Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge, and I wanted to reach out to you personally with an update on how I'm responding to the situation.
In lieu of the usual Weekend Events I send out, I have put together a few announcements, a real estate market update, and a few binge-worthy shows and movies to help with the eventual indoor insanity.
I have created a COVID-19 Resources page on my website with a list of National, State, and Local sites to help you better understand coronavirus and how it's affecting Hawaii. If you have travel plans here, please follow the state and local sites for more information. Real-time updates are made, so please check it out and share this with anyone you feel should know it too!
I have also created a Kauai Life with COVID-19 Facebook Group to update each resident or visitor with recent store closures/updated hours, share staying indoor ideas, update the general population with real estate updates, and lastly spread positivity and encouragement for all to use! In most recent news, Mayor Derek Kawakami implemented all people on Kauai must return home by 9pm – 5am for a mandated curfew effective today. Good thing Kauai mostly rolls up the red carpet by 10pm normally!
Kauai Real Estate Market Update
I've had a lot of clients ask me how this pandemic is affecting real estate – especially seeing how it's affecting the stock market. I can only speak for my market – the island of Kauai, but I will tell you what I've seen. In classic realtor fashion, I'm going to tell you that it's still a good time to be a buyer. I will give you the pros and cons of both!
Buyer: Rates are crazy low, giving you more buying power and lower payments. The inventory is low (not a lot of houses for sale) so there is definitely a lot of competition for each house, but that is something we almost always deal with in this area and I have tricks up my sleeve to make your offer competitive while protecting you and not overpaying.
Seller: Inventory is low so if you put your house on the market and price it appropriately, it will sell quickly and for top dollar. Open houses are not allowed right now which is a bummer (but completely necessary!!), however, people are still doing private tours with their real estate agents. With rates so low, it's a good time to upgrade if you want to do a sell/buy situation.
I have put together the below graphics tracking the listing updates island-wide. Comparing the weeks of February 9 – March 14 in 2019 to the same time frame in 2020, we are monitoring the number of new listings, sales, price changes, homes under contract or holding contingencies, and back on the market homes. These graphs will be updated weekly.
*We don't have statistics on the number of homes under contract or holding contingencies and back on the market homes from 2019.
Kauai Market Reports
Below are real-time market reports complete with a Buyer or Seller Advantage, Median List Price, Market Profile, Market Segment, and so much more for each respective city.
Shows to Stream
Below are some suggestions for what to watch. We’ll update it every week with a few suggestions. Be safe.
Thank you New York Times for your many suggestions.
- The 50 best TV shows on Netflix.
- The 50 best movies and TV shows on Disney Plus.
- Or, if you’re looking to do some deep bingeing on some classic shows you’ve always meant to watch, here’s our 20 best TV dramas since “The Sopranos.” (But also, maybe watch “The Sopranos.”)
- Comforting TV shows for stressful times.
- 12 recent Netflix series worth streaming, including an addictive docuseries about cheerleading, a horror-fantasy show based on a comic book and a documentary about what animals do at night.
- The Last Man on Earth. Very appropriate for this era.
- Stranger Things. If you haven't hopped on this bandwagon, it's time. Stranger Things is one of Netflix's biggest hits.
- Criminal Minds and NCIS
- Grey's Anatomy
- Good Girls
- The Office
- Handmaid's Tale
- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
- This Is Us
Last Year's Talked About Shows
- The one that’s like “Groundhog Day” but set in the East Village and starring the incredibly-voiced Natasha Lyonne? That would be “Russian Doll,” on Netflix. It’s a short, one-season binge.
- The one that’s full of mostly hateable rich people insulting one another in settings that are both envy-worthy and also somehow bland? You’re thinking of HBO’s “Succession.” There are two seasons, each with 10 hourlong episodes.
- The one that’s punchy and witty and emotional and sexy, but with British accents and an attractive priest? “Fleabag.” It’s on Amazon Prime, and there are two seasons of six half-hour episodes. (The one with the priest is Season 2.)
- The one with the dragons is “Game of Thrones.” Everyone was talking about it, but not necessarily for good reasons.
Some of last year’s Oscar-nominated movies are now available to stream, rent or purchase, including:
- “The Irishman” (what better time to watch this three-hour-plus film) and “Marriage Story,” on Netflix.
- “Parasite,” “Knives Out,” “Uncut Gems,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” are available for rent on iTunes, Amazon and other digital video platforms
- “Little Women” and “1917” are available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon Prime.
Best yet! Hawaii Magazine put together an incredible list of movies that feature Hawaii locales! From “Jurassic Park” to “Blue Hawaiʻi,” here are 22 films set partially or entirely in Hawaiʻi to help fill the time.
Aloha for Now
I'm here to remind you your Kauaian dreams can still come true. Follow me on all the social platforms to view the island from afar or sign up to receive weekly emails covering the pandemic here in Hawaii.
Be safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you soon!