Real Estate Market Report: 2023 Year End

January 11, 2024

2023 was an overall slower year in the Whistler and Pemberton real estate markets, allowing inventory to tick up while prices held. The main drivers of the lower sales volume were the impacts of inflation on households and the overall borrowing power of buyers as a result of the sustained high interest rates throughout the year.


In Whistler, there were a total of 490* sales in 2023, which is a 13% drop from 2022 and the lowest annual sales volume our market has seen in the last 10 years. Total sales dollar volume in the Whistler market was $867M, about $60 million shy of the 10-year average. Prices, however, remained strong, with the median sale price of a Whistler property surpassing both the 2020 and 2021 medians from the heat of the pandemic market. The median number of days for a property to sell in 2023 was 32, up from 21 in 2022, but remains below the 10-year average of 39 days. Despite a slower overall year for the market in 2023, the luxury segment remained strong with 39 sales over $4M in 2023, including a record-breaking $32 million sale. With Whistler’s exclusion from Canada’s foreign buyer ban, international buyers continued to purchase properties in 2023, accounting for approximately 13% of property purchases and 20% of dollar volume. The largest contingent of international buyers came from the United States, with US buyers representing 8% of all property purchases in the Whistler market last year.

In regard to inventory, there were 838* units brought to market this year, which is 50 fewer than last year, and the lowest number of units to hit the market in the last decade. Despite this, inventory levels were higher month-to-month versus last year (which witnessed a slow climb up from record-low inventory levels in December 2021) due to the slower sales volume, offering potential buyers more choices than they had over the course of the last couple of years.


In Pemberton, there were 98* sales in 2023, up slightly from 93* in 2022, but 32% below the 5-year average. Continued high borrowing costs are responsible for the sustained below-average sales numbers. Prices remained strong with a median transaction price of $852,000, the highest Pemberton has seen. This stemmed from a notable increase in luxury sales in Pemberton in 2023 with 7 sales over $2M versus only 3 in 2022. Median days to sell for a property in Pemberton was 33, up from 23 in 2022 but still well below the 5-year average of 37 days.

In regard to inventory, there were 199* new listings brought to market, 34 of which were parcels of vacant land. The average number of units available this year was 66*, up 14% from the 5-year inventory average.

Regulatory Notes

As previously noted, the Foreign Buyer Ban does not apply to the Whistler or Pemberton markets, nor does the Foreign Buyer Tax. However, as it currently stands, the Whistler and Pemberton are not exempt from the Underused Housing Tax and we suggest that you talk to your accountant to see what this means for your particular property and situation.

2024 Predictions

Looking to 2024, we expect to see increased sales volumes in both the Whistler and Pemberton markets. As inflation approaches the target range and the past two years of quantitative tightening measures work their way through the Canadian economy in the form of mortgage renewals, it has been predicted that the Bank of Canada will begin dropping interest rates in 2024. There has already been some downward trending in longer-term mortgage rates.  This would increase the buying power of consumers and fuel the housing market, with the Canadian Real Estate Association Predicting a 9% increase in home sales and a 1.5% increase in home prices this year. We expect increased competition in the Whistler and Pemberton markets, which both have limited supply and strong demand.

That’s it for our year-end recap. For more information about the market or if you are looking to buy or sell, contact your local Whistler Real Estate Company agent. The Whistler Real Estate Company has been the leading brokerage in Whistler since 1978 and we thank our clients for making us number one again in 2023. Cheers to 2024!

*excluding parking stalls

The information provided is based on data collected from sources deemed reliable (Whistler Listing System); however, WREC accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of information provided by third parties. This information is general in nature and is provided for information purposes only.

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