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June 4, 2018 in Blog

Why we Should all Retire to Whistler

At a first impression, Whistler can seem like a wild haven for young people who live to ski and board. While this is true, it also offers a fantastic full-time lifestyle for those looking to retire. In 2011, there were 1,370 individuals ages 55-85 plus living in this fantastic location, and since then this figure has certainly risen. In fact, it's likely the only reason some assume there are less... Read more
May 12, 2018 in Blog

When is the Best Time to Buy a Vacation Home?

Whistler draws people in from all over the world. Unable to shake the ski bug, many eventually succumb to the mountain’s appeal and purchase a vacation home so they can enjoy Whistler all year round. According to this recent Whistler Real Estate Market Report, property sales in Whistler are continuing at a steady pace at the start of 2018, and buyer interest is staying strong. So when should... Read more
April 23, 2018 in Blog

How will the Speculation Tax affect you?

The BC NDP government publicised plans in February’s budget to introduce the Speculation Tax, and this has been met with opposition and uncertainty amongst vacation homeowners in the BC area. In an attempt to reign in the runaway prices of housing for locals, vacation homes in certain areas that are uninhabited for less than six months of every year will be taxed. With changes due to be... Read more
March 22, 2018 in Blog

The Introduction Of New Real Estate Rules In 2018

The B.C. government has announced new rules that will aim to regulate real estate transactions and protect consumers. This is in accordance with the recommendations made in June of last year by an independent advisory panel ordered by the former BC Liberal government. The Superintendent of Real Estate has set March 15th as the date the changes are to take effect. These rules will require new... Read more
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February 28, 2018 in Blog

Steps To Buying A Vacation Home

"Oh, I wish I could live here." Does this phrase look familiar to you? For many, this is uttered quite frequently when on a vacation in a beautiful place. But what if living part-time or even vacationing more often could become part of your own reality. If you dream of owning a vacation home but find the idea of buying one too intimidating, you may be surprised to find out that the process can... Read more
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December 13, 2017 in Blog

Events That Will Shape Whistler Real Estate in 2018

As we send off 2017 and look forward to a new year to come, it’s insightful to ponder on some of the big trends and changes that will likely impact the Whistler real estate market next year. Some of these changes are on a macro level, effecting the entire nation, while some are more localized to the Whistler region. If you’ve been wondering what we’ll likely see in the way of real estate... Read more
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November 24, 2017 in Blog

Deciphering a Title Search

A title search is an important document you will review when buying or selling a home. As a seller, your real estate agent will order a title search when listing your property, and unless there is something that requires clarification on the document, you may not encounter it at all. As a buyer your real estate agent will request the title search from the selling agent, and in most cases the... Read more
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October 18, 2017 in Blog

Changes to Mortgage Lending Rates for Uninsured Mortgages

On Tuesday October 17th the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institution (OSFI) changed the lending guidelines for federally controlled financial institutions (big banks) now requiring banks to qualify for mortgage rates at the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate. This means borrowers will need to qualify at a rate two percent higher than their contracted rate. This new change is... Read more
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September 18, 2017 in Blog

Getting Your Holiday Home Ready for The Season

Owning a holiday home or recreational property is a great way to enjoy different parts of the world and generate a residual income from property investment. Besides the initial purchase, there are costs involved in owning a holiday home, and effort needed to maintain and ensure the home is producing a decent return on investment. Many home owners choose to let a property management company take... Read more
August 22, 2017 in Blog

Pemberton is Recreation Paradise

Only 20 minutes north of Whistler is the recreation paradise of Pemberton, BC. This rural community boasts year-round outdoor activities for adventure enthusiasts, limitless camping, agricultural roots and breathtaking Provincial parks. The tight-knit community of 2,500 people enjoys all the amenities of a good sized town with locals spoilt by some of the most pristine natural environments and... Read more