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Whistler Blackcomb is now fully owned by Vail Resorts and along with the completion of sale (October 17th) come some extra perks for Whistler Blackcomb pass holders.

Check out this great article in the Pique outlining the extra perks  Whistler Blackcomb Officially owned by Vail Resorts

 

Also in the news . . . Rob Katz,CEO of Vail Resorts, and wife Elana Amsterdam have donated $330,000 to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for local initiatives for dealing with youth mental health/substance abuse and a for healthy lunch program for financially restricted familes.  

For details Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Donation

Be just steps from the Village Gondolas at the Hilton Whistler Resort!   

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This rare 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner lock-off unit with decks and great views is fully turn key and ready for your arrival. 

For further details 378-380 Hilton Whistler Resort

 

Lots more exciting events happening at Crankworx & Kidsworx this weekend!

Don't miss the Giant Dual Slalom & the signature Red Bull Joyride!

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For more info on what's happening Crankworx Whistler Schedule

Photo Credit:  Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

A fantastic opportunity to build your dream home in Whistler's exclusive Kadenwood neighbourhood!

 

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This property is located in Upper Kadenwood with excellent ski-in/ski-out access to slopes of Whistler Mountain and the top station of the private Kadenwood Gondola. There are only a few vacant pieces left in this luxury neighbourhood and this property stands out for its central location, flat building envelope, views and sunshine. New building bylaws allow for a larger build than the 4000sq ft when initially sold. Call for more details!! 

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Put on your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day in Whistler!

 

Whistler Canada Day

 

Pancake  Breakfast

Kick off the day with a Pancake Breakfast  at Florence Peterson Park from 9 to 11am.  Entry by donation with proceeds going to the Whistler Community Services Society.

 

Canada Day Parade

A Whistler favourite, this community parade has over 50 floats.  Everyone can be a part of the parade - bring your little ones and participate in the Pique's Pedal Parade - decorate your bicycle and yourself with red & white keeping in mind this year's theme of Stong, Proud & Free. For more details Pique Pedal Parade   If you're not pedaling find a spot along the way and cheer on your favourite float.  The parade starts at Noon at Whistler Olympic Plaza and ends at Mountain Square.  

 

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Performance

Gather your friends and family for a picnic on the Great Lawn at Whistler Olympic Plaza then relax and enjoy a wonderful free performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

 

 

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Great opportunity to have your Whistler 'cabin in the woods' with this top floor 2 bedroom townhome.  Enjoy being just a short bike ride on Whistler's Valley Trail to all the amenities of Alta Lake as well as great proximity to Whistler Mountain.  For more details visit #404 Nordic Vista

Whether you are selling your lifetime home or an investment property, finding and choosing an agent is a big decision. Here are 3 tips on finding a right realtor in selling your house.

Research

Our Find an Agent feature lets you know which agents are working in your area, and you can start your search there.

Combine this with an extensive online search to explore their website, blog and any reviews or recommendations from clients.

Make a shortlist and meet with them personally.

Put together a list of the questions to ask those on your shortlist.

Here’s some suggested questions once you’ve made an appointment for a chat with them:

  • What is your experience as a real estate agent?
  • Are you employed full time or part time as an agent?
  • How long have you worked in this particular location?
  • How many property sales were you involved with last year?
  • Do you normally represent buyers or sellers?
  • How many properties do you currently have listed?
  • How many prospective buyers approach you?
  • What do you perceive your personal strengths are as a real estate agent?
  • What do you think our property is worth in the current market and how did you arrive at that figure?
  • Which marketing strategy do you suggest is the best one to pursue for our property?

Don’t be alarmed if agents suggest meeting at your house. This gives them the opportunity to conduct an appraisal and get a sense of how they can best serve you. This service should be provided for free and in no way obligates you to engage the agent. Source: Realestate

Talk with Recent Clients

Ask agents to provide a list of what they've listed and sold in the past year, with contact information, says Ron Phipps, past president of the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, or NAR. Before you start calling the names, ask the agent if anyone will be "particularly pleased or particularly disappointed," he says.

With past clients, "I'd like to know what the asking price was and then what the sales price was," says William Poorvu, adjunct professor emeritus at Harvard Business School and co-author of "The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide to Decision-making and Investment."

And, if you're the seller, ask if these past properties are similar to yours in price, location and other salient features, Poorvu says. What you want is someone who specializes in exactly what you're selling. Source: BankRate

Make Sure Your Agent Has Backup

Lowry says that it's important for an agent to have at least one assistant; many agents have a team of specialists to help them. Advertising a home today is "not just the Sunday paper anymore," he says. "All the various outlets -- many online -- require feeding and nurturing, collecting quantifiable analytics and forwarding the info to sellers." At the same time, you don't want to communicate through the assistants all the time; you want an agent with whom you can talk directly. To quell the inevitable seller's anxiety, find out how frequently you'll receive updates from the agent. Source: Kiplinger

Contact:

Rob Palm - Whistler Real Estate Company
4308 Main St #17,

Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

(604) 905-8833   

In this article, we'll introduce you to many ways to make money investing in real estate, such as: basic rental property, real estate investment groups and investing in real estate.

Below are 3 simple ways to invest in real estate:

Basic Rental Property

There is another way to invest in real estate with long-term rentals; commercial properties. To be honest I have never invested in commercial and I am not an expert on investing in commercial. Rent terms are usually much longer with commercial and it can take a very long time to find a tenant. There are many types of leases: some leases have the tenant paying everything including repairs and maintenance. Other leases have the owner paying almost everything including converting/remodeling the property to the tenants needs. With commercial properties, loan terms are much different with shorter terms and higher interest rates. In my area the rate of return is just not good enough for me to venture into commercial, again that may be different in different areas of the country. It is a good idea to talk to a commercial expert before you invest in real estate with commercial properties. Source: InvestFourMore

Real Estate Investment Groups

Real estate investment groups are sort of like small mutual funds for rental properties. If you want to own a rental property, but don't want the hassle of being a landlord, a real estate investment group may be the solution for you. A company will buy or build a set of apartment blocks or condos and then allow investors to buy them through the company, thus joining the group. A single investor can own one or multiple units of self-contained living space, but the company operating the investment group collectively manages all the units, taking care of maintenance, advertising vacant units and interviewing tenants. In exchange for this management, the company takes a percentage of the monthly rent.

There are several versions of investment groups, but in the standard version, the lease is in the investor's name and all of the units pool a portion of the rent to guard against occasional vacancies, meaning that you will receive enough to pay the mortgage even if your unit is empty. The quality of an investment group depends entirely on the company offering it. In theory, it is a safe way to get into real estate investment, but groups are vulnerable to the same fees that haunt the mutual fund industry. Once again, research is the key. Source: Investopedia

Investing in Real Estate

Buying real estate is about more than just finding a place to call home. Investing in real estate has become increasingly popular over the last fifty years and has become a common investment vehicle. Although the real estate market has plenty of opportunities for making big gains, buying and owning real estate is a lot more complicated than investing in stocks and bonds. In this article, we'll go beyond buying a home and introduce you to real estate as an investment. Source: Linkedin

Real estate market has plenty of opportunities for making big gains, buying and owning real estate. If you want to know more about real estate investments, please give us a call or contact us here.

Contact:

Rob Palm - Whistler Real Estate Company
4308 Main St #17, Whistler,

BC V0N 1B4
(604) 905-8833

 

If you are getting ready to sell your property, you want to make a big impression. Here are 3 etiquette rules every home seller should know, including: keeping your pets, being patient waiting for waiting for feedback and listening to professionals.

Below are etiquette rules every home seller should know:

Keeping your Pets

If you have a dog or cat, you will have to take extra steps to ensure it doesn’t go running out the the door during open houses or showings (It happens more often than you would think.) That means telling every agent who will show the house that you have a pet and that it’s not allowed out, a warning that can get annoying after a while. Also, don't forget to stay on top of cleaning your pet's shit before showings, please. Source: Biggerpocket

Being Patient Waiting for Feedback   

Of course, you're dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. Buyers often want to process what they've seen and think it over before making an offer. If one comes through, don't worry, you'll hear about it!

"It is reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer's agent to respond," Hayward says. Source: Foxnews

Listening to the Professionals

If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell the home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally.

“Don’t shoot the messenger,” says Caroline Gosselin, a Realtor with Sotheby’s Prominent Properties. “Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about the house, be it a Realtor or an inspector. It’s immature and unmannerly not to be able to take criticism and be able to move on.” Source: Realtor

Contact:

Rob Palm - Whistler Real Estate Company

 4308 Main St #17, Whistler,

BC V0N 1B4

 (604) 905-8833

Rob Palm

T: 604 905 2860 | F: 604 932 1279 | E: rob@wrec.com
#17-4308 Main Street, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4