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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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One of our favourite childhood memories? Camping underneath the twinkling stars safe with our families; cosy in our flannel sleeping bags, tummies full of s’mores and overcooked hot-dogs. The nights were crisp, but our hearts were warm.

Does this bring any nostalgia back for you? It sure does for us!

Lucky for those who live here, Port Alberni is situated in the heart of Vancouver Island. Not only do we have easy access to mountains for hiking, biking and rock climbing as well as oceans and lakes for boating, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking, but the Alberni Valley is also a prime spot for CAMPING!

Come for the weekend, or stay for a week. Whether you’re young, or grown with a family of your own, there are memories to be made

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With summer just around the corner, it’s finally time to open your recreational property!

There’s no need to overwhelm yourself thinking about the cleaning, chores and making sure that nothing is left at home - we’ve compiled a simple checklist of tasks you need to do, so you can make the most of your opening weekend!

Before you go...

  • Electricity - Make sure your electricity is turned on. Plan to do this a week or two before you plan to open your property.

  • Insurance - Be sure that your property is insured and you know where the documents are. Don’t forget about other things too, like your boat and trailer.

  • Keys - Remember all the keys you’ll need. Track them down and make sure you bring them with you.

  • Toolkit

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Keeping your home in top-notch shape is important for resale value and getting ahead of any potential substantial repairs or maintenance jobs before they arise. Not to mention, it sure makes coming home every day even more enjoyable, when everything is sparkling and in prime shape. The spring and early summer is an excellent time to do a deep clean of your home and take care of maintenance jobs. 

Here are three things you can do this time of year to take care of your biggest investment - your home!

  1. Paint

    One of the simplest and most cost-effective improvements is painting. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value to potential homebuyers. When selecting paint colours, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the

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We all know Port Alberni is one of the BEST places on the island to experience everything the West Coast has to offer!

We have it all - from hiking, camping, fishing, water sports, restaurants, wineries, galleries and more.

As we progress through our beautiful spring, we’ve built our summer bucket list with the top five activities we don't want to miss. And, we want to hear yours too! 

1. Hike Mount Arrowsmith or the Alberni Lookout 

Standing tall at 1,819 meters, Mount Arrowsmith is the highest mountain on Southern Vancouver Island! The ascent takes about 5-6 hours and crosses some difficult terrain - so be certain to be prepared and that you are physically capable prior to beginning. Always hike with a group, let people know your

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