Price Reductions Increase Amid Sluggish O‘ahu Home Sales

Median sales price for condos drops 4% year-over-year to $480,000

According to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, O‘ahu’s single-family home and condo markets experienced a significant yearover-year decline in sales, falling 48.2% and 43.4%, respectively. The median sales price for a single-family home rose 9.5% to $1,149,500, while the median sales price for a condo dipped 4.0% to $480,000 compared to November 2021.

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
November 2022 192  -48.2% $1,149,500  +9.5%
November 2021 371 $1,050,000

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
November 2022 340  -43.4% $480,000  -4.0%
November 2021 601 $500,000

The number of single-family homes and condos sold over the original asking price dropped significantly, falling 73% and 68%, respectively. More active listings underwent price adjustments in November 2022, with approximately 46% of single-family home active listings and 36% of active condo listings experiencing a price reduction at some point during their time on the market.

Properties in both markets also spent a median of 18 days on the market year-over-year, roughly double the time on the market compared to November 2021. Although new listing volume fell in both markets, active inventory remained steady. Active inventory continued to build across Oʻahu, with single-family home supply more than doubling in the Central Oʻahu, the Ewa Plain, Leeward, Pearl City, and Waipahu regions compared to a year ago. The condo supply increased in all regions except Diamond Head and Pearl City.

“We’re seeing more sellers adjusting the price of their listings to remain competitive on the market in the face of the gradual increase in new inventory and properties spending more days on the market,” says Chad Takesue, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Though buyers are dealing with higher financing costs than a year ago, contracts are closing daily, albeit at a slower pace and volume than in 2021.”

Closed sales in both markets declined across most price points, with single-family homes in the $700,000 to $1,099,999 price range accounting for the most significant decrease, down 55% year-over-year. Condos within the $400,000 to $699,999 price range dropped by 50% compared to a year ago, although properties in the $2 million and above price range doubled. Both markets in the Ewa Plain (down 64% for single-family homes and 65% for condos) and Metro regions (down 54% for single-family homes and 43% for condos) accounted for the most significant decline in closed sales. Meanwhile, around 180 property sales closed under $500,000 in November 2022.

“It’s likely that first-time homebuyers purchased many of these properties under $500,000. We encourage potential buyers to remember that homeownership is possible in Hawai‘i when you prepare, plan accordingly and work with a professional REALTOR®,” Takesue adds.

Considerable pockets of single-family home inventory were available at all price points, with properties in the $600,000 to $999,999 range reaching a 175% boost year-over-year. Condo supply fluctuated across price margins, although properties in the $400,000 to $1,999,999 range saw a 45% increase, and properties priced at $399,999 and below were down by 11%. Active condo listings priced above $2 million decreased by 17%.

Pending sales continued to decelerate, falling for the eighth consecutive month. Year-overyear, contract signings were down by 46.0% for single-family homes and 37.3% for condos.