Pre-Travel Testing for Hawaii Visitors
For Hawaii visitors, it’s important to know that a mandatory quarantine for all trans-Pacific travelers remains in effect. As an alternative, a Pre-Travel Testing option launched on October 15, 2020. Visitors opting for pre-travel testing must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at one of the State of Hawaii’s trusted travel partners within 72-hours of arrival in Hawaii.
Hawaii Real Estate Market Update
The Economist reported earlier this year on the U.S. housing market’s unexpected resilience in the face of the current health crisis—calling the real estate sector “strangely oblivious” to the economic downturn, relative to other sectors. Here in Hawaii, that’s definitely true.
In our recent Hawaii Luxury Market Report, we reveal that in the first three quarters of 2020, high-end residential sales in Hawaii have kept pace with 2019 and that October has been booming. By October, Hawaii Life continued to outpace the market, exceeding our company’s 2019 full-year sales with more than two months of real estate sales remaining in 2020.
Embracing Technology Has Been Key to Our Success
Travel restrictions for foreign and U.S. mainland buyers have been somewhat of a barrier, but not entirely disqualifying. Many Hawaii Life agents have reported buyers making Hawaii home purchases sight unseen. At Hawaii Life, we were primed to handle the changing landscape occasioned by Covid-19. We have been showing homes virtually and using technology to streamline the entire home buying process for years, and we’ll continue to serve our clients in this way, as needed. For now, we are pleased to welcome visitors and homebuyers to our shores, and we are committed to doing so safely and responsibly.
Hawaii Life Listing Wins HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt for Second Consecutive Year
The Point at Pauoa Beach at Mauna Lani Resort – a listing represented by Carrie Nicholson on the Big Island of Hawaii – was chosen by voting fans of the home network in the Beachfront Homes category and as the Overall Winner in this year’s HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. This wins marks the second consecutive year that a Hawaii property was chosen as the overall winner of the annual online contest held on HGTV.com
More than 1.5 million votes were cast to determine the winners among 89 finalists in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. You can view more photos of this year’s winning property, currently offered at $17.9 million, in Carrie’s recent article about this extraordinary property. Last year’s Ultimate House Hunt winner was an ocean bluff, contemporary estate listed by Tiffany Spencer and Ben Welborn, located on Anini Vista Drive on Kauai’s North Shore. The home is currently offered at $6.8 million.