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“Angela and I were very happy to use your services. You really helped us find what we needed and make the process simple. We definitely plan on keeping up with the market and using your advice. Thanks for everything!” Fletcher/Burke
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West Hawaii Real Estate Update
January, 2014: Volume 11, Issue 1
Kona had a great year in real estate sales! We were up almost 20% in transactions over 2012, ending at a total of houses, condos, and land of 1,049. The breakdown was as follows:
Total Transactions 2013
Average Sales Price Listed under $1M 2013
Days on the market continues to fall and the average is now under 100 for residential. Cash sales for all types of property combined is still 49% of the Kona market, although it is dropping for residential. Land sales that typically have to be all cash are carrying this number.
There has been a big uptick in land sales as buyers can’t find what they want already built or it has become cheaper to build than to buy in the area they want. Call me today for more!
My Soapbox Forum
Got this off a fabulous Trulia blog thanks to an eagle-eyed client… best one I’ve ever seen… read on for the installment version but here is a link to the entire article:
5 Traits to Look for in Your Agent
Creativity—Some transactions go precisely as planned, others get messy.
Whether your transaction will be easy-peasy or uber-messy, you cannot know until you’re in it. When agent-hunting, it behooves you to look for someone who has the experience and creative problem-solving skill to help you methodically think through the facts, surface alternatives, propose solutions and engineer obstacle workarounds—just in case the going gets tough.
Stay tuned for next month’s installment!
Notes From Gretchen
We are moved! It wore us out but we are happily ensconced in our new digs and loving every minute of it! What a great Christmas present!
As for the end of the year stats… I’m number one in transaction volume in the area of Kona/Kohala, thanks to the help of you, my loyal clients… yeah! This sure helps me understand all types of transactions since I do so many of them each year. The office is ranked 11th out of 154… way to go team!
Be sure to call me if you have any real estate questions!
Kona Sales Houses/Condos For 2013
2006 was the last time we had this amount of sales volume, which is now 7 years ago… wow!
Out On The Town
Well as a fun ending to the year we flew to Oahu and met friends for a great concert! Jimmy Buffett likes to end his annual tours in Hawaii since his birthday is Christmas day… and he likes to spend his birthday on Oahu. He and his band treated us to an evening of fun songs and crowds of people singing and dancing in their seats at the Shell in Waikiki… would recommend going next year if he comes, you can bet I’ll be there!
Gretchen L. Lambeth
Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, LLC
Direct (808) 329-5667
WHAR Creative Advertising Award 2012