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Pre Clear Program

Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines have launched Pre-Clear Programs for the opportunity for passengers to be pre-cleared prior to departure and bypass long wait times upon arrival into Hawaii. For more information:

Recent Travel Updates

Update January 27: Starting Feb. 5, travelers from South Korea can forego the State of Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine through the pre-travel testing program. Learn more.

Update January 20: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that went into effect Jan. 25, 2021 for all travelers flying to the U.S. from a foreign country. All airline passengers arriving into the United States are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. You will be required to complete the CDC passenger attestation form at home or during check-in at the airport. Every traveler two (2) years and older will need to submit the form and receive a negative test result. To be exempt from the State of Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine, make sure you comply with both State of Hawaii and CDC requirements.

Update January 19: Maui County has added an additional requirement the state of Hawaii pre-travel testing program, requiring all travelers to download the AlohaSafe Alert application or enable their exposure notification setting on their mobile device prior to arrival. Learn more

Update January 5: Kauai has resumed its participation in the pre-travel testing program for inter-island travel and established a “resort bubble” model for U.S. Domestic travelers. Inter-island travelers who have been in the State of Hawaii for 72 hours or more can forego the 10-day self-quarantine by taking a state-approved COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and providing proof of a negative test result upon arrival. US domestic travelers who take a pre-travel test, quarantine for three days on an Enhanced Movement Quarantine “resort bubble” property, then take a post-travel test, will be released from quarantine with negative test results. Read more for more details

Update December 2020: Governor David Ige announced Hawaii’s mandatory travel quarantine period has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The reduction reflects updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers without a negative test result before boarding the final leg of their flight MUST quarantine for 10 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Update November 2020: All travelers must have a negative test result BEFORE beginning the final leg of their trip. Travelers without a negative test result before boarding the final leg of their flight MUST quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

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Featured Market Report

Oahu Market Report – December 2020

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The Oahu real estate market ended 2020 with a spike in sales and new listings in December. Closed sales of single-family homes on Oahu were up 35.9%, and condo sales rose by 20.1% compared to the same period in 2019. New listings increased by 15.3% and 3.6% year-overyear for single-family homes and condos, respectively. Median sales prices for December 2020 were up 6.1% at $870,000 for single-family homes and 6.9% to $455,000 for condos.

While 2020 began with both single-family home and condo sales outpacing the start of 2019, Oahu’s real estate market experienced a steep decline in activity when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March. In reaction to stay-at-home orders, record-high unemployment, health concerns, and general uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, second-quarter sales dropped 17.3% for single-family homes and 38.1% for condos, compared to the same period in 2019.

Deemed an essential business, the real estate industry pivoted to implement new policies and procedures that allowed for safe client interactions, open houses and transaction elements while adhering to public health and safety guidelines. Third-quarter sales saw a 4.0% bump in single-family home sales and a 13.4% decline in condo sales.

By the end of the year, mortgage rates were at a record low, with the average 30-year fixed-rate dipping more than one percentage point over the 12-month period. Total annual single-family home sales were up 2.3% over 2019, but condo sales remained down, declining 13.0%. Increased purchasing power from lower mortgage rates and heightened competition spurred by low inventory resulted in annual median sales price increases of 5.2% to $830,000 for single-family homes and 2.4% to $435,000 for condos. Total new listings were down by 17.7% for single-family homes and 14.4% for condos compared to 2019.

The number of single-family homes sold over the original asking price was up 168.1% in the fourth quarter of 2020, representing 45.0% of the quarter’s sales compared to just 19.0% in the year prior. Competitive bids were also seen more frequently in the condo market during the fourth quarter of 2020. The number of condos sold over the original asking price increased by 93.2%, representing 22.3% of the quarterly sales compared to 12.1% in 2019.

Neighborhood trends and sales by bedroom count may indicate how some buyers navigated their options during the pandemic. The greatest annual sales increases for single-family homes occurred in Kailua, North Shore and Ewa Plain regions. The Ewa Plain and Kailua also saw the greatest increase in sales volume for condos. Given the shortage in single-family home inventory, preferences for more space and added purchasing power from low mortgage rates, condos with four or more bedrooms experienced a 31.7% jump in closed sales at 79 properties compared to 60 in 2019.

Courtesy of the Honolulu Board of Realtors

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