Saving whales, turtle hatching duty, plastic bag clean up


     Whale Tale.   By now you all have heard about the very rare juvenile Beaker whale that was saved the other day off the south shore of Maui near the Maui Sunset condos.  Many conscientious citizens helped save the ailing whale who was trying to beach itself.  Beaker whales are rare and are usually only found in very deep waters off of the Big Island.  30+ folks helped to lift the Beaker whale onto a flatbed truck that would transport it to the Kahului airport for its Coast Guard rescue flight to the Big Island for treatment in a new crustacean facility. Wow!  Such excitement and ultimate happy news.  And the Beaker whale is now stable and eating a solid diet of squid.  Seems that the Beaker whale may have had some sort of kidney ailment.  What a fantastic opportunity for scientists young and old to study this amazing whale.  Mahalo to all you caring souls who helped save this very rare whale.

     Turtle Time on Maui.  It is turtle nesting season again on Maui.  Would it be fun for you to camp out all night under the stars on the beach to help protect the turtles as they hatch?   Volunteers are needed.   If so, contact Cheryl King at

     Plastic bags everywhere.  Help keep Maui clean and volunteer your time this weekend removing plastic bags from our beautiful beaches.

     Lipoa Street Farmer’s Market Kihei.  Want some place other than Safeway to buy your fruits and veggies.  Head over to the Lipoa Street Farmer’s Market in Kihei every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for locally grown fresh Maui fruits and veggies.  Support our local farmers.  You will be glad you did.  Our local produce is onolicious.






July Official Real Estate Stats

There were 61 homes sold in July of 2010 at a median price of 500,000. This compares to 59 homes in July of 2009 at a median of $532,000. This is a modest 3% increase in sales volume year to year.

There were 69 condos sold last month at a median price of $390,000. This compares to 78 sold in July of 2009 at a median price of $417,000. This marks a 12% decrease in volume year to year.

There were 14 parcels of land sold in Maui county at a median price of $370,000 during July of 2010. This compares to 12 parcels at a median of $322,500 in July of 2009. This marks a 17% increase in sales volume year to year.

For the last 18 months there have been 25 REO sales and 21 short sales. Of all of the home sales last month, thirty nine percent were short sales or REOs. The percentage of condo transactions that were short sales or foreclosures stood at twenty nine percent. Two of the land transactions last month were short sales. Unofficially, it appears as if last month saw the percentage of short sales and foreclosures grow to its highest rate of the year.

There has been a big drop in activity. Prior to July, each month of the year had shown a pretty healthy improvement in sales over the same month of 2009. This month we saw the difference dwindle in home sales and a year to year decrease in sales when comparing condos. We had heard anecdotal evidence of a market slow down post home buyer tax credits, and we started to see the quantitative signs with this months stats.

Overall, my advice to buyers and sellers in this market remains the same. Sellers need to keep their pencils sharp when it comes to pricing. The properties that are selling are priced at or below comparable sales. It is especially important to keep that in mind as REO and Short sales take a growing portion of market share. If you have the means, it is helpful to have a survey and a home inspection prior to listing. Transactions are challenging in this market and it helps to eliminate potential surprises.

Buyers will continue to find properties priced well below market highs. Buyers with cash are finding the most opportunity as sellers may be averse to the risk of financing. Buyers who require financing should get pre-approved prior to looking at properties. It will help establish budget and put you in a better position if you need to act quickly. Some of the more desirable opportunities are garnering multiple offers shortly after hitting the market. Buyers need to be prepared to move quickly on opportunities. Contact me today with questions or for assistance buying or selling Maui properties.   Michele Muir White, R(S), SFR, Coldwell Banker Island Properties 808.298.8448, email: