Real Estate Market Report: 2024 Q1

April 16, 2024

Let’s talk about the first quarter of 2024 in the Whistler and Pemberton real estate markets.

Over the course of the quarter, inventory levels ticked up, as did consumer confidence as a result of the Bank of Canada holding interest rates steady and suggesting that the first interest rate decrease will take place later this year. This has set the table for what we anticipate to be an active spring market.


In Whistler, there were a total of 117* sales in Q1, with sales increasing for two consecutive months in January and February and a slight slow-down in March. Overall sales volumes were in line with the same period last year, however the year-to-date dollar volume is up 9% vs Q1 2023. This is reflective of notable activity in the luxury market, with 12 sales over $4M in the quarter. We are proud to share that Whistler Real Estate Company agents represented either the buyer, seller or both in 11 of those 12 transactions. There were also record-setting deals in the condo and land categories that closed in Q1, further reinforcing the continued strength in the luxury market in Whistler. Buyer’s origin for Whistler was fairly typical, with 81% of purchasers and 82% of dollar volume coming from Canada. There was a slight increase in dollar volume from US buyers, who represented 13% in Q1 vs 10% in 2023. Listings increased across all categories vs Q1 2023, with single-family and townhome inventory rising 65% and 31%, respectively. Overall, the Q1 market conditions in Whistler were balanced.


The Pemberton market saw 17 sales in Q1 – 4 chalets with acreage, 2 chalets, 4 townhouses, 5 condos and 2 parcels of vacant land. This is 13% increase in sales from Q4 of last year, but a 26% decrease year-over-year.

Median sales prices for single-family homes, condos and townhouses were up slightly when compared to both the previous quarter and the same period last year, likely as a result of mortgage rates starting to come down. In regards to luxury sales in Pemberton, there were 2 sales over the $2M in Q1. In terms of buyer origin, 82% of Pemberton buyers in Q1 were from Pemberton or Whistler, with the additional 18% coming from Vancouver and West Vancouver. Inventory increased from 61 to 73 units over the course of the quarter, including 24 vacant lots presenting the opportunity to build. Overall, the Pemberton market leaned in favour of buyers in Q1.

Looking forward, we expect momentum to build in both the Whistler and Pemberton markets. From an economic standpoint, it is expected that Canada will avoid a recession and achieve the desired “soft landing” as we approach the 2% inflation target. The next interest rate announcement is June 5, where economists anticipate a rate hold, but may be influenced by the intentions of the US Federal Reserve. Overall, the second half of 2024 is expected to be stronger than the first half, and will drive the real estate markets in both Whistler and Pemberton.

As inventory levels have improved, it may be prudent for interested buyers to act now to have more choice and avoid peak competition. Active or prospective sellers may also want to consider the new capital gains tax increase that will apply to the sale of properties other than primary residences as of June 25, 2024.

*excluding parking stalls

Market Share

Whistler Real Estate Company agents represented 44% of the Whistler and Pemberton market in Q1 2024 and helped our clients achieve amazing outcomes.

Regulatory Notes

Foreign Buyers Ban

As previously noted, the Foreign Buyer Ban does not apply to the Whistler or Pemberton markets, nor does the Foreign Buyer Tax.

New Provincial Short-Term Rental Legislation

In May 2024, The BC government is introducing the Short-Term Rentals Accommodation Act. While short-term rentals in Whistler will not be impacted by the new regulation, there will be rules that those renting their properties for this purpose will need to follow (ie. obtaining and displaying your business license, and updating your listings on websites like Airbnb with your licensing information). The Village of Pemberton has chosen to opt-in to the new provincial legislation on short-term rentals, so reach out to your local Whistler Real Estate Company agent to find out what this means for your property.

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