Deciding which part of the Valley to call home is a big decision. Whether you’re in the market for a family neighborhood, a high-rise condo overlooking the Strip, a custom-built home or a simple apartment, Southern Nevada offers an incredible variety of home styles, neighborhoods, and ambiances.
Southern Nevada Communities
Southern Nevada’s three largest cities, Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas, are located in Clark County. While within close proximity to one another, each city is fully independent. The most recent U.S. Census figures put Clark County’s population at about 2 million residents.
The City of Las Vegas includes the Downtown Area, the historic East Side, the award-winning master-planned community of Summerlin, and more. The City of Las Vegas’ vision is a world-class, vibrant, affordable, economically and ethnically diverse, progressive city where citizens feel safe, enjoy their neighborhoods, and access their city government.
The City of Las Vegas government includes:
- Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
- Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian – Ward 1
- Councilman Bob Beers – Ward 2
- Councilman Bob Coffin – Ward 3
- Councilman Stavros Anthony – Ward 4
- Vacant – Ward 5
- Councilman Steven Ross – Ward 6
- City Manager – Scott Adams
City of North Las Vegas
The City of North Las Vegas continues to grow in terms of business innovation, economic development, and diversification efforts, and has about 235,000 full-time residents. With a growing industrial base, eco-tourism, and new businesses opening up, the City of North Las Vegas is anchored in community pride and a forward-thinking mantra, and continues to surge upwards as a business and family-friendly place to call home in Southern Nevada.
The City of North Las Vegas government includes:
- Mayor John Lee
- Councilman Isaac Barron – Ward 1
- Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown – Ward 2
- Councilwoman Scott Black – Ward 3
- Councilman Richard Cherchio – Ward 4
City of Henderson
The City of Henderson, the second largest city in Nevada and home to more than 260,000 residents, is known as “a community of small town values with big city efficiencies.” Known nationwide for its master-planned communities, recreation and parks areas, it is a community lauded for its public services and family values.
The City of Henderson government includes:
- Mayor Debra March
- Councilwoman Gerri Schroder – Ward 1
- Councilman Dan Shaw – Ward 2
- Councilman John Marz – Ward 3
- Councilman Dan Stewart – Ward 4
Located 90 miles south of Las Vegas, unincorporated Laughlin is situated on the banks of the Colorado River at the three-corner region joining Nevada, California and Arizona. This resort destination boasts a number of attractions and golf courses. Housing options in Laughlin include single-family homes, condos and town houses, apartments and mobile homes. There are 10 resorts and more than 11,000 hotel rooms in Laughlin.
Mesquite is quickly growing in popularity as a favorite getaway destination for many Las Vegans. Mesquite has a municipal airport, a fine arts center, recreation and senior centers, a museum, an arboretum, rodeo grounds and a city parks and trails system. In addition, there are several nearby national and state parks, as well as a number of golf courses, spas and resorts.
Located about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is located in the Spring Mountains in the Toiyabe National Forest. A 45-minute drive north of Las Vegas, Mount Charleston offers residents the opportunity to snow ski from November through April at Lee Canyon. The mountain community includes rustic custom homes with scenic views surrounded by lush greenery. A trail system provides opportunities for hiking, camping, and other activities that can be enjoyed year-round.
Located 50 miles west of the south end of Las Vegas and 60 miles east of Death Valley, Pahrump is home to several major housing developments. To serve the growing population, the city has attracted several chain retail outlets, five full-service casinos and a wide variety of independent shops and commercial enterprises.
Finding a Home & Finding a REALTOR
Buying a home is one of the most significant financial investments most people make in their lifetime. A REALTOR® can help you make it an enjoyable, hassle-free experience. Remember, not all real estate licensees are the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the National Association of Realtors are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR® logo on business cards and other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a high level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.
Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power – that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income, and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you.
Your agent has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties that meet your specific criteria. Your agent can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents have access to a variety of informational resources. Agents can provide information on utilities, zoning, schools, and local amenities. They can also help you decide whether a particular property will provide the environment you want for a home or investment and whether the property is likely to have a good resale value when you are ready to sell it.
Your agent can help you negotiate purchase price and terms. There are many factors that play a role in the negotiation process, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
Your REALTOR® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. This could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, mold, faulty structure, roof condition, plumbing, and air conditioning, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified, responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports.
Your REALTOR® will help you access a preliminary report on the title of the property you’re interested in buying. Your agent, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.
Your REALTOR® can help you understand different financing options and identify qualified lenders, guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.
For a list of Metro Chamber member REALTORS®, consult the business directory.
Helpful Questions for Your REALTOR®
How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job?
While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job.
*What designations do you hold? *
Designations such as GRI and CRS (which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training) are held by only about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.
*Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? *
While it is usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, it is important to understand where the practitioner’s obligations are.
Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs and help with other things I need done?
Because REALTORS® are immersed in the industry, they are wonderful resources as you seek lenders, home improvement companies, and other home service providers. Practitioners should generally recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with or receive compensation from any of the providers.
How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?
Do you want updates twice a week or do you not want to be bothered unless there is a hot prospect? Do you prefer phone, e-mail or a personal visit?
Could you give me the names and phone numbers of your three most recent clients?
Ask recent clients if they would work with this REALTOR® again. Find out whether they were pleased with the communication style, follow-up, and work ethic of the REALTOR®.