The Pandemic and Seasonality: Changes in the Honolulu Housing Market

    Dec 08, 2020 @ 08:45 AM / by Abigail Mengistu

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    What happens when tourism goes away?  

    Honolulu has a very seasonal rental market due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Travel restrictions placed on expatriates and tourists alike have slowed the rental market, which has been good for renters. The typical limited inventory and high rental rates have stabilized as a result and supply appears to be increasing. 


    How expensive is renting in Honolulu?  

    Asking rents in Hawaii are often significantly more expensive than mainland U.S. Prior to the pandemic, there were concerns that short-term rentals and vacation homes in desirable downtown areas like Kaka’ako were limiting the supply of high-quality executive rentals in Honolulu. As a result, there were a number of regulations put on short-term rentals, including the Ordinance 19-18 law that no longer allows for the commercial use of a residential property for a stay of less than thirty days.

    Homeshare platforms are no longer allowed to operate non-owner-occupied units in specific zoning areas of the city. While demand has decreased due to the seasonality of the market and the timing of the pandemic, supply for long-term rentals is expected to continue to increase.



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    Topics: Housing, On-site Insight, Hardship, Global Mobility, Insights and Experience, Calculate a housing budget, International Housing Guide, United States, Honolulu

    Abigail Mengistu

    Written by Abigail Mengistu

    Abigail Mengistu grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and travels back frequently. She joined AIRINC in 2020 as a Housing Analyst and has researched 40 housing markets through interviews with real estate agents in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.