Category Archives: Buying Property

All about how to buy a property, tips and good advice on the legal and social aspects in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Water Cisterns

Grenada roof with guttering.

Grenada roof with guttering.
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The cistern system utilised in the Caribbean is one of the most innovative and cost effective ways of capturing and storing large quantities of fresh rain water.

For the everyday Caribbean home owners, the cistern is merely an addition to the house. But, in fact, when we examine the secret life of a cistern – its appreciation is deepened and this multifaceted, pivotal part of every Caribbean homes’s functionality becomes simply – a blessing! Many islands experience water shortages during periods of low rainfall or unexpected water interruptions from the local water boards and then – old faithful, heroically, steps in and saves the day or even weeks!
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Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs

Five Ways To Trim Your Caribbean Villa’s Utility Costs

clp-blogWe are  all familiar with the evolution of Caribbean Villas and how comfort in the villas, during the summer, have changed. The older designs have huge wooden windows and doors which allow air and light freely inside – they also allow the ever changing, wide range of Caribbean moths which come out to play during summer nights. The more modern villas, those constructed over the last 10 years have catered to cool indoor air circulation with the windows and doors shut. This modern method is called air-conditioning and while it can prevent the un-welcomed winged friends, it can also be quite costly! Continue reading

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Moving to the Caribbean?

Moving to the Caribbean?

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

You have considered moving to an island retreat in the Caribbean. Living on an island can be an exciting time in your life, a great new way of living, filled with many opportunities and changes in lifestyle. What you need to consider as well, however, is that such change is challenging and it should be approached responsibly and carefully. By doing this you can ensure a proper and smooth transition. Continue reading

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Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

What Sort of Lifestyle is it going to be?

Buying Caribbean Real Estate - Private home in the BVI

Buying Caribbean Real Estate

This is the big question revolving around desire and circumstance!

Do you want lie on a beach all day? Play golf? Write that book?  Spend your day teaching local children how to swim? Build a rammed earth house and be self sufficient in food? Winter in the Caribbean and summer back north?

All things are possible, but your strategy for buying Caribbean real estate in the islands or Central America will be based on your actual circumstance.

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Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Houses

Great Houses

There are very few Great Houses left in the islands and even fewer on the market. Conversely there are many many large properties available for eco-farming projects which could be made special and become a countryside heritage highlight with the addition of Great House architecture.  So why not design and build your own Great House?

By the end of the 16th century Plantation Great Houses were being built by the Dutch, French, British and Spanish throughout the Caribbean islands.

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Planning Permission for Caribbean Projects

Planning Permision for Caribbean Projects

Barbados Beachfront Land and Ruins.

Barbados Beachfront Land and Ruins for Sale.

Planning permission for your Caribbean project anywhere in the islands, needs to be obtained for any private or commercial construction.

Its a bit of a lottery though to know which islands and which officials are going to endorse what section of the Building and Environmental Codes.

 

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Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

The only place to put a swimming pool in the Caribbean is outdoors!  Unconstrained and unconfined, you can place your pool anywhere under the sky, on the sea, a river or the good green earth!

When planning the swimming pool for your new Caribbean home, there will be design and budgetary decisions.

When it comes to style and design, choose how big a part of your lifestyle the pool is going to play.  In cooler climes the warm kitchen or a roaring fire in the living area is the heart of the home, in the tropical Caribbean a cool well designed pool can be the heart of the home.

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5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

Deciding in which Central American country you would like to live and spend some or all of your year, requires very careful thought and planning! Read our blog on 5 Steps on to Buying Caribbean Real Estate.

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

To give you an idea of available luxury property for sale, we briefly compare four very different Central American countries and showcase 5 different properties in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Nicaragua is a country of lakes and volcanoes and will be the site of the second trans-americas canal bringing shipping from the Caribbean through to the Pacific.

This will bring prosperity and jobs and Nicaragua will change, in the same way that Panama adapted to its world class status over the last hundred years as a result of its Canal.

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Extreme Caribbean Living – 5 Places to Live Dangerously

Extreme Caribbean Living – 5 Places to Live Dangerously

Extreme Caribbean Living Volcano erupting on Monserrat

Extreme Caribbean Living

Some people like to live closer to danger than others.

There are many extremely dangerous places in the islands. So  we set out to find five of them, not just to visit but perhaps to find a home close by, for those who do like to live ‘on the edge’!

Hauntings, frostbite, dodging hot lava flows, parting your hair under a landing 747, or boiling in a cauldron of natural steam; take your pick!

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Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes in Camera

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes Captured on Camera

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes threaten sea level property

Caribbean Underwater Volcanoes threaten sea level property

Robert Ballard is no stranger to new discoveries.  His first big break came with the Titanic now he is doing it again.  This time he is exploring fault lines and underwater volcanoes in the Northern and Eastern Caribbean,  an underwater version of Tony Robinson of Channel 4 ‘Time Team’!

To most of us, plate tectonics, volcanoes and fault lines mean nada, however to Ballard’s team of 31 scientists this will mean getting to grips with the underwater threats to the Caribbean region.

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