JUST LISTED! 4875 Casabella Crescent

Date Posted: June 19, 2018

A Luxurious Location, Steps from Whistler Village

 

 $2,090,000

3 Bedroom   |   3 Bathroom   |   1,379 Sq.Ft.   |    Townhouse

Montebello, one of Whistler’s most luxurious neighbourhoods, puts the Whistler lifestyle at your doorstep. Lost Lake, the Valley Trail, and all the amenities of the Village are just a short, easy stroll away. With 3 bedrooms and a functional, open concept living space, this beautiful townhome has space for the entire family. A private garage and backyard with brand new hot tub are an added, rare bonus. Whether you are enjoying the sun and mountain views from the master bedroom deck, or entertaining after a day of adventure, you will feel right at home here.

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: June 2018


JUST LISTED – 12 Pioneer Junction – NOW SOLD

Date Posted: April 27, 2018

A 2 Bedroom Condo in Pemberton

$469,000

2 Bedroom   |   1 Bathroom   |   784 Sq.Ft.   |    Condo

Pioneer Junction is a popular complex just a short stroll from One Mile Lake, trails, schools, and town. With geothermal temperature control, this updated top floor, corner condo is move-in ready. From the bright and airy living spaces to the spacious bedrooms to the mountain views, you will feel right at home here. Call today for your personal tour.

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: April 2018


JUST LISTED – 205G1 Horstman House – NOW SOLD

Date Posted: April 26, 2018

A 2 Bedroom Quartershare Condo

$259,000

2 Bedroom   |   2 Bathroom   |   947 Sq.Ft.   |    Condo

This quartershare condo sits in a premier Benchlands location on the ski-home trail from Blackcomb Mountain. Owners can enjoy one week of use per month for personal use, or rent out your weeks to earn revenues to offset the costs of ownership. Fully furnished and equipped, this condo is ready for your summer getaways!

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: April 2018


JUST LISTED – 201G3 Horstman House

Date Posted: February 24, 2018

A 1 Bedroom Quartershare Condo

$135,000

1 Bedroom   |   1 Bathroom   |   654 Sq.Ft.   |    Condo

Enjoy the perks of owning your own property in Whistler for a fraction of the cost! This quartershare condo in the Benchlands offers you one week of use per month and, if you are not using your suite, the on-site rental management company will rent it out so that you can generate revenue and offset some of the costs of ownership.

Horstman House is a popular complex in an ideal year-round location. Walk, bike, or take the free shuttle to the Village amenities and lifts. In the winter, you can ski right home to your door from Balckcomb Mountain.

Fully, furnished and equipped, this condo is ready for you to enjoy!

See the photos & find out more here.

Listed: February 2018


SOLD! 460 Westin Resort & Spa

Date Posted: February 15, 2018

A central Whistler Village studio suite

This luxurious studio suite is located in the award-winning Westin Resort & Spa, one of Whistler’s finest hotels with an unbeatable location just steps from the Whistler Village gondola base. Enjoy a quiet evening by the gas fireplace or cook a favourite meal in the fully equipped kitchen. All the Village amenities are at your doorstep, from outdoor adventure to fine dining and everything in between. The full-service hotel offers every amenity including dining, shopping, an outdoor pool and 2 hot tubs, an exercise facility, a spa, and every other convenience. Ownership is made easy as the property taxes, strata fees, and TW fees are all included in the hotel management. Owners can enjoy up to 56 days of personal use per year and excellent rental revenues.

Listed for $265,000 and sold for full asking price in 3 days!

“It was a pleasure to work with Amber through the selling process from listing to closing. She provided great guidance as the seller’s agent, was very professional and timely throughout.” – Seller of 460 Westin

The Whistler real estate market continues to struggle with enough inventory to meet buyer demand. If you have been thinking of selling, this could be the right time.

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

February 2018


2017 Whistler Real Estate Company Awards

Date Posted: February 6, 2018

I am so honoured and thankful to have received several performance awards for 2017. I would like to take this time to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has helped me achieve such great success.

2017 was a busy year for me professionally and for my family personally, and it is due to the support of my clients, family, friends and co-workers that I have been honoured with these awards.

The Whistler Real Estate Company Peak Performers Award

Every January, The Whistler Real Estate Company acknowledges the achievements and performance of its top agents. The company grants 4 award levels (Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver) that are determined based on an agent’s total dollar volume of sales and/or the total number of sales for the previous year. For 2017, I was granted a Platinum level award – the second highest available.

My previous awards include: Silver (2011), Gold (2013), Platinum (2014 & 2016)

The MLS Medallion Club Awards

Every year, the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board recognizes the top 10% of its member agents based on their combined number of listings, sales, and dollar volume. For the 4th year in a row, I am so proud to be a Medallion Club Award winner.

 

Thank you so much to everyone for your ongoing support and encouragement. I look forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs in 2018 and beyond!

Amber


SOLD! AP2 Alta Lake Road

Date Posted: January 30, 2018

A Lakefront Condo in Whistler Creek

Lakefront living in Whistler! This spacious, top floor 1 Bed/1 Bath corner unit in popular Tamarisk complex offers light, views and privacy. The south facing deck overlooks green space and provides a mountain view and lots of sunshine. Tastefully decorated and meticulously maintained, with fresh paint, new windows, flooring & carpet, and new kitchen appliances. Tamarisk is a residential complex on the shore of Alpha Lake, with on site caretaker, tennis court, and lots of storage for bikes, canoes and kayaks. The complex has been very well maintained with new rain screening completed in spring 2017. Just minutes to Creekside Village and gondola, this property offers an ideal home for full time residence or a weekend getaway.

Listed for $488,000 and sold for $480,000.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Amber. She made the entire process easy for us and clearly outlined all steps making it a seamless experience. We would highly recommend her services and hope to work with her again in the future.” – Buyer of AP2 Tamarisk

The Whistler real estate market continues to struggle with enough inventory to meet buyer demand. If you have been thinking of selling, this could be the right time.

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

Sold: January 2018


Whistler Market Update: January 2018

Date Posted: January 21, 2018

2017 Year in Review

In terms of real estate in Whistler (not to mention visitor numbers, changes within the resort, and a multitude of other areas), 2017 was another active year. In the real estate market specifically, the year saw a total of over $1.1 billion being transacted between January 1st and December 31st and almost all market segments felt significant price appreciation. Nevertheless, we did see a drop in the number of reported sales as compared to 2016 as a result of the low number of opportunities available for sale.

Overall, there was

  • A 16.2% decrease in the number of sales in 2017 compared to 2016.
  • A 26% increase to $1,163,392 in the average sale price of a transaction (up from $901,451 at the end of 2016)

Throughout the course of the year, the first half of 2017 was particularly strong as a result of  a combination of a record number of visitors coming to Whistler combined with favorable exchange rates, strong regional economics, and low interest rates. As we progressed through the year, the number of properties available for sale continued to drop which resulted in a slowing of market activity. The final quarter of the year was the slowest on record since 2014.

Number of Active Listings
(Whistler Jan 2015 – Dec 2017)

In 2017, larger family-oriented properties experienced the highest level of interest (including both single-family homes and townhomes). As a result, the number of these properties being offered for sales has dropped significantly and this has continued to put upward pressure on prices.

As usual, the condo market showed the highest level of activity with over 300 reported transactions (35% of the market share). Towether the condo and townhome market comprise 65% of the market share in Whistler.

As far a the luxury market goes (listings priced at over $2 million), increased valuations continued to grow this market segment and resulted in 122 properties changing hands (about 14% of the total market share). In total, the luxury market comprised over 40% of the total market value. It is important, however, to note that condos and townhomes still comprise the bulk for the Whistler real estate market meaning that 60% of all sales that occurred in 2017 we priced it at under $1 million.

Breaking the numbers down a little more:

  • Single-Family Homes: Average value rose 26% from $2,248,000 in 2016 to $2,835,000 by the end of 2017.
  • Towhomes: 28% increase in average values from $947,000 to $1,163,000.
  • Condos: 21% increase in average values to $187,087,000
  • Luxury Properties: 12% increase in average price to $3,634,000

 

2018: What We Expect

As of this writing, we now have the lowest number of properties being offered for sale in Whistler in modern memory. As a result, activity will continue to drop. Since buyer interest remains strong (with no indicators that it will lessen), prices will continue to feel upward pressure. That said, we do expect price increases to moderate. Another year of double-digit price appreciation is very likely be unrealistic.

We do. however, have to keep in mind the unpredicatable potential influences of a number of factors outside our local market, including interest rares, slowing regional real estate markets in the surrounding areas, new/changing government and financing regulations, and investor perceptions.

Nevertheless, Whistler continues to be a world-class, year-round resort. As it continues to evolve and adapt we don’t expect to see any lessening of interested in Whistler. Not to mention that Vail is expected to introduce thousands of new potential investors to the area and North American economies are predicted to remain strong.

In conclusion, through 2018 supply and demand will dictate prices more than anything else. We expect supply to be limited and demand to remain high.

With the significant market increases over the past few year you may be wondering what your home is worth in today’s market. Or, if you are a buyer, you may be wondering how to be successful in securing a property in this fast-paced market. Or, maybe you are just looking to stay up-to-date on the current market situation. Whistler is a small and uniquely nuanced marketplace, so no matter what your looking for, contact me and I will be happy to discuss the current market with you and how you can accomplish your real estate goals.

*All stats deemed to be accurate and taken from the Whistler Listing System, January 2018


Pemberton Market Update: January 2018

Date Posted: January 20, 2018

2017 Year In Review

Throughout 2017, Pemberton continued to attract first-time home buyers, recreational enthusiasts, investors, and those looking for price points no longer available in Whistler. Increased awareness, good values compared to other Sea to Sky markets, affordability, and a relaxed lifestyle continue to be the main attractants for purchasers in Pemberton.

As a result of increasing demand combined with low numbers of available listings resulted in an overall 8% increase in average transaction value and significant price appreciation in almost all market segments.

In Pemberton, the more affordable properties (condos and towhomes) continues to draw the highest levels of interest as these properties appeal to young families and first-time buyers, and are rarely available in Whistler and Squamish right now.

Breaking down the numbers by market segment:

  • Single-Family Homes: Average price increased by 27.5% to $816,907.
  • Townhouses: Average price increased by 21% to $478,987
  • Condos: Average price increased by 32% to $334,911

It is important to note that for the first time, 2017 saw a number of individual transactions exceeding $1 Million for a single-family home. Acreage properties, continue to be of interest to to high net worth individuals, a new generation of agricultural enthusiasts, and families capitalizing on the real estate markets in Vancouver and Whistler although the number of sales remains too small to draw reliable statistical information.

New Developments

With new subdivisions at Sunstone selling our, and most of the remaining lots at the Benchlands now sold, the new residential developments in Pemberton attracted strong buyer interest throughout 2017. Given the strong sales activity for these single-family building lots, we can expect 2018 to be a busy year for builders in Pemberton.

2017 also brought increased commercial investment to the community. The Pemberton Industrial Park is now a hive of activity and construction and there are several new rental buildings getting ready for occupants.

In 2018, we expect to see a number of announcements for new projects as Sunstone and the start of construction at Crestline.

2018: What We Expect

As is the case in Whistler and Squamish, the number of properties available for purchase is at historically low levels while buyer interest remains high. Therefore, we expect that 2018 will continue to support upward pressure of prices.

New mortgage / financing rules, interest rate changes, and the outcome of future housing development in Whistler may all impact the market, but, until these issues have become more defined, the future looks bright for Pemberton.

The Pemberton real estate market truly is a micro market so individual sales and valuations may vary widely from the ‘norm’ so it is important to evaluate each property  individually. If you are interested in selling and wondering what your property might be worth, or if you are looking to buy and wondering how the market will impact you, contact me and I would be happy to discuss the current market situation with you.


SOLD! 232 Town Plaza

Date Posted: December 11, 2017

A Spacious Condo in Whistler Village

This fabulous and fully furnished 1 bedroom condo, with in-suite laundry, is located in the heart of Whistler Village. It is just a short stroll from the gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb to the left and Celebration Plaza to the right- with every amenity you could want between. Park your car and enjoy Village living! The open layout is perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Overlooking the Village Stroll, you will enjoy relaxing and watching the world go by from the balcony off of the living area. With this property, you can take advantage of unlimited owner use or generate revenue through nightly or long-term rentals. GST is not applicable. Strata fees are all inclusive (cable, phone, internet, electricity and natural gas) as well as common facilities such as hot tub, exercise room, a ski locker and underground parking.

Listed for $649,000 and sold $645,000 (99% of the asking price)!

“Amber provides expert advice and clear guidance throughout the selling process and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a seller I always felt I was in excellent hands and I was extremely happy with the result. This is the second time I have used Amber’s services and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell.” – Seller of 232 Town Plaza

This is a great time to sell in the Whistler real estate market. If you have been thinking of selling, this could be the right time.

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

Sold: November 2017


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