Whistler Real Estate Mini-Guide

Date Posted: April 21, 2015

Here is The Whistler Real Estate Company’s most recent publication. This mini-guide provides an overview of some of the properties available for sale in Whistler and Pemberton.

 


Picture Perfect Pemberton Acreages

Date Posted: March 3, 2015

Five stunning Pemberton Acreages with Captivating Mountain Views

Imagine waking up and looking out your window to lush green fields and picturesque mountain views. There is no place like the Pemberton Valley if you are looking for your own piece of paradise framed by rolling hills, towering mountains, rushing rivers, and pristine nature.

To view current Pemberton listings, click here.

1. 1516 Fraser Road – An equestrians delight

Follow a leafy country lane to this idyllic 10 acre horse farm.

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Every room in this home offers stunning mountain views.

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And outside, what could be better than lush green grass and Mount Currie on a warm blue-sky summer day? More >>

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2. 1100 Arn Road – A stunning 51 acre property

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Pemberton Acreage Chalet For Sale Real Estate Amber Mann

Enjoy your morning coffee as you look out over the water or gaze up to imposing views of Mount Currie and the surrounding mountains. This property combines the best of everything. More >>

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3. 9748 Pemberton Meadows Road – 171 Acres pristine acres

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Pemberton Acreage Chalet For Sale Real Estate Amber Mann

Nestled amidst towering cedars, this property offers views of rolling hills and distant mountain ranges, river frontage, and waterfalls. More >>

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4. 7370 Harrow Road – Panoramic views and year-round sun

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Sitting on 55 acres of stunning Pemberton farmland, this home looks out to green fields stretching to the tree line where mountain meets earth. More >>

5. 1414 Pemberton Farm Road – A perfectly situated estate property

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Pemberton Acreage Chalet For Sale Real Estate Amber Mann

Sit by your pool in this sun-drenched Pemberton location and look up to the peaks of Mount Currie or across the perfectly manicured lawns complete with putting green. More >>


SOLD! 8601 Lauren Woolstencroft Way

Date Posted: February 15, 2015

A Spectacular View Lot in Baxter Creek, Whistler

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This 8,100 square foot lot has east to west panoramic views stretching from Mount Currie to Black Tusk. Featuring all day sun exposure like no other neighbourhood in Whistler, Baxter Creek offers a Residents’ Club with a private owner’s pool, a hot tub, and a fire pit – you can swim, relax, and barbeque with your neighbours.

This property was listed for $849,000 and sold for 99% of the asking price.

“This is the second time we have closed a Whistler transaction with Amber as our Realtor and we couldn’t be more pleased with the service she provides – above and beyond professionalism, responsiveness and attention to detail!.” – Debbie Lloyd, Seller of 8601 Lauren Woolstencroft Way.

The market has improved. If you are curious about your home’s value in today’s market, want more information about this sale or similar listings, or would like an update on market conditions, contact me today!

 


 


2014 Year In Review

Date Posted: January 23, 2015

Real Estate Market Report – Whistler & Pemberton

Now that we are past the half way point of January 2015, it is time to take a brief look back. There is no doubt that there were some significant highlights in 2014 – locally, professionally and personally. It seems that every year there are great new and returning events and activities to keep us all busy. From the return of the Pemberton Music Festival to the always fantastic Whistler Film Festival and everything in between, it really was a year to remember.

In terms of real estate, the news is all good! Lets first look at Whistler and then we will turn our attention to Pemberton.

Whistler

In 2014, the real estate market in Whistler experienced its highest levels of activity since 2009. In fact, there was so much activity that we witness significant drops in both the number of properties that are available for sale and the time it takes for listings to sell in most, but not all, market segments.

When compared to 2013, there was a 15% increase in total number of real estate sales reported by the Whistler Listing System. With a total value of $535 Million, we have hit a record high since 2007.

Overall, the Whistler real estate market continued to be dominated by the townhouse and condominium sectors which accounted for about 70% of the transactions that occurred in 2014 and both experienced dramatic increases in activity when compared to 2013.

Here is a breakdown of some stats by market segment:

Condominiums – The average sale price for condominiums experienced a 20% increase over 2013 and finished the year at $390,165.

Townhouses – In 2014, the average sale price for a townhome was $697,073. This is a 20% increase over 2013.

Chalets – Due to the lack of available inventory in lower price ranges, the average sales price for chalets rose almost 12% in 2014 and came in at $1,612,412. Although the number of sales in this market segment remains fairly stead from year to year, the average sales price a the end of 2014 reached the highest level since 2008.

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Overall, purchasers of real estate in Whistler continue to focus on finding properties that meet both their lifestyle and budget requirements and the majority of sales (over 78%) occur at a price point below $1,000,000.

Moving forward in 2015, I expect that we will see continuing interest in the Whistler real estate market. However, we will probably experience a slowing in the number of sales due to the lack of available inventory. This may also result in an increase in prices in some market segments where demand is high.

If you have considered selling this may just be the right time.

Pemberton

In 2014, the Pemberton real estate market experienced a strong resurgence with lots of interest in Village properties, acreages, and rural opportunities. As a result, the market experienced the highest number of sales we have seen since 2008. In turn, this means that the market is currently seeing a significant reduction in the number of properties available for sale and, if properties are priced correctly, a reduction in the amount of time it takes to sell.

When compared to 2013, the total number of transactions in Pemberton for 2014 increased by 50% and reached the highest number of sales since 2008. Although a lot of this can be attributed to the new development in the Village, all segments of the market still demonstrate strong improvements in activity when we remove the new development from the equation.

Average values in Pemberton also experienced an increase of 3.5% when compared to 2013.

Here is a breakdown of some stats by market segment:

Condominiums – This market segment remained largely unchanged in 2014. The average sale price ended the year at $187,814.

Townhomes – With an increase of 13% over 2013, the average sales price for a townhome in 2014 was $312,080.

Detached Homes – Averaging out at $504,000, detached homes actually experienced a drop in average sales price by about 4% when compared to 2013.

There are currently no plans for new developments, buyers of Pemberotn real estate will need to focus their attention on existing property. With lower inventory levels currently available on the market, this should force some upward movement in prices in 2015.

 My Year in 2014

In 2014 I am so happy to have completed a total of 46 ends. I helped 24 different buyers and 22 sellers with their real estate transactions. Here is a summary of my successes so far this year:

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If you have been thinking of buying or selling in Whistler or Pemberton, it is important to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information about your particular area of interest. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All statistics based on reported sales in the Whistler Listing System – January 2015


 


Living Fireside in Whistler

Date Posted: January 14, 2015

Eight Homes for Sale in Whistler & the Fireplaces that Set them Apart

Winter has set in and Whistler has become a beautiful winter wonderland but baby, it’s cold out there! The best way to relax in Whistler on a cold winter evening after a day outside in the snow is in front of a toasty warm fireplace. These sample listings have some of the most beautiful fireplaces available in Whistler today.

To view current listings, click here.

1.  3807 Sunridge Place – A Thoughtfully Designed Whistler Home

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Take a moment to sit back and relax in front of one of the many fireplaces in this home. The grand floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace in the living room sets the perfect stage for entertaining while the window-framed, gas fireplace in the family room is perfect for enjoying amazing mountain views and a great book. In the evening, the master bedroom will be cozy and warm thanks to the cozy fireplace. More >>

 

2.  8745 Idylwood Place – A Custom Built Chalet in Alpine Meadows

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This stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, framed by peaceful forested views is the perfect compliment to a large, open-concept living area. Light a fire and host a family game night or a gourmet dinner party as the winter snow falls. More >>

 

3.  8373 Rainbow Drive – A Completely Updated Executive Home

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Sitting in a quiet, sunny location, this river rock fireplace with large wood beam mantel makes this living area a comfortable and cozy room. More >>

 

4.  4 – 6125 Eagle Drive – A Conveniently Located Whistler Townhouse

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This stone fireplace offers the perfect focal point for this living room, dining room combination. With an extra long ledge, you can dress this fireplace up or let it stand on its own. More >>

 

5.  3 – 8032 Timber Lane – A Fully Renovated Alpine Meadows Townhome

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This fully renovated townhome offers a gorgeous fireplace for those looking for a sleek modern look. Step away from the traditional idea of Whistler decor with sleek lines and cool ambiance of this gas fireplace. More >>

 

6.  2 – 2728 Cheakamus Way – A Whistler Local’s Favorite

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Light a fire in this traditional-style, air-tight wood stove and fill up your kettle to enjoy a warm cocoa with water boiled on the heat from your fireplace. This is the ultimate experience for a truly cozy winter day by the fire. More >>

 

7. 2832 Clifftop Lane – A Fantastic View Property in Bayshores

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For a true Whistler experience, take it outside. Sit back and enjoy panoramic mountain views while you roast marshmallows over the fire and gaze up to the night sky. More >>

 

8.  2202 Brandywine Way – A Private Home Overlooking a Waterfall

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If a traditional fire pit is more up your alley, this flat and grassy backyard is the perfect setting to sit around the fire and share stories in summer and winter. More >>

 

BONUS: 7370 Harrow Road – A beautiful Pemberton Acreage

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Imagine waking and sipping your morning coffee in this gorgeous country-style kitchen/dining area complete with fireplace, while you gaze out our window to the rolling fields and mountain vistas of the Pemberton Valley – Paradise! More >>

 

No matter what your style – from grand fireplaces that stretch from floor to ceiling, to traditional wood stoves, to modern gas inserts – there is a home in Whistler with the perfect fireplace for your personal taste.

 


 


Whistler Real Estate: The Magazine

Date Posted: December 13, 2014

Here is The Whistler Real Estate Company’s most recent publication. This full edition of our winter 2015 magazine provides an overview of some of the properties available for sale in Whistler and Pemberton. As well as neighbourhood information, recent sales, a market report, and more!


If you have any questions about this publication, or a specific property you see that interestes you, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Real Estate Market Update: Whistler & Pemberton

Date Posted: November 18, 2014

October Real Estate Market Review

October was a very busy month for real estate in Whistler. There were a total of 101 reported transactions in Whistler and Pemberton. This is on par with what we saw in September 2014 but is an increase of about 48% over October 2013. The overall number of sales in Whistler is up 18.5% when compared to 2013.

October saw only 63 new listings in Whistler and 82 sales – this continues a three month trend where the number of sales has outpaced the number of new listings coming to market in Whistler. There are now less than 400 listings of traditional real estate available in the Whistler market.

In Pemberton there were 19 sales in October and only 10 new listings. So, the number of sales is outpacing the number of new listings in that community as well and the number of transactions so far in 2014 has increased by 64% when compared to 2013.

It the present time, 39% of all current listings available in Whistler are priced above $1,000,000. However, only 22% of our transactions in 2014 have been over the $1 Million price point. The majority of the action is happening on properties priced below $1,000,000.

Year-to-Date Average Values: Whistler

  • Chalet: $1,625,596 (14% higher than 2013)
  • Townhome: $687,844 (1% higher than 2013)
  • Condominium: $366,462 (17% higher than 2013)

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Predictions for September & Beyond

As I look into my crystal ball and try to see what the future holds, here is what we expect to happen:

  • As inventory drops, sales velocity (the number of transactions) should also decrease due a lack of opportunities and available inventory.
  • Buyers should be prepared for potential upward movement in pricing as inventory decreases
  • A falling Canadian dollar should re-invigorate interest from our international clientele – although the Sea-to-Sky and Lower Mainland continue to be our primary market for purchasers of Whistler and Pemberton real estate.
  • Well priced properties will continue to sell quickly and sometimes with multiple offers
  • Buyers will continue to look for good purchase value – their primary concern is finding properties that meet their lifestyle and budget requirements. Although we may see upward movement in pricing, overpriced properties will sit on the market longer.
  • Delays in buying decisions on well priced properties could result in missed opportunities.

In this changing market, it is more important than ever to get the advice of a local expert who has direct experience in the local markets and knows them inside and out. The market is changing – if you have been thinking of selling, this may be the right time.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the local real estate markets, please contact me! I am committed to helping you make the best real estate decisions.

 


Getting Ready for Winter

Date Posted: October 28, 2014

The rain has come to the Village and this means that snow is falling in the Alpine. I have started to think about pulling out my winter jacket, I have found my winter sweaters and mittens. My winter boots are by the door ready to go. Old man winter is nipping at our heels and the countdown is on to opening day.

What does all this mean? It is time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead before we get to deep in snow.

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Getting your home ready for winter: 10 Tips

If you have yet to get started on your fall check-list, here are my top 10 tips for getting your home ready for winter:

  1. Clean out your gutters – Clogged drains can form ice dams and lead to water back-ups and freezes. As you are cleaning, don’t forget to check for leaks and misaligned pipes. And, while you are up there, you might as well check your roof to make sure it is not worn out or in need of patching/replacement.
  2. Check your heating system – Turn up the heat and make sure everything is in working order. The last thing you want is to wait too long and find out after the temperature drops that your heat is not working. If anything seems amiss, call an expert to come and take a look.
  3. Clean out your fireplace – There is nothing better than sitting by the fire on a cold winter day so make sure that your wood-burning fireplace is ready. Call a local chimney sweep and have them inspect and clean out your chimney before you start a fire. While you are at it, you better make sure you have a good stock of firewood to get you through the season!
  4. Check your windows – Replace old or ineffective windows or seal off drafty windows with clear plastic (you can find this at most hardware stores). Also check the caulking around any openings (windows, doors, vents, etc.) – if the caulking is cracked it should be replaced to cut down on drafts.
  5. Inspect your doors – Take a good look at the weather stripping around your doors to see if it is time to replace it. Consider purchasing a rubber strip to run along the bottom of the door to seal it off. Make sure all of your exterior doors close properly. Keep all of your closet and cupboard doors closed, there is no reason to heat these areas unless there are water pipes running through them.
  6. Reverse that fan – Did you know that reversing your ceiling fan will push the warm air downward and force it to recirculate and help keep your home warm?
  7. Check your pipes – A burst pipe caused by winter freeze is a nightmare so now is the time to take preventative steps. Look for any pipes that are not insulated or that pass through unheated spaces and wrap them in insulation.
  8. Prep your garden – Trim tree branches that hang too close to the house or power lines, plant your spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over. Move any sensitive plants indoors or into sheltered areas.
  9. Expect the unexpected – Prepare or check your emergency kits (one for your house and one for your car). The kit should include candles, matches, phone numbers for utility companies, batteries and/or back-up power for electronic equipment, extra bottled water and non-perishable food items, blankets, a first-aid kit, and shovels.
  10. Do the semi-annual switchover – Pull out your snow shovels, snow blowers, ski equipment, etc. and put away the hoses, lawn mowers, and bicycles. Don’t forget to drain and turn off your sprinkler system and any outdoor taps! Extend the life of your patio furniture by covering or storing exposed items and put away and planters or pots that may crack in the cold weather.

 

Getting yourself ready for winter: 5 Tips

The most important step in getting ready for winter is to make sure that you are ready for the ski/board season ahead. Here are 5 things you should be doing:

  1. Check your gear – Make sure your gear is ready for another season and, if it isn’t start your research for replacements. If you equipment is ready for another season, your skies/board will need a good tune-up to be ready for Opening Day.
  2. Make sure your boots still fit comfortably and take them to a boot fitter if they don’t
  3. Get outside or hit the gym to get your body ready for the season – you’ll need a little cardio, some muscle strengthening, and a little balance work. It will do wonders for your first days on the slopes.
  4. Get registered! Want to take a course or send your kids to ski school? Now is the time to get signed up! While you are at it, check out some of the apres specials around town.
  5. Cross your fingers for an epic season!

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Getting Ready for Spring

Date Posted: April 16, 2014

Beautiful spring evening in Whistler village

Are you and your home ready for spring?

Spring has sprung in Whistler and as the snow and ice melt away, it is time to turn your attention to your home and get ready for spring. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of small tasks that have big impact to give your home a mini-facelift for spring.

Outdoor Maintenance

  1. Lighting – Clean all light fixtures and replace all burnt-out lights with energy-saving bulbs.
  2. Decks/Patios – Power wash and, if necessary, refinish and repaint your decks and patios.
  3. Outdoor Furniture – Pull your outdoor furniture out of storage, making sure to wipe it all down. Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace any worn cushions.
  4. Garden Hoses & Faucets – Check all garden hoses for holes and ensure that no damage occurred to faucets as a result of freezing during the winter.
  5. Grill – Clean and condition your grill so that it is ready at a moments notice for your first BBQ.
  6. Windows – While you have your power washer out, this is the perfect time to wash your windows.
  7. Firewood – Move any firewood that you have stocked into storage areas, at least 18 inches off the ground and 2 feet from your home.
  8. Door – Give your door some love with a fresh coat of pain. Polish the hinges and door knobs, and make sure that your doorbell works.
  9. Walkway – Snow, salt, and cold can wreak havoc on your walkways and driveways so take this time to patch any cracks and replace loose bricks/pavers. A good power-washer can make a world of difference.
  10. Gutters – Clear your gutters and downspouts before the spring rains.
  11. Clean & Repair – Clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports if necessary.

Indoor Maintenance

  1. Furnace / HVAC System – If you have reusable filters, remove them and wash them down with a hose. Otherwise, you should replace them to ensure that your system is as efficient as possible.
  2. Air Conditioning – Test your AC system and make sure it is in working order. If you wait until the first hot day and discover it doesn’t work, it will be much more difficult to find someone to fix it.
  3. Windows – Wash all your windows and replace or repair all damaged screens.
  4. Smoke Detectors / Fire Alarms – Replace batteries and clean out the dust from around the covers.
  5. Humidifiers – Clean and store any humidifiers so they are ready to pull out next fall/winter.
  6. Carpets – Deep cleaning your carpets with a steam cleaner is a spring cleaning must.
  7. Refrigerator / Freezer – If you have a coil-back refrigerator, you should vacuum the coils at least twice a year for maximum efficiency. Defrost your freezer and wipe down the interior and exterior of both appliances. For maximum freshness, place a new box of baking soda in the fridge.

Garden Maintenance

  1. Make a plan – Think about what you want in your garden before you get started and make sure that you have everything you need on hand.
  2. Garden Tools – Pull all of those garden tools out of storage and make sure all blades are sharp and ready to use.
  3. Lawnmower – Make sure your lawnmower is in working order and, if necessary, take it in for a service.
  4. Clear Leaves – Clear away any leaves leftover from fall. A think blanket of leaves can smother emerging perennials.
  5. Weeds and Prep – Pull any weeds that have sprouted and fertilize and/or put down a layer of compost or composted manure on your gardens. Get out your large pots or other containers, clean them, and put them in place so they are ready to be filled. A well placed pot or hanging basket not only ads colour but can also hide any unattractive aspects of your house or yard.
  6. Pruning – Prune and trim any deadwood or winter-damaged limbs from shrubs and trees. Remove any obstructive plants and overgrown shrubbery.
  7. Starting Seeds – Now is the time to get some seed started indoors. Place them in windows with bright, but not too intense, light.

Take a lookie, have a cookie

Date Posted: April 3, 2014

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Getting your home ready to sell or living in your home while it is on the market?

If you want to make your home look like it is worth every penny, putting your home’s best foot forward is a must. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Depersonalize – Let potential buys picture themselves living in your home by removing all family photos. Let your home be a warm, but blank canvas by repainting brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade and simplifying quirky decorating.
  2. De-clutter – Get rid off personal items, nick-nacks, mail piles, etc. Store toys, work supplies, TV remotes, pet beds, etc. out of sight.
  3. Check for deficiencies – You don’t want torn screen, cracked plaster, or burnt out lights to tarnish potential buyer’s impression of your home. Take some time to check that your home is in tip-top shape.
  4. Think of scale – Your living room may have a huge, comfortable sofa that you adore, but if it makes the room look small then it has to go. Move extra furnishings into storage so that each room has a good balance of furniture whiteout being too cluttered, or too empty. Aim for small groupings of furniture that match the scale of your room and have lots of room to move around them.
  5. Clear the kitchen – Clear all the clutter off of your kitchen counters and clean, clean, clean. Store all small appliances out of sight, out of mind. Keep a single bowl of fruit or vase holding utensils and that is about it. Make sure stove tops, counters, and all other surfaces are clean.
  6. Simple Updates – If you are a little handy, make some simple updates to improve the look of your home. A handy person can add a gorgeous backslash in the kitchen with low budget. Repaint or refinish worn cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Add some splash by replacing boring bathroom mirrors with a nice, simple framed one.
  7. Clean – Hire a professional cleaner to come in and do a deep clean of your home. If you will be living in your home while it is on the market, make sure to do a surface clean before all showings. Spritz your home sparingly with a nice scent or open windows for fresh mountain air.
  8. Fresh linens – Make sure all visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, bedding, etc.) look brand new and hung or folded nicely.
  9. Bedrooms – Tidy all bedrooms. Make sure beds are made, side tables are de-cluttered, toys are put away. Add some new pillows, crisp white linens, and/or a throw at the end of the bed.
  10. Curb Appeal – The outside of your home should look as great as the inside. In winter, make sure you have shoveled and cleared ice. In the summer, trim bushed, care for your landscaping, add an urn of seasonal flowers, clean windows, and fix up the exterior paint.
  11. Stand back and let it shine – If you are living in your home while it is on the market, take your kids and/or pets to the park, or step out for a coffee with friends during showings.

Take some inspiration from the seller of my listing at #3 Landings. Ashlie really knows how to go the extra mile and made some fresh baked cookies for a showing this afternoon!

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