Steep Competition Drives Positive Market Activity for O‘ahu Real Estate Sales

Single-family homes sales set a record median price of $883,000

According to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, the O‘ahu housing market continued to gain positive momentum into the new year with closed sales of single-family homes and condos increasing 9.8% and 3.4%, respectively over last year. The median sales price for single-family homes set a new record of $883,000, marking a 14.7% increase year-over-year and 1.5% more than last month. Compared to the previous year, the condo median sales price increased 5.4% to $452,000, which is a slight decrease of 0.7% from last month.

Using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, the Board reported the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
January 2021 291  +9.8% $883,000  +14.7%
January 2020 265 $770,000

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
January 2021 392  +3.4% $452,000  5.4%
January 2020 379 $429,000

Steep competition continued to drive the market’s pace, with single-family homes spending a mere median of nine days on the market before entering into a contract. This speedy pace ties with the record low nine days on the market set in September 2020. In addition to quick transactions, sellers received more than their asking price in 54.6% of all single-family home sales in January. Condos spent more time on the market than single-family homes, with a median of 18 days on the market, but this rate is 45.5% faster than the median days on the market last year. Meanwhile, nearly 30% of condo sales closed above the original asking price, which is more than triple the amount compared to last January.

“With numerous buyers entering bids over asking price, a significant decline in new listings, and historically-low interest rates, homes are flying off the market,” said Shannon Heaven, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “The best thing you can do if you’re interested in entering this highly competitive market is to work with a trusted REALTOR®, who can apply crucial market expertise and guide you through the process to put your best offer forward.”

While single-family homes in the $600,000 to $999,999 range accounted for 56.4% of closed sales last month, most sales increases were generally in the upper price ranges. Homes sold at $800,000 to $999,999 increased by 61.5% and properties sold in the $1 million and up range hiked up 64.1%. In the condo market, properties in the $500,000 to $699,999 price range saw the largest increase in closed sales, up 35.3%.

“Though buyer interest in condos appears to be picking up, single-family homes continue to demand consumer attention as the hot-ticket item,” Heaven added.

Typically, new property listings see a bump in the new year; however, new listings were down for both single-family homes and condos at 14.7% and 5.3%, respectively. There are 790 active listings for single-family homes and 1,992 active listings for condos available on O‘ahu.