Las Vegas Home-Price Surge Spotlights Disconnect in U.S. Economy

The median price for a single-family house in August jumped almost 10% from a year earlier to $335,000, according to a report from the Las Vegas Realtors. By comparison, annual price growth in February, the month before Covid 19 emptied out casinos, hotels and restaurants, was 6.7%.

Among large housing markets, Las Vegas is the riskiest by a wide margin, according to an analysis by CoreLogic Inc., which projects that by next July, prices will be down by 7.8%. So far, values have been pushed up by a shortage of supply, with available listings falling 40% in August from a year earlier.