Buyer Origin USD to CAD

Buyer origin 2022

A quick review of buyer origin graphs above:

  •       Canadians have always been the biggest buyers of Whistler real estate.
  •       Canadian buyers reached a high of 91.45% in 2020 and 95.86% in 2021. 
  •       Lower Mainland/Vancouver have been the largest portion of this population.  Approximately 10% comes from the rest of Canada.
  •       Over time the average percentage of Canadian buyers of Whistler real estate was between 82% to 86%.
  •       Buyers from the USA peaked in 2016 at 10.5% and in 2019 at 10.24%. 
  •       The balance of buyers is mixed between UK, Mexico, Australia and Asia
  •       So far in 2022 USA has been over 7% of buyers and it this is expected to rise due to the weak Canadian dollar…

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Should you pay down your mortgage or invest in the stock market?

I just reviewed a great article that I wanted to share with you.  And the answer to the above question .... it depends. 

What is your mortgage interest rate?  How long until you retire?  How much money have you already invested in your TFSA or RRSP?  Wealthsimple has put together a great summary and table that can help you decide.  Take a look here

Sneakpeak:  it's always good to pay down your mortgage to increase your equity so that you have options if you want to invest in other properties.  And to decrease your overall debt as you head toward retirement.



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How do I sell my home for more money

Marketing your home

I am a listing specialist.  I focus on my strengths and what I have really enjoyed about the past 22 years selling Whistler real estate.  I have honed my negotiation skills.  I am continuously adding to my marketing program to reach prospective buyers.  I have long, reliable relationships with local experts to do small or large property updates if needed.   Your home will be professional photography ready when it goes on the market to achieve the highest sales price in the shortest time frame with terms favourable to you.  

I have a database of over 5,500 people and market your property proactively to my them.  I refer new buyers to a qualified Realtor in my office.   My area of expertise is marketing homes for sale and…

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Who is Dave Brown?  And what am I up to these days?

A short post for those who may be doing some googling and are a bit confused..  Dave Brown is my ex-husband and the father of my two wonderful children, Hayden and Griffin Brown who are now 18 and 22 years old.  Dave started selling real estate just before our son Griffin was born in 2004.   We separated in 2007.  Dave now works out of the Whistler Real Estate Company office.  Of course, when googling real estate in Whistler you will see both of our names come up.

I trained Dave when he initially started in real estate and he has become an excellent Realtor.  Which I always knew he would be.  He wasn't quite sure at the time and when he decided to keep selling real estate rather than going back to…

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A little more recent info about me.

I am still here specializing in the marketing of Whistlers' beautiful properties.  That's my area of expertise.

I am proud to still be an award-winning REALTOR in this fabulous resort of ours after 22 years.   Still with the same brokerage RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate.  And still loving listing and selling our beautiful Whistler homes.

Covid brought about many, many changes.  Big ones came about in how we did real estate.  Many buyers and sellers became comfortable with new technologies and amazingly, this did help us feel closer to each other (I'm talking about video conferencing; facebook messenger; and zoom).  I thought a back-to-basics real estate focus was needed in such a complicated period and with it…

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Whistler Municipal Hall

Whistler Bylaw Update
Will Reduce Red Tape at RMOW Hall

Local builders are applauding an update to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) land-use procedures and fees bylaw designed to reduce red tape at municipal hall. 

Given first three readings on Sept. 20 and adopted on Oct. 4, the proposed bylaw will streamline the permitting approval process by delegating some decision-making authority to RMOW staff. In alignment with the new Official Community Plan, the update will also establish precise development approval information requirements for zoning amendments, development permits (DP) and temporary-use permits (TUPs). 

“The process efficiencies will result in cost and staff time savings,” said RMOW manager of development planning Melissa…

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Economics Help Org

What's the relationship between Employment Rates & Housing Prices?

I receive an incredible amount of statistics from the real estate associations.  But what do they really mean?  What is the relationship between employment & unemployment rates and housing prices?

Employment rates are just one of the factors sited as affecting the housing market.  But how?  Logically, the more people that are employed, the more money that is available in the economy to spend.  More buyers.  Less supply.  Increasing prices.

During covid, however, fewer people were employed.  Unemployment rates were higher.  And you'd think the reverse would be true.  Higher unemployment.  Fewer buyers.  More supply.  Decreasing prices.

Not true during the past 2.5 years in…

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Listing and Selling Tenanted Properties 

Listing and selling tenanted properties can be complicated and add complexity to a transaction. From coordinating showings, to providing vacant possession, to provisions in contracts for standard adjustments at closing, there is a lot for REALTORS® to know and understand.

Coordinating Showings

At common law and under section 28 of the Residential Tenancy Act (the “Act”), a tenant has the right to quiet enjoyment of the rental unit. This means they are granted the right to reasonable privacy, freedom from unreasonable disturbance, and exclusive possession of the rental unit.1 This right of quiet enjoyment can sometimes make showing a tenanted property a bit more complicated. REALTORS®…

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