The Conversation: Real Estate Amid COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Snapshot of Hawaii's real estate market; Selling homes via virtual open houses; What Hawaii's economy will look like after COVID-19; Challenges of a Hawaii resident distance learning at an East Coast college

Snapshot of Hawaii's real estate market

Last month, a number of Hawaii home sellers pulled their properties off the market and analysts tell us re-listing prices are looking more realistic. But something to think about: are single family homes looking more attractive given issues with physical distancing? We reached out to Mike Sklarz, CEO of Collateral Analytics, a local company acquired last month by the publicly traded Black Knight. He gives a look at real time sales and possible trends.

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Selling homes via virtual open houses

Judy Sobin is the principal broker for her own real estate firm. She is also the former head of the Honolulu Board of Realtros. Along with other realtors, she hoped this past weekend there would be a return to in-person open houses, but things are still not back to pre-COVID-19 times. She shares her insights on selling homes in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

What Hawaii's economy will look like after COVID-19

Hawaii's long-term economic plan is a blank slate by design to be filled by an ensemble cast, says Alan Oshima, Hawaii's economic recovery chief. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair examines the different voices discussing the post-pandemic economy. Click here to read Stewart Yerton's story on CivilBeat.org

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Challenges of a Hawaii resident distance learning at an East Coast college

College student Cole Oxe is back home in Hawaii after his school, Pace University in New York City, closed its door earlier this year. He's been adjusting to distance learning and waking up in the early hours to make class, and he's anxious about how classes will resume next fall for his senior year.