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Gary Gray

Gary Gray B.Comm.

Broker/Manager

Phone: 250.723.5478  

Mobile: 250.731.4190  

Email: GaryGray@royallepage.ca

My real estate career started in 1982, taking me to many great places across Western Canada and settling back to my hometown of Port Alberni in 1993. After 10 years as an independent distributor for Shell Canada, I returned to real estate in 2003 as a sales representative. In 2005 I took on the additional role of Managing Broker and in 2013 I served as President of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. Presently I continue the Managing Broker role at Royal LePage Port Alberni - Pacific Rim Realty and as a Realtor I continue to enjoy helping my clients achieve their dreams of owning a house, selling their home and creating a new home.



Special Designations: B.Comm.

Featured Properties

Listing # 448647

$239,900.00

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

5287 RIVER ROAD PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia

Cozy two bedroom "Cabin Style" house in the city. With 100 feet of Somass River frontage and located virtually across ...

Listing # 450511

$134,000.00

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

#34-5558 BEAVER CREEK ROAD PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia

Comfortable two bedroom mobile home in well maintained mobile home park. Features a large living room, open kitchen - ...

Listing # 445000

$247,500.00

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

3538 12TH AVE PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia

Immaculate two bedroom rancher is perfect for the first time home buyer or retiree. A bright, updated kitchen opens to a...

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Secrets of Savvy Househunters

Experienced home buyers know that there’s more to look for than a good neighbourhood and a sturdy foundation. They shop with their hearts, their heads – and with the expert advice of a real estate professional. Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, here are some savvy steps to follow.

1. Know how much you want to spend

Don’t get caught in that trap of finding a perfect home that you can’t afford. Do your homework and define your budget. Get a pre-approved mortgage or consulting with your lender of choice, and keep your eye on the market, since any changes could impact what you can afford.

2. Scope out the neighbourhoods

Before you start looking at individual homes, figure out which neighbourhoods you would prefer to live in. How close are schools? Stores? Access to highways and public transit? These all have an impact. Also, check common areas in a community like parks and playgrounds – they can say a lot about how the residents feel about their neighbourhood, so look for tell-tale signs of neglect or proud upkeep. Your agent can also let you know how well certain neighbourhoods are selling, which is a good indicator of where people want to live.

3. Make a list

Smart shoppers never head to the grocery store without a list and neither should you when you head out to an open house. Organize your thoughts on paper and come up with a master house wish list that you can refer to. Divide it up into must-haves, would-be-nice items and deal breakers. Carry this list with you so that you can compare homes on the basis of your personal wants and needs.

4. Find a home inspector

Even before you locate your ideal home, have a home inspector at the ready. He or she may even be able to offer you some pointers for things to look out for when you first see a place.

5. Take your time

Don’t try to squeeze more than four viewings into a single day – it can be more confusing than convenient. Take photos and make note of the pros and cons after viewing each property so you can take a look at the next home without struggling to remember details about the one before.

6. Street sense

Be sure to ask about mutual driveways, parking, zoning bylaws and upcoming construction. You may be in a neighbourhood that is about to be receiving power line upgrades or road repairs that can wreak havoc on getting from point A to point B after you move in.

7. Be a legal eagle

Ask for a survey of the property and take a good look at it. Fences may not be on actual property lines and right-of-way issues may come into play in the future with the sale of the home next door. Don’t just rely on your judgement; hire a lawyer to inspect all of the paperwork related to a prospective purchase and to advise you.

8. Get a second opinion

If you’ve found a home that really appeals to you, show it to someone else like a good friend or relative. Let them do all the talking in case they see something you hadn’t noticed. Having someone who isn’t personally vested in the property can give you the objective opinion you need before you make your decision.

9. Think it through

In a hot market, it can be hard not to make an immediate offer. While that may work in most cases, be sure to step back, pull out your list and carefully gauge if this property meets all of your must-have criteria. Savvy househunters say that when you find the right property, you can feel it down to your bones. If that’s the case for you, see if you can wait a day (or a few hours) before making an offer. The only thing worse than buyer’s remorse is letting a dream home get away.