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April 19, 2024

Hawaii Luxury Real Estate Remains Sound Despite Rising Rates

Recent adjustments in the national mortgage rate landscape might prompt caution among some prospective homebuyers. However, in the rarified air of Hawaii’s luxury real estate market, the impact is likely to be measured, presenting a compelling opportunity for discerning investors.

A Market Built on Intrinsic Value

Hawaii’s luxury real estate market flourishes due to its inherent worth. Stunning natural beauty, a finite land supply, and a world-class lifestyle contribute to properties that consistently demonstrate value resilience in the face of economic fluctuations. Unlike traditional markets where buyers rely heavily on financing, a significant portion of Hawaii’s luxury clientele transact with cash. This intrinsic strength insulates the market from the immediate effects of rising mortgage rates.

Long-Term Appeal

For those considering financing, even a modest increase in rates can translate to a significant bump in monthly payments, especially when considering the multi-million dollar price tags that define Hawaii’s luxury real estate market. This, coupled with the fact that many lenders have stricter qualifying requirements for jumbo loans exceeding conforming loan limits, can make financing less feasible for some buyers. However, Hawaii’s luxury properties boast a well-documented history of appreciation, solidifying their position as secure long-term investments. Owning a piece of paradise can serve as a hedge against inflation, offering a tangible asset with demonstrably enduring value.

A Seller’s Market Takes Shape

The limited inventory and high demand that characterize Hawaii’s luxury market are likely to be further amplified by rising interest rates. With a smaller pool of buyers requiring financing, competition for available properties is likely to intensify, potentially driving prices upwards. This dynamic creates a strong seller’s market, ideal for those seeking to maximize their return on investment.

Timeless Allure, Expert Guidance

While rising mortgage rates may be a factor in some markets, Hawaii’s luxury real estate continues to offer a unique combination of intrinsic value, long-term appreciation potential, and a seller’s market advantage. To learn more about how Sachi Hawaii can help you navigate this dynamic landscape and unlock the possibilities within Hawaii’s luxury market, contact us today for a no-obligation consultation. Let our expertise guide you towards your dream property in paradise.

(808) 596-8801 | info@sachihawaii.com

April 19, 2024

Spring Season Shows Signs of Stabilization in Hawaii Real Estate Market

The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® reports a mixed start to the Hawaii housing market this spring. While single-family home sales dipped slightly year-over-year in March, their median sale price continued to climb, reaching $1.1 million. Condo sales, on the other hand, saw a steeper decline in both volume and median price compared to last year.

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
March 2024 230 -2.5% $1,100,000 +1.5%
March 2023 236 $1,083,750

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
March 2024 344 -22.5% $500,000 -6.7%
March 2023 444 $536,000

Data Source: HiCentral

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March 2024 Sales by Region
Data Source: Title Guaranty Hawaii

Experts attribute the slowdown in market activity to rising mortgage rates. However, there are positive signs. Single-family home sales for the first quarter are up overall, with strong demand in affordable price ranges. Additionally, pending sales figures suggest a potential rebound on the horizon.

Looking deeper into the data, we see a shift in buyer preferences. Sales of single-family homes priced above $1 million are on the rise, while those under $1 million are down slightly. This trend is mirrored in the condo market, where sales in both the mid-range and luxury tiers have dipped compared to last year.

March 27, 2024

Introducing Penthouse #G at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki

Discerning luxury real estate seekers can elevate their lifestyles to unparalleled heights at Penthouse #G at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki.

Listed by Sachi Hawaii, this sophisticated three-story residence embodies island-modern design, boasting three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and a private rooftop lanai that redefines outdoor living.

Panoramic Vistas and Unrivaled Privacy

The private rooftop lanai serves as the crown jewel of Penthouse #G. Host unforgettable gatherings under the Hawaii sun, where a swimming pool and rejuvenating hot tub offer private relaxation. A built-in barbecue amplifies the indoor/outdoor Hawaii lifestyle, all against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G Lanai

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G View of Diamond Head
Rooftop Lanai with 180-Degree Views of Diamond Head and the Ocean.

The expansive views encompass the iconic Diamond Head and stretch across the glittering expanse of Waikiki’s coastline, creating a truly one-of-a-kind panorama.

Sophistication Redefined: Natural Light with Ocean Panoramas

Upon entering Penthouse #G, residents are greeted by an abundance of natural light cascading through two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. Breathtaking Pacific Ocean vistas take center stage, blurring the lines between the sophisticated interiors and the island paradise that surrounds the residence.

The entry level features two luxurious ocean view bedrooms, including a grand primary suite complete with a private sauna alongside a true resort-style bath – a tranquil haven for unwinding after a day in paradise.

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G Primary Bedroom

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G Sauna
The Primary Bedroom Suite Includes a Private Sauna.

Unforgettable Lifestyle Experience

The second level is dedicated to fostering unforgettable experiences. A chef’s gourmet kitchen, meticulously appointed with top-of-the-line Miele appliances and sleek lacquer cabinetry, caters to the most discerning culinary enthusiasts. Entertain guests in the formal living room, or host intimate gatherings in the dining area – all while soaking in the mesmerizing ocean views.

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G Gourmet Kitchen

Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G Living Room
Ritz-Carlton Penthouse #G’s Primary Living Areas

A third bedroom, strategically situated on the cooler side of the residence, offers a peaceful escape with majestic Koolau mountain vistas.

A Tranquil Retreat of Exceptional Value

Penthouse #G presents an exceptional value when compared to other similarly-priced Honolulu luxury condominiums. Residents enjoy the unparalleled benefits of having their own private rooftop lanai with pool and hot-tub, living within a prestigious resort, including access to on-site restaurants, impeccable cleaning services, valet parking, and a full suite of luxurious amenities.

Embrace the Extraordinary

Penthouse #G at The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki transcends the concept of a residence; it serves as a gateway to a life of unparalleled luxury. Whether seeking a primary residence under a true resort-lifestyle, an ultra-luxury vacation home, or a truly one-of-a-kind investment, this penthouse offers a uniquely special perspective on island luxury living.

Property Information
Bedrooms 3 Bedroom
Bathrooms 3 Full, 1 Half Bath
Interior Sq. Ft. 2,386 sq.ft.
Lanai Sq. Ft. 585 sq.ft.
Listing Price $6,200,000

View Property Information: The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Penthouse #G

For inquiries, contact Sachi Hawaii:
(808) 596-8801 | info@sachihawaii.com

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