If you describe Real Estate as Luxury enough times, it starts to lose its meaning. Luxury is entirely overused in the Real Estate market to describe properties that do not meet the general definition of a Luxury Real Estate Property. In fact, the term Luxury has been used to describe Ultra Luxury Real Estate; homes of the world’s wealthiest 1% to a small kitchen re-model.
The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, which specializes in training real estate professionals in high-end home sales, defines luxury as the top 10% of the Real Estate Market in any metropolitan market. You may be surprised to know that 90% of the resale homes that sell in our market are under $630,000.
In addition, there is no official checklist for labeling a property as luxury. Noteworthy, there are some general features that are common in upscale properties:
- Gated communities or buildings with a high level of security
- Prime Location
- Professional Quality Kitchen Appliances
- High End Interior Finishes
- Customized Closets
- Hotel like facilities if the property is located in a luxury building
In the Las Vegas Market in the preceding six months:
The top 10% of the market that sold was $630,000 or above that price point. There were 593 homes that sold with an average days on market of 89 days.
The top 5% of the market that sold was $925,000 or above. 222 homes sold and were on the market an average of 105 days.
The top 1% of the market that sold was $3,000,000 and over. 25 properties sold with an average days on market of 164 days.
Finally, if you are questioning whether your home would be considered in the top 10% of the market, talk with your Windermere Prestige Properties Agent. To preview our Luxury listings go to: www.finevegashomes.com
Even in light of the increased number of new construction sales in our market; resales closings have increased by 9% in 2016:
Resale Closings Year
The increase in the number of closings between 2014 and 2016 was 5,503; a 16% increase. This is a sign of a healthier economy and therefore a healthier Real Estate market. More residents of Southern Nevada were able to buy a home in 2016 than in 2014 or 2015.
At the end of 2015, the average sales price was $254,159. December, 2016 the average sales price was $274,710 and increase of 8%. Still prices are very affordable but inching their way up with a healthy level of appreciation.
The Crystal Ball for 2017 is a continued increase in pricing, and perhaps an increase in interest rates as well. Our recommendation is to purchase as soon as you can as you will see additional increases in pricing this year. If you would like to sell but you are still under water, the next year could bring good news for you.
Begin – The home buying process
Organization is the key to finding the home you want while spending the least amount of time and energy.
Step One – Find out how much house you can afford before you go house hunting. A loan officer is a critical partner in helping you understand your budget options as well as the process of obtaining a home loan.
Step Two – Make a list of everything you want in a home. If there are two or more of you making the final decision, make separate lists to begin with. Then discuss the lists and agree on your top three priorities. Everything else becomes a secondary priority.
Step Three – Search on line and share your results with your selected Real Estate Agent. Look at homes with your Real Estate Agent. Keep good notes as after a while it can become difficult to determine which features belonged to which house.
Step Four – Once you have identified the house your want, work with your agent to review comparable sold properties to determine your offer price and terms. Write the offer!
Now you have found your home, but there is much more ahead before you can move in.