Luxury homes on Oahu priced between $1M and $3M see strong Q3 sales
Oahu’s luxury home market experienced strong sales of single-family homes priced between $1 million and $3 million.
Sales of homes priced $1 million to $2 million increased nearly 50 percent from July through September, compared to the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, 330 homes were sold in this price range through the end of September, which was nearly double the number sold in all of 2012, the report said.
Additionally, the number of homes priced between $2 million and $3 million sold during the quarter rose 33 percent compared to the same time period last year. Year-to-date sales in this price range were about 70 percent of 2012 sales.
Even some higher price ranges performed well, according to the report, which pointed out that the $5 million-and-above range saw sales rise 10 percent above 2012 levels.
Meantime, sales of condominiums in the $800,000 to $1 million range were 78 percent higher in the third quarter than during the same time period last year, and have already exceeded the number of sales in 2012 by 12 percent.
The number of condos sold for more than $1 million was 62 percent higher when comparing year-over-year totals, surpassing overall 2012 sales by 4 percent.
In terms of foreign real estate investment on Oahu so far this year, Japan remained in the top spot for both the $1 million to $2 million segment, and the $2 million-and-above price range with triple the number of homes sold as well as triple the dollar value of sales of other countries on the top four list combined, the report said.
Brazil made the list for the first time in the $1 million to $2 million category. In the $2 million-and-above segment, Hong Kong came in second with two homes sold and China joined the list for the first time since 2010.
“The second-home market on Oahu has returned, as evidenced by increased sales activity, particularly among single-family homes priced between $2 million and $3 million as well as the many new luxury condo units that are sold out,” Kahala Associates Broker-Owner Myra Brandt said in a statement. “We have seen stable demand and a declining inventory for single-family homes and condos, resulting in stiff competition and sometimes multiple offers. This puts pressure on home values, and it has been forecast that the median single-family home price is heading toward the $1 million range.”
But not all luxury market price ranges fared well in the third quarter, the number of sales in the $3 million to $5 million range declined by 10 percent, when comparing year-over-year numbers.