Vancouver Island Real Estate Blog

7 Random Acts Of Kindness You Can Bring Into Your Neighbourhood Today

Hey there, folks! Today, we're diving into some simple ways you can spread a little extra love and good cheer to your neighbours. Why, you ask? Well, because it's World Kindness Day and what better way to celebrate than paying some goodwill to those living in your very own neighbourhood? 

Here are 7 random acts of kindness you can bring to your neighbourhood today!

1. Slip a Handwritten Note or Cheerful Card into Your Neighbor's Mailbox

In the age of digital communication, there's something heartwarming about a good ol' handwritten note. Not to mention our mailboxes seem to only be filled with bills and flyers. Channel your inner Shakespeare (or Dr. Seuss, whichever floats your boat) and craft a sweet...

Ask Us Anything: Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions Part 1

Are you ready to demystify the world of real estate? We certainly are! As a team of seasoned real estate agents, we often find ourselves at the crossroads of dreams and reality, where home buyers and sellers come to us with their burning questions. You've got queries, and we've got answers. So, whether you're looking to buy, sell, or just curious about the wild ride that is the real estate market, fasten your seatbelts because we're about to speed into the frequently asked questions that keep home buyers and sellers up at night. Let's dive in!

I’m moving to Nanaimo and want to buy a home. How will your team help me find the right home and relocate to Vancouver Island?

Our team at Dawn Walton & Associates takes great pride in being a leader...

Spooktacular Safety: Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners

Halloween, the spookiest night of the year, is just around the corner. It's a time for ghouls, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. But, as homeowners, it's also a time to think about the safety of the little monsters and princesses who will be traipsing through your neighbourhood in search of candy. After all, you don't want your home to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. 

In this spooky but entirely practical guide, we'll explore Halloween safety tips for homeowners. You'll discover how to transform your property into a safe and welcoming haven for trick-or-treaters while keeping that eerie spirit alive. So, grab your broomstick (or rake) and dive into some tips and tricks to make this Halloween a howling success!

1. Light the Way


9 Things First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

Are you a first-time homebuyer looking to buy in Central Vancouver Island? If so, congratulations are in order! You're about to embark on one of the most thrilling, albeit daunting, adventures of your life – buying your very first home. It's a journey filled with excitement and a touch of overwhelm, and you're not alone. Our team has spent over 15 years helping our clients buy and sell real estate in Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum, Ladysmith and the surrounding areas. At this point, it’s safe to say we’ve seen it all and there is nothing we love more than to use our knowledge to help folks like you feel confident, comfortable and excited with the real estate process.

To make this expedition a bit smoother, we've compiled a list of nine essential...

2023 North Nanaimo Pumpkin Patch

We’re back! 

Being an active part of our community is a core pillar of our business. It’s a large part of why we do what we do (besides our love of real estate, of course. There’s something extra special about our annual Pumpkin Patch, which we’re excited to host again for the… wait for it… 15th year!

If you haven’t been to our North Nanaimo Pumpkin Patch before, first of all, we can’t wait to welcome you this year. We transform Daynes Park into a pumpkin patch, complete with hay bales. Our clients, friends, family and members of the community join us to pick up their pumpkins by donation, which have been generously provided by Save-On-Foods and McNab’s Corn Maze & Produce Farm.

But that’s not all! This year we’re bringing out the BBQ for...

Preparing For A Thanksgiving The Whole Family Will Remember

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving already!? It’s one of our favourite times of the year; the air gets a little crisper, the leaves put on their gorgeous autumn display and Canadians from coast to coast gather around the table to give thanks for the bountiful harvest and spend quality time with family and friends. It's a time-honoured tradition that warms the heart and fills the belly and with a little preparation, it can be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

In today's post, we'll take you on a journey through the art of preparing for Thanksgiving. Whether you're a seasoned Thanksgiving pro or a rookie ready to take on the turkey, we've got you covered with tips, tricks and a dash of creativity that will make this year's celebration one the whole family will remember.

1. Plan Ahead


Homeowner's Checklist: Fall Maintenance Edition

Hey there, homeowners! As the vibrant foliage starts to paint our landscapes with rich, autumnal hues, it's a sure sign that it's time to tackle some essential fall maintenance tasks around your home. After all, a little prep work now can save you from bigger headaches down the road. So, grab your pumpkin spice latte and let's dive right into your newest DWA Homeowner's Checklist: Fall Maintenance Edition.

1. HVAC Maintenance: Keep Cozy All Season Long

The first item on our list is ensuring your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system is ready to keep you warm when the chill sets in. Here's what you need to do:

  • Change Filters: Replace or clean your HVAC filters to ensure optimal air quality and energy efficiency....

Working With A Seniors Real Estate Specialist

The decision to buy or sell a home is one of life's most significant milestones. It's a journey filled with emotions, memories and transitions. When it comes to seniors and their families on Central Vancouver Island,  this process can be even more complex. For seniors looking to downsize, move into a retirement community or sell their family home, working with a Senior's Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) can make all the difference. Today, we’ll explore why choosing an SRES® is the best decision you can make when navigating the real estate process during the golden years.

The Unique Needs of Seniors in Central Vancouver Island

Central Vancouver Island, with its stunning natural beauty and vibrant communities, is an attractive place for seniors to enjoy...

JUST LISTED - 110 - 807 Oakhills Vista

    • $619,900 | MLS 943723
    • 5 Bedrooms
    • 3 Bathroom
    • Sprawling 1952 Square feet
    • $428 Monthly Strata Fee 
    • All Exterior Repairs & Maintenance Included in Strata Fee
    • Across from Colliery Dam and Close to All Schools & VIU
    • Minutes to Downtown and Transportation to the Mainland
    • incredible opportunity for growing family or investor 

For more information and photos, visit our website: or call us at 250-585-8910 to arrange a showing!...

Just Listed - 6215 Washington Way

    • 6215 Washington Way 
    • $710,000 | MLS # 943689 
    •  Detached Townhome
    •  3 Bedrooms 
    •  3 Bathrooms 
    •  1,597 Square Feet 
    •  $379 Monthly Strata Fee 
    •  In-Suite Laundry 
    •  Double Garage 
    •  Pet(s) Permitted 
    •  Rentals Permitted 
    •  Close to All Amenities


For more information and photos, visit our WEBSITE or give us a call to arrange a showing 250-585-8910!...