin entitled “Leaving Las Vegas for the Suburbs” which profiled why second-home owners chose Summerlin over other locations for R&R.  In addition to the myriad shopping and dining opportunities the article states “Summerlin has endless options for outdoor recreation; the area is home to more than 100 parks, 150 miles of trailes and 9 golf courses, including the TPC Summerlin and TPC Las Vegas.”   The Times goes on to say that there are financial benefits as well: “the state (Nevada) has some of lowest property taxes in the US at less than 1 percent of assessed value and for those who stay more than 6 months in a year there is no state personal income tax!”  

National Geographic AdventureNational Geographic Adventure has recently named Las Vegas the “Number One Best Place to Live and Play” in the US!  Las Vegas was awarded this distinction because of our quality of life but also the “Immediate access to the outdoors” afforded to residents in both Summerlin and many other parts of the Las Vegas Valley.  Take a look at this website called “Adventures in Summerlin” for more information! 

Thank you… (part 2)

Best in Client Satisfaction!Since the monthly publication of Las Vegas Life magazine will end with its April 2008 edition the 2008 Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction section and my piece will be moved to the May 2008 editions of Las Vegas Magazine and Las Vegas Home and Design.  So check it out! 

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