Steve Legge - Your Whistler Realtor

604.902.3335 | steve@wrec.com

Steve Legge - Your Whistler & Pemberton Realtor


604.902.3335 | steve@wrec.com

March 2014 Newsletter

 
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My new and updated website is now up and running! Check it out at leggie.com and let me know what you think if you have a moment. The site now works on all devises with easy navigation. I hope you like it.

I am thankful we didn't have much snow in January so I could get the new site going, but February was tough, holly smokes... We have had tons of snow! Skiing has been excellent and now the sun has come out for the start of BC March Break. If you have time, get up here, it's great on the mountains. I was in a number of the retail ski shops and everything is on sale. It is time to take advantage of that if you can.

I hope to see you on the hill over March break.
 
Market Update
People love stats, so that's what my March newsletter is about.

2013 showed more sales again meaning that we have seen steady growth over the past 3 years. The biggest area of growth was seen in single family homes / chalets.

Below are a few stats that I'd like to highlight. As you can see, 75% of buyers are still coming from with a 200 kilometer radius.




With less properties available now than a year ago, and interest rates still very good, sales are happening. I was in 2 bidding wars in February and, I am happy to say, I won both. Buyers have to be ready as this is becoming a little more common when a new listing comes out that is priced well. I try to avoid them, but sometimes it can't be helped.

To see the full 2013 stats package on all property types please click this link.

Call or email me anytime to discuss these stats and/or the state of the Whistler real estate market.
 
 
Featured Listings

901 Alta Vista Pointe #901 Alta Vista Pointe     

3050 Hillcrest Drive
Alta Vista
  
List Price: 649,000
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Floor Area: 1,151 Sq. Ft.
 
 

8131 Muirfield Cres Summer Ext 8131 Muirfield Crescent     

Green Lake Estates
  
List Price: 1,995,000
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
Floor Area: 3,456 Sq. Ft.
  
 

2856 Clifftop Lane Living Room 2856 Clifftop Lane      

Bayshores
  
List Price: 1,249,000
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4
Floor Area: 2,600 Sq. Ft.
  
 
Don't see something you like here?
 
Family News
We've had a great winter of Hockey. Aiden just finished last weekend with his Atom Rep team placing 3rd in their division. Taylor has her first Tournament this coming weekend and then it's family ski time over March break. Andrea has booked off during the break from Children's Hospital, so we will be around if you are up and want to make some turns with us.

We hope you're enjoying March, time for us to enjoy the sun!!
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As always, if you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling and would like more specific information, call or e-mail me any time.

 

Regards,

Steve

Around the Valley
March 14 & 15    
17th Annual Showcase Showdown -
The longest running Canadian Snowboard competition is back with the 17th annual Showcase Showdown this year will be bigger and better than ever. It will be a 2 day event for the first time ever.

March 15
Performance Series: Le Vent du Nord - Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America.

March 17 - 21
TEDActive 2014 - The theme for TEDActive 2014 is "The Next Chapter". We'll be seeking to understand the significant developments of the last 30 years and applying that knowledge to understand what's ahead and it is all happening in the pristine powdery peaks of Whistler.  

March 29    
Performance Series: Music at Whistler - An evening of classical music and film excerpts from internationally celebrated violinist Peter Krysa and distinguished pianist Scott Dunn. They will be joined by performers from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.

  

March 30      

 The Woppet Cross-Country Ski Event - Finish off the nordic ski season in style with the 5th annual Whistler Olympic Park Loppet. It starts and finishes at the Whistler Olympic Park daylodge, wrapping up with a BBQ.

  

April 4 - 6 
Whistler Cup - The Whistler Cup is one of the most important ski races in North America for youth athletes from ages 11 to 14.


April 11 - 20 
World Ski & Snowboard Festival -  The festival returns with a line-up that reflects Whistler's unique mountain culture; from top athletes pushing the limits of their sport to free outdoor concerts, innovative fashion, photography, film, and non-stop nightlife. 
  

April 18   

Spring Fling - Enjoy a night of gallery hopping and visit all of Whistler's fine art galleries for an end of season reception.  
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November 2013 Newsletter

I hope this newsletter finds you happy and healthy. Ski season is now upon us and, I'm not sure why but, I am more keen this year than I have been in the past few. I skied Whistler last Wednesday and it was really good. The grooming and snow were excellent. Blackcomb Mountain, or as I call it, the back of my hand, opens today!! Rumor has it (I talked with a couple senior management folks) that Blackcomb has a solid snow base and you will find it better than you might expect. So, if you can make some time to ski before the Christmas rush, do it. I hope to see you on the hill.

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April 2013 Newsletter

Spring has Sprung here in Whistler and I am back to wearing shorts, at least for now! Whistler Mountain is now closed for skiing, but Blackcomb is open and the skiing is great. Thanks for an awesome season Whistler Blackcomb!

The Nicklaus North Golf course opens on May 3rd. This is the earliest opening I can recall. I went by and talked with the maintenance guys and they said that the course wintered incredibley well, so here's to a great summer.

 

 

Market Update

After the first quarter of 2013, the numbers are very positive. We have had a solid increase in Chalet sales. Growth has been steady in the Phase 1 Condo sector and down a little for Townhomes.

The number of active properties on the market are at the lowest point in the past 4 years, yet overall sales continue at a solid pace. Total sales volume sits at 119 sales versus 117 for the same period last year (not including Time Share or Quarter Share sales). With 34 sales so far in 2013, chalet sales are up by 36% as compared to the first quarter of 2012, where we saw 24 sales. With a decrease of 2% from last year's numbers, condos sales have dropped from 43 to 42, so there has been no real change there. Townhome sales have dropped by 16% from 50 sold in the first quarter of 2012 to 42 the the current year. As for Phase 2 Condos, they are still struggling in price for sellers where new buyers are getting 3.5% R.O.I. on a Phase 2 like the Westin for example.

So why the swing from Townhomes to Chalets? I am finding that buyers are looking for bigger places, or places to share with another family and that is why I think we are seeing this shift. I'm also hearing from buyers that Real Estate is a good value now in Whistler, and the Stock market isn't, so they are taking advantage of the current pricing. The other notable trend I see, is that there are fewer buyers looking for rental properties, prefering instead to enjoy all the great seasons here in Whistler themselves.

If you'd like a more in depth view of the numbers, let's talk, my cell is always on.

 

Featured Listings

36 Mountain Trails#36 Mountain Trails   

7410 Flint Street
 Pemberton
  
List Price: 249,000
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Floor Area: 958 Sq. Ft.
 
 

Tyndall Stone Lodge#220 Tyndall Stone  

4338 Main Street - Village
  
List Price: 269,000
Bedrooms: 1
Baths: 1
Floor Area: 627 Sq. Ft.
 
 

2856 Clifftop Lane Living Room2856 Clifftop Lane  

Bayshores
  
List Price: 1,299,000
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4
Floor Area: 2,600 Sq. Ft.
 
 

8380 Mountainview Ext 8380 Mountainview Dr.   

Alpine Meadows
  
List Price: 2,999,000
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4.5
Floor Area: 4,300 Sq. Ft.
  
 
Don't see something you like here?
 
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Recent Sales

20-4100 Whistler Way#20 Telemark   

4100 Whistler Way
Village
  
List Price: 999,000
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Floor Area: 1,240 Sq. Ft.
 

31-1400 Park Street exterior#31 Creekside Village   

1400 Park Street
Pemberton
  
List Price: 259,000
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5
Floor Area: 1,424 Sq. Ft.
 
Family News

It is time to get out on the trails and lakes, but we might have to wait a bit longer before we go for a paddle or fishing. The kids and I went fishing the other night and the water temperature at Green Lake was 46 degrees. So, if you are going paddling, don't fall in.

The Worca Sale is on this weekend, so with spring here and the trails open, Andrea and I need to buy new bikes. Hopefully we can find a couple good deals.

As always, if you or anyone you know is thinking of buying or selling and would like more specific information, call or e-mail me any time.

Regards,

Steve