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Should it Take 15 Years to Sell a Home on Oahu?

Yes. That is not typo in the title. I got my real estate license in January of 2001. Six months later an oceanfront home at Diamond Head hit the market. Fast forward to today and the same home is into its 14th year on the market (it was off market in 2003). 4312 Kaikoo Place is finally priced to sell.

4312 Kaikoo Place

4312 Kaikoo Place (MLS# 201500012) is currently priced at $4,999,000

Over the span of nearly 15 years this owner has been through 3 Realtors, and the home has been listed 13 times in MLS. Below is a chart of the listing history in comparison to the overall single-family home market in Diamond Head as well as oceanfront listings:

Listing History and Diamond Head Home Market 2001-2015

History of trying to sell a home from 2001 – 2015 compared to overall Diamond Head Market

As you can see from the red line in the chart, the subject property is priced to sell now. Originally listed for $8 million, the majority of the time it was listed at $7,025,000. One could argue it could have sold in 2012-2013; however, those sales were much larger and newer homes (built in the mid 2000’s). The subject property has lots of wear and tear and was built in 1975. It’s also listed as vacant land (MLS# 201500013).

What Else Has Happened in the Last 15 Years?

Not every Seller on Oahu has the luxury of waiting 15 years for a home to sell. I assume when there’s no sense of urgency to sell, you can take your time and wait for the market to catch up to your price. Here’s some stats of what we’ve been through since the Seller’s initial attempt in 2001:

  • We’ve been through 4 Governors in the State of Hawaii
  • We’ve had 3 tsunami warnings
  • We’ve experienced September 11th, 2001, the Financial Crisis of 2008, and the Great Recession
  • We’ve seen 169 home sales on Oahu at $5 million or more
  • We’ve seen 1,035 oceanfront home sales on Oahu

 
The reason I decided to write this article was for 2 reasons. First, I have never seen anything been attempted to sell for so long in my 15 years of real estate experience. Second, I truly feel this property is now at great striking point to sell.

Want to Sell Your Home?

If you’re looking to sell a property on Oahu (in less than 15 years), or you’re looking for a great buy on oceanfront property at Diamond Head, feel free to contact me for more information.

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Fannie Cline

September 17, 2015

Great piece Dave! The location is amazing and I hope that someone takes this on and creates magic with it! Let’s bring the buyer!

Fannie Cline

September 17, 2015

Great piece Dave! The location is amazing and I hope that someone takes this on and creates magic with it! Let’s bring the buyer!

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