The median price of a single-family home on Oahu fell last month, two months after hitting a new record price, as sales in August dropped by 12 percent when compared to last year, according to statistics released Sunday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.
The median price of a single-family home in August was $650,000, which was 2.3 percent below the median price of $665,000 in August 2013. The median price in June set at record at $700,000.
Sales of single-family homes on Oahu fell 11.7 percent to 323 homes sold, from 366 homes sold in August 2013.
Condominium sales in August declined by 3.5 percent to 444 units sold, from 460 units sold during the same month last year. The median price of a condo on Oahu was unchanged at $350,000.
“August was an interesting month for the Oahu housing market, Julie Meier, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, said in a statement. “While on the surface it may look like this past August was not on par with last August for sales of single-family homes, the truth is that August 2013 was a banner month – the high point of sales for the year. It would have been very difficult to duplicate that this year.”
The number of sales in August 2013 was 25 percent higher than August 2012, when 293 homes sold. Last month’s sales were 10 percent higher than the 2012 level. The median price a year ago was 9 percent higher than the median price set in August 2012, which was $609,000. Last month’s median price of $650,000 was nearly 7 percent higher than the price from two years ago.
“Still, this remains a very healthy market, as evidenced by the fact that the average single-family home was on the block for only 15 days before being sold,” Meier noted. “Also noteworthy is the fact that inventory of both single-family homes and condos is climbing, which will help the market meet demand.”
Staff Pacific Business News