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Honolulu construction costs 4th highest in the world, RLB report shows

Photo Credit: Jack Tyrrell and Company. Pictured above is Honolulu’s flagship Whole Foods Market and Aeʻo, which were both completed in 2018.

Honolulu construction costs continue to be some of the highest in the world. According to Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), Honolulu’s construction costs in 2018 were the 4th highest in the world. Despite the high costs, market trends do not show a slow down in construction. In Ward Village alone, two residential towers are planned for completion in 2019.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below:

Honolulu’s construction cost increases over the last year were the lowest in the nation, but the costs to build make Hawaii’s largest city the fourth-highest in the world, according to recent reports by Rider Levett Bucknall.

Oslo, Norway, topped RLB’s global construction cost relativity index in its construction cost report for the fourth quarter, and was followed by San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, then Paris.

RLB bases its index on the local costs of standard building models or basket of goods, using the same quantities and specifications in local currencies.

In its fourth quarter report for North America, RLB noted that construction-put-in-place in the United States in October was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.3 billion, which was 4.9 percent higher than the October 2017 estimate of $1.247 billion.

Honolulu had the lowest rate of change among 12 U.S. cities at 1.92 percent for RLB’s comparative construction costs, which track the true cost of construction, including labor, materials, contractor overhead costs and sales and use taxes.

Chicago had the largest increase at 7.22 percent, followed by Phoenix at 6.63 percent and Portland, Oregon, at 6.62 percent. Those two cities had the third- and fourth-lowest costs in the nation; Las Vegas had the lowest costs, followed by Denver.

Meanwhile, Ride Levett Bucknall’s crane index report for January found the number of construction cranes in Honolulu has dropped by nearly one half since last spring, ranking the city 10th among 11 U.S. cities.

Honolulu had six tower cranes in operation as of November, compared to 11 in May when the city also ranked at No. 10, on the biannual index released last week. Phoenix once again had the fewest cranes at five, which Seattle came in at No. 1 with 59, which was a decrease from 65 cranes last summer.

RLB attributed the drop to the number of projects marking completion during the second half of 2018, which included The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Aeo, Sam Koo’s Kapiolani Residence and The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach.

The report also noted that because of changes at the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting, “hotel owners and developers and pushing their planned projects forward to accommodate the longer processing time, which may lead to an increase in the crane count towards the end of 2019.”

Honolulu’s crane count has steadily declined from a high of 22 on the July 2015 index, according to RLB. However, several high-rise projects getting set to start vertical construction this year, including Brookfield Properties’ Lilia Waikiki and ProsPac Holdings’ Azure Ala Moana, could boost the count by next summer.

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Real Estate News: Oahu Single-Family Homes Sales Price Sets New Record in August

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

The Honolulu Board of REALTORS released August 2018 sales statistics for the island of Oahu. Read more on the findings, below:

The median price for single-family homes on Oahu reached an all-time high in August, according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. The analysis conducted by the Board, using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, offer the following statistics:

Source: Honolulu Board of REALTORS

In August, the median price for single-family homes increased by 3.0 percent to reach a new record of $810,000, which was previously set in June 2017 at $795,000. The median price for condominiums rose by 1.9 percent to $427,000. Sales for single-family homes dipped by 2.2 percent and condominium sales also decreased by 9.4 percent from the same month last year. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 15 and 18 days for condominiums.

“While the median price for single-family homes has been pushed to a new high, homebuyers are also finding properties at or below the $600,000 price range,” said Darryl Macha, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Though overall inventory is tight, we are seeing pockets of the island where inventory is increasing, including the Ewa Plain and to some extent, Central Oahu. With the decline in pending sales for both single-family homes and condominiums, buyers may be experiencing a bit of ‘fatigue’ in a market where multiple offers have been common and are taking a pause in their home search. It’s something that other markets are also seeing.”

The information contained in this report is provided to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Hawaii State Department of Economic Development, Business and Tourism for its official reports. This report reflects information about resales of existing properties only and does not include new home sales. All of the MLS information is compiled from sales reported during the cited months; this data is known only after closing of escrow.

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

Photo: property of Jack Tyrrell and Company

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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Industry News: Oahu condo price hits all-time high in January, Locations report says

Photo: view of Waiea from Ala Moana Beach Park. Property of Jack Tyrrell & Company, Inc.

Photo: view of Waiea from Ala Moana Beach Park. Property of Jack Tyrrell & Company, Inc.

2018 is starting off with a bang, with median price for a condo on Oahu already hitting an all-time high this past January. January's median price of $439,000 beats the previous record set in July 2017, which was $425,000. Pacific Business News reports on data from Locations Hawaii, below:

The median price of a condominium on Oahu reached an all-time high of $439,000 in January, beating the previous record set in July, while the median price of a single-family home rose by 7 percent, according to monthly sales statistics from Honolulu real estate firm Locations.

Sales of single-family homes on Oahu reached a 12-year high for January of 258 houses sold, from 255 sold in January 2017. The median price of a single-family home rose to $779,000, from $730,000, the Locations report said.

The number of condos sold on Oahu last month declined by 4 percent to 382 units sold, from 399 units sold during the same month last year. The median price of $439,000 was a 12 percent increase from $393,000 in January 2018, and eclipsed the record of $425,000 set in July.

“The market is off to a healthy start in 2018,” Scott Higashi, President and CEO of Locations, said in a statement. “January single-family home sales were the highest we’ve seen in 13 years, and condo median prices reached an all-time high of $439,000.”

Homes sold more than 30 percent faster in January as well, with the number of days on market dropping to 21 for single-family homes and 20 for condos.

New listings for condos grew 13 percent last month to 763 units for sale, from 675 in January 2017, although new listings for single-family homes declined by 6 percent to 450, from 479 last year.

“With an increase in both new and active condo listings, we can expect to see more sales and increased prices throughout the spring,” Higashi said.  “Additionally, interest rates — while still historically low — are ticking up toward a three-year high.”

Locations compiles its figures by filtering data from the Multiple Listing Service daily. The Honolulu Board of Realtors will release its report this week, based on MLS statistics taken on the last day of the month of everything sold during that month.

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Industry News: Oahu home sales rise 6% in 2017 as prices gain 3%

Lobby of Park Lane Ala Moana, completed in 2017. Photo is property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Lobby of Park Lane Ala Moana, completed in 2017. Photo is property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

As we wrap up the end of 2017, we reflect on a big year in real estate. Read more from The Pacific Business News, below: 

Home sales on Oahu increased by more than 6 percent in 2017, while prices gained 3 percent, pushing the median price of a single-family home to $755,000 and a condominium over $405,000, according to the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

There were a total of 3,908 homes sold on Oahu last year, which was 6.3 percent more than in 2016. The median price of $755,000 was 2.7 percent higher than in 2016, when it was $735,000, the board said.

The median price of a condominium was 3.8 percent higher than in 2016, when it was $390,000, while the 5,824 sales represented a 6.9 percent increase from the 5,449 sales in 2016.

For December, however, sales fell 12.2 percent to 461 sales, compared to 525 sales in December 2016. The median price of a condo in December was $405,000, an increase of 3.8 percent from $390,000 in December 2016.

“The 12 percent decrease in condominium sales last month is a bit misleading, since the market experienced a nearly 24 percent spike in December 2016; overall condo sales were still very robust in December 2017,” Sue Ann Lee, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, said in a statement.

Single-family home sales increased 5.9 percent in December to 361 sales, from 341 sales in the same month the previous year, while the median price increased 2.7 percent to $750,000, from $730,000 in December 2016.

“In terms of inventory, it’s encouraging to see more condominium and townhome units being actively listed,” Lee said. “While Oahu’s residential real estate market experienced record median prices in 2017 for both single-family homes and condos, demand continues for housing at all price points.”

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Industry News: Oahu condo sales rise 14% in October 2017, Honolulu Board of Realtors says

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The Honolulu Board of Realtors has released Oahu real estate sales statistics for October 2017, finding a 0.4% increase in the median price for a condo as compared to October 2016. There was a 14.3% increase in closed sales in October 2017, signaling the continued demand for condo properties.

Read more from Pacific Business News, below: 

Oahu’s residential real estate market saw single- and double-digit increases in sales of single-family homes and condominiums last month, compared to October 2016, while median prices for both categories posted only slight gains, according to statistics released Monday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

Sales of condominiums rose 14.3 percent in October to 489 units, from 428 units during the same month a year ago.

The median price of an Oahu condo was $397,500 in October, which was just 0.4 percent higher than $396,000 in October 2016.

Sales of single-family homes rose 6 percent to 355 homes sold in October, from 335 sold during the same month last year.

The median price of a single-family home in October rose 1.3 percent to $752,000, from $742,000 last year.

“Oahu’s housing market continues to be strong with consistent sales and steady median prices,” Sue Ann Lee, president of Honolulu Board of Realtors, said in a statement. “The fall is traditionally a slower time for home sales, but demand is still robust as there are double-digit increases in pending sales for single-family houses, as well as condominiums and townhomes.

"However, even with a rise in new listings, we still need more inventory to meet the pent up demand for housing,” she said.

The numbers differ slightly from those released last week by Honolulu real estate firm Locations LLC, which bases its monthly statistics on daily compilation of data from the Multiple Listing Service, while the Honolulu Board of Realtors takes a snapshot of the data following the end of the month.

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Anaha at Ward Village Welcomes First Residents

Anaha has officially welcomed its first residents! It was an honor to join The Howard Hughes Corporation team, Anaha's new homeowners, and our friend and clients for the blessing ceremony, which was beautifully led by Kumu Hina.

97% of the 317 units in Anaha have already been sold, but please contact us for our listing, which are some of the best and most desirable in the building.

Read the full press release, below:

HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) announced today that it has begun welcoming residents to Anaha®, the second residential tower to be delivered in Ward Village®, the 60-acre coastal master planned community located in the heart of Honolulu. Named “Best-Planned Community in the United States” by Architectural Digest, Ward Village includes a thoughtfully curated mix of retail and dining experiences set among dynamic public open spaces and walkable streets. The milestone was celebrated with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony.

Upon completion, the community will supply over 4,500 new residences in a market where the availability of new housing continues to fall short of demand. To date, the community has contracted to sell more than 1,200 residences, including 97% of Anaha’s 317 homes.

“The completion of Anaha is another significant milestone for Ward Village as our vision for the community to become a vibrant live-work-play destination continues to come to life,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “With its striking architecture, the building is a transformational addition to the Kaka’ako skyline and, along with Waiea®, a symbol of the level of design and quality we aspire to bring to each residence at Ward Village.”

Designed by Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz in partnership with Honolulu-based Benjamin Woo Architects, the building is home to a diverse range of stylish residences and well-appointed amenities. Residents of Anaha will be able to enjoy an ocean-view glass bottom pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, a tennis court, a beach volleyball court, a library, an auditorium style movie theater, lounge areas, barbecue cabanas, private dining rooms, a wellness center, a putting green, a dog park, and a keiki play area.

“Anaha is not only a great addition to Ward Village, but furthers the establishment of an engaging, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that will serve the broader Oahu community,” said Todd Apo, Vice President of Community Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “With the dynamic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural offerings at Ward Village, such as the first Oahu location of highly-regarded Merriman’s restaurant that will open at the base of Anaha, the neighborhood will continue to attract and serve residents and visitors alike.”

The Information Center and Residential Sales Gallery is located at the iconic IBM Building at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.

About Ward Village®

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Ward Village is a new 60-acre coastal master-planned community in the heart of Honolulu between downtown and Waikiki in the Kaka'ako district that upon completion will include more than 4,500 homes and 1 million square feet of retail. Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development, integrating architecture, local culture, and public space. New tree-lined sidewalks and bike lanes provide access to an over 100-acre public beach park and the Kewalo Harbor. Ward Village includes mixed-use residential towers—Waiea®, Anaha®, Ae`o®, Ke Kilohana, and Gateway Towers —that are transforming the popular shopping and dining district into a vibrant neighborhood that offers residences island and ocean views and a thoughtfully curated mix of retail experiences set among walkable open spaces. The most recently approved project, 'A'ali'i will continue to expand the selection of new homes at Ward Village and sit at the top of the Central Plaza which will serve as a key public gathering and activation space for the community. Art and culture play an integral role at Ward Village, home of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, which launched in 2017. Public art is highlighted throughout the neighborhood, including large-scale wall murals, sculptures and locally-inspired exhibits. Ward Village is Hawai‘i’s only LEED-ND Platinum-Certified project and is the largest neighborhood development in the country to receive such a prestigious certification. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “enables,” “realize”, “plan,” “intend,” “assume,” “transform” and other words of similar expression, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, assumptions, and projections as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth as risk factors in The Howard Hughes Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly and Annual Reports. The Howard Hughes Corporation cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The Howard Hughes Corporation does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

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Industry News: Condo prices climb higher than forecasters predicted

Photo Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company: Anaha, October 2017

Photo Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company: Anaha, October 2017

As we have been preparing for Anaha's opening, news on the condominium market on Oahu continues to look strong. With the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) predicting a 6.7 increase in the median price of a condo on Oahu in 2018, now is the time to buy.  Read more trends reported by Pacific Business News, below:

The median price of a condominium on Oahu tied for an all-time record last month, and is on pace to finish the year higher than forecasted by University of Hawaii economists, while single-family homes are on pace to see flat or slightly lower price appreciation than the year before.

Already, the year-to-date median price for a condo — $407,000 for the first nine months of the year according to the Honolulu Board of Realtors — is higher than the price for all of 2017 predicted by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) in its recent construction forecast, which was $405,600.

The year-to-date median price is 5.4 percent higher than it was at the same point a year ago, which was $386,000. The median price of a condo for all of 2016 was $390,000, which was an increase of 8.3 percent from all of 2015.

For single-family homes on Oahu, the median price from January through the end of September was $757,000, an increase of 3.4 percent from $732,000 at the same point last year, according the Honolulu Board of Realtors data.

For all of 2016, the median price of a single-family home was $735,000, and that was a 5 percent increase from 2015.

The rate of appreciation in Hawaii is actually slower than the national and regional figures.

According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Housing Price Index report for July, the most recent data available, home prices in the U.S. — the report does not distinguish between single-family and condo — rose 6.3 percent from July 2016 to July of this year, although for the Pacific region, which includes Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, the median price increase over the one-year period was 8.2 percent.

Despite the slowed price appreciation, homes are still selling at a brisk pace. Sales of single-family homes during the first nine months of the year totaled 2,860, a 5 percent increase from 2,723 sales during the same period in 2016, and more than the number of homes sold in all of 2008 and 2009, during the Great Recession, as well as in all of 2011. The number of days those homes are on the market has gone down by one day over the past year to an average of 16 days.

Condos are selling even faster than they were a year ago. The average number of days on market for the first three quarters of 2017 was also 16 days, but that was three fewer days than at the same point last year, when it was 19 days.

Sales of condos totaled 4,373 units through the end of September, which was 5.8 percent more than the 4,133 that sold during the first nine months of 2016. The number of condos sold so far this year is also more than during each year from 2008 through 2012.

“Really, it’s affordability,” said Sue Ann Lee, a Realtor with Forward Realty and president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. “When you think about there being so little inventory on the single-family side, what do you have left?”

But while condos may be affordable now for some buyers priced out of single-family homes, prices for those condos are forecast to rise at perhaps a faster clip over the next few years.

According to the UHERO forecast, the median condo price is expected to increase by 6.7 percent to $432,700 in 2018, 5.3 percent to $455,500 in 2019, and 3.5 percent to $471,500 in 2020.

For single-family homes, the forecast for the median price is $757,200 at the end of this year followed by an increase of 4.5 percent to $791,200 in 2018 and an increase of 3.8 percent to $829,900 in 2019.

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Industry News: Oahu condos back up to record prices, single-family home sales take off

Photo Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company

Photo Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company

Read more about September's hot condo market, as reported by Pacific Business News, below:

Home sales on Oahu soared in September on slight price gains, compared to the same month last year, while the median price of a condominium jumped 11 percent to tie with the record set over the summer, according to statistics released Friday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

There were 374 single-family home sales on Oahu last month, which was 13.7 percent more than the 329 sales in September 2016. The median price of those homes sold rose to $760,000, which was 1.3 percent higher than the median price a year ago, which was $750,000.

The median price of a condominium, however, rose 10.9 percent to $425,000, tying with the all-time record price set in July, from $383,250 in September 2016. Sales of condos rose 2.7 percent in September to 526 units sold, from 512 units sold during the same month last year.

The number of days on market for single-family homes dropped by 12.5 percent to 14 days, while condos were on market an average of 19 days, compared to 20 days a year ago, a decrease of 5 percent.

“Despite sales prices hitting the record-high twice in one year, condos and townhouses are still proving to be a popular alternative for homebuyers as evidenced by the 11.6 percent increase in pending sales," Sue Ann Lee, president of Honolulu Board of Realtors, said in a statement. “The continued need for affordable housing and lack of sufficient inventory to meet this growing demand can be demonstrated by the decrease in new listings and 5 percent decrease in days on market.”

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Waikiki, Kakaako condominium sales up by more than 30 percent in August

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Photo: Property of Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Waikiki and Kakaako condo markets continue to perform well, with sales jumping 40 percent and 33 percent, respectively. With an average of 26 to 30 days on market, it's more important than ever to select the right agent to find the best home or investment property for you, and to close the deal quickly!  

Read the full report from Pacific Business News, below:

Condominium sales in Waikiki jumped 40 percent in August, while Kakaako condo sales increased 33 percent, according to a local market update by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.

There were 109 condominiums sold in Waikiki last month for a median price of $412,000, 2 percent less than last August. Units were on the market for an average of 30 days, selling 17 days faster than in August 2016. New listings and overall inventory increased 32 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

“Waikiki was a popular option for those in the market for condominiums,” said Sue Ann Lee, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. “The area is a great central location in urban Honolulu and offered local homebuyers and investors a wide selection of inventory from studios to luxury vacation condos.”

Kakaako condo sales increased 33 percent in August to 60, brining year-to-date sales up 19 percent to 377. The August median price in the area was $443,500, up 10 percent from last August, while the year-to-date median price decreased 4 percent to $495,000. The percentage of original price received increased 8 percent from last August, with sellers receiving 102.1 percent of the listing price on average. Also, days on market dropped 40 percent to 26 in August.

For single-family home sales, Makakilo experienced a 35 percent bump in August to 23, while the median sales price increased by 82 percent from the same period last year to $750,000. New listings increased by 29 percent and overall inventory rose by 32 percent, while median days on market decreased 17 percent to 24 in August.

“Makakilo was a popular neighborhood for single-family houses as demonstrated by the decrease in days on market and increase in closed sales,” Lee said. “The spike in median sales prices for single-family houses in Makakilo clearly shows the high demand for affordable housing and homebuyer’s willingness to explore options outside the metropolitan Honolulu area.”

In Hawaii Kai, single-family home sales increased 40 percent to 14, while the median price was flat at $1.24 million. Year-to-date sales increased 6 percent to 115 with the median price increasing 7 percent to $1.14 million

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