Maui Real Estate Blog

Two Great Lots in Makawao

We have two great lots listed for sale in Makawao in Maui’s Upcountry. The two adjoining lots are located in the Kalama Hill Neighborhood next to Maui Uplands. The lots are just a short drive from the shops, art galleries and restaurants of charming downtown Makawao. They are just a few minutes from the golf course, grocery stores and other shops of Pukalani. Central Maui and North Shore Beaches are less than fifteen minutes away down Haleakala Highway.

Two adjoining lots for sale in Makawao
A .57 Acre R3 Zoned lot With Two Water Meters Listed for Sale in Makawao. The asking price is $350,000.
A .62 Acre R-3 zoned lot with one water meter listed for sale in Makawao. This lot is offered for $275,000

The two lots are .62 and .55 acres respectively. The biggest attraction for these lots might be the R3 zoning. Per Maui County Code section 19.08.40, “There may be more than one single-family dwelling on any lot when the minimum lot area of six thousand square feet in R-1, seven thousand five hundred square feet in R-2, and ten thousand square feet in R-3 is provided for each dwelling unit”. The .55 acre lot has TWO water meters. The .62 acre lot has one water meter. The zoning and the water make for some interesting potential for a builder or small scale developer.

These lot with one water meter is listed for $275,000. The owners are licensed Realtors in the State of Hawaii. For more photos and details, check out the listing page for this great Makawao Lot with building potential. The lot with two meters is listed for $350,000. You can find more details on the listing page for this great lot for Builders in Makawao. To walk the land, contact The Maui Real Estate Team.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Unofficial March 2013 Maui Real Estate Statistics

How is the market? That’s a question that Realtors are asked frequently. I know I hear it when I am in Mana Foods, walking down the street, out socially and even when I am in the lineup surfing. The unofficial Maui Real Estate statistics are my place to provide market numbers and a little bit of context as to what they mean. In other words, they are my way of speaking to current market conditions. March is typically a busy month for real estate activity both in terms of properties going under contract and properties closing as this is Maui’s busy season for visitors and real estate. This March was no exception. Without further ado, here are the numbers followed by my thoughts on what it all means.

A Comparison of the March 2012 and March 2013 Real Estate Sales Volumes for Maui County, Hawaii
A Comparison of the 2012 and 2013 Maui March Real Estate Sales Volumes

I counted 78 homes sold in March at a median price of $509,500. By comparison, there were 82 homes sold in March of 2012 at a median price of $435,000. That is a 5% drop in sales activity and a 17% increase in median prices when comparing this March to last March.

There have been 101 condo sales reported thus far for March of 2013 with a median sales price of $375,000. The March of 2012 numbers were 130 sales at a median price of $368,043. That is approximately a 22% drop in sales volume and a 2% bump in median prices when comparing this year and last year.

There have been 25 land sales reported for March of 2013 with a median price of $535,000. In March of 2012, 22 sales were reported at a median price of $467,500. That is a 13% bump in land sales volume and a 14% bump in median prices.

Here were some other interesting numbers that I came across while compiling the sales volumes and medians.

  • The highest single family home sale was an oceanfront home on an acre of land in the Kuau area of Paia.
  • The Paia sale was one of six closes over $2,000,000. Those included two sales in Wailea, two in Paia, one on Lanai and one in Kaanapali
  • The high condo sales was $3,100,000 for a three bedroom/four bath unit at Wailea Point
  • This was a good month for luxury condo activity with 11 sales over $1,500,000. Ka’anapali Ali’i saw the most high end activity with four sales over $1,500,000 during March.
  • There were 13 bank owned (REO) closes last month. There were 40 bank owned sales during March 2012. That is a 68% drop in bank owned activity for this year.
  • There were 19 short sale transactions that closed last month. There were 28 short sale transactions that closed in March of 2013. That is a 32% drop in activity for short sale closes.
  • The 25 land closes was the second busiest month for land transactions in the last five years. The only month with more activity was December of 2012.

Last month’s numbers on the surface appear to be a mixed bag. General economic news has featured headlines proclaiming a strengthening real estate market. The general buzz on the street locally is that the Maui market is coming back. So why did we see the dip in activity in the home and condo market? The answer lies with the inventory. Plain and simple, there are buyers in many segments of the market who are having a tough time finding property. This is especially true when you look at properties for sale under Maui median prices. I looked at the number of homes that came on the market under $500,000 during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. There was 40% less new inventory in the first quarter of this year. There was 56% less new inventory under $400,000. Looking at the condo market, there was 22% less new inventory under $300,000 in the first quarter of 2013 vs the first quarter of 2012. If you look at new inventory under $200,000 the decrease in inventory is more pronounced. You are looking at 45% less new inventory under $300,000.

Decreasing inventory is a factor in the increasing median prices as well. The effect is two fold. First, there are fewer lower priced properties on the market and consequently lower priced sales. With fewer lower end properties, the median sales price is going to be higher. Second, values are increasing modestly in many parts of the market. The rate of increase is varying widely based on the type of property, price range and geographic location. Lower priced condos are seeing the strongest increase in values. As you get to higher price points and greater inventory, the increases in value are more modest. At the highest price points in the market, values are flat with some segments potentially still decreasing

As I mentioned previously, land and luxury condos were two segments that stood out this month. The land market has been sputtering for the better part of six years on Maui. That being said, three of the last five months have seen more than twenty closings. While it is clear that we are not seeing a linear recovery in the Maui land market, the dynamics are in place for more months of better sales. Low housing inventory is drawing more buyers to look for alternatives in the vacant land market. The luxury condo market was relatively slow through much of 2012. Sales volume decreased at the high end while the overall condo market increased. While it was just one month of activity, it was encouraging to see a higher number of closes in the luxury condo market.

What does it all mean for buyers and sellers? Buyers looking at the lower and middle parts of the market will find a very competitive market place. Well priced properties can attract multiple offers and above asking offer prices. Buyers who require financing in this segment are advised to get pre-approved for their purchase prior to beginning their search. As you progress higher in the market, the breadth of inventory increases. Some parts of the luxury market have abundant inventory. That being said, don’t expect to find many distressed sellers in the luxury market. Sellers who have equity in their home, but have been waiting for market conditions to improve may find that now is a good time to enter the market. Strong buyer demand and limited inventory make for improved sales conditions. Sellers should be mindful though that not all parts of the market are behaving the same. You may contact The Maui Real Estate Team for a free consultation to discuss local market conditions and how your property might be received by buyers. We would welcome the opportunity.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Spreckelsville Land With Deeded Beach Access

The Maui Real Estate Team is excited to announce another great listing in Spreckelsville. This property is almost 8/10ths of an acre of land with deeded beach access. A path right across the street takes you to Spreckelsville Beach and it’s renowned windsurfing. This lot isn’t just for windsurfers though. The E Paepae Ka PuKo’a subdivision is in the same neihborhood as the Kahului to Pa’ia Bike path (nearing completion), the Maui Country Club, Kaunoa Senior Center, and Baby Beach. Pa’ia town is just a five minute drive away and Kanaha Beach Park is ten minutes away on the bike path. The subdivision is adjacent to 22 acres of conservation land at Spreckelsville Beach and includes a nice park / green space for residents. The land itself is flat and all usable. It is a great location to build your Maui North Shore dream home. Protective covenants, County water and underground utilities make this an opportunity worth exploring.

This great piece of vacant land is offered for $799,000. Check out our Spreckelsville lot for sale listing page for additional photos and information. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to see the land and for a tour of the neighborhood!

Pete Jalbert