Weekly Maui Real Estate Market Update October 19, 2020


Market activity remained busy on Maui over the seven day period between October 6th and 13th. This was the third straight week with 60 or more new pending sales. Closed transactions were up substantially over the same period of 2019. New listings remained relatively low. Find out more details in the paragraphs below.

This Week’s New Pending Sales

This chart shows weekly new pending sales by property type in Maui County
This chart shows weekly new pending sales in Maui County during the Covid-19 pandemic. New Pending Sales are the best indicator of current market demand.

Maui Realtors reported 60 new pending sales over the 7 day period between October 6th and October 13th. That is 8% fewer new pendings than the seven days prior. It is 43% more activity than the same seven day period of 2019.

Notable Numbers From This Week’s Pending Sales

  • The 60 new pending sales include 19 homes, 32 condos and 9 lots.
  • The 19 new pending home sales is the lowest weekly number since early July. I would venture that low inventory may be a factor in the lower number of pending sales. There are quite a few buyers searching in the $800,000 and under range with limited options to chose from at this time.
  • Of the 32 new pending condo sales, 18 are located in developments that allow vacation rentals.
  • Of the 14 condos in developments that prohibit vacation rentals, 6 are new developer offerings in Kahoma Village in Lahaina.
  • The 9 new land transactions ties the highest total for new land contracts in a week during Covid-19.
  • The luxury market continues to see strong activity. Three homes and three condos priced higher than $2,000,000 went under contract between the 6th and the 13th.

This Week’s Closed Transactions

This chart shows the updated weekly closed transactions by property type during the current covid nineteen pandemic.
Weekly closed transactions by property in Maui County, Hawaii during the Covid-19 pandemic. These numbers are a lagging indicator of market demand. Most transaction in Maui County take between 30-60 days to close.

Maui Realtors reported 58 sales over the seven days between October 6th and 13th. That is down 13% from last week. It is 45% higher than the same seven day period of 2019.

This Week’s New Inventory in Maui County

This chart shows weekly new real estate inventory in Maui County during the covid 19 pandemic
This chart shows weekly new real estate inventory in Maui County, Hawaii by property type.

While up slightly from last week, new inventory remained limited. Between October 6th and 13th, 60 new listings came to market. That is 11% higher than last week. It is 23% lower than the same seven day period of 2019.

Of the 60 new listings, 29 are condos. The 29 new condos is less than the 32 condos that went pending this week. This makes for the rare occasion when condo inventory actually decreased during Covid-19. Last week, the difference between new inventory and pending sales was only one. I am reticent to call this a trend at this point, but the condo market is not showing the significant growth in inventory that we saw as recently as August. The questions at this point are how will the reopening of tourism impact demand, and will more condo owners decide to bring their condos to market with visitors back on island.

The 22 new home listings that came on the market is slightly higher than the 19 homes that went pending over this seven day span. As with recent weeks, home buyers shopping at lower price points weren’t likely to notice this modest increase in inventory. The median price of the new home listings came in at $1,375,000 with 25% of the new inventory priced above $2,000,000. The tight inventory in the home market is continuing to put upward pressure on prices.

The 9 new lots that came on the market matched the 9 lots that went pending. The land inventory remains steady. Prices are holding pretty steady with some modest increases in value.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team

This last week was a big one for Hawaii with the new pre-travel testing program going into effect on the 15th. We know first hand of buyers who are coming to Maui now that there is a pre-travel testing option to avoid tourism. We will continue to keep a close eye on the market to gauge the impact of tourism’s return on the real estate market.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you are thinking of buying or selling property on Maui. Our agents are working closely with buyers and sellers to navigate the dynamic market conditions. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your real estate needs.

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