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.

Maui Film Festival

Maui Film Festival (photo via the internet)

The Maui Film Festival will start this Wednesday June 21st and run through Sunday June 25th. The official launch will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and live entertainment.

On Wednesday the 21st, the Celestial Cinema night will include a double feature.  Showings will include Beatriz at Dinner, and Grand Unified Theory.  Connie Britton, four time Emmy nominee will be awarded the Navigator Award.

Thursday the 22nd, starting at 8:00 pm enjoy a viewing of The Big Wave Project A Band of Brothers and Charged The Eduardo Garcia Documentary.  Freida Pinto will be honored with the Shining Star Award.

On Friday the 23rd the Maui chocolate lovers event Taste of Chocolate will proceed the movie showings of Kuleana at 8:00 pm, Poisoning Paradise at 10:00 pm and Given at 11:00 pm.  Pierce Brosnan will receive the Pathfinder Award.

Saturday the 24th the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the festival celebrates the best of Wailea’s Chefs with the Taste of Wailea. Karen Gillan will receive the Rising Star Award, and movies for the evening include A Comedy About Tragedy DEAN, and Class Rank at the Celestial Cinema.  At the Castle Theatre starting at 3:00 pm showings include A Family Man, The Trip To Spain, Mantra, and Fits & Starts.

The Maui Film Festival concludes on Sunday the 25th. At the Celestial Cinema showings starting at 8:00 pm include Proximity, Take Every Wave, and Fish People. At the Castle Theatre starting at 3:00 pm showings include Ram Dass Going Home, Holy (un) Holy River, Heal, and Hare Krishna! Various dining options will also be available throughout the festival.

Be sure to view the entire schedule, including the Short Film Showcase showings via the Maui Film Festival website here. We hope you enjoy all the films available for viewing!

Restaurant Week Wailea

The twice yearly Restaurant Week Wailea will be taking place May 21st to May 27th.  Resort restaurants located throughout Wailea will be participating.

Pre-fixed menus will range in price from $29 to $59 per person. Funds from this event will support the Maui Food Bank. Each restaurant has agreed to make a donation to the Maui Food Bank program. Participating restaurants will be accepting reservations.  No coupons or passes needed.

To view restaurants and more information for this event, visit the Wailea Resort Association website here.

Restaurant Week Wailea

Rarely Seen Event!

It was Surf’s Up yesterday at Keawakapu Beach in Wailea.  Rarely do you see waves surfable in Wailea and most South Maui shores!

Makena Project To Move Forward

Maui Planning Commission received just enough votes to move forward with the proposed Makena Resort Project.  The proposed 158 Unit project would include 88 multifamily units, 20 single family cottages, 26 single family customs lots, 10 vacation rentals, and a resort oriented 14 condos and commercial space.

The planning commission has been presented with alternative plans that would include affordable workforce housing in one of the buildings.  Other proposed alternatives would be moving larger structures inward and have smaller structures be road side.

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

For more information email us at Hansens@MauiReal Estate.Net of Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC, Wailea Town Center, Maui Hawaii.