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March 23rd, 2019 4:18 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 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 historic towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, and the Kohala Ranch communities farther south.
South Kohala covers the large, 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 my Market Update Page.
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The number of single-family homes sold in Kohala in February 2019 rose slightly over February 2018, with 21 homes selling in February 2018, up to 23 homes this year. That increase was not felt in all market segments, as the sales volume in North Kohala decreased from 7 homes sold in February 2018 to just one home this year, while the volume in South Kohala picked up the slack, rising from 14 homes last year to 22 homes this February. The number of condos sold year over year in February remained the same at 22 units both years.
With February only being the second month of the year, the overall year-to-date volume is not yet a significant number, but it is still down over last year, with 39 single-family homes homes being sold so far in 2019, as opposed to 47 homes being sold by this time last year. As with the February monthly number, this decrease can be attributed to the drop in the North Kohala sales volume. The North Kohala volume fell from 13 homes in 2018 to just 5 homes sold this year, while in South Kohala the year-to-date sales volume held its ground at 34 homes sold in both years. The number of condos sold year-to-date was up slightly, rising from 44 units sold last year, to 46 units sold in 2019.
As with sales volume numbers, the median sales price was also a mixed bag, rising in the South Kohala markets but falling in North Kohala. The median sale price of a single-family home in South Kohala rose from $681,000 in February 2018 to $712,000 in February of this year, while in North Kohala, the median sales price in February 2019 fell to $407,500 from $600,000 in February 2018. The condo market in South Kohala also experienced a slight price increase, with the February 2019 median sales price rising to $474,500 from $422,000 in February 2018.
Although the monthly median sales prices were up in the South Kohala markets but down in North Kohala, the year-to-date numbers were the opposite. The median year-to-date sales price in the South Kohala condo market fell a modest 4.53% from $497,000 in 2018 to $474,500 this year. South Kohala single-family homes experienced the largest drop for its median sales price, decreasing 14.97% from $677,250 in 2018 to $577,850 this year. North Kohala was the lone bright spot with regards to year-to-date median sales price increases, rising an impressive 25.00%, from $600,000 in 2018 to $750,000 this year.
Analysis: With the monthly and year-to-date sales volumes either falling or remaining the same in February over last year and the year-to-date median sales price falling in both South Kohala market segments, the Kohala Coast market seems to be in a state of flux. We will see over the next few months if the market advances over the last couple of years are beginning to slow, or not.
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February 2019 Kohala Market Highlights
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