Solar Eclipse 2017

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Mid-Summer Newsletter

LATEST REAL ESTATE STATS

Semi-annual figures released, Year to Date 2017
Statistics for Maui show the last few years continued to be a stable and orderly market, however there has been a significant increase in the number of sales and median price from last year.  Prices have been on the slow, but steady rise since 2011.  At the end of June the median Home sale price was $740,000 which is an increase of 12.3% from a year ago.   The Condo median price increased a robust 13.3% to $435,000.  Days on market generally depend on how well a property is priced.  Over six months on the Maui real estate market is considered to be a Buyer’s market. Under six months on the market is a Seller’s market.  Buyers are educated so pricing above market just means the property will sit a lot longer to sell unless they can find a reliable service as houseofcashin.com to make the sell easily.

Job creation is high and interest rates (while increasing slightly last month) remain at historic lows.  The pull toward home ownership remains high.  On the other side housing starts remain low which points toward a continued housing shortage on Maui.  With demand high for homes and supply low we might expect prices to continue to increase.  It’s also important to keep in mind that Maui is a relatively small market and a few sales can skew the statistics.

On Friday July 21, 2017 we attended an economic presentation featuring, Paul Brewbaker, who many consider to be the most the most highly regarded economist in Hawaii.   In a nutshell he said (barring some disaster) that there is no immediate threat of a downturn in real estate, there is no bubble and it is like we are on a slow and steady escalator ride into at least the early 2020’s.  For the complete video of Paul’s presentation please email us at dad@mauirealestate.net or call Clint at 808-280-2764 or Bob at 808-283-9456.

In summary, while there is always local and International news that could affect the housing market, Real Estate has shown to be a store of value as well as one of the best ways to increase one’s net worth and family security.   The current market appears sustainable into the future and with the current and continuing low interest rates it continues to be a great time to buy.

WAILEA DEVELOPMENTS

KEALA O WAILEA
This condo project located by the Gateway Center is under construction and moving along steadily with only a few left.   Most of the units are under contract, but there are a few left from the $800,000s with one available with a fantastic view in the 3 building around $1,200,000.

SINGLE FAMILY LOTS AT GOLF ESTATES II
This new subdivision will be a part of the Wailea Golf Estates just below the current subdivision.  They anticipate 16 lots of approximately 14,000 generous square feet each, with almost all having either ocean view or golf course frontage.  The infrastructure is complete and sales, while a little slow, are happening.  One developer built home is also currently in progress. Email us with your questions:

MAKALI’I O WAILEA
This property is owned by Wailea Golf LLC and is planned to be co-developed by Armstrong Builders.  It is located across the street and up from the Fairmont Kea Lani.  The project is a sharp departure from the typical Wailea look.  The look and feel will be mid-century modern with Hawaiian touches.  There will be 17 buildings of 4 units each in a townhouse style.  Most of the units will have grand ocean views and will be 2 or 3 bedroom homes with a garage. Presale is getting close to the magic number to begin construction.  As of this date they report 54% are under contract.

MAKENA’S DISCOVERY LAND PROJECT
Makena’s Discovery Land gets the green light!  We had the opportunity to revisit this very interesting project offering a lot of integral working parts. The unanimous Planning Commissions approval to get started allows this development with golf course, private club, restaurant and dwellings get started.  Have questions or interest?  Call us for more information and a private tour:  dad@MauiRealEstate.net 808-280-2764 (Clint) 808-283-9456 (Bob).

MORE INFORMATION
Presently there are a lot of new developments both residential and commercial  under way in Kihei, Kula, Kahului, Wailuku and West Maui.  If you would like to learn about any of these new, present or future developments, contact us at dad@MauiRealEstate.NET

On a personal note, 2017 has been a great year to date for The Hansen Ohana.  In 2016 both Clint and Bob Hansen earned the Top 100 Realtor designation for the State of Hawaii.  We believe this is the first time a father and son (separately) have both been recognized with this prestigious award.  Clint additionally received the 2017 top award.   We have enjoyed assisting so many old and new friends in their purchase or sale of Maui property in every price range.  We are proud of our combined 75+ years of real estate experience and truly love what we do.  As full time Maui residents for over 27 years we have valuable contacts, experience and resources to assist our clients.  Please call us anytime if you or someone you know is considering buying or selling property on Maui.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Warmest Aloha,

Bob, Clint and Donna

Bob Hansen, Realtor® Principal Broker
Clint Hansen, Realtor® Broker-in Charge
Donna D. Hansen, Realtor® (S)

The Hansen Ohana Real Estate Group
Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC
Wailea Town Center
161 Wailea Ike Place, Suite A-106
Wailea Hawaii 96753

Information herein deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change.
If your property is presently listed for sale, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

The Hansen Ohana Gives Back To The Community

Thank you Clint Hansen, Maui Paintball Owner and Broker/Partner at The Hansen Ohana’s Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC, for giving back to our Maui community and Maui’s future by supporting the teen academy and the Children’s Justice Center.

Maui Paintball hosted police training simulation for approximately 10 teens who participated in the second annual Maui Police Department Teen Academy. Not only did the teens learn firearm safety, they participated in fitness training, CPR training, toured a correctional facility, and also toured the Wailuku Police Station cooperatively with Pyramis Company.

To participate in the program, students must show an interest in a police career, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must fill out an application and be interviewed by a three-officer panel before being chosen as one of the ten to participate.

Clint Hansen donates the use of the paintball field, time of his employees, safety gear, and equipment to the program. To read more about the Teen Academy, visit the Maui News website here.

Congratulations to all on the continued success of the program!

Expansion Being Considered

We were pleased to see the county considering plans to expand Kula Agricultural Park.  If you have ever attended a 4H event and watched our future farmers with such enthusiasm on their faces as they learn about the different aspects of farming, it can make your heart sing.

The Maui News reported that the county is considering leasing and hopefully eventually purchasing 869 acres of former sugar cane land. The hope is to open the doors for small farmers who otherwise don’t have the opportunity for small farming parcels.

The 869 acres the county is considering would be able to grow crops that would include bananas, papayas, pineapples, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, potatoes and chickpeas. Livestock could also be raised there as well.

To read the entire article via the Maui News, visit their website here.

For The Love Of Coffee!

Since I am a coffee-holic the richness of a good coffee without bitterness makes the world of difference to me, especially that first morning cup! So far in my search I have found Maui Coffee Roasters to be the best. We were fortunate enough to meet Seymour when we were looking into growing our own coffee beans to enjoy. He was an incredible man.

Congratulations to Olinda Organic Farms for winning Best Overall Coffee out of 107 entries at the Maui Seed to Cup coffee festival. The festival took place at the Maui Plantation Farm. Maui coffee is a vibrant high demand industry, but with the high cost of real estate many farmers are worried.  As read in the Maui News, Act 116 will help MauiGrown Coffee expand with special bonds to help cultivate up to 1,00o acres of land.

Read more about the growth of the Maui coffee industry via the Maui News here.