US Residents Buying in Whistler – Notes on Financing

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Buying in Whistler right now is a pretty attractive investment! Especially for US residents, where they are automatically getting a 20+% discount, thanks to the weak Canadian Dollar.


If you are an American considering purchasing a property in Whistler, here are some important notes on the financing and the steps required to make the process as smooth as possible:

– Anyone who files taxes in the US is considered a US resident for mortgage financing purposes.

– US residents can get up to 80% financing for properties just under $1,000,000. For properties over $1,000,000 the percentage financing available will decrease as is common with most higher priced purchases.

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How will the falling Canadian Dollar affect Whistler Real Estate Values?

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Today’s leading business news on the CBC website reports the Canadian dollar hitting an all new low of under $0.79 to the US dollar. This is the lowest level in 6-years, when in mid-March 2009, the dollar dipped below 78 cents. Click here to read the CBC article.

This size of a foreign exchange gap equals an approximate 20% discount* on Whistler real estate for Americans. Purchasers with US dollar buying power can now purchase a Whistler home listed at $1.2M Cdn for $1M US*.


We will see an increase in the US purchaser – a factor that has had a strong effect on real estate market values in Whistler in the past. We are a world-class resort offering an unbelievable amount of winter, summer, spring and fall recreational options AND we are a short 2.5 hour drive from the US/Canada border. With real estate now being presented with a 20% discount for our American neighbours, how can this NOT have an effect on our market?? 

I will be watching this closely in the coming months. I am excited to watch the return of our American investors.

If you are curious about if/how this low Canadian dollar may affect the Whistler real estate market, call me today at 604-935-7913 and we can discuss! I would love to hear your opinion.

*depending on the exchange rate your bank gives you.