Las Vegas Valley New home sales nearing 2006 levels.
Through the first four months of the year, new home closings have reached 3,264; a 22% increase over the same period last year. If new home closings continue at this rate, we will have seen nearly 10,000 new homes closed in 2018; less than 2006 but nearing those levels. Building permits pulled in April were 1,047, a 28% increase from April of 2017. This brings the total number of building permits through April of 2018 to 4,059, 33% higher than last year. If this pace continues we will have over 12,000 permits pulled in 2018. This increase in permits pulled will pave the way for strong new home sales in 2018 and 2019.
With the increase in new construction sales, construction worker talent is in high demand. There is currently a shortage of construction workers which has slowed down the build time from four months to build a new home to six months.
The current median new home closing price in April was $374,440. This is an increase of 11 percent over prior year. Many factors are causing this increase including; labor shortage, material costs, land costs, high demand for new construction and supply shortage.
In California, all new homes will be required to install solar panels for whole house solar systems in an effort to save energy beginning January 1, 2020. It will be interesting to see if Nevada follows in the same path.