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February 23rd, 2020 12:55 PM by Korby Matsen
The Kohala Coast is a beautiful 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. Kohala is split into two areas, North Kohala and South Kohala, with North Kohala covering the more rural northern end of the island, including the small towns of Hawi and Kapaau, and the Kohala Ranch communities farther south.
South Kohala, which begins just south of Kohala Ranch, covers the major, 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 Kohala in January 2020 increased substantially over January 2019, with 16 homes selling in January 2019 up to 37 homes sold this year. That increase was felt in all market segments, with the sales volume in North Kohala increasing from 4 homes sold in January 2019 to 7 this year, while the volume in South Kohala increased from 12 homes sold to an astounding 30 homes. The number of condos sold year over year in January in Kohala was less dramatic, increasing from 24 units last year to 26 units this year.
With January being the first month of the year, the year-to-date volume is going to be equal to the monthly numbers, with 37 homes being sold so far in 2020, as opposed to 16 homes being sold by this time last year. The South Kohala volume increased from 12 homes in January 2019 to 30 homes sold this year, while in North Kohala the increase was only by three, from 4 single-family homes sold by this time in 2019, to 7 homes this year. The number of condos sold year-to-date also had an increase in sales volume, rising from 24 units sold last year, to 26 units sold in 2020.
Along with the increases in sales volume of single-family homes in January 2020 in both North and South Kohala, also came increases in median sales prices in most regions. The median sale price in South Kohala rose from $535,000 in January 2019 to $702,500 in January of this year, while in North Kohala, the median sales price in January 2020 fell to $680,000 from $810,000 in January 2019. The condo market also experienced a remarkable price increase, with the January 2020 median sales price rising to $632,500 from $482,500 in January 2019.
Along with the monthly median sales prices being up in most markets in January 2020, the year-to-date numbers were also up in most markets. The median year-to-date sales price in the condo market rose an amazing 31.09% from $482,500 in 2019 to $632,500 this year. North Kohala experienced the only decrease for its median sales price, dropping 16.05% from $810,000 in 2019 to $680,000 this year, and the single-family homes in South Kohala had the largest increase, rising an impressive 31.31%, from $535,000 in 2019 to $702,500 this year.
Analysis: The sales volume of single-family homes rose significantly on the Kohala Coast in January 2020 compared to last January. This continues the strong monthly numbers we have seen over the past six months. Both the single-family home and condo markets’ in South Kohala saw impressive median sales price increases after almost a year of stagnant growth.
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January 2020 Kohala Market Highlights
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