Home staging is essential when trying to seduce potential buyers. It can set the scene for love at first sight, leading to love at first buy. To continuously impress buyers, it’s important to keep up with seasonal staging trends. These tips can be used to woo your customers this Spring:

Avoid a Colorless Canvas

Treat the home as a canvas, using color to set the scene that buyers need to see. You should bear in mind that optimal staging involves a balance between neutralization and strategic shading. Color should be used to make the home’s most attractive features pop without blinding or bombarding them. Use neutralization or a small range of colors to avoid visual jumble. Simple, light colors help draw attention to the best, brightest parts of…

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A new year usually means new goals and, hopefully, new accomplishments. If selling your home is on that long list of things you’d like to get done in 2015, Island Living Real Estate has some suggestions on how you can accomplish that goal with these simple tips.

Declutter

The first thing you should do, says Rachel Pinder, Broker/Appraiser at Island Living Real Estate, is to declutter your home after the Christmas rush. “When you are taking all of your decorations down after the holidays, that’s a perfect time to declutter your home and get rid of everything you did not use in 2014,” says Rachel.

Repair

After the holidays is also a good time to make any repairs that may be needed, and clean up the exterior of your house to boost that…

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Everyone knows the holidays can be a crazy time of year. Family and social commitments, Christmas shopping and all of those holiday parties leave little time for much else. House hunting is probably not on many people’s list of ‘Things-to-Do” during this time of year. So does it make sense to list your home or property during the busy holiday period? Well that depends, says Heather Carey, Estate Agent at Island Living Real Estate. “With the advent of the Internet, the holidays could be a great time to list your home,” says Heather. “In the Bahamas in particular, where the ex-pat buyer market is so strong, a lot of property buyers are on the island for the winter looking for homes.” Heather says that while the holiday season can seem hectic for many, a…

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Did you know that only 10% of potential home buyers can see past the personal tastes of home owners, whether it’s paint colour, window treatments or clutter? That’s why home staging might be a good option if you’re looking to sell your home. Home staging is the art of professionally preparing homes for sale by creating inviting and warm interiors that appeal to a wide variety of buyers. With so many homes on the market, it’s important to make yours the one that buyers remember by showing off your home’s potential. The first impression is a lasting one, and if your home is messy or badly furnished you could lose a buyer.

Sara Saunders, of Homestaging Bahamas says not many people can see the potential of a home. “Many buyers don’t realize how easy it…

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There’s nothing like something to look forward to, to get you through the work week. At Island Living Real Estate we know the best spots to get you over Hump Day and through to the weekend to unwind after a stressful week on the job. This week we’ve rounded up the best places to check out live music on the island —Jazz, Reggae or Rock ‘n’ Roll. It can all be found right here.

  • Compass Point Beach Resort West Bay St., Gambier Tue: The Soulful Groovers Thur: Ira Storr and the Spank Band (Calypso/Island) Sat: The Tommy Goodwin Band (Blues) Ph: 327.4500
  • La Hipica Spanish Tapas and Grill Nelson Road, Mt. Pleasant Village (just before Goodfellow Farms) Thur: The Rum Dums Ph: 376.5554
  • Sushi Rokkan Jazz and Tapas Wed: Naomi Taylor Old Fort, Town…

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If you’re in the market to sell your home you probably have a long to-do list to make your home as marketable as possible. Focusing on curb appeal, repairs and that perfect neutral wall color that will appeal to every potential buyer are all important aspects of making your house market ready, but don’t forget to take stock of your home’s energy health. A potential buyer can be turned off by decades-old a/c wall units, an outdated water heater or energy-guzzling kitchen appliances – and the high-energy costs that come with them. Research shows that replacing old cooling equipment with more energy efficient models could reduce your annual energy bill by a couple hundred dollars. The same goes for kitchen appliances and water heaters. And who doesn’t…

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New agent, new ideas

Kerryann Pearce, a new estate agent at Island Living Real Estate, calls for discussion on re-zoning of some areas of the Eastern District allowing low density condominium development, taking a lesson from residential offerings that have attracted young professionals and those wanting to downsize to the west. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DPA)

Island Living Real Estate Expands: New Agent Calls for Low-rise Condos to Boost Eastern District

One week after Kerryann Pearce settled in to her new post as an estate agent at Island Living Real Estate headquartered on East Bay Street, she popped up with an idea likely to stir strong opinions for and against, but one she believes will give one of Nassau’s most established districts,…

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October 2014 The Government of the Bahamas clarified their position on condo fees/assessments stating that these fees in excess of $100,000.00 per year will incur a VAT charge. Starting January 1, 2015 condo associations are required to bill a VAT charge of 7.5% on all billings of fees and assessments. For more information on VAT please visit bahamas.gov.bs/VAT

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Visit Flamingos at Ardastra! If you do not have time to fly south to the Bahamian Island of Inagua to see the flamingos in their natural habitat, you can attend the flamingo march at Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre. The flamingo march is the showcase at this Zoo nestled amongst lush vegetation consisting of hundreds of native plant species. Flamingos are not the only feathered friends you will meet, enjoy the parrot show or go into the Lori enclosure to feed the small birds fruit while they perch on your finger, shoulder or head! Furry friends also reside here and some rascally reptiles! Take the whole family! Ask for the Residents rate if you have ID, and don’t forget your camera. T: 323 5806 www.ardastra.com

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Are you looking for a place where there is nothing to do and you can just get away from it all? Well Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Bahamas is the place. A quaint little settlement just a ferry ride away from Nassau. This little island paradise offers a beautiful beach with shallow waters, rent a golf cart for your 2 mile tour or sit at the beautiful Shipyard Restaurant and enjoy their famous lobster mac n cheese. This little island is a one of a kind gem in the middle of Paradise. Own your piece of Bahamas Real Estate today! www.islandlivingrealestate.com

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