Mike Lightbourn's Bahama Advice Column No-one knows the Islands of the Bahamas better than Mike Lightbourn. Mike, president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, has been a real estate broker since 1966. Born in the Bahamas, Mikeís a graduate of Dover College in Kent, England, and has a BSc degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia and a BA from the University of Oregon with a major in insurance and real estate. A private pilot, he spends many hours criss-crossing the islands on real estate business. Also a former Member of Parliament, heís served in numerous capacities on the Bahamas Real Estate Association. Heís an International Real Estate Institute certified senior certified valuer and a Bahamas Government approved assessor. In addition to listing and selling Bahamas real estate, Mikeís prepared appraisals for various foreign government agencies, including the United States government, the U.S. Department of Justice and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. Get to know Mike and follow his Bahamas Real Estate Articles giving you first hand knowledge of real estate, business and financial issues in the Bahama Islands Prev | Next Buying a Bahamas Home with a Friend 2017-05-17 13:01:35 by The Bahamas. Land of white and pink sand beaches and crystal clear sea. How many of you have thought about buying s second home in the Bahamas with a friend or family member? A place your families and... [more] The Closing Dilemma 2017-05-05 14:02:40 by Mike Lightbourn One of the trickiest things about selling a home in the Bahamas or anywhere is timing the closing. Sales are typically set to close within 30 to 60 days of signing the contract. However, they hardly... [more] The First Offer 2017-04-24 16:01:00 by Mike Lightbourn IS the first offer on your Bahamas property the worst offer? More than likely, itís not In fact, quite often the opposite is the case. However, sellers sometimes think if they get a good offer soon... [more] Is Your Home Pet Compliant? 2017-03-24 14:30:15 by Mike Lightbourn Question: I recently bought a home in the Bahamas and I want to adopt a dog. Are there any laws dealing with pet ownership here? Do I need to enclose my property? What if the dog bites someone who has no... [more] Beat the Tax Monster 2017-03-17 13:19:39 by Mike Lightbourn Have you paid your Bahamas real estate tax yet? If the answer is No, then do yourself a favour and pay it by March 31. Thatís the deadline for claiming a 10 percent discount for early payment. If... [more] Bahamas Condos for Vacation Rentals 2017-03-10 10:08:17 by Mike Lightbourn So, youíre thinking about investing in a Bahamas condo to put on the vacation rental market? Weíve read all sorts of things lately about Airbnb and other sites and about the opportunity to tap into the... [more] Bahamas Moving Musts 2017-02-24 12:38:17 by Mike Lightbourn So youíve bought a new Bahamas home and you canít wait to move in. Hold on! Before you start hauling suitcases and boxes to your new address, there are a few things to take care of. And Iím not just... [more] Mind Your Manners! 2017-02-17 13:02:51 by Mike Lightbourn Did you know thereís etiquette for buyers viewing homes? If youíre a first time home buyer, you may not have a clue about what Iím talking about. Conversely, if youíve been through the process of... [more] Boosting Bahamas Property Values 2017-02-13 11:24:27 by Mike Lightbourn As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to maintain your property throughout the year. This helps retain your Bahamas property value. Itís also important because it influences neighbourhood values,... [more] Genny: A Homeowner's Best Friend 2017-01-25 11:08:45 by Mike Lightbourn Zap. There goes the power. Uh oh. A hurricaneís approaching. Yes, power outages can happen the islands of the Bahamas.. They can make life a little challenging, especially in the summer when we crave... [more] Prev | Next
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