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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
January 29, 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
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
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
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
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
August 17, 2017 in Blog

6 Reasons Why Whistler Is The Perfect Holiday Home Destination

If you’ve been considering buying a holiday home and are trying to choose the right location let us convince you why Whistler is it. As a year-round tourist destination that is seeing year-on-year growth, a booming property market and a bright future ahead, there is nothing but positive news coming out of this resort town right now. Add to this a low barrier to foreign investment and you see... Read more
July 13, 2017 in Blog

Rising Interest Rates and How They Could Affect the Whistler Real Estate Market

In case you haven’t heard, the Bank of Canada raised the prime interest rate on July 12th for the first time in 7 years. For nearly a decade Canadians have enjoyed historically low interest rates resulting in cheap lending which has accelerated the real estate market. Of course, interest rates don’t only affect borrowing. Coinciding with the recent rate rise the Canadian dollar surged to its... Read more
June 15, 2017 in Blog

How To Sell Your Whistler Home From Afar

Whistler has a high ratio of out-of-town and non-resident home owners. As a resort community many people invest in property here for the high rental yields and strong appreciations, or own a recreational property to enjoy the world-class skiing or active summers in the mountains. Currently Whistler is experiencing prime conditions for selling. Prices are at an all time high, inventory is at... Read more