In April 2021, a year after Oahu’s real estate market saw a steep decline in sales and listings, activity has rebounded. Closed sales of single-family homes and condos rose 51.2% and 88.0%, respectively. The wide year-over-year variance is due to 2020’s downturn in real estate activity spurred by the initial shocks of the pandemic and the first stay-at-home order.
Single-family homes in the $700,000 to $999,999 range accounted for the bulk of the sales in April, with 167 total sales, an increase of 45.2% compared to this time last year. Total closed sales of singlefamily homes priced at $1 million and above more than doubled compared to April 2020, with 118 properties sold in the $1 to $1.99 million range and 40 in the $2 million and above range. More than half of single-family homes – 58.9% to be exact – sold above the asking price last month. Meanwhile, high demand for single-family homes continues to keep the median days on the market at a low of just nine days.
Condo sales in the Ewa Plain and Waipahu regions recorded the most significant month-over-month increases of 22.8% and 57.9%. The Metro region more than doubled its closed sales of condos with 345 total sales compared to this time last year when just 167 condos sold. In April, 30.9% of condos sold above the asking price and condo properties spent a median of 13 days on the market, which tied the record low set in June 2017.
While new listings for single-family homes are up 58.3% compared to April 2020, active listings remain down 35.3% year-over-year. The condo market tells a similar story with a 60.5% increase in new listings last month, but active listings are still down 17.6%.
Sustained demand and low inventory levels remain constants in our real estate market and when paired with historically low-interest rates, it has created the fast-paced, competitive environment we see in today’s market.