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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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Forecasters are predicting an above normal hurricane season this year, with 10-16 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 1-5 major hurricanes.

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 and runs through November 30. Your safety and the safety of your family and loved ones is most important but don't forget about protecting your home. It's one of your largest investments.

In addition to the basic preparedness tips, such as assembling a hurricane prep kit, knowing where to go in case of an evacuation and finding a reliable and trusted source of information to monitor the storm, here are a few tips to make sure your home is secured and protected.

  • Review your homeowners insurance policy - make sure your home insurance policy
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If you're looking for a fun way to explore the islands of The Bahamas and learn a little something about the country along the way, check out the array of festivals help throughout the Family Islands all year long.

It's a vibrant showcase of Bahamian history, heritage and culture, featuring local fare, music, art and craft, and rich traditions/

Here are some of the most popular festivals to look out for. There's something for everyone.

Seafood lovers should check out the McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival, scheduled for October 8 in the east end of Grand Bahama.

Cracking conch to extract the meat from the shell has been elevated to an art form here. Fishermen compete for the coveted title of Best Conch Cracker. Visitors are welcome to

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New Providence has its fair share of beautiful residential area to boast of, but some neighborhoods have an extra special history that set them apart from the more newly established exclusive communities.

Long before there was Lyford Cay, Paradise Island, Old Fort Bay and Albany, there was the eastern foreshore  (made up of East Bay Street and Eastern Road), where the country's wealthy and influential built their homes.

In 1786, Governor James Murray, the royal governor of The Bahamas form 1787-1796, was among the first to build his summer home there overlooking the eastern harbour entrance.  He named the house "The Hermitage," which is now owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nassau and serves as the official residence of the Catholic Archbishiop

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