The Best Time to Buy a House in Hawaii (2024 Update)

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By Hannah Warrick Updated June 4, 2024
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Edited by Ashley Simon


Buying a house in Hawaii can be stressful, but you can make it easier by starting the home-buying process at the right time. 

The best time to buy a house in Hawaii depends on your priorities and situation. This article examines listing prices, housing inventory, and mortgage rate trends in Hawaii so that you can make an informed decision. 

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The best month for low listing prices in Hawaii

🔎 Key takeways

  • 🏅 Best month for low listing price: February
  • 🚫 Worst month for low listing price: April
  • 💵 Average listing price: $1,645,080
  • 📈 Listing prices are down 1.38% from last month[1]

If finding a house for a low listing price is your priority, the best time to buy a house in Hawaii is February. 

In recent years, prices for homes in Hawaii have been the lowest in February. On average, homes are $100,620 less expensive than the average listing price of $1,645,080.

In February, buyers may find fewer homes on the market, which can cause sellers to list their homes for less. You’ll likely have fewer options to choose from, but you have the chance to score a great deal.

In April — the month with the highest listing prices — the listing prices were $71,788 more than the annual average. Buyers may have better luck negotiating the listing price during this time, since housing inventory will likely be higher and the market is more competitive.

Keep in mind that price trends can vary from city to city — and there may even be anomalies within certain neighborhoods. If you want to find the best time to buy a house in Hawaii, we recommend connecting with a local realtor. They'll help you navigate the ins and outs of the Hawaii housing market, compare interest rates, and find a deal that works for you.

The best month for housing inventory in Hawaii

🔎 Key takeways

  • 🏅 Best month for housing inventory: March
  • 🚫 Worst month for housing inventory: September
  • 🏠 Average housing inventory in Hawaii: 4,468
  • 📈 Housing inventory is up 42.5% from last year[1]

If having a wide selection of houses to choose from is your priority, then the best time to buy a house in Hawaii is March.

You’ll likely find the highest number of listed homes in March and might have better luck negotiating the price of a property during this month when there are more houses on the market.

In Hawaii, you’ll find the fewest available listings in September. During this season, sellers might list their homes due to financial desperation or immediate need. You're more likely to find as-is listings and fixer-uppers during this time. That said, you could still find some great houses on the market for a low price.

When looking at housing inventory, you’ll also want to check how many days the listings have been on the market. Days on market (DOM) can indicate how competitive the market is and how much time you have to make an offer on a home.

In Hawaii, listings have a DOM average of 66 days. In January, listings are on the market the longest, for an average of 71 days. You’ll likely have a better chance of negotiating the listing price during this month.

In October, listings are on the market for the least amount of time — an average of 61 days — which indicates the market is more competitive and it could be harder to make a successful bid.

The best month for mortgage rates in Hawaii

🔎 Key takeways

  • 🏅 Best month for mortgage rates: January
  • 🚫 Worst month for mortgage rates: October
  • 💵 Average mortgage rate: 6.77%
  • 📈 Mortgage rates are down 1.5% from last month[2]

If scoring a low mortgage rate is your top goal, the best time to buy a house (and take out a loan) is January.

In the past year, mortgage rates have been lowest in January, with an average mortgage rate of 6.60% on $854,669 home (average home value in Hawaii)[3]. When mortgage rates are low, buyers can usually expect more demand and higher listing prices. 

Mortgage rates have been historically higher in October, with an average mortgage rate of 7.8% on $854,669 home. During this month, listing prices could take a dip since buyers are less motivated to take out a loan due to high interest rates.

Before you start touring houses, it’s helpful to have your mortgage pre-approval letter secured. This shows that you’re financially qualified to make an offer and sets you apart from buyers who don’t have one. Most Hawaii home sellers will require a pre-approval letter before showing you their home.

No matter when you decide to buy, remember to compare interest rates and pre-approval amounts from several lenders to make sure you're getting the absolute best rate and terms when you buy your house in Hawaii.

Where should you buy in Hawaii? Start here.

How to find a great real estate agent in Hawaii

When you’re in the planning stage of buying a home, the best step you can take is to connect with a great local buyer’s agent.

You can start your search by looking up a brokerage or realty, but don't stop there. Take the time to research and interview multiple real estate agents, paying attention to their:

  • Years of experience (the median is 8 years)
  • Number of home buyers helped in the last year 
  • Expertise in your target neighborhood and price range
  • Online reviews and complaints
  • Licensing and certifications, such as an Accredited Buyer's Representative[4]
  • Membership in local real estate boards, such as the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®[5]

An experienced Hawaii real estate agent can help you find the best time to buy a house in Hawaii and make the most of your situation, even if it's a seller's market. Economic conditions can change quickly, and a knowledgeable realtor can give you up-to-the-minute information on where and when to buy based on your priorities.

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Our Research Team uses real estate data from reputable sources, such as Zillow,, and FreddieMac, to determine the best and worst months to buy a house in Hawaii. We analyze monthly trends for listing prices, housing inventory, and mortgage rates and refresh that data on our pages as the primary sources update.

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Article Sources

[1] – " Housing Data". Updated May 1, 2024.
[2] FreddieMac (Stats are based on a conventional 30-year mortgage rate in the U.S.) – "Primary Mortgage Market Survey". Updated July 18, 2024.
[3] Zillow – "Zillow Home Value Index". Updated June 30, 2024.
[4] National Association of Realtors (NAR) – "Accredited Buyer's Representative".
[5] Honolulu Board of REALTORS® – "Honolulu Board of REALTORS®".

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