Buying a Luxury Home in Whistler

August 23, 2018
Whistler home at night

Whistler is full of incredible properties with some of the most impressive luxury homes in the country. From slopeside condos and townhomes to extravagant mountain chalets and retreats, buyers are spoilt for choice.

If you’re looking for something truly special and unique, you’ve come to the right place. We are Whistler’s leading real estate company* and are here to guide you through the entire process.

Finding The Right Realtor

When it comes to buying any property, finding the right Realtor is hugely important and is perhaps even truer when it comes to luxury. An agent should thoroughly understand your needs and be able to work towards your goal with your utmost trust.

In some case you may not find all the available luxury properties through conventional search channels and you must rely on a knowledgeable Realtor for this information.

The Whistler market is not like other markets and operates outside of regional and national trends. As such, working with a local agent who understands these nuances is paramount.

Determine Your budget

As with any property search it’s important to establish your budget before you start. Speak to your Realtor about your goals and determine all associated costs with the purchase of the home.

Securing pre-approval is also important, and with higher end purchases it is often beneficial to work with the bank you have a relationship with. They have your portfolio already and can assist with the process.

It is also helpful to research the specific tax laws of the region in which you are buying – this is especially relevant when purchasing property in a foreign country.

Looking For A Property

There are so many features when it comes to luxury properties. Know your wants before you start searching as it can be easy to get carried away and lose sight of your goals.

Map out your specific requirements, things you need, and the purpose of the home ahead of time. Discuss these goals with your Realtor and refer back to them when it comes to choosing between individual properties.

Most importantly take your time. Buying a home is a massive decision, and investments of this magnitude should never be taken lightly. One benefit of the luxury market is that you often have more time due to less competition and fewer serious offers.

Choosing The Right Home

At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing the right home, only you can make the decision. Familiarize yourself with the area, make sure the property aligns with your goals, and trust the process and your Realtor.

Getting a home inspection is essential and a home inspector who is clued up on the top-of-the-range home features will make all the difference.

As a final note it’s also important to think about the future of the home. Speak to your agent about the plans for the area and ensure that the features you love, such as an incredible view, won’t be obstructed by things like planned future builds. This ties in with the property’s potential resale value as well. Choosing a home with unique architectural features, or a certain design, may be to your taste, however, it might not always be to that of other buyers.

That being said, if you love the property, then that shouldn’t stop you from buying the home of your dreams!


For more information on luxury real estate in Whistler, get in touch with one of our local experts.


*Data from Whistler Listing System Statistics

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