Rising Interest Rates Cause Ripple Effects Across O‘ahu’s Housing Market
REALTORS® see decreased sales volume, reduced asking prices, active listings up for longer
Housing sales volume on O‘ahu declined in June, with single-family home sales down 20.8% and condos dropping 14.2% year-over-year. However, sales volume is still up compared to pre-pandemic 2019 levels, with single-family home sales up marginally at 9.2% and condos well ahead at 32.3%.
The median sales price of a single-family home increased 12.4% to $1,100,000 compared to last June. Condos set a new record for the second month in a row with a median sales price at $534,000, up 16.1% from a year ago and 3.4% above last month’s record of $516,500. Properties continue to move into escrow in under two weeks, though single-family homes spent 10 days on the market in June compared to just eight days last year, and condos remained steady at 11 days on the market.
Despite this quick pace, the volume of contract signings has subsided, with pending sales falling for three consecutive months, declining 27.7% for single-family homes and 24.8% for condos year-over-year.
“The rapid rise in interest rates is causing buyers to change tack and reevaluate their budgets and what they’re looking for in a home,” said Chad Takesue, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “New listings are spending more time on the market compared to the frenzy in activity we witnessed last year. Sellers are also adjusting their strategies in response to market conditions. Over the past several months, we’re seeing more sellers decrease the asking price for their properties for single-family homes and condos,” Takesue added.