Frequently Asked Questions

The Answer: A lot.

RE/MAX lists more homes over $1 million than any other company in the world. A lot more. The company that lists the second most: Luxury Real Estate, to which RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate also belongs. So when you list with RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, you win in a number of ways.

Luxury-properties

Luxury buyers are global citizens, and RE/MAX is the most global real estate brand. In fact, RE/MAX is one of the top 5 brands in the world. RE/MAX is not just the world’s top real estate brand, it’s one of the world’s most recognized brands, period. Buyers from around the world come to us because they’re comfortable with the RE/MAX brand, and they’re confident that RE/MAX agents know their stuff.

With RE/MAX’s global brand exposure comes RE/MAX’s unsurpassed internet exposure. Most people start their real estate search online, and RE/MAX is the top searched real estate website in BC, beating out local MLS systems, including REALTOR.ca. In addition to the internet exposure given by RE/MAX, luxuryrealestate.com is the most searched luxury real estate website in the world. RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate is the regent for all of British Columbia, meaning our listings come up first for our region. Furthermore, we’re a reciprocity brokerage, which means our listings go our to all the other real estate sites, agents, and companies that participate in reciprocity.

The bottom line is: We showcase your home in more places, locally, regionally, and globally, by far.

Whether you’re buying or selling, a real estate transaction can be a stressful experience. That’s why RE/MAX has the exclusive Tranquilli-T program to make the process a little less intimidating. The Tranquilli-T Program by Elite is peace of mind, guaranteed.

When you choose a participating RE/MAX Agent with an eligible property, you benefit from:

  • Protection from additional expenses incurred caused by a delay or withdrawal on the part of the seller or buyer.
  • Protection for the seller or the buyer in the event of the death of the buyer or the buyer’s spouse.
  • Legal assistance and legal protection for issues resulting from the real estate transaction for up to a full year after completion.

This means, with eligible properties, you’re protected if a disaster (such as a house fire or death of a buyer) happens before your home sale closes. Your transaction still completes and you can go on your merry way. If you’re a buyer, with a participating agent and an eligible property, you’re also protected if something should happen to your new home purchase or the seller before your transaction closes.

This is why you want to be sure to use a RE/MAX agent who participates in the Tranquilli-T program. Certain restrictions apply. Please call me, Matt Chiasson, for details.

In addition to Condos, Townhomes, Single Family Homes,Duplexes for residential, full-time use, there are several unique property types available in Whistler, geared toward the part time resort resident, full time resident who lives and works in Whistler, and the property investor.

Shared Ownership: Whistler offers this unique product suited to those who consistently spend time in our community, but do not live here full time. Shared ownership options include fully deeded 1/2 ownership, 1/4 ownership, and 1/10 ownership opportunities.

Resident Restricted: In order to accommodate Whistler Locals who live and work in Whistler full time, affordable Resident Restricted properties were introduced. These properties exist in several neighbourhoods. Buyers of these properties must meet certain criteria, to be verified by the Whistler Housing Authority.

Estate Lots & Vacant Land: There are still some available vacant land properties in Whistler. Many of these Estate Lots afford beautiful views, and are perfect to build your dream home. The best priced vacant land opportunities are currently in WedgeWoods, just north of Whistler. Some of the properties even come with house plans and a builder who can guide you through the process of creating your dream Whistler home.

Commercial Opportunities for retail and office space are available throughout Whistler Village, Upper Village, Whistler Creekside, Function Junction, and most recently at Rainbow.

Residential Use

Properties zoned for residential use may be used as primary residences, long-term or seasonal rentals – for periods not less than 30 days – or for personal and recreational use. They may not be used for commercial activities such as nightly rentals or short-term rentals.

Resident Restricted

In order to accommodate Whistler Locals who live and work in Whistler full time, affordable Resident Restricted properties were introduced. These properties exist in several neighbourhoods. Buyers of these properties must meet certain criteria to be verified by the Whistler Housing Authority.

Tourist Accommodation Zoning:

Properties with this zoning allow guests to rent on a short term basis either through a professional rental management firm or directly through the property owner. Some of these tourist accommodations have covenants registered against the title which determine the conditions of rental management and personal use of the property.

Phase II Covenant

These are generally Condo-Hotel properties, such as the Westin Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort & Spa and Pan Pacific Mountainside, although there are some Phase I units in various Condo-Hotels. This covenant allows the owner personal use of the property up to 56 days of the year, including 28 days in the summer and 28 days in the winter. For the days that the property is available for rent, the owner receives the rental fees, less the hotel, management &/or Condo fees and expenses. This type of property is best suited to those who visit Whistler for a few weeks per year, or investors interested in revenue producing properties and long term capital gain.

There are many, many types of zoning in Whistler, and as such, it can be confusing to determine which type fo properties will suit your needs. I am happy to help by answering any zoning or property questions you have. Please feel free to give me a call at (604) 935-9171 or send me a message at matt@myseatosky.com

 

Tourist Accommodation Zoning:

Properties with this zoning allow guests to rent on a short term basis either through a professional rental management firm or directly through the property owner. Some of these tourist accommodations have covenants registered against the title which determine the conditions of rental management and personal use of the property.

Phase I Covenant

The owner has unlimited personal use and the property should be made available for nightly, short-term or long-term rental when not in use by the owner. In most cases, owners can choose their own rental management company, rent out the property themselves and/or use the property personally. These properties are found throughout Whistler, but the majority are located just a short walk from the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas.

There are many, many types of zoning in Whistler, and as such, it can be confusing to determine which type fo properties will suit your needs. I am happy to help by answering any zoning or property questions you have. Please feel free to give me a call at (604) 935-9171 or send me a message at matt@myseatosky.com .

Shared Ownership

Whistler offers this unique product suited to those who consistently spend time in our community, but do not live here full time. Shared ownership options include 1/2 ownership, 1/4 ownership, and 1/10 ownership. These are fully deeded properties that real estate agents can help you to buy or sell. There are also single week timeshares available at many properties around town.