Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

      It seems that prices are still continuing to rise in the residential housing market here. As we begin to come upon the "busy season" of sales, there are some interesting trends to note as we compare last years statistics to this years.

    The median home price for single family homes has risen again to $725,000 from last years $700,000. That's a 3.6% rise. Last year at this time the median home price had risen 7.2% from the previous year....could we finally be slowing down? The end of the year statistics will show us a better picture, so stay tuned for that in the months to come.

    The median home price for condo/townhome's also rose to $385,000 from $380,000, respectively. That's only a 1.3% increase from last year, compared to the rise of

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Hawaii’s hottest summer and coldest winter coincide with all-time highs in Oahu median home prices. Maybe it’s time we talk about the weather.

Research suggests that Hawaii's unusual temperatures last year may have been a factor in driving up Oahu home prices.

Last September, two Hawaii cities reported the highest summer temperatures in over 100 years. "It really is significantly warmer than what we typically have," said meteorologist Chris Brenchley. He added that, once humidity was factored in, "We started to see those heat index values in the high 90's, even in the triple digits."

That month, the median home price in Honolulu reached a historical new high of $730K.

Then in January of 2016, the National Weather Service reported the lowest

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Would Hawaii real estate be so expensive if not for foreign investors?

Probably not. Consider these facts:

The average sale price of homes sold to foreign buyers from 2008 to 2015 was $785,604 and the average sales price for mainlanders was $630,390. By comparison, the average sale price of homes sold to local buyers over the same period was $478,189.

So foreign buyers on average have spent 65% more than local buyers, while U.S. Mainland buyers have spent 32% more than local buyers. Also worthy of note is the quantity of homes being acquired: more than a quarter of homes sold in Hawaii are purchased by non-Hawaii residents. On neighbor islands, nearly half the homes are swept up by out-of-state investors

These and other findings were

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New loan regulations may have had a negative impact on the U.S. real estate market, but national figures differ noticeably from the very resilient Oahu real estate market.

Reuters reported last month that “U.S. home resales posted their sharpest drop in five years in November,” a 10.5% drop from October 2015. While some may see this is a potential warning sign for the health of the U.S. economy (especially after last week’s stock market plunge), NAR economist Lawrence Yun suggests that new regulations on paperwork for home purchases may have driven the decline.

What new regulations?

If you’ve been looking into real estate recently, you may have seen the acronym T.R.I.D. TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule Implementation (TRID) went into effect

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Hawaii Kai is known for its great location on the south-east corner of Oahu, easy access to the ocean, and the quality of life. You can spend between $500K, up to just under $14 million on a home here. Here is a brief overview of Hawaii Kai.

In 1961, Henry J. Kaiser entered into a long term land lease with Bishop Estate, that would allow him to develop a large part of east Oahu (Hawaii Kai) into residential housing tracts and commercial properties. He had begun dredging, widening and deepening the Kuapa pond, which would later become canals, so that homes could be built along the waterways and boats could travel through them as well. Hawaii Kai was Oahu's very first planned community. Ironically, Kaiser had moved to Hawaii just 5 years prior, to

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Lalea in Hawaii Kai is a town home complex located at the end of Hawaii Kai Dr, just after you've passed the Hawaii Kai post office. It is a 29 building complex with 293 units within it. There are 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units which creates a large range of buyers that may consist of singles, couples, and families. Units range between 750-1500 sq ft. Pets are OK (please verify). They were built in 4 stages that each took a year to complete between 1996-1999 and built by Castle & Cook Homes Hi.

 

                           

There are many things that make Lalea standout in the condo/townhome scene in Hawaii Kai: Their private park, heated pool, clubhouse and lots of private streets for walking with the family and pets. And, with all of the

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     As the summer selling season draws to a close and we start to approach the holiday season, I wanted to give you an idea of our local market and the trends that are happening now compared to last year.

     For single family homes and condo's, inventory is down in most area's which will tend to drive up prices. When X number of buyers are looking at Z number of houses, and X is greater than Z, that means bidding wars ensue (from buyers) which always end up pushing sale prices higher.

     For single family homes, median sales prices went up this year 6.45% compared to the median sales price in 2014. The average days on market went up 3 days, to 25 days on market, compared to last years 22 DOM.

     For condominium/town homes, the median sales

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        If you have a boat or you'd just like to live on the water, then you've definitely considered Hawaii Kai as your next home. Hawaii Kai is located in the south eastern corner of Oahu. It's considered Honolulu, but as Honolulu is such a broad area we all know it as Hawaii Kai. 

       As you ponder your options, here are a few things to consider. A town home/condo may be the best option for you. Unless you want a single family home, then you'll need at least $1,500,000 for marina front in Hawaii Kai.

     The prices for a marina front condo/TH in Hawaii Kai range from $380,000 for a 1 bedroom in the Esplanade, to $1,150,000 for a 3 bedroom town home on Koko Isle. Marina fee's are $400/year but some maintenance fees cover this. If you

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Homes on Oahu sell for higher at this time of year than any other, which means now may be the ideal time to sell your home. If you’ve wanted to list your property but had trouble deciding when, here is some valuable information to consider. 

Median home prices on Oahu have peaked in Nov/Dec in 3 of the last 4 years. Since the typical escrow period here is 45 days, the sales figures recorded in Nov/Dec reflect offers that were accepted in Sept/Oct. Historically, offers made in Sept/Oct are higher than the rest of the year. Check out the trends in the chart, below.

Oahu Median Home Prices By Season

 

Summer Peak

Post-Summer Dip

Winter Peak

2015

$710K (Jul)

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    With it's amazing location just in front of Koko Head crater in Hawaii Kai, the neighborhood of Koko Head Terrace makes coming home a beautiful thing.

    The homes in Koko Head Terrace were all originally built between 1965-1971 and were constructed by using the single wall method of construction. Single wall construction is quite common here (and in other tropical regions) as we do not need a method of heating for homes, which makes insulation unnecessary. A majority of traditional Hawaiian homes were built using single wall construction. With the homes having been built with single wall construction, they were all originally single story. When you see a 2 story home in Koko Head Terrace, it's safe to say that they had to have it

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