November 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update


November was yet another positive month for both single-family home and condominium sales, according to the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. Single-family home sales increased by 11.1% over last November, marking the third consecutive month of double-digit percentage growth, while condominium sales slightly increased by 1.2% compared to the previous year. The median prices for both single-family homes and condominiums saw modest declines at 0.3% and 1.2%, respectively. The analysis conducted by the Board using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system shows the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
November 2019 320 $794,750
November 2018 288 $797,000 -0.3%

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
November 2019 434 $415,000
November 2018  429 $420,000 -1.2%


“The market continues to show good activity, which is encouraging for this time of year when it typically cycles towards reduced seasonal activity,” said Jenny L. Brady, president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “We’ve seen growth in sales with stable prices over the last few months. It’s a good time to start working with a REALTOR® who can help buyers and sellers better understand these market conditions and navigate their opportunities.”

Homes sold within the $700,000 to $799,000 price range saw the most significant sales volume increase of 36.4%, while sales of condos in the $300,000 to $499,999 range increased by 12.9%. Overall, year-to-date median sales prices continue to hold steady. The single-family year-to-date median price decreased by 0.6% from $790,000 to $785,000 over the same time last year, and the condominium year-to-date median price remains flat at $425,000.

Active condo listings continue to be positive, up 10.1% year-over-year. Meanwhile, single-family homes saw a 2.7% decline in active listings compared to the same time last year, likely due to the 15.1% decline in new single-family home listings in November and steady buyer activity. According to the Days on Market indicator, single-family homes and condominiums were on the market for a median of 23 days and 26 days, respectively.

The information contained in this report is provided to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Economic Development, Business and Tourism for its official reports. This report reflects information about resales of existing properties only and does not include new home sales. All of the MLS information is compiled from sales reported during the cited months; this data is known only after closing of escrow.

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About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.