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Jan. 13, 2017

2017 PGA Sony Open: Waialae Golf Course Homes for Sale

The 2017 Sony Open is in full swing this week on Oahu. Some of the PGA's best are taking to the course and having some great early rounds with the light wind conditions. As every year the players come and go, so do the homes for sale fronting the esteemed Waialae Golf Course.

This year there are 6 listings that front the course in the 3 surrounding MLS neighborhoods of Kahala, Kai Nani and Waialae Golf Course that range from just over $2 million to just under $6 million:

4509 Waikui St.

1. 4509 Waikui St. (MLS # 201627362) in Waialae Golf Course is listed for $2,285,000

This home on Waikui St. is the most reasonably priced listing for sale. Although on a quiet cul de sac, it also backs up to Kalanianaole Hwy., which is why it is heavily discounted for a home fronting Waialae Golf Course. Originally listed for $2,450,000 the Seller has definitely shown signs of motivation with 3 price reductions already since coming to market in November of 2016.

1057 Waiholo St.

2. 1057 Waiholo St. (MLS # 201521858) in Waialae Golf Course is listed for $3,450,000

This listing offers THE BEST location of all the active listings in my opinion. Facing slightly east, you get the morning sun and this is one of only two that has ocean views. This Seller is also motivated having come down significantly from an original price of $4,888,000 in 2015.

4817 Kaimoku Way

3. 4817 Kaimoku Way (MLS # 201612958) in Kai Nani is listed for $4,195,000

Built in 1970, this home had an incredible makeover in 2015 giving it a more modern/contemporary look. It's also the other one available that has some ocean view. The only downside to Kai Nani is you need to drive a little further on Kalanianaole Hwy. (from Kahala) to reach this one as it's the furthest listing to the east on the course. This Seller has also expressed motivation having come down from $4,995,000 from June of 2015

4631 Waipahee Place

4. 4631 Waipahee St. (MLS # 201612961) in Waialae Golf Course is listed for $4,780,000

This is my favorite home of all the ones on the market. Unfortunately, someone else has seen it as their favorite too as the Seller accepted an offer last week. In this business though, it's never over until it's over so we'll see how their escrow goes. Built in 2004, this home has been on and off the market for years (listed as high as $5,888,000) while I've been writing these articles and glad to see there was a Buyer and Seller that had a "meeting of the minds" on price and terms.

4952 Kahala Ave.

5. 4952 Kahala Ave. (MLS # 201700606) in Kahala is listed for $4,995,000

This is the latest golf course home fronting Waialae to hit the market - just a few days ago. It's the only one for sale in Kahala and offers a nice single level floor plan. Built in 1999, it's also the closest you'll find to the club house off Kahala Avenue.

951 Waiholo St.

6. 951 Waiholo St. (MLS # 201618648) in Waialae Golf Course is listed for $5,900,000

This home on the 11th fairway is the priciest home on the market listed just under 6 million. Built in 2007, it also offers a single level floor plan and has a semi-above ground pool. Since the Seller paid $5,663,000 in 2015 it's hard to say how much room is negotiable in the price with this one...

In any event, it'll be exciting to see what the next few days have to offer in the tournament. In the meantime, if you're interested in other golf course homes on Oahu at a more affordable price, here's a page of all the golf course frontage homes and condos on Oahu I put together or feel free to contact me if there's anything I can help with.

Dec. 19, 2016

Median Condo Price on Oahu up 13.7% in November

November was another strong month for housing on Oahu. Both single family home and condo sales were up double digits for the month.

November 2016 Sales Stats on Oahu

Single Family Home Stats

Palolo Home for $750,000

This home in Palolo (MLS # 201628762) is listed for November's median price of $750,000

This was the 3rd time in 2016 where the median sales price reached $750,000 or above and was a 4.8% bump from $715,000 this time last year. The median days on market was only 17 days! 

Condos Stats

Waikiki Condo for $390,000

Waikiki Condo (MLS # 201626106) priced under November's median of $395,000

The condo market was on fire in November with the median sales price up 13.7% from last year to finish at $395,000. In addition, sales were up 17.6% from last year and Sellers were excited as the median days on market to sell was even lower than homes at just 15 days.

As always, all real estate is local. Here are the neighborhoods on Oahu that were hot for sellers and buyers in November:

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Sellers

  • Home sales in Downtown-Nuuanu were up 125%
  • Home prices in Waialae-Kahala were up 42%
  • Condo sales in Wahiawa were up 300%
  • Condo prices on the North Shore were up 83%

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Buyers

  • Home sales in Wahiawa and the Windward Coast were down 17%
  • Home prices in Aina Haina-Kuliouou were down 48%
  • Condo sales Moanalua-Salt Lake were down 13%
  • Condo prices in Kapahulu-Diamond Head were down 49%

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Please consider these are broad overviews for regions on Oahu. To find out what is happening in your specific neighborhood (or street for that matter), feel free to contact me for more information.

Nov. 24, 2016

Oahu was Still a Seller's Market for Real Estate in October

The housing market remained strong for Sellers on Oahu in October as home prices were up and days on market down. This fuels the "perfect storm" for Sellers to take advantage of pricing and quicker sales times.

October 2016 Real Estate Infographic for Oahu Housing

Inforgraphic for Sales Stats in October, 2016

Single Family Home Stats

Ka Makana Home for $740,000

Hoakalei Ka Makana Home (MLS # 201600508) listed just under October's median of $742,000

The median sales price was up 3.1% from a year ago to finish at $742,000. Transactions were up 7% from last year with 335 deals that took place. Seller's took advantage not only with the higher pricing, the median days on market stood at just 19 days.

Condo Stats

Executive Centre Condo for $396,000

Executive Centre condo in Downtown (MLS # 201627714) listed for October's median price of $396,000

The condo market also boded well for Sellers as the median days on market stood at just 20 days and the median sales price was $396,000, which was a 7% increase from last year. Transaction sides were down though by 5.7% with 428 deals taking place. 

As always, all real estate is local. Here are the neighborhoods on Oahu that were hot for sellers and buyers in October:

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Sellers

  • Home sales in Aina Haina-Kuliouou were up 225%
  • Home prices in Maikiki-Moiliili and Wahiawa were up 19%
  • Condo sales in Kailua-Waimanalo were up 400%
  • Condo prices on the North Shore were up 73%

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Buyers

  • Home sales in Waialae-Kahala were down 60%
  • Home prices on the Windward Coast were down 15%
  • Condo sales Kapahulu-Diamond Head were down 88%
  • Condo prices in Downtown-Nuuanu were down 21%

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Please consider these are broad overviews for regions on Oahu. To find out what is happening in your specific neighborhood (or street for that matter), feel free to contact me for more information.

Nov. 16, 2016

What Does President Elect Trump Mean for Trump Tower Waikiki?

Typically you have to wait for a U.S. President to be out of office for awhile before you start hearing of buildings, libraries and schools being named after them. That's not the case for our new President Elect Donald Trump. We've already got Trump Tower Waikiki, which was built in 2009.

Trump Tower Waikiki Entry

Sign fronting Trump Tower Waikiki

Trump's name has always been synonymous with luxury real estate throughout the world and the building that bears his name in Waikiki is no different. Unlike his original signature properties in Manhattan, the recent addition was more of a branding play (for a royalty fee) in partnership with Irongate Development, who later went on to development the Ritz Carlton Waikiki.

History of Trump Tower Waikiki

There were record sales when the offering first went to market at the last peak in 2006. Nearly half of the units were sold overseas in Asia and the remaining inventory went went within a weak. Over time, as the market turned the developer got a bunch of the units back and some buyers lost their deposits. Since the building was completed in 2009, here's a breakdown of resales by year in MLS:

MLS Sales of Trump Tower Waikiki 2009-2016

MLS Sales from 2009 through November 16, 2016

As you can see, sales were tapering off since the first full year of resales in 2010. So far this year, sales are up 65% compared to 2015 and we still have another 1.5 months to go in the 2016! It's definitely showing a strong sentiment from buyers in the marketplace. A few years back, I recall there being 70+ active listings in the building. Today that number is 52, which is over a 25% drop in inventory.

Trump Tower Waikiki Market Stats by Year

Trump Tower Waikiki Sales Prices by Year

The median and average sales prices have chugged along since the initial sales. Although there's a broad variety of product between the studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans, this should give you an idea of the overall stability of the project. The high sales in 2010 and 2011 were some 3 bed units, however none that size have sold since - which is why you're seeing the highest sales in recent years fall short of those years. 

The Future of Trump Tower Waikiki

Like most of Waikiki Real Estate, tourism plays a big factor in consumer confidence and return on investment. Tourism number have been great this year and expectations are optimistic in the near future. There is another player in the market that has recently come online in the luxury condotel market - which is The Ritz Carlton I'd mentioned earlier ironically was the same developer. The difference in my opinion is the Trump Tower is in a much better location - just a block inland of the Halekulani Hotel and the iconic Outrigger Reef which are on the beach at Waikiki. The Ritz Carlton is set further back on Kuhio Ave. and a further trek to get to the ocean.

Time will tell to see if Trump's election will play any part on the resale and return on investment for Trump Tower Waikiki. If you'd like to get in on the action to buy one or think now is the time to sell, feel free to contact me for more information.

Oct. 25, 2016

Transaction Volume Flat, While Sales Pace Fast in September

The numbers of sales on Oahu in September were relatively flat with no change since 2015 for single family homes and a slight increase of 6.7% for condos. Meanwhile, both homes and condos were selling fast with the median days on market just 16 days for homes and 20 days for condos.

September 2016 Infographic of Real Estate Sales on Oahu

September, 2016 Infographic of Real Estate Sales on Oahu

Single Family Home Stats

Although the sales volume was flat (no increase or decrease) compared to last year with 329 transactions, the median sale price was up 2.7% to $750,000. It also continues to be a Seller's Market. In addition to the stat of only 16 days on market, the months of remaining inventory is just 2.9%. Sellers are also received 100% of list price on average.

Waipahu Home for $750,000

This Waipahu Home (MLS # 201619405) is listed for September's median price of $750k

Condo Stats

In addition to the condo sales volume being up slightly, so was the median sales price which ended up at $383,250 or a 4.7% increase from the same time last year. The condo market was also great for Sellers with only 3 months supply of remaining inventory and selling in just 20 days. Sellers also got 99.5% of their asking price on average.

Salt Lake Condo for $383,000

Condo in Salt Lake (MLS # 201618902) listed just under the median of $383,500

As always, all real estate is local. Here are the neighborhoods on Oahu that were hot for sellers and buyers in September:

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Sellers

  • Home sales in Kalihi-Palama were up 100%
  • Home prices in Makakilo were up 29%
  • Condo sales in Kapahulu-Diamond Head were up 300%
  • Condo prices in Kalihi-Palama were up 43%

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Buyers

  • Home sales in Aina Haina-Kuliouou were down 70%
  • Home prices in Moanalua-Salt Lake were down 15%
  • Condo sales Kailua-Waimanalo were down 44%
  • Condo prices in Waialae-Kahala were down 39%

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Please consider these are broad overviews for regions on Oahu. To find out what is happening in your specific neighborhood (or street for that matter), feel free to contact me for more information.

Oct. 14, 2016

Pinnacle Honolulu Penthouse to be Auctioned October 18th

Real estate auctions sales on Oahu are somewhat rare. We've had a few over the years. Concierge Auctions has done a few on the North Shore. There's another mainland company named Heritage Auctions that will be auctioning off the Penthouse of the Pinnacle in Downtown Honolulu.

Pinnacle Honolulu Penthouse View

View from the Penthouse of The Pinnacle Honolulu (MLS # 201618755)

Currently listed for $17,500,000 this is a 3 story unit owned by the developer of the building.  It's been on and off the market for 7 years with a handful of different Realtors in town. Currently listed with Hawaii 5-0 Properties, Inc. the Seller is now thinking outside the box with an auction process to generate some more interest.

Similar to Concierge Auctions, Heritage Auctions has a similar business model in which the Buyer must pay a "Buyer's Premium" at closing of 10% (on top of the purchase price). This is important to factor in when bidding. 

Why Auction?

Sellers that have tested the market and not getting their price realize this may be a way to get to true market value. Also, Buyers enjoy the transparency in knowing what they can pay to get a place instead of coming up with an arbitrary offer amount - which in this case is the circumstance as this is such a unique property and there's nothing really like it to comp/compare with.

Requirements

Buyers need to be qualified and have a $100,000 check available for bidding and be prepared to bring in additional funds of 10% if they are the winning bidder. They also need to be able to close within 60 Days.

Value

Although there is a reserve, I've been told the Seller is highly motivated and someone could get a great buy here! Here's some more photos and features:

Pinnacle PH Living Room

Pinnacle PH BilliardsPinnacle PH Aquarium

Pinnacle Penthouse Entry, Billiards Room and Aquarium

Features:

  • 3 top floors of luxury boutique high-rise
  • 6,800+ square feet of indoor living space
  • 8 lanais with 1,100+ square feet of outdoor living space
  • 4 master suites
  • Sold fully furnished with Casa FENDI designs, rare Asian antiques, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and upscale Kohler appliances
  • Custom-built Steinway and 400-gallon saltwater aquarium
  • Hand-painted ceilings, custom-carved exotic wood entry doors, imported granite and Travertine flooring
  • Built-in wine cellar, infinity-edge whirlpool spas, multiple flat screen televisions and fireplaces
  • Lutron lighting, surround sound, remote-controlled window coverings
  • 360 degree views of Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Pacific Ocean, Punchbowl Crater, mountains and Downtown Honolulu
  • Close to Iolani Palace, designer boutiques, government buildings and Central Business District
  • 5-star building amenities include heated swimming pool, spa, billiards, fitness room and 8 dedicated garage parking spaces

Pinnacle PH Sunset

Pinnacle PH BathPinnacle PH Bedrrom

Enjoy the Sunset from the office or relax in the luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms

To learn more about this Penthouse offering to be auctioned this coming Tuesday, October 18th feel free to contact me for more information. Someone should get a great buy in Downtown Honolulu.

Sept. 19, 2016

Oahu Condos Sales and Median Price up 12.4% in August

The condo market was hot in August with both the median sales price and number of sales up 12.4% since last year. 

Oahu Real Estate Sales Statistics for August, 2016

Infographic of Oahu home and condo sales for August, 2016

Condo Sales Stats

The median condo price finished up 12.4% at $398,000, which although was strong fell short of June's record of $405,500. On average, Sellers got 97.6% of asking price and the median days on market was just 16 days. There were also 12.4% more deals taking place than last year with 481 closed sales for the month.

Napali Gardens Condo in Kaneohe

Kaneohe condo (MLS # 201617983) listed just over August's median at $399,000

Single Family Home Stats

The single family home market was also healthy for Sellers with the median price up 6.9% from last year to finish at $747,500. The number deals taking place remained flat with 344 closings - the same as last August. Sellers remained happy receiving 99.8% of asking price and the median Days on Market was just 15 days.

Royal Kunia home

Royal Kunia home (MLS # 201623253) listed just under August's median at $747,000

As always, all real estate is local. Here are the neighborhoods on Oahu that were hot for sellers and buyers in August:

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Sellers

  • Home sales on the Windward Coast were up 133%
  • Home prices in Waialae-Kahala were up 24%
  • Condo sales in Makaha-Nanakuli were up 114%
  • Condo prices in Waialae-Kahala and Waipahu were up 29%

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Buyers

  • Home sales in Hawaii Kai were down 57%
  • Home prices on the North Shore were down 38%
  • Condo sales Wahiawa were down 100%
  • Condo prices in Wahiawa were down 100%

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Please consider these are broad overviews for regions on Oahu. To find out what is happening in your specific neighborhood (or street for that matter), feel free to contact me for more information.

Sept. 14, 2016

Two Ossipoff Homes For Sale in Diamond Head at Reduced Prices

There are currently 2 homes for sale in Diamond Head designed by Vladimir Ossipoff, Hawaii's most renowned mid century modern architect. Both have reduced in price and here's why each could be a great buy in this market. 

1. Ossipoff Home on Diamond Head Circle

 Ossipoff Home on Diamond Head Cirlce

Mid Century Modern home (MLS # 201601000) on Diamond Head Circle

The listing at 3703 Diamond Head Circle is now $3,688,000. It's been on and off the market now for over 2.5 years with different Realtors and started as high as $7,250,000. I also wrote about the activity on Diamond Head Circle 2 years ago and it was listed at $5.9 million then. Another factor that makes this a great deal is 3735 Diamond Head Circle finally sold for $6,900,000.  It's just a few doors over and was in better shape, however it traded at nearly double the price!

2. Ossipoff Home on Kaikoo Place

Ossipoff home on Kaikoo

Ossipoff Home (MLS # 201606007) at 4329 Kaikoo Place

Although not necessary "mid century", this is definitely one of Ossipoff's more "modern" works built in 1994 (just a few years prior to him passing). This one has also been on and off the market for a number of years and listed as high as $5.2 million. Considering this also had a recent comp a few doors down with 4347 Kaikoo Place selling for $4,875,000, it's now a great buy for $3,995,000.

Contact a Mid Century Modern Expert

To learn more about Ossipoff or other mid century modern homes on Oahu, feel free to contact me for more information.

Aug. 23, 2016

Median Condo Price on Oahu up 14.3% in July

The median sales price for homes and condos on Oahu were up compared to last year, however not quite as high as June's record prices.

July 2016 Real Estate Sales Stats on Oahu

July 2016 Infographic of Real Estate Sales on Oahu

Single Family Home Stats

The median sales price of a single family home sale on Oahu was up 5.1% from July of 2015. Coming in at $746,000 it was still shy of the record $760,000 price we saw in June. As prices were up, the number of sales taking place on Oahu was down 4.5% with 322 sales taking place. Days on Market still favored Sellers with just 16 Days as the median.

Hoakalei Home for $745,000

Hoakalei-Ka Makana Home (MLS # 201616055) listed just under July's median sales price of $745,000

Condo Sales Stats

The surge in the median sales price of a condo was a huge jump as indicated by the title of my article. We saw a 14.3% increase since July of 2015 rounding the price out at an even $400,000. Although slightly off June's record (as well) of $405,000, we're really seeing the effects of people being priced out of the single family home market. The Average Sales Price took an even larger jump finishing at $459,859, which was an 18% increase from last year. We also saw a drop in Median Days on Market by 25% as it's now taking roughly 18 days to sell vs. 24 days a year ago.

Kapahulu condo for $400,000

This Kapahulu condo (MLS # 201618912) is listed for July's median price of $400,000

Serious Lack of Inventory

What's been driving the price appreciation? Once again, it boils down to simple economics of Supply vs. Demand. Here's what's happened to our inventory on Oahu since July of 2015:

  • New Single Family Home Listings were down 11.9%
  • Active Single Family Home Listings were down 4.5%
  • New Condo Listings were down 13.9%
  • Active Condo Listings were 11.6%

Notice the big difference in the active listings of single family homes vs. condos? The larger drop in inventory in the condo market translated into a larger increase in median sales price for condos. Interest correlation isn't it?

As always, all real estate is local. Here are the neighborhoods on Oahu that were hot for sellers and buyers in July:

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Sellers

Neighborhoods “Hot” for Buyers

  • Home sales in Aina Haina-Kuliouou were down 77%*
  • Home prices in Waialae-Kahala were down 10%
  • Condo sales in Makaha-Nanakuli were down 65%
  • Condo prices on the North Shore were down 11%

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?

Please consider these are broad overviews for regions on Oahu. To find out what is happening in your specific neighborhood (or street for that matter), feel free to contact me for more information.

* In Aina Haina-Kuliouou, there were 13 sales last year vs. only 3 this year. Since there were significantly less deals taking place at higher prices, the data was skewed a bit.

Aug. 2, 2016

Mount Terrace Condo Inventory on the Rise

Over the past 2 months, we've seen an influx of inventory at the Mount Terrace in Hawaii Kai. All 5 listings currently for sale have come online during that period. There's been equally as many sales with 5 transactions taking place over the past 6 months that ranged from $610,000 to $790,000.

Mount Terrace Condo from Kuliouou Beach Park

Everything around the Mount Terrace is green after Tropical Storm Darby's recent rainfall

Current Inventory at Mount Terrace

The most recent and noteworthy of these is the Penthouse F. It's not too often you see one of these hit the market.

Mount Terrace PHF Living Room

Mount Terrace PHF Dining AreaMount Terrace PHF Kitchen

Mount Terrace Penthouse F Living Area, Dining and Kitchen

As you can see, there's a lot of custom hardwoods throughout the unit. Not only do you have phenomenal east views facing of Koko Crater, Koko Head and the marina - the upgrades are truly special for someone looking for the luxury/Hawaiiana feel, which is hard to find in a condo in this day and age.

To learn more about buying or selling at the Mount Terrace in Hawaii Kai, feel free to contact me for more information.