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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vanishing Realtors?

Vanishing Realtors?

The new Hawai‘i State Data Book is out! And while a book of stats and numbers may not excite everyone, it gives journalists a certain thrill. For example, here’s a number that caught our eye: 7,830. That’s the number of active real estate licenses on O‘ahu as of March 2012.

For comparison’s sake, we dug through our old copies of past state data books, curious to see what that number was in, say, 1990. Readers of a certain age will recall that from 1986 to 1990, the median price of a single-family home here doubled, as the Japanese investment boom magnified prices. Real estate was hot, hot, hot.

How many realtors on Oahu then? 12,351.

We’re down 4,520 realtors, nearly 37 percent, from that peak.

How about more recently? The mid-2000s housing bubble was good for local realtors. The number of Oahu relators leaped nearly 16 percent from 2005’s 7,392 to 2006’s 8,561. We didn’t suffer the same crash the Mainland did soon after; so the attrition, to today’s 7,830—down nearly 9 percent—isn’t as dramatic as the drop since 1990.

Any realtors care to share stories of the good old days? The bad new days? Feel free to comment below or through Facebook!

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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