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Oahu Real Estate Market Report


Increase in new listings and closed sales were most notable in Kapahulu-Diamond Head, Makiki-Moiliili, Aina Haina-Kuliouou, Waialae-Kahala and Downtown-Nuuanu

According to the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® local market update, single-family homes in Kapahulu-Diamond Head, Makiki-Moiliili, Aina Haina-Kuliouou, Waialae-Kahala, and condos in Downtown-Nuuanu experienced a double-digit increase in new listings last year.

Properties in Kapahulu-Diamond Head, Makiki-Moiliili, Aina Haina-Kuliouou and Waialae-Kahala made up 17.2% of all single-family home listings and 14.8% of single-family home sales for 2019. The number of properties listed in the four neighborhoods combined increased by 20.6% compared to 2018, and closed sales were up 21.7% for the year.

“While these neighborhoods often see a large percentage of sales upwards of $2 million, the $600,000 to $999,999 price range saw 36.1% more listings on market and 41.9% more properties that sold,” said the President, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “More inventory across Oahu neighborhoods contributed to the healthy real estate market we saw in 2019.” In Downtown-Nuuanu, both new listings and closed sales of condominiums/townhomes were up 17% over 2018. Last year, condominiums ended with a median sales price of $590,000 – an 11% increase from the 2018 annual median price of $530,000. Most notably, island-wide data shows that year-over-year sales declines did not occur evenly across all condos by size. Studio/one bedroom units saw a 9.7% decrease from 2018; two-bedroom units saw a 2.4% decrease; and units with three or more bedrooms experienced a 1.1% decrease.

“The small increase in condominium median and average sales prices for 2019 – despite a 4.8% decrease in sales volume – is attributable to larger, typically higher-priced condominiums/townhouses representing a greater portion of closed sales,” she added. In December 2019, single-family home sales in Waialae-Kahala and condominiums in Ala Moana-Kakaako experienced positive sales gains. Sales of single-family homes in Waialae-Kahala rose 250% compared to December 2018 and year-end sales were up 29%. Eleven percent of condominium sales in December 2019 occurred in the Ala Moana-Kakaako neighborhood. Closed sales in this area increased 81% over December 2018.

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December single-family home market activity solid, closing a year marked by positive inventory levels, slight decline in combined total annual sales and flat annual median prices

Oahu single-family home sales were up 19.3% and sold in 40% less time at a median of 18 days on market compared to 30 days in December 2018, according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORSR. Median sales prices also increased for both single-family homes and condominiums in December, up 4.1% to $820,000 for homes, and 6.8% to $425,500 for condos. The luxury condominium market saw increases in December – condo sales in the $1 million to $1.9 million range more than doubled at 27 sales in December 2019 compared to 12 in December 2018, while condos sold at $2 million and above nearly tripled with 11 sales in December 2019 compared to four sales in December 2018.

While 2019 began with sales declines from the previous year, single-family home sales ended the year with six consecutive months of increases and total sales up 3.9% for the year. Condo sales ended 2019 down in total by 4.8%. The combined annual sales total ended with 9,158 resales, a modest 1.4% decline from 2018.

The year ended with average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates below 4%, a marked difference from 2018 when rates were on the rise and ended the year approaching 5%. New listings saw increases throughout the year, with total listings up by 3.8% for single-family homes and up 4.5% for condos, which helped inventory to maintain positive levels over 2018 for most of the year. Despite new records for median sales price for both single-family homes and condos set in July 2019, the year ended with median prices on par with 2018. The annual median sales price for 2019 dipped by 0.1% to $789,000 for single-family homes and rose by 1.2% to $425,000 for condos/townhomes from the previous year.

“In 2019, we saw a steady and stable market with more active listings, slightly more days on market and median prices remaining relatively flat compared to 2018,” said the President, Honolulu Board of REALTORSR. “These conditions, paired with low interest rates and favorable economic conditions continuing to drive healthy market activity, create an advantageous environment where buyers have purchasing power and sellers have more potential buyers for their properties.”

Over the last 10 years, the real estate market has been influenced by a period of general economic recovery and growth. Oahu’s real estate market experienced a number of record-setting statistics from 2010-2019, including:

Monthly median sales prices for the condo/townhome market reached new records each year since 2013, while single-family homes saw new record highs each year since 2014.

Median Days on Market (DOM) reached record lows for single-family homes and condos in June 2017. That month, the single-family home median DOM was 12 days, a new record, while the median DOM for condos tied the previous record of 13 days set in July 2005.

Annual median sales prices:

○ Single-family home prices climbed annually since 2012, and only in 2019 saw a minuscule decline of 0.1%, ending the year at $789,000.

○ Condo prices also climbed annually since 2012 and continued on that track in 2019, ending at $425,000, a 1.2% increase over the 2018 annual median of $420,000.

Source: Honolulu Board of REALTORS®


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