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Senior Housing Options

Many adults find the responsibility of owning a home difficult to manage as they get older. They want to remain living in their community, but in an environment that can support their individual needs and abilities. Looking for housing options for you, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford.  Senior housing is categorized by the level of care available to residents. At one end of the spectrum, there are communities that offer little or no care; at the other, facilities that provide continuous care. Between those extremes are a wide range of housing choices that can meet changing needs.

Here are some types of housing options:

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)

A CCRC can provide three or four levels of care on the same location. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory care. Rather than having to move to different location for each level of care, CCRC’s allows you to move through these levels of care within the same location. With CCRC’s, you and your family know what quality of care and setting to expect in the future. As a CCRC resident, you have the security knowing future health care needs will be addressed on the same campus. CCRC’s offers a wide variety of services from live entertainment and exercise programs to salon and barber services. Arcadia and Kahala Nui are Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Independent Living

Senior independent living communities cater to seniors who are very independent with few medical problems. Residents live in fully equipped private apartments. A variety of apartment sizes are available from studios to large two bedrooms. Fine dining services are offered with custom-designed meal packages. Often, residents can choose to pay for a specified number of meals per day. Frequently, there are numerous social outings and events to choose from for entertainment.

Many independent living communities cannot legally provide any routine care to their residents. Therefore, some may partner with a home care agency that can provide personal care services for their residents. Hawaii Kai Retirement Center is an independent living community center.

Assisted Living

An assisted living community essentially provides independent living with added support in one or more of the activities of daily living. Some locations of assisted living facilities are The Plaza with locations all over the island of Oahu and Oceanside Hawaii Assisted Living servicing the North Shore area.

Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing care provides nursing care, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It can be needed for a short-term stay after a surgery or long term in case of debilitating illness. Hale Nani and Oahu Care are examples of Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Hospice

Hospice care can begin when a doctor has determined that someone is near death or is terminally ill with six months or less to live. A hospice team brings care to the patient either at home or in a senior living community. Hospice support can work alongside with assisted living and skilled nursing communities. Their focus is on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. Some hospice facilities are Nu‘uanu Hale, St. Francis Healthcare, and Hospice Hawaii.

With the many different senior housing options available, it is important to plan for these life-changing events ahead of time so that the burden to make decisions are not placed on the children. Most seniors with Medicaid and Medicare will qualify for these housing options. It is best to discuss and determine what option is best for you or your family. 

June 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

June 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

OAHU HOUSING SALES DOWN, WHILE PRICES UP IN JUNE

Sales of single-family homes and condominiums on Oahu slowed in June according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. The analysis conducted by the Board using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system show the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
June 2019 327 $800,000
June 2018 365 $782,388 2.3%

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
June 2019 473 $432,500
June 2018  547 $420,000 3.0%

 

During June 2019, single-family home sales decreased by 10.4 percent and condominium sales decreased by 13.5 percent from the same month last year. The median prices paid increased modestly with singlefamily homes up by 2.3 percent to $800,000 and condos up by 3.0 percent to $432,500. While new listings for single-family homes declined by 8.9 percent from June 2018, overall inventory increased by 16.7 percent. The number of newly listed condos increased by 6.3 percent, as did overall inventory by 13.8 percent. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 18 and 27 for condominiums.

“While sales volume in June may have declined from last year, the Oahu housing market remains very active and competitive,” said Jenny L. Brady, President of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Even with the increases in inventory, we’re seeing the majority of sold properties on the market for less than 30 days. Additionally, sellers who are working with REALTORS® are closing with median prices at 98.2 percent of the original list price for single-family homes and 97.2 percent for condos. REALTORS® have the knowledge and experience to position and prepare properties for optimal sales performance and to help navigate the complex process of selling a home.”

The information contained in this report is provided to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Hawaii State Department of Economic Development, Business and Tourism for its official reports. This report reflects information about resales of existing properties only and does not include new home sales. All of the MLS information is compiled from sales reported during the cited months; this data is known only after closing of escrow.

The public is encouraged to visit www.hicentral.com to see what’s happening in the housing market. Consumers have the ability to browse Oahu single-family home and condominium listings, available for sale and for rent, and to see a comprehensive guide of homes that will be open to visit this Sunday. All searches can be done by geographic location and/or price range, and hicentral.com provides useful information about buying and selling real estate in Hawaii.

Short-Term Vacation Rentals on Oahu

Short-Term Vacation Rentals on Oahu

With the increasing numbers of visitors to the island and low vacancy rates in hotels, there is a healthy demand for short-term rentals on Oahu. A short-term rental is a property which is being rented for less than 30 days. Visitors who use vacation rental hosting platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway, or VRBO are looking for cheaper rates or a more local experience when vacationing on the island.

Recently Bill 89 was passed unanimously (9-0) by the Honolulu City Council which will allow permitting for an approximately 1,715 additional owner-occupied bed-and-breakfast rentals on Oahu.  This number adds to the current 816 legal short-term rentals on Oahu, but is a mere fraction of the 8,000 short-term rentals which are presumed to exist in the county at a given time.  An additional measure, Bill 85, was also passed (7-2) imposing a fine of $1,000 for a first time offense and a $10,000 for a repeat offender for illegal short-term rental operators.  Most of all legal short-term rentals exist within resort zoned areas such as Waikiki or Ko’Olina. The other transient vacation properties outside of resort zoned areas have non-confirming use certificates which owners will have to reapply for every two years. 

Hosting platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway, or VRBO are also required to register and report on a monthly basis the names of the responsible persons for each listing, the address of each listing, the transient vacation tax number of the owner or operator and the length of stay for each listing.

Prior to the passing of these Bills the City had been in discussions with online vacation rental platforms to come up with a solution that allows legal short-term rentals to operate. The problem is that most of the units being offered are illegal because they are operating in residential areas where short-term rentals are not permitted. Though a prior proposal was to have an online rental platform such as Airbnb be a tax collection agent for the State, these platforms were not willing to identify who their hosts are, citing issues with privacy. 

Oahu has some of the most restrictive laws pertaining to short-term rentals, and permits issued for transient vacation and bed & breakfast units were stopped in 1989-1990. On this Honolulu City and County FAQ sheet on Transient Vacation Rentals and Bed & Breakfast Homes, there are answers to the most commonly asked questions that make it clear as far as what properties are permitted for short-term rental use. These properties have received what they call a Non Conforming Use certificate to be able to operate a short-term retnal. Here in this list of permitted Transient Vacation Rentals and Bed & Breakfast Homes on Oahu, you will find the limited number of properties that qualify for short-term use, many of them being in a resort zoned areas of the island such as Waikiki or Ko’Olina. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has also created a map which locates these permitted short-term rental properties in Honolulu County on Oahu.

Similar to Oahu, Maui county has also created a list of condominiums which do not include resort zoned properties, who are already short-term in nature, and it provides information on those properties who can legally operate short-term rentals. This Maui County Short-Term Rental List can include those properties which may be grandfathered.

Though there is no easy solution to determine how to allow all owners of short-term rentals to operate, there is clearly a demand for vacation properties. As an investor of real estate, it would be wise to consider using a rental option that is legal, so that you can remain profitable regardless of which direction the lawmakers take. Should you require more information on how to invest in Oahu real estate please contact us.

May 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

May 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

OAHU SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES SPRING UP IN APRIL

Oahu condominium sales ticked upwards in May according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. The analysis conducted by the Board using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system show the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
May 2019 320 $770,000
May 2018 332 $778,000 -1.0%

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
May 2019 520 $417,500
May 2018  495 $430,000 -2.9%

 

During May 2019, condominium sales increased by 5.1 percent from May 2018, while single-family home sales decreased by 3.6 percent. Total sales volume in May increased by 1.6 percent, the first year-over-year gain since July 2018. The median prices paid for single-family homes decreased modestly by 1.0 percent to $770,000, while the median price for condos dipped by 2.9 percent to $417,500. New listings increased from the same time period last year for both single-family homes and condominiums by 5.2 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 21 and 27 for condominiums.

“The Oahu housing market is experiencing activity similar to that being seen nationally, especially in major metropolitan areas, with moderate shifts in both median prices and sales, along with increases in available inventory,” said Jenny L. Brady, President of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “The 30- year fixed mortgage rate recently fell below four percent for the first time since January 2018, which may drive consumers to make home purchasing decisions as we move into the summer months.”

The information contained in this report is provided to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Hawaii State Department of Economic Development, Business and Tourism for its official reports. This report reflects information about resales of existing properties only and does not include new home sales. All of the MLS information is compiled from sales reported during the cited months; this data is known only after closing of escrow.

The public is encouraged to visit www.hicentral.com to see what’s happening in the housing market. Consumers have the ability to browse Oahu single-family home and condominium listings, available for sale and for rent, and to see a comprehensive guide of homes that will be open to visit this Sunday. All searches can be done by geographic location and/or price range, and hicentral.com provides useful information about buying and selling real estate in Hawaii.

April 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

April 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

OAHU SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES SPRING UP IN APRIL

Single-family homes ticked up in April according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. The analysis conducted by the Board using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system show the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
April 2019 318 $766,750
April 2018 289 $790,000 -2.9%

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
April 2019 476 $418,950
April 2018  547 $416,000 +0.7%

During April 2019, the sales of single-family homes increased by 10.0 percent, while condominium sales decreased by 13.0 percent from April 2018. The median price paid for single-family homes decreased by 2.9 percent from the same month last year to $766,750, while the median price paid for condos increased to $418,950, a 0.7 percent increase from last April. Active listings increased year-over-year for both single-family homes and condominiums with gains of 30.6 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 25 and 29 for condominiums.

“After a slow first quarter that saw a decline in housing sales, but steady median prices, the Oahu market experienced positive activity in April with a 10 percent increase in single-family home sales,” said Jenny L. Brady, President of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Low mortgage interest rates, coupled with more inventory on the market compared to last year, presented better opportunities for potential homebuyers and spurred more of them to buy. While condo sales were down comparatively, there was still a healthy number of condo units sold in April.”

The information contained in this report is provided to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Hawaii State Department of Economic Development, Business and Tourism for its official reports. This report reflects information about resales of existing properties only and does not include new home sales. All of the MLS information is compiled from sales reported during the cited months; this data is known only after closing of escrow. The public is encouraged to visit www.hicentral.com to see what’s happening in the housing market. Consumers have the ability to browse Oahu single-family home and condominium listings, available for sale and for rent, and to see a comprehensive guide of homes that will be open to visit this Sunday. All searches can be done by geographic location and/or price range, and hicentral.com provides useful information about buying and selling real estate in Hawaii.

March 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

March 2019 Oahu Real Estate Market Update

OAHU HOUSING SALES DOWN IN MARCH WHILE NEW LISTINGS INCREASE —

Honolulu’s housing market ended March with a moderate decrease in sales volume, according to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. The analysis conducted by the Board using data collected from its computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system show the following statistics:

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
March 2019 276 $782,500
March 2018 305 $760,000 3%

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
March 2019 467 $429,000
March 2018  485 $435,000 –1.5%

During March 2019, the sales of single-family homes declined by 9.5 percent, while condominium sales decreased by 3.7 percent from March 2018. The median price paid for single-family homes increased by 3.0 percent from the same month last year to $782,500, while the median price paid for condos decreased to $429,000, a 1.4 percent drop from last March’s record-setting median high of $435,000. New listings ended in positive territory with a 12.8 percent and 3.6 percent increase in newly listed single-family homes and condominiums, respectively. Total active listings of single-family homes increased by 33.6 percent and condominiums were up by 23.3 percent over the same period last year. According to the Days on Market indicator, the median days for single-family homes was 24 and 22 for condominiums.

“Oahu’s housing market remains healthy as the spring season begins, and there are favorable opportunities present,” said Jenny L. Brady president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Inventory levels have been rising steadily, offering more options at all price ranges. That, coupled with the recent decline in mortgage rates creates opportune circumstances for buyers. Partnering with a licensed REALTOR® is a great first step to ease the transition from browsing to buying.”

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