Big Island real estate market rebounding

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Big Island Real Estate

by MEGAN MOSELEY
Stephens Media Hawaii

The real estate market is growing on the Big Island.

“Real estate rebounded from being at the bottom of the market in the fourth quarter of 2010. The market took off in 2012 and continued into 2013. We expect it to increase through 2014,” Glenn Takase, broker for Day-Lum Properties, said.

Kehau Costa, executive officer for Hawaii Island Realtors, said the market, in general, is “on an uptick.”

“Inventory remains low, meaning when something goes on the market it’s selling really quickly,” she said. “So, it’s a good time to sell your home and 2014 is projected to be even better than 2013.”

Nancy Cabral, president of Day-Lum Rentals &Management Inc., said part of the growth can be attributed to more investors looking to capitalize on what she considers a “lower-risk investment.”

“It’s an investment that doesn’t carry as high of a risk as the stock market,” she said. “With the stock market, you could lose all of it. With real estate, prices may go down, but it’s still worth something.”

Cabral and Takase said they’re seeing a lot of foreign investors on the island, mainly from China, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to information provided by the Hawaii Information Service, the number of residential sales in South Hilo increased by more than 27 percent from 2012 to 2013, while vacant land sales increased by more than 71 percent during that same period.

Puna’s residential sales increased by 18.55 percent and vacant land sales are up 53.55 percent from 2012.

Hamakua residential sales saw a 16.28 percent increase in 2013 from the previous year, with 43 residential sales in 2012 to 50 in 2013. There were 18 vacant land sales in 2013, down one from last year.

Ka‘u’s vacant land sales increased 15.94 percent from 2012 to 2013, from 138 to 160. Residential sales remained about the same, 110 from 109.

Diana Haraguchi, vice president of administration for HIS, said licensed real estate brokers or agents signed up for HIS services provide the data used in the aforementioned statistics.

Data do not reflect the total number of real estate inventory sales on the Big Island.

Statistics were released Jan. 2.

Email Megan Moseley at mmoseley@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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Big Island Sales Data: Hualalai Resort – Velocity / Absorption

Hualalai and Kukio Membership Communities

Hualalai and Kukio Membership Communities – Photo Source: Bing Maps

The Hualalai Resort is a 625-acre membership community that includes a world class hotel, the renowned Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, and two golf courses: the Hualālai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Ke‘olu Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf.

In addition, the project district is entitled for eventual development of up to 700 residential units, and has been selling single family homesites and luxury low-rise condominium units since 1996.

This graph tracks the number of single family, condominium, and vacant lot sales at Hualalai Resort since the onset of the worldwide financial crisis in late 2008 .

Hualalai Resort Sales Per Year

As shown, absorption in the early part of the recovery period 2009-2011 was relatively stable, with a total of 25 to 28 sales per year.  2012 saw a meaningful bump up to 34 sales, and as of October 1, 2013, the 2013 calendar year is on pace for more than 50 sales in the prestigious community–nearly one a week.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

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Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 9 of 10 – “How Long Did They Take To Sell?” (Days On Market)

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 9 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Days On Market (DOM)

Consider the following graph and chart, which categorize Maui million dollar home sales by the amount of time they were on the market before being sold (converted to months):

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Days On Market (converted to months)

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Days On Market (converted to months)

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Days on Market
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Days On Market # of Sales % of Total
0-6 Months 114 49.4%
6-12 Months 74 32.0%
12-18 Months 23 10.0%
18-24 Months 5 2.2%
24-36 Months 3 1.3%
36-42 Months 7 3.0%
42-48 Months 1 0.4%
48-54 Months 3 1.3%
54-60 Months 1 0.4%
Total 231 100.0%

I was a little surprised by the results of this analysis.  My experience with the high end residential market is that marketing times of over one year are not uncommon (and at 18.6 percent, its not exactly unheard of, but certainly not the norm).  I suspect two elements are at play: (1) the “under 3.0 million” market is probably responsible for the majority of quick sales, and (2) the Maui luxury market has been heating up, especially since January 1, 2013–fueling absorption.

Bottom Line: Price your Maui million dollar+ home right, and it should sell in under a year.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Bonus: Marketing Time

marketing time
An opinion of the amount of time it might take to sell a real or personal property interest at the concluded market value level during the period immediately after the effective date of an appraisal. Marketing time differs from exposure time, which is always presumed to precede the effective date of an appraisal.

Source: Appraisal Institute, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th ed. (Chicago: Appraisal Institute, 2010).

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 8 of 10 – “How Many Bedrooms Do They Have?”

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 8 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Bedroom Count

Consider the following graph and chart, which categorize Maui million dollar home sales by the number of bedrooms in their floorplans:

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Bedroom Count

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Bedroom Count

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Bedroom Count
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Bedrooms # of Sales % of Total
1 2 0.9%
2 20 8.7%
3 88 38.1%
4 82 35.5%
5 29 12.6%
6 9 3.9%
7 1 0.4%
Total 231 100.0%

Bottom Line: No Need To Remake Buckingham Palace

The vast majority of million dollar homes sold on Maui have just 3 or 4 bedrooms.  Maybe not impressive on MTV Cribs, but obviously enough for hundreds of wealthy second home buyers.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 7 of 10 – “When Were They Built?”

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 7 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Year Built

Consider the following graph and chart, which categorize Maui million dollar home sales by the year of their construction:

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Year Built

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Year Built

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Year Built
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Year Built # of Sales % of Total
1920-1929 1 0.4%
1930-1939 4 1.7%
1940-1949 1 0.4%
1950-1959 10 4.3%
1960-1969 3 1.3%
1970-1979 18 7.8%
1980-1989 35 15.2%
1990-1999 40 17.3%
2000-2009 107 46.3%
2010-2019 12 5.2%
Total 231 100.0%

More than 50 percent of the Valley Isle’s million dollar home sales have been built since 2000, with 84 percent constructed since 1980.

Bottom Line: Newer is better, no surprise here.

As wealthy buyer preferences for residential real estate evolve over time, the luxury segment is quick to adapt.  For example, solar energy and “great rooms” are in, rear projection television nooks and galley kitchens are out.

Although they are usually built to high construction standards, an appraiser often observes that residences in the high-end/second-home market can have economic lives that are are shorter than less expensive dwellings–sometimes meaningfully so.  A future article will identify a case study or two where ultra-high end oceanfront homes in Hawaii were torn down for land value/redevelopment, despite being less than 20 years old!

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Bonus: Economic Life

economic life

The period over which improvements to real property contribute to property value.

Source: Appraisal Institute, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th ed. (Chicago: Appraisal Institute, 2010).

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 6 of 10 – “How much land do they have?”

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 6 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Land Area

Consider the following graph, which categorizes the Maui million dollar home sales by their lot sizes:

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Land Area

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Land Area

If you are unfamiliar with the luxury home market in Hawaii, the data presented on this graph might be counter-intuitive.  As  shown, most million dollar home sales are on lots that are smaller than half an acre in size, and only a handful of transactions are on tracts larger than ten acres.

Bottom Line: Once Again, Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

Not many people would argue that, all things being equal, more land area is usually better.  But on Maui and throughout the Hawaii high-end residential sector, an experienced real estate appraiser understands that beach frontage and ocean views are the primary drivers of market value.  Since near-ocean properties are typically subdivided into smaller land area configurations, it is easy to see how the most common high-dollar sales have smaller lots.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 5 of 10 – Price Per Square Foot

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 5 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Price Per Square Foot Of Living Area

Consider the following graph and chart, which measures each of the million dollar sales divided by their respective living areas in square feet:

Maui Million Dollar Sales By Price Re Square Foot

Maui Million Dollar Sales By Price Per Square Foot

 

Island of Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Price Per Square Foot Of Living Area
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Price Per Square Foot # of Sales % of Total
$0-$250 2 0.9%
$250-$500 81 35.1%
$500-$750 77 33.3%
$750-$1000 36 15.6%
$1000-$1250 14 6.1%
$1250-$1500 7 3.0%
$1500-$1750 4 1.7%
$1750-$2000 2 0.9%
$2000-$2250 2 0.9%
$2250-$2500 2 0.9%
$2500-$2750 1 0.4%
$2750-$3000 1 0.4%
$3000-$3250 0 0.0%
$3250-$3500 0 0.0%
$3500-$3750 1 0.4%
$3750-$4000 1 0.4%
Total 231 100.0%

More than 90 percent of Maui’s million dollar home sales in the study period fall in the “price per square foot” range of $250 to $1,250, with the $250 to $1,000 range accounting for 84 percent of the transactions.

Maui real estate agents that are active in the luxury sector report that the high-end/luxury market typically begins at the $1,000 per square foot level.  The sub-$1,000 data shows how raw demand for Maui residences generates a great number of high dollar ($1.0 M plus) sales for “less-than-luxury” homes.

The two sales that cleared the $3,000 per square foot level did so for different reasons: one was a prime white sand beach home on South Kihei Road that sold for $23.0 million.  The other was an older/smaller cottage on an amazing 1.1 acre oceanfront lot near Paia–the high price per square foot of living area was due to the largely insignificant improvements on a very valuable piece of land.

Bottom Line: At least on Maui, a million bucks doesn’t go as far as it used to.

At these prices, it is easy to see how a Maui real estate appraiser could be regularly confronted with homes that sell for prices that easily exceed Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA conforming loan limits.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 4 of 10 – “Who Sold Them”?

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.  There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 4 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Agent

Consider the following graph and chart, 24 agents have sold four or more “million dollar homes” in the study period (ties sorted by first name alphabetical order):

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Agent

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales By Agent

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Home Sales By Agent
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013

Rank

Agent Name
# of
$1.0M+ Sales
1 Wendy R Peterson 11
1 William B Moffett Jr. 11
3 Robert H Dein 10
4 Mary Anne Fitch 8
5 Lori L Powers 7
5 Robert R Myers 7
5 Tom Tezak 7
8 John H Page-Papazian 6
8 Steve Blackington 6
10 Bob Hansen 5
10 Debbie Arakaki 5
10 Dennis Rush 5
10 Jeremy Stice 5
10 Martin Hauen-Limkilde 5
10 Nancy J Callahan 5
10 Vincent Palmieri 5
17 Courtney M Brown 4
17 Cynthia Warner 4
17 Dano Sayles 4
17 Diane K Pool 4
17 Jeannie Kong 4
17 Josh Jerman 4
17 Kathy Ross 4
17 Riette G Jenkins 4

Bottom Line: This is the big time.

No analysis required.  This data speaks for itself.  We’re talking about real estate professionals at the top of their game here.  They all deserve aloha and praise!

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 3 of 10 – “How Big Are They?”

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.

There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 3 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Living Area

Consider the following graph and chart:

Maui Million Dollar Sales By Living Area

Maui Million Dollar Sales By Living Area

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Living Area
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Living Area in SF # of Sales % of Total
0-999 5 2.2%
1000-1999 32 13.9%
2000-2999 68 29.4%
3000-3999 75 32.5%
4000-4999 28 12.1%
5000-5999 17 7.4%
6000-6999 2 0.9%
7000-7999 2 0.9%
8000-8999 1 0.4%
9000-10000 1 0.4%
Total 231 100.0%

Luxury homes having between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of living area represent the “sweet spot” of the Maui luxury market, comprising more than 60 percent of the Valley Isle’s million dollar home sales since the beginning of 2012.

Bottom Line: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

97.4 percent of all “million dollar plus” single family homes sold on Maui since 2012 have 6,000 square feet of living area or less.  While it is certainly possible to build larger residences, and some very wealthy individuals have, if you’re building much larger than 5,000 square feet, you might be going beyond what the market prefers.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris

Bonus  – Superadequacy

The data above suggests that building much larger than 5,000 square feet may not be consistent with market preferences.  If true, real estate appraisers refer to this phenomena as a “superadequacy”, which is defined below:

superadequacy

An excess in the capacity or quality of a structure or structural component; determined by market standards.

Source: Appraisal Institute, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th ed. (Chicago: Appraisal Institute, 2010

Maui Million Dollar Home Sales ($1.0M+) – Day 2 of 10 – Sale Prices

From January 1, 2012 through September 16, 2013, a total of 231 “million dollar plus” homes sold in Maui County, generating total volume in excess of $525 million.

There are many ways that Hawaii real estate appraisers analyze sales statistics for luxury homes.  Because a proper market study for this segment would run many pages, I am posting one article per day for ten days.

Day 2 of 10 – Maui Million Dollar ($1.0M+) Single Family Homes By Sale Price

Consider the following graph and chart:

Maui Million Dollar Homes By Sale Price

Maui Million Dollar Homes By Sale Price

Maui Million Dollar Single Family Homes By Sale Price
Sold From 1/1/2012 through 9/16/2013
Sale Price # of Sales % of Total
$1.0 M to $1.9 M 157 68.0%
$2.0 M to $2.9 M 31 13.4%
$3.0 M to $3.9 M 18 7.8%
$4.0 M to $4.9 M 9 3.9%
$5.0 M to $5.9 M 5 2.2%
$6.0 M to $6.9 M 2 0.9%
$7.0 M to $7.9 M 1 0.4%
$8.0 M to $8.9 M 4 1.7%
$9.0 M to $9.9 M 3 1.3%
More than $10.0 M 1 0.4%
Total 231 100.0%

The data shows a predictable trend, with more than 80 percent of the “one million plus” sales on Maui being in the “under $3.0 million” price range.  Although a handful of high profile Maui luxury homes have sold in the past few years for prices in excess of $20.0 million, MLS records show only one residence eclipsing $10.0 million since January 1, 2012.

Bottom Line: Price Matters

There is healthy market activity in Maui’s “million dollar plus” category, but the overwhelming majority of sales (nearly 90 percent) sold for less than $4.0 million.

Questions or comments?  Please leave them in the comment  box below, I would be happy to clarify and/or expand.

Aloha, Chris