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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, Mike’s 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, he’s served in numerous capacities on the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
He’s an International Real Estate Institute certified senior certified valuer and a Bahamas Government approved assessor.
In addition to listing and selling Bahamas real estate, Mike’s 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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Lessons from Irma
2017-09-18 11:37:26 by Mike Lightbourn
The last two weeks have been trying for the Bahamas.
Week one was spent monitoring, prepping and bracing for Hurricane Irma. A lot of people were on edge as the giant storm moved towards us, mindful of... [more
Prepping Your Bahamas Home for Sale
2017-08-25 10:16:33 by Mike Lightbourn
Getting ready to sell your Bahamas home?
Here are a few frequently asked questions.
Q – How do I prepare my home for sale?
A – First of all, you’ll need to find the right Bahamas Real Estate... [more
Finding a Bargain in the Bahamas
2017-07-27 14:17:00 by Mike Lightbourn
If you're looking for a Bahamas real estate bargain, you may consider a fixer-upper if one is available in a desired location.
Fixer-uppers can hold the key to home ownership, but they don’t come without... [more
What's Your Estimate?
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
The Bank May Change It's Mind If...
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 won’t formalise the approval.
Wham! You’re gutted. You’ve found a great Bahamas home... [more
How to Avoid the Moving Nightmare
2017-06-23 12:29:43 by
There’s 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
Are You Ready?
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
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
2017-05-26 14:21:59 by Mike Lightbourn
Maintaining and even boosting your Bahamas property value isn’t 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
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
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