The Whistler Housing Dilemma: Working Towards a Solution

Are you a Whistler employer who struggles with staff turnover, or finding staff at all for that matter?

Engel & Völkers Whistler Real Estate together with Workforce Housing Solutions is here to help!

It’s a well known fact that one of the absolute biggest struggles for Whistler businesses is staffing. And let’s face it, the biggest struggle for workers is the cost and availability of housing. So a lot of local businesses are realising that by solving the housing problem for new and existing staff, they are able to attract and retain reliable employees. 

The next big question… to rent or to buy property? There are pros and cons to both of course. To buy a rental property, you need tp put 20% down which can be a big cash outlay. However if businesses have the cash available, it becomes a good long-term investment for them, and great stability for long-term housing. Renting is better for a company’s cash flow, but rental properties can be hard to come by, and may offer less security for staff in the long-term. 

As a local Whistler Real Estate Advisor who knows and understands the housing struggle, I am working to help local companies find the right solution for their staff housing needs. In collaboration with Workforce Housing Solutions, a local staff housing rental management company, together we can work with you to find housing. 

To start you off on finding the right solution for your business, consider…

  • How many staff do I need to provide housing for? 

  • Does the company have the cash available for a house deposit? 

  • Can I work with an investor to make a purchase? 

  • Can the business get approved for a mortgage?

  • How much rent will I charge? What other costs are involved? 

We would love to meet with you and answer all your questions. If you decide the rental option makes more sense, Workforce Housing Solutions can aid you in finding a property (or multiple properties), managing the cleaning and maintenance of the property, and taking care of the lease agreement and house rules. If you want to look at purchase options, I can find you suitable properties, discuss costs and taxes, draw up contracts and negotiate offers. Together our goal is to help you find the right Whistler housing solution for you! 

Contact us today to get started on finding housing for your staff!

Rachel Edwards - Licensed Realtor®, Engel & Völkers Whistler - 604-966-4200

Blake Allen & Paul Cain - Workforce Housing Solutions - 604-902-4560

Thanks for reading :)