For the first time since 1993 when the Realtors Association of Maui began collecting data, the median sold price for a single family home broke the $800,000 barrier.
In the month of April, the median sale price reached a peak of $819,500, a more than 10% increase from just 1 year ago. Median prices are a better indicator of the market because large transactions cannot skew the data an average sold price would. Just as expected, Maui prices lag a little behind Honolulu who is no stranger to a median sold price of above $800k.
Median sale prices for April reached $819,500 for single-family homes, a 13 percent increase over the same month last year. Gina Duncan, RAM board president, noted that there were no anomalies that could skew median sale prices data, such as homes over $5 million that sold last month.
The increase in price can be attributed to Hawaii’s low unemployment rate over the last few years. We don’t have to look much farther than a recent Maui Chamber of Commerce event. University of Hawaii professor of economics Carl Bonham stated job market bottomed out an unemployment rate of under 3%.
The recent April report by RAM also indicated the resort area of Kapalua was the priciest region to purchase a home in with 1 sale at $3.3 million. In contrast, the island of Lanai saw the lowest median sale price of $288,000. Wailuku was the most active region with 17 homes sold for a median sold price of $702,900.
While the single family home market is sizzling hot, the Maui condo market is not so much. We’ve began to see a slight downward trend for condos since 2016, but April magnified the problem. Median sale prices dropped by 31.1 percent to $440,000 for condos.
Again, Kapalua reigns supreme in terms of the priciest condo with 2 condos sold for just under $3 million. The Kihei condo market saw the most production with 67 units sold for a median sold price of $429,000.
Maui has also seen inventory lag which has played a part in seen prices drive up. Single family homes and condos both saw double digit dips at 11.8% to 477 single family homes for sale and 16.1% to 515 condos for sale, respectively.
New listings dropped around 9% to 115 for single family homes but increased 14.4% to 151 for condos.
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