Average Time to Sell a House in Hawaii

Jamie Ayers

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Jamie Ayers

June 3rd, 2022
Updated June 3rd, 2022

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Getting ready to sell your Hawaii home? Here’s how long you can expect it to take — and some tips on how to speed things up (and still get a great price).

Time to sell a home in Hawaii

  • In 2021, the average time it takes to sell a home in Hawaii — from listing through closing — is approximately 88 days. That’s 53 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Hawaii home sale timelines include local market conditions (e.g., buyer demand, job market, rising home values, etc.), time of year, and your property’s type and condition.
  • Your agent’s listing strategy (pricing, marketing, networking, etc.) and the buyer’s financing situation — i.e., the amount of time it takes for them to secure loan approval — will also influence how long your sale ultimately takes.

Read on to learn more about how long it takes to sell a house in Hawaii and get some pro tips on how to speed up your sale, get better offers, and save thousands in the process.

Editor’s Note: The data in this article may be slightly skewed because of COVID-19’s disruptive effect on real estate trends. See the table at the end of this article to compare data from before and after the pandemic and see how drastically trends were affected in your state.

What’s the average time to sell a house in Hawaii?


Average Time to Sell*
Average Price*
National
77 days
$446,950
Hawaii
88 days
$842,000
*Based on Realtor.com data (May 2022)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Hawaii is 88 days — 53 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 14.3% slower than the national average. Keep in mind that these are annual averages and the numbers will vary by month and/or season.

Best time to sell a house in Hawaii

In addition to the average days on market and list price data, we’ve compiled data on the BEST (and worst) times to sell your Hawaii house based on what’s most important to you:

  • Fastest Time to Sell: When should you list your home if you’re looking to sell quickly?
  • Highest Sale Price: What month should you list in to get the best possible price for your home?

» LEARN: the best time to sell in Hawaii

Best month to sell a house fast in Hawaii


Month*
Days on Market*
Best Month
May
44 days
Worst Month
January
58 days
*Based on Realtor.com data (May 2022)

The best month to sell a house fast in Hawaii is May. The median time it takes for Hawaii homes listed in May to sell is 44 days, which is 9 days faster than the annual average.

» READ: How to sell your house fast

Best month to sell a house in Hawaii for price


Month*
Average Price*
Best Month
May
$842,000
Worst Month
August
$722,450
*Based on Realtor.com data (May 2022)

The best month to sell a house in Hawaii in terms of sale price is May. The median sale price in May is $842,000, which is 10.9% — or $82,596 — more than the annual average.

Tips to get your Hawaii home sold

1. Use your initial listing price to attract interest

Just as a high price can scare off potential buyers, a low price can kindle massive interest. Listing your home for a bargain price can help your property distinguish itself from the rest of the market, and attract multiple highly motivated buyers. If multiple buyers decide that your home is their dream home, you could find yourself the beneficiary of a bidding war.

2. Tailor your home to local tastes

Everyone has their idiosyncratic tastes, but when it comes to selling your home, you want to appeal to a wide audience. That means staging your home in a simple, appealing manner. Use soft, neutral colors, move as much clutter as possible out of the house, and consider updating flooring or wall treatments if they’re dingy or outdated.

Experts agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to boost the appeal and eventual price of your home, so get out your ladder and drop cloths!

3. Make repairs around the house

Every home picks up dings and bumps over the years, and now is the time to fix them. Buff scratches out of floors and surfaces, fill in gouges and holes in the walls with filling compound, and replace broken light fixtures, doorknobs, and woodwork. You want your home to look as close to perfect as possible, so nothing is too small.

At the same time, always keep in mind that you’re doing all this work to boost the price of your home. If you spend $10,000 on a new roof but only boost the eventual sale price of your home by $8,000, you’ve lost money. Consult with your agent before undertaking major repairs, to make sure it’s worth it.

4. Presentation is vital

When potential buyers look at your home online, they’ll see your listing photos, and read your listing description. Make sure your photos are of professional quality. Hire an experienced real estate photographer who’ll know how to show off your home in the most flattering light.

Work with your agent to craft a compelling, warm listing description. Don’t use too many acronyms or abbreviations; the goal here is to write something engaging, and that paints a vivid picture of your home. At the same time, don’t exaggerate; keep the descriptions realistic.

5. Let your agent conduct after-hours showings

Many people aren’t available during traditional open house time windows but might have an interest in viewing your property. If your agent is amenable to the idea, consider using a lockbox so they can conduct on-demand showings of your home. This will significantly expand your pool of potential buyers and isn’t as intrusive as you might think, as long as you and your agent coordinate.

Next steps for Hawaii home sellers

If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Hawaii and get a great price, Clever can help.

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Hawaii. Get full service and support for a flat $3,000 listing fee — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000. You’ll still have to offer a buyer’s agent commission, per the standard rate in your area (typically 2.5-3%), but overall, you’ll still save up to 50% on standard commission fees.

» LEARN: About low-commission real estate agents

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 24.1 days* — that’s 29 days faster than the average time to offer in Hawaii.

Sell your house fast and save thousands!

Work with a top local agent for a fraction of the typical cost.

*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers

Average time to sell in 2019


2019*
2020*
2021*
Average Time to Sell in Hawaii:^
77 days
80 days
57 days
National Average:^
67 days
65 days
48 days
Average Listing Price in Hawaii:
$690,707
$643,938
$691,586
National Average:
$311,707
$334,043
$373,644
Best Month for Speed in Hawaii:^
July, with an average of 81 days on market
September, with an average of 72 days on market
October, with an average of 46 days on market
Best Month for Price in Hawaii:
June, with an average sale price of $699,000
January, with an average sale price of $685,000
November, with an average sale price of $764,000
*Based on data from Realtor.com
^Days to offer; does not include the typical 35 day closing period

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