The number of condominiums sold on Oahu in June jumped by 22 percent even as the median sales price fell 6 percent compared to the same time last year, while the median price of a single-family home remained flat as the number of sales rose 7 percent, the Honolulu Board of Realtors said Tuesday.
The median price of a single-family home on Oahu in June was $700,000, unchanged from June 2014, while the number of sales rose to 324 homes sold, a 6.9 percent increase from 303 homes sold during the same month a year ago.
The number of condominium units sold on Oahu last month rose to 500 units sold, a 21.7 percent increase from the 411 that were sold in June 2014. The median price of condos, meanwhile, fell by 6 percent to $338,500 last month, from $360,000 during the same time last year.
“June saw a very high volume start to what is traditionally a busy season for housing sales,” Honolulu Board of Realtors President Jack Legal said in a statement.
Legal said the significant jump in condo sales represented "the highest number of sales in a single month since June 2007."
"The drop in median price is the result of many of this month’s condo sales being in the lower price ranges, and is in line with our staunch belief that Honolulu’s market needs housing at all price points of the spectrum to remain healthy," Legal said. "It is unclear whether the median price for condos will remain at that level. What is clear is that demand will continue to outstrip supply for the foreseeable future.”
In all, 1,589 single-family homes were sold on Oahu during the first six months of the year — a 3.4 percent increase when compared to the 1,537 that were sold during the first half of last year. By comparison, condominium sales for the first six months of this year rose 3.3 percent from the same period last year to 2,383 sold, from 2,306 homes sold between January and June 2014.