I see a trend occurring in both our South Lake Tahoe and NV East Shore real estate market. If you’re a buyer whose been waiting on the side lines or a seller waiting for the market to continue upward then you may want to read on. For the last year we have constantly seen more properties entering escrow than have come on the market. However since the week before Memorial Day that trend has started to reverse. At South Lake this week we saw over twice the amount of new listings as property entering escrow. It was the same over on the NV East Shore. If this trend continues we could see market values start to stabilize.
The Nevada East Shore took a dive in new listings last week. This was the first time since mid-March new listings fell behind the number of properties entering escrow. South Lake Tahoe had a 30% increase in new listings just beating out the number of properties entering escrow. Closed sales for April 2021 more than doubled on the East Shore from last year while sales tripled from one year ago at South Lake Tahoe.
In the past six months, rental prices in Lake Tahoe and Truckee have risen by 25% to as much as 50%. Last year, a three-bedroom home might have rented for $2,000 to $2,500. Now, those same homes are renting for closer to $3,000 a month, while larger houses are renting for $5,000 a month, or higher. Many landlords however are seizing the opportunity to sell homes they previously rented to locals. The best way to get a place right now is knowing someone who knows someone, said a woman on Facebook looking for a rental.
Waiving one or more contingencies isn’t the only way a buyer can entice a seller to accept their offer over others in a competitive situation. Buyers offering to pay a portion of the seller’s closing costs and taxes, or releasing the earnest money deposit early could help. Offering the seller a flexible timeline or allowing them to rent back the property temporarily after closing could be attractive too. Another option, instead of waiving the inspection, would be to offer a shorter window for it to take place to speed up the buying process. Working with a local lender rather than a larger, national company, in order to get a better appraisal could also help.
Douglas County Commissioners on Thursday once again approved a moratorium or temporary suspension on the issuance of new vacation rental permits within the Tahoe Township till their next meeting in 4 weeks while they reviewed the current ordinance. At issue was whether to establish a cap on the number of rentals and if this should be done annually. Measures to control rental density, and radius analysis was also delayed.
Single family sales continue to climb through the last week of February at South Lake Tahoe. There have been 85 property sales since January 1st as compared to only 52 last year at this time. We currently have 53 properties on the market starting at a price point of $399,000. On the Nevada East Shore sales have more than doubled to 26 units this year as compared to only 10 units in 2020. There are currently 20 single family properties on the market starting at a price point of $725,000. We need inventory!
Last month in South Lake Tahoe, the TRPA Governing Board approved a 248-unit workforce housing project south of the “Y” on surplus land donated by the California Tahoe Conservancy. The collaborative project brought together the developer and the non-profit St. Joseph Community Land Trust with the Conservancy, the City of South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado County.