Mililani is a popular market, thanks to the town's built-in amenities and highly rated public schools. And with the median sales price of condominiums hovering around $285,000, Mililani is an affordable option for house hunters.
Short sales can be challenging buys, but bargains can be had if you’re up to the task. This Kapolei Knolls short sale has been on the market for a week and was reduced by $20,000. Similarly sized homes in the community are listed for $654,000 to $739,000, so this house is priced to move.
November is traditionally a pretty quiet month for home resales, so last month’s unimpressive numbers come as little surprise. Overall, the numbers for single-family home resales stayed the course while condo sales fell flat.
According to RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure listings, as of October this year, Hawaii had nearly 3,600 REO (real estate owned), or foreclosed, properties. “Any time you hear the word REO, a lender has foreclosed on the property and is putting it on the market for sale,” says Century 21 All Islands realtor and REO specialist Mathew Ngo, who says that the greatest concentration of foreclosures on Oahu is on the island’s leeward side.
The famous-person-stayed-here sales strategy is always tricky because, as any high-school teen could tell you, popularity is a fickle thing. For instance, I highly doubt that “house once rented by actor Charlie Sheen” would be a strong selling point. Whether “President Obama vacationed here” is an enticing enough tagline depends, these days, on where you fall in the red-and-blue divide.