Ideas and how-to's for the general homeowner. 

Embarking on the journey to find your dream home is an exciting and personal endeavor. As you envision the space where you'll build a lifetime of memories, it's essential to articulate your desires clearly. Here's a comprehensive dream home wishlist to guide you on this thrilling quest for the perfect abode.

 1. **Location, Location, Location:**
Begin with the perfect backdrop for your dreams. Whether it's a tranquil suburban neighborhood, a bustling urban center, or a serene countryside retreat, the location sets the tone for your dream home. Consider proximity to schools, workplaces, and local amenities to ensure convenience.

2. **Architectural Style:**
Define your aesthetic preferences. Do you envision a modern marvel with clean lines, a cozy cottage…

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1. Comox Valley Farmers' Market

Location: Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds

The Comox Valley Farmers' Market is a year-round gem, and its winter edition is a celebration of local bounty. Explore stalls adorned with fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and handmade crafts. From hearty winter vegetables to unique holiday gifts, this market is a haven for those seeking the best of the season from local producers.

2. Downtown Courtenay WinterFest Market: Heart of the Holidays

Location: Downtown Courtenay

Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance of Downtown Courtenay's WinterFest Market. The heart of the holidays beats here, with vendors showcasing an array of holiday crafts, decorations, and unique gifts. Stroll through the charming streets, enjoy…

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Contrary to popular belief, as the buyer in a real estate transaction, you do not actually pay a real estate sales representative’s commission. The real estate agent actually earns a percentage of the brokerage commission, which is laid out in the purchase contract and is calculated from the price of the house. This commission is paid for by the person who is listing their home for sale. Essentially, you get the support and knowledge of a buyer representative for free – which is a great reason to utilize a REALTOR® when you’re looking to invest in Comox Valley real estate.

If the aspect of their professional services being free to you as a buyer isn’t enough to influence your decision single-handedly, here are five more reasons a real estate…

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We’ve all heard the horror stories that can happen if you don’t do your homework when choosing a trades professional. Like the contractor that demoed a kitchen, never to be seen again; or the pool company that accepted a homeowner’s deposit but keeps pushing back the installation date.

We want to make sure these disasters don’t happen to you when you’re looking for assistance with those big renovation projects around your home. Use these 5 tips to help you find the best trades professionals in the Comox Valley that can help with your home renovations – and increase the likelihood of your complete satisfaction!


All in Good Time
One of the biggest considerations when hiring professional trades companies is your timeline. Do you need the project…

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Whether you want to stage your house for a successful sale, add a touch of modern décor to your Courtenay home, or simply stop your neighbours from being able to see what you do behind closed doors, investing in window coverings could be the solution you’re looking for.

As a seller, there are plenty of variables that contribute to selling your house quickly – and for top dollar. Taking your home to a polished completion helps a potential buyer to see value from both a completed task and investment standpoint too. Within the Comox Valley real estate market, there’s a playful balance between two main factors when it comes to great window treatments; 1) fantastic functionality and 2) desirable decoration.



When it comes…

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Moving can be a huge task to tackle if you’re foregoing the route of hiring a professional moving company. An independent move delegates all of the responsibility from packing, purging and delivering to you and your dedicated team of friends and family. Even when movers are involved, there’s still some parts of the process the pros are not able to do. These five tips will help make your upcoming move easier on your little ones – and yourself!


Prepare a Plan for Moving Week
To have things run as smoothly as possible, get a plan of action ready ahead of time. Create a timeline for the whole week before your move-in date, so you know what to expect and you have some strategies in place. Consider which rooms to pack on what days, the logistics for…

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It’s no secret that homes with attractive curb appeal command higher asking prices and spend less time sitting on the market. With so many ideas on the internet to boost your home’s curb appeal, you may be wondering which projects pump up your real estate’s value best? Though there aren’t specific values connected to certain improvement projects, here are some of our favourite financially-savvy ways to boost your home's equity with a little summer upgrade;

Squeaky Clean
Before you make the decision of whether or not to paint the facade of your property, turn to the tried and true method of a deep clean of your exterior with a pressure washer or some good-old-fashioned elbow grease. A bucket of hot soapy water and a long-handled bristle brush will likely…

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The B.C. government has continued to reassure renters they will not be evicted if they cannot pay rent during the state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As you may be aware, it was announced on March 25, 2020 that the Province of British Columbia has halted evictions during the COVID-19 crisis. Though some support is being offered, it’s leaving tenants and landlords both posing questions of what the future holds in the Comox Valley and beyond. Below is some basic information to clarify the support available with additional links for extended funding education; 

A Temporary Rental Supplement (TRS) is currently available, offering up to $500 a month to help renters pay part of their rent and help ensure landlords continue to…

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Beautiful Cumberland home with a mortgage helper will help pave the way for you and your family. The suite is legal and is located over the garage, and has its own yard. The home has a bright open concept with the kitchen and family room leading out to the patio. The upstairs design has the laundry adjacent to the bedrooms and features great separation from the suite over the garage. The suite has its own entry and makes this home very affordable. 


Beautiful Cumberland home with a mortgage helper will help pave the way for you and your family. The suite is legal and is located over the garage, and has its own yard. The home has a bright open concept with the kitchen and family room leading out to the patio. The upstairs design has the laundry…

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How are you spending your time in the beautiful Comox Valley during the days of social distancing? Have you taken some time to spring clean the house, catch up on your favourite Netflix shows or even try your hand at an old hobby? The ever-changing circumstances have limited the operations of many businesses, leaving some people without revenue while others navigate a significantly reduced income lifestyle. As we walk this new norm as a community, we’ve compiled 5 simple, yet effective ways to reduce your expenses in 2020:

Shopping Lists and Meal Plans
During the days of COVID19, we’re more aware of the number of times we’re heading out in Courtenay to shop at stores like Costco and the grocery store. Pre-planning what you need for meals and snacks…

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