2021: the year for a lifestyle change

Photo courtesy of  Kelly Funk

The new year is proving to be focused on a lifestyle change as more Canadians discover the opportunities that come from a remote work environment. While the international buying market has stalled, domestic residents are exploring alternative living environments that will allow them to escape the urban areas and settle in a more rural setting – like Sun Peaks Resort.

A study conducted late last year indicates that 35 per cent of RE/MAX brokers indicate that “move-over” buyers from other cities and provinces will continue to spark market activity in 2021.

Lark Frolek-Dale of RE/MAX Alpine Resort Realty at Sun Peaks agrees.

“Throughout the second half of 2020, we saw an increase of people from the Lower Mainland, Calgary and Edmonton who were looking for a lifestyle change now their job format had evolved to a virtual environment. We anticipate that to increase even more this year as companies reveal their post-pandemic plans for virtual work environments.”

One of the reasons Sun Peaks is proving to be a popular location for those looking to change their lifestyle is because of the variety of accommodation options. From single family homes to townhouses and apartments, all within walking or skiing distance of the village square, there’s a set-up that works for everyone, whether they are an individual or moving with a family.

Once you’re settled in, you’ll quickly realize the primary activities are outdoors, which is the safest place to be right now. There are more than 4,200 acres of skiable terrain for downhill skiing and snowboarding, almost 40 km of groomed and track-set cross-country ski trails, plus snowshoeing, ice skating, dogsledding and more!

Oh, and did we mention it’s only a 40-minute drive to Kamloops for a larger grocery shop and you can be in Vancouver by lunchtime?

While the pandemic has proven to be challenging for many, it has also brought to light the importance of lifestyle when it comes to home shopping.

“Despite the tragic impacts of the pandemic, our optimism in the strength of Canada’s housing market has always remained,” says Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “While we’ve seen a significant shift in buyer preferences this year, we believe factors such as the supply issue, pent-up demand and historically lower interest rates will continue to fuel activity in 2021.”

To learn more about relocating to Sun Peaks, we invite you to reach out for a virtual conversation to meet our real estate team and look at available properties!