Port Alberni Real Estate Blog

With summer here, there is plenty to do in Port Alberni in June! Check out the information below provided by Port Alberni’s Community Website. And visit the link below for more information. Get out there and have fun!

Things to Do in Port Alberni 2018

Naesgaard's Market Picks Peas

Where: Naesgaard’s Farm & Market, 5681 Mary Street, Port Alberni

When: Saturday June 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

What is it: Picking first peas of season today ...also nugget potatoes and strawberries. Browse Naesgaard's shop & greenhouses for fashions, plants & decor.

Beaver "Tail" Gate BBQ Party

Where: Beaver Creek Hall, 8505 Beaver Creek Rd, Port Alberni

When: Saturday June 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to 1:00am

What is it: Party starts at 6pm with an outdoor BBQ ($5), beer garden and not live

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The first four month of 2018 have been characterized by a significant shortage of inventory in the Alberni Valley real estate market. This shortage of inventory is more noticeable in certain price segments than others. For that reason, last month I broke the market stats into price segments, to better help you understand what is going on in the market. To summarize those finding: there is an incredible shortage of homes for sale under $300,000, while the $500,000+ price range has a very healthy inventory.  

Port Alberni Real Estate Update May 2018

This month I want to go back and look at traditional statistics for single family homes in the Greater Alberni Valley (excluding waterfront properties). This is what we found for April:


April 2018

April 2017

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With winter nearly behind us, there is plenty to do in Port Alberni in February. Check out the information below provided by Port Alberni’s Community Website. And visit the link below for more information. Get out there and have fun!

Thing to do in Port Alberni in February 2018

Date night at the Alberni Aquarium

When: Saturday February 10th 7:00 to 9:00pm

Where: Alberni Aquarium, Unit 7, 5440 Argyle St, Port Alberni

What is it: Are you looking for that one of a kind date night? Come on down for special entertainment, snacks, refreshments, activities and so much more! What a great way to treat that special someone?


Games Night

Where: Alberni Aquarium, Unit 7, 5440 Argyle St, Port Alberni

When: Saturday February 24th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

What is it: Fun for all ages

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When you are buying or selling a home, it is usually safe to assume that the "real property" being sold includes the land and all firmly attached structures. But what exactly is included in the definition of "firmly attached structures". Are the washer and dryer included? Dishwasher? What about your heirloom chandelier?

What Chattels Are Included in a Home Sale

This grey area revolves around the difference between "chattels" and "fixtures". Chattels are moveable items of property which are neither land, nor permanently attached to land or a building, either directly or vicariously through attachment to real property. A fixture is a chattel which has become real property by having been affixed to it.

Clear as mud?? Maybe some clear cut example would help. Some examples of chattels

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Happy New Year! It has become a tradition that I spend New Year's morning pouring over the statistics for the Port Alberni, Sproat Lake, and Great Alberni Valley real estate market. Let us know if you have any questions or comments. 

Port Alberni Market Update Graph 2017

Market Wide Summary 

Overall sales in the greater Alberni Valley were up significantly for 2017 when compared to the previous year. In fact, the number of single family homes sold in the Alberni Valley (Port Alberni, Sproat Lake, Cherry Creek, and Beaver Creek) was 3 units shy of the all time record set in 2004. The average sale price for single family homes in the Alberni Valley was the highest in history, breaking the record set last year.  At Sproat Lake, the number of homes sold was on par with the

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The real estate market in Port Alberni started the year out strong, and seems to be ending the year the same way.  Our team has been busy throughout December both listing and selling properties.

Without any further ado, let's take a look at the single family (non-waterfront) home sales for the Greater Alberni.


November 2017

November 2016

Homes Listed



Homes Sold



Median Sale Price



Average Sale Price



Average Days on market



As you can see there were more homes sold in November 2017 than the year prior. The

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Last month we reported an observation that the real estate market in Port Alberni had slowed. At the time we wondered if it was a momentary pause or the beginning of something more significant. Shortly after we released that market update, things started to pick back up. We’re happy to say it was a pause!

Port Alberni Real Estate Update - October 2017

To back up this statement we’ve run all of the single family homes sales statistics for the greater Alberni Valley (excluding all waterfront properties) for the month of September. This is what we found:

  September 2017 September 2016
New Listings  41  40
Sales  39  42
Average List Price  $265,292  $234,687
Average Sale Price  $256,844  $226,119
Median Sale Price
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The best articles are usually the result of a need. While sitting down with a client today it was brought to my attention that there is a real need in the Port Alberni real estate industry for more information about specific neighbourhoods. After all, people are not just buying a house; they’re buying into a neighbourhood too.

Of course, our team were pioneers in making it possible for the public to browse real estate by neighbourhood. Today, because of this request from a client we are going to begin expanding on that, by providing more textured information about each Alberni Valley neighbourhood.

South Alberni

We have to start somewhere, so we’ll start with South Alberni. Why? Because it’s my neighbourhood, and my family LOVES living here! 

South Alberni

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Without a doubt, one of the most common questions I'm asked as a Realtor is, "What is the best time of year to sell?"  Common wisdom clearly says that Spring is the best time to list your property for sale.  My honest, professional, opinion is that the fall is the best time of year to sell.  Let's examine why. 

Best Time if Year to Sell Real Estate

It really starts with a simple concept: If you want to do well in the real estate market (or any market) do the exact opposite of what the masses are doing. Frankly, if the masses had it right, we'd be a country full of millionaires. When everyone is rushing to sell, you should be thinking about buying, and vice versa.   

Now let's apply this concept to the Port Alberni real estate market. For our purposes, let's assume that the seasons

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China Creek Campground is one of the most stunning places in the Alberni Valley, a place that even some locals are only vaguely aware of. Personally I was first introduced to China Creek as a scuba diver. There is an amazing underwater wall along the shoreline, which is a place to see Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf Eels, Sea lions to name just a few. Even more amazing is that there is also one of the world's only shore accessible artificial reefs (shipwreck) right here in Port Alberni.

China Creek Campground

In recent years the Port Alberni Port Authority has done an amazing job of promoting this jewel of the Alberni Valley.  To see what I mean, check out the link to their website below. This spring, our team was approached by the Port Alberni Port Authority to see if we

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