During June, sales of 338 single-family homes and 547 condominiums were reported through the Board's MLS, decreases of 8.2 percent for single-family homes and 14.7 percent for condominiums, compared to the same month last year. This brings total single-family home sales on Oahu to 1,902 for the first six months of 2007, a decrease of 5.7 percent over the same time period one year ago. Total condominium sales were 2,978, a 15.3 percent decrease from last year. The year-to-date median prices paid for Oahu properties in the first six months this year were $645,000 and $325,000, respectively, increases of 2.4 percent and 5.7 percent over the 2006 prices of $630,000 and $307,500. The total dollar sales volume generated in the housing market for the first six months of the year was $2.642 billion, a decrease of 5.9 percent, or $167 million, compared to the $2.809 billion produced one year ago.
There is a 8.2 decrease in Single Family Homes Sales Volume from last year; and, a 14.7% decrease in Condominium Sales Volume in June 2007 compared to the same month last year.
"The Oahu housing market achieved new records in June with the median price paid for a single-family home at $685,000, exceeding the previous record of $668,300 in May 2006, and condominium prices at $334,000, surpassing the prior peak of $329,000 set last July," said Berton Hamamoto, President of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. "Although the number of sales has diminished from their peak in 2005, the market is still very active and maintaining a healthy equilibrium with adequate supply and strong demand."
"Oahu residential markets have been pushing the price envelope in recent years, including this June," added Harvey Shapiro, Research Economist at the Board of REALTORS®. "Of the seventeen single-family home neighborhoods tracked for research purposes by the Board, sales of over $1 million occurred in ten or more of them every month since last year. Last month, there were even three neighborhoods registering sales of more than $3.8 million. These high-end sales confirm the opinion held by many REALTORS® that there continues to be substantial demand for our properties and that prices most likely will not be adjusting downward anytime soon, if at all."
*Source: The Honolulu Board of REALTORS®