Given the current COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the world and touched down in our sister isle of T&T in the last couple weeks, working from home is no longer the exception but the rule. In the past, as a Terra Caribbean agent, we’ve always had the option to either work via remote access or come into the office and use the space there.
But with current conditions, we were strongly advised to stay home to do our part in flattening the curve. I could use some curve flattening! I welcomed the nearly mandatory work from home directive and thought, this should be fine, a walk in the park. But a week and a half in, this proved not to be exactly so. Here’s how I changed 5 woes into wins that may change my office life forever.
The Parish of St. Philip or "St. Farlip" as it is affectionately known is the largest and most easterly parish in Barbados. Its main hub is known as Six Roads. This unique hub received its name because six roads extend from the roundabout, making it an easy connection point to Christ Church, St. George and St. John. Six Roads is a hive of activity offering many amenities such as restaurants, a gas station, a school, Emerald City shopping complex which includes a large supermarket, bank, credit union, post office and a few retail stores.
It’s that time of year again, and I don’t mean Christmas! Land tax bills will soon be issued, and the 2020-2021 year is a revaluation year. What this means, is that the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), will have completed their triennial revaluation process and while only the tax rates changed last year, the assessed site value (for vacant properties) or improved value (for built properties), may change on the land tax bills for this year resulting in an increase in tax due.
Your family home, your prized possession, your piece of heaven that may have taken years to complete; but now, for one reason or another, your humble abode is up for sale. Most people have an idea of what their home is worth, however it’s easy for that financial investment to turn into a sentimental dollar value that may differ from what’s actually obtainable on the market. Therefore, before you list your dream home with a wish price, it’s best to consult with a professional who may know a thing or two about the market to advise on the value of your home.
Like many a sailor in years past, here is your opportunity to “discover” Marigot Bay, a picturesque waterside community on our west coast, between the city of Castries and the town of Soufriere. It has been described by the prolific American novelist James A. Michener as “The Most Beautiful Bay in the Caribbean". Marigot Bay holds a certain allure that is unique in the world, with a mixture of lush green mountains, turquoise reefs and beaches, and a choice of varied accommodations.
2020 will be one to remember as we launch a year-long campaign celebrating our island, culture and values. Our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C.M.P announced her vision for the all-inclusive Barbadian homecoming last year at the nation’s Independence Day Parade. Inviting all Barbadians, and even those who just adore Barbados to return home and come together participating in activities and rebuilding the nation’s sense of community.