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.
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!
Skyland is one of the few neighborhoods on the Nevada East Shore to have not sold as many properties as the previous year. In 2019 and 2020 there were a total of 11 sales each year. One of the predominant changes thus far in 2020 has been the reduction in the total average days on market to sell a property. 2020 saw days reduced from 185 in 2019 to 97 this year. Homeowners will be happy to know the median average sales price has increased 5.6% from $1,197,000 in 2019 to $1,265,000 this year.
Chase International just released their local statistics for the 1st quarter at South Lake Tahoe. I must say some of the numbers are weaker than I thought they would be. Keep in mind while the coronavirus picked up steam in March, most of March sales volume occurred from business written in January and February. Nonetheless we had a strong first quarter for condo sales increasing a whopping 93% from this time last year to $13,571,000. Note that condo sales increased by 11% on the Nevada East Shore. However single family sales volume declined 14% to $54,321,000 at South Lake while Nevada declined 29%. The median sales price for condos rose by 11% to $352,000 while single family homes declined 20% to $444,000. Not sure what’s up with the condo market but that’s where the action is right now.
I’m sure you heard about the Nevada Governor Directive where open house showings, and in-person showings of single family and multi-family residences currently occupied by renters of real estate on the market for sale, are hereby prohibited for the duration this Directive is in effect. However you can transfer ownership, as long as you do not need to view the property interior, inspectors do not need to go inside, appraisals are done from the exterior or the buyer waives his rights. The new owner still has to honor the current lease and also cannot evict until this Directive is over.
I can be reached at 775-309-8454 if you need assistance. My email is RStiles@TahoeSouthRealty.com. Be safe everyone!