Real Estate Blog


Autumn is the perfect time of year to create that to-do list and tackle home repair projects before the colder, shorter days of winter come. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! We’ve done half of the work for you (sort of…).

Whether it’s your Port Alberni home you’re preparing for fall - or your Sproat Lake recreational property – we’ve got you covered.

We’ve created your home maintenance checklist so that you can rest easy knowing that your investment is ready for winter. You can even do most of these in an hour or so over your next weekend!

Your Autumn Home Checklist:

Wipe and store outdoor furniture – since the days of sun bathing on the deck are coming to an end, take the time to clean your patio furniture and store it

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Port Alberni, Vancouver Island’s Best Community

“Woah, that’s cool Dad!!!” was the collective agreement from the Koszegi kids around the kitchen table when they saw the CTV clip for the first time.

And, we couldn’t agree more – the talented producers at CTV did an awesome job of highlighting the FUN we have here in Port Alberni!

What started in summer of 2016 as a dream turned into weeks – then months – of planning, preparation, and eventually, filming.


Having lived here his whole life, Dave has seen our city grow immensely. With the highest income per capita in the 60’s, the future of Port was looking incredibly prosperous… then, a general downturn in the forestry industry in the 80’s resulted in a decline in the local economy.

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Are you getting ready to sell your home? Making sure your home is as ready as you are is an essential part of the selling process. Simple staging tricks will WOW potential buyers and can lead to a quick, profitable sale. Here are our top 5 cost-effective tips to stage your home before you put it on the market.

Alter your mindset

Emotionally detaching yourself from your house can be difficult; especially if it is a place you have lived for a while and have raised kids. Before you invite buyers into your home, remember you need to look at your property from a buyer’s perspective. Ask your real estate agent to do a walk-through of your home with you. They will help you get into this mindset and look at your house from a different POV! Working together,

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Think beyond paint colours and fabrics…

Surely you’ve spent time in a well-considered space, and instantly felt the benefits of an aesthetically pleasing abode – you feel calmer, grounded, and sometimes eveninspired!

That kind of inspiration doesn’t just have to be for high-end homes or catalogues, though. Today’s homeowner can keep it simple and cost-effective by just incorporating even 1-2 of today’s top trends into their space.

Here are a few of our favourites to get you started!

Think Green

Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year (15-0343) – and it complements our West Coast vibe perfectly! This tangy yellow-green shade plays off our jewel-toned lake and brings a breath of fresh air into our indoor spaces. Pair this hue

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A pristine 25-kilometer body of water surrounded by old-growth forests, private waterfront properties, and the best fresh water adventures on the Island… this is where we get to call home during the summer!

Hardly our best-kept secret any longer, we see Canadians, Americans, and even international visitors on our lakeshores; many of them even opting to snag up one of our waterfront properties.

Located just 15-kilometres west of Port Alberni, Sproat Lake offers residents affordable and private waterfront property, all in a location that offers the amenities of a larger city. Whether you’re looking to downsize, get away from the bustle of an urban centre or purchase a recreational property, there are plenty of options in Sproat Lake.


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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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