This week’s real estate headlines

Here are a few national real estate-related stories and news pieces that came across my screen this week…

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

East Shore Trail Bridge — image by TahoeFund.org

What is the longest bridge in the Lake Tahoe Basin?

When finished, the last bridge on the Tahoe East Shore Trail will be 810’ long, making it the longest bridge in the Tahoe Basin. Construction crews are hard at work, with plans to have the path open by July 1.

Fact credit: TahoeFund.org

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This week’s real estate headlines

Here are a few national real estate-related stories and news pieces that came across my screen this week…

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RSAR Market Report for Fernley, Nevada – April 2019

The Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS® (RSAR) has released its Fernley Market Report for April 2019.

From April’s report…

The April 2019 report indicated that Fernley had 55 sales of existing single-family homes, a decrease of 4 percent from April 2018 and a 17 percent increase from March 2019. The median sales price in Fernley for an existing single-family residence in April 2019 was $265,000; a 7 percent increase from April 2018, and a 2 percent increase from last month.

Click on the graph below to see the entire RSAR market report for April.

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RSAR Market Report for Reno and Sparks, Nevada – April 2019

The Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS® (RSAR) has released its Reno-Sparks Market Report for April 2019.

From April’s report…

During April 2019, the report showed Reno-Sparks had 519 sales of existing single-family homes; an increase of 6 percent from April 2018 and a 14 percent increase from one month ago, March 2019. The report listed the median sales price for an existing single-family residence in Reno-Sparks in April 2019 at $377,000; a 1 percent increase from April 2018 and a two percent increase from March 2019.

Click on the graph below to see the entire RSAR market report for April.

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Paddleboarding off Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe — Image by Guy Johnson

How many people are at Lake Tahoe?

Year-round resident population is 66,000. Total population can reach 300,000 on peak days. About three million people visit Lake Tahoe each year. This is comparable to the numbers of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park (3.2 million) and Yellowstone National Park (2.7 million).

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April median sales price and other market metrics

Reno and Sparks, Nev. median sales price jumps 3 percent in one month

Whoa! What a month April saw for area home sales.

The median home price in Reno-Sparks, Nevada jumped big time to $380,000 in April — wiping out any decline observed in March. April’s median sales price represents a whopping 3.0 percent, one-month, increase over March’s median, and sets a new record high for 2019.

Year-over-year, April’s median sale price is up 1.6 percent.

April’s median sold price per square foot (PPSF) jumped to $214.05/sq.ft. — also representing a 3.0 percent increase over March’s $207.79/sq.ft. Year-over-year, April’s median sold PPSF is up 4.2 percent.

April’s home sales also saw a large increase. 513 homes were sold for the month. This is 56 more homes than sold in March — representing a healthy 12.3 percent increase over March’s number of home sales. Additionally, year-over-year, April home sales were up 4.3 percent over 2018’s number.

Though April’s strong sales helped to mitigate March’s dismal number of sales, year-to-date, home sales are still down 12.9 percent overall. So the market has some catching up to do.

Inventory

Regarding inventory, presently 996 homes are available for purchase in the Reno-Sparks market. This number is up a hefty 14.9 percent from the 867 homes available for sale this time last month. Year-over-year, April’s currently available inventory is up a whopping 56.1 percent.

That being said, despite the number of homes currently available for purchase, only 23.9 percent are priced at, or below, the current median sales price. Lack of affordable inventory remains an issue.

Pending sales also climbed in April. Presently, 923 homes are pending sale in the Reno-Sparks market. That number is up a healthy 13.3 percent over the 815 homes pending sale this time last month. Look for unit sales to increase again in May. Year-over-year, current pending sales are 3.6 percent higher than the number of pending sales in April 2018.

April’s median days on market (DOM) came in at 65 days — a huge decrease of 13 days from March’s median DOM. While a nearly two-week reduction in the median DOM does indicate increasing market velocity (a market beginning to heat up), April’s DOM number is still 27.5 percent higher year-over-year, indicating a relatively slower market than this time last year.

April sales by type, break out as follows:

  • REO sales: 2.9% – up from March’s 1.6%
  • Short sales: 0.2% – down from March’s 0.5%
  • Subject to Court Approval sales: 1.0% – down from March’s 1.1%
  • Relocation sales: 0.4% – down from March’s 0.9%
  • Equity sales: 95.5% – down from March’s 95.9%

April sales by price band, break out as follows in the table below…

Sales by Price Segment
sales price ($000’s) units sold cumulative % of sales
0 – 99 0 0.0%
100 – 199 6 1.1%
200 – 299 108 22.2%
300 – 399 179 57.1%
400 – 499 106 77.8%
500 – 599 46 86.7%
600 – 699 24 91.4%
700 – 799 8 91.9%
800 – 899 9 94.7%
900 – 999 8 96.3%
1M+ 19 100%
total 513

April’s median sold price for houses and condos combined was $350,000 — a 1.4 percent increase over March’s median sold price of $345,000 for combined sales of houses and condos.

The table below contains the past 13 months of data[1]

Past 13 Months of Home Sales Data
Month Year # Sold Median Sold Price Sold Price per Sq Ft Median DOM # of Actives # of Pendings
Apr 2019 513 $380,000 $214.05 65 996 923
Mar 2019 457 $369,000 $207.79 78 867 815
Feb 2019 362 $372,150 $208.84 89 888 774
Jan 2019 325 $362,000 $210.44 86 961 655
Dec 2018 385 $365,000 $209.82 77 1,079 541
Nov 2018 469 $377,500 $211.75 71 1,237 634
Oct 2018 468 $385,000 $213.86 65 1,300 717
Sep 2018 460 $372,527 $210.74 60 1,333 725
Aug 2018 572 $370,725 $211.79 57 1,208 790
Jul 2018 567 $385,000 $216.37 53 1,154 838
Jun 2018 602 $381,950 $215.88 49 923 906
May 2018 575 $375,000 $209.12 49 725 920
Apr 2018 492 $374,000 $205.46 51 638 891

Thank you for taking the time to read this market report. As always, your comments and questions are welcomed.


1. The medians table above is updated on a monthly basis. The median home price data reported covers the cities of Reno, Nevada and Sparks, Nevada [NNRMLS Area #100]. Residential data includes Site/Stick Built properties only. Data excludes Condo/Townhouse, Manufactured/Modular and Shared Ownership properties. Data courtesy of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS – May 3, 2019. Note: This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

For historical home sale data back to 1998 click here.

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Paddleboarding off Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe — Image by Guy Johnson

Does pollution endanger Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe has lost about one-third of its world-renowned clarity since 1968. The major component of clarity loss is fine particles, with nearly three-quarters originating from development-impacted watersheds. Another important pollutant is nitrogen, over one-half of which comes from atmospheric fallout created by vehicle exhaust and pollution blown in from surrounding urban areas. A third critical pollutant is phosphorus, with disturbed and natural watersheds contributing two-thirds of the load. All wastewater is treated and exported from the Basin. Lake Tahoe is designated an Outstanding National Resource Water under the Federal Clean Water Act.

Fact credit: TahoeFacts.com

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