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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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2017-03-24 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
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.
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
2017-02-24 12:38:17 by Mike Lightbourn
So youíve bought a new Bahamas home and you canít wait to move in.
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
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