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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What does the CMHC say?

In its most recent post, CMHC has received public feedback and is working to finalize the details and regulations under the Act, and how to enforce it.


CMHC's summary of the legislation is:

"The Act prohibits non-Canadians from purchasing residential property in Canada for 2 years. This act doesn’t affect Canadians and permanent residents. There may be exemptions for certain groups of people, types of residential property, and particular circumstances – these have not yet been established. (Once we’ve reviewed your feedback, we can establish the exemptions.)

The Act:

  • restricts non-Canadians from avoiding the prohibition by using corporations or other entities to purchase residential property
  • allows the…

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Foreign Buyer Ban

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) published an update on the "Prohibition on the purchase of residential property by non-Canadians Act" (also called Foreign Buyer Ban) which comes into force January 1, 2023.  

While Whistler avoided British Columbia’s Foreign Buyer Tax (implemented in August 2016) and the Speculation and Vacancy Tax (SVT) (introduced in the province’s ‘Budget 2018’), it is not going to avoid this Ban.  Based on BC's experience with these taxes, such measures have had a small and often temporary effect on real estate markets, housing availability and affordability. The effects are largely isolated to large metropolitan markets, with no statistically significant impact in smaller communities.  The Act:

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