Q: Why did you move to Whistler?
A: To snowboard in these magnificent mountains and live in a town where outdoor enthusiasts seemed to thrive. I grew up at a fishing resort on Lake of the Woods, so being surrounded by nature and getting outside to enjoy it is in my DNA. I had just graduated from UBC and had been coming up to Whistler on ski and snowboard trips and decided to take the leap of faith, get out of the city and immerse myself in the mountain lifestyle.
Q: What did you do when you first arrived?
A: I arrived in the fall of 1997 and began teaching my passion of snowboarding as a private instructor, coach of the Ride Tribe kids program, and freestyle coach for groups of International students that came here to progress their snowboarding while learning English.
Q: When did you get into Real Estate?
A: I began marketing real estate and real estate development projects in 2013 with a consulting firm and then shifted into luxury vacation rental property management in Whistler in 2016. The natural next step was to become licensed and I am now thrilled to be a part of the WREC team!
Q: What do you enjoy about the lifestyle here?
A: Ha! What’s not to enjoy? I have lived in other resort towns, but Whistler really has the best of all worlds. You can be a part of the action and excitement in the village, or you can easily escape to the serenity of the mountains and lakes.
Some of my favourite things to enjoy in Whistler are snowboarding, backcountry touring, playing ice hockey, mountain biking, taking in a yoga class, buying local produce at the farmer’s market or eating at one of the amazing local restaurants, and introducing people to Whistler for the first time.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to buy property here?
A: Firstly, just do it. Whistler is on the map and it is one of the most incredible year-round resort communities in the world.
Secondly, it depends on your reasons for buying. I would say it’s important to get to know the area, the different neighbourhoods and which facilities and amenities are nearby that are important to you. If you’re looking for rental income property, become informed about the historical expenses and revenue reports specific to different properties or complexes.
And if you’re from out of town or new to Whistler, talk to locals. There’s more to Whistler than meets the eye, so it’s always helpful to get insider tips!
Q: What is your favourite thing about working with your clients?
A: I love connecting with people and creating lasting relationships. Sharing the amazing possibilities that are available in Whistler or showing people Whistler for the first time and helping people to achieve their goals of living or owning here is so rewarding.
Q: What is your favourite season and why?
A: Winter. The town is covered in beautiful, sparkly snow and I get to enjoy my favourite sports: snowboarding and ice hockey with long-time friends as well as new members of the community. There’s nothing quite like the glow on people’s faces after a great day of skiing or riding powder on the mountain. (Summer is amazing too!)
Q: If you were not a real estate agent, what would you be?
A: Likely something that revolves around the mountain resort lifestyle and helping people to enjoy it.
Q: What makes you smile the most?
A: Special moments with amazing people. Like, riding fresh, untouched, powder in the trees with a small group of friends and just basking in the sheer joy of it. I like the type of experiences that deepen your connection with friends, and ones that you reminisce about in the future. There’s a reason we speak about those moments by saying, “Remember that time when….?”
Q: How do you decompress or how would you spend your ideal day?
A: A leisurely coffee in the sunshine to start, then getting together with a few friends to do something fun in the outdoors whether it’s biking and swimming in the lake in summer or snowboarding in the winter, followed by a relaxing hot tub, then dinner of fabulous food and wine shared with good conversation and great people. A simple Whistler-living kind of day!
Q: What accomplishment do you consider to be the most significant in your career or in your life?
A: Choosing the paths I’ve wanted to take and making them a reality. Having lived and worked in some incredible places in the world and being able to make Whistler home and become a long-term member of this community is an accomplishment unto itself. I’ve been told I’m lucky, but things happen because you make decisions and you work towards them. Creating that mindset and proactively taking steps to achieve living your best life through career and community are truly an accomplishment in my mind.
Q: Finally, in one sentence, why should people come live here?
A: The combination of incredible nature, fabulous restaurants, arts and culture, live music, workshops, facilities, sports and education programs, and of course the community that’s at the heart of it all truly make Whistler a magical place.
Looking to sell or list a property, reach out to Theresa for assistance!