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!

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.

A Memorable Year at Big White Ski Resort!

We can all agree that 2020 has been a memorable year at Big White Ski Resort. With the resort facing challenges and having to make pivotal decisions, it still remains a hot spot for real estate and locals heading up to play in that champagne powder Michael J. is always talking about.

With 2020 coming to an end in a few days, the resort has seen a total of 213 sales within the year. That compared to last years total sales of 148 is a 44% increase. Over those 213 transactions, 100 million dollars of real estate has exchanged hands this year at the resort. From studio apartments for just $85,000 to the luxurious Crescendo chalet for $3,200,000 – there was a variety of sale prices making up the yearly average of $471,672.

The resort made many necessary changes in order to adhere to the new government guidelines. Such as being a no cash resort, adding sanitizing stations throughout, and capacity control.  The mandatory face covering rule is being enforced along with maintaining social distancing guidelines. The resort strives to ensure visitors and residents alike are safe and have done a great job in doing so. Check out all of the resort’s new procedures and protocols here.

No one could have predicted what this year was going to bring. Among other things, it has brought attention and clarity to life’s most important things. It has allowed us to enjoy this beautiful mountain and all it has to offer. Big White Ski Resort allows us to get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. It allows us to get active with some of the most amazing views. And it allows us to spend quality time with those close to us. That, and it’s just an hour away from Kelowna – what more could you ask for?!

Maybe you’ve been thinking about jumping into the resorts real estate market but need some questions answered by a qualified agent that is familiar with the resorts market? If that’s the case, please reach out and I would be more than happy to discuss why property at Big White Ski Resort is a great to own.

 

Big White’s 2020/21 Season – What to Expect

Big White Ski Resort is ready for the 2020/21 Winter Season!  This year many new and exciting things are happening and with that new protocols and procedures to make skiing safe and available all season long. We are seeing a great number of Real Estate transactions happening – if we compare the numbers to last year there is an increase of 111% in the number of sales.

Virtual tours and online communications make completing a deal easy for those out of town. Our board has also set new procedures to ensure all showings are done in a safe manner.

Things will look a bit different at the resort the year. Here’s what to expect from Big White’s 2020/21 season:

Safety is the number one priority for staff at Big White Ski Resort, and because of certain challenges the tube park, ice rink and night skiing are suspended for the 2020/21 season.

Rentals at the resort also will be operating a bit differently this year. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the limits will be based on the size of the rental, but did not provide specific numbers or say when the order will go into effect. She said health authorities are working with the industry to determine those details. (source: cbc.ca)

There are a few things to keep in mind while visiting Big White Ski Resort this Winter:
  1. Masks are mandatory in lift lines and loading/unloading on the gondola.
  2. Ticket sales are online only

What we really should expect from Big White’s 2020/21 Winter season is a GREAT time and champagne powder. It’s better to be outside so come visit me at my office right under Snowshoe Sam’s in the Village or contact me to chat about Big White Real Estate.

Big White Resort Opening For The Summer

Mark your calendars – Big White Ski Resort has set an opening date for their Summer season!  June 26, 2020 (tentatively) is the much anticipated day that Big White will reopen. Hiking and state of the art biking trails have become huge attractions for the resort and this reopening day is much anticiapted by both tourists and locals.

Since March 16, 2020 COVID-19 has closed the resort down and despite the mountain being closed, the Real Estate market has remained strong and transactions are still happening. There are very serious buyers out there looking to purchase their dream Big White Ski Resort property.

Big White Ski Resort Summer Opening – What To Expect

You will see some changes at the resort with new guidelines set by health experts. The Village Centre Mall will remain closed to ensure the safety of their guests and residents. For more information on changes and FAQ click here. Accordingly, the Real Estate industry is also evolving as necessary to adhere to government protocols.

Now more than ever, buyers and sellers alike are committed to the process and serious about their transaction. Interested parties from all over the world are relying heavily on technology and online tools. Virtual tours and social media are being used to make decisions about their Big White property.

With the snow melting, slowly (and fingers crossed in time for opening day) many are anxiously awaiting to enjoy the many beautiful areas Big White Ski Resort offers during their Summer season.

Keep up to date on all Big White Ski Resort announcements here. Or feel free to reach out and contact me with any questions about the upcoming season and how Real Estate is being affected. My office is right in the village and I would love to see you; stop by for a coffee and we will make your Big White real estate goals a reality!

Big White Real Estate Market Update February 2020

Big White Real Estate market update for February shows the rush of the New Year went well into February as we are seeing many new listings popping up and an increase in sales over the same time last year. With new developments and amenities surfacing on the mountain, the demand for a Big White Ski Resort property is high.

Big White Real Estate Market Update

In January and February of this year, we saw 60 new listings hit the market, 30 in January and 30 in February. Comparing it to 54 last year it’s not a drastic leap, but the sales are considerably higher with 30 total sales this year so far. 2019 saw 20 in the first two months.

Also seeing an increase this month over last year in February is the average sale price. 2020’s average sale price in February was $468,850, up from last year, but down slightly from January 2020 which was $501,588. There have been 30 sales so far in 2020, 13 of them being in February. The increase in activity on the mountain confirms that sellers and buyers alike are ready to make moves.

If you are ready to list your Big White Ski Resort property now may be the best time to ensure your property has high profit potential. However, if you are looking to buy, the market is showing us that these listings are hot commodities and don’t last long. Contact me today!

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