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! 9109 Summer Lane

Date Posted: February 6, 2018

This cozy original Whistler cabin is set on a large 8,607 square foot lot on the shores of Green Lake. The southeast facing exposure offers lovely mountain and lake views. The ‘oldtimer’ cabin has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms – a perfect investment property while you plan your dream Whistler home.

Listed for $2,600,000 and sold for asking price.

“This is the third time we have worked with Amber Mann and we have never been disappointed. We have sold and bought with her assistance and I have always felt comfortable and confident with the experience. Her research and assessment of the market and her advice has always been excellent. We have, in the past, had some bad experiences with other real estate agents who we feel did not have our best interest in mind. With Amber this was never the case. Her attention to detail from the initial offer to closing and move-in were exceptional. We have enjoyed working with Amber and would not hesitate to work with her again and recommend her to our friends. “ – Buyer 9109 Summer Lane

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


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


JUST LISTED -460 Westin Resort & Spa Whistler – Now Sold

Date Posted: January 24, 2018

A Phase I Whistler Village Condo

$265,000

0.5 Bedroom   |   1 Bathroom   |   407 Sq.Ft.   |    Condo

The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler is an award-winning hotel in an ideal location steps from the Whistler and Blackcomb gondola base. Enjoy up to 56 days of personal use per year and earn fantastic, proven revenues whenever you are not using your suite. Ownership is easy with the Westin, which puts all of Whistler at your fingertips – from fine dining to luxury spas, to year-round adventure. More >>

Listed: 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


SOLD! 1368 Greenwood Street

Date Posted: November 21, 2017

A Family Home with Stunning Pemberton Views

Sitting in a quiet and private setting at the top of Greenwood Street, this family home captures dramatic Mount Currie views and plenty of sun. The bright, open living area with slate flooring throughout provides clear sight lines – whether you are entertaining friends or watching the kids play as you prepare dinner, you won’t miss a thing. Wood accents and a cozy fireplace provide a warm ambiance in the winter while the large walk-out deck will be a favourite place to spend warm summer days. With 4 bedrooms, 2 with ensuites and walk-in closets, there is room for everyone and enough left over for an office, den, or media room. Additional features include maintenance free landscaping, newer carpeting, and a single car garage. An additional 2 bedroom suite on its own meter provides an excellent mortgage helper.

Listed for $899,000 and sold for 97% of the asking price.

“We were fortunate to work with Amber on both the purchase of our property in 2008 and the sale of our home this fall. We would highly recommend Amber – she is prompt, efficient, friendly and fair. Amber knows Whistler and Pemberton like the back of her hand and is very involved in the activities and the communities of both. I only wish we could take her with us to the island !!” – Tracy Poole, Seller of 1368 Greenwood Street

With high demand, low inventory, and rising prices, the Pemberton real estate market is facing conditions that make it an excellent time to sell.

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! 204 Portage Station

Date Posted: November 15, 2017

An Ideal Pemberton Location

With an ideal location within walking distance to schools, amenities, One Mile Lake, and the community center this freshly painted condo is perfect for full-time living or as an investment property. The main floor offers a spacious open floor plan with new flooring, a sunny balcony off the living room, and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. Upstairs you will find 2 large bedrooms with all new carpeting. Other features include views of Mount Currie, in-suite laundry, and secure underground parking.

Listed for $329,000 and sold for 98% of the asking price.

“When looking to buy and, in the end, sell my first property, I wanted someone to help guide me through the process, make me aware of all the steps, potential pit falls and provide me with sound honest advise in all aspects to do with buying and selling. I couldn’t be happier having had Amber to do this for me and will be seeking her help in the future.” – Ross Dunlop, Seller of 204 Portage Station

With high demand, low inventory, and rising prices, the Pemberton real estate market is facing conditions that make it an excellent time to sell.

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!


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