Overall the total number of transactions in Whistler has decreased by 23% as compared to the same period in 2017. However, the level of activity is very consistent with that which occurred in the previous six-month period and is similar to our long-run historical activity levels.
Sales values have continued to rise, but at a slower rate than in the recent past. The average transaction value during the January-June period now stands at $1,211,482, up approximately 5% from the beginning of the year.
Single-family properties continue to be the highest priced category in the market with an average value exceeding $3,168,000 (median value $2,649,000), which is a 16% increase since the beginning of the year. Although representing only 13% of the total number of transactions done in Whistler, single-family represents an excess of 33% of the value changing hands to date.
Condominiums and townhouses continue to be the most active part of the market accounting for almost 70% of all activity. Average transactions value for a condominium during the first six months of the year was $623,937 (median 587,000) an increase of 4% since the start of the year. Although townhouse activity was slightly slower as compared to previous comparable periods, strong interest from buyers, particularly in larger units, propelled average transaction values upward by 26% since the start of the year, and now stands at $1,449,000.
What to expect
As we move into the second half of the year we expect buyer interest to continue to be high and sales activity to keep the number of properties offered for sale low.
As always, however, outside factors such as government policy, interest rates, economic cycles and exchange rates can have a significant impact on the decision-making process for both buyers and sellers in Whistler.