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Spring has JUST about sprung here in the Alberni Valley... who's ready? We can only speak for ourselves, but we're certainly thrilled to think that longer days, tulips, sunshine, and even those fresh spring showers are just around the corner!

Although spring is just on our back doorstep, our local Real Estate market has already taken the plunge into spring - surely you might have noticed more FOR SALE signs popping up around the neighbourhood, or you may have even had conversations with your loved ones about buying or selling this year. Our phones and inboxes have seen an influx of inquiries come in from homeowners who are wanting to make a move in 2019.

Their first question? Is often, "is now a good time to sell?" Although the answer will vary

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Sales of single-family homes in February board wide dipped by 28 per cent year over year but were up 10 per cent from January. Last month, 228 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 315 in February 2018 and 208 the previous month. In the apartment and townhouse categories, sales dropped by 20 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively.

Inventory of single-family homes in February rose by 23 per cent from one year ago (812 to 999) while active listings of apartments climbed by 17 per cent (224 to 261) year over year and townhouses by 28 per cent (127 to 163). In its 2019 First-Quarter Housing Market Update, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) expects residential sales in the province to increase

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Every year, agents and teams from over 60 different countries gather in sunny Las Vegas to attend the international convention RE/MAX R4! Together associates gather to learn the latest Real Estate marketing and technology trends and to exchange domestic and international referrals. As well, they celebrate the outstanding achievements of the agents in their field - last night, Dave had the honour of receiving the Transaction Award Top Team in British Columbia!

Here's a special note from Dave:

It’s an honour to receive the Transaction Award Top Team in British Columbia! 

THANK YOU to my team and our RE/MAX community and office, and to my beautiful family for all of your continuous support. And thank you to our community of Port Alberni; all of

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The mortgage stress test, also known as Guideline B-20, is taking a toll on housing sales throughout the province, and Vancouver Island is no exception. Sales of single-family homes in January dropped by 28 per cent from one year ago, albeit they did rise by 23 per cent from December 2018.

Last month, 209 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 170 in December and 290 one year ago. Apartment sales were 20 per cent lower than in January 2018, while 34 townhouses sold last month compared to 33 the previous year. Inventory of single-family homes in January rose by 32 per cent from one year ago (987 compared to 748) and was nearly five per cent higher than in December. Active listings of apartments climbed by 38

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Has the time come to buy a home for your family? If you have little ones, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before buying, as not all homes and neighbourhoods are family-friendly.

 Layout of Bedrooms

Taking into consideration where the bedrooms are located is a great suggestion - especially if the kids are very young or headed into their adolescent years. In some cases, you’ll want their bedrooms right next to yours, while if the kids are older, you might even want a floor in between to provide a buffer for noise and privacy.

Number of Bathrooms

If it’s not already a priority, the importance of this factor will become very evident during those chaotic weekday mornings! Having ample bathroom space (or even just Jack and

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Sales of single-family homes in December dropped by 48 per cent from one year ago and were 44 per cent lower than in November.

Last month, 170 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 304 in November and 328 one year ago. Apartment sales in December were 65 per cent lower than in December 2017, while the number of townhouses sold in December dropped by two per cent from one year ago. Annual sales of single-family homes in 2018 totalled 4,543, a 19 per cent drop from 2017. However, this reduction reflects the market returning to more normal levels after the robust housing markets witnessed in 2016 and 2017.

Inventory of single-family homes last month rose by 23 per cent from one year ago (941 to 761) but

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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 faux fur

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Does this mean we shouldn’t think of selling our home in the winter months?

Not so fast. Traditionally, winter was seen as a less-than-popular time to list your home. However, times have changed. We now live in a digital age, when potential buyers are searching year-round for their dream homes, and certainly we benefit from a relatively milder climate here on Vancouver Island than most locales.

If you’re toying with the idea of selling, you certainly don’t have to hold off until the New Year - in fact, there are some solid benefits to putting it on the market even sooner. 

Here are some advantages that show how you could benefit from selling your home in the winter:

 Buyers Want IN!

If a buyer is pulling on

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Via the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board 

Sales of single-family homes in October were 11 per cent higher than in September but dipped by 16 per cent from October 2017. Last month, 385 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 347 in September and 458 one year ago. The number of apartments and townhouses changing hands last month dropped by eight and 21 per cent, respectively.

This year's housing market is behaving as expected, moderating after the record-setting pace set in 2016 and 2017. Government policy-side measures introduced to cool the market, such as the mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20) and higher interest rates, are taking their toll on housing sales throughout the country.

On the

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What better activity is there to do on a perfect Autumn day than go for a drive? And if you love Real Estate the way we do, you'll understand the joy of checking out the newest developments along the way!

The sun was shining, the kids were still in school, and it's not often we all have a spare moment together in the office, so we seized the opportunity to head out for a short cruise to check out the newest phase of the Uplands subdivision; called Uplands II.  

It's a short drive from the office, yet a beautiful one. Perched high overlooking the Alberni Valley, the new development sits at the top of the town; overlooking some of our community's newest homes. 

Offering stunning mountainous vistas from the streetscapes, and bordered on two

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