Maui Market Update 2013

Maui Market Update 2013

We have many reasons to be thankful for big improvements happening in Maui County and our Nation!!

-Jobless claims drop to a near 6-year low, great news for the labor market.

-Unemployment in the U.S. dropped to 7.3%  and a staggering 4.3% in Hawaii** this is remarkable! That makes Hawaii #3 in the Nation for Unemployment rates. #1 and #2 spots going to North Dakota and South Dakota due to the Oil Boom.

With that great information in the labor market here are some creditworthy statistics for our Maui Real Estate Market!

-U.S. Home prices increase by most in the last 7 years!

-Highest existing home sales since February 2007.

-U.S. Foreclosure activity down 8%-lowest since December 2008.

  • 38 of the 50 states posted lower foreclosure rates in August 2013.
  • Maui dropped 24% from previous month.
  • Maui down 41% from previous year.

-DOM (Days on Market) have gone down as well.

  • Single-Family homes 14.4%
  • Condominiums 37.5%

-Comparing 2012 to 2013 and showing the large growth in our market here are some staggering numbers!!

  • August 2013 vs. 2012
  • Lahaina Single Family Homes: Units + 175% and $ Volume + 379%
  • Napili/Kahana Condominiums : Units + 10.5% and $ Volume + 39%

-The Residential home median price increased to $585,000. The Condo median price increased to $420,000. Land median price declined to $350,000.

For BUYERS, Low interest rates prevail; however have started to nudge up Buyers should get Pre-Approved so they can shop in confidence (fewer last minute disappointments due to non-funding loans). “Short-sales” and foreclosures are still in the marketplace, yet they can be less of a bargain than they seem, requiring more hurdles to leap and more time (often 4-6-12 months) to close, if at all. Be prepared, but BE REALISTIC. Lenders are much more stringent on requirements now for loan approval, compared to 2004-2008.

For SELLERS, Sharpen your pencil, talk to your CPA and your Realtor® to explore the hidden benefits or consequences. Make no assumptions that will sting later. To be successful, Sellers need to beat competing properties with better property condition, REALISTIC pricing, good marketing, and flexible, creative terms (Seller Second Loan, Agreement of Sale, Lease-with-option-to-buy, and Sale-with-lease-back to seller). Days on Market figures show that properties priced right will sell in a reasonable timeframe, often with multiple offers. “Priced Right” is still the determining factor. BEST Deals are selling, while significantly over-priced listings remain un-sold.

In a Nutshell….Inventory is down, Sales are Up! Prices are rising and Interest rates are slowly climbing….Game On!!

Feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation! You may be surprised to learn that you qualify to buy your own home.

I’m born and raised In West Maui I have vast knowledge of the area this is where I live and work!

Ciara Quam RS, Quam Properties Hawaii INC. (808) 298-7719,,

Some information provided by RealtyTrac and RAM.

Maui Real Estate Market Update

Seller’s market, Competitive, Prices on the Rise!


75 Kahana Nui Road, Kahana Ridge home Just SOLD by Ciara Quam & Rod Quam of Quam Properties Hawaii, INC. Closed at $799,000 5 bed/3bath

In the Napili/Kahana/Honokowai area of upper west Maui prices are on the rise!

Seller’s Market is a market with more buyers than sellers. The excess of demand over supply means higher prices. Currently listed properties in this area are starting at $799,000 all the way up to $9,775,000 depending on location, size and condition. With 13 pending sales in this small 5 mile radius of Napili, Kahana and Honokowai it shows a lot of interest and inclining movement in the market. 18 closed sales in the last 6 months is a growing number up from 16 closed sales this time last year.


Opukea Unit C-104 Just SOLD by Ciara Quam of Quam Properties Hawaii, INC. Closed at $425,000 for a 3 bed/2 bath

There are only 4 condos under the asking price of $750,000 with 3 bedrooms in all of West Maui.

If sellers are priced competitively they are having numerous showings and multiple offers within the first week and opening escrow shortly after. It’s a simple formula “Do you want to be IN the market or ON the market” when you are looking to list your property do your research and be smart about where you price your property! The first 30 days that your home is on the market is the most vital period, it is the pulse to your property. Properties that are well priced and in good condition are selling quickly. Properties that are priced above market and/or are not in good condition are not selling. Recently Sold properties are what buyers are willing to pay, currently for sale is your competition and properties that have expired or been cancelled are the prices buyers are not willing to pay.

Hoonanea PENDING SALE-Ho’onanea Townhome in Lahaina 3 bed/2.5 bath Listed at $445,000 Ciara is representing the Buyer.

Key Factor! There is no bad selling decision as long as it meets your goals. How much is enough to get you to where you want to go? It is still possible to sell in a Seller’s market and buy in a Buyer’s market. You may be able to get a lower interest rate on a higher priced property and pay the same monthly payment. Interest rates are still at historical lows.

Real Estate markets have always been cyclical. Real estate values are a historical perspective. Like riding a roller coaster. We’ve gone through the big dive and we’ve made it through the medium dip. We’re headed back, and racing through the little ups and downs before we get to the station.

Visit my website for a market search. Contact me for a no obligation market analysis of your condo or home! It’s a great time to sell, many eager buyers are looking to buy and with the low inventory there are not many choices for them to choose from. Don’t miss this opportunity!! Have a beautiful day :)