During February, sales of 272 single-family homes and 402 condominiums were reported through the Board's MLS, an increase in sales of 9.7 percent for single-family homes and a decrease of 17.5 percent for condominiums, compared to the same month last year. The median price paid in February for a single-family home was $614,500, while the median price for a condominium was $320,000. On a year-to-date basis, sales volume is lower by 2.9 percent for single-family homes and 17.3 percent for condominiums, while the median prices for the first two months of 2007 were $610,000 and $320,000, a decline of 0.8 percent for single-family homes and an increase of 4.9 percent for condominiums, compared to same time period in 2006. Total dollar sales volume for the first two months of the year was $721 million, a decrease of 6.0 percent, or $46 million, compared to the $767 million generated in the housing market in the same time period one year ago.
There is a 0.2% increase in Single Family Homes Median Sales Price from last year,
while a 1.6%% increase in Condominium Median Sales Price in February 2007 compared to the same month last year.
There is a 9.7 % increase in Single Family Homes Sales Volume from last year;
while, a 17.5% decrease in Condominium Sales Volume in February 2007 compared to the same month last year.
"The residential sales market continues the trend of slower sales but higher prices, with small increases on both sides of the market," said Harvey Shapiro, research economist at the Board of REALTORS®. "As judged by the Days on Market indicator, which shows the length of time a property is on the market before it sells, activity is still slowing, dropping in February to 70 for single-family homes and 59 days for condominiums. At this time last year, the speeds were 42 and 31 days, respectively, and if we go back to February 2004, this indicator was just 23 and 34 days."
"February is historically the lowest sales month of the year, but this year's February single-family home sales not only exceeded last month's total, but also February 2005 and 2006," added Berton Hamamoto, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. "Another interesting observation is the decrease in single family inventory over the last three months which is a complete turn around from 19 months of steady increases. We still feel positive about our vibrant real estate market in Honolulu."
*Source: The Honolulu Board of REALTORS®