Whistler Real Estate Blog


The beginning of a new year is filled with hope and promise. Hoping to make changes that stick, many set financial or personal goals that they would like to achieve in the following twelve months. Buying or selling real estate is no different and can often be found on someone’s resolution list. For some, it may be acquiring an investment property or for others, purchasing a first home. Whatever your real estate goal, decisions surrounding realty are not to be taken lightly and there are many steps along the way that can facilitate a smooth transaction. Think of these steps as mini-resolutions.

If buying or selling a home is one of your 2017 goals then we have a list of real estate resolutions to help make that happen!

Make a budget.

For home

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The Province of British Columbia recently announced a new program to help make home ownership more accessible among first time home purchasers in British Columbia.

The Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program matches a first time purchaser’s contribution to the down payment (with certain restrictions, detailed below) in the form of a loan, which is interest- and payment-free for the first five years of its term.

Could this new program help make your Whistler home ownership dreams more accessible? Keep reading for more information.

Who is Eligible?

If you have never owned a property or an interest in a property – in British Columbia or anywhere else in the world – you may be eligible for the HOME Partnership. Applicants must be

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It is a great time to be a first-time home buyer. The BC Government has recently announced a BC Home Partnership Program offering loans to eligible first-time home buyers plus there is a handful of other first-time home buyer programs available. There are many first-time home buyers who are turning to Whistler as a place to settle down and purchase property. Due to the current rental housing shortage some people are deciding to take the plunge and purchase property instead of battle for limited rental inventory. If you have been thinking of settling down in Whistler and are a first-time buyer, here are some programs you may be eligible for:

BC Home Partnership Program

The newly introduced BC Home Partnership Program will offer loans of up to 5

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It is a great time to be a first-time home buyer. The BC Government has recently announced a BC Home Partnership Program offering loans to eligible first-time home buyers plus there is a handful of other first-time home buyer programs available. There are many first-time home buyers who are turning to Whistler as a place to settle down and purchase property. Due to the current rental housing shortage some people are deciding to take the plunge and purchase property instead of battle for limited rental inventory. If you have been thinking of settling down in Whistler and are a first-time buyer, here are some programs you may be eligible for:

BC Home Partnership Program

The newly introduced BC Home Partnership Program will offer loans of up to 5

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If eating well and staying active are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle than living in Whistler already means you are taking a step in the right direction. In addition to abundant local food and physical activities, Whistler has a number of resources that can aid in maintaining overall health. What’s more, many of the locals rely heavily on using these resources to maintain longevity in the activities that initially drew them to the mountains. Staying healthy in Whistler is just part of the mountain culture and here is how it’s done!

EAT WELL

The Green Mustache

We are all busy, especially when we are trying to get a lap or two on the mountain in between picking the kids up or getting work done. It is a common problem to eat food that is

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The recent wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray hits home for many of us. With friends and family affected by the fire it’s hard not to think about a similar situation happening here in the Sea to Sky. If a wildfire were to break out in your neighbourhood, would you know what to do?

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) aims to help educate and protect people as well as their properties from wildfire. Here is what you can do safeguard your property and belongings in the event of a fire in Whistler.

Schedule a FireSmart Home Assessment

FireSmart home assessments are an opportunity for homeowners to learn about wildfire risk and receive a list of recommendations based on their home situation that will help them protect their property in the

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Whistler is many things to many people. To the traveller half way across the world Whistler is an item on the bucket list just itching to be crossed off. To the recreational property owner in the Lower Mainland Whistler is a weekend refuge, an adventure portal full of memories of good times spent with friends and family. To full time Whistler Locals Whistler may be your income, your neighbourhood, your history or your legacy. The subjectivity of Whistler is as diverse and colourful as the people that occupy the town throughout the year. But what do the locals really feel about living in Whistler? What industries support the community and how many people actually visit Whistler each year? We turn to the objective data to answer these questions, here is a

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Over the past 15 years, British Columbia Real Estate has seen a large increase in housing prices. Such radical changes have raised concerns regarding housing affordability, availability, investment, the dangers of an unsustainable market and the current self regulation of the real estate industry.

Many separate entities share concerns surrounding the current conditions, in turn, depicting the need for review and proposed change. The Real Estate Council of British Columbia commissioned an independent assessment to examine specific concerns. The assessment focused on key problematic areas that could contain regulatory weaknesses. Examples of such areas include transparency and ethics, compliance and consequences, governance and structure, and licensee

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Where will you live? Where will you call home? These questions are often part of the beginning stages of moving and finding the answer may not be straight forward. Many factors are taken into consideration when choosing where you will look for your future home. Jobs, climate, taxes, affordability and lifestyle are just to name a few. Speaking to local homeowners is a great way to gain insight into why they chose to call their current location home. We’ve done the work for you and spoken to the locals that have bought here about why they love Whistler!

Carolyn K.

Moved Here: 2014

Home Owner Since: 2014

Loves Whistler Because: I’m currently not living in Whistler full time but the lifestyle makes the commute worth it! The market in Whistler is

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The Vancouver real estate market has been a hot topic in the news throughout the past few months. The most recent topic hitting headlines is the recently imposed tax on foreign buyers, which was implemented just a few days ago.

Though Whistler is not part of Metro Vancouver area, it’s still useful to know what’s going on a few hours south of us. Most importantly, it’s crucial to understand how changes in the Vancouver market could affect the Whistler market.

Vancouver, British Columbia

1. The Tax

On August 2, 2016, a new tax was implemented on foreign purchasers of properties in Metro Vancouver. Foreign nationals and corporations purchasing real estate in the Vancouver area – which includes Burnaby, Delta, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Lion’s Bay, Bowen Island, Langley,

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