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Housing Market: Oahu real estate market finding a balance

For the first time in years, Hawaii’s housing market is starting to level out.

April demonstrated the middle single-family home decrease to about $760,000 on Oahu, which is less expensive than a half year prior when costs were above $800,000.

“We’re seeing a shift in the market from favoring sellers to slightly favor the buyers,” said Matthew Wong, realtor associate for iNet. “We’re also seeing the property prices plateau out so you’re seeing the interest rates come down as well. It’s great to be a home buyer because now you can qualify for that home.”

Recently discharged enumeration information indicated in excess of 60,000 individuals left Oahu for the territory in the course of recent years—bringing Honolulu’s population below one million.

What’s more, with more townhouses being worked, there’s more inventory.

“If you have more inventory and less demand, prices start going down,” said Attilio Leonardi, Team Lally, Keller Williams Honolulu.

But being able to afford the median price still seems out of reach for most of Hawaii’s population, especially for first time home purchasers.

“Places like Hawaii, it’s a lot more expensive, but when you’re thinking about buying your home just think it’s not your first home—your dream home is going to be coming a few houses down the road,” Wong said.

Real estate agents recommend recent college grads and first-time purchasers investigate apartment suites which today are around $400,000.

“If you’re still renting that might be the best option for you, but you’re not gaining any equity so get that condo, start building equity, use that equity to pay your down payment for the next home and keep doing that until you get into your dream home,” Wong said.

So where should residents be looking?

“The greatest affordability is going to be from Makaha to the Ewa Plain because there’s a lot of new construction inventory as well as re-sale there,” Leonardi said.

Yet, what might happen to Oahu’s market if excursion rentals were restricted from private neighborhoods like the bill in Honolulu city council?

“We had a client that called us in a panic, she owned three vacation rentals and she was in a panic and ready to sell them all and leave the island because that’s how she’s been earning her income,” said Adrienne Lally, Team Lally, Keller Williams Honolulu. “I think it could cause a flood of homes to come on the market.”

By Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a celebrity chef and author. She has authored a series of books on the topic of current market strategy and also cook books. She is a proud mother of two daughters as well as a honorable author of news articles related to the market situation. She provides her market related news on coverage log website as a free lance writer.