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Whistler is a unique and special place with a diverse and complex range of real estate. Knowledge of the property and the market in which it is being marketed is critical. Let my experience and knowledge work for you. Being a member of RE/MAX gives me international exposure to approximately 100,000 international realtors. Along with my strong relationships to the Whistler Realtors and the Resort Community, I will sell your real estate for the best price and in the least amount of time.

My commitment as your listing realtor:

  • To provide you with an accurate analysis of the current market conditions to assist you in making a knowledgable decision on listing price.
  • To provide you with a regular update on New Listings which would be considered comparable real estate
  • To provide you with accurate and timely Sales information of real estate which is comparable to your real estate
  • To provide you with timely feedback on any viewings of your real estate
  • To assist you in making your home “show ready” by providing you with a sellers information package. For further information on Staging your home visit www.whistlerinteriordecorator.com

As your Listing Realtor my marketing will include:

  • I will market your property on the Multiple Listing System www.MLS.ca
  • I will market your property on the Whistler Listing System
  • I will market your property on my personal website www.sherrybaker.ca
  • I will market your property on www.remax.ca, www.remax-whistler.net and www.myseatosky.com
  • I will market your property on www.Luxuryrealestate.com (when applicable)
  • I will market your property on www.luxuryhomemarketing.com (when applicable)
  • I will market your property on in the REMAX collection section of all remax websites and publicaitons
  • I will advertise on a regular basis in the local papers, where international visitors are in constant access to.
  • I will display your property in the Remax Portfolio, published 5 times per year
  • I will print advertise where applicable in the Robb Report, Dupont Registry and Luxury Homes.
In conclusion, I guarantee I will market you property to the fullest, with all assets available to me and will ensure that you get the highest value in the least amount of time.


Buying Information and Resources

Zoning in Whistler

There are many different types of residential zoning in the Whistler area. Some of these zonings allow the use of the property for the purposes of short term rental also referred to as “nightly rental” or tourist accommodation (1 – 28 consecutive nights) and some prohibit it, allowing only “ long term rental” ( no less that 28 consecutive nights) .

Individual properties that permit usage as tourist accommodation may also have covenants registered against the title which determine the amount and type of personal and public usage of the property. These are generally referred to as Phase One and Phase Two properties and are found, for the most part, in the Whistler Village and the Blackcomb Benchlands.

Phase One Units

These units are also known as "unrestricted" and are mostly one to two and three bedroom condominiums and townhome style properties. There are no restrictions on owner usage of these properties. Phase one covenant is the most versatile, as you can rent them short term, long term or live in them full time. There are many rental management companies that will take care of rentals for you, or you can orchestrate the rentals your self.

Phase Two Units

These units are also known as "restricted" and are studio, one and two bedroom apartment condominiums incorporated in an ongoing hotel operation. The number of days that the owner is allowed to use the unit is restricted to 56 nights per year( 28 nights in the summer months and 28 nights through the winter months). . The benefits to these units include revenue, potential tax shelter and the various hotel services and facilities. These investments are best for the occasional.

What are the Associated Costs/fees for Buyers?


There are fees associated with buying any home anywhere in world - here is a brief summary of the fees associated with buying a home both for residents and non-residents in Whistler:

  • Costs of Mortgage including:
    a. Appraisal (if applicable)
    b. Land Title Registration fees
  • Fire Insurance Premium
  • Lawyer or Notary Fees & Expenses
    a. Searching title
    b. Investigating title
    c. Drafting documents
    d. Land Title Registration fees
  • Taxes
    a. Goods & Services Tax (if applicable)
    b. Property Tax Adjustment
    c. Property Purchase Tax (see below)
    d. Sales Tax (if applicable)
  • Strata maintenance fees (if property is part of a strata corporation)
  • Survey Certificate (if required)

Resident Fees

  • Property Transfer Tax: This is a Provincial Government Tax that applies to all transfers of real estate and is payable on the completion date. The rate of the tax is 1% on the first $200,000 of the purchase price and 2% on the balance.
  • Goods and Services Tax: The GST is a 5% tax that applies to the purchase of new construction and on the resale of accommodations that have been rented out for short term or nightly rental. The payment of the GST can be deferred if the new purchaser intends to use the accommodation for short term or nightly rental at least 90% of the time and they become a GST registrant. Independent legal / accounting advise should always be obtained.
  • Tourism Whistler Assessment Fees: These are quarterly fees payable to Tourism Whistler and are calculated based on the number of bed units (one bedroom equals two bed units) in the accommodation. If you are using the accommodation for personal use only and it is not available for rental more than 14 days a year, you may apply to pay a lower rate of this fee. Further information can be obtained on the Tourism Whistler Website at www.tourismwhistler.com
  • Insurance: Buyers are required to arrange insurance on single family residential accommodations, and liability and contents insurance on strata-titled properties.
  • Condominiums: Of special concern to condominium purchasers, there will be monthly maintenance charges, and the Strata Corporation is also entitled to levy special assessments for extraordinary expenses if necessary.

Non-Resident Fees

The above fees also apply to non-residents of Canada, however here are a few details that should also be understood:
  • Withholding Tax on Rental Income: You may obtain an exemption from the 25% non-residents are required to pay to Revenue Canada by filling out a simple form called an NR6, explaining that the projected rental income is less than the anticipated expenses associated with the property. After filling out this form, you must also file a tax return with Revenue Canada.
  • Execution of Mortgage Documents: Once the borrower has signed a commitment letter with the lender, the lender will instruct a lawyer or notary to draw the mortgage security. These documents must be couriered to the borrower for their execution in the presence of a notary public. What this means to the buyer is simply that sufficient time be allowed to courier the documents as faxes or other methods of transmission are not possible in this case.

Payment and Mortgage info

  • It is recommended that the purchaser open a bank account in Whistler for the transfer of funds. The balance of the purchase price must be paid by certified cheque or bank draft in Canadian funds. Since exchange rates fluctuate from institution to institution, from day to day, and depending on the amount to be exchanged, it is important to research this before the completion date. Visit http://privateclient.customhouse.com for information on transferring funds internationally.
  • Completing the Transaction: It is critical to complete transactions on the designated completion date in British Columbia. The vendor has the option of cancelling the contract of Purchase and Sale should the funds not be paid on the stipulated completion date, and is entitled to retain the deposit. It is not uncommon for vendors who wish to continue with the transaction to demand interest or additional charges for extensions for late completion.
  • It is important to note that some rules are different in Canada and you should be aware of them.
  • I recommend you obtain independant professional advise regarding mortgages. Please contact Eileen Craig or Karen Garret at Garibaldi Mortgage 604-905-3800 or visit www.garibaldimortgage.com


Real Estate Related links
and services

Lawyers

Chuck Piercey
Ratcliff & Company LLP

500-221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver. B.C. V7M 3J3
Ph.: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 980-9522

 

Peter Shrimpton
Mountain Conveyancing

Division of Mountain Law Corp.
#27-1212 Alpha Lake Road,
Whistler, B.C. V0N 1B1.
Tel:604-932-5674,
Fax: 604-932-2357

 

Mortgage Brokers

Eileen Craig AMB
Garibaldi Mortgage

213-4368 Main Street
Whistler, B.C. V0N 1B4
Direct 604.905.1414 /
fax 604.905.3801
Cell 604.938.3840
Toll Free 877.932.2688 ext.14
Toll Free fax 877.932.2690  
www.garibaldimortgage.com

Michelle Ellis BA, AMP
Global Mortgage Corp.

PO Box 2631 Garibaldi Highlands
Squamish BC V0N 1T0
604-905-9063 Whistler
604-898-5732 Fax

Accountants  

Lam Lo
Nishio Chartered Accountants

488 - 555 West 12th Ave.
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 3X7  Canada
Tel.: 604-872-8883      
Fax: 604-872-8889      
E-mail: don@lamlonishio.ca, mike@lamlonishio.ca, bernard@lamlonishio.ca  
Web: www.lamlonishio.ca  

BDO Dunwoody LLP
Suite 104-1080 Millar Creek Rd
Whistler BC V0n 1B1
604-932-3799
604-932-3764
khuggard@bdo.ca