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Maui Luxury Home Market Update

Back when I posted the June Statistics, I promised a series of mid year updates on the real estate markets around the island. Mea Culpa. Sometimes, the rest of my work obligations get in the way of blogging. I have only been able to produce updates on Paia and Spreckelsville. Today, I wanted to turn my sights on the island’s luxury home market. Since it is the end of August, we are going to include all of the sales for the year date. We wanted to look at the volume of high end home sales around the island, notable sales and market conditions specific to some of the different neighborhoods and communities around the island.

Just from a methodology standpoint, I am classifying luxury homes as homes priced for $2,000,000 or more. We have used this $2,000,000 threshold for luxury homes regularly throughout our discussions of stats on this blog. That isn’t to say that there aren’t some very nice homes that have sold this year for less than $2,000,000.

Luxury Home Sales Volumes and Median Prices
There were 43 homes sold for $2,000,000 or more between January 1, 2015 and August 22, 2015. The median price of those sales was $3,196,000. Between January 1, 2014 and August 22, 2014, there were 45 homes sold. The median luxury home price for this period of 2014 was $3,800,000. When comparing this year to last year, there was roughly a 4% drop in sales volume and a 16% drop in median price. Just to be clear, the drop in median does not reflect any sort of change in values in the market. It is a reflection of the inventory sold.

Notable Maui Luxury Home Sales for the Year to Date
Here are some notable numbers that I thought were worth passing along from this year’s luxury home sales.

  • The highest priced sale thus far this year was for a home in the Keahou at Makena Subdivision. The 4 bed/ 4.5 bath home with 6,737 square feet of living space is located on 4.23 acres. It sold for a whopping $41,775,000. That isn’t just the high sales price for the year, it is the highest ever sale price for a home on Maui by a significant margin.
  • Including the Keahou at Makena sale, there were 8 sales over $5,000,000.
  • Wailea/Makena and Ka’anapali were the two busiest luxury home markets through the better part of the last eight months. Realtors reported nine sales in both of those markets.
  • Of the 43 luxury home sales for the year to date, 14 sales were either oceanfront or beachfront.
  • The 43 sales were spread among 12 different towns or resorts in Maui County. Hana and Molokai are two communities that haven’t seen all that many $2,000,000 sales over the previous few years, but they each had one $2,000,000 plus transaction this year.
  • The 43 sales included one bank owned property and two short sales.

A Look at Selected Luxury Home Markets Around the Island
The Maui Luxury home market is fairly diverse. Buyers typically focus their search on one or perhaps two areas of the island. With that in mind, we want to look at how some of the different areas around the island performed during the first eight months of 2015.

This chart compares the sales volume of homes over $2,000,000 around Maui County during the first eight months of 2014 and the first eight months of 2015.

Makena and Wailea
The Wailea and Makena area typically sees the most sales activity of any luxury community on island. That rang true during the first half of 2015 as it tied Ka’anapali for the busiest area for closes on the island. Digging a little deeper within the numbers, there were 8 sales in Wailea and just one sale in Makena. Within Wailea, there was a good cross section of neighborhoods that saw activity. There was a sale in Maluhia, a sale in Wailea Highlands, 2 sales in Wailea Golf Vistas, 2 sales in Wailea Golf Estates and 2 in Wailea Kialoa. The sales activity in Wailea was actually up a little from last year. There were 7 homes sold in Wailea proper in the first eight months of 2014.

Makena saw a drop in activity with the one solitary sale compared to 5 sales during the same period the year before. It is hard to say why there was a dip in sales in Makena. Some of that could just be a case of market variability and inventory. The one other factor that could be coming into play is the Makena Golf and Beach Club. This new development spearheaded by Discovery Land Company is located at and around the current Makena Golf and Beach Resort. This new community is set to be Maui’s most exclusive and high end luxury development to date. There are no single family homes for sale in the community yet, but there are some very high end home sites on the market in Maluaka Estates. There has been one lot sold and an additional three lots are under contract. All four lots have prices of $10,000,000 or more. It is possible that some of those buyers may have been potential buyers for other Makena properties. That said, Discovery Land Company is known to have a loyal following that might draw buyers who might not have otherwise looked at Maui.

I thought it was worth briefly revisiting the high sale in Makena. The sale at Keahou smashed the old Maui sales record by $14,700,000. I will be honest, the sales price is something of a head scratcher. The neighboring property is on a smaller piece of land and the house is 1,200 feet smaller, but it is currently listed for sale for $13,400,000. It seems like quite a stretch for there to be a $28,375,000 difference in value between the two homes. As much as it makes the new listing seem like a value, I think it points to the big sale as something of an outlier.

It will be interesting to see what happens over the rest of the year in Wailea and Makena. There is still a fair amount of inventory for buyers to choose from. There are twenty active home listings on the market currently with 7 properties in Makena and 13 in Wailea. Check out the full inventory of Makena and Wailea Homes for Sale on MauiRealEstate.com.

Ka’anapali
Ka’anapali had a pretty strong first eight months of the year with 9 total sales. That is up a little over the seven sales last year. The sales came from six different neighborhoods within Ka’anapali. There were 3 sales in the Pinnacle Neighborhood, 2 in the older section of Ka’anapli Golf Estates, 2 in the Summit at Ka’anpali, and a single sale in both Ka’anapali Hillside and Ka’anapali Coffee Farms. The high sale for the year to date was $3,500,000 for a four bedroom, three and a half bath home with 3,715 square feet of living space on a .65 acre lot in the Pinnacle.

There are 13 homes actively listed for over $2,000,000 in Ka’anapali. That should give buyers who prefer Ka’anapali some pretty good options. You can see the full inventory of Ka’anapali Homes for Sale on MauiRealEstate.com.

Kapalua
Kapalua has been the third busiest luxury home market this year with 7 closes over $2,000,000 for the year to date. All of the subdivisions of Kapalua with the exception of One Kapalua Place have seen sales activity thus far this year. There were 2 sales in Pineapple Hill Estates, 2 sales in Pineapple Hill, 2 sales in Plantation Estates and a single sale in Honolua Ridge. The high sale was $5,700,000 for the Honolua Ridge property. For a price tag of $5,700,000, that buyer now owns a four bedroom, five and a half bath home with 6,509 square feet of living space on a 2.82 acre lot. It has stunning views overlooking the renowned Honolua Bay.

The Kapalua market currently has 29 homes actively listed for sale. This is the biggest inventory of luxury homes of any of the communities around the island. This makes for an excellent selection for potential buyers. That may also allow for some opportunities. Typically, high end sellers have more staying power and will hold out for a premium. That said, you could make an argument that we have already seen a premium property go at a substantial discount with this year’s high sale in Kapalua. The home in Honolua Ridge sold for $4,000,000 below its original asking price and $1,995,000 below the list price at the time that it sold. You can see the full inventory of Kapalua Homes for Sale on MauiRealEstate.com.

Lahaina
There are two parts of Lahaina where high end home sale activity tends to be concentrated. The first is along the oceanfront. Homes along Front Street and Baby Beach typically start over $2,000,000. The other area is just south of the town in the neighborhood of Launiupoko. Launiupoko has been one of the stronger markets for high end sales over the last couple of years. There have been five sales in Lahaina thus far this year. Three of the sales have been in Launiupoko and two have been oceanfront homes. The highest priced sale was $3,500,000 for a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom residential condominium with 3,675 square feet of living space on 8.513 acres.

There are 16 active luxury home listings for sale in Lahaina at this time. Eleven of the homes are in Launiupoko with the rest located along the ocean. Lahaina is another market where buyers have some pretty good options. Check out all of the current Lahaina Luxury Home listings on MauiRealEstate.com.

Upcountry
The Upcountry area of Maui tends to see fewer high end sales than the resort communities of the island. That said, there are some pretty spectacular estates located along the flanks of Haleakala. Kula and Olinda are places where you will see some bigger acreage estates. There are also some homes along Baldwin Avenue below Makawao that fit the luxury home mold. The first eight months of the year have seen only two sales above the $2,000,000 mark in the Upcountry Area. There was one sale in Kula and one sale in Olinda. Last year, there was just one sale over $2,000,000 in the Upcountry area in the first eight months of the year.

The highest priced sale Upcountry for the year to date was $3,500,000. That was for a 24 acre estate in Olinda. It included a 3,300 square foot, three bed, three bath home and a separate two bedroom cottage. The 24 acres property included three separate parcels of land all with their own water meter.

While there haven’t been a lot of high end home sales Upcountry this year, there has been an uptick in buyer activity over the last two months. There are four homes in Kula listed for $2,000,000 that are currently under contract. That is more than anywhere else on island. There are an additional 16 homes listed for more than $2,000,0000 currently on the market Upcountry. That means a pretty good selection for high end buyers looking for more privacy or a different feel than the resorts or the beach. You can see all of the Upcountry Luxury Home listings on MauiRealEstate.com.

North Shore
The North Shore of Maui has become an increasingly popular location for luxury home buyers over the last five years. Prior to this year, Paia and Spreckelsville was the focal point of high end sales while the Haiku market lagged behind. We saw something of a shift this year. The Spreckelsville market has had limited inventory, Paia has been quiet and Haiku has seen the strongest sales activity since the downturn began. There were three total sales over $2,000,000 through the first eight months of the year. Last year, there were six sales on the North Shore in the first eight month’s of the year. For this year’s sales, two were in Haiku and one in Spreckelsville. The Haiku sales were particularly notable as they were the first and second highest priced transactions for homes in that community. The highest sale was for the 38 acre Baldwin Estate. This historic property includes a 10 bedroom, 10.5 bathroom home with 8,716 square feet of living space as well as a number of outbuildings.

Buyers looking for North Shore luxury homes will find that market conditions are going to vary based on the specific community. Spreckeslville is arguably one of the only true seller’s markets for luxury homes on the island. There are no active home listings for more than $2,000,000. Over the last few years, roughly half of the homes that have sold in this neighborhood have sold before coming to market. Paia has been quiet and it currently boasts the largest inventory of oceanfront homes of any area on the island. I think there may be some values and/ or motivated sellers to be found among those listings. Haiku has seven active listings currently on the market giving buyers some good options. You can check out the current inventory of North Shore Luxury homes on MauiRealEstate.com.

Overall Maui Luxury Home Market Outlook and Thoughts
The Maui Luxury Home market continues to offer a broad cross section of homes for potential buyers. From the privacy of Upcountry Estates to Beachfront Luxury compounds, there is considerable depth of inventory. While a deep inventory typically gives buyers more leverage, that isn’t always the case with the luxury home market. Luxury home owners typically have the means to hold on to properties for longer periods of time and many are less likely to adjust their pricing. That said, there are still bound to be a few sellers out among the current inventory who may have higher motivations. The challenge is finding those sellers.

I would anticipate that the rest of the year will continue to see sales figures at or close to the levels we saw during the fall and early winter of 2014. While projected increases in interest rates have the potential to slow sales activity at lower price points in the market, the majority of the luxury sales involve cash transactions or private banking. The biggest threat to the high end market is the overall economy. If the recent stock market uncertainty continues, you may see some buyers postpone their purchases. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you are interested in buying or selling a luxury home on Maui. We would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you for a free consultation to discuss your needs.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Ka’anapali 2011 Mid Year Real Estate Statistics

This is part of my ongoing look at how a handful of Maui community real estate markets performed at the halfway point for 2011. This post looks specifically at Ka’anapali Resort. Included are statistics on sales volumes, medians, bank owned sales and short sales. I also have included information on sales volume at individual Ka’anapali condo complexes. Without further ado, here are the stats followed by a few thoughts on the significance of these numbers.

There were 20 home sales reported in Ka’anapali during the first half of 2011. The median sales price for those transactions is $1,018,500. By comparison, there were 11 sales during the first six months of 2010 at a median sales price of $1,300,000. This translates to an 82% increase in sales volume and a 22% decrease in median prices.

  • The highest sales price during the first half of 2011 was $3,305,000. During the same period of 2010, the high was $4,500,000.
  • The low sales price for the first six months of 2011 was $700,000.
  • Of the twenty sales reported, MLS records indicate that thirteen were all cash transactions.
  • There were four REO sales and three short sales during the first half of 2011. There were only two short sales in 2010.

There were 32 condo sales reported within Ka’anapali Resort during the first 6 months of 2011. The median price for those sales was $562,000. The tally for the first half of 2010 was 31 sales at a median of $490,000. That translates to a rather modest increase in sales volume of 3% and an increase in median of 15%.

  • The high sales price for a condo was $3,700,000 for a unit at Ka’anapali Ali’i. The high for the same period last year was $3,400,000. This was also for an Ali’i unit.
  • The lowest sales price was $150,000 for a Bank Owned Leasehold unit at Kaanapali Royal.
  • That Ka’anapali Royal Sale was one of four REOs that closed in Ka’anapali during the first half of 2011. There were also two short sales. By comparison, there were three REOs and one short during the same period in 2010.
  • Leasehold sales increased in 2011 with six sales compared to two during the first half of 2010.

Ka’anapali’s land market was the most active of the resort land markets during the first half of 2011 with 13 sales at a median price of $525,000. That compares to 4 sales at a median of $487,500 for the first half of 2010. That is a 325% increase in volume and approximately an 8% increase in median.

  • The high sale for the first half of the year was $800,000 for a lot in the Pinnacle.
  • The low sale for the first half of the year was $275,000.
  • Seven of the sales were REOs. All were in the Lanikeha subdivision in Ka’anapali.

There were a number of things that stood out with the Ka’anapali statistics. Overall, it was a solid first half of 2011 for the Ka’anapali Real Estate Market with all segments seeing increased activity. Home sales saw a healthy increase after a sluggish 2010. Part of the stems from a rise in buyer confidence and interest in the luxury market. Some of that increase also comes from some good opportunities. The first half of 2011 saw an uptick in bank owned listings and short sales at Ka’anapali Resort. As with other areas of the island, buyers have been seeking out values among shorts and REOs.

Looking at the land market, the big increase in sales volume and the big surge in foreclosures are both noteworthy. The focal point for land activity has been in the Lanikeha Development. This new development first came to market close to the peak. There were quite a few lots bought speculatively either for long term appreciation or for spec homes. Whether it was strategic default or financial challenges, a number of those speculative purchases ended up as foreclosures. The majority of the limited pool of buyers in the land market have placed value and opportunity at the top of their list of priorities when purchasing their properties. With prices half of peak market land prices, buyers have been attracted to the opportunities presented by the REO listings at Lanikeha.

On the condo side, it is worth noting that the stats provided above include only properties that are within the traditional confines of Kaanapali Resort. I decided to exclude a couple of properties like Honua Kai, Mahana and Ka’anapali Shores that are frequently lumped in with the Ka’anapali stats through the Realtors Association of Maui. I did this for two reasons. Honua Kai sales were going to really distort the stats due to what I have dubbed the Honua Kai Effect. There has been a significant volume of sales at this complex over the last couple of years. The vast majority of those sales were based on pre-construction contracts that were originally executed sometime between 2005-2007. If you include Honua Kai closes, there were far more sales in Ka’anapli during the first half of 2010 than there were in the first half of 2011. These long term contract Honua Kai closes do not provide a good indication of active buyers shopping during each particular year. Instead, these long term new developer contracts are closing when construction was completed and the buyers are able to take occupancy. I decided not to include Ka’anapali Shores and Mahana because they are categorized inconsistently. They are also listed as Honokowai properties by Realtors.

When you focus on just the core Ka’anapali condo sales figures, the first half of 2011 was almost a mirror of 2010. There were a few changes in the composition of sales. While there were no bank owned transactions in 2010, there were three bank owned sales in 2011. Leasehold sales were up two in the first half of 2010 to 6 in the first half of 2011. There were also some shifts in which complexes were most active. The greater impact of bank owned properties is significant, but I am reticent to put too much weight into other shifts in market activity. This is a pretty small sample size and we may just be seeing fluctuations in activity based on the quality of inventory or more random variables.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you have questions about these statistics or if you need assistance buying or selling Ka’anapali Properties. You can also search the current inventory of Ka’anapali Homes for Sale and Ka’anapali Condos for Sale on MauiRealEstate.com.

Pete Jalbert