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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Honolulu Homes Overvalued?

CNNMoney just released a report that names Honolulu as the fifth most overvalued housing market in the nation. It says that Honolulu, with a median home price of $605,300, is overvalued by 21.9 percent. Doing the math, CNN seems to think the median should be closer to $472,000.

CNN’s info seems out of date—Oahu’s media home price as of December 2009 was down to $550,000.

Still, Honolulu’s home prices jump out on CNN’s list for another reason—none of nine other overvalued markets had home prices anywhere near ours. The next highest was Ocean City, N.J., $294,800. Even Asheville, N.C., made the list, with median home prices of $172,900.

They may be overvalued relative to their own markets, but those prices sure look like bargains to kamaaina eyes.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in Permalink

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A. Kam Napier has been editor of the magazine since 2005, and a writer with the magazine since 1994. He blogs on the magazine and its contents, as well as events and issues around Honolulu.

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