2017: Whistler Real Estate Trends to Watch

We’re just a few days away from the start of another new year, which means that it’s time to pull out the crystal ball and make some predictions for the Whistler real estate market in 2017.

The past year was one for the books: low inventory paired with high demand meant that the Whistler real estate market was as hot as ever. Will the market continue its rise into 2017? Here’s what we could be in for.

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Negotiations – Beyond the Purchase Price

When buying or selling real estate, there is often a lot of focus on the sales price. It is logical that buyers want to pay the lowest price possible, while sellers aim to keep the price as high as they can.

Because price is so important, it is often a key factor when it comes to negotiations. Offers and counter offers go back and forth, each party striking out the previous price and suggesting a new one in its place.

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There’s no doubt that price is a point of negotiation in buying and selling a property – but it is only one of many factors that can be negotiated in the contract of purchase and sale.

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Determining Your Whistler Property’s Listing Price

“How much are we going to list it for?”

This is a commonly asked question among Whistler homeowners preparing to sell their property. Determining an appropriate listing price is part art, part science. There is no simple formula that we can plug variables into; rather, pricing a property requires research, analysis, and both quantitative and qualitative adjustments.

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What’s the Deal with GST?

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When perusing Whistler real estate listings, you might have come across a sentence in the property description proclaiming “No GST!” or “GST applicable”.

Understanding GST – and whether or not it applies to the property you’re buying or selling – is important, because it may add a significant amount to your purchasing expenses.

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Whistler Real Estate – 2016 Year to Date Sales Stats

2016 has been a record breaker year for real estate in Whistler. Selling conditions are as favorable as they have been in over 15 years.

Increased sales activity and a steady increase in values has been seen across all segments of the Whistler market this year. There are no signs of slowing, as we approach the ski season (with a huge amount of early season snow!)

Year to date Sales Statistics to the end of the 3rd Quarter:


Anybody with an interest in Whistler real estate is watching how (1) the new Whistler Blackcomb ownership structure and (2) the current ‘stall’ in the historically active Vancouver market will effect the Whistler real estate market. However, the continued high level of buyer interest, the forecasts for visitor number for the winter season, and the continued attractive Canadian dollar are all indicating that we will not see a change in the current conditions in the near future.

Please call Dave with any questions on these statistics and current market conditions and to discuss how this accelerated Whistler real estate market may effect you and your Whistler real estate.

What Is a Property Disclosure Statement?

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When you decide to sell a property, you will quickly learn that there is quite a bit of paperwork associated with the sale. Among the forms that you’ll be presented with is one called the Property Disclosure Statement (PDS).

So what, exactly, is the purpose of this form that asks you about the history of your property? Do you have to fill it out? What if you don’t have all the answers? Not to worry – I’ve answered these questions (and more) so that you understand exactly what it is you’re filling out.

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Is Now the Time to Sell Your Whistler Property?

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Raise your hand if this sounds familiar:

On the one hand, you’re in no rush to sell. You’ve had your Whistler property for several years now, and sure – it’s not getting as much use as it once did. But you still enjoy heading up every now and then, and it’s nice to have when friends stop by.

On the other hand, you’ve heard the Whistler real estate market is heavily favouring sellers right now, and you’ve wondered more than once whether it was worth the efforts and costs of maintaining the property when you’re spending so little time there. Maybe this would be a good time to think about cashing in…

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How to Sell Your Whistler Home by Winter

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Whistler is firmly in a seller’s market and demand is ramping up for the upcoming ski season – it’s the perfect recipe for selling your Whistler property.

Like clockwork, as soon as the summer weather fades, the inboxes of Whistler real estate agents get a little fuller as prospective buyers start thinking about the winter season ahead. Read more How to Sell Your Whistler Home by Winter

Maximize Your Property’s Value with These Easy Updates

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When it comes to selling a Whistler property, most owners have two goals: maximize the property’s sales price while minimizing the time it will take to sell.

One of the best ways to achieve these goals is to make small but impactful updates to the property before it hits the market. These improvements won’t break the bank, but they will elevate the way your property appears to prospective buyers.

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Selling a Property With Long-Term Tenants

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Selling a property with long-term tenants – whether living in the main home or in a separate suite – is a relatively common occurrence in Whistler.

Showing courtesy to your tenants and staying on top of legal requirements can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is ensuring that all parties – the owner, the tenants, and your Realtor® – understand their rights and obligations, communicate effectively, and show mutual respect.

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What the Foreign Buyers Tax Means for Whistler

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Earlier this month, the new Foreign Buyers Tax went into effect in the Metro Vancouver area. Most non-Canadians will now need to pay a 15% tax the purchase of real estate in Vancouver and its surrounding communities – but not in Whistler!

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Brexit and the Whistler Real Estate Market

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It came as a shock to many when on June 23, 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, 52% to 48%. The leave vote has resulted in financial turmoil in the United Kingdom, with ripple effects being felt through Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. The British Pound dropped to a 35-year low, the commercial property market in the UK began to crash and global businesses announced they would be moving their headquarters outside of the UK to other European cities. As the United Kingdom begins the lengthy process of removing itself from the EU, analysts are now considering what the impact of Brexit will be on the global economy. Here we look at the predictions for the Whistler Real Estate Market and the rest of BC.

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Proposed Changes to the Real Estate Industry in BC

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A series of events and conditions over the last few years have sparked a review of the real estate industry in B.C. and its system of self regulation. With escalating property prices making headlines both locally and globally, allegations of questionable practices in the industry, and public scrutiny over the entire real estate industry in B.C., the Real Estate Council of British Columbia commissioned an independent review to examine the current state of the industry. The Special Advisory Group has come back to the Real Estate Council and B.C. Government with 28 recommendations to clean up the industry and protect public interest.

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5 Tips to Selling Your Home in Summer- What You Need to Know

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The temperature is heating up and the real estate market is showing no signs of cooling. When selling your home in summer there are additional things to consider in order to show your home in the best light possible to potential buyers. In Whistler, the real estate market continues at a steady pace during the summer months, and July and August are an excellent time to showcase your property to out-of-town buyers. Due to the unique aspects of the Whistler property market including a high percentage of out-of-town investors and recreational property owners, there are special considerations to keep in mind when listing your home in the summer.

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Three Questions To Ask Before Listing Your Home For Sale

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If you’re like many people in Whistler- the sight of FOR SALE signs popping up in each neighbourhood is certainly a temptation to sell your home too. With one of the strongest seller’s markets we have ever seen in Whistler it is truly a great time to put your home for sale. But just because the market is hot, doesn’t mean you are actually ready to put your home on the market. A good rule of thumb in real estate is, “when in doubt, stay out,” and although we don’t want to talk you out of selling your home (because there truly has been no better time to do so then now), we certainly want to make surselling-home-questionse you are making the right decision for yourself, your family and your current situation. Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine if you’re ready put your home for sale. Read more Three Questions To Ask Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Building Lots For Sale Near Whistler

With the flurry of activity and rising Whistler real estate prices, it is hard to determine where the opportunities lie. From my recent experience working with hundreds of buyers, my call is: buy a lot in a special location and build a contemporary home, with walk-out access to well-planned outdoor living space. Luckily, developers have taken note and we are in the midst of several new building lot developments being announced in and around Whistler. Take a look at the opportunities below, get ahead of the crowd, and let me know if you want to be on the list for any of the upcoming developments:

Wedgewood Phase 2

Just a 12 minute drive North of Whistler Village lies the Wedgewoods development. This cluster of large (over 1 acre) parcels of land, provides an opportunity to build over 4,000 square feet in private estate lots with spectacular mountain views, including Wedge mountain and more. Close to some of Whistler’s best mountain bike trails.

Phase 2 prices have yet to be disclosed, but Phase 1 parcels (between 1.11 and 1.8 acres) sold between $400,000 and $530,000.

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Just How Crazy Is the Whistler Market?

It’s hard to talk about Whistler lately without someone mentioning how crazy it is.

Maybe it’s the weather – how crazy awesome this past winter was, and how crazily beautiful this spring has been.

Perhaps it’s Whistler Blackcomb’s performance – coming off a crazily busy, crazily successful season and gearing up for what is sure to be an equally successful summer.

More likely than not, it is the Whistler real estate market they are talking about. It’s almost impossible not to use the word “crazy” when describing the insatiable demand, rising prices, and record-breaking low inventory levels the market is currently experiencing. Here are some stats that paint the picture of just how, well, crazy the market has really been.

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Whistler Market – 2016 Year to Date Sales Statistics

The Whistler real estate market is more active than we have seen it in a decade. If buying property in Whistler is in your plans, make sure you have an active, engaged real estate professional in Whistler, keeping an eye out for opportunities for you. Have your finances in order and be ready to act.

If selling property in Whistler is in your plans, now is the time. Reach out to Dave for a property evaluation specific to today’s market conditions. It has changed a lot in the last few months!

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Who to Call When You’re Selling

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In today’s fast paced Whistler real estate market, it pays to be organized.

Sales are happening at breakneck speeds, and you may be surprised at how quickly your property moves once you decide to list it for sale.

One of the best ways to stay on top of the sales process is to assemble a team of service providers who will help you through the various stages of the transaction. Having the right people by your side will help you save both time and money, eliminating unpleasant surprises and helping diminish the stress that can accompany a property sale.

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Top Mistakes People Make Selling Their Home… and How to Avoid Them

Real Estate Pricing in Whistler

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As a property seller, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Dealing with paperwork, switching over services and utilities, and juggling with your regular day-to-day commitments can be tricky, to say the least.

You’ve got a lot going on, and that’s understandable – but you need to stay on top of your game, or else you risk making the following mistakes. Read more Top Mistakes People Make Selling Their Home… and How to Avoid Them