Okanagan Summer is HERE!

The day all of us in the Okanagan have been waiting for, Summer is officially HERE! With the prolonged spring weather here in the Okanagan, it’s nice to see the weather changing and bringing that beautiful Okanagan sunshine we all crave. Summer in the Okanagan is when our city thrives. Welcoming back tourists to our amazing town and seeing all of the locals get out and enjoy all of the events happening after a two year hiatus.

Live, Work, Play – Summer in the Okanagan …

The Okanagan is a sought after area to live, work and play. There’s no question why its an attractive city to purchase a home in. And with the real estate market changing, it is becoming a little more attainable than the recent months. We are seeing a shift in prices, including many price reductions on already listed properties. This however, doesn’t mean its a buyers market quite yet because the market is still favoring sellers at the moment.

The Okanagan continues to attract people to own property here. Coming from out of town, and out of province, buyers are dedicated to find their own piece of paradise here in the Okanagan. Whether that’s in Peachland, at Big White Ski Resort, or in Lake Country. That’s the thing about Kelowna and area, there is a neighbourhood for everyone and anyone. No matter your price point or requirements.

Summer is also on everyone’s mind at Big White Ski Resort. With the resort now open for the summer 2021/22 season, many are making their way up the mountain to get outdoors. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, or check out this year’s Craft & Country Music Fest on July 16th! This year, the resort is packed with events and fun for everyone. Check it all out here.

With the shift in the market, you may be left wondering where that places you and your situation. If you are planning on selling, are you curious what the price drops mean for the value of your home? If you’re buying, are you wondering if now is the time to make an offer on that home you’ve been humming and hawing over? I am always here to answer any questions so reach out via email, phone, or contact me here.

Gear up for Summer at Big White

Its time to gear up for summer at Big White because the resort is opening on June 30, 2022 for its summer season! If you read my last blog post, you are aware of some pretty incredible events and experiences lined up. Like the Craft & Country Music Festival happening on July 16th. This year marks the resort’s 7th year of hosting this event that features tons of great breweries, cideries, and this year featuring music from The Heels.

There are so many more events to talk about, so lets dive into it!

Events to Gear up for Summer at Big White

The resort is still looking for ambitious volunteers for this years Community Clean Up. This is a great way to get outdoors and make sure the resort is looking impeccable for the summer months! To register or find more information just head to this link.

The Okanagan Graveller, brought to us by the team behind the iconic Okanagan Granfondo in Penticton, is a 2 day, 3 distance weekend that the resort is thrilled to host June 18-19, 2022. The Village is sure to be bustling with excitement in the beer gardens with entertainment and BBQ after the ride.

If you enjoy trail running, then the Big White Peak Challenge is perfect for you. Being held on July 10, 2022, this event is brought to us by Hoodoo Adventure Company. Two distances to choose from, including a 11km trail with 633m elevation gain or a 32km trail with 1940m elevation gain. Both of these trails will leave you in awe after trekking on dirt roads, around lakes, atop ridges, and featuring amazing mountain views.

April Real Estate Stats

April, finishing up the first quarter, was a fairly strong month for real estate at the resort. Keeping up with the previous months thus far 2022. April saw 13 sales, a 40% decrease from April 2021, but saw an average sale price increase of 32% from the previous April. The average days to sell continues to see a decrease from April of 2021 and the homes at the resort are sitting on the market an average of 45 days.

21 new listings hit the market during the month of April, and the close to list price on sold listings was 98%.

As of today, May 9th, there are 47 active listings at Big White Ski Resort. These listings range from a studio units for under 200k all the way up to multi million dollar chalets.

Feel free to reach out and contact me with any question you have about Big White, the summer season, and what’s happening in Real Estate!

Big White Ski Resort’s Opening Day

Big White Ski Resort was just voted best in the province and the second-best in Canada, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the top five ski resorts in Canada, part of the magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. So its no wonder Big White Ski Resort’s opening day is highly anticipated this year. And with November 25th approaching quickly I’m sharing the ‘need to knows’ for the 2021/22 Winter Season.

Big White Ski Resort’s Opening Day

As mentioned, November 25th is opening day for the 2021/22 season. Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White, said “last winter was one of their best ever for season passes”, and this year seems to be proving the same outcome with strong season pass sales already. Early bird season passes are still available until October 17th (you can buy them here) and, because they are the #2 ski resort is Canada, the resort is on everyone’s radar.

Snow has already started to dust the resort and the entire Village is working hard to welcome everyone on opening day.

What’s New

As with every new season, comes new activities, protocols, and options at Big White. Along with more parking locations, outdoor washrooms, and touchless faucets, the resort has gained a Squawk Box. What’s a Squawk Box you ask? It’s the newest, online food delivery service where chicken is the main event!

Following suit with other major Canadian ski resorts,  Michael J. Ballingall recently announced they are implementing mandatory vaccines for all employees of the resort. He said the goal is to get people to come out, work, play and live in the mountains for the lifestyle experience. And if being safe by being double vaccinated is a part of it then we’re happy to do it.

Real Estate Market

With strong indications of a fantastic season at the resort, real estate on the mountain has remained strong and continues to break expectations. Year to date on today October 15th, the resort has seen 198 sales, a 32% increase from the same time period in 2020 which we know was a hot market as well.

However, with an increase of sales, usually comes a decrease of inventory. Comparing this October to October 2020 we have 49% less inventory at the resort. So what does that mean? Sellers are getting top dollar for their properties and buyers are jumping in now before the prices increase even further. Year to date, over 99 million dollars in sales has occurred at Big White Ski Resort, a 30 million dollar leap from year to date 2020.

More and more people are exploring this gem and falling in love with everything it has to offer. Big White Ski Resort is a fantastic family fun place to enjoy and explore the outdoors. Just 45 minutes from Kelowna, this mountain paradise is truly one of a kind. As always I’m happy to answer any questions you have and you can contact me here or pop into my office in the Village under Snowshoe Sam’s!

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4 Summer Activities to try at Big White Ski Resort

Summer activities are becoming more and more popular at Big White Ski Resort. With the resort now open for its summer season until September 6th, there is just over one month left to explore what the mountain has to offer. You’ve seen the mountain with snow, now its time to check out the incredible activities you can enjoy without all of that champagne powder Michael J. is always talking about.

Just 45 minutes from Kelowna, Big White Ski Resort is the perfect place to travel for a day trip to get outdoors and explore what this beautiful province has to offer. So pack up the family, the dog and head up the mountain to find adventure.

Here are 4 Summer Activities to try at Big White Ski Resort

Mountain Biking

Bike Big White has something for every level of rider. Whether you want to log some serious miles or just gear up for some family fun, the bike trails at Big White were built by riders for riders. These trails feature some of North America’s newest and best lift access. Find yourself exploring 19 world class gravity fed trails and soak up the Okanagan sun while doing so.

Don’t have a bike or any gear? No problem, the Rental and Bike Service will get you all geared up and ready to ride!

Disc Golf

This new addition to the resort has been a big hit with locals and tourists alike. The 9 hold disc golf course was funded in part by the Big White Mountain Chamber of Commerce and the Big White Mountain Community Development Association. It’s conveniently located just below the skiers tunnel.

This activity is free for those who bring their own discs and rentals are available through the Rental Shop in the Village Centre Mall.

Hiking

A great way to explore the landscape minus the snow you are probably used to. Big White offers an incredible hiking experience with mountain wild flowers, bird watching, and phenomenal views.

There are many trails to choose from and you can even arrange a guided hike with a local host.

Events

With COVID-19 restrictions eased, there are many events that are happening on the mountain. Events like Music on the Mountain, BC Cup Downhill Provincial Championships, and Trek Dirt Series are all back. These events are a great way to take in the Big White summer experience.

Check out all of the Summer events here

With the valley basically smoked in right now, Big White’s higher elevation can get you out of the smoke and into adventure.

Summer 2021 at Big White Ski Resort

Get ready for an incredible Summer season at Big White Ski Resort! because the much anticipated Summer 2021 season opens on July 1st. This summer is a great time to explore and discover what the resort has to offer without the champagne powder. With many of us seeking outdoor activities to keep us occupied, the mountain offers something for everyone.

Want to try mountain biking? No problem (they even have rentals!!). Ready for a hike with a phenomenal view? Got it covered. Or maybe you’re looking for something a little less strenuous? In that case, you can enjoy the beautiful scenic chair lift. Remember bike passes go on sale on June 1st and there is a limited supply. Head over to Big White’s website for more information.

You can leave with more than just memories as the shops are open for retail shopping and the restaurants will be open to fill your stomach. Check out all the summer information here.

With past years events including Cider Fest, Mud Sweat and Tears, Wine Fest and North American mountain biking open invitational, we are optimistic that full normalcy expected by late summer. With BC trending in the right direction we are excited to welcome all our international and national guests back to experience the magic with us.

Leading up to the Summer season at Big White

Even during this off season, the Real Estate industry hasn’t slowed down. Outdoor enthusiasts and many locals are looking for that perfect vacation property that they can indulge in that remains close to home. Whether its a small studio apartment to use for the basics or a lavish chalet to entertain and revel in.

There were 22 deals completed in April of this year, with over $13 million in sales. When comparing that to the 1 deal in last April, I would say this year, properties at Big White are sought after. Additionally, last years average days to sell last at 101 days while year to date, this years days to sell is 58.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing that perfect vacation home or investment property, consider Big White Ski Resort. With major plans to expand over the next 60 years, the resort is quickly becoming an even more popular place to invest and enjoy.

Spring in the Okanagan – Real Estate Edition

Spring has arrived in the Okanagan. With above 20 degree weather, the grasses are greening and the homes are selling faster than ever before. It’s not new news that in the Spring time we see a rush in homes being listed and sold, but this year is taking it to another level. Because this is a strong sellers market, many of the homes are going into multiples and ending up going for above listing price with no conditions. It is a frustrating time for buyers looking for that perfect home but with a qualified, professional, knowledgeable agent, finding and purchasing your dream home is possible!

The Okanagan has so much to offer and people from all across Canada are discovering this little piece of paradise we call home. The outdoor lifestyle, great weather, and endless opportunity are appealing to everyone. That appeal however is driving up prices for anyone local trying to get into this market.

As we near the end of April lets take a quick peek at some stats:

  • We have already seen 597 sales in the Central Okanagan whereas last years April saw 214. That is a 178% increase and the month isn’t even over yet
  • $561,463 was the average price in April 2020, and with the sales conducted so far this April we are at an average sale price of $723,368
  • A home is sitting on the market an average of 36 days compared to last years 66 days (45% decrease!)

Even though its now closed for the Winter Season, Big White Ski Resort is seeing the same increase. Number of sales and average sale prices are up tremendously from previous years. With their summer season approaching, everyone is keen to get outside and enjoy the activities offered; like world-class biking, hiking, festivals and more. More and more people are purchasing vacation homes close to home to escape to during these restricted times. You can check out Big White’s summer season here.

The velocity of the recent COVID-19 third wave, driven by the variants, is likely going to cause further restrictions and the Okanagan market has proven to be resilient and is expected to remain fast paced.

This is the time for sellers who are debating listing to really consider all of the incredible options out there. The Okanagan has never before seen a demand like this making it the perfect time to sell. On the other hand, if you are a buyer looking to purchase into this market, don’t get discouraged. Low borrowing rates create opportunity to step into the market.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the Okanagan and Big White real estate markets. Contact me today!

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Big White Ski Resort is the Place to be!

Big White Ski Resort is the place to be this winter season for anyone looking to get outdoors, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy that beautiful champagne powder. The resort opened ahead of schedule this year and has had a seamless transition while incorporating all of the governments new protocols and restrictions. The resort has put many new policies to ensure visitors and staff alike are safe and following protocols.

Most are flocking to the mountain during the weekends, but if you get the chance to be there mid-week not only will you receive a discount on passes, but also get the perks of waiting less, skiing more, and fresh tracks!

Real Estate Market

If you are thinking now is the time, for either buying or selling on the mountain, you are absolutely correct. November 2020 saw a 160% increase in the number of sales, and the number of days to sell is also down compared to the same time last year. Over 17 million dollars of real estate was exchanged last month at Big White Ski Resort. As of today there are 69 available listings on the mountain. You can purchase a studio apartment for under $100,000 or a luxurious chalet in Feathertop Estates for $1,675,000.

New at Big White

Recycling! Residents and visitors the resort can now drop off their refundable beverage containers at the region’s first Return-It Express & GO recycling station. This new service was a direct response to the needs of residents and visitors on the mountain. Located at 4500 Big White Rd., the new facility makes recycling easier by allowing drop off pre-bagged beverage containers without sorting them. Another cool feature of this amenity is the fact it is solar powered and housed in a repurposed shipping container. For further information check out this article.

With new snow dropping daily, it’s definitely better to be outside! See you on the mountain, email me, or drop by my office in the heart of the Village! (Right under Snowshoe Sam’s)

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Big White Real Estate Market Update & More!

Let’s dive into Big White Real Estate Market Update & More! Although snow has postponed the Summer opening day at Big White Ski Resort this year the Real Estate market remains strong coming into the summer months. With the resort now opening on July 10th, many are eager to get outside and explore the mountain.

Many are investing in the local real estate market for vacation and investment properties. Big White Ski Resort has been a popular choice among those looking to purchase because of its incredible investment opportunities. Big White Ski Resort offers a variety of rental and vacation options whether you want a turn-key condo in the rental pool, or a larger single family home for those family getaways.

Real Estate Snapshot

We’ve seen thirty new listings hit the market since the beginning of May and nine properties have changed ownership including one for $950k.

With the help of virtual tours and other online marketing tools, out of country buyers are still able to complete transaction without stepping foot in the property. Real Estate agents have been working hard to ensure buyers and sellers are still able to carry out their Big White Ski Resort property dreams. Whether your budget is 100k or 1M, there is a Big White property that will suit your needs!

Big White Ski Resort Updates

Near the end of May, the resort announced a 20% rebate on the 2020/2021 season pass for people renewing their 2019/2020 pass because of the early closure. Early big passes are available now, click here.

At Big White, we believe it is better to be outside. With that in mind, the resort has implemented new protocols and procedures to ensure we are safe all while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. New touchless systems are now in place, additional outdoor washrooms are just a few of changes at the resort. Check out all their new procedures here!

School is now out and families are looking for local activities and Big White Ski Resort offers something for everyone. Come visit me at my office in the Village, right under Snowshoe Sams. I’d be happy to chat real estate and all things Big White Ski Resort!

To get in touch with me today, click here to contact me!

Holiday Fun at Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort is lively and festive as the holiday season has now arrived. With Christmas break approaching, many families will be heading up to Big White Ski Resort to spend quality family time together. The holidays allow us to make memories, and memories are definitely made at Big White. 

Spending the holidays at Big White Ski Resort is truly an amazing experience. The mountain is full of holiday spirit and as you walk through the village the festive vibe is always high. You can Tube with Santa, ice skate under the stars, or check out Big White’s Annual Christmas Craft Market which offers a wide array of items from local vendors. And don’t forget to bring the kids by Santa’s Workshop in the TELUS Igloo where they can make a decoration with the help from some special elves. 

Christmas Eve at Big White is even more spectacular, it’s a magical night full of festive wonder. At 4:30pm the Christmas Eve Service lead by Pastor Jack and accompanied by the Ski School Rookie Choir will begin. Following the service,  gather with your friends and wander through the village where live music by Jeff Piattelli will fill the air, and christmas lights will sparkle in the snow.

Pose in the photo booth or spin the Wheel Of Mayhem to see if you landed on Santa’s Naughty, or Nice List. You might even spot a glimpse of Santa before he beings his trek around the world. A dazzling fireworks display starts at 6:30pm and there are many surprises throughout the night.

Wishing you and your family a happy holidays from here at Big White Ski Resort! 

 

A Guide to Big White’s Opening Weekend!

Who’s coming up to join me for all the festivities at Big White starting opening day Thursday, November 28th?! My office is right under Snowshoe Sams in the Village Center and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there and participating in the fun. You won’t want to miss all the exciting events planned. Imagine carving down the slopes and right into your very own ski-in and ski-out spot. It’s never too late in the season to explore the possibilitiesP.S. Don’t miss the chance to stay during opening weekend and get 2 complimentary lift tickets

Thursday, November 28th

The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley Day Lodge open at 7:45 am. Be one of the first people down the mountain when the Ridge Rocket chair opens at 8:45 am and runs till 3:30 pm.

During this time you can grab a hug or a pic with Lucy Moose & Loose Moose. Also, complimentary hot chocolate and ‘opening day 2019’ stickers will be floating around. Live music at Sessions, 3-6 pm with Canadian acoustic duo Mabaleka.

Sessions Taphouse and Grill will be hosting events all weekend long so be sure to check them out. In addition, they are home to Elevation 57 Brewing Co. Canada’s highest brewery with 12 different beers on tap and a variety of indoor activities…you might even find yourself trapped here. 

Friday, November 29th

Enjoy the slopes all day long and when your body needs a good stretch head over to Mountain Yoga Studio for 7 pm for Practice, Pants + Dance Party, limited space so get your tix in advance. Still buzzing check out ‘Far Out Friday’s’ at Sessions featuring DJ Mr. M from 9 pm to close.

Saturday, November 30th

If you can’t make it any of the other days come Saturday for all the fun! During the day there’s a ‘Patio Party’ at Sessions featuring DJs, vendors & bonfires from 11 am-5 pm (Sat & Sun). Enjoy live music, from Vancouver’s country trio, The Heels, they will be playing in the Village from 12:30-1:30 pm & 6-7 pm. Between 6-6:30 pm, you’ll see the Village transform into a majestic wonderland known as Light up Big White followed by fireworks!

If you’re in the mood to laugh head over to Globe Cafe who is featuring a Comedy Night with Glenn Wool, show starts at 9:30-11:30 pm, get tix here. Get ready to dance as the legendary duo of SkiiTour will be at Sessions from 9 pm-close.

Sunday, December 1st

Take part in the Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt designed for the whole family, uncover the whereabouts of eight Reindeer that have escaped from Santa’s workshop and reveal the secret message to get them home. Get your clues from the concierge desk located in the Village Centre Mall.  Explore the Village through your taste buds with Walk, Dine, and Wine, the ultimate winter culinary journey for food and wine-lovers. Starting 5 pm, Sundays-Thursdays till Dec 19th.

Visit me at my office, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm!

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