Sin City's other Main Industry: Land!
The dirt business continued to improve in Southern Nevada in 2016 with Colliers reporting "The fourth quarter of 2016 turned in a surprisingly strong performance in terms of land sales in Southern Nevada, improving on the third quarter and making 2016 as a whole the strongest year for land sales in five years."
The average price per acre was down but that was due to a number of sales at APEX (northeast of Las Vegas) where just short of 930 acres was sold for 70 cents a square foot. Meanwhile home builders are buying dirt where they can, with 354 acres selling in Q4 2016 for over $290,000 and acre.
Eli Segall writes for the LVRJ,
All told, developers are buying land and building again – but they’re not paying jaw-dropping sums for dirt like they did in the boom years.
Stater says land is selling primarily to people who plan to develop projects, not to flippers, an all-too-common scenario during the bubble era when easy money was sloshing around.
“The banks are not handing money out like they used to,” he said.