Real Estate Association of Whistler

Real Estate Association of Whistler

December 19, 2011 16:14 ET

Real Estate in Whistler Area Easier With WhistlerListings.com

Enhanced Online and Mobile Resources Connect Users to Most Comprehensive Source of Property Listings for Whistler, Pemberton and Beyond

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - With the holiday season just ahead and the 2011-2012 winter season off to a great start, Whistler area recreational and residential real estate buyers have another reason to celebrate with the Whistler Listing System (WLS) website - WhistlerListings.com, and new mobile application.

WhistlerListings.com was created to offer consumers access through one website to the most comprehensive and current listing of local properties for sale. The WLS is updated regularly by licensed Whistler and Pemberton real estate agents who are members of the Real Estate Association of Whistler.

The app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch means users can access listings from any location.

Highlighted WhistlerListings.com features include:

Customizable search by date listed, type, price, location, address and neighbourhood;

Detailed property information, photos and virtual tours;

Interactive maps;

Featured new developments;

Whistler real estate Frequently Asked Questions;

Local information and links

The website is tailored to the needs of resort and recreational real estate purchasers and the unique - and often complex - aspects of the local market. For example, Whistler has more than 25 residential property zones including designated tourist accommodation properties with usage restrictions.

In addition to conventional residential properties, real estate options in Whistler include affordable fractional condominium ownership, nightly rental zoned townhomes and hotel stratas; attracting more than 11,500 second-home owners from around the world.

"Our research shows that while most buyers use the Internet to conduct research, the majority found their home through a local real estate agent," says Rob Palm, executive director of the Real Estate Association of Whistler. "WhistlerListings.com connects buyers to local agents who live and work here, know the market and have specialized expertise when it comes to buying and selling property in Whistler and Pemberton."

For sellers, a listing on WhistlerListings.com is an opportunity for exposure to a worldwide audience.

Currently, more than 1,000 properties are listed on WhistlerListings.com and feature single-family vacant lots, parking stalls, luxury mansions and rural Pemberton properties.

More than 70 per cent of Whistler listings are priced under $1 million. "While we're closing off the year with transactions up 15 per cent over 2010, Whistler is still a buyers' market," says Palm. "The combination of stable prices, selection of properties and low mortgage rates mean there's never been a better time in the last decade to buy a Whistler property."

About Whistler Listing System (WLS)

WLS is a local privately owned and operated listing system specifically designed to serve the unique needs of real estate purchasers and sellers in Whistler, Pemberton and the Sea to Sky region. The WLS is the most current and comprehensive database of properties listed for sale as featured on WhistlerListings.com, providing an array of convenient and easy-to-use features to search the area's unique real estate offerings, connecting buyers, sellers and local real estate agents in one online location.

About the Real Estate Association of Whistler (REAW)

Incorporated as a society in 1991, the Real Estate Association of Whistler represents the more than 140 licensed real estate agents and eight member offices operating in Whistler and Pemberton. REAW advances business standards and practices through an array of services for its members, from professional development to industry and market updates. REAW members have access to technological tools including the Whistler Listing System (WLS) and website - WhistlerListings.com, providing their clients with comprehensive information on area properties listed for sale. REAW supports a number of local organizations, events and initiatives as part of its commitment to enhancing the community for residents and visitors.

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