Does My Whistler Dream Home Already Exist?
As Whistler homebuyers begin to research the market, there are a few initial questions that pop into their head. “Do I want a new home in Whistler, a home with mountain views or something more quaint with character?” or “Do I want to try and look into new construction? Could I build the Whistler home of my dreams?
There are two primary advantages to buying an existing home in Whistler: convenience and cost. Not all buyers are looking for that newly built dream home and chances are it already exists. There are many buyers looking for “the charm and uniqueness” of an existing home.
So, why did the majority of Whistler buyers choose not to purchase a newly built home? We put together 4 reasons below ⬇️
1) It's in the Right Location
Location, Location, Location! It's the most important factor when buying Whistler real estate. Location creates desirability, desirability creates demand, and demand raises real estate prices. Buyers want a sense of community, which is something that has yet to be established when constructing a new home (e.g., landscaping, neighbours, etc).
2) The Home Buying Timing is Perfect
Buyers face the end of a lease or sale of their previous property and don't have the time to wait for a house to be built OR buyers want to get their family up to Whistler and get skiing or mountain biking right away for the season!
3) I Can Actually Afford it!
Can you really afford the final price? Some Whistler buyers felt that the home buying process or new construction pricing is misleading. The biggest mistake homeowners forget to take into account are the added upgrades and high strata fees if it's a condo they're buying.
4) I LOVE the Home
Did you envision your Whistler dream home as a "cookie cutter"? For some buyers, modern new construction homes have become way too generic. Others feel that the charm and uniqueness of an existing house surpass those that have never been lived in.