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Local Realtors are welcoming an exciting new development on Paradise Island that will add to the island's world famous reputation as one of the most coveted locations in the world.

Ground was broken last month on the Sterling Hurricane Hole Community Resort and Marina in a special ceremony attended by the country's top real estate representatives, business leaders and senior government officials. 

"Sterling Hurricane Hole will enhance Paradise Island's international reputation as a premier destination, " Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said at the ground breaking ceremony.

Sterling Hurricane Hole, a major redevelopment of the existing 13 acre Hurricane Hole Marina, is the brainchild of Mr. David Kosoy, the chairman of

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The Bahamas is known for its sun, sand and sea, but a day at the beach isn't the only way to enjoy the country's stunning natural beauty.

New Providence's six national parks is a great way to discover the island's indigenous flora and fauna.

At the southwest end of the island visit the Primeval Forest National Park, which is home to an old-growth forest with limestone caverns, sinkholes and early evergreen tropical hardwood trees as well as a variety of native flora and fauna, birds and butterflies.

Also in the southwest is Bonefish Pond, consisting of 1,800 acres of coastal wetlands. Use the boardwalks to explore the marine nursery for resident fish and birds. 

At the 250-acre Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park in south-central New

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Some people eat to live while others live to eat. For Bahamians, who love their food, it's definitely the latter. No matter what you're in the mood for, tasty bites, a hearty main course, delicious desserts and refreshing drinks are never hard to find. 

Fresh seafood is a specialty. Many main courses feature conch, crab, grouper and snapper pulled right from nearby waters. Pair it with a side of peas 'n rice, Bahamian style mac and cheese, creamy coleslaw or fried plantain for an authentic Bahamian meal.

For dessert, tropical flavors like guava, soursop, dilly and mango, are a local hit. Wash it all down with a local beer (there are many to choose from) or a popular fruity cocktail.

If you're looking for the best in Bahamian eats check out

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Here in The Bahamas, our underwater scenes are just as stunning as anything you'll see on land.

We've earned a well-deserved reputation as on of the best places in the world to experience the dazzling diversity of ocean life.

The Bahamas consists of over 700 islands and cays dotted over 100,000 sq miles of ocean.

The unique topography of the islands has created a truly magical diving experience as divers can see intricate underwater tunnels and canyons, mysterious deep blue holes, stunning coral reefs and submerged cliff faces which plunge dramatically to the seabed.

With a sunny climate year-round, the water stays a comfortable temperature even during the winter months and is known as some of the clearest sea on the earth - divers can

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Nothing signals the lead up to the holiday season in Nassau quite like the annual Wine and Art Festival hosted by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).

Each year hundreds flock to the BNT's oasis Retreat on Village Road to sample a wide selection of wines and view art from dozens of established and upcoming local artists.

This year the Wine and Art Festival will be held October 27th and 28th, noon to 7 pm, when guests can choose from more than 50 wines provided by 700 Wines and Spirits and browse art by 30-plus local artists.

Each wine will be paired with a delicious culinary delight prepared by Caribbean Chef of the Year Jamal Small, and other local celebrity chefs. This year emphasis will be placed on showing guests which wines pair best with

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If you're a real estate professional looking to up your game in marketing and productivity check out these four podcasts for some great tips, insights and advice from experienced international industry experts and marketing specialists. It's a great way to keep up with current market trends.

Wright Brothers Podcast

Second-generation real estate brokers Corey and Casey Wright have a passion for uncovering the marketing, technology and business strategies needed to compete in today's world. The Wright Brothers discuss topics like the impact of smartphones on how we live and do business. They also explore hacks that can make day-to-day life much easier. According to one listener, the Wright Brothers " have a unique talent for discussing real-life

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Buying your first home? Consider this:

For most people. buying a home will be the most significant investment they will ever make in their lifetime. So before you take the plunge into home ownership make sure you have the answers to these questions: 

Do I have steady income?

You won't even get approval for a mortgage if you don't have a steady income and a reasonably steady job history. So if you've just started working it might not be a good time to apply for a mortgage. But that doesn't mean you can't start preparing. Build up other parts of your financial portfolio so that when the time is right you are fully prepared.

Have I saved enough money?

For some mortgages, buyers need as much as 15-20% of a home's price. Some down payments are

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We've all heard the old saying, first impressions are the most lasting, so if you're looking to sell your home it's important to make yours the one that buyers remember.

A good place to start is the front yard, according to realtors who listed curb appeal as one of the five most important factors in selling a home.

Your home's curb appeal invites potential buyers to view the rest of the house so what it says about your home is important.

A small budget can go a long way if you take on some of the jobs yourself. Start by removing clutter. Stow away bikes, toys, trash cans and garden tools; toss scraps of paper and plastic, branches, leaves and anything else that doesn't belong in the yard; and eliminate all but a few carefully selected pots

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Unwinding after a long week is easy in Nassau. Enjoy live music, watch the big game or meet up with friends for drinks. There's so much to choose from you'll have trouble deciding exactly what to do.

Here's a roundup so some of the places you can unwind, from east to west:

Compass Point Beach Resort out west offers live music four evenings a week. This colorful landmark also has an oceanfront bar with more than 10 TV's where you can watch NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL games and college sports.

The Cricket Club Restaurant (opposite Arawak Cay on West Bay Street) is a lively British-style pub that serves up traditional British fare and Bahamian favorites. The balcony overlooks the Haynes Oval cricket pitch, and on Sat and Sun during the season you can grab

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If you are looking to invest in real estate in The Bahamas you've picked the right place to own a second, or third home. The Bahamian real estate industry has a history of delivering high-quality service.

The International Persons Landholding Act makes buying and holding real estate in The Bahamas an uncomplicated and easy process for non-residents looking to buy property through all stages of the process.

They will show buyers what the market has to offer and guide you through all the necessary paperwork, regulations and related fees.

They can facilitate your purchase and recommend vital related services, such as locating a real estate lawyer and local banks that offer mortgage and loans to non-residents.

There is lots of inventory to

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