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Average Time to Sell a House in Hawaii

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).

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).

Updated February 17, 2020

  • In 2020, the average time it takes to sell a home in Hawaii — from listing through closing — is approximately 121 days. That’s 86 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.

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

Average Time to Sell* Average Price**
National 80 days $307,750
State 121 $557,250

*Redfin Data Center (average of median days on market in 2019)
**Redfin Data Center (average of median price in 2019)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Hawaii in 2020 is 121 days — 86 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 51.25% 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) time 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 more about the best time to sell in Hawaii.

Best month to sell a house fast in Hawaii

Month* Days on Market*
Best Month July 81 days
Worst Month February 94 days

*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)

The best month to sell a house fast in Hawaii is July. The median time it takes for Hawaii homes listed in July to get an offer is 81 days, which is 5 days faster than the annual average.

> Read our comprehensive guide on how to sell your house fast.

Best month to sell a house in Hawaii for price

Month* Median Price*
Best Month September $584,000
Worst Month February $527,000

*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)

The best month to sell a house in Hawaii in terms of sale price is September. The median sale price in September is $584,000, which is 4.80% — or $26,750 — more than the annual average.

5. 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 more about low-commission real estate agents here.

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 13 days* — that’s 73 days faster than the average time to offer in Hawaii.

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Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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