According to the Honolulu Board of Realtors, February is historically the slowest month of the year, yet this year’s statistics for the month indicate remarkable strength in housing, and the eighth consecutive month of price gains.
In February, inventory and days on the market remained low for Oahu single-family homes and condominiums, pushing prices higher. Indeed, condo prices jumped to a new record high last month, to $359,450, breaking the previous high of $350,000 set in August 2013.
According to Kalama Kim (R), sales Manager at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, single-family homes are doing well too, especially mid-priced homes.
“Homes in the $550,000 to $800,000 have the lowest months of remaining inventory, representing the hottest segment. If no new listings came on the market in that price range, at the current rate of sales, everything would be sold out in less than 70 days.”
While the number of single-family home sales was down 5.5% last month, as compared to February 2013, year-to-date figures in 2014 continue to surpass 2013 closed sales figures. Condominium sales in February were up 6% from previous year stats, and up 7.3% for the current year.
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Headlines this month are about the new median sales price record for condo sales of $359,450 — a 5.7% increase over February 2013 and a new, all-time record for Oahu condos. With the popularity of condo living gaining speed among buyers in all age groups, egged on by the ongoing construction of new luxury high-rises, this segment’s value will likely continue to rise.
The median sales price of a single-family home on Oahu jumped a significant 13.2% to $679,000 in February as well, though has not yet reached record status.