Oct 7, 2013, 7:25am HST Updated: Oct 9, 2013, 1:48pm HST
Janis L. Magin | Managing Editor- Pacific Business News
Home prices on Oahu rose last month, as the median price for single-family homes and condominiums moved within striking distance of breaking previous records, according to statistics released Monday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors.
The median price of a single-family home in September was $675,000, a 6 percent increase from $637,000 in September of last year, and closer to the record, for any month, of $685,000 set in June 2007. That price was based on sales of 303 homes, which was virtually unchanged from the 304 home sold during the same month.
The number of condo units sold, however, jumped 20 percent to 421 units sold last month, compared to 350 units sold in September 2012.
The median price of a condominium on Oahu in September was $348,000, which was 8.9 percent higher than the median price of $319,500 set during the same month last year. It was also very close to the record $350,000 set in August, and 4 percent higher than the record of $334,000 set in June 2007.
“While it was a relatively positive month for Honolulu’s residential market, we are seeing the effects of low inventory,” said Kevin Miyama, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. “Potential sellers interested in listing their properties should consider taking advantage of current market conditions, especially if they are interested in buying-up before interest rates rise, which is expected to happen in 2014.”