November 24th, 2019 1:36 PM by Korby Matsen
The Kohala Coast is the majestic area located on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island received its name as to differentiate it between the State of Hawaii and the Island of Hawaii. The Kohala Coast 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, Mauna Lani and Waikoloa Beach Resorts’, 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 2019 on the Kohala Coast increased substantially from last October, with 35 homes selling in October 2019, up from 24 homes last year. That increase was felt in both South Kohala, with 27 single-family homes selling, up from 19, and North Kohala, with 8 homes selling, up from 5 homes. The condo market also experienced an increase, rising from 17 units sold in October 2018 to 26 units this October.
Although there was an increase in sales volume in October 2019, the overall year-to-date sales volume on the Kohala Coast has been somewhat stagnant in 2019, with 290 single-family homes being sold this year, down slightly from the 292 homes sold this time last year. The number of single-family homes in North Kohala increased slightly from 56 homes sold by this time last year to 59 homes this year, and South Kohala saw a slight reduction, with the number of single-family homes falling from 263 homes last year to 231 homes sold this year. The number of condos sold year-to-date enjoyed a small increase, rising to 263 units sold this year from 260 units sold in 2018.
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 decrease, falling from $1,169,000 in October 2018 to $730,000 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 2019, however, saw a small increase, rising to $599,000 this year from $580,000 in October 2018. The condo market median sales price enjoyed the largest gains, rising from $508,500 in October 2018 to $720,000 this year.
Even with the mixed bag of numbers in October’s median sales price, all market segments remained relatively the same as last year in their year-to-date numbers. Single-family homes in North Kohala saw the only decrease, however small, in their year-to-date median sales price, falling an ever so slight 0.61% from $825,000 in 2018 to $820,000 this year, while the single-family homes in South Kohala remained the same, staying at $595,000 in both years. The condo market experienced the only increase in its year-to-date median sales price, rising just 1.34% from $522,000 in 2018 to $529,000 this year.
Analysis: October was the first time in many months that we saw a significant increase in sales volume. It was not, however, enough to overcome the flat year-to-date volume in 2019. And except for the usually wild fluctuations in North Kohala, the median sales price has also remained flat throughout the year. As we head into the busy winter season, it remains to be seen if 2019 is a pause in the market, or a trend.
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October 2019 Market Highlights
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