Hawaii Real Estate Market Data

Oahu Condominium Median Price Reaches New High, Sales Dip in March

The median price paid for condominiums reached a new high in March according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. 

During March 2018, the median sales price for single-family homes increased by 1.1 percent from March 2017. The median price for condos increased by 8.8 percent to reach a new record of $435,000, which was previously set in January 2018 at $430,000. Sales of single-family homes and condominiums decreased slightly by 1.3 percent and two percent, respectively, from the same month last year. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 14 and 16 days for condominiums.

“The March condominium figures were impacted by the resales of 20 luxury and multi-million dollar units. Consumers should remember that half of sales were below the median price,” said the president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “The increase in median prices, even modest ones like we saw in March, reflects the continued limited inventory available. However, it’s encouraging to see the 11 percent increase in active listings for condominiums, giving potential buyers more options in the market.”


Source: Honolulu Board of REALTORS®


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Container Gardening: What Works Best

The very best methods for growing container gardening vegetables

There’s no better time to start planting than in spring! Gardening vegetables in a container is a great way to grow healthy food and an easy way to add some color to porches or around windows. To help you get started, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate® put together a list of some of some of the best methods for gardening vegetables in containers.

 

Window boxes

Are you short on yard space? Do you lack a front porch? Then a window box might be the perfect solution! Vegetables often need between six and eight hours a day of sunlight, so just make sure your window boxes get enough light.

 

 

 

 

Clay pots versus plastic

Clay pots are arguably more attractive than plastic pots. They are often more expensive and dry out faster in the sun. With that said, if you decide to invest in clay pots, consider having it glazed to hold water. If you prefer the unglazed look, a trick of the trade is to insert a plastic pot into a one made of clay.

 

 

Hanging baskets

Similar to window boxes, hanging baskets are a great way to add a splash of healthy color to your home. Although dwarf and cherry tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables, they are popular plants to grow in hanging gardens. Herbsare also ideal for hanging baskets and can be planted on the edges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be creative!

Vegetables will grow in just about any container. Don’t limit yourself to using just pots, boxes or baskets bought from garden supply stores. Old paint cans or gallon milk jugs work well for root vegetables such as carrots or radishes, while large containers such as wooden barrels or even bathtubs can grow an enormous amount of food, including vegetables such as corn and tomatoes. Repurposing old containers found around the house is a great way to give your home a rustic do-it-yourself vibe. You can even paint your containers to make them even more beautiful. Just make sure to puncture a few holes into the bottom of whichever container you’re using so that the soil can drain properly.

What vegetables grow the best in containers?

Regarding the best vegetables to grow in containers, the sky's the limit! Of course, the container you choose to use might cap the sort of vegetables you grow. For example, a one gallon container won’t provide enough space for carrots.

Before gardening your vegetables in a container, you’ll want to think about when you’d like to plan your harvest. Some vegetables, like radishes, grow quickly and can be harvested twice per season. Other plants, such as corn (which officially is a grain!), can only be harvested once per season. You may want to grow a blend of slower and faster growing vegetables in the same container to ensure you have vegetables throughout the entire season.

 

 

 

Don’t forget edible flowers!

While not exactly a vegetable, edible flowers definitely have their place on your plate. They also add a gorgeous burst of color to any window box. Nasturtiums are among the most beautiful edible flowers, as are calendula flowers. Also called marigolds, the flowers have a sharp, sometimes peppery taste and are a nice addition to salads or as beautiful garnishes.

 

 

Caring for your vegetables

You’ve chosen your containers and decided which vegetables you’d like to grow. Now’s the fun part: raising your healthy plants!  Here are a few failsafe tips:

  • Many plants will need to be watered twice a day. The best time for watering is in the morning or evening.
  • Some plants, such as peas, will need stakes to support vines as they grow upward.
  • If you’re painting a container, try not to paint it a dark color, which absorbs heat.
  • Don’t use soil dug up from your yard. Gardening vegetables in a container requires soil that is an equal mixture of potting soil peat moss, perlite, vermiculite or sand.

Harvesting your vegetables

No matter which plants you decide to grow, it’s thrilling harvesting your own healthy vegetables. Pick them early, if possible, and don’t let them go to seed, as that can cause certain vegetables to taste bitter and can also decrease the productivity of the plant. In short, harvest as often as you’re able to enjoy a bounty of fresh vegetables.

Learn more and view more tips on the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate® Blog at http://bit.ly/BHGREContainerGardening