About Bryn Kaufman

Principal Broker and Creator of OahuRE.com

August Housing Stats

More than 300 single-family homes and more than 500 condos sold in August, which is near pre-pandemic annual average closed sales per month for single-family homes and above average for condos. Median sales prices remained on pace with recent months, with August’s single-family home median sales price rising 7.2% year-over-year to $1,125,500 and the condo median sales price marking a nominal decline of 0.3% to $498,500.
“As market activity continues to slow with the rise in interest rates, it’s important for buyers to remember that homeownership is still possible,” said Chad Takesue, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “More than 250 properties on O‘ahu, most of which were condos, sold for under $500,000 last month.”
While new listings fell 17.2% for single-family homes and 15.7% for condos, active inventory increased 43.3% for single-family homes and 12.9% for condos, though this lags behind pre-pandemic levels. A larger share of new listings remained active at the end of the month – 61% compared to 46% last August for single-family homes and 59% compared to 48% for condos – which is another indication of the cooling market. In both markets, properties that sold in August were on the market for a median of 13 days.

Homes Are Taking Longer to Sell

The share of homes listed for 30 days or longer increased 12.5 percent in July compared to a year earlier, with 61.2 percent of homes now sitting on the market for a month or longer, according to a report released Tuesday by Redfin.

The annual increase in stale listings is the biggest since April 2020, when the housing market temporarily ground to a halt at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also one of the largest year-over-year decreases since Redfin started tracking the data point in 2012, according to the report.

It Is A Buyer’s Market Now

The days of bidding on homes with 20 other buyers are coming to an end.

Redfin said under 50% of their offers now have no competing offers, the lowest rate in 2 years.

They also stated that homes that would have had 20 showings two months ago are now getting one or even no showings.

Buyers are also canceling more frequently than any time on record other than the first 2 months of the pandemic.

Prices Up, Sale Volume Down

“The rapid rise in interest rates is causing buyers to change tack and reevaluate their budgets and what they’re looking for in a home,” said Chad Takesue, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “New listings are spending more time on the market compared to the frenzy in activity we witnessed last year. Sellers are also adjusting their strategies in response to market conditions. Over the past several months, we’re seeing more sellers decrease the asking price for their properties for single-family homes and condos,” Takesue added.

Cover of Real Producers

Thanks to the 4 Realtors on my team, our 5 person Client Care Team, and all our past clients, I am on the cover of the July 2022 Real Producers.

I am also happy we saved 320 sellers $4,532,220 in Real Estate commissions using our $3,500 Flat Fee Selling option.

Thanks to Chris Wirsing and the Real Producers Team too.


Prices Do Not Always Go Up

This chart shows two things well.

One is prices do not go up every year. After the sharp increase that peaked around 1991, you can see we went to 2003 before prices hit that 1991 price again, so over 10 years of prices not increasing.

Two is the current up trend is a lot steeper than it was back in 1991.

It will be interesting to see what happens next.