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You've just signed the paperwork on a new home - congratulations!

When the excitement of purchasing your new place wears off, the reality of having to move sets in. There’s no way around it… hardly anyone we know LIKES moving, but the fruits are always worth the labour! It’s a bit of short-term hassle and discomfort with a longterm pay-off - but there are a few ways to make it more manageable!

Here are our (proven) tips to keep you sane and organized during the move:

1. Declutter

 Don’t pack things you don’t want to move with! NOW is the time to purge, purge, purge. Recycle, repurpose, and gift anything you don’t love enough to pack and relocate to your new home.

2. Pack a little bit each day

If time is on your site, avoid

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Via the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

Sales of single-family homes in April board-wide dipped by 13 per cent year over year but rose by 33 per cent from March. Last month, 412 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 475 in April 2018 and 308 the previous month. In the apartment and townhouse categories, sales dropped by three per cent and 24 per cent, respectively.

The mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20) continues to wreak havoc in the Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Lower Mainland housing markets, which is spilling over, albeit more slowly, onto Vancouver Island. While the B.C. economy continues to be highly supportive of housing demand, the negative shock to affordability and purchasing power

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One of the best parts about living in the heart of Vancouver Island? We can take off anytime - in many different directions - for any adventure we choose! Certainly we’ve got it all here in the Alberni Valley… but sometimes, when that wanderlust hits, it just feels good to pack the car and GO! Whether you’re in the mood to sample some locally-sourced seafood, stroll through a pleasant vineyard, or lace up your hiking boots for a breathtaking view at the summit… Vancouver Island has everything at your fingertips.

Here are just a few of our favourite day trips from Port Alberni:

Shop ‘Till You Drop in Victoria

Pick up everything on your list in one city! There’s no doubt about it - from upscale to second-hand, Victoria has it going on when it

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Sales of single-family homes in March board-wide dipped by 23 per cent year over year but were up 36 per cent from February. Last month, 309 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 399 in March 2018 and 227 in February. In the apartment and townhouse categories, sales dropped by 10 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Housing sales have weakened throughout most of the province, which the British Columbia Real Estate Association largely attributes to the mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20).

While the B.C. economy continues to be highly supportive of housing demand, the negative shock to affordability and purchasing power created by the stress test is expected to continue preventing many buyers,

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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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