So you’re thinking about buying your first Whistler home? It may be your first home or it may just be your first home in Whistler.
Either way it’s an exciting, but sometimes stressful process. There are lots of things to consider and lots of steps to take before you can receive the keys to your dream property.
Whistler is a wonderful place which is why so many people choose to live here or buy a property. However, the real estate market and processes can be a little confusing for those unfamiliar with them. Purchasing a property in Whistler is different to purchasing elsewhere – there are many additional things to take into consideration.
Here are some tips for buying your first Whistler home:
Do your research
When buying any property there are lots of factors to consider. What can you afford? What are your needs/requirements? What is the market like?
Buying a property in Whistler includes all the regular questions in addition to some zoning regulations. There are 25 different types of residential zoning in Whistler which may affect how the property is used.
Depending on how your potential property is classified it may determine whether it can be rented out or unoccupied for a certain amount of time. Because of these factors it is always important to do your research.
Understand the process
The first stage of the process is to determine what it is you are looking for and ultimately how much you can afford. You should seek pre-approval for a mortgage as this provides assurances to potential sellers and also allows you to narrow down your search by budget.
It is also necessary to fully understand how the searching and offer processes work. This can include how much to offer, getting a home inspection and completely understanding all documentation.
Speak to a Realtor
The best thing to do when looking for a property is to speak to a Realtor. They are experts in all aspects of the buying and selling process, as well as knowing the local area. Their job is to make the process easy for you and find your dream home.
The agents at Whistler Real Estate are all long-time locals and have been living and working here for years. They can help you understand the process as well as providing you with their in-depth knowledge of the local area and the real estate market.
If you’re interested in buying a property in Whistler you can check out our current listings or contact usHERE. Or, if you’re in town why not drop into the office and one of our agents will be happy to speak to you!