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Oahu Investment Market Report Q4 2020

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Covid-19 Led Recession Dampens Investment Activity

Hawaii’s commercial real estate investment market posted a dramatic downturn for 2020 as investors postponed or shelved their plans to sell or purchase properties during the pandemic. After establishing a record high investment sales volume of $5.2 billion in 2018, investor interest dropped sharply in the subsequent years, with year-end 2020 posting a 54.1% decline from 2019 levels, registering $1.2 billion, the lowest recorded sales volume since the Great Recession of 2008-2009. 

While the three major buyer categories (Local, U.S. Domestic and International) cut back on investment acquisitions for 2020, the most shocking was the -88.7% and -94% decline in sales activity among U.S. domestic and international investors, respectively. For the first time in more than a decade, local investment sales volume exceeded U.S. domestic sales volume.

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Oahu Investment Market Report Q4 2020

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Mike Hamasu

Research & Consulting Director

Hawaii - Honolulu

Michael brings to Colliers Monroe Friedlander, Inc. over 25 years of marketing and marketing research experience. Michael has directed research efforts at commercial brokerages with a focus on providing information to assist in strategic decision making for real estate investors and brokerage clientele. This effort reported on nearly 600 million square feet of commercial/industrial properties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Having been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Estate Forum and Commercial Property News as well as other regional publications, Michael has been recognized for his detailed analysis of the commercial real estate marketplace and has  become the recognized source for commercial real estate trend analysis and forecasts for Hawaii’s marketplace.

In addition to managing the primary and secondary research efforts in the collection of commercial office, retail and industrial market information and statistics, Michael established the company’s real estate consulting division. Utilizing market factors such as: vacancy rates, absorption, net effective rents, and sales comparables, this consulting unit is able to advise developers, investors, property owners, and tenants on current and projected market trends.

Whitney Cressman Limited — Commercial Real Estate Marketing Research Director
Directed brokerage, internal research efforts, and generated real estate consulting assignments at a busy boutique firm in San Francisco Bay area. Served as the principal liaison to press and media. Analyzed office, retail, and development site criteria for market demand and feasibility.

Cushman & Wakefield — Commercial Real Estate Research Services Manager
Oversaw the compilation of market analytics for 600 million square foot commercial and industrial markets throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Recognized nationally and regionally for innovative data management and analysis. Selected to serve on a national career development board for research services. Directed research staff of 12 in five Bay area markets.
Identified by brokers as a manager achieving service excellence.

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• Market Demand and Absorption Report
• Broker Opinion of Value 
• Highest and Best Use Studies
• Real Estate Portfolio Analysis
• Strategic Positioning Study
• Market Rent and Vacancy Forecasts

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