Baham Rise Condo

New Development Rise


Real Estate Shamon Campbell, of H.G Christie’s, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, says we have so much more than historical appeal, crystal clear waters and friendly natives, Luxury has become one of the Bahamas’ most valuable assets, and it has influenced a great chunk of the wealthy to own a piece of paradise. They, of course, now call it home.

While it boasts one main island, The Bahamas is considered the ‘capital’ of luxurious hotels such as the One&Only Ocean Club and The Cove at Atlantis. Boutique luxury hotels across the less populated islands of Exuma, Eleuthera and Andros also help to solidify the country’s luxury footprint in the niche boutique resort market.
Over recent years, The Bahamas’ economy has drawn an extraordinary level of international investors. An example of this boost is most noticeable in the emergence of hotels and condo developments across the island of New Providence.

In its current state, the local industry can be compared to the likes of infamously sought after destinations such as New York and Miami with new development offerings at every desirable avenue.

Developers are taking greater interest and advantage of the economic rise in The Bahamas, where there are certainly a whole lot more to sell than beautiful condos.

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From island hopping on yachts, to lounging on private beaches, dining in five star restaurants and shopping at high-­‐end retailers and back to enjoy the finishes of a modern condo, this is life in The Bahamas.

Developments such as One Ocean, Thirty Six and Palm Cay, two of which are on the ultra-­‐ exclusive Paradise Island, have brought new construction options to buyers – who for years – have been forced to purchase re-­‐sale condos. Bahama Rise Condo

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Europeans, Canadians and North Americans have expressed interest in these options throughout the chain of islands. And with the charming tax advantages, direct flights into Nassau from New York and Canada, airlift has played an important role in the real estate boom. Boutique aviation service providers such as Odyssey International have also played an important role in all of this fabulous development. Bahama LifestyleBaham Rise Condo

In comparison to real estate in other regions, this 700-­‐island paradise appears to be surging towards huge increases over previous years. A report of a 20% increase in sales from our partnering brokerage has investors and the industry at large very confident. Bahama Lifestyle

The opportunity for more product in the capital and other islands remain at large. With a single development generating up to 200 construction jobs, the government of The Bahamas remains generous with developer approvals.

Together, with a reduction in the purchasing power of British property and the strengthening US dollar, the influx of buyers yearning for their own piece of paradise will continue to climb.


Shamon Campbell


“Hello I’m Shamon Campbell,  and as your Estate Agent with H.G. Christie Ltd. an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, I pride myself on being able to provide my clients with top tier representation with a great portfolio of beautiful properties across the islands. Contact me for assistance or to ask any questions regarding real estate in The Bahamas.”

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Sales of Existing Southern California Homes Hit Fastest Pace in a Year

California Homes - Home & Realty Magazine
Moureen Allard

by Moureen Allard

According to Ruth Mantell of MarketWatch, Sales of used Southern California homes in September hit the fastest pace in a year, a welcome sign after posting an unexpected drop in the prior month, according to data released Tuesday.

“Low-interest rates and price gains holding steady led to September’s healthy increase,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

The recent tumble in mortgage rates is making loans cheaper for prospective borrowers. However, credit standards remain strict, preventing many families from taking advantage of the current low rates.

Mortgage access is only one key ingredient for the Orange County housing market’s continued recovery. Strong and consistent jobs growth is also needed. Otherwise, the pace of the household formation will remain slow, with families and friends doubling up in homes to save money.

Sales of existing homes rose 2.4% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million.

Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the sales rate to increase to 5.1 million in September from 5.05 million in August.


“It appears that existing home sales have resumed their climb after the impact on sales of the rise in yields during the taper tantrum,” RDQ Economics analysts wrote in a research note. “The signs of life in the housing market are generally positive and the resale market appears to be strengthening again.”

However, September’s pace of sales was down 1.7% from a year earlier, signaling shakiness in the market after a rough winter and weaker results earlier this year.

For more sales of existing homes, mortgage access is of top importance. Federal regulators are working to loosen the credit environment. But current standards are still strict, with the country’s top mortgage lenders recently reporting slow growth for home loans.

If credit conditions ease back to “normal” pre-bubble standards, that could bump up home sales by about 10%, NAR’s Yun said Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the housing market, the government reported last week that the pace of home construction climbed last month, led by apartment building. Economists prefer to see more building of single-family homes, which cost more to put up than constructing one apartment. The market for new homes, which typically cost more than existing homes, attracts a wealthier clientele.

Moureen Allard – Realtor®
Top Orange County Real Estate Agent

Beach Equities

4531 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804
License # 01258832

How to Sell Your Orange County Home During the Holidays

by Moureen Allard

The key to selling your Orange County home during the holidays is to properly stage your home.

Winter brings its own set of problems to Orange County home sellers. Home buyers don’t feel as motivated to go home shopping in cold, wet weather. Plus, the early nightfall makes buyers want to wait until the weekend to view houses. When the weekend rolls around, home shoppers get sidetracked with holiday activities.

Besides the typical winter slowdown in sales, today’s market also makes selling your home more difficult. Market concerns include:

  1. Rising interest rates
  2. More houses on the market
  3. Longer time frame–days on the market

If you’re selling your Orange County home or investment property during this shifting real estate market, you can tempt buyers to get out of their warm cars and take a look at your home with home staging methods. Here are a few home staging strategies to help you sell your home during the holidays:

Home Staging the Exterior

Door wreaths welcome all to your home and set the stage for celebrating. Make a simple wreath to hang on your front door with holiday colors that blend in with and dress up your home’s exterior colors. Use tree branches from your garden; attach a few gourds or pomegranates, nuts, and ribbons.

Group vines and mums or poinsettias for display impact near the front entrance. Adjust the vines to add height and movement. Add colored ribbons and fall leaves or evergreen branches.

Holiday Décor and Your Target Buyers

Do your neighbors decorate their home exteriors with Christmas decorations? If your neighborhood supports Christmas themes, then your prospective buyers will appreciate your Christmas décor.

However, if your neighborhood doesn’t decorate for Christmas, then your buyers may feel more comfortable without Christmas decorations. Play down Christmas if you live in an area that promotes “politically correct” holiday and seasons greetings instead of “Christmas Cheer.”

If you feel that you want to celebrate Christmas your way, go for it. Just understand that your home sale may take a little longer.

Home Staging with Christmas Decorations

Use less of your ornament collection this year. Don’t over-crowd your rooms. You want your buyers to see your home’s features. Rooms filled to the brim with decorations stop the buyer’s eyes from visualizing their own furnishings in your home. Plus, crowded spaces feel smaller.

Examine your room colors and compare to your Christmas decorations. Do the reds clash? You may want to store ornaments with colors that don’t add to the setting.

Home Staging for the Senses During the Holidays
Appeal to your buyer’s senses to make them feel at home.

  1. Sight: Use amber-colored lights that give a rich warm golden glow to your rooms. Switch out your regular white light bulbs in a few table lamps with amber bulbs to make your home feel toasty-warm and inviting.
  2.  Sound: Play gentle well-known music without words. This makes buyers feel like singing along and picks up their step. Music helps buyers feel joyful in your home.
  3.  Smell: Use natural essential oils in a diffuser. Many people suffer from allergic reactions to artificial sprays. Simmer cider with orange slices, cinnamon and cloves.
  4. Touch: Add silky and velvet fabrics to table tops that tempt the buyer to feel the softness. The brain interprets the sense of touch just by seeing softness. Also, use thick, fluffy hand towels in the bathroom and kitchen to soften the cold, hard surfaces of room typically filled with tile, granite, and porcelain.
  5. Taste: Yes! The sense of smell contributes to the sense of taste. Make sure you’re cooking something heavenly. Treat your prospective buyers like a guest. Invite them to share a warm drink and a sweet snack.

The more time your buyers spend in your home, the more they have invested in it. Houses do sell all year long. If you’re selling your home during the frantic holiday season, taking a few extra home staging steps can make a big difference in your sale.

Happy Holidays!

Moureen Allard – Realtor®
Top Orange County Real Estate Agent

Beach Equities
4531 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804
License # 01258832

Rossmoor, CA Real Estate: How to Buy a New Home

by Moureen Allard

CA Real Estate - Home & Realty MagazineLong Beach CA Real Estate Agent. A good way to get onto the property ladder is to buy a new home from a house builder. In my previous articles, I’ve outlined a number of deals (schemes) aimed at first-time buyers in particular, which can be advantageous in a number of ways.

I find that some first-time buyers can be frightened of buying a new home, but developers love you. You aren’t in a chain, which means you don’t have a home to sell first, and therefore, you aren’t waiting for someone else to sell his home so you can move. This is good news for a developer that doesn’t like complications, long chains or deals falling through.

In public relations terms, it can also look good for a house builder to be seen to be helping first-time buyers. Nothing can be more heart-warming than a story about a developer, generally regarded by the public as a money-grabbing chancer just out to make a quick buck, selling a first home to a young purchaser.

We’ve all seen the photographs in the press of a nice young person or couple, sitting on the sofa in their lovely new home (usually staged in the show flat so the picture looks better). To be fair, some house builders really do care about first-timers, and you can identify them pretty quickly by going onto developers’ websites to see what initiatives and guides they have for first-time buyers.

A new starter home in Britain ordinarily means a one- or two-bedroom flat. Some developers call them apartments, making them sound terribly posh, but apartment means the same thing ass flat. The marketing departments of new-build homes prefer to use the word apartment, as it makes the property sound more luxurious.

As many first-time buyers are buying later in life now, they’re starting to miss out a rung, or even two, on the leap up the ladder into a larger flat, or a small starter house. This gives more options, and often, you get better value from a larger flat or small house than a one-bedroom flat. As one-bedroom flats are popular with first-timers and investors wanting to rent them out, the prices can appear higher for the space you’re actually getting. The catch, of course, is you need that extra bit of cash in the first place to buy a bigger place.

Whatever you choose, you need to understand the pros and cons of buying something brand-new.

New beginnings: the pros of buying a new home

  • No one has ever lived in your home before and you’ll be the first person to enjoy its unsullied freshness.
  • There’s no work for you to do, saving time, effort and money.
  • New homes are more eco-friendly and up to four times more energy efficient than older properties, leading to a smaller carbon footprint and lower bills.
  • New homes often come with the latest design and technology: fitted kitchen and bathrooms, high-pressure showers and wiring for sound and home entertainment systems.
  • Security is generally better, from secure double-gazed windows, fire-resistant materials and circuit breakers, to smoke alarms and modern locks, knocking down insurance premiums and giving you more peace of mind. There might even be a concierge or porter in a reception area (or foyer).
  • Modern materials mean you don’t have to worry about leaks and woodworm.
  • Forget about surveys and upward chains, delaying when you move in.
  • Often, you can personalize your home by choosing carpets, curtains, tilling and paint colors.
  • Sometimes, plumbed-in new appliances are included in the price, which means not having to choose, buy and install them yourself.
  • You’re unlikely to be confronted with many nasty surprises, such as problems with the electrics or bad plumbing, as most new homes are covered by 10-year building warranties. However, beware of developers cutting corners and giving you a polished look that hides a tired infrastructure.

The cons of buying a new home

  • A new home usually costs more than an older property. You are paying extra, because it has been untouched and there won’t be anything for you to do.
  • Depending on when you move in, it is likely you will have to put up with noise, dust and other disruptions while the rest of the scheme is completed. Typically, this can take two to three years.
  • Even in the best of new homes, you have to expect some ‘snagging’. This means tradesmen will have to come back to sort out glitches and problems with the building work. It can be frustrating and time-consuming if they have to return several times to right a wrong.
  • You might not yet be part of an established community and there might not be all the promised facilities – shops, cafés and leisure amenities – on site or nearby. And if the developer starts to run out of money, some might not be how they looked on the brochure, or they might not appear to all.
  • As you could be buying your home ‘off-plan’ – which means buying a home before it’s actually built – you are taking a risk that might not turn out exactly as you expected. Also, you have to wait until it’s ready before you get to move in.
    So, should I buy a new home?
  • The quality and care of new property has improved a great deal over the last decade, but do keep in mind that the size of homes has shrunk. If you are into buying every square foot you can for your money, a new home might then not be for you.
  • I think you need to consider longevity, too. Ask yourself how long the property will work for you. If there’s not a lot of storage and you’re about to get married and start a family, perhaps you should think about other options, like buying a second-hand property you can do up and extend.

Off-plan buying

Buying off-plan is where a buyer purchases a property before it’s built. Because you can’t see your home, you have to rely on the architect’s plans, brochures and other information from the developer, as well as computer generated images (mocked-up pictures on a computer to give you an idea of the real thing).

In some instances, a show flat or show home will be constructed to give you a better indication of what your home will look like. You can get a good idea of space and how different areas will look, so a show home can be useful if you’re buying off-plan.

How to buy off-plan

Buying a home off-plan requires research. The developer and/or agent should be able to give you the property’s layout and room sizes.

Before you take the plunge and sign on any dotted lines, however, go and check out other schemes the house builder has created. This is extremely important, because you can actually see what the design is like, and how good the quality of materials and construction will be on your own site. Talk to residents that live there if you can, to get their take on the developer. If anyone has moved into your own scheme already, do have a chat with fellow-residents there, too.

The next step will be choosing a plot: a piece of land where the house will be built, or in the case of a flat, which until you will occupy. He trick here is to really walk around the site and this is when you want your compass to hand. Which way the flat or house is facing is crucial, and depending on when you want the sun facing a balcony, terrace or even a mailing living room window is all-important. Some people want sun in the mornings and some evenings. Only you know how you live and which you prefer.

Be careful where the traffic flow (do you really want to be on the side of the building where rush hour occurs?), and be aware of what is near your home. Avoid being close to the dustbins, maintenance area or too close to parking lot. It is believed a first-floor flat or higher can be safer than a basement place. However, if there’s no lift it might be hard to coax future buyers to scale six flights of steps if you’re on the top floor.

Moureen Allard – Realtor® LONG BEACH, CA REAL ESTATE AGENT
Top Orange County Real Estate Agent
Beach Equities
4531 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804
562.668.0027 Direct
License # 01258832

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