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North Kohala (Hawi) 2016 Real Estate Market – Homes For Sale

The residential real estate market in the Hawi and Kapaʻau zip codes was healthy in 2016, with 20% more homes sold than the year before and prices edging upward. There were 36 sales ranging in price from $245,000 to $1,150,000, compared with only 30 homes in 2015.

For reference, readers might want to begin by reading my 2015 review of home sales in Kohala.

renovated plantation home for sale in Kapaau

Renovated plantation-era home plus newer cottage in Kapaau listed for $695,000 (MLS# 601475)

Market Strength Continues in Under $600,000 Range

In both 2015 and 2016, most of the real estate activity was in the moderate price range of the homes listed, a total of 24 sales. While the lowest priced residential sale was $245,000 in 2016 compared with $153,000 in 2015, the median sales price of a home in the Hawi and Kapaau zip codes remained steady at $445,500.

As 2017 begins, affordable homes are scarce, with two listings in escrow below $350,000 and only four active listings at that level. A typical Kohala home for sale in this price point would be a plantation-era house of less than 1,000 square feet, with price level reflecting the degree of renovation that has been done.

Short sale in Halauala Kapaau Hawaii

New short sale listing has 3 beds, 1 bath and 864 sq ft plus an added deck, asking $325,000 (MLS# 603320)

Homes that sell in the $400-600,000 price range in neighborhoods from Hawi to Halaula are usually newer, larger, and may have larger lots or even small acreage (but no or little ocean view).

Upper End Sales in Kohala: Homes on Acreage

All but two of the eleven residential properties sold over $600,000 were homes on at least one acre…and as much as eight acres. Among the properties sold in 2016 were several that had been on and off the market for several years, but that finally found the right buyer at $800,000 last year.

There were only two home sales in Hawi/Kapaau over $1 million, in contrast with five in the previous year. One was a beautifully built older property with two homes on 3 acres right in Hawi town that sold for $1,090,000. The other was a nearly new home on 3 acres in Kapaau, sold for $1,175,000. In keeping with the national trend of downsizing, the larger of these two homes was only 2,036 sq ft.

Small home on large acreage for sale

Trend of modest home on acreage…this 2,188 sq ft home on 14.5 acres is listed for $1,150,000 (MLS# 289969)

As 2017 begins, there are four homes in escrow over $600,000, but only one over $1 million. That leaves us with a continued imbalance as most of the sales activity is at the lower end of prices, while most of the inventory is at the higher end. There are only 11 residential listings under $600,000 and 21 homes listed at higher prices, including 5 homes over $2 million at Puakea Bay Ranch.

ocean view home on acreage for sale in Hawi

Ocean and Maui views from home near Hawi on 3 acres, offered for $1,395,000 (MLS# 294480)

Next up: review of Kohala vacant land sales in 2016.

A hui hou,

Beth Thoma Robinson, R(B)
Direct: 808.443.4588

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