If you’re looking at houses for sale in the Henderson area, Portfolio Realty Group is here to put you in the luxury home of your dreams. We don’t just show you listings; we help you zero in on the home that’s going to be the best fit for you and your family in the long run. The last thing we want to see is one of our clients having to move out after they realize they can’t afford a home. With that in mind, here are some hidden costs that should be taken into consideration when house shopping.

Energy

The Nevada desert is a place of extremes. It can be blistering hot under the summer sun, and at night the temperature drop can be dramatic. You’ll need to run the heat and air conditioning at different times to stay comfortable in your home. Climate control can be expensive for large homes with lots of rooms and high ceilings. Also, big windows make it more difficult to maintain a preferred temperature.

Water

If you’re considering houses for sale that feature pools and lots of landscaping, be aware that water comes at a premium out here in the Las Vegas Valley. It can be costly to keep plants and lawns watered, not to mention the maintenance of water features and swimming pools.

Homeowner’s Association

Many communities in the Henderson area belong to a homeowner’s association, or HOA. HOAs can be useful to coordinate efforts to keep the area clean, organized, and safe, but most also charge an annual fee for their services. Your ability to decorate the outside of your home may also be restricted by HOA policies, so when considering any real estate, it’s always a good idea to inquire about a neighborhood’s HOA agreement.