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Home sale profits dip in close to half of big cities nationwide, including LV

BY: - April 28, 2022

Americans who sold their homes in the first quarter of 2022 are still reaping record returns on their investment, but the margin of profit is slipping in almost half of the major metropolitan areas surveyed by ATTOM, a real estate data firm.   In Las Vegas, the profit margin dropped 10% from the fourth quarter of […]

Library district, nonprofits use ARPA funds to provide phones to help clients exit homelessness

BY: - April 22, 2022

You cannot help people if you can’t reach them. That’s something social service providers that assist people attempting to exit homelessness have seen time and time again. They will get a client on the waiting list for housing, which has had a backlog due to limited housing supply. Time will pass. Housing will eventually open […]

HHS secretary hears report on Southern Nevada homelessness from nonprofit

BY: - April 21, 2022

The night before the state shutdown in 2020 to prevent the potential onslaught of Covid cases, HELP of Southern Nevada was only serving about 50 families.  Fuilala Riley, the CEO of the nonprofit that provides homeless and housing assistance, explained Tuesday to Rep. Susie Lee and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier […]

Short-term rental restrictions proposed by Washoe County

BY: - April 12, 2022

The Washoe County Commission introduced an amendment Tuesday that would, for the most part, provide more oversight of short-term rentals, which are being blamed in part for driving residents from their homes, especially in Lake Tahoe, where they compete for accomodations with tourists. During public comment, Judith Miller of Incline Village read social media posts […]

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

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Rent increases expected to slow, says apartment industry 

BY: - April 11, 2022

First quarter apartment rents increased by 21 percent year-to-year in Southern Nevada but are beginning to stabilize, according to a report from the Nevada State Apartment Association, which represents the multifamily housing industry in Nevada. Rents are expected to increase in the coming year, but more slowly than recent years.  CoStar, a commercial real estate […]

Concerns about oversight cloud enthusiasm for $250M investment in affordable housing

BY: - April 8, 2022

Lawmakers on the Interim Finance Committee on Thursday universally acknowledged the need to address Nevada’s affordable housing shortage, but several committee members, from both sides of the aisle, expressed concerns that a $250 million investment will not have legislative oversight. Nevertheless, the committee, which approves state spending when the full Legislature is not in regular […]

Faith-based group urges Clark County to do more to address housing crisis

BY: - April 1, 2022

When going around to speak with neighbors in the downtown area recently, Pastor Paul Hansen started knocking on doors at a small, six-unit complex that usually rented for less than $1,000 a month.  As a member of Nevadans for the Common Good, a faith-based coalition that organizes around social justice issues including housing affordability, he […]

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Talk is cheap. Too bad rent isn’t.

BY: - March 31, 2022

In its recently released report to members on “Advocacy Accomplishments” for  2021, the National Multifamily Housing Council – the apartment industry’s lobbying organization in Washington D.C. – could barely contain its satisfaction: “A year of advocacy paid off” in the form of nearly $50 billion in rental assistance to keep landlords whole. Why, even if […]

Does Clark County have the authority, desire to pursue rent control?

BY: - March 24, 2022

When Gina Glass moved six years ago to Las Vegas from Orange County where she was paying more than $2,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, she let out a sigh of relief that her housing costs would go down. Her monthly rent was initially $1,350 in 2016 for a four-bedroom house, which she shared […]

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Clark County seeks to tame short term rental beast, protect neighborhoods

BY: - March 16, 2022

Forced by a new state law to confront the reality of mini-motels in Southern Nevada neighborhoods, Clark County commissioners who have ignored the issue until now appear intent on imposing significant restrictions on the burgeoning vacation rental industry.  The law, sponsored by Southern Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, does not apply to neighborhoods in HOAs, unless […]

Hope for Prisoners founder rats out former colleagues 

BY: - March 14, 2022

Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber pardoned by then-Pres. Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in 2020, won’t say why he turned in former Hope for Prisoners colleagues for a seemingly minor infraction – advertising government partnerships for social services on their website. “Jon Ponder called me this morning and informed me that two […]