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.

May in the Okanagan

It’s been a fairly cool start to May in the Okanagan but the same cannot be said for the real estate market. Although it has slightly shifted to a more level market, it still remains to be a hot spot for many home buyers. We are finding it’s not just locals who are moving up from condos and buying single family homes. There are many buyers coming from out of province, and even out of country to purchase their own piece of paradise in Kelowna. And who can blame them!? The Okanagan, Kelowna in particular is the most amazing place to live.

There are countless opportunities in the city in careers, adventures, and your real estate portfolio. This summer is shaping up to amplify all three with many events making a come back after a two year hiatus. This brings more revenue to the city and with many tourists visiting the city, real estate will remain strong.

May in the Okanagan- Real Estate Recap

Real estate in April marked a decrease in number of units sold compared to April 2021. But that’s not to say they are low. They are just lower in comparison to the record breaking 2021 we saw. We are still seeing a fairly low inventory, which we know has been driving up the home prices, but it is starting to transition to a more stable environment.

The average days to sell is still on the decrease. Single family homes are sitting on the market just 22 days on average. Condos and townhomes are also seeing big decreases in days to sell. Townhomes dropped 54% compared to last April – with an average of 19 days on market.

Lakeview Heights in West Kelowna and South East Kelowna continue to be sought after neighbourhoods. These are popular with buyers because of the spaciousness of the homes, the peaceful settings, and larger lot sizes. Other neighbourhoods that are also popular are Joe Rich and Lake Country.

From affordable fixer uppers to large commercial lots, there are plenty of sales happening in the Okanagan. Like the 11 million dollar commercial deal on Truswell that I just firmed up, and the many single family homes throughout the region. I may specialize at Big White, but I’ve been bringing my expertise to the Okanagan and expanding!

SOLD! Lake Country
SOLD! Lakeview Heights
SOLD! Joe Rich
SOLD! Lower Mission

 

 

 

 

SOLD! $11 million commercial

Summer is just around the corner here in Kelowna. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that Kelowna in the summer is unmatched. Whether you are enjoying it in your backyard pool at your home in Lower Mission, or at a beach just down from your downtown condo, its the reason most of us live here.

If you are looking to purchase a piece of Kelowna to either start, or build your real estate portfolio, I am happy to assist you along the way. Feel free to contact me here or give me a call at 778-231-0308

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!

Get Ready for Summer at Big White

April 5, 2022 marked the last day of the Winter 2021/2022 season. You know what that means now? It’s time to get ready for summer at Big White!

This years summer season will start on June 30th and run until September 5th, 2022. Last summer it was incredible to see the events and amount of action we had even with restrictions were in place and we are excited this summer to pump it up to the next level because this summer is sure to be jam packed with events for the entire family. It’s very exciting to see the resort thriving and people being able to get outdoors more. Because as you know, it’s better to be outside!

Events

Big White Resort is bringing back many favorites like Craft & Country Music Festival, Freeride Days, Mountain bike boot camps and Spartan Race. You can find all the details about the resort’s summer events here.

The Annual Big White Community Clean Up takes place on June 11th, prior to opening day, to ensure the resort is in tip top shapes after all of the snow has melted. There is also a complimentary BBQ & t shirt for those who participate. Disposable gloves and garbage bags will be provided after registration which takes place at 9am in the Village. For further information click here.

New Developments

There is more than just events happening at the resort. There are multiple new developments underway. This is exciting and promising to see as more and more people are interested in buying a piece of beautiful Big White Ski Resort. Modern mountain living is coming and some pre-sales are already happening!

Monashee Ridge at Big White is mountain living at its best! Ski-in and ski-out, these single family homes boast spectacular views, modern mountain designs and low strata fees. Phase 1 has already sold out, so make sure to get your foot in the door for phase 2…coming soon!

Vita Residences at Black Forest by K West Homes are affordable smart, fully furnished studios starting at $399k. A $60M development, there will be 200 condos located just 50m from the base of the Black Forest chair lift.

Two more developments in Black Forest, Wild Wood and Blackhawk, are scheduled to commence in Fall 2022. Wild Wood will consist of 24 lots (single family or duplexes) with homes starting at $900k and Blackhawk will offer 16 townhomes.

Spyglass at Big White, luxury townhouses in Happy Valley, is currently constructing their final phase of 27 units. These townhouses are scheduled to be move-in ready for the 2022/23 ski season!

Big White Stats

April has continued to be a strong real estate market. The average sale price thus far is $850,613 – with a total of 8 properties being firmed up this month. The average days to sell since the beginning of the year is sitting at just 41 days. The same time frame last year we were seeing an average of 57 days on the market for a Big White property.

Currently there are 54 properties listed in the Big White area. There are affordable options, starting at 184k, all the way up to multi million dollar townhomes and chalets. The close price to list price is remaining high at 99.1% in April.

The summer season is exciting to watch grow because since 2017, the first summer season open, the resort has absolutely flourished with events, developments, businesses, and relationships all over the globe.

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!

Spring Break at Big White Ski Resort

Spring break is just around the corner and Big White Ski Resort is going to be the place to be! Many events over the past two years were canceled due to the pandemic, but with more Covid restrictions easing, the resort has some incredible events planned for the coming weeks. It’s an exciting time on the mountain because with more events, comes more guests getting to experience the beautiful resort.

What’s Happening

  • After two years of hiatus, the Neil Edgeworth Memorial Banked Slalom is going ahead this year on March 26 and 27th.
  • The 10th annual Big White Firefighter rooftop campout is March 18-20th. The goal this year is to raise $10,000 with 100% going towards the Thrive Foundation, BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
  • Calling all healthcare workers(IH staff): FREE lift passes and 50% off ski/board rentals on March 30th!
  • AltiTunes Music Fest featuring the Arkells is a much anticipated event at the resort this year. A great way to reconnect and have fun. 

Real Estate Recap

The more people that arrive and visit the resort and see how amazing it is, more people are interested in purchasing a slice of Big White Ski Resort for themselves. We have seen 56 sales so far in 2022, fairly on par from last year and almost doubling the sales from 2020. With over 35 million dollars worth of property being sold so far, the resort is on track for another high transactional year.

With lower inventory than average, the resort has been expanding their residential areas and many new developments are in the making. Monashee Ridge for example is a new development offering luxury finishes and awesome location that has become an extremely popular choice for buyers.

Not only are there less options on the market, currently only 44 listings, but the listings themselves are being snatched up quicker than normal. 2022 is seeing an average days of market of just 44, a decrease from 2021’s average of 55 days. Less inventory means more competition and the average sale price so far in 2022 ($626,660) shows just how popular the resort is becoming.

Don’t be worried though because there are many opportunities to purchase real estate at Big White Ski Resort for less than that. Currently the most affordable option is a studio unit in the Whitefoot Lodge and it’s listed at $139,000. However, on the flip side, if luxury is your cup of tea, the most expensive listing is $1,999,999 luxury chalet in Feathertop Estates.

With so many eventful happenings at the resort, is it time for you to join the fun? To learn more or to get started on your Big White real estate journey, contact me today!

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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Recapping the First Half of 2021

Recapping the first half of 2021 seems like great a way to look back and see how this year has molded not only us as a community, but the community itself. It has been another eventful year where we have experienced, learned, and gained growth. 2021 has provided insight into what the next few years may bring and many exciting things have happened that lead us to that.

Let’s recap the first half of 2021:

Real Estate

As we know, the Real Estate market in BC blew up the first half of 2021. With homes going well above listing prices, flying off the market on the first day, and the lowest inventory we’ve ever seen, the first six months of this year have been wild. 141 sales were completed at Big White Ski Resort from January to currently. If we compare that to the 66 completed deals within the same time frame in 2020, that is a 113% increase in sales. And not surprisingly, the total volume has taken a huge leap from 31 million dollars worth of sales to a whopping 74 million.

Low inventory was a huge factor in the stresses of buyers looking for a home to purchase. We saw the lowest inventory available ever and that created a frenzy for buyers looking. And with that, came an incredible sellers market. Many sellers took advantage of the rising home prices and quick possessions. The average time a Big White property spent on the market this year is 60 days. A 45% decrease from the same time last year.

Big White Ski Resort

The resort itself saw many changes over the courses of these first 6 months of 2021. many COVID-19 protocols were implemented creating a safe place for locals, tourists and workers alike. There were challenges along the way but I think the team at Big White did a phenomenal job pivoting and adjusting as necessary. The Summer season has just begun and already the Village is seeing lots of tourists ready to relax, enjoy, and explore the wonderful outdoors.

Big White Ski Resort also made a huge announcement in January sharing that the resort has massive expansion plans over the next few decades. With more skiing terrain, a golf course, new housing developments, and more this is very exciting for the economy and resort.

No one knew what 2021 was going to bring and after a stressful and unknown 2020 we have adapted as a whole and are driving the changes into this year. The first half has been more than exciting and the rest of 2021 will be a great time to enjoy the growth the first half has brought us.

February Real Estate Stats and Spring Break

As we enter in March there is a lot of action at the resort. Locals in the Village, a bustling real estate market, and spring break approaching Big White Ski Resort is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. As you may know, the end of last year’s real estate market was heating up and that momentum has continued well into the first quarter of the year. Let’s take a look at the February Real Estates and what Spring Break looks like this year.

February Real Estate Stats

January and February were great months at the resort for the Real Estate market. Year to date, we have seen 57 closed deals, totaling 29 million in volume. The average days to sell in February is down drastically, 43% from last February, at just 51 days. The close price to list price ratio is at 99.3% and last year’s average was 96.8%. Currently there are 85 active listings. There is the most affordable option, a studio apartment for just over $100,000. All the way to luxury chalets listed for 1+ million.

Monashee RidgeNew builds are exciting at Big White and Monashee Ridge offers an incredible option for those wanting a luxury chalet. With ski-in/ski-out access, opulent features and finishings, and a completion date set for 2022, these incredible homes are very impressive. For further information about this development, click here.

It’s not just residential properties that is booming at the resort. Commercial listings are a hot commodity and create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for investors. Commercial listings don’t come up often and when they do, everyone wants a piece. View all my current commercial listings HERE

If blue skies and champagne powder is calling your name, don’t miss this opportunity to own your own paradise at Big White Ski Resort.

Spring Break 2021

Spring break definitely looks different then prior years, however; there is still plenty of activities to indulge in with the family. Of course you can hit the slopes on your skis or snowboard or maybe a snowshoe adventure is calling you. Whatever the outdoor activity is, it’s better to be outside. Check out Big White Ski Resort’s website for more information about available activities and COVID protocols.

Be sure to pop by my office (in the village under Snowshoe Sams) to check out all my latest listings, residential and commercial. Alternately, contact me and I’ll get you started on your search and answer any questions you have.

LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY!

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 Ski Resort is open!!

BIG WHITE SKI RESORT IS OPEN!!! – The resort opened November 19th and many are already out enjoying the beautiful champagne power. People have been eager to enjoy Big White and it’s great to see people walking in the Village and lots of excitement all over the mountain.  

When heading up to the mountain this year here are a things things you need to know:

1. Masks/face coverings are mandatory.
2. Only one parking lot open (Happy Valley).
3. Lines will look longer but only due to physical distancing.
4. No cash. Big White Ski Resort is completely cashless. (get more info here!)

After you hit the slopes and that amazing white stuff, check out The Woods restaurant. It just received 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award from Tripadvisor. There will be limited capacity (50%) at the restaurants so come prepared with snacks and drinks. The resort also received the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award winner for Ski and Snowboard Area by Tripadvisor.  

November is already seeing a large number of sales at the resort. Studio apartments, duplexes, luxury chalets and lots – halfway into the month and already 20+ deals closed. If you are wondering if now is the right time for you to buy or sell at the resort I would be happy to chat about opportunities.  Contact me today!