Nevada Land Market Continues to Recover

“The land market has been in recovery since 2010, and homebuilders have been driving that,” said managing partner of Sunbelt Development & Realty Partners.

Demand for land in Nevada has resembled a rollercoaster pattern this decade. During the real estate boom in the first half of the 2000s, both residential and commercial developers hungrily purchased land, driving up prices. With the recession, the opposite happened; development nearly ceased, land demand decreased and so did the price. Again, the pendulum… [More...]

Nevada’s Residential Market: A Season of Change

For the last two years, Nevada’s residential housing market has seen substantial rebound, with significant effect on prices.

For the last two years, Nevada’s residential housing market has seen substantial rebound, with significant effect on prices. Lowered median home prices have created low inventory and a seller’s market, which in turn impacted distressed properties and neighborhoods. “People are a lot smarter today, having learned from mistakes that occurred in the market; buyers are… [More...]

Hospitals in Nevada: An Industry in Transition

Hospital administrators are working very closely with purchasers of care and insurance carriers, to needs while striving to be competitive with costs.

Some things that don’t change in healthcare: the importance of patient outcome, patient experience, patient compliance and patient ability to pay for services. Other things in healthcare are changing rapidly: bio-engineered medications to treat specific patients, imaging devices take the place of exploratory surgery, the model for healthcare, the way hospitals are reimbursed for services.… [More...]

Connecting the Dots: Nevada’s Place in the Global Economy

In Nevada where the need to diversify the economy continues even as recovery takes hold, increasing the businesses that export could bolster the economy.

Ninety-six percent of the world’s population lives outside the U.S. Yet only 1 percent of American businesses export their products and services. In countries like Germany and Japan, some 40 to 60 percent of GDP is in export. Still, our 1 percent translates to trillions of dollars coming into the U.S. economy, according to Randy… [More...]

Builders and Developers: Bullish on Nevada

Commercial real estate, which saw many projects stalled mid-recession, is finally moving in Nevada: contractors are hiring and builders are returning.

Nevada’s skyline is once again changing. Commercial real estate, which saw many projects stalled mid-recession, is finally moving: contractors are hiring and builders are returning. But is there activity across the board in all industry sectors – industrial, office, retail, mixed-use – or are some moving faster than others? Does it spell recovery? Or another… [More...]

It’s an Investment: Commercial Financing in Nevada

Investing in commercial real estate requires a number of considerations. In addition to location, location, location, another consideration is financing.

The construction industry continues to be the barometer for the severity of Nevada’s economic plight, but commercial real estate in particular is making enough improvement to spark interest from investors and private parties looking to benefit from the historically low interest rates. This means banks and other real estate lenders are revving up business again.… [More...]

Digging up the Debt: Nevada’s Collections Industry

The Silver State has put the pinch on residents and businesses in recent years, one of the few industries to have thrived has been debt collections.

While a noticeable lack of silver in the Silver State has put the pinch on residents and businesses in recent years, one of the few industries to have thrived has been debt collections. As a result of the state’s heavily touted, sky-high unemployment rates, we’ve seen explosive growth not only in foreclosures but also in… [More...]

Back to Basics: Architects and Engineers in Nevada

Architects and engineers around the Silver State say they expect to see the appearance of a light at the end of the recession tunnel this year.

It may not usher in the booming economy that Nevadans were basking in just a short decade ago, but architects and engineers around the Silver State say they expect to see the appearance of a light at the end of the recession tunnel this year. “The outlook looks quite good. There was almost a stop… [More...]

An Industry Revived: Commercial Real Estate in Nevada

Nevada’s commercial real estate market has hit bottom and is recovering, albeit gradually and with some sectors stronger than others, experts said.

Nevada’s commercial real estate market has hit bottom and is recovering, albeit gradually and with some sectors stronger than others, experts said. Due to a confidence that the market is on the upswing, investors and tenants are willing to buy and lease. In fact, brokers completed some sizable deals in 2013, including the sale to… [More...]

The Role and Responsibilities of State Officers

Read the role and responsibilities of the Nevada State Officers.

In Nevada, six constitutional officers comprise the state government’s executive branch. They are the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and state controller. All are elected to four-year terms and may serve a maximum of two terms. Next year, Nevadans will vote for all positions but governor. The primary obligation of… [More...]

Builders & Developers: Resurgence in the Market

Commercial builders and developers in Nevada are moving ahead – not as robustly as they would like, to be sure – with projects in a variety of segments.

Commercial builders and developers in Nevada are moving ahead – not as robustly as they would like, to be sure – with projects in a variety of segments. John Restrepo, the principal of RCG Economics LLC in Las Vegas, has observed that Southern Nevada’s three major commercial markets – industrial, office and retail – are… [More...]

In the Black: A Look at Retail in Nevada

A Look at Retail in Nevada

Nevada’s retail industry, both from the brokerage and the retailer’s side, is guardedly optimistic. The optimism is driven by general economic indicators coupled with national retailer behaviors and Nevada sales performances in 2012. Let’s Go Shopping When locating stores, retailers look at sales performance in a city. “We’re seeing sales performance continue to increase in… [More...]

Heart of Our Cities: A Look at Nevada Downtowns

A healthy center reflects a healthy community. For a city to thrive and prosper, downtown needs to be a draw for visitors and residents alike.

Downtown is the heart of a city. Traditional wisdom states that a healthy center reflects a healthy community. For a city to thrive and prosper, downtown needs to be a draw for visitors and residents alike. Economically, a robust, vital midtown attracts businesses, which in turn employ residents and pumps money into the economy. A… [More...]

Finding our Niche: Distribution Centers in Nevada

Distribution centers are finding a foothold in Nevada, to the benefit of the state’s economy.

In an effort to diversify Nevada’s economy away from over reliance on travel and tourism, hospitality and gaming, economic development authorities throughout the state continue to work to find the perfect industries for Nevada’s business-friendly tax climate, wide-open spaces, multi-modal transportation systems and easy access to the 11 western states. In 2011, the Governor’s Office… [More...]

Property Management: Operating Lean and Mean

Working in property management today differs greatly than it did five years ago, due to a continued poor economy since 2008.

The core responsibilities of a property manager, whether commercial or residential, are to collect rents or homeowners’ association dues, pay bills, manage properties for the owners or homeowners associations and oversee vendors’ provision of services. “It’s not about just collecting rents. It’s about managing the entire process of a building from cost expense to revenue… [More...]

Business Financing: An Economic Bright Spot

The business financing picture in Nevada today is brighter than it was during the two years following the country’s great recession.

The business financing picture in Nevada today is brighter than it was during the two years following the country’s great recession. Capital is available. Businesses are seeking financing, and lenders are closing loans. “Things are definitely looking up,” said Bob Francl, executive vice president and regional manager of First Independent Bank, which serves clients primarily… [More...]

Risk Management: A Necessary Consideration

The Importance of Risk Management in Business

As president and owner of Heuer Insurance Company in Sparks, Larry Heuer is well aware of the catastrophic losses businesses have the potential to experience if they don’t practice appropriate risk management. As an example of sound risk management, however, he chooses to remember a client who suffered a large loss due to a fire… [More...]

Housing Market: Honing in on Homes

Nevada Housing Market Improving

With increasing sales and home values, Nevada’s housing market shows signs of recovery and strength not seen in recent years. “We’re on a good path right now,” said Patti Kelley, president of the Nevada Association of Realtors (NAR), a group that provides services to its members and advocates for private property rights. “We’re pulling out… [More...]

Architects & Engineers: Creating Opportunities

Architects and Engineering Opportunities in Nevada

Nevada’s architects and engineers particularly were hard hit when the state’s residential and commercial real estate activities abruptly stopped and the recession began. Numerous firms downsized their staffs and operations. Economic conditions forced many of these professionals to leave Nevada for available jobs in other states or remain in the Silver State and pursue a… [More...]

Cash Flow & Collections: Making Accounts Receivable Perform for Your Business

Cash Flow & Collections: Making Accounts Receivable Perform for Your Business

Nobody likes to talk about money. Most of us were raised to feel it’s uncouth. For polite society, that’s not such a bad guideline. But for businesses trying to maintain the bottom line, talking about money is a necessity – as is asking for it from clients and making certain it gets paid. In the… [More...]

Filmmaking in Nevada: Lights, Camera, Action!

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Level Playing Field isn’t the name of a new big-budget film — but it is the dramatic ending that moviemakers are hoping for in order to bring their production companies to Nevada. And the economic payoff if the state provides that level playing field could well prove to be a blockbuster. While just about anyone… [More...]

Thinking ahead: The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance

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Business insurance exists for one reason: to protect your business from essentially two categories of threat – those arising from people in our litigious society where anyone who owns a business can be considered a deep pocket target, and where damage caused by your business’s product or advice is actionable; and to protect against Mother… [More...]