December 1st, 2018 11:25 AM by Korby Matsen
The Kohala Coast is a majestic area located on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island received its name as to not confuse it between the State of Hawaii and the Island of Hawaii. Kohala is made up of two regions, North Kohala and South Kohala, with North Kohala covering the more rural, northern end of the island, including the small towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, as well as the Kohala Ranch communities farther south.
South Kohala covers the world class resorts of Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Lani Resort and Waikoloa Beach Resort, the small town of Waikoloa Village, located 6 miles inland from the resorts and Waimea, the beautiful town in the interior Waimea Valley. You can find market updates for many of these areas by visiting the Market Update Page on my website.
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The number of single-family homes sold in October 2018 on the Kohala Coast decreased substantially from last October, with 24 homes selling in October 2018, down from 31 homes last year. That decrease was felt in both South Kohala, with 19 single-family homes selling, down from 25, and North Kohala, with 5 homes selling, down from 6 homes. The condo market also experienced a decrease, dropping from 26 units sold in October 2017 to 17 units this October.
Although there was a decrease in sales volume in October 2018, the overall year-to-date sales volume on the Kohala Coast is up in all market segments in 2018, with 292 single-family homes being sold this year, up considerably from the 266 homes sold this time last year. The number of single-family homes in North Kohala increased slightly from 53 homes sold by this time last year to 56 homes this year, and South Kohala saw even bigger gains, with the number of single-family homes rising from 213 homes last year to 236 homes sold this year. The number of condos sold year-to-date also enjoyed a healthy increase, up 22 units to 260 units sold this year from 238 units sold in 2017.
The change in median price this October over last year was, however a mixed bag. The median sale price in North Kohala experienced a spectacular increase, rising from $835,000 in October 2017 to $1,169,000 in October of this year. This type of wild change in median sales price is quite common in a low sales volume environment such as North Kohala. The South Kohala median sales price in October 2018 however, saw a slight decrease, dropping to $580,000 this year from $608,000 in October 2017. The condo market median sales price enjoyed the largest gains, rising from $381,000 in October 2017 to $508,000 this year.
Even with the mixed bag of numbers in October’s median sales price, all market segments experienced an increase in their year-to-date numbers. Single-family homes in North Kohala had the largest increase in their year-to-date median sales price, increasing a dramatic 26.92% from $650,000 in 2017 to $825,000 this year, while the single-family homes in South Kohala had a more modest increase of 5.31%, going from $565,000 in 2017 to $595,000 this year. The condo market also experienced a modest increase in its year-to-date median sales price, rising 8.19% from $482,000 in 2017 to $522,000 this year.
Analysis: The Kohala Coast real estate market continues to move upwards at a steady pace in all categories. With the brisk, steady sales throughout 2018, the excess inventory we had a few years ago is long gone, with us now firmly in a balanced market. Other than the wild fluctuations experienced in North Kohala, the median sales price on the Kohala Coast has experienced a steady 5% to 6% annual appreciation. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home on the Kohala Coast, contact me today. I will produce a customized market report for the neighborhood or area you are interested in buying or selling in. Mahalo.
October 2018 Market Highlights
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