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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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Have you ever broken out in a cold sweat 30 minutes before your guests arrive for a Thanksgiving dinner; worrying about the centrepiece, the music, the candles, the turkey? 

If this sounds like you, not to worry - you're in good company! We've all been there. 

To make things easy (and fun!) this year, we've compiled a list of entertaining and decorating tips from the pros. 

Mix and Match: When it comes to dishes and silverware, they're not all created equally. We often feel pressure to have the entire table outfitted with our best. However, today's style at home experts assure us that It's OK to use your best crystal and china along with eccentric serving plates from your travels - consider them to be a layer of interest and a great talking

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Fall is just around the corner - the kids are back to school, and we’re squeezing out the last few weeks of quality “dock” time at the lake! With the holidays still far away on the distant horizon, it’s a busy, yet peaceful time for families here in the Alberni Valley.

Because we’ve still got a couple of months until a cold snap hits - and the holiday chaos takes over - now is considered an idea time to buy or sell Real Estate on Vancouver Island.

Thanks to our magnificent autumn weather and overall mild climate, fall is considered an excellent time to properly price and move property. In fact, it’s even known as the ‘second spring’ in Western Canadian Real Estate!

Come September, serious buyers will be feeling the pressure to make their

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When it comes to taking care of your home, the old adage always seems to ring true; “there’s no better time than the present!”

Early fall is the ideal time to begin preparing your home for fall - before it actually arrives! These early days of autumn are an excellent time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. We also suggest taking a look at how you can improve the energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care.

Here are our tips to get your home’s interior AND exterior in tip-top condition before the colder season, so you can rest easy knowing your home is buttoned-up and ready for winter!

Interior

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Wonder what’s happening in our VIREB area Real Estate market? We’ve compiled stats courtesy of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board to keep you up-to-date, and you can always count on us to fill you in on any questions you may have.

If you don’t have time to read the entire thing, here’s a look-at-a-glance at the current state of the market and recent home sales in the area.

Here’s the latest from the July 2018 VIREB stats report:

Prices of single-family homes, apartments, and townhouses continue to rise in the VIREB area despite cooling sales in certain markets. Last month, 437 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 438 in June and 556 one year ago, a decrease of 21 per cent. The number of

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Not to take away from the rest of your long, languid summer days - but September is just around the corner!

This means it’s about time for families to start thinking about back to school and about how to re-introduce structure into our household routines. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning, breakfasts will need to be dished, lunches packed, and kids walked to school or to the bus stop. And it doesn’t stop there - when they come home, you’ll likely want a household ‘command centre’ to organize keys, electronics, and homework assignments in a nice fashion.

Having a few essential organization strategies in play will help your year get off without a hitch. Here are some that have worked for the Dave Team and our families. Have some of

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Finally - you’re on the final stretch of the selling process!

You’ve accepted an offer from a prospective buyer, and the next step is the home inspection - or perhaps you’re preparing one prior to. Because many deals are contingent upon the success of a home inspection, your buyers can use this as a basis on which to further negotiate with you. For those reasons, it’s in the best interest of your sale (and for your pockets!) if we take this step seriously.

When time is off the essence, you might feel pressure to take the first home inspector you meet, but it’s of utmost importance that you find a qualified, experienced professional.

When it comes time for your inspection, it's ideal to have a firm grip on all of the nuances, nooks, and

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School might be out for summer… but our students here in the Alberni Valley receive an education for a lifetime!

Situated on Vancouver Island’s Central West Coast, the Alberni School District 70 serves about 3800 learners in the communities of Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet and Bamfield. Proudly residing on the traditional territories of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, the district embraces the integration of their culture, history, and language within all of our schools.

“Always learning -  Apprendre, toujourst - `akaasʔaqƛin huḥtaqšiiḥ”

The district offers eight elementary schools (Grades K-7), two secondary schools (Grades 8-12), one elementary-junior secondary school (Grades K-9), one alternate school (Eighth Avenue Learning Centre), and the

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