There's an outside chance I might be relocating to Las Vegas sometime in the next 18 months. Just trying to familiarize myself with any "need to know" info so I'm not scrambling for data at the zero hour if it comes to pass. The sum total of what I've read online so far (not very much) has led me to believe that these are truths. Please disabuse me of this notion if any of this is fallacious, and please add any observations you may have.
Just FYI - if this does happen, I'll be working remotely and traveling back to the east coast on occasion, so proximity to the office/jobs and the job market in general is (hopefully) a non-issue.
1 - The two places to look for a home are Summerlin and Henderson. Everything else is "less than." Both are low crime areas about 20-30 mins from the Strip with lots of amenities in the neighborhood itself, rendering trips to the Strip unnecessary except for special occasions/friend and family visits. That sounds pretty good to me. Henderson more of an actual town and closer to the airport, while Summerlin is a master-planned community and closer to the mountains/national park.
2 - We have a house buying budget of $275-300k, just so we can buy something without taking out a big, long mortgage. I'd probably be putting about 50% down and mortgaging the rest over 10, maybe 15 years, tops. The latter would take me to age 62, and I don't really plan on working past that. I don't really want to put more than $1,500-$2,000 a month toward mortgage and escrow, just so I have a "fat pocket" for travel/indulgences. From what I understand, you can get a decent 1,200-1,500 sq. ft. home for this in a good neighborhood. We have no kids, so we don't need a huge space to maintain and schools in an area are not important.
3 - There aren't a lot of pests/insects to speak of, but you can end up with a house that's lousy with scorpions. This displeases me. I've read that for your best hope, avoid new construction and neighborhoods/homes with a lot of palm trees. Keep your yard free of debris/rock piles they can hide in. Pay a professional to seal the home and spray monthly. I'm decidedly not into cruising around every night with a blacklight to find the things glowing and crushing them. Pass.
4 - It can be difficult to make friends as much of the population is transient and since many people (most?) are in hospitality/gaming, lots of people work off hours. I'd be working 6 AM - 2 PM local time (as I need to be online 9-5 ET.)
5- It can be hard to find jobs outside of restaurants/hotels/casinos. Again, hopefully not an issue as both my wife will work remotely, but if either of us ever gets laid off, it would be good to know we wouldn't be in a job wasteland. She's in the hotel business (HR) so it should be easier for her, I'm in middle management. Might be tougher for me to find a job if need be.
6 - The weather is great outside of late May through September. I've lived in Florida and the Caribbean, so blazing hot summers are nothing unique to me. I've never had much of an issue just staying the hell inside for a few months. Had a lot more practice recently. I'll take a scorching summer over a freezing cold/snowy winter any day.
What am I missing, or is any of this incorrect? Any input is appreciated. Thanks in advance.