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Vegas Water: A Goldmine of Information for Real Estate Agents


Las Vegas: a glittering desert oasis where luxury thrives amidst a surprisingly arid landscape. For real estate agents, understanding this unique market goes beyond just square footage and curb appeal. Communicating our impressive water conservation programs is an increasingly crucial aspect of the job.


A recent sales meeting featuring the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) shed light on the complex realities of water management in the region. The session featured Katie Horn, the District's Public Affairs Manager. Horn, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in water resource management, addressed the challenges and innovative solutions that keep Vegas – and by extension, the Las Vegas real estate market – flourishing. 


Vegas Save Drop

One of the key takeaways from the session was the looming threat posed by declining water levels in Lake Mead, the Colorado River reservoir that serves as a vital source for Las Vegas. "The water level in Lake Mead has been declining for the past 20 years," Horn pointed out, highlighting the urgency of conservation efforts. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation paints a concerning picture: Lake Mead's water level has dropped over 1,500 feet since construction in the 1930s.


So, what does this mean for Las Vegas real estate agents? It is our job as real estate advisors to educate clients and tell the story of Nevada's excellence in water conservation. Here are a few shareable statistics that help demonstrate this message: 


  • Indoor Water Recycling: Indoor water recycling extends our community’s availability of water resources. Southern Nevada recycles 99% of water used indoors. 


  • Water Smart Landscaping: The Las Vegas Valley Water District offers homeowners a cash rebate to replace their grass with water-efficient native landscapes with desert-friendly plants. The current rebate is $5 per square foot. 


  • Decline in Water Use: Despite an increase of around 60,000 new connections since 2020, water usage has decreased significantly by 26% during that time. 


  • Results in Water Conservation: Since 2002, the population in Southern Nevada has increased by 52%, while per capita water use has decreased by 58%. Furthermore, Southern Nevada's consumption of Colorado River water has reduced by 42%. 


Beyond the practical benefits, understanding water conservation efforts allows you to tell a compelling story about Las Vegas. This vibrant city, known for its extravagance, is also a leader in water sustainability.  


Vegas Save Drop

Become a Water Warrior for Your Clients 

The LVVWD's website https://www.lvvwd.com/ serves as a treasure trove of information for real estate agents looking to become water-savvy partners for their clients. Here are some resources you can explore: 


  • Find Your Watering Schedule - The LVVWD implements mandatory watering schedules to optimize water use. Knowing your designated watering days ensures your lawn receives the hydration it needs without unnecessary waste. And remember – never water on Sunday. 





Anticipate Your Clients' Needs: Water Efficiency on the Horizon 

As water conservation efforts continue, expect to see a growing focus on water efficiency in new construction projects. The LVVWD works closely with developers to ensure adherence to strict water-saving guidelines. Understanding these regulations and their impact on new builds positions you to anticipate your client's needs – whether they're searching for a water-smart home or considering the resale potential of properties with traditional water features. 

By equipping yourself with this information, you can transform yourself from just a real estate agent into a valuable advisor on all aspects of Las Vegas living. A subtle shift in your approach, demonstrating not just an understanding of the market but also a commitment to its sustainable future, can set you apart from the competition. 


Ready to take your career to the next level? Coldwell Banker Premier Realty (CBPR) is here to help you thrive. We offer a wealth of resources and ongoing educational opportunities to empower you to become a top-performing agent in this dynamic market. Contact CBPR today to learn more. 

 

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