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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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2017-07-21 10:17:38 by Mike Lightbourn
No one expects you to be able to appraise a Bahamas home.
It's the responsibility of a Bahamas Real Estate Association appraiser to provide an independent estimate of either your home's value, or the... [more
2017-07-07 11:28:39 by Mike Lightbourn
You've been pre-approved by the bank for Bahamas real estate for a mortgage when the unthinkable happens.
The bank wonít formalise the approval.
Wham! Youíre gutted. Youíve found a great Bahamas home... [more
2017-06-23 12:29:43 by
Thereís no way to sugar coat it.
Moving into a new home in the Bahamas or anywhere can be a nightmare.
Even in the best case scenario, there may be moments when you doubt your sanity.
This can be... [more
2017-06-13 11:16:45 by Mike Lightbourn
Can you believe it?
The 2017 hurricane season opened on June 1.
Ouch! The last two seasons have wreaked havoc on some of our Bahamas homes and many people are still struggling to recover from the... [more
2017-05-26 14:21:59 by Mike Lightbourn
Maintaining and even boosting your Bahamas property value isnít as difficult as it may seem.
The trick is to stay on top of repairs
As simplistic as it sounds, the truth is many home owners put off... [more
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
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
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
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.