Single-Family Homes, Condos on O‘ahu Mark Record Median Sales Prices

Luxury sales pull the single-family home price to $1,150,000, while condos rise to $515,500

According to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, the first quarter of 2022 closed with new record median sales prices for both single-family homes and condos at $1,150,000 and $515,500, respectively. The March median sales price for single-family homes reflects a 21.1% increase from last year and is 2.2% above the previous record of $1,125,000 set just a month ago. The condo market’s median sales price of $515,500 represents a 14.3% hike compared to this time last year and a 1.1% increase from the prior record of $510,000 set in January 2022.

In March, single-family home sales fell 11.1% year-over-year, while the condo market sales volume remained strong with a 7.3% rise compared to March last year. Combined sales saw a modest bump, up 0.6% compared to March 2021 sales.

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
March 2022 321  -11.1% $1,150,000  +21.1%
March 2021 361 $950,000

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
March 2022 672  +7.3% $515,500  +14.3%
March 2021 626 $451,000

Fewer single-family homes were sold in March and the first quarter, with the most significant decline occurring in the $899,999 and below range, down 56.3% with just 70 closings in March. On the other end, the luxury single-family home market is picking up with 27 single-family homes sold in the $3 million and above range, marking a 68.8% jump year-over-year. In the condo market, sales in the $700,000 to $799,999 range recorded the highest volume increase, up 125.8%, with most of these sales occurring in the Metro and Ewa Plain regions.

“More luxury sales coupled with declining affordable inventory and sales are pulling the median price upwards in the single-family home market,” said Chad Takesue, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “It’s no surprise that rising prices are pushing more prospective buyers to consider condos, driving the steady and strong demand we’ve been seeing for these properties.”

Several regions across O‘ahu marked a boost in single-family home sales in the first quarter, including Waipahu, Hawai‘i Kai, and Leeward, up 50%, 18%, and 16%, respectively. The largest declines in this market occurred in the Diamond Head and North Shore regions, down 22% and 36%, respectively.

In the first quarter of 2022, 58% of single-family homes sold above the original asking price, up slightly from 52% in the first quarter of 2021. Similarly, approximately 42% of condos sold above the original list price compared to 29% in the same period last year. In both markets, properties sold in March were on the market for a median of nine days.

“Bids over asking and a brisk market pace driven by demand for housing are now the market’s status quo, even as average mortgage rates have begun to rise gradually,” added Takesue.

New listings for single-family homes continue to lag behind last year, with 412 new properties listed in March or a 6.2% dip compared to this time last year. Buyers scooped up the inventory quickly – approximately 56% of those new listings were in escrow or sold by the end of the month. New listings for condos were on pace with March 2021.

Active inventory of single-family homes is down 5.0% from a year ago, while active inventory for condos fell even further in recent months, dipping 26.9% compared to March 2021. Pending sales are outpacing March 2021 activity, up 3.8% for single-family homes and 5.3% for condos.