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May 17th, 2020 9:18 AM by Korby Matsen
The Kohala Coast is a spectacular 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 split into two areas, North Kohala and South Kohala, with North Kohala covering the more rural northern end of the island, containing the small towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, as well as the Kohala Ranch communities at the south end.
South Kohala begins just south of Kohala Ranch and 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 April 2020 in Kohala dropped noticeably over April last year, with 20 single-family homes selling this year, down from 30 homes selling in April 2019. The sales volume decrease was felt in all Kohala, with South Kohala decreasing by 7 homes (down from 23 homes to 16). The volume in North Kohala fell a little less, from 7 homes sold to just 4 homes. The number of South Kohala condos sold year over year in April experienced the biggest drop, falling from 40 units last year to just 10 units this April.
The year-to-date sales volume in the Kohala single-family home markets still remained positive in 2020, despite the April drop-off, with 121 single-family homes being sold this year in Kohala, up from 94 homes sold by this time in 2019. The sales volume of single-family homes in North Kohala increased slightly, from 17 homes sold in 2019, to 20 homes this year. South Kohala’s year-to-date volume also experienced an increase over last year, with 101 homes being sold this year, up from 77 homes in 2019. The number of condos sold year-to-date did not enjoy the same increase, with 89 units sold this year, down from 116 units sold in 2019.
While the volume of single-family homes sold in April 2020 was down compared to April 2019 in all market segments of Kohala, the change in median sales price was in the other direction. The median sale price in South Kohala had a noticeable increase, from $650,000 in April 2019 to $722,500 in April this year, while in North Kohala, the median sales price in April 2020 rose to $763,500 from $649,000 in April 2019. The condo market also saw their median price rise, increasing from $538,000 last year to $614,000 in April 2020.
The year-to-date numbers did not fare as well as the monthly numbers. North Kohala’s year-to-date median sales price decreased 17.89%, from $1,023,000 in 2019 to $840,000 this year. The single-family home market in South Kohala saw a less dramatic decrease, from $628,000 in 2019 to $590,000 this year, a change of 5.98%. The condo market saw a surprising change in the other direction, with the year-to-date median sales price rising an amazing 21.53%, from $518,000 in 2019 to $629,500 this year.
Analysis: Even though the monthly numbers were down, a strong first quarter was able to keep the year-to-date numbers positive. It remains to be seen how the economic headwinds of the pandemic will affect the market in the months to come.
If you are thinking of buying or selling a home anywhere on the Kohala Coast, contact me today. I will produce a customized market report for the neighborhood or area you are interested in. You can read market updates from the different areas of the Kohala Coast on the Market Updates Page of my website. Mahalo.
April 2020 Kohala Market Highlights
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