Real Estate in the Comox Valley and Beyond

The Comox Valley is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island and covers the area from the coast to the Beaufort Mountains and Fanny Bay to Oyster River.  It includes the three municipalities of Courtenay City, Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland.  In this Map you will see that the Comox Valley is further divided up into several real estate sub-areas.  These sub-areas include Courtenay City, Courtenay East, Courtenay North, Courtenay South, Courtenay West, Cumberland, Comox, Comox Peninsula, Crown Isle, Merville/Black Creek, Mt. Washington and Union Bay/Fanny Bay.

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) covers Vancouver Island from the Malahat northward, see VIREB Map.  I work this whole area except the North Island and tend to concentrate on Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, Comox Valley and Campbell River.

One Website, Two Themes

This is a real estate website with lots of information and an MLS® search to find homes for sale. See Quick Guide to this website.

It is also a photo album full of amazing pictures of the places and things to do in the Comox Valley. I though you might like to see a bit about the valley you are thinking of coming to. For those of you that live here, I think you will be amazed and will get some great ideas for what to do on the weekend or with company. Enjoy.

"Komoux" as named by the First Nations people stands for "land of plenty". Today, that is still an accurate description of the valley.

See About for my unique and high service approach to real estate.  I don't sale, rather service, no high pressure sales here.

If you would like a private customized search, please see PCS.

Colourful kayaks resting on the Comox Bay.

Kayaks resting on the Comox Bay.  Kayaking in both fresh and salt water is popular in the valley.

Buying, Selling or Browsing Homes on MLS®

A lone man looks out at the Georgia Strait from the sandy Saratoga Beach

The fine sandy Saratoga Beach at the north end of the Comox Valley.


Whether you’re buying, selling, or just browsing homes, this website is designed to assist you in your journey for information and answers about the real estate market. You will find a fair amount of detail on the pages, though if you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Buying or selling a home is a major decision, and spending a little time getting to know the real estate market, your options, and the process can go a long way to ensure you make the best decision.

For information on what the markets are doing, see Market Update.

Questions, need more information, would like a free home evaluation? Please contact me.

Looking for more? See the quick Guide.

Starting your Real Estate Journey

Get to know the real estate market


A good first step is getting to know the market, what is available and current prices. Viewing current MLS® listings is a great way to get to know the home market, and it's not surprising that today online is the number one source for viewing listings. In 2019  70% of buyers found the home they bought on PCS (34.2%), the MLS site (21%) and other internet sites such as this one (14.9%). Listings are basically searched in three categories online:

 1. Use Search EnginesA search will yield a great number of sites (that is likely how you found this site). Some will be Realtor sites and some will be third party sites that gather MLS®  listings with the goal to sell advertising or charge Realtors by referring you to them. Some have good search capability and information, with access to many listings, and some are not so user-friendly and have a limited number of listings. Unfortunately these third party sites do not have 100% of the listings, but are pretty close. To search for homes on this site see MLS® Search.

 2. Go Directly to the Source. The country-wide public MLS® website,, allows you to search all listings by area, price and type of homes, and provides a good quality and quantity of information. The search feature has improved over the years and you get unbiased information without unwanted advertising.  100% of the listings are available on this site.

Trumpeter Swan landing in Comox.  Swans and geese winter in the Comox Valley
A Trumpeter Swan landing near Sieffert's Farm. (Swans and geese winter in the Comox Valley.)   

Survey of where buyers first found the home they bought.

3. Have the MLS® listings come to you through PCS.

There are couple of reasons why PCS (Private Client Services) is the number one source for viewing listings--convenience and completeness of information.

PCS monitors the new MLS® listings and sends you an email when there is a new listing, or a price change, that matches your personal search criteria. It does the work for you and stores your listings in your own personal folder and has access to 100% of the home listings.

PCS has a detailed search options and additional information including price history, sold price, days on the market, price changes, demographics, travel time and walk score. Real estate listings also hit your PCS search faster than the MLS® site. See PCS How it Works for more on the search service, or Get PCS to start searching.

The graph to the left shows that PCS and the MLS® website are where over 58% of buyers found the home they bought.

Only PCS and the MLS® have 100% of the listings. Searches on third party sites like this website and other websites do not have 100% of the listings. Realtors and Brokerages need to agree to allow their listings to appear on other sites, and not all do. If you are just browsing to get to know the market, the MLS® search here will work fine. If you are looking to buy, or compare for selling, I would recommend PCS. There is no obligation and you can unsubscribe at anytime.



Quick Guide to this Website

Buying or selling a home is a major financial transaction involving many decisions and professionals. Your information needs will be different depending on your experience. While comprehensive, the information on this website is organized in layers of detail for your convenience.

The  Home Buying, and Home Selling, pages have a summary on these topics with additional pages for more detail if required.

The Choosing a Realtor has information on a Realtor's duties to you, outlines what you can expect from a realtor and explains the new  forms we use.

For MLS® stats on the markets for Vancouver Island as well as what the markets are doing see Market Update.

The Financial and Legal pages cover different types of ownership (condo or freehold) and mortgage information.

There is a MLS® search for homes for sale and information on a PCS search.

I also have a Client Feedback page for you to see the feedback I have received.

The Comox Valley page has some information on the valley with numerous links to local groups.

If foreclosures interest you, I have a website dedicated to foreclosure home sales.

Deer feeding on a golf course in the Comox Valley.
Other friendly inhabitants of the Comox Valley. In the Town of Comox the road signs do not say "Watch for Deer" they say "Expect Deer."

GERRY, YOU'RE THE BEST! How could we sell our home without you? You are the ultimate real estate professional who never gives up, even in the most challenging markets. You are there for us day and night. You looked after our property as if it were your own. Gerry, you’re the best!  Lorraine and Neville Kirchmann.  See Client Feedback for more client comments.



     About Gerry                                         Service and Integrity Above All

Information and Interpretation
Selling or buying real estate is a major financial endeavour with many factors to consider. While you have a wealth of information available to you on the internet, interpreting that information is another matter.

This is where I come in. Not only do I research and provide you the information you need, I take it to the next level and analyze and interpret that  information for you. I will tell you what I think, what we do is up to you.

As a client, your Realtor works for you, and this is a principle I hold dear.  I see my job as providing you with information, interpretation, services and guidance, not to push you on a course of action.

Unparalleled Service
I have a simple code, I don't sell, I service. I assume my clients are perfectly able to make their own decision once they have the information they need. I spend my time providing information, guiding people through the process, and making sure all the bases are covered, not in high pressure sales.

Over the years I have received very complementary feedback from clients. See Client Feedback.

Integrity, simply defined, is being honest and fair. This is further enhanced by one of a Realtor's prime duties, which is not to put anyone's interest above their clients, including their own.  This a duty I take very seriously. My personal outlook after over 30 years in business, is that whenever I experience high pressure sales I start to question the integrity of the person selling me.  Are they looking after my best interest or theirs?

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