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New-home sales, construction off to a slow start
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
The market for the construction of new homes in Las Vegas started the year somewhat of a dud. Southern Nevada builders sold 401 new homes last month, down 22 percent from January 2013, according to a new report from Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research.
The man behind SeekingMillionaire.com talks love — and commerce — in Las Vegas
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Brandon Wade isn’t your typical relationship guru. The former physics and electrical engineering student struggled to get dates and didn’t have his first kiss until he was 21. Now, on Valentine's Day, the man behind such Las Vegas-based dating sites as SeekingMillionaire.com and SeekingArrangement.com discusses why the city is the ideal place for his business.
Nevada remains a top foreclosure state as new filings climb
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Banks seized a rising number of homes from delinquent Nevada borrowers last month, keeping the state’s foreclosure rate one of the worst in the country.
Blue Bell ice cream, beloved by astronauts and Texans, to hit Las Vegas freezers
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Blue Bell Ice Cream plans to open a distribution center near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3 and will serve customers in the Las Vegas Valley, Mesquite and Pahrump.
Southern Nevada home prices tapering off after surge
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Las Vegas home prices were flat in January, a not-unexpected slow start to the year. The median sales price of previously owned single-family homes in Southern Nevada last month was $185,000.
The List: Available commercial space
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Find out about available commercial space. This week, we rank them by available square feet.
Nevada is the gold standard for those who want to stash their cash, but that may not be a good thing
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Nevada is one of 15 states that lets people form “asset protection trusts” to guard stocks, bonds, real estate and other assets from creditors. Businesspeople who frequently get sued, including doctors and contractors, often use them to safeguard their wealth.
The costly obsession: Youth sports — is it worth it?
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Concussions are the topic du jour these days in the NFL and NHL. Despite the concerns, there's no question athletics can, and do, benefit young people. Sports can teach children confidence, teamwork and discipline, keep them healthy, create family memories and help establish an active lifestyle into adulthood.
Work resumes on Henderson water park; Cowabunga Bay lists late May opening
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Construction crews are back to work at the delayed Cowabunga Bay Water Park in Henderson. The 23-acre attraction at Gibson Road and Galleria Drive is slated to open May 24, according to its website. The 1960s beach-themed water park was supposed to open by Memorial Day weekend 2013, but developer Shane Huish said in April that Cowabunga Bay was only half completed and would open in spring 2014 instead.
Nevadans continue to struggle with their personal finances
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Nevadans’ personal finances improved little over the past year and remain among the worst in the country, a new report found.
Home price surge may herald the return of house flipping
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Home flipping, a hallmark of Las Vegas’ housing bubble, became more popular and a lot more lucrative last year amid surging prices.
More stores lined up for Shops at Summerlin
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Developers of the Shops at Summerlin have announced more stores that plan to open at the long-delayed retail hub. They include Michael Kors, Old Navy, Sur La Table, True Religion, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle Outfitters, the Art of Shaving, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Clarks, Everything But Water, It’Sugar, Pandora, Resto Lounge, Teavana and Ulta, according to developer Howard Hughes Corp.
NV Energy announces completion of 231-mile transmission line
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
A year behind schedule, NV Energy’s ON Line project connecting Northern and Southern Nevada electric systems is complete, officials said today. The 231-mile, half-billion-dollar transmission line runs from the Harry Allen Generating Station north of Las Vegas to the Robinson Summit Substation near Ely.
From Henderson to Prague: How kids' shoes are traveling the globe
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
In southeast Czech Republic, the city of Brno is a short drive from Slovakia and Austria. Flying there from Las Vegas takes a day or more. But if you happen to be passing through and need a new pair of children’s shoes, you'll find a familiar store. Pediped, a Henderson shoemaker founded by husband-and-wife team Brian and Angela Edgeworth, has partnered with a Czech retailer to open two stores in Brno and another in Prague. The stores debuted last year.
Citigroup to eliminate 160 more jobs in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Management last week told roughly 220 employees at Citigroup’s sprawling back-office facility at the Lakes that their jobs either would be eliminated by October or become work-from-home positions.
Sign of recovery: Traditional home sales now dominate foreclosures and short sales
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
Banks' long-held iron grip on Las Vegas’ wobbly housing market is loosening, as 70 percent of used-home sales now are traditional deals between private buyers and sellers.
Union confirms nursing layoffs at St. Rose Dominican hospitals
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
For the second time in the past year, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals management is shedding dozens of workers, a union official has confirmed.
Report: 2013 an ‘exceptional year’ for new-housing market
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Las Vegas’ home construction sector had some ups and downs last year, but overall, things were much better than the previous year. Southern Nevada builders sold 7,303 new homes last year, up 32 percent from 2012.
Nevada foreclosure rate drops in 2013 but remains second-highest in U.S.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
Nevada’s foreclosure rate showed a big improvement last year but was not good enough to pull the state out of the doldrums.
2014 real estate predictions: What’s on tap for housing, retail, office and industrial space this year
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Las Vegas’ battered commercial real estate market is showing signs of life but remains a long way from full recovery. Last year, investors snapped up properties, landlords signed new tenants, industrial buildings sprouted and developers pushed ahead with big retail projects. Much of the same is expected this year, although the valley still faces big obstacles.
A clean slate to reinvent downtown Las Vegas
Landscape is at once mortifying and exciting
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Downtown Las Vegas has been a consistent bright spot in the city’s sluggish economy.
Stores and restaurants are opening, new developments are sprouting, and tech entrepreneurs are streaming in to build the valley’s geek scene.
Amid the excitement, though, another aspect of downtown is just as noticeable but not nearly as welcoming: the area’s empty, undeveloped land.
Miami firm buying Las Vegas-based chemicals manufacturer
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
A Miami investment firm is buying Las Vegas chemicals maker American Pacific Corp., whose PEPCON plant exploded in a deadly inferno a quarter century ago, for $392 million cash.
Las Vegas home prices end year up 24 percent
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Las Vegas home prices inched higher last month to end the year far above 2012.
Property purchase raises speculation about possible expansion for Summerlin hospital
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
Is Summerlin Hospital Medical Center plotting another expansion? Its owners recently bought 7 acres of undeveloped land across the street from the Las Vegas facility, property records show.
Investors snatch up four senior housing complexes in foreclosure
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Southern California and New York investors have teamed up to buy four distressed senior-housing complexes in Las Vegas. The $75 million acquisition — by Interwest Capital Corp. and Angelo, Gordon & Co. — closed last month.
Downtown's Ogden, Juhl among properties acquired in deal
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Some of the more stylish residential buildings in Las Vegas are under new ownership, several years after the recession dented their financial health. ST Residential has sold Juhl and the Ogden — two downtown high-rises — along with One Las Vegas, Loft 5 and Spanish Palms Condominiums for $237 million combined.
Enjoy science? Alright with tight quarters? Interested in space? A North Las Vegas company has the job for you
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
If you enjoy science and won’t get claustrophobic living with others in a spacecraft, Bigelow Aerospace has the job for you. The North Las Vegas company is seeking “mature, well-adjusted” adults with technical backgrounds to work part time in astronaut simulation studies.
It's official: Warren Buffett is in the Nevada energy business
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Billionaire Warren Buffett has completed his purchase of NV Energy, whose chief executive is retiring and being replaced by a Buffett underling.
Banking company bringing call center to Henderson, filling some of the space Zappos left vacant
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
A British banking giant is bringing a credit card call center to Zappos’ former headquarters in Henderson.
The valley's priciest homes: A few million dollars buys stable, elevators, water slides
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
The valley’s priciest homes typically span at least 6,000 square feet and include wine cellars, movie theaters, outdoor kitchens, indoor pools and elevators.
New law to cost Nevada State Bank owner $387 million
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
The owner of a big Las Vegas bank says it will take an almost $400 million hit because a law that targets risky trading will force it to shed investments.
NV Energy sells land to home developer for $14.8 million
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
NV Energy, Nevada’s main electric utility, has sold almost 40 acres of vacant land to developer Ryland Homes. The $14.8 million deal closed last month and was announced today by the brokerage firm CBRE Group, which represented NV Energy.
MGM sells property near M Resort; owners undecided about use
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
MGM Resorts International has sold about 90 acres of land south of Henderson off Interstate 15. The $11.75 million deal, which closed last month, was a speculative purchase, and the buyers do not have any immediate plans to develop the property.
Henderson could get 1,100 new homes, including a senior community
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
After years of delay, a proposed Henderson master-planned community that fell victim to the recession might finally see shovels in the ground. The LandWell Co., developer of the proposed 2,200-acre Cadence project between Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Parkway, has sold at least 200 acres to homebuilder Lennar Corp. and is working with Woodside Homes to develop 18 acres.
Nevada out of dubious top 10 for foreclosures? Almost
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
One in every 859 housing units statewide received a foreclosure-related filing last month, down 53 percent from October and 55 percent from a year ago, according to a new report.
Median home sales price drops 1.1 percent in November
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
The median sales price of previously owned single-family homes in Southern Nevada in November was $183,000, down 1.1 percent from October but still 25.3 percent higher than a year ago, according to a new report from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.
Doughnut Rambo: Cambodian refugee finds success, friendship in Las Vegas
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Sothy Seang drives to the Donut Hut in east Las Vegas almost every night around 7. He unlocks the door, turns on the lights, starts the fryer and makes hundreds of doughnuts. He doesn’t leave until after 11 a.m. the next day.
New health club to open near Green Valley Ranch in 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
A new, massive health club is coming to Henderson. Life Time Fitness is building an $8.5 million, 171,000-square-foot facility just west of Green Valley Ranch Resort, city records show.
Burgers, beer and pizza: How Las Vegas stacks up
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
If you like burgers, beer and pizza, Las Vegas is the place to be. Infogroup Targeting Solutions said Las Vegas has the second-highest concentration of burger restaurants, is tied for sixth highest for pizza joints and is seventh highest for bars.
Developer buys Boulevard mall from lenders for $54.5 million
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
The Boulevard mall, a once-thriving Las Vegas shopping hub that slid in popularity and financial health over the years, has been sold to local developer Roland Sansone.
Pahrump: 'It’s not exactly a wasteland'
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
When people think of Pahrump, they don’t usually think of high-minded literary types. The rural, unincorporated town 50 miles west of Las Vegas has legal brothels, a strong gun culture, no major industries and a smattering of casinos.
Competing with the big boys: How a local homebuilder beat the recession
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
Homebuilder Robb Beville is a rare breed in Las Vegas: He works for a local company. The valley’s home construction market is dominated by out-of-state, publicly traded builders that are worth billions of dollars, employ thousands of people and sell tens of thousands of homes nationwide each year.
For Las Vegas homebuilders, 2013 called ‘year of recovery’
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Las Vegas’ home construction business slowed again last month as buyers faced rising prices and higher borrowing costs.
Cities across the country are vying to be the next Silicon Valley
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Persuading tech companies to move to Las Vegas can be a tough sell. The valley has a budding geek scene but sorely lacks educated workers, investment cash and job growth. UNLV is a research lightweight, and the few technical students it does produce often bolt town. Moreover, Las Vegas faces increasing competition from other cities that also want to make names for themselves as tech hubs. Despite the hurdles, local government and business leaders are trying to boost the industry and make Las Vegas a city of innovation, not just a gambling getaway.
Switch VP is first woman to lead Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance has picked new leaders for its executive committee.
Chinese company relocates downtown with $10 million in capital
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
At first glance, Jonathan and Danielle Jenkins’ new office building doesn’t seem like a hub for innovation. The renovated building, though, is bringing new life to a quiet stretch of downtown.
40 percent of Las Vegas homeowners underwater, still highest in U.S.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Las Vegas had the highest rate of upside-down borrowers last quarter among the 30 metro areas listed in a new report: 39.6 percent of local borrowers were underwater last quarter.
The days of living for free in a house awaiting foreclosure may be numbered
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Countless Las Vegans fell behind on their mortgages when the housing market collapsed, but many stayed put in their homes, living for free as banks struggled to seize the properties. But now lenders are adjusting to the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights.
Atlanta firm snatches six apartment complexes for $66 million
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Prowling for discounts, an Atlanta real estate firm has been on a Las Vegas buying binge. Trimont Real Estate Advisors acquired at least four distressed apartment complexes last month and two others in May, spending $66 million.
Foreclosure-plagued Nevada welcomes drop in rate
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Nevada’s foreclosure rate improved last month but remains one of the highest in the country. One in every 407 housing units statewide received a foreclosure-related filing in October, down 39 percent from September and 15 percent from a year ago, according to a new report from Irvine, Calif., research firm RealtyTrac. Filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

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