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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
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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
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
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
2017-01-06 14:24:49 by Mike Lightbourn
Bahamas buyers who took advantage of the low interest rates offered by the banks.
The prime fell to 4.25 percent in 2016.
In a nutshell, the prime rate is the lowest rate of interest... [more
2016-12-02 13:50:04 by Mike Lightbourn
If your Bahamas home is currently on the market, you may be torn between staging it to sell and decorating for the holiday season.
On the one hand, you want to show your home off to its best advantage.... [more
2016-11-25 13:23:34 by Mike Lightbourn
Now that the hurricane seasonís ended, this is a good time to clear your gutters.
Itís important to keep gutters free of debris and downspouts in good working order.
Clean them at least twice a year -... [more
2016-11-08 11:18:10 by Mike Lightbourn
It canít be overstated.
If your home isnít priced correctly, itís not going to fetch the asking price.
The same old thinking Ė itís just a matter of finding the right buyer Ė virtually always yields the... [more
2016-10-31 10:52:00 by Mike Lightbourn
HGTV has captivated a lot of people, including Bahamas home owners and buyers, with its fixer-upper scripts.
The idea of buying a fixer-upper is appealing to a lot of people. Itís a pathway to owning a... [more
2016-10-21 12:05:20 by Mike Lightbourn
Hurricane Matthew has taught us many valuable lessons about protecting our Bahamas homes.
Let's take a look at hurricane impact windows and doors.
They are typically made of an impact resistant glass... [more
2016-10-12 14:30:28 by Mike Lightbourn
Solar power systems are a hot topic in the Bahamas real estate circles these days and they should be, given the amount of sun the country is blessed with.
Even more to the point, as a country, we... [more