Barbados’ economic stability, plus a growing and constant demand, makes land one of the most sound investments on the island. This is even more pertinent given the depressed present state of the industry, where land prices have declined over the past six years and the prospect for good appreciation is at last in sight. This has re-kindled buyers’ interest and has given trend followers good reason to anticipate significant land value appreciation in the coming four-to-six years. Such appreciation will likely outstrip interest on most other available investment options. But, before making the final decision on a land investment, it is crucial to have an overall appreciation of the market, and be acquainted with the benefits of investing in our ‘Rock’.
Over the past five decades, Barbados has offered investors a climate of steady appreciation on property values thanks to a resilient economic standing. This steady appreciation, doubled with economic factors, saw land values in some areas of the island go from $0.12 per square foot to $100 per square foot in more recent times. For several investors, this value served as a direct reflection of physical and perceived value of their investment, and would be made official through a solid valuation provided by a qualified, trusted valuer.
Barbados’ most intricate sector is its tourism industry, and for property investors, this offers an attractive holiday rentals market. It encompasses several sub-sectors which feed what is considered the foremost driver of the island’s economy.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, businessman or woman, attorney, doctor, restaurateur, barber or retailer, at some point you will need commercial space. This space has to first suit your budget and it also has to be the ideal location for your clients. Typically, your choice of commercial space will fall under the general term of either A, B or C class rental space. A class - being the most prestigious premier office space with rents at the top end of the scale. Whilst, B & C spaces compete for a wide range of users with rents in the middle to lower end of the spectrum.
If you haven’t had the chance to dine at Primo, the new culinary hotspot on the South Coast of Barbados, it’s a must. Tucked away in a secluded beachfront location just as you enter the St-Lawrence Gap, this two-level restaurant not only serves up some sumptuous meals, but also delivers on those must-capture sunset views. But don’t just expect to snap beautiful pics over a delicious meal. Primo is the latest venture for the owners of Cin Cin located on the West Coast of Barbados, so here’s the best spoiler alert you’ll ever get: it’s a completely luxurious experience from start to finish.
The recent budgetary proposals tabled by the Minister of Finance the Hon. Chris Sinckler, included a number of amendments to the land tax rates for all categories of properties. The amendments included a reduction in the residential value bands and an increase in the non-residential and unimproved land rates.
The six-year period leading up to the peak of the market in 2006 is widely regarded as a period of unprecedented growth in the Barbados market. This boom period saw compound annual growth in some market segments of 12% and staggering prices being achieved for property in some areas of the West Coast. The reality is that this growth cycle paled in comparison with the island’s first property boom, which occurred much earlier in our history.
"Market conditions are key in determining value. To a large extent, the value of the home is currently driven by what the average purchaser is willing to pay for a property, rather than what we would consider a ‘bricks and mortar’ or replacement cost value."
-Annalisa Sealy, Real Estate Agent
You are invited to an Open House at South View, this Saturday, February 7th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is your opportunity to get a guided tour of the development, including the individual land lots available for sale and the modern, well-designed South View 222!
Sue Armfield - Real Estate Agent
"With the start of a fresh new year, it’s a good time to take a holistic look at the changing demands and trends in office leasing - in order to plan and to budget more effectively, to make adjustments where indicated and, to generate prosperity for landlords, developers, tenants and agents alike."
It’s seven year itch time! Yes, this is the seventh edition of The Red Book. The challenge each year is to make it better, and by ‘better’ we mean more relevant to you the reader. This year we have added more statistics, more professional articles and we have even done some “ancient history” research with Hayden interviewing the two agents responsible for the sales at Sandy Lane Estate in the 1960s. I think you will find that article both informative and entertaining.
For the average Barbadian citizen, most encounters with the powers of the Crown are limited to fixing roads, maintaining order and things of the like, nothing alarming at all. However, occasionally, citizens come face to face with the awesome power of the state, when they receive a notice expressed in some legal jargon, informing them that their land is to be acquired for some public purpose.
The International Business and Financial Services sector contributes nearly US $500 million (BDS $1 billion) to the Barbados economy. The greatest portion of this spend does not emanate from direct taxes paid to the Barbados Government but from indirect spending in the Barbados economy. Real estate in particular, with earnings of just over US $15 million (BDS $30 million) in 2010 is one of the primary beneficiaries of this sector.
Last year I opened the Pink Pages by speaking to uncertainty in the market. This year I thought I would provide you with “miscellaneous ramblings” of what we have seen in the market and what we are likely to see. While it is probably impossible to predict with complete certainty the direction of the market in every segment, I hope that from these perspectives you will have an indication of the direction that the market is likely to take. (Please do not skip to the conclusion as it may make no sense without following the progression in thought.)
This morning several Barbadian real estate agents had the opportunity to view the island's latest property released to the market ... Valley View. A new 37-home community in Vaucluse, St. Thomas, priced from BBD $722,000 (including house and land), this new development demonstrates one of the most compelling options for middle-income homes in Barbados.
Knight Frank, a leading independent global residential and commercial property consultancy, and the UK affiliate of Terra Caribbean sister comapny, Bajan Services Ltd., recently released an update on the UK Residential Market. I'm delighted to share this report which gives a snapshot of the UK housing market in January 2012.
Terra Caribbean has strengthened its brokerage and advisory department expanding the range of services offered to clients. We are delighted to announce that Director of Brokerage and Advisory Services, Hayden Hutton, has become the first real estate professional in the island to be awarded the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
Home designs in Barbados have evolved to create a look that's functional and breathtaking. Condo and community living is fast becoming an emerging trend that appeals to singles, young couples, bachelors and the ever-adventurous baby boomers! Not only are these Barbados real estate developments chic and contemporary, they offer an excellent investment opportunity. As we embrace a modern and ever-changing property landscape, let's take a look at condo and community living and see why it should appeal to you!
Certainty is what we want; uncertainty is sometimes what we get. Making real estate decisions in times of uncertainty requires good research, experience and courage. We have seen courage paying off in the past six months; and we have seen weakness punished. My father told me that the best time to buy something was when you did not need to buy, but the vendor needed to sell. The reverse is also true.
On Tuesday August 16th, The Minister of Finance, The Honourable Mr. Christopher Sinckler presented to the House of Assembly, the Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals for the year 2011. Relevant to the real estate industry, there was a proposal to modify the land tax value bands, which at first glance would mean lower taxes.
LEX Caribbean explains the laws and procedures of buying and selling Barbados property in their article taken from The Red Book 2011, written by Vidisha Hathiramani and Alana Goodman-Smith. We trust you will find this informative and please let us know if there are any other questions or comments you might have on the subject.
When buying or selling real estate in Barbados, purchasers and vendors alike often wonder what goes on behind the scenes, in terms of the process involved. Sometimes this question is posed in relation to the length of time it may take ...
Being the start of our hurricane season we thought we would share one of the informative insurance articles from The Red Book 2011, written by Richard Ince of CGM Gallagher (formerly Atria Insurance Brokers) ... Enjoy! We hope you will find it helpful and please let us know your thoughts!
So, you have found your “dream-of-a-lifetime” home! You walk off your patio and it is twenty yards to a perfect Barbados beach encircled by the calm blue water of the Caribbean Sea. A natural paradise!
Within the past week the new notices of valuation have been arriving at mailboxes around the island. In Barbados, every three years is a valuation year. The last valuation year was in 2008, thus making this year, 2011, a valuation year as well. Here is a quick background on the valuation legislation and the process to be followed.
Barbados now has the international distinction of being included on the United Nations-managed World Heritage List. News of this came this past weekend from Paris, France when the World Heritage Committee determined that “Bridgetown and its Garrison deserved a place on the List.” The list includes over 900 cultural or natural sites all over the world, which are deemed to be of outstanding universal value.
In today's highly competitive real estate market landlords can struggle to get properties rented at the rate that they want. For many this creates a dilemma. Should they continue to wait for the right tenant who is willing to pay what they're asking? Or should they consider reducing the rental rate and get a new tenant in the property as soon as possible? Of course there are advantages and disadvantages in either approach.
Most people who offer property for rent want a tenant moved in as soon as possible. Recently we helped one of our clients to get their apartment rented in just over 48 hours! The client was thrilled, the tenant was thrilled and so were we. While scenarios like this are uncommon, there’s much that can be done to reduce the length of time it takes to get your property rented. Here are some key tips to take you on the fast track from “For Rent” to “Rented”.
After seeing one of our emails with land for sale in Barbados, Ron, a first time buyer sent us a question. He asked:
How much would I have to pay upfront to secure this piece of land?
We’re always happy to answer real estate questions, especially from a first time buyer!
Four stores including the Bella Casa pictured here, have opened their doors to customers and are already proving a welcome destination for people on the south coast.
Before the end of summer, they will be joined by several other outlets, some new to Barbados and others familiar to local shoppers!
Ever had trouble finding the “right” place to call home or to lay your hat for that matter? Terra Caribbean presents the inaugural edition of the Terra Caribbean Corporate Rentals E-book! A paperless easy to flip through selection of properties for rent in Barbados. Especially designed for those new to Barbados.
With confidence returning to the Barbados market we are happy to announce the appointment of four new staffers who will assist in the expansion of our service offering in the months to come.
June 1st is upon us – where did the year go? Seems like just the other day we were talking about New Year’s parties or at the very least Easter!