Okanagan and Big White Ski Resort Real Estate Update

January was a great start to the new year with the Okanagan and Big White Ski Resort real estate market leveling out yet still producing high levels of deals. Even with mortgage rates rising, and an already difficult market to jump into, it seems to have remained steady through January and is picking up momentum as we go through February. A slight decrease in listing and sales price has made the market a bit more achievable and many people who were waiting to see this decrease are now jumping in on the action.

It is still a quite even market with it not favoring neither the seller nor the buyer at the moment. Sellers are acknowledging the prices have taken a slight downturn, but are still, of course, wanting top dollar for their property. Buyers seems to notice the small decrease in price and have been committing to purchase.

Okanagan Real Estate Update

Sales have seen a decrease in the Okanagan area with just 63 single family residence sales in the month of January, a 59% drop compared to January 2022. However the inventory has increased dramatically with 161% more properties available for sale. Currently sitting at 699 single family homes on the market. The average days to sell has increased to 81 – a large leap if compared to the same time last year when it was just 36 days. Which we know was unfamiliar and unprecedented.

The price ratio for January sat at 95.51% – on par for the market we were used to seeing prior to the pandemic. Comparing to last year is almost irrelevant because as we know most homes were selling for full list price and some way above list price.

So far this year the market seems steady throughout the Okanagan and is giving a chance to buyers to be able to purchase their first property or even their first investment property.

A great development that would work as a primary residence or investment property are the new townhomes at West 61 at Shannon Lake in West Kelowna. These 2/3 bedroom units offer views of Shannon Lake, top notch amenities, and modern luxury elements. Starting at $799k, these properties are a must see and are scheduled for completion August 2023.

Big White Ski Resort Real Estate Update

Big White Ski Resort had a slower January, with only 3 sales at the resort. However, the activity has increased quite a bit over the past two weeks and inventory has been selling at a faster pace that the beginning of this year. The average sale price at the resort in January was $650,667 – an increase of 13% when compared to January 2022.

All of the events happening at the resort are a factor in the real estate market. More and more locals and travelers alike are spending much more time at the resort. It’s also a factor with overseas buyers that the resort is exempt from the Foreign Buyer Ban really making Big White the ideal place to invest. The average days a property is spending on the market at the resort is just 53 days. Fairly on par if you compare to the same time last year where the average was 50 days.

If you are looking to build at Big White Ski Resort, Monashee Way is offering lots starting at $375k – these properties are ski-in/ski-out, with no rental restrictions. Build your dream chalet with the builder of your choice.

If you, or someone you know is looking to either get into the real estate market or perhaps free up some of your property assets, feel free to reach out – I would be happy to answer any questions and assist throughout the process.

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Historic and Exciting News for Big White Ski Resort

In the last 54 years, we went from no accommodations, the first one was constructed in 1968, to what you see at Big White Ski Resort today which is just over 3,000 units.

There has been quintessential development and steady growth at the resort and it’s exciting to hear and now share the historic and exciting news for Big White Ski Resort that is currently in the works and the future plans. In addition to accommodation developments, Big White has grown to be the second largest lift system in Canada.

Historic and Exciting News for Big White Ski Resort

Black Forest Residences is marketed and sold by EPIC Real Estate Solutions Inc. I provide buyer representation to those interested.

As the 1999 master plan completes, the resort focuses on the Black Forest area. This included a $6m utility investment, $1m skier overpass, and 8 development sites this past summer. The developmental sites include:

  • Staff accommodations for up to 400 more staff;
  • an 11 acre site for 44 single and duplex buildings called The Glades with Acorn Communities;
  • a 7.5 acre, 35 homes and 15 townhomes development by Iron Horse Developments; and a
  • 172 unit development offering micro suites. Which is currently preselling with K-West.

For information on these developments, as well as future plans, please visit Big White Ski Resort’s website, or contact Jordan Hettinga ([email protected]) or Paul Plocktis ([email protected])

M​onashee Ridge is another development that has been a desirable place for buyers. These chalet’s are ski-in/ski-out with low strata fees, snowmobile accessible, and feature stunning mountain views. These 3-4 bedroom properties offers vaulted ceilings, open concept floorplan and room for everything.

As in the previously published blog, in the resort’s new 50 year master plan, there will be a tremendous increase in further accommodations and terrain.

When this historic and exciting news for Big White Ski Resort is approved, the plan would increase skiable terrain to over 1000 hectares and the number of lifts would total 35. To handle all of this, the resort would double in size and number of developments.

Big White Ski Resort has a bright future and one of the contributing factors is that Big White doesn’t have any land in ALR, so you can still purchase a property walking or sliding distance to the Village, and 100% of the overnight accommodations are ski-in/ski out. This is significant in differentiating Big White from other Canadian resorts such as Whistler which over offers approximately 20% of their bed base deemed ski-in/ski out.

(information source: Jordan Hettinga)

Big White Homes Are Avoiding Correction

There is no doubt that we have been seeing a slight down turn in the median home prices since Spring of this year. This is partly due to more inventory being available and the rising mortgage rates. Big White Ski Resort, among other ski resorts in Canada, have avoided the correction and are predicted to only see a 3% decrease in median price on high-end homes.

Big White Ski Resort and other ski resorts have remained strong within this market due to foreign buyers motivated to purchase before the ban takes place, which is on January 1 2023. However, Big White Ski Resort is exempt from the ban, making it a great area to purchase as a foreign buyer.

Another reason is that even though the mortgage rates are higher than normal, when people purchase at a ski resort it is more than likely a second home. With that in play, many people take out equity in their primary home in order to purchase their secondary vacation home. So there is no need for a mortgage and the rising rates won’t deter them from a purchase.

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The average sale price for Big White homes in 2021  was $490,000. When you compare that to this year’s (to-date) average sale price at $606,000, it is quite an increase and confirms that the resort has not seen the dip that was expected.

That being said, prices have slightly shifted but sellers who bought within the height are still gaining profit in their sale, just with a slight price decrease if you compare it to earlier this year.

There are currently 76 Big White Homes  listed at Big White Ski Resort and with an array of options available, there can be a property found whatever your budget may be. If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell at Big White Ski Resort, you can reach out to me here.

Seeing a Shift in The Okanagan’s Real Estate Market

We are fairly used to seeing a shift in Okanagan’s Real Estate market in the Fall. However, this is not the typical shift we are used to seeing. There are many properties being listed but we have seen a decrease in closed deals, about 35% less than last September. Many factors contribute to this shift. Including the increase of mortgage rates and rules, more inventory being available, and of course the listing price spike that has not come down as much as many potential home buyers would like to see.

Seeing a Shift in The Okanagan’s Real Estate Market

Properties are staying on the market a bit longer than last September with an increase of about 65%. The inventory level has increased a substantial amount (112%) compared to September of 2021, leaving potential home buyers more options. This is good to see as it creates a more balance buyer/seller market and not necessarily favoring one side or the other. The price ratio has also dropped,. Meaning properties are not all going for full list price and/or over list price, which again is nice to see for potential home buyers looking to get into the market for the first time.

Inventory at Big White Ski Resort has also increased when compared to last year, an increase of about 48%, but with less sales overall in September 2022 vs. September 2021. The market at the resort has remained strong throughout the off season and is already picking up as we get closer to the opening of the Winter 2022/23 season. The average sale price in September 2022 was just over $500,000 ($516,750) while September 2021 saw an average sale price of $479,450.

The prices at the resort are competitive, strong, and overall a great starting point when looking to invest in a ski property. Currently there are 68 active listings at Big White, some starting below $175,000 and some all the way up to luxury prices around 1.5 to 2 million dollars.

If you are interested in further discussing the real estate market, or how your property can fit in todays market, I would be happy to chat further – contact me here or give me a call at 778-231-0308.

Okanagan’s Real Estate Market is Getting Real

As we head closer to fall weather, the Okanagan’s real estate market is getting real and finally cooling off. After 18+ months of a frenzy, we are now seeing a more balanced market. The market is favoring neither the buyer or seller at the moment but is teetering in between a buyer and seller market. This can make it more difficult in some cases as both the buyers and sellers may plan to wait it out to see how the power shifts. This creates lower number of sales, a drop in average sale price, and more days being spent on the market.

However, with all of that being said, we are never sure of the turn real estate will take and if, in your life, now is the time to either sell or buy, you will get a satisfactory outcome. There are always buyers looking, and always sellers selling, but the two need to match up in order to create a transaction.

So let’s look at the recent stats

The average sale price for a single family home in the Okanagan has not dropped under 1million yet. It has however dropped a touch since last month and now sits at $1,077,431. The price ratio has dropped to 96.90% compared to the 100.68% it sat at in July of 2021.

As expected in the summer months, sales at Big White Ski Resort have taken a slight dip. Although the mountain is open in the summer months, the volume of visitors is not nearly what the winter months bring in. Thus creates less of a frenzy when looking to purchase a property at the resort. The resort has seen over 100 residential transactions thus far in 2022. The average sale price is sitting at an affordable $616,904.

Big White’s inventory is on par, with 59 active residential listings and 4 commercial listings. As always there are affordable, studio units, or more luxurious million dollar properties. (Check out all current listings here) Both are great for producing revenue while renting out or to enjoy yourself during a weekend family getaway.

For more real estate information, to start on your real estate journey, or to build your current portfolio, reach out today.

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Okanagan Region is growing rapidly

The Thompson-Okanagan region is rapidly growing. Population hit 620,000 residents in 2021 with an average of 10,000 new residents every year. It is the fastest growing population in Canada according to Statistics Canada. The City of Kelowna itself now has over 224,000 residents. Making it double the size of Kamloops, Prince George and Nanaimo. It’s no wonder the real estate development is continuing to accelerate even with this slight downturn in sales.

The City of Kelowna recently voted unanimously to approve a 425 home development in the Tower Ranch neighborhood and a 1000 home development on Lakeshore Road. Those developments in addition to many pre-sales happening throughout the region are a direct correlation to the influx of out of region residents. Okanagan real estate has been stifled with supply in the past months creating a rise in prices. With the new projects arising, we are hoping to see a shift, making housing more affordable within the region.

Even with residential sales slowing recently, the average price is still on the rise. We saw May’s average single family home sale price increase from just under 1 million ($997,441) to $1,139,144 from the same time last year.

It is estimated that investors make up nearly 60-70% of condo buyers in the city. This I believe goes hand in hand with Kelowna’s rental vacancy rate which sat at just 0.6%. The lowest level in Canada in May. With the average price of condos sitting at $518,637 in May, its an affordable and wise investment choice.

The Thompson-Okanagan region, especially Kelowna, is rapidly growing. Now may be the best time to capture that piece of Okanagan paradise. Feel free to reach out and contact me with any questions or to get started finding your perfect home.

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

Real Estate Year in Review: 2021

What a year 2021 was for Real Estate at Big White Ski Resort! The resort faced many challenges from new covid protocols, major highway closures, and fires threatening the area but has persevered and continues to remain strong.

2021 Year in Review

251 deals were completed during 2021, a jump from the 213 in 2020 but fairly on par. This final number includes lots, single family homes and condos.

Another noticeable jump we saw was the average sale price. In 2020 it was $469,721 and last year, 2021 the average sale price was $516,184. An increase that many owners are happy to see – whether its their investment property or family vacation home.

Even with the average sale price hovered around half a million, we did see studio units go for under 100k! On the flipside we also saw luxury chalets go for over 1.5 million. The gap between highest and lowest sale price is good to see because it means that whatever your budget is, Big White Ski Resort can offer you what you are looking for.

A shocking but welcoming decrease was the average days to sell. Falling down from 101 days in 2020 to just 55 days during 2021. Some homes also sold after 1 day on the market.

Another interesting statistic is the list to close price ratio. While in 2020 it sat at 96.8%, 2021 jumped to 99.1%.

For December 2021 market stats click here

2022 Forecast

2022 is shaping up to be on par with 2021. With many people traveling in from other countries again as well as many locals now purchasing at the resort, real estate is not expected to slow down.

Looking to invest or have questions about your Big White property? Feel free to reach out on my cell 778-231-0308 or contact me here.

Big White Ski Resort Property Management

What have the last two years of rental bookings looked like at Big White ski resort?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on the hospitality industry, rental
bookings at Big White have been down the last couple of years. However, construction on the
mountain has continued unabated, with demand for accommodation in the Okanagan, and at Big
White, higher than ever. Come rain, snow, or COVID, people are continuing to visit from all
over the world to enjoy the world-class amenities and champagne powder snow that only Big
White has to offer.

Locations Mountain Management Services has continued to serve more and more owners
looking to rent out their properties in the off-season as well as the ski season. We get inquiries
every day from owners about property management, rentals, and cleaning services. We are
fortunate to be doing relatively well in tough times and can only imagine how things will boom
when the good times return.

Summer and shoulder season rental bookings?

We like to place guests in our owners’ properties for the entirety of the off-season (summer and
shoulder season). This way the owners earn more than through daily or short-term rentals in the
off-season, which are always significantly less than the ski season. This is revenue that our
owners would not normally expect to get; it’s money in their pockets. The Okanagan is one of
the most desirable places in Canada to live, and accommodation is scarce and can be expensive.
Guests looking to relocate often move into a property at Big White while they find a longer-term
rental solution in Kelowna.

What do you foresee for future rentals at Big White?

When the restrictions end and people feel safe and secure to travel freely once more, the sky’s
the limit. The demand for property and accommodation in Kelowna is extremely high, and this
demand has spilled over into Big White, where inventory is low and prices are high. Even in
these challenges times, homes, townhomes, and condos in Big White are receiving multiple
offers and selling at or above asking price.

Big White is Canada’s No. 2 ski resort. There are other ski runs in the Okanagan, but none can
match Big White for the number of runs, level of accommodation, variety of amenities, and
infrastructure. And did we already mention the champagne powder?

What are the most sought after features for rentals?

1. Private hot tub
2. Beds for a reasonable price to accommodate large groups
3. Proximity to the Village and amenities
4. Pet friendly

What types of properties are getting the most rentals?

The most sought-after rentals are 2-4 bedrooms, spacious, with good access to ski runs, and a
mountain view. People are looking for an exciting, emotional, and memorable ski experience.
They want the whole package, and Big White has the runs, the snow, the accommodation, and
the amenities to provide just that. Here are some properties that are available now!

Why choose property management?

You can do all the work yourself: if you’ve got the time, if you’re media savvy, you can prepare
your property, find guests, book them in, communicate with them, be available to answer any
questions they may have, deal with any issues that may arise, book them out, hire cleaners, and
rinse repeat. Or you could hire a property management company like Locations Mountain
Management Services to save you all the work as well as the learning curve. We advertise
through all the major channels, have pricing strategies that will maximize your income, find you
the right guests, and handle all communication, day or night. The number of bookings we can get
for you, and the level of service we can provide to you, easily makes paying our management
commission a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to rent their property.

Locations Mountain Management Services is a local business with their finger on the pulse of
what owners require and guests desire. We provide with full-service property management for our
owners and booking services for their guests. We advertise on our website and all the major
booking channels, including Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, and Expedia. Our amazing properties
sleep anywhere from 4–18 people, are clean and tidy, warm and inviting, and ideally located.
Most properties are Ski In/Ski Out, have Private Hot Tubs, and are Pet Friendly. We offer
discounts on stays over 7 days and 30 days. Our customer service always responds promptly and
efficiently, and our reliable and quality-obsessed in-house cleaning team will ensure your stay is
spotless.

Hello 21/22 Winter Season at Big White Ski Resort

The final countdown is on to the 21/22 winter season at Big White Ski Resort. Are you ready? Passes bought, snowboard tuned and fresh gear? With less than 3 weeks to go, the resort has been seeing beautiful champagne powder fall in preparation for opening day. The village base is currently at 21cm as November 8th, a good start to the season. If you’re as eager as I am, you can watch the webcams here! The hype around the village is energetic and felt throughout. The restaurants, shops, and resort staff are all gearing up for the start of what is predicted to be an amazing winter season.

More New Things for the 21/22 Winter Season Big White Ski Resort

As discussed in my previous blog, there are many new and exciting things happening at the resort this year like Squawk Box (seriously check out the blog). In addition to those mentioned in that blog, Big White Ski Resort is also now home to the first Mexican restaurant on the mountain. Cantina del Centro, which also has a location in downtown Kelowna, is opening its doors in The Inn at Big White. The culinary variety at the resort is expanding every season and its nice to see numerous cultures and cuisines available.

Investing at Big White

Over the years, Big White Ski Resort has become a major hot spot for real estate investing. Consumers from all over the world purchase property at the resort.  They use for generating income when not being used themselves. This is a great way to be able to have a vacation home and investment home in one. The resort sees many tourists arriving and renting condos and chalets for days or weeks at a time providing great revenue for the investor. This year we have seen an increase of not only investors purchasing but also families. The resort is less than a 45 minute drive from Kelowna making it a great place for families to escape to on the weekends.

In October, there were 33 sales at the resort. A 65% increase if you compare to 2019 which saw just 20 sales in October when the average sale price was $405,631. Which, is fairly on par with this October’s which was $414,433. We saw a 1 bedroom unit sell at $120,000, a luxury ski home sell for $1.1M and everything in between. 75% of those sales were under 500K.

Big White Ski Resort is so much more than investing in a property. It’s about investing in growth, family, and the pursuit of enjoying the beautiful outdoors. It’s better to be outside.

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