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May 22, 2015

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Real Estate in Crisis

Foreclosed and for sale homes line the 9800 block of Fast Elk Street in northwest  Las Vegas.

Photo by Richard Brian / Las Vegas Sun

Foreclosed and for sale homes line the 9800 block of Fast Elk Street in northwest Las Vegas.

The subprime mortgage crisis is hitting the Las Vegas metro area particularly hard. In fact, Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the country and the metro area is consistently one of the top five worse in the nation. The crisis jeopardizes further growth by creating an overflow of available homes, which in turn slows the construction of new homes and invariably effects property values. But at the same time it creates opportunities of more affordable housing for those who have been priced out of the market in recent years.

The crisis entails homeowners losing their houses after they are unable to afford their mortgage payment. It was brought about by lenders and banks giving risky loans, or subprime mortgages, to people with poor credit scores or finances. Low interest rates first attracted such homebuyers. However, as many loans were adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), higher interest rates down the road made payments nearly impossible, ultimately leading to foreclosure. Furthermore, predatory lenders have been accused of perpetuating the situation by unfairly taking advantage of uninformed or new buyers. There were a large number of investors who bought homes at the height of the market and expected to flip them for a profit, only to see values decline.

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Wed, Feb 25, 2015

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Fri, Feb 20, 2015

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Las Vegas toasts goodbye to the Gramercy

Sun, Feb 15, 2015

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Lenders are back to putting squeeze on delinquent Nevada homeowners

Wed, Feb 11, 2015

After backing off for a while, banks ramped up the pressure on delinquent Nevada homeowners last month, seizing more homes and starting the foreclosure process on ...

Las Vegas home market endures sluggish month

Tue, Feb 10, 2015

Las Vegas’ housing market started the year with mixed results, as prices were up from a year ago but sales totals dropped.

Economist brings national perspective to the Las Vegas housing market

Fri, Feb 6, 2015

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Las Vegas ranks high for ‘zombie’ foreclosures

Thu, Feb 5, 2015

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‘Vegas Modern’: Builder adding twist to re-energized luxury-home market

Thu, Feb 5, 2015

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2014 not a robust year for Las Vegas homebuilders

Tue, Jan 27, 2015

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Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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Investor: L.V. office building buy ‘an opportunity we couldn’t pass up’

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

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For $140 million, another portion of mall on Las Vegas Strip changes hands

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Less than a year after buying most of Showcase Mall, a group of New Yorkers has apparently bought another chunk of the Strip retail hub for big dollars. Jordache jeans ...

Kamran Zand's high-powered, high-pressure life selling luxury real estate

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Real estate broker Kamran Zand is in the business of selling an image. And business is good.

Nevada sees foreclosure rate slide in 2014

Wed, Jan 14, 2015

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