Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui County 2024/2025 Property Tax Rates

The County of Maui has announced new property tax rates for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. Rates went up in a number of different categories to address both the property taxes lost and the significant additional expenses incurred due to the 2023 fires. The bulk of the increases were focused on second homes and vacation rental condos. The only homeowner rate that increased was for homes that are assessed for more than $3,000,000.

Maui 2024/2025 Property Tax Rates

Here are the updated rates for Maui County in 2024/2025. If there is any change in rates, last years rates are noted for reference. All rates shown below are per $1,000 of assessed value.

Owner Occupied

  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 Formerly $1.90 now $1.80
  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 Unchanged $2.00
  • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 Formerly $2.75 now $3.25

Non Owner Occupied

  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 formerly $5.85 now $5.87
  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $4,500,000 formerly $8.00 now $8.50
  • Tier 3: more than $4,500,000 formerly $12.50 now $14.00

Apartment

  • Unchanged $3.50

Hotel and Resort

  • Unchanged $11.75

Timeshare

  • Unchanged $14.60

Short-Term Rental

  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 formerly $11.85 now $12.50
  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 formerly $11.85 now $13.50
  • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 formerly $11.85 now $15.00

Long-Term Rental

  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 Unchanged $3.00
  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 Unchanged $5.00
  • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 Unchanged $8.00

Agricultural

  • Unchanged $5.74

Conservation

  • Unchanged $6.43

Commercial

  • Unchanged $6.05

Industrial

  • Unchanged $7.05

Commercial Residential

Prior to this year, there were no tiers for commercial residential. There are now three price tiers. The tiers are the same as other property tax classifications that use tiers.

  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 formerly $4.50 now $4.00
  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 formerly $4.50 now $5.00
  • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 formerly $4.50 now $8.00

Check out the county’s description of different property type classifications if there is any confusion on what category your current property or future property might fit into. If you are relocating to the island and intend to use the home as your primary residence, please pay attention to eligibility for the homeowner tax classification.

Maui Homeowner and Long Term Rental Exemptions

If you have a primary residence on Maui or own a property that you rent long term, you may be eligible to reduce your tax bill. Under the homeowner (primary residence) exemption, residents are eligible for a $200,000 reduction on their assessed value. The long term rental exemption also provides a $200,000 reduction on the assessed value if your tenant has a year lease or longer. If you have a long term rental on the same property as your primary residence, you may be eligible for a $300,000 total reduction on your assessed value.

The deadline to file for the homeowner or long term rental exemptions for this coming fiscal year passed. If you file by the end of 2024, you would be eligible for the exemption and tax rate for the 2025/2026 fiscal year. Here is the link to the Long Term Rental Exemption and the Home Owner Exemption forms. As noted above, the rules for eligibility for the homeowner exemption can be confusing. It is worth reading the county Exemption FAQ to better understand eligibility requirements.

Maui Property Tax Notable Dates

The new rates go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st, 2024. Property taxes are due in two separate installments. The first installment is due in August 2024 with the second installment in February 2024. Owners should have received notification of their new assessed values in March of 2024. Anecdotally, the county increased assessed values for a significant number of properties around the island. In some cases, the increase in assessments was substantial.

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Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

New SMA and Shoreline Rules

After over a decade of collaboration between the community and the county, Maui County’s Planning Commission approved updates to the Special Management Area (SMA) and Shoreline Rules. The updates bring more balance and flexibility for homeowners, while also improving coastal resilience for the environment. On March 28, the Maui Planning Commission voted 8-0 to approve significant changes to the rules.

Maui County originally established SMA and Shoreline Rules in the early 1970s to create shoreline building setbacks in sensitive coastal areas. However, the existing setback formula only considered historical erosion rates and did not factor in worsening conditions due to sea level rise.

The updated SMA and Shoreline Rules reflect many years of work from the Maui County Planning Department, the Maui Planning Commission, and community working groups. The new rules incorporate the best available science on sea level rise to bolster coastal resilience. When the new rules take effect, the public will be able to access the shoreline map on the Planning department’s website. The department will also hold public outreach to inform and train residents on the changes.

Highlights of the New Rules

  • Creates categorical exemptions, allowing people to bypass submitting an SMA assessment or permit application if proposed work has minimal to no environmental impact. For example, repairs and upgrades to the interior of homes, with a valuation of less than $500,000 in any 24-month period, within the special management area including the shoreline area are allowed, unless they are seeking expansion or intensifying the use.
  • Removes the mandatory requirement of certified shoreline surveys, which cost thousands of dollars, and instead leaves the decision to the discretion of the department.
  • Reduces the permitting burden for state-required conversion of cesspools.
  • Requires hazard mitigation plans that consider realignment of structures away from the shoreline if existing structures are exposed to coastal hazards.

The new rules are more balanced and flexible for homeowners, while incorporating the best available science on sea level rise to bolster coastal resilience. This represents the second major update since 2003, with future reassessments based on erosion rates and the best science available planned every decade.

The SMA and Shoreline areas, managed by state and county laws, are the most sensitive parts of the coastal zone. The Special Management Area is the area of the island that is close to the shoreline, generally beginning at the shoreline and extending inland to the nearest highway. The Shoreline area is the land between the shoreline and the shoreline setback line.

The updated rules provide a foundation for further progress and a step forward in balancing the needs of homeowners and protecting the environment. The Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report, a guiding document for coastal planning around the state, urges people to plan for 3.2 feet of sea level rise now and adjust the projection upward in years to come. The updated SMA and Shoreline Rules represent a significant milestone for Maui County in addressing the challenges of coastal resilience and planning for the future.

This should also of course provide additional clarity for buyers interested in purchasing oceanfront land or remodeling or expanding on an existing oceanfront home.

Interested in Oceanfront?

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Preparing a home for sale can be a daunting task, but there are several beneficial and cost-effective things you can do to improve the chances of selling your home quickly and at a higher price. Here are ten of the most helpful and cost-effective ways to prepare your home for sale:

1. Emotional Detachment and Buyer’s Perspective

Before you start preparing your home for sale, it’s crucial to emotionally detach from it. This means viewing your home not as a repository of memories and personal attachments, but as a product to be marketed. 

Understanding the buyer’s perspective is essential in making objective decisions about what improvements are necessary. This detachment will help you implement changes that make your home more appealing to a broader audience, increasing its marketability.

2. Declutter and Depersonalize

One of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to declutter and depersonalize. Clearing out excess furniture, personal items, and clutter will help potential buyers see the space and imagine themselves living in the home. Additionally, depersonalizing your space by removing family photos and other personal items can help buyers envision themselves living there.

3. Clean and Organize

A clean and organized home is much more appealing to potential buyers. Cleaning your home, including windows, floors, and surfaces, will make it look more inviting and give buyers a better impression of the home’s upkeep. Organizing closets, cabinets, and storage areas can also help show off the home’s potential storage space.

4. Make Minor Repairs

Taking care of minor repairs can also make a big difference in how potential buyers perceive the home. Fixing leaky faucets, replacing broken light fixtures or doorknobs, and touching up paint can all help make your home look well-maintained and move-in ready.

5. Improve Curb Appeal

The first thing potential buyers see when they arrive at your home is the exterior, so improving curb appeal is essential. Mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and planting flowers are all low-cost ways to enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior. Painting the front door, replacing house numbers, or adding outdoor lighting can also make a big impact.

6. Stage Your Home

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Staging your home can help potential buyers see the home’s full potential and visualize themselves living there. This can be as simple as rearranging furniture to improve flow or adding a few decorative touches to make the space feel more inviting. You can hire a professional stager or use online resources to get inspiration for staging your home on a budget.

7. Professional Real Estate Agent Collaboration

Working with a real estate agent can offer significant advantages. Agents provide market insights, pricing strategies, and access to professional networks, including stagers and contractors. Their expertise can be invaluable in preparing your home for sale, targeting the right audience, and navigating the selling process.

8. Market Research and Target Buyer Identification

Understanding your target market is crucial. Tailor your home’s preparation to appeal to potential buyers by researching current market trends and buyer preferences. This knowledge helps in making informed decisions about staging, repairs, and marketing your home effectively.

9. Photography and Online Presentation

In today’s digital age, online presentation is key. High-quality photography is essential for online listings. Good photos showcase your home’s best features and help it stand out in online searches. Consider hiring a professional photographer to capture your home in the best light.

10. Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Conducting a pre-listing home inspection can preemptively address any potential issues. This inspection gives you a chance to make necessary repairs before the home goes on the market, potentially avoiding delays in the selling process and strengthening your negotiating position.

Benefits of Implementing These Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

By implementing these comprehensive strategies, you not only enhance the appeal of your home to potential buyers but also adapt to the evolving market conditions of this year and the coming year. With the recent shift in the real estate landscape, where buyer activity has moderated and days on market have increased, these steps are more crucial than ever.

They offer a balanced approach, combining emotional readiness, practical improvements, and strategic marketing to position your home effectively in a changing market.

Embracing these methods can significantly increase your chances of a quicker sale and achieving a higher price, ensuring your home stands out in any market scenario. If you are looking to sell your Maui home, reach out today, our expert Maui realtors can help.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Well That Was Fun!

For most buying a home on Maui is a lifestyle choice. We aren’t a center of commerce. You don’t come here for shopping or night life. It takes a minimum of five hours to get here via plane. People buy homes on Maui for natural beauty, climate and for the general lifestyle offered. For the North Shore of Maui, the ocean and the world class water sports offered are an integral part of that lifestyle. We recently hosted a broker’s event that was a little unusual. With a couple of listings that really appeal to those who love ocean sports, Billy and Martin came up with an idea that highlighted the amazing attributes of these two respective properties.

The Maui Real Estate Team invited a group of ocean sport loving Realtors for a downwind coast run that started at our listing at 78 Aleiki Place on Kuau Point and ended at Sugar Cove Building 6 in Spreckelsville. Most of the participants used wing foils to go down the coast. We had one agent riding a stand up foil and Kai Lenny used his kite. Kai’s brother Ridge, who is an agent in our office, narrates the video below that shows highlights from the event.

Not your typical broker’s event.

The condominium home at 78 Aleiki is just steps from the Kuau Point launch. If you like to wing, windsurf, SUP, or surf. There are a couple of surf breaks accessible just off the point. Of course, it’s also a great spot for starting a downwind run to Spreckelsville, Kanaha Beach Park or Kahului Harbor. Sugar Cove is a great spot for pretty much any ocean sport you can imagine. Surf, SUP, kite, windsurf, wing, body board or body surf off this great little beach.

Needless to say, the participants said this was a lot more fun than any other real estate event they ever attended. Not only was it a good chance to highlight the two properties, it was also a good reminder to all participants on just how lucky we are to call Maui our home.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team

If you have questions about either of these properties, give us a call at 1 800 579 1525. We would be happy to answers questions or provide additional service.

The Maui market is changing. Needless to say, we aren’t immune to the latest increases to interest rates. Days on market are getting longer with buyers fewer. While there will still be buyers seeking Maui’s amazing lifestyle, the easy days for sellers are coming to an end. In this market, sellers need top quality representation. The Maui Real Estate Team uses high quality photography, videography and creative marketing like the broker’s event highlighted here to help properties stand out. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you are considering listing your home. We look forward to a no obligation sit down to discuss your needs and our services.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

2022/2023 Maui Property Tax Rates

Understanding property tax rates is crucial for anyone looking to buy, sell, or own real estate in Maui.

These rates can significantly impact your overall costs and profitability as a property owner or investor.

Stay informed about the latest tax rates to make informed decisions and plan your real estate strategies effectively.

Updated County Tax Rates for the New Fiscal Year and New Tax Classifications

On May 13, the Maui County Council approved new property tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year. There are a some particularly notable changes.

The new rates decrease tax rates for owner occupied properties and apartments while significantly increasing rates on non owner occupied properties. Rates for the Short-Term Rental, Agricultural, Industrial and commercial classification also changed.

Another notable change for the coming fiscal year is the creation of a new long-term rental category. This is a lower tax rate category meant to incentivize more long term rentals.

The county council created this classification last fall but this is the first fiscal year it will be in effect. Owners who qualify for this classification also get an exemption that reduces their assessed value by $200,000.

One last note, there was some modification to the tier system first implemented in the 2020/2021 fiscal year. For certain categories of property, this system created three different tiers of tax rates based on the assessed value of properties.

The tier system was implemented for the homeowner, short-term rental and non-owner occupied classifications. The new long-term rental category is also part of the the tier system.

Previously, tier 1 was for properties assessed up to $800,000. Tier 1 is now for properties up to $1,000,000. Tier 2 was for places assessed between $800,001 to $1,500,000.

The new tier 2 is $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 for owner occupied, short-term rental and long-term rental. The new tier 2 for non owner-occupied is $1,000,001 to $4,500,000.

The old tier 3 was for properties assessed for more than $1,500,000. The new tier 3 is more than $3,000,000 for owner-occupied, short-term rental and long-term rental. The tier 3 for non owner occupied properties is more than $4,500,000.

2022/2023 Maui County Property Tax Rates

Here are the updated rates for this coming fiscal year. If there is any change in rates, last years rates are noted for reference. All rates shown below are per $1,000 of assessed value.

Owner Occupied:

      • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 Formerly $2.41 now $2.00

      • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 Formerly $2.51 now $2.10

      • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 Unchanged $2.71

    Non Owner Occupied:

        • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 Formerly $5.45 now $5.85

        • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $4,500,000 Formerly $6.05 now $8.00

        • Tier 3: more than $4,500,000 Formerly $8.00 now $12.50

      Apartment:

          • Formerly $5.55 now $3.50

        Hotel and Resort:

            • Unchanged $11.75

          Timeshare:

              • Unchanged $14.60

            Short-Term Rental:

                • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 Formerly $11.11 now $11.85

                • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 Formerly $11.15 now $11.85

                • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 Formerly $11.20 now $11.85

              Long-Term Rental:

                  • Tier 1: up to $1,000,000 New Class $3.00

                  • Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3,000,000 New Class $5.00

                  • Tier 3: more than $3,000,000 New Class $8.00

                Agricultural:

                    • Formerly $5.94 now $5.74

                  Conservation:

                      • Unchanged $6.43

                    Commercial:

                        • Formerly $6.29 now $6.05

                      Industrial:

                          • Formerly $7.20 now $7.05

                        Commercial Residential:

                            • Unchanged $4.50

                          About Maui Property Taxes

                          The new rates go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st, 2022. Property taxes are due in two separate installments.

                          The first installment is due in August 2022 with the second installment in February 2023. Owners should have received notification of their new assessed values in March of 2022.

                          Homeowner and Long Term Rental Exemptions

                          The deadline to file for the homeowner or long term rental exemptions and classifications passed. If you file by the end of 2022, you would be eligible for the exemption and tax rate for the 2023/24 fiscal year.

                          Here is the link to the Long Term Rental Exemption and the Home Owner Exemption forms.

                          The eligibility for the homeowner exemption can be confusing. It is worth reading the county Exemption FAQ to better understand eligibility requirements.

                          Check out the county’s explanation for different property type classifications if there is any confusion on what category your current property or future property might fit into. 

                          Contact The Maui Real Estate Team for assistance buying or selling Maui property.

                          Pete Jalbert

                          Maui Real Estate Blog

                          Maui Real Estate Market Update Q2 2022 Vol. 4

                          We made it to Volume 10! Our efforts to keep you abreast of the Maui Real Estate Market in these dynamic times continue. As usual, this is something of a grab bag hitting on a variety of topics. We look at some of the recent data points and outlooks for the National Real Estate market. This post also looks at some of the latest numbers regarding inventory, price reductions and the speed at which properties go pending on Maui. Finally, we provide some thoughts for sellers as the subtle shift in market dynamics continues.

                          A Smattering of National Real Estate Perspectives

                          We tend to be data geeks at the Maui Real Estate Team. That means we consume a steady diet of information on the local and national real estate market. With change in the air in the real estate market, the tweets, articles and opinions are coming fast and furious. This is a curation of some of the recent articles and tweets we read we thought were worth sharing.

                          • Redfin came out with their latest look at the second home market a little over ten days ago. It’s worth reading past the headline. Demand for second homes in April is down substantially from its peak during the second half of 2020 and 2021. That said, it is still 9.8% above pre-Covid levels. When looking at articles talking about changes in the market, it is particularly helpful when Pre-Covid numbers are provided for context.
                          • This is an interesting tweet on a paper highlighting the role of remote work in the role of price increases. This clearly impacted the local market as higher income buyers working remotely entered the Maui market.
                          • New construction home sales are feeling the impact of rising interest rates across the country. Although John Burns points out in his tweet below that they are still above pre-pandemic levels. Locally, Maui has relatively limited new development occurring at this time. Hoku’ula in Hali’imaile is doing site work and taking reservations on market based housing. Anuhea at Kehalani is partially completed. Some phases are actively in construction with the next phase likely to come to market in late summer or fall. La’i Loa in Wailea is fully reserved with construction ongoing.
                          • Inventory is increasing nationally. The 8% increase this week is substantial, but not unprecedented. Mike Simonsen’s whole thread is worth a read if you are on Twitter.
                          • As dynamics in the market shift, the tendency is to look at past markets to find analogues to the current market. Bill McBride from the Calculated Risk Blog argues that we shouldn’t be looking at the last real estate bust for comparisons. He makes a pretty compelling case that the late 70s and early 80s is a more relevant comparison to the current market. Baby Boomer demand then is similar to Millennial demand now. The Federal Reserve found itself in a similar position due to inflationary pressure. While mortgage rates now are still well below rates from that point in time, the year over year change in rates is similar. Will we see similar pricing dynamics?
                          • I wanted to include this last tweet from one of my favorite real estate follows on twitter to wrap this section up. It points to one of the values of keeping an eye on statistics. I’ve noted quite a few headlines that create a different impression of the market than what they underlying statistics show. Keeping a closer eye on and understanding the stats helps to strip out some of the hyperbole.

                          Recent Data Points From the Maui Market

                          The Maui market is influenced by trends in the national market, but it doesn’t necessarily follow in lockstep with national dynamics. The high volume of second home sales and being a literal island can create different market dynamics. Here are some of the latest numbers on local inventory, price reductions and pending sales.

                          Overall Inventory

                          As of May 24th, there are 198 active home listings on the Maui MLS. At the end of April, there were 176. That is a modest 12.5% increase in active home listings for the month to date. For a little perspective, it is worth taking a look at pre-Covid numbers. In the end of May in 2019, there were 445 active listings. We are still less than half of pre-Covid inventory.

                          Condo inventory remains particularly limited. As of the 24th, there are 160 active condo listings in Maui County. There were 158 at the end of April. Inventory gains for the month to date remain negligible. For further context, there were 487 active listings at the end of April 2019. We are at less than a 1/3 of 2019 inventory.

                          Clearly, we aren’t seeing the same type of inventory increase that the mainland market is seeing. That said, Maui traditionally doesn’t see the big inventory bump that the National market sees in the late spring. Inventory decreased from the end of April to the end of May in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This modest bump in inventory for homes and condos for the month to date goes against pre-Covid trends. The Maui market’s seasonality may be masking a shift on inventory.

                          Pending Sales on New Listings

                          We’ve looked at the percentage of homes going under contract within the first ten days of going to market in Musings II, Musings XIII and Musings IX. In mid February, 56% of new listings went under contract in 10 days or less. In early April, that number decreased to 46%. By mid-late April, the number was down to 43%. Of the 76 listings that came to market between May 7th and May 14th, 27 went under contract within 10 days. That calculates to 35.5%. To give a pre-covid reference point, 21.7% of new listings went under contract in 10 days or less for properties listed between May 7th-May 14th 2019.

                          Price Reductions

                          In our last edition of the musings, I started tracking price reductions on Maui. I looked at the percentage of active home and condo listings that reduced the price below their original asking price. On May 24th, 33% of active home listings reduced their price one or more times. That is actually down from May 5th when 37% of active home listings reduced their price one or more time. On May 24th, 18.2% of all active condo listings reduced their price one or more times. That is up from May 5th when 15% reduced their price one or more times.

                          Thoughts for Sellers

                          The good news is that by all metrics this is still a seller’s market. Inventory remains well below normal and there is still demand. That said, the dynamics now are not the same that they were six months ago or even three months ago. The “list the property, set a weekend open house schedule and offers due by Monday routine” is not quite the norm that it used to be. Here are some thoughts for prospective sellers entering the market.

                          Pricing

                          It’s been a forgiving market when it came to pricing a property over the last 14 plus months. In some cases, buyers set the pricing. Seemingly well priced properties would be inundated with offers and prices would soar well over asking. In other cases, sellers priced their property at levels that seemed really high based on recent comparable sales. They would still get their number. Sometimes, that would happen quickly and others it would just be a matter of the market catching up. That said, the margin for error on pricing appears to be shrinking. As market conditions become more variable, some of the more aggressive sellers are not getting the market feedback that they hoped for.

                          Sellers should work closely with their Realtor to look at both recent comparable sales and the level of activity in their segment of the market. There is a lot of heterogeneity in the market so pricing a home can be a challenge. If the market is not responding to your price, you may need to adjust pricing a little more quickly.

                          Negotiation

                          Price wasn’t the only area where sellers had a lot of leverage in this more recent market cycle. Sellers rebuffed requests for repairs, tightened timelines and sometimes negotiated post-closing occupancy without buyers batting an eye lash. A high number of back up offers only strengthened sellers hands. Buyers with FOMO (fear of missing out) conceded to seller demands far more often than not.

                          Anecdotally, I have heard stories of sellers overplaying their hand during negotiations in the current market. While sellers still have some leverage, more buyers are willing to walk away. Concessions, repairs and other negotiations are likely to become more commonplace if the market continues to adjust.

                          Days on Market

                          As the numbers above indicate, the number of homes going under contract right after listing is steadily decreasing. We are also seeing more price adjustments compared to earlier in the spring. That of course means that days on market is increasing. It may take a little longer to sell in this market. If your circumstances dictate that you need to sell sooner than later, adjusting to market feedback is important.

                          A Little Maui Beauty

                          Contact The Maui Real Estate Team

                          Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions, feedback or if you need assistance buying or selling property on Maui. We look forward to hearing from you.

                          Pete Jalbert