March 2020 was on par to be just as fast paced as January and February, which were already reflecting some of the best sales West Hawaii has seen in years. However, by mid March, the market slowed due to the corona virus outbreak.
As visitors were asked not to travel to the island until April 30th, many plans were placed on hold to purchase a home. Listings were pulled off the market to halt the continuing days on market and 21 listings saw price adjustments.
A clearer picture of the impact of the pandemic on the market will be more prevalent in the April statistics.
According to statistics from the Hawaii Information Service for March 2020, the median price for a single family home in North Kona was $764,000, a year over year increase of 15%, while condo prices in North Kona, which jumped 20% in January, were down 13% year over year from $375,000 to $323,000. Sales of single family homes were down 17.5% and condos were down 17.95%.
South Kohala was having a banner month, with 23 vacant land sales in 2020 vs just 3 in 2019. 30 homes sold this year compared to 19 last year, a 57% increase year over year. The condo market was strong with 27 sales in both 2019 and 2020. Prices however, for single family homes dropped 13.65%. Condo prices rose 65%, from $440,000 in 2019 to $727,000 in 2020. (The numbers are a little skewed as there were six condo sales near the Mauna Kea that were $1.2 million and above)
Island wide, the median sales price of a single family home increased 8.82% and condos rose 9.33% year over year, and rose 15.44% year to date for single family homes and 6.99% year to date for condos.