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Chances are you've heard of the Welcome Wagon; a Canadian-owned, free welcoming service for families experiencing a variety of lifestyle changes. 

Did you know, that we're fortunate to have an AWESOME chapter of this service right here in our own backyard? Our Welcome Wagon embraces families, couples, and singletons who relocate to the beautiful Alberni Valley. If the affordable Real Estate prices here weren't enough, this warm welcome will be sure to make moving here an absolute joy! 

We thought we'd sit down with Megan Warrender of our local branch, to learn more about what they have to offer. 

Tell us a little about the Welcome Wagon in Port Alberni - what do you do, and what kind of services do you provide?

The Welcome Wagon is a free

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If you’re lucky enough to live here, you’ll know that Port Alberni is a growing city! Located in the heart of Vancouver Island, we have people relocating here from all corners of our province, across the country, and from the States. They come here for our natural beauty, easy access to outdoor recreation (from world-class hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and more), as well as some of the most affordable Real Estate in Canada.

With the benchmark price for a single-family Port Alberni home sitting at $232,800 in May of this year (a 18% increase over May 2016), we get incredible value for our homes, businesses, and investment opportunities for sale.

Although our housing inventory remains low, we still find ourselves in a very active market

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For most of us, our Real Estate transactions are some of the biggest investments we will make in our lives. Making informed, timely decisions can be imperative to setting you up for your lifetime of financial success. For this reason, you deserve the help of a professional real estate team you can trust.

Working with the Dave Team means access to a comprehensive selling strategy – from beginning to close. Plus, you can count on our support for the remainder of your Real Estate journey, too!.  Starting with a free home evaluation, working through pricing, marketing and open houses, all the way to signing the final contract, the Dave Team has the combined experience and skills to make listing and selling your home a breeze.

What can you expect

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Buying a home is one of the most rewarding experiences many will experience in our lives- but it also comes with its challenges. In Port Alberni, and on the island in general, we have lots of qualified buyers looking to purchase homes, but we’re stretched for inventory. Last month, the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reported that inventory of single-family homes on Vancouver Island has declined 36 per cent from March 2016. (Read all of the VIREB March statistics here). In Port Alberni, the price of a benchmark home is $217,800, an increase of 12 per cent from one year ago. In today’s market, you can expect that a well priced home in good condition will have multiple offers and move quickly.

There is no doubt these circumstances can be

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Among the top provinces in Canada with the most microbreweries, BC is home to craft-drinking beer lovers! We’ve seen an explosion of new breweries emerge across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island alike, many located in desirable walkable clusters. Some are even hailing Vancouver as the new Portland!

Breweries are making a splash on Vancouver Island, too - our Mid-Island region is now home to 11 breweries stretching from Nanaimo to Campbell River, and a slew of special events and festivals like Victoria’s Beer Week, Nanaimo Beer Festival, Tofino Beer Festival, and BC’s Ale Trail. Even crazier - the idea of a "beer flight" has now been turned on its head, with private seaplane tours across Mid-Island, Victoria, and Vancouver of breweries!

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Ask anyone what their favourite childhood memory is, and often it’s of summer vacations spent with their families at the cottage or lake home. There’s just nothing quite like those simple summer memories of childhood; when our only responsibilities were the lake calling, late night card games, and walking along the beach barefoot with our family in tow. 

Sproat Lake has become a desirable destination vacation spot AND year-round residence on Vancouver Island. Located 13 km northwest of the city of Port Alberni (population approx. 17, 000), which is situated in the south-central heart of Vancouver Island mid-way to Tofino and Ucluelet. Home to world-class fishing, boating, and water sports, as well as quiet, relaxing beaches and trails, Sproat Lake

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We think Port Alberni is a pretty sweet place to live. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we put together a list of all the reasons we are having a love affair with the Alberni Valley!

An outdoor enthusiasts' dream

Situated in the heart of Vancouver Island, we love having easy access to mountains for hiking, biking and rock climbing as well as oceans and lakes for boating, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Port Alberni is the only access point to Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada!

Deep roots, art and culture

We have a strong art and culture scene in Port Alberni. Spending time at our galleries and historical sites is a day well spent for tourists and locals alike.

  • Rollin Art Centre – A fine arts
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Dreaming of home ownership in the Alberni Valley? In case you haven’t heard, or weren’t quite sure what it is, in December of 2016, our provincial government announced a new program intended to assist first-time buyers. The program is called the B.C. HOME Partnership program, and it’s designed to help first-time homebuyers who can afford the costs of home ownership, but are experiencing challenges with the initial step in entering the market – that is, scraping together a down payment.

The program contributes to the amount first-time buyers have already saved for their down payment, providing up to $37,500, or up to 5% of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.

Note that under the

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Although there’s no shortage of fun to be had here in Port, sometimes you’ve just GOT to pack up the car and head out for a day trip! The Alberni Valley serves as a great destination as a year-round ‘base camp’ for some incredible island attractions.

Here are some of our Top 5 Day Trips from Port Alberni:

Cathedral Grove – Be prepared to be in awe! Home to Douglas fir trees over 800 years old measuring 250 feet in height and 25 feet around, the majestic old growth forest is sure to impress any audience.  Very easy hiking trails for all levels are available, too. It can be wet here, so be sure to pack your rain boots and a light waterproof jacket!

Photo via Huffington Post

Mount Washington – About an hour and a half’s drive, Mount

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Is a well-deserved vacation in your future over the holidays? Don’t let the excitement of preparing for vacation blind you to the risks of leaving your home unprotected

We’ve prepared a checklist of the top 10 items to go over before you head out!

Dave Team Home Safety Check List: 

  • Have someone you trust to stay at your house or check in each day while you are away – in most cases, this can cover most of your bases!
  • Set light timers (if you have them) to go on periodically to create the illusion you are still home.
  • Have a neighbor, friend or house sitter take out and bring in garbage and recycling. There’s nothing like piles of unread newspapers and flyers to show a thief that no one’s been home!
  • Have your house sitter
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