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June
10

Island Living Misconceptions - The Bahamas - Morley

Our agents know that few experiences are more exciting and enjoyable than moving to a beautiful tropical island such as those you'll find in The Bahamas. Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale provide buyers with all the beauty of the unspoiled tropics alongside many "mainland" amenities.

Whether you've visited The Bahamas for long periods before or simply researched it, you likely have a good idea of what to expect. Yet, some things about island living could continue to surprise you even when you've been here for quite a while.

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May
23

Open-Air Markets - Nassau, The Bahamas - Morley

Nassau, The Bahamas has plenty of open-air markets that are not only fun to visit but also sell a variety of interesting goods. From hand-woven items to fish that's offered for sale straight off the boat that's been used to catch it, you'll find plenty of tempting purchases at these markets.

Our agents suggest making a stop at the following open-air markets in Nassau.

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May
16

Backyard Composting - The Bahamas - Morley

Composting your yard and food waste is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills and incinerators. On top of that, the compost you create can be used to nourish the soil in your garden beds or yard, leading to happier and more vibrant plants. If you've always wanted to try your hand at backyard composting, there has never been a better time. Composting works well in the humid, tropical climate of The Bahamas, and our agents have some helpful tips to share.

  • Mix Your Greens and Your Browns
    Generally speaking, there are two different types of materials you can add to your compost. The first is "greens," which include high-nitrogen items such as vegetable peels, yard clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and freshly fallen leaves. The other is "browns" or low-nitrogen items, which include waste paper, cardboard, straw, and wood chips.

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May
9

Neighborhoods in The Bahamas - Buy a Home - Morley

If you have been contemplating life in The Bahamas, it may be time to start thinking about which part of the islands is right for you. Our agents know the area's top neighborhoods intimately, and each has its own unique attractions and atmosphere. Keep reading to find out which of The Bahamas' most popular neighborhoods is the best fit for your lifestyle and needs.

  • Albany
    Albany is one of the most highly prized resort communities in The Bahamas. Spanning over 600 acres (most of which are directly on the coast), there is so much to see and do in this exclusive neighborhood. Whether you want to spend time working on your swing at the world-class 18-hole golf course, dock your boat at the sprawling marina with space for over 70 mega-yachts, or even enjoy a bit of horse riding along the beach, this is the place for you.

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April
25

Relocation Mistakes - Moving to The Bahamas - Morley

Relocating to The Bahamas can be a great adventure, and it's one our agents will be glad to help with. Having the right advisors on your side is an absolute must, so you can enjoy all the islands offer with plenty of peace of mind along the way. Our experience makes the difference for customers like you.

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April
18

Gardening in The Bahamas - Homeowners - Morley

Many Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale have lovely backyard gardens. If you purchase one of these homes, of course, you'll want to keep the garden looking fresh and healthy. You may even want to improve the landscaping and add more plants and features to the design. Gardening in The Bahamas does come with a few intricacies, but if you follow the tips below, you'll be off to a good start.

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April
11

Live Music - Bahamas - Morley

Music filling the air is one of the hallmarks of island life. When our agents want to get in the groove, they head out to one of these great spots that feature live music around Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. 

  • The Green Parrot - Harbour Front, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Is there a more perfect visual to identify with the islands than The Green Parrot? This restaurant started as a simple grill top at the Hurricane Hole Marina Bar. In 2006, The Green Parrot moved to a larger building near East Bay Street homes for sale to accommodate the ever-increasing number of customers. Indulge in their signature lobster specials while listening to bands like Long Island Connection, appearing on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, while the bar is open until 11:59 p.m.

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April
4

Top Dive Sites - The Bahamas - Morley

The Bahamas is rife with beauty at every turn. Between the gorgeous views, amazing people, and exciting activities, Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale often get snatched up quickly. Many residents and people visiting The Bahamas love diving into one of the many hotspots located in the area, and our agents would like to share some of their favorites.

  • Mermaid Reef - Abaco
    A gorgeous little reef is located in the Sea of Abaco, Mermaid Reef is perfect for beginning divers. Every day, you'll find the place filled with snorkelers and paddleboarders who love taking in the sights. When you dive, you'll come across many friendly fish that are comfortable with humans and will come right up to you. It's basically like diving inside a fish tank, and some visitors bring small pieces of food such as frozen peas to feed some of the fish that get near them. Be sure to tour these Abaco homes for sale after your dive.

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March
18

Historical Destinations - The Bahamas - Morley

Visit The Bahamas, and you might just decide to become a lifelong resident. Nassau alone is home to so many fascinating historical sites, which shed light on the community's past and make for great places to visit in the present day. Some of these sites are even still in use today, serving as centers of public life in Nassau. Our agents have the details on six Nassau destinations where you can step into the past and learn more about local history.

  1. Fort Fincastle – Bennet's Hill
    One of three historic forts found near Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale with stunning views of Nassau, Fort Fincastle was constructed in 1793 atop Bennet's Hill by Lord Dunmore, a British captain looking to protect the area from pirates. You can still see the many cannons that were never once fired. Guided tours are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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February
28

Out Islands - Harbour Bay and Exuma - Morley

The balmy shores and overgrown tropical foliage of The Bahamas' out islands are some of the most exquisite landscapes in the world. While their populations are low, the select few who live in these paradises wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Following our Abaco and Eleuthera coverage, our agents have all the details on life on two more gems of the out islands: Harbour Island and Exuma.

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February
21

Tips for a Move to The Bahamas - Morley

With long sandy beaches, lively communities, and a warm, tropical climate, The Bahamas has it all. Now all you have to do is pick the right house among Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale and settle down. Moving to The Bahamas allows you to experience the natural beauty of the tropics and explore a whole new way of living. It's a perfect place to call home for nature enthusiasts and those looking to live a more laidback lifestyle.

The Bahamas is an excellent place to vacation, but if you're looking to slow down and enjoy life's little pleasures, you'll find this island chain has much more to offer. There's a large expatriate community in The Bahamas, from meandering travelers to the rich and famous.

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February
14

Out Islands - The Abacos & Eleuthera - Morley

Life in the Bahamas is generally idyllic, but there is much more to this stunning part of the world than just New Providence.  

On the out islands, you'll find a peaceful atmosphere and natural wonders, unlike anything you knew existed. This designation includes hundreds of islands, both big and small, but there are some clear standouts in this group. Our agents have compiled some highlights from The Abacos and Eleuthera to give you a better idea of what life is like in these untamed paradises.

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January
31

Restaurants for Seafood and More - The Bahamas - Morley

Restaurants throughout The Bahamas offer more than just seafood. If you're looking for some authentic Caribbean cuisine, amazing dining experiences, and, of course, a wide menu selection, you won't have trouble finding an option around Nassau and Paradise Island. In fact, there are several within a short distance of these beautiful Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale.

With so many great options, it can be hard to choose one, so here are some recommendations from our agents.

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January
17

Wildlife Around the Bahamas - Morley

It seems like a dream, but it's real: You're looking at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. You're moving to the Bahamas. There are so many great things to see and do here! One of the biggest draws is the wildlife. Here are a few you might run into.

  • Pigs. This will seem odd when you first see it. Pigs are farm animals and not native to the Bahamas. You would never think you'd see one swimming in The Bahamas. Yet there they are, pigs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, all along the beach, on the island of Big Major Cay—part of the Exumas Islands. No one is entirely sure how they got there, but they're an amazing sight to see.

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January
10

Things to Know About The Bahamas - Morley

There are several places around the world that are often called a paradise, but few come close to The Bahamas. Its amazing chain of islands is filled with sandy beaches, beautiful water, delicious cuisine, and wonderful people. Of course, there are probably many things you don't know about The Bahamas, so our agents have put together some of their favorite tidbits.

  1. Consists of 700 Islands
    It may be hard to believe, but The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands and cays, though most of them are quite small and unoccupied. Approximately 30 of those islands are inhabited, which means there are many great choices when looking for a new place to live. The island is New Providence has about 70% of the population, but the more popular islands for visiting are the Abacos, Eleuthera and Exumas.

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December
13

Short Term Rental Investments in the Bahamas

Want to know more about living in The Bahamas? Our agents are here to help.

In a previous post, we discussed how you can take advantage of unique government programs to relocate to The Bahamas. People from the United States and all over the world have already leveraged these welcoming laws to make their long-term – or permanent – move.

There's no secret about the many reasons to move to a tropical paradise like The Bahamas. Beautiful beaches and mild weather are only the beginning. The cost of living is attractive, and tax obligations are straightforward, especially compared to the United States.

Whether living on the islands or not, many homebuyers decide to rent their properties to help them with the carrying costs of ownership. The Bahamas benefits from a robust short-term vacation rental market. You'll find many different options sure to be suitable for your needs.

With the right real estate agent on your side, the process is easy and convenient.

Where to Look for Short-Term Rentals in The Bahamas

Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale are always in demand, but some property owners prefer to cater to international clientele desiring a short-term stay. Enthusiastic new visitors arrive every day – thanks to year-round warm weather, September has become the peak of the season.

Some of the best places to look for Bahamas short-term vacation rentals include:

  • Paradise Island
    Paradise Island has the distinction of being the #1 tourist destination in a country already known for its splendid hospitality. A purchase here means you'll be right at the center of dining, nightlife, and watersports. Convenience to amenities enables a higher rent than might otherwise be possible.

  • Grand Bahama
    The Grand Bahama is just 55 miles from Florida's coastline, making it a common debarkation point for tourists from the Sunshine State. While it also has a wide range of amenities, it is relatively slow-paced and quiet compared to Paradise Island. The main city, Freeport, includes an international airport.

  • Eleuthera
    Eleuthera is known for its beautiful pink sand beaches and is full of natural wonders such Queens Bath, a collection of natural pools created by crashing, incoming waves. Nearby Harbour Island homes for sale are close to a charming downtown featuring distinctive architecture and authentic cuisine that vacationers will love.

  • The Abacos
    This 120-mile long chain of islands offers all sorts of unexpected benefits and surprises. Each island is truly a community and experience unto itself. The most populous island is Great Abacos, but the entire chain is home to less than 20,000 people. It works best as a personal getaway location, and these Abaco homes for sale would fit the bill.

Buying Your Vacation Rental Property in The Bahamas

The Bahamas has no restriction on foreign real property purchases, and some 80% of all buyers come from the United States. Generally, transactions are approved quickly and without issue, if the parcel is less than 5 acres.

Property acquisition costs can be significant. They include a transfer tax when property changes hands and legal fees pertaining to the transaction. The buyer's share of soft costs usually amounts to about 7.5% of the purchase price. This does not count the real estate agent's fee.

Bahamas residents don't pay taxes on income, inheritance, gifts, or capital gains. The principal form of tax revenue is Value Added Tax (VAT). That said, annual property taxes are assessed based on assessed value, just as in the United States. 

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November
22

Golf Courses - Nassau, Bahamas - Morley Realty

The Bahamas is famous for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, and the capital city of Nassau is instantly recognizable for its pastel-colored British colonial architecture. But there's another reason to get excited about the Bahamas: golf. 

Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island are home to some of the world's most stunning golf courses. If you're looking to play a round while in the Bahamas, these are our agents' favorite courses in the Nassau area. 

  1. Royal Blue Golf Club
    With its unique two-courses-in-one design created by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the Royal Blue Golf Club is one of the absolute must-play courses in the Bahamas. This 18-hole, par 72 course is equally suited to championship or recreational play, with dramatic ocean views on the first nine holes and a back nine bounded by dense jungle. The Royal Blue Golf Club is just minutes from many Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale and offers challenges for golfers of all skill levels.

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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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October
26

You have made the best decision of your life: you purchased a home in the Bahamas. This tropical Caribbean nation happens to be an excellent place to live and work. Unlike many American cities, this nation's amazing cultural offerings don't come at the cost of a challenging job market.

The most common professions in the Bahamas are related to the tourism, financial services, and construction industries. There are a variety of other jobs that may be available in the country as well. Unlike other countries, the Bahamas is subject to less tax deduction when employees receive their salary. This nation is very welcoming toward foreigners and the process to become an eligible worker isn't very tedious. However, taking the proper steps is necessary, and you will need to apply and prove that you have a skill not currently available in the country

Working in The Bahamas

There are different permits needed depending on how many days you plan on being employed in the Bahamas. In the Bahamas, only your employer can make an application for you to get a work permit. These permits can either be short term (usually about 90 days) or long term, which is an indefinite amount of time.

In these applications, the employer will first have to prove that no locals are available to fill the vacancy, then provide a copy of your passport, colored photographs of yourself, and other essential identification documents. Applications are examined and may be accepted by the government within a week of submission once you and your employer meet the requirements.. 

Find the right market

As mentioned earlier, the tourism market is huge in the Bahamas. There are many job openings in this sector. Jobs involving engineering and finances may be available for expatriates. Check to make sure you meet the qualifications before you apply to any job. Pharmaceuticals and farming are other potential jobs in the Bahamas that have a high demand for workers.

Join job searching websites

This is a good tip for any country, especially the Bahamas. Job finder websites like LinkedIn and Indeed will help you find employment in a new country. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right opportunity, so these sites digitally pick out the best employment fit for you. 

Once you have found the right place, it is important to prepare yourself for an interview. The business culture and etiquette of the Bahamas is quite similar to the business culture of the United States. Bahamians are very welcoming people and are excited to encounter potential employees from other lands. 

Living in The Bahamas

The Bahamas have a distinct and happy culture that brings joy to all people who live and travel to this country. Bahamians are known for their hospitality and friendliness. African influences, along with some American and British aspects, have helped Bahamians develop a distinct culture that values creativity and fun. The colorful streets, the glorious parades, and lively Caribbean markets all make it clear that the Bahamas has a rich and outgoing culture. 

The Bahamas is a great place to live because of the culture, diversity, and people that live there. Public celebrations are very popular in the Bahamas, as most Bahamian citizens love to have a good time. Festivals and market events are always lively and welcoming to all, including immigrants and tourists alike. The laid-back lifestyle that the Bahamas is known for must be experienced to be believed. The beautiful landscape, warm weather, and affectionate people make the Bahamas a very attractive vacation destination and place to call home. 

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Morley Realty knows all the basics of moving to the Bahamas. They are also experienced with helping clients land Bahamian jobs. Living in the Bahamas is a great opportunity for you and your family, and Morley Realty can help you make the move. 

October
19

The Bahamas is a beautiful country with a unique culture and a different lifestyle than one you may experience in the United States. It is not too far from the States, as a 45 minute flight from Miami will get you to the capital city Nassau. However, the pace of life is different in the Bahamas, and is unlike anywhere else in the world. There is a reason why millions travel there every year to get a break from their regular life. Purchasing a home and actually living in the Bahamas year-round can legitimately improve the quality of your life for many reasons. 

1. The Weather Is Consistently Incredible

The Bahamas is located in the sub-tropical climate zone, which means that it is warm and sunny all year. Each day in the Bahamas, a short-sleeved shirt and shorts is acceptable attire. The wet season lasts from May to October, and the dry season usually occurs during the November to April time frame. Winters can be quite brutal in other parts of the world, causing you to stay inside just to keep warm. There is no such thing as a cold, sad day in the Bahamas.

The perfect weather makes swimming, hiking, eating outdoors at restaurants, and a plethora of other activities possible every day. Staying active and getting outside are factors that can only improve your quality of life. 

2. Life Moves at a Different Pace in the Bahamas

The world can be a stressful place; everyone is in a rush, deadlines have to be met, and responsibilities have to be taken care of immediately. This can wear down a person and decrease his or her quality of life. In the Bahamas, the pace of life is considerably slower than anywhere else. Bahamians and tourists alike love being in the Bahamas because it gives them a chance to step back, breathe, and move at the pace they want to move. 

The lifestyle is less demanding than modern lifestyles in other countries. It is very natural to feel mentally relaxed in the Bahamas. The presence of many spas and resorts in the country also allow for physical decompression. A laid-back lifestyle with less stress and more time to chill is great for life quality. 

3. Low Taxes

The Bahamas is known for having very low taxes for its citizens. In fact, there is no income or corporate tax existent in the Bahamas, making it a fine place to seek employment. Capital gains and inheritance taxes are also not required by the Bahamian government. Taxes on goods and services are also relatively low compared to other countries like the United States. 

4. The Natural Landscape Is Unbelievable

There is an abundance of beaches, cays, and nature trails all over the Bahamian islands. This promotes an active lifestyle with plenty of exploring and adventures to be had. You can swim with stingrays, visit underground caves, stroll through amazing flower beds, and take long relaxing walks on the beach. The irresistible nature helps maintain peace of mind while also keeping you active and fit. 

5. The Luxurious Properties 

Whether you are just visiting or planning on moving to the Bahamas, the living arrangements in this nation are rather grand. There are many resorts and homes located near beaches and trails. They are very affordable but modern and stylish. You can find a very upscale home in the Bahamas with super-advanced appliances and amenities. 

Morley Realty will find the right place for you in the Bahamas as soon as today. Living in a unique tropical environment offers undeniable mental and physical health benefits, and the Bahamas real estate market is booming. If you are seeking a stress-free, Bahamian lifestyle and want to know about the properties for sale in the Bahamas, contact Morley Realty today. 

October
12

There is always an adventure to be had in the Bahamas. From white sand beaches to cool marketplaces to relaxing spas and resorts, there is something for everybody. The Bahamas has over 700 islands, each with beautiful, sparkling seas of blue and pristine weather. In addition to the beaches, there are a large number of marketplaces, restaurants, shops, and entertainment centers all over the Bahamas. It is nearly impossible to ever be bored in this tropical escape. 

The Bahamas brings in millions of tourists every year. There are popular tourist attractions, and then there are must-see attractions that the locals flock to. Some of these venues may overlap because even Bahamians cannot get enough of the tropical paradise they dwell in. Below is a list of attractions that locals love. 

1. Atlantis Resort

Both tourists and locals love travelling to the Atlantis Resort, which is located on Paradise Island. There are a variety of activities that you can enjoy at this resort. If you are looking to relax and decompress, you can visit the spa. If you're looking for some thrills, you can check out the gigantic water park, which has some of the most impressive waterslides in the world. Along with those activities, you can browse boutique shops, eat at award-winning restaurants, and even swim with dolphins. This is a place that you absolutely cannot miss in the Bahamas. 

2. Bahamas Fish Fry

All the locals know about the grand fish fry that goes down at Arawak Cay in the capital city of Nassau. There is a whole strip of road filled with vendors creating some of the finest fish dishes in the Caribbean. The hand-painted colorful shacks and stands offer tourists and locals alike some can't-miss Bahamian cuisine. 

3. Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle

The Queen's Staircase, also referred to as the 66 steps by locals, is a legendary landmark of the Bahamas. This wonder of architecture was carved out of solid limestone rock between 1793 and 1794. These exotic stairs were named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain. 

The staircase leads to another historically significant spot. Fort Fincastle is located at the top of Queen's Staircase. It is also made of limestone and was constructed at the same time as the staircase. The fort offers an extraordinary view of Nassau and Paradise Island. 

4. The Straw Market

The acclaimed Straw Market is located on Bay Street in the heart of downtown Nassau. Bay Street is famous for its unique shops that sell fashionable items and crafts. There are tourist shops at the market, but there are also shops that sell special Bahamian crafts that you cannot find anywhere else. From straw handbags to hand-carved wood, you can find anything you could ever want or need at the market. The experience is unmatched, as you are sure to meet some brilliant craft makers and memorable salesmen. 

5. The Parliament Square

Parliament Square in Nassau is where the House of Parliament is located in the Bahamas. These are not your average government buildings: they are painted salmon pink to honor the vibrant and playful culture of the country. Loyalists from the United States constructed these buildings back in the early 1800s. This area is significant to locals because this is where the Bahamian Parliament meets to consider, debate, and change laws in the country. The Supreme Court and Senate buildings are in the Square, along with the House of Assembly. 

As you can tell, living in the Bahamas is fairly ideal. The beautiful landscape, paired with new sights to discover every day, promotes an exciting and active lifestyle. If you have considered investing in a move to the Bahamas, you should speak with associates at Morley Realty. There are many homes for sale in the Bahamas and Morley Realty has all the tools and experience to turn your Bahamian dream into a reality. 

September
28

Money hidden in the sand

If you are considering living in the Bahamas, this post is for you. Composed of 30 inhabited islands and with nearly 400,000 residents, the Bahamas can be an absolute paradise for those looking for a slower-paced life with an emphasis on nature and the beauty of the outdoors. If this sounds like the haven you are seeking, consider the Bahamas for your next move. 

While it would be wonderful to just pick up and move, unfortunately, that's not a realistic possibility for most people. Your job and monthly income is an important factor in deciding whether an international move is feasible and affordable, so let's examine some economic and financial data in the Bahamas to help you make an informed decision.

Average Salary in the Bahamas

Jobs in the Bahamas vary in salary just as they do anywhere in the world. Occupation, experience, and location can also greatly impact the salary residents earn per year. 

The average base salary in the Bahamas is $45,591.

Professionals with more than five years of experience tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

More than half of Bahamian jobs are in tourism and financial services. These sectors help to develop and stimulate the economy most significantly. 

Because of this, the demand for workers in these two industries is higher than in others, and wages can be better. 

The standard workweek in the Bahamas is an eight-hour workday, five days a week. 

Other Factors to Consider in the Bahamas

When trying to determine if you can make a proper living while working in the Bahamas and keep your preferred lifestyle, these factors are important to consider in your calculations.

Housing

Housing in the Bahamas can be more expensive than average, depending on location and what type of housing you prefer. 

Nassau is a popular city for affordable apartments and single-family homes and offers a taste of the exciting city life many ex-pats still crave when moving to an island. 

Utilities are typically around 80% higher in the Bahamas than in other countries. Depending on your living situation and location, these may fluctuate as well.  

Food

Food does run more expensive than on the mainland because nearly everything has to be imported. Residents looking to save money on food can do so by shopping at local markets for fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, and more.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Most domestic goods and services are taxable at the standard rate of 12 percent in the Bahamas. This tax was introduced in 2015 as part of the efforts to reform the tax system here. VAT was implemented because most goods must be imported from other places, which can get expensive for the government. 

You can find more information on the prices of the common goods in the Bahamas that we covered in this post.

While the cost of living in the Bahamas may be pricier than what you're used to, many other factors balance out the cost of living. Tax rates, for one, are a great way to save money in other areas and apply it to your lifestyle accordingly.

Be sure to visit Morley Realty as a valuable resource for all things real estate and life in the Bahamas. Our team has years of practical experience and knowledge in the various areas of the islands, and we can advise you on what will best suit you and the lifestyle you're looking for. 

We can help with the coordination of financing, inspection setup, home insurance, and more. We are here for you every step of the way! 



September
14

For some, island life may seem too far out of reach and is more of a lofty goal that has to wait until retirement, or at least the kids are shipped off to college. However, in reality, living on an island with kids is totally doable! 

Thanks to high-speed internet, homeschooling capabilities, and the digital nomad nature of many adapting industries, living in the Bahamas and raising a family can be a reality in your life if you want it to be. 

Raising a family doesn't have to be the cookie-cutter picture that many societies paint as the norm. We can all step out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves to do things differently as we raise our children. It makes us better parents and helps us raise well-rounded children who are accepting of people from all walks of life.

There are many benefits children will gain while growing up in the Bahamas, and we've listed just a few of them here. 

Unmatched Culture and Experiences

Living in the Bahamas will be a cultural education in itself for children. From locals who have grown up here, residents who have seen the islands change through the decades, and ex-pats who sold it all to start over here and build a life — there are truly people from all corners of the globe, all with a story to tell. 

The islands are rich in historic culture, incredible foods, activities, and experiences that will shape your children and teach them about the world. 

Time Outdoors

Many people relocate to the islands for the change of pace, casual lifestyle, and to readjust the time they spend indoors to a nature-filled daily routine. Families will get all of this in the Bahamas. 

Many schools on the islands spend various classes outdoors studying marine life, the ocean, and weather patterns. 

With a weather forecast rarely dipping below the 60s or above the high 90s, spending time outdoors is possible nearly all year long. You can exercise, share meals, study, and work while enjoying stunning views, interacting with nature, and discovering what island life is all about. 

Schooling Options

When considering a move to the Bahamas, whether you have children or plan to start a family, research the school systems and learn what is offered in the area you are considering. 

The Bahamas offer many elite private schools on the islands. These schools are primarily located in New Providence and most are K through 12. If this is the route you want to take for your children, you have that option. 

You can also look into homeschooling, which many families find fits better into their routines and schedule. Some families find that balancing work, deadlines, homework, meals, chores, all while getting kids to school in the morning can be difficult, so some parents opt to home-school their children so they can have a more hands-on approach and be actively involved in their child's education. 

There is so much to learn and discover together on the islands, so this can be a beneficial decision for you as much as for your child.

If you are looking into real estate in the Bahamas and need a helping hand, don't hesitate to contact us at Morley Realty. Our team of experts can assist you with finding the perfect place to put down roots with your family. 

It can be overwhelming to shop for homes for sale in the Bahamas, so trusting one of our local agents who know the market will help you get the home that suits your family's needs and will keep you happy for years to come. 

September
7

Senior couple at the beach

For those on the verge of retirement who are looking to settle down internationally, the Bahamas is a wonderful option. The islands boast white sandy beaches, sparkling blue water, welcoming residents, and enough outdoor activities to keep you entertained long-term.

Moving to the Bahamas can be quite an undertaking because there are a lot of moving parts to consider. Moving here is not just downsizing and moving to a smaller home or relocating to another city; an international move requires extensive planning, financial security, and help along the way.

But once you're here, all that planning is well worth it! You've worked hard your entire life and now is the time to kick up your feet, relax on the beach, and have a cocktail with your partner and loved ones. Here are five reasons why the Bahamas is ideal for retirement. 

1. Real estate investments

Real estate in the Bahamas is competitive in price: properties currently for sale on the islands are listed from anywhere in the range of $200,000 and upwards of $5,000,000. 

Depending on your financial situation, investing in a home in the Bahamas means you can gain residency here. 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 a Permanent Residency, international buyers must purchase a property valued at $750,000 before they can apply.

Just buying property in the Bahamas means you are on your way to becoming a resident and putting down roots in your new home. 

2. Accessibility & Travel 

It's very easy and efficient to travel from the Bahamas to the United States and onward. With international airports in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco, you can get almost anywhere you need to go stress-free. These airports offer direct flights to the US, Canada, and Europe. If you retire here but have family and friends in the US or other countries, traveling by plane to visit them will be a breeze. 

3. Outdoor Activity Haven 

The wide range of activities offered in the Bahamas often surprise ex-pats who retire here. You can enjoy water activities such as sailing, swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, and kite surging. 

On land, residents love to participate in tennis, golf, bicycling, and birdwatching. Whether you love the land or sea (or both!), there is truly something for everyone here; living in the Bahamas means you will never be bored, and you will discover some new hobbies that you love! 

4. Tax Paradise

Retirees will be thrilled with the tax benefits they receive as residents of the Bahamas. These breaks include no income tax, capital gains tax, wealth tax, inheritance tax, sales tax, and corporate tax. 

While properties for sale in the Bahamas may seem pricier than in the United States, the balance you gain from tax breaks is well worth it. 

5. Full Health Insurance 

Regardless of where you live in the world, knowing your coverage when it comes to health care insurance is essential. We can't plan for everything; accidents do happen and issues come up when we don't expect them to.

There are private health care options available as well, and we recommend doing your research and making a plan before arriving on the island so you know what your coverage and options are. 

If you are thinking about the Bahamas as a potential location to put down roots and enjoy your retirement, contact the experts at Morley Realty. Our agents have decades of experience with buying and selling property in the Bahamas, and we can make your international move a smooth and enjoyable one. 

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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.

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