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As we approach the hot spring market, more for sale signs are popping up on front lawns, and buyers are coming out of hibernation. This means sellers need to find ways to stand out in the market. Your home may be beautiful with immaculate modern decor, but all buyers do not have the same taste. One piece of advice we have learned is there is a difference between decorating and staging. And staging wins when it comes to a quick sale!

If you do decide to tackle home staging, here are six tips to get you started:

Let your home speak to buyers: Take out any personal touches while your home is on the market. This helps buyers picture themselves and their family in your home. From kids art on the fridge to your Elvis posters in the den; keep all of

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Port Alberni, the heart of Vancouver Island,  is situated in a unique spot… right in the middle of the action!

We’re just a short drive to surfing in Tofino, hiking in the mountains, shopping in Victoria, and much more.

Despite the Island’s mild climate, winter is still packed full of fun, and there is no better start point than Port Alberni! Here are a few of our favourite winter day trips from Port Alberni.

Winter Sports at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Less than two hours from Port Alberni, Mount Washington is the Island’s ski resort. This year has been a great year for snow, so head up and try your hand at skiing, snowboarding or tubing at Mount Washington’s family tube park! If you’re not an experienced skier, Mount Washington offers a

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Every January, we make plans and set our goals for the year. We set goals to better our health, our finances, and our relationships. But what about our homes? The New Year is the perfect time to take a good look at your home and create a New Year’s resolution list for your home. We’ve kicked off the list with our top four January home resolutions to get you started. 

Less is more.

Simplify your home by clearing out the nonessentials. A decluttered home helps us move through our day with ease; we're not spending all of our energy thinking about the mess! This can be an overwhelming task, especially if you have lived in your home for a while, or have kids. We would recommend tackling one room at a time. Create a list of the essential items in that

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Rushing to beat the clock this year to perfect your home for the holidays? The good news is, our current design trends are working in your favour. Less is more! Simplicity and warmth are the key to a beautifully decorated home for the holidays, especially when your home is up for sale and you have potential buyers arriving for showings with little notice.

Here are our top three simple and tasteful Christmas decor ideas to spruce up your home over the holidays:

Lose the extra trimming

image via thespruce.com

Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to be weighed down with ornaments on every branch. Consider a string of lights with simple bulbs, which creates a more calming and inviting look for your living space. Consider pairing it with a

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Last month we wrote a blog post featuring North Port Alberni, which included its up-and-coming neighbourhoods, amenities and features. Now, we are taking a deeper dive into the beautiful Alberni Inlet, and the features within it!

Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet,  Vancouver Island's longest inlet. Downtown Port Alberni is situated right on the inlet, nestled in between mountains, including the iconic Mount Arrowsmith. This area provides residents beautiful water views, boat slips in their backyard and access to local shops, breweries, restaurants, galleries, and much more.

The Alberni Inlet stretches from the Pacific Ocean inland roughly 40 kilometers to the heart of Port

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It doesn’t need to be prime summer season to enjoy the benefits of a vacation (or living) on a lake! Residents and visitors to Port Alberni’s Sproat Lake know this well. Sproat Lake offers a variety of vacation rentals, year round homes and recreational properties.

This fall, Randi and her daughter Steph tried a Sproat Lake winter mother-daughter getaway… and they loved it! Randi and Steph stayed at Stirling Arm Lakehouse right on Sproat Lake.

The lakehouse offers visitors stunning south exposure on Stirling Arm with 160 degrees of water views. Amenities include: private sun decks, propane fireplaces, pool table and media room, downstairs bar kitchen, hot tub, bbq, sun deck with propane fire pit, four grass terraces and large dock with a

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When buyers are looking to purchase a home, they are looking at more than what appliances are in the kitchen, or how much storage space there is – perhaps you’ve heard it before; location, location, location!
 
As well as purchasing the actual home, home buyers are buying a lifestyle; which is greatly influenced by the entire neighbourhood. For this reason, different neighbourhoods attract different types of buyers.            
                       

Port Alberni has a “twin city” status; natural ravines – Rogers Creek and Dry Creek –which break up the city into South Port Alberni and North Port Alberni. Each “city” gives residents unique landscapes, amenities and property types. In the valley, you will also hear people talk about “upper

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One thing we LOVE about living in Port Alberni? Our vibrant, close-knit community offers residents tons of opportunities to connect and enjoy one another at events, shows, games and more.

This time of year, there’s no need to stay indoors - with countless family-fun activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone here.

From Halloween to the holidays, get outside with your family and friends and be part of the Port Alberni community.

  HALLOWEEN

  • Jeepers Creepers at McLean Mill – a Halloween hit with haunted houses, bonfire, treats, activities and a haunted train (make reservations). Costumes are encouraged! Friday, October 27, 2017-Sunday, October 29, 2017

 (Dave was recently with his kids on their school trip to

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One thing we LOVE about living in Port Alberni? Our vibrant, close-knit community offers residents tons of opportunities to connect and enjoy one another at events, shows, games and more.

This time of year, there’s no need to stay indoors - with countless family-fun activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone here.

From Halloween to the holidays, get outside with your family and friends and be part of the Port Alberni community.

Here is a list of the Port Alberni events that should be on your radar:

 HALLOWEEN

  • Jeepers Creepers at McLean Mill – a Halloween hit with haunted houses, bonfire, treats, activities and a haunted train (make reservations). Costumes are encouraged! Friday, October 27, 2017-Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Renowned as one of the best times to sell your home, the autumn we experience in the Alberni Valley is second to none - making it the ideal time to put your home on the market. Temperatures have cooled from the summer months, and families are back in routine; ready to tackle things they have been putting off during the summer, like beginning their home search!

Here’s why – and how - you should take the autumn advantage and list your Port Alberni or Sproat Lake home this fall.

Buyers mean business

Traditionally, people who are looking for a home in the fall are motivated, qualified, and ready to commit to a sale for the perfect home. They might be looking due to job relocation or another life change that is forcing them to move. They’ll also

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