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West Hawaii Real Estate Update
June, 2013: Volume 10, Issue 6
Kona has something to cheer about this month on the real estate front… it hit the highest recorded transactions in 7 years for houses, condos, and land at 98… hip-hip hurray!
Land sales carried the day with 24… that is an amazing amount considering we are typically closing less than 10 each month for years and years now. The graph on my website highlights this trend (click here).
Condo owners are seeing rapid price appreciation with the average price increasing 10% over last year already. Houses are up 14%!
Sellers, the reason land is selling like hotcakes at a fireman’s breakfast is buyers can’t find what they want in our current inventory so they opt to build instead. If you have been thinking about selling, now might be a good time to reconsider since our market is up in price and down in inventory… equaling a good time to sell! Call me today for your free market analysis!
Notes From Gretchen
Much to my dismay warnings of rising interest rates are coming to pass! I was stunned this month when at one point it was at 4.5% with good credit and 20% down… wow! That number used to start with a “3” for so long I don’t think any of us thought it could jump so fast but it can.
The good news is I think it has settled back down some but don’t delay your purchase any longer if you are using lending. It will make a big difference in your monthly payments if rates are up a 1/2 point or more… call me today to get more info!
Kona House Sales 1992 thru May 2013…
It’s only May and 2013 house sales are almost at 50% of last year… if we can get the inventory this part of the market should do well this year… yeah!
Kohala inventory, as of this writing, has slipped under 100 houses for sale and only 68 of those are listed under $1 million! This is a huge milestone when considering that hasn’t happened since September of 2005… wow, 7 years ago!
That bodes well for sellers, especially those that have been sitting on the fence wondering when the next good time to sell would be. I would propose it might be now. The average price for houses listed under $1 million was $338,000 this time in 2012. Today the average is $383,000… or a 12% price appreciation. Condos are up 7%.
With so few to choose from buyers who want to own will pay a little bit more to get what they want. Email me today for your free pricing review!
Out On The Town
All of you that missed the Big Island Jazz Festival this year really missed something! We rocked the place out with all kinds of jazz played by internationally acclaimed artists. Dancing in the aisles and great food where just some of the fun things going on that evening under the stars. Be sure not to miss it next year… it was just absolutely terrific! Name this great venue to win a free Starbucks gift card… as usual, attendees and Realtors are not eligible to win the prize but feel free to play the game!
Last month’s location was the Blue Dragon in Kawaihae… another great place for jazz and live music! Joy Baldino won for her speedy answer… way to go Joy!
Gretchen L. Lambeth
Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, LLC
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