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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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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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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