O‘ahu’s Housing Market Sales, Prices Continue to Climb to New Heights in March
Market for single-family homes shatters records with a new median sales price of $950,000
Closed sales of single-family homes and condos saw significant double-digit growth of 19.1% and 52.7%, respectively, compared to pre-pandemic activity last March. For the third consecutive month, the median price for a single-family home set a new record of $950,000, representing a 17.3% year-over-year increase and a 3.5% increase over February’s record of $917,500.
With sustained limited supply and high demand, the number of single-family homes and condos sold over the asking price nearly tripled compared to March 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, single-family homes sold over asking price made up 50% of the sales compared to just 19% in quarter one last year, while condos sold above the list price accounted for 29% of the sales compared to 10% in the previous year’s first quarter.
“Despite new listings, demand continues to outpace our limited housing inventory,” said Shannon Heaven, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “This lack of inventory is driving a very active and competitive market for prospective home buyers on O‘ahu.”
New listings for single-family homes and condos added much-needed inventory to O‘ahu’s housing supply. Single-family homes marked a 12.6% jump with 439 new listings as nearly all regions saw positive growth. The condo market added 715 new listings, marking a 17.2% increase in listings compared to this time last year.
O‘ahu Real Estate Market Continues a Record-Setting Year
Single-family homes reach a new median sales price high of $917,500 while condo market activity heats up
The O‘ahu housing market continued to see strong sales throughout February, with single-family home sales increasing 5.3% and condominium sales soaring 41.1% over last year. Most notably, the single-family home market set a record median sales price of $917,500, a nearly 20% year-over-year increase and a 3.9% jump above last month’s record of $883,000.
Fierce competition between buyers continues, with 48.5% of single-family homes and 29.1% of condo sales sold above asking price last month. The record-setting pace of sales continued in February, as single-family homes spent only nine days on the market.
“Demand for limited inventory and increased purchasing power through low-interest rates has placed sustained upward pressure on prices,” said Shannon Heaven, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “While the record-setting median price and pace are good news for sellers, it creates a challenging environment for buyers who are up against the tough competition.”
O‘ahu’s Housing Market Rebounds with Year-End Spike in Activity
Record-low mortgage rates and low inventory drive heightened competition and modest increase in median sales prices for O‘ahu’s real estate market in 2020
Closed sales of single-family homes on O‘ahu were up 35.9%, and condo sales rose by 20.1% compared to the same period in 2019. New listings increased by 15.3% and 3.6% year-over-year for single-family homes and condos, respectively. Median sales prices for December 2020 were up 6.1% at $870,000 for single-family homes and 6.9% to $455,000 for condos.
“Instead of the typical seasonal lull, the O‘ahu real estate market saw steady – and even slight increases – in activity through the year’s end despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic,” said Shannon Heaven, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Record-low mortgage rates paired with cautious optimism around reopening continued to drive activity, allowing the market to surpass sales and near new listing levels compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.”
Total annual single-family home sales were up 2.3% over 2019, but condo sales remained down, declining 13.0%. Increased purchasing power from lower mortgage rates and heightened competition spurred by low inventory resulted in annual median sales price increases of 5.2% to $830,000 for single-family homes and 2.4% to $435,000 for condos. Total new listings were down by 17.7% for single-family homes and 14.4% for condos compared to 2019.
O‘ahu’s Housing Market Holds Strong Despite Limited Inventory
Overbidding and low inventory drive ultra-competitive market amid ongoing pandemic
Closed sales of single-family homes on O‘ahu increased 5.6% and remained relatively steady from last month, while condo sales decreased 6.2% compared to this same period the previous year. Year-to-date, single-family home sales are almost back on track with 2019 activity and were down just 0.7%. Meanwhile, the condo market is struggling to recover to pre-pandemic levels and remained down by a double-digit percentage of 15.8%.
The number of single-family homes and condos sold above the original asking price skyrocketed 210.2% and 79.2%, respectively, compared to this time last year. Sales in both markets continue to move quickly, with single-family homes and condos spending a median of 10 and 16 days on the market, respectively.
“This seemingly new normal of buyers entering bids tens of thousands of dollars over asking price clearly reflects the urgent need for more housing,” said Tricia Nekota, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Despite limited inventory, the high demand for housing is keeping O‘ahu’s real estate market strong and steady throughout the public health crisis.”