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March
16

Restaurants for Tropical Drinks - The Bahamas

There are so many things to love about The Bahamas that it should come as no surprise that Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale have always been extremely popular. One thing that you can't escape is the lost list of tropical drinks available throughout the islands. To give you an idea of what to expect, we've put together six of our favorite places to grab a drink, enjoy a meal, and have fun.

  1. The Daiquiri Shack – West Bay Street, Nassau
    With a name like The Daiquiri Shack, you probably already get the gist of what this place is all about. Newcomers are always delighted by the large amount of fresh fruit that adorns their walls—and the pleasant scene is amazing. They feature a great little outdoor bar where you and friends can hang out and are especially known for their coconut and watermelon daiquiris. Just keep in mind that it's a small place, so it can sometimes get a bit crowded at peak times. Plan a visit after looking at West Bay Street homes for sale.

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December
27

Buyer and Seller Closing Costs - The Bahamas - Morley

Our agents have helped simplify the process of buying real estate in The Bahamas for thousands of people. Whether you choose Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale or buy elsewhere on the islands, the process is very worthwhile.

And it is much easier than it may first seem!

It might surprise you to learn that real estate transactions in The Bahamas aren't that different from what you might be used to. Transactions take about three to six months to complete and require the assistance of a qualified real estate agent and local real estate attorney.

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November
16

Work From Home in the Bahamas - Morley Realty

Our agents know that the beauty of the Bahamas is becoming attractive to more Americans who no longer need to worry about commuting to work. Working remotely saves the average person thousands of dollars each year to reinvest for a better life.

Many remote workers now have the opportunity to become fully location-independent. Freed from the shackles of an office, they can do whatever they do from a world away. It's no surprise that the blue skies and sun-drenched beaches of the Bahamas are getting more attention.

Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale are getting a closer look. However, not everyone realizes that a home in the Caribbean really is attainable. They worry that they will not be able to buy property in the Caribbean or that it will be a very different process than they're used to.

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August
17

For international home buyers who are in the market for a piece of real estate in the Bahamas, there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge. If you're relocating for work, you'll have to ensure it's an affordable option for you and your family. We've broken down some of the major costs you will face upon moving here, and some other expenses that you'll encounter in your daily life.

Home Prices

Home prices in the Bahamas can vary drastically, depending on your individual or family needs. This includes square feet, number of bedrooms, location, amenities, and more. To give you perspective, we have homes listed for less than $200,000 and upwards of $5,000,000 on our site. 

The islands are a melting pot of culture and people from all walks of life, and the real estate in the Bahamas reflects that. There truly is something for everyone; whether you want to rent a condo on the beach or purchase an island of your own — the option is yours! 

Apartments  in the Bahamas 

On average, the monthly rent for a 900 square foot apartment or condominium in the Bahamas is $1697, but it could be higher depending on the location. 

Apartments typically come furnished, which most ex-pats find to be very convenient as it alleviates the headache of coordinating shipping furniture and other belongings ahead of a move.

Cost Of Living in the Bahamas

Utilities

Electricity and other standard utilities average around 80% higher here than in the United States. For example, one month of utilities (electricity, water ) for two people in a 900 square foot apartment is around $355.  Costs go higher when you include  cable/internet, or you are using your air conditioning 24/7. 

Tax Breaks & Advantages

The tax breaks and advantages in the Bahamas can rectify the cost of living. There is no income tax, capital gains tax, or corporate taxes. 

Fees to Buy Property

There are a few fees involved in purchasing a property here, which are all important to know  when shopping for real estate in the Bahamas. 

  • Transfer Tax (VAT) – 2.5% of the property value, for a property valued at $100,000 or less. 10% of the property value, for a property valued at more than $100,000. 
  • Legal Fees - Each party pays its respective legal fee and 12% VAT thereon. Typically, the legal fee for a party is 2.5% of the purchase price.
  • Real Estate Commission – Brokerages charge 6% of the purchase price for developed land and 10% of the purchase price for undeveloped land. 

For more information on these fees and how they work when purchasing a home, visit our FAQ page.

Cost for Residency

Ex-pats can obtain an annual residency permit for $100 that must be renewed every year if they've purchased property valued at over $250,000. In order to obtain Permanent Residency, international buyers must purchase a property valued at $750,000, and then they can apply.

Transportation

If you have a car at your current location, you can ship it to the Bahamas so it arrives once you're here. You can also buy a used one on the island, or have one imported (but you will pay duty on it). 

Public transportation includes buses (or jitneys) and taxis. Many locals ride bikes. 

Food

Food costs in the Bahamas are comparable to in the United States. A few common items include:

  • A gallon of whole milk is $3.93
  • A dozen eggs are $3
  • 1 pound of chicken breast is $6
  • A hamburger meal in a fast-food setting is $12

While the cost of living may be generally higher, the real estate in the Bahamas is truly one of a kind. There aren't many places in the world that offer everything that our islands do. Bahamas real estate is a worthy investment to make, especially if your future goals include living here or vacationing here. We'd love to have you, regardless!

August
10

Calling all Bahamas homeowners! Whether you're thinking about selling your current home, or have plans down the line, this is a guide to help you throughout the selling process. Bahamas real estate can be a roller coaster, just like in any other country, and we find that the more informed our clients are, the more confident and optimistic they feel when it's time to sell.

Being well versed in the current market and real estate in the Bahamas, we want nothing more than for sellers to feel well-equipped for the process of selling their homes here. Listing a home and going through the entire process in any country can be stressful and overwhelming, and we hope this post will help to ease any stress you have about selling your home in the Bahamas

Select a Qualified Agent

The most important step you'll take in selling your home is selecting an agent. You'll need an agent with extensive market knowledge and practical experience, a network of connections and referrals, and up-to-date knowledge on pricing. 

Without the valuable insight and knowledge you gain from having a seasoned agent representing you, your home could sit on the market for an extended period of time, or you could get offers much less than you're hoping for.

Agents offer a lot of value to sellers — They leverage an extended network of agents, colleagues, and residents to make sure their clients' property gets as many views and as much foot traffic as possible. They will also launch marketing campaigns for your home — including a digital listing, social media promotions, print ads, and more. All of these will factor in to ensure your home gets the proper exposure to find interested buyers. 

It's simply not worth the risk to embark on the journey of selling in the Bahamas without an experienced, knowledgeable license BREA agent in your corner. Trust the experts, you won't regret it! 

Get Your Property Buyer-Ready

Knowing firsthand what features and amenities make your property desirable is the first step in making a successful sale in the Bahamas. These can include any updates you've made to the property that enhance the value, so be sure to mention these to your agent so they can make sure they're included on the listing. Living in the Bahamas is something buyers already know they want if they're shopping for a home, so make sure yours stands out! 

It's also of vital importance that your home and surrounding property are looking their absolute best — from landscaping, fresh paint, a deep clean (inside and out) and staging are all ways to get your home to shine when listed online, and more importantly, when buyers come to see for themselves. 

Manage Your Expectations

While your agent plays a role in this as well, it's important to be aware of the current market and how homes similar to yours are selling. Do your due diligence and research the current climate so you know how it may affect your sale.

Your real estate agent should provide you with a comparative market analysis, which will help when determining an appropriate price for your property, and give you detailed insight into what homes similar to yours are selling for. 

As the islands continue to attract international buyers and investors to its idyllic shores, the demand for real estate in the Bahamas skyrockets. The search for a laidback lifestyle is in high demand for many people around the world. If you own a home in the Bahamas and are interested in selling, now is an ideal time to do so. 

If you have questions or need advice on how to go about making your home buyer-ready, please reach out to us! Our multi-generations of experience and market knowledge can assist you with preparing your home, finding the right buyer, and closing at a price you're happy with.

June
30

When you're selling your home it can be tempting to try and go it alone. Maybe you don't want to work with a real estate agent to try and save some money, or you just think it won't make much of a difference. Although there are people who decide to go it alone with some degree of success, there is much to consider to guarantee the very best outcome for you and your family. The truth is there's a lot that goes into selling a house you may not have considered. Depending on your level of experience with buying and selling homes you may not know even the basics of how things work. Agents do more than just bring in potential buyers and show up to have documents signed. They know all the ins and outs of both buying and selling a house.

If you're trying to sell your home you really do need to consider all your options to make your sale a success and that includes using a real estate agent. The reasons you need an agent to sell your home are the same no matter where you are. Having a good agent to sell your home is invaluable. Here are some important things you should take into consideration when deciding whether to get a real estate agent to sell your home.

Real Estate Agents Have More Experience

Unless you're selling houses every day along with your normal day job, you won't have as much experience as an agent. Experience can make a huge difference in getting your house sold quickly or having to drop the price because it has remained on the market for an extended period. Real estate agents are trained to know how to navigate the market.

They've prepared for this, taken and passed exams, they have done this before. This experience is valuable and worth the costs involved. Your end goal is the sale of your house sold and in a timely manner, and not lose money in the process. The agent's goal is the same as yours, they just know how to do it faster and better. They are equipped with information on all aspects of the sale from regulatory law to the best place to look for buyers.

Real Estate Agents are Professional Negotiators

Selling your house can be emotional. It's somewhere you've lived your day-to-day life as a family or maybe even grown into as a family. If you've put a lot of work into it, you can have an extra attachment because you know the amount of sweat equity involved in that work.

An agent is removed from all of that. Their main goal is to get your house sold and, if negotiations are involved, without the emotional ties that can prevent the making of a good deal. They aren't going to make a deal without your approval but are better able to guide and advise objectively.

Real Estate Agents Understand Contracts

Closing paperwork can be complicated. A buyer may have an agent with them during the closing, but, of course, that agent is there only to look after the buyer's best interests. You will need someone on your side, too. Sometimes last-minute issues surface right as someone is about to sign on that dotted line. For someone that doesn't deal with closings often these can be dealbreaker situations. The agent will be well versed with the language and structure of contracts, disclosures, and the proper closing process, start to finish. They will know what needs to be disclosed and what to do if something comes up as paperwork is being signed.

Real Estate Agents Can Give You Pricing Advice

Much like negotiating, pricing your home can be hard to separate emotion from. You know how hard you worked to get your home ready for sale, or the work you've put in over your years of ownership. It's difficult to keep that out of your mind entirely while settling on a price to list your home. Agents can help with this, as they know the neighborhoods, they know the market, and they know comparable housing prices. All these things factor into making sure you're pricing your home effectively. This is an invaluable resource to have when trying to make a sale.

Selling your house is not as easy as you might initially think it will be. There are many reasons you'll want to have a real estate agent on your side. From negotiation to fielding interested buyers there is much to consider. Hiring an agent to assist with the sale of your home is likely to take a lot of stress off of your shoulders, and may very well be the best decision you make during the entire process.

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