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Industry News: Oahu condo sales, prices post gains in February, Locations report says

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Photo: property of Jack Tyrrell and Company

The condominium market remains busy, as sales on Oahu rose 50 percent in February 2018 as compared to February 2017. 395 units were sold last month, compared to 377 units sold in February last year. The median price of a condo rose 5 percent to $411,000 in February 2018, from $390,000 during the same month last year.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below: 

Sales of condominiums on Oahu rose 5 percent in February, as prices rose by the same percentage point, while single-family home sales recorded a slight decline in sales and a slight increase in prices, according to a report from Hawaii real estate firm Locations.

The median price of a single-family home on Oahu last month was $770,000, a 1 percent increase from $760,000 in February 2017, based on Locations’ summary of Multiple Listing Service data. Sales of single-family homes in February dipped 1 percent to 225 homes sold, from 230 homes sold last year.

Sales of condominiums, however increased by 5 percent to 395 units last month, from 377 units sold in February last year. The median price of a condo rose 5 percent to $411,000 in February, from $390,000 during the same month last year.

“February was another solid month for Oahu’s housing market,” Scott Higashi, president and CEO of Locations, said in a statement. “Rising mortgage rates have not yet reached the point of impacting affordability; however, we do expect rates to move up this year.”

Single-family homes spent the same amount of time on the market in February, 23 days, as last year, but condos sold faster — days on market were 18 compared to 24 days in February last year.

“The increase in condo sales, coupled with low days on market, indicates that climbing interest rates have not yet lessened demand; rather, they may have heightened urgency among future homeowners,” Higashi said. “Those in the market for a new home would be wise to get prequalified and be ready to act when the right home comes on the market.”

The Honolulu Board of Realtors will release its February market report next week.

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Real Estate News: Oahu condo prices climb

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Photo: Jack Tyrrell & Company, Inc.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Monday, August 7, 2017, front-page story reported on the continuous climb in condo prices seen on Oahu. The report looks at data from the Honolulu Board of REALTORS, which shows record high median sales price of $425,000 for Oahu condos in July 2017. The median price in Ala Moana-Kakaako for July spiked 88 percent from $370,000 in July 2016 to $695,000 in July 2017. Prices will only continue to climb, as demand outweighs supply, making it more important than ever to find the right Realtor to help you find the best location and unit, and to guide you through the negotiation process to ensure the unit doesn't slip away.  

Read the Star-Advertiser's report, below:

Oahu’s more affordable option for homeownership is climbing in cost as median sales prices for condominiums hit historic highs, as evidenced in July.

Previously owned Oahu condos sold for a median $425,000, increasing 6.3 percent from $400,000 in July 2016, according to resale figures released Sunday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors. The July median sales price for Oahu condos exceeded the previous record high of $415,500, set in April.

“Median sales prices for condominiums are the highest we’ve seen as prices have continued to soar,” Sue Ann Lee, president of the local Realtors trade association and a broker with Properties of the Pacific, said in a statement. “Condos and townhouses at midrange price points are a likely alternative when there is a lack of affordable single-family home inventory, causing the median sales price to shift up.” 

The median sales price for Oahu condos, which also include town homes, has been at $400,000 or above for five straight months. The median price is a point at which half the homes sold for a higher price and half for a lower price.

In July the sales of 475 Oahu condos closed, a 7 percent increase from 444 in the same month last year. As the number of sales rose, median days on the market declined. Sales of condos closed after 14 days on the market, a 22.2 percent decrease from 18 days on the market in July 2016.

Year-to-date, condos make up 60 percent of home sales, with 3,272 sales closed on condos, compared with 2,124 single-family homes.

The area with the most condo sales in July was Waikiki, with 77 sales, followed by Ewa, with 55. There were 45 condos sold in Ala Moana-Kakaako, according to a Wednesday report released by Locations, a major Hawaii residential real estate brokerage firm.

The median price of those sales in Waikiki was $370,000; in Ewa, $387,000; and in Ala Moana-Kakaako, $695,000, according to Locations. The median price in Ala Moana-Kakaako for July spiked 88 percent from $370,000 in July 2016.

As Oahu’s median sales prices for condos broke records, median sales prices of single-family homes saw a modest change. Single-family home prices rose slightly over the same month last year but came in below recent highs.

Single-family houses on Oahu sold for a median $750,000 in July. The July median price inched up 0.5 percent from July 2016’s $746,000.

“It’s like an escalator. It’s going up and up and up at a really constant rate. It has been doing that for about five years here on Oahu,” said Paul Brewbaker, principal of TZ Economics. “These numbers don’t seem to be that much out of bounds with what we’ve seen for a long time, at least since the summer of 2011.”

Despite increasing over the year-ago price, July’s median sales price of $750,000 pales next to the record $795,000 hit the month before. June’s record median sales price was $35,000 higher than the previous record of $760,000 exactly a year earlier. Brewbaker said the difference fits with current seasonality patterns, noting June prices are higher than July and May prices.

The number of single-family homes sold was up 4 percent, with 335 homes sold in July and 322 a year prior.

In July the area with the most single-family home sales was Ewa, with 70, followed by Mililani with 25. Tied for third was Pearl City-Aiea and Leeward with 22, according to Locations.

The median price of those sales in Ewa was $681,875. The median price in Mililani was $731,500. In Pearl City-Aiea it was $745,000, and in Leeward it was $517,500.

While the number of single-family home sales saw a slight increase in July, the number of days a home was on the market during that time surged. The number of days a home was on the market spiked 25 percent in July, with sales closing in an average of 20 days, compared with 16 days in July 2016.

In July, 481 new listings of single-family homes were added to the market. Only once in the last 24 months has the number of new listings been higher: in March, when there were 492 new listings. In comparison, the condo market last month saw 674 new listings.

According to Locations’ Wednesday report, the firm said it expects Oahu condo and single-family home prices to continue a steady climb as demand continues to outpace available supply.

“An uptick in new listings for both single-family homes and condos is welcome news for prospective homeowners; however, demand continues to outpace available inventory,” Scott Higashi, CEO of Locations, said in the report.

HOME SALES
The number of homes sold on Oahu in July with the median price and percentage change from the same month last year:

  • SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

    • SALES MEDIAN PRICE

    • July 2017 335 $750,000

    • July 2016 322 $746,000

    • Change 4% 0.5%

  • CONDOS

    • SALES MEDIAN PRICE

    • July 2017 475 $425,000

    • July 2016 444 $400,000

    • Change 7% 6.3%

Source: Honolulu Board of Realtors

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