WHY THE BLUEHOLE IS JAMAICA’S #1 ATTRACTION

Blue Hole Jamaica otherwise known as the Irie Blue Hole or the Secret Falls is located in the hills of Jamaica on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary, around 20 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios. The turquoise water, the breath-taking falls and the beautiful flora are just a few reasons Blue Hole has undoubtedly become Jamaica’s #1 attractions.

The Blue Hole is divided into two sections. The main section features turquoise blue water that openly invites you to take a plunge. Many visitors to the attraction have expressed how welcoming and inviting the water is. There is a Tarzan swing for anyone feeling adventurous and wants to make their plunge a little more exciting. To top this off, after your plunge, little hidden caves can be seen as you swim around in the enchanting blue hole waters.

The Other section is a sight to behold featuring a cascading waterfall which displays a truly beautiful shade of blue when the river gushes down. The blue hole is also perfect for hiking as well as there are treks and pathways yet to be explored. It if the perfect option for simply every type of family who crave a day of enjoyment and excitement.

The Blue Hole in St. Ann is waiting for you! It isn’t your everyday attraction as it has not yet been fully commercialised so no need to worry about vendors and much spending cost. This allows you to simply enjoy a day relaxing, swimming, jumping or laughing with family, friends or whomever.

Come explore this hidden beauty today!

 

THE BENEFITS OF USING DRONES IN REAL ESTATE

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) otherwise known as drones are vehicles that are capable of travel without requiring a human to be on board.  They may be operated remotely by humans or may be capable of autonomous operation. Within the past 5 years or so, drones have been quite the buzz and topics of conversation in business, leisure and commercial circles worldwide.

A growing trend also in recent years has been the use of drone technology in real estate where real estate developers, agents, vendors and purchasers can agree that it makes business easier and more marketable. There definitely are benefits to be reaped from using drones in real estate.

Firstly, drones serve as an ideal tool for showing property. Realtors in various parts of the world have been using drones to give virtual tours of properties which in turn provides the potential buyer with a real “touch and feel” of the property. Drones provide both aerial photography and videography and this advantageously is better than a normal photography camera as it establishes a visual reference for the size and boundaries of the property. Also, it can be used to give purchasers a feel of what neighbourhoods are like and distances to amenities etc.

Additionally, using drone technology in real estate ventures increases the desirability and attractiveness of the properties you are marketing. Realtors who have used drones attest to the idea that drones add a touch of class, elegance and opulence to even the quaintest of properties.

Realtors worldwide, based on research have been going crazy over the attention their listing have been getting because of the inclusion of videos and aerial shots. It allows them to market properties to clients both nationally and internationally without realtors even having to leave the office or clients having to leave home. Drones have therefore proven to be very beneficial to real estate and is thus recommended to all realtors.

TOP 5 CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES WITH BEST BEACHES

From the powdery white sand, to the crystal clear waters, the Caribbean undoubtedly possesses the most beautiful beaches in the world.  From North to South, East to West, there is no doubt that Caribbean Beaches are the best. Yes, this may be so but there are some that are arguably better than others. Below, you will find a detailed list of the top 5 Caribbean countries with the best beaches:

  1. JAMAICA

Jamaica holds many beautiful treasures on the waterfront patiently awaiting your arrival. The beaches in Jamaica are arguably some of the best in the Caribbean and are mainly characterized by white sandy beaches and glistening blue waters and of course the warm kiss of the sun. Most of these wanderlust destinations are found on the Golden North Coast of Jamaica which is ideal for your real estate investments. Seven Miles Beach in Negril, Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, Frenchman’s Cove and Bikini Beach in Portland, Reggae Beach, The Beach at Dunn’s River and Ocho Rios Bay Beach in St. Ann are just a few of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica. Arguably, Ocho Rios in St. Ann possesses a wealth of unbelievably beautiful beaches and is therefore an ideal location to invest in Commercial or Residential real estate.

 

2. BAHAMAS

Without debate, Bahamas stands as one of the most exotic Caribbean Islands and to go along with their delightfully exotic nature are some of the most beautiful beaches. Located in varying areas of the island, these beaches are anxiously awaiting your visit. On Harbour Island, be sure to visit the Pink Sands Beach, Paradise Beach is located on Paradise Island and in Exumar, there is Saddle Cay. The beautiful Cat Island is found in Southern Bahamas and Stocking Island is located in Exumar. Be sure to visit.

 

 

  1. ANGUILLA

For those who are wondering, Yes, Anguilla is an island in the Caribbean and it is known for its glorious resorts and absolutely stunning beaches. When on a visit to Anguilla, be sure to check out Maundays Beach, Rendezvous Beach, Shoal Bay Coast, Meads Bay and the Off Shore Cays.

 

 

 

  1. BARBADOS

Located in the southern parts of the Lesser Antilles is the wonderful Caribbean Island of  Barbados .The differing coasts offer beaches that range from powdery sand to perfect swells of the eastern Atlantic coast. Silver Sands Beach, Harrismith Beach, Crane Beach, Bathsheba and Dover Beach are just a few of the welcoming waters that can be found on the Island of Barbados.

 

 

 

  1. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
    Located on the island of Dominican Republic are some of the most peaceful yet extremely breath- taking beaches you can find in the Caribbean. Not only will they guarantee you a day of fun for you and the family but will also ensure that you have peace of mind and relaxation at your disposal. Punta Cana beach comes highly recommended along with Playa Rincon, Cabarete, Cayo Levantado and Eagle Eye Beach. Be sure to take the waves when in the Dominican Republic.

 

The Jamaican Diaspora in England and what they mean to Jamaica?

A diaspora as defined by the Oxford dictionary is the dispersion of any people from their original homeland. Thus, all individuals who are Jamaicans residing outside of Jamaica are a part of the Jamaican diaspora. Consequently, there are established Jamaican diaspora movements worldwide that are geared towards uniting Jamaicans in the diaspora with Jamaicans of like mind in Jamaica. One such group is found in England and like the others, they are focused on building and moving Jamaica forward.

The diaspora in England serves to strengthen the links and support systems between Jamaicans residing abroad and those at home; deepen the collaboration and cooperation between the stakeholder groups that serve them; and facilitate and increase the scope and impact of the contribution of the Diaspora to the development of Jamaicans at home and abroad.

Additionally, the Jamaican diaspora in England and other established places must be credited as playing a vital role in the survival of the Jamaican economy through remittances. Remittances, in this instance, refer to funds sent from expatriates to their home country via wire, mail etc. For the past decade or so, remittances have acted as the largest inflow of foreign exchange for Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as many Caribbean families depend heavily upon remittances to carry out daily activities.

With investments and contributions to schools, hospitals and disaster relief, the Jamaican Diaspora in England and other parts of the world stand as a driving force behind Jamaica’s success and survival.

The Jamaican diaspora in England also represents a wide pool of real estate investors who through investing in both commercial and residential real estate, assist in the growth and stabilization of the economy. Though they reside in the UK, their ultimate desire is to retire at home and as such diaspora members consistently invest in Jamaica’s real estate.

With that said, for any member of the diaspora desirous of further contributing to your homeland’s growth through real estate, you may contact Meldam Realty in Ocho Rios at 974-2239 or email at info@meldamrealty.com.

How to sell real estate in Jamaica?

The island of Jamaica is mainly known for its uniqueness in cultural diversity and its welcoming spirit to any visitor to our island. However, one very essential aspect that makes Jamaica world renown is its ability to attract local and international investments in both commercial and residential real estate.

The Jamaican population is rapidly growing which simply means that the demand is also growing for both residential and commercial spaces. Additionally, the international community is very interested in purchasing commercial real estate to establish businesses in Jamaica but is also looking to invest in residential real estate.

And as such, it is essential that anyone desirous of selling real estate in Jamaica become aware of the basic “know-how” to selling real estate which would in turn aid in attracting these local and international investors. For those owning residential real estate, it is particularly essential that the property whether plots of land or a house be made presentable to attract any prospective buyer. This may stand as a deciding factor in whether you obtain a quick sale.

Thus, residential property owners must work hard to ensure that the place is bushed, the look and feel of the property is clean and in a presentable manner and that it is physically attractive to buyers. This therefore means that if the paint is wearing out, you may give it a face lift by adding a fresh coat of paint or simply filling potholes en route to your property.

For those selling commercial real estate (office or storage space), one needs to ensure that the spaces are clean and  would be attractive to prospective buyers. Ensure that doors , drawers and any equipment being sold with the real estate are in good working condition in an effort to convince the potential buyer that there is little repair to be done.

After all the necessary boxes are ticked, the next RECOMMENDED step is to contact a registered real estate company to list your property which would positively expose your property.The realtor will then take you through the steps and give any advice needed in relation to selling your property. With that said, anyone desirous of selling real estate may contact Meldam Realty in Ocho Rios St. Ann where a warm welcoming spirit awaits you.

Who to buy real estate from in Jamaica?

Buying Real Estate in Jamaica has proven over time to go in either of two directions. For some individuals, purchasing real estate has been a worthwhile experience while there are those who unfortunately have had some real negative experiences, disappointments and let downs. As such, it is essential to any purchaser to know where to go for a great experience, good customer service, professionalism and ideal properties.

Meldam Realty of Ocho Rios in St. Ann fits the latter description very well. With over 45 years of experience as a real estate firm, Meldam Realty stands ready to serve with high integrity and professionalism. Their portfolio covers not only houses and lots but expands to commercial real estate including manufacturing facilities, warehouses, specialised development complexes, small and large office buildings, medical office space, apartments, farms, villas and large-scale development land.

Their agents are highly qualified individuals who serve with professionalism and honesty. The company has made it their mission to exceed the expectations of their clients by ensuring that all agents are knowledgeable and equipped with all the information and etiquettes needed to serve you. They work assiduously in making sure that properties are well presented and elegantly displayed.

Meldam Realty stands as a stalwart in the Real Estate field and has been the recipients of the numerous awards and commendations. As such, Meldam is the ideal broker if you are selling or desirous of purchasing. Many individuals have trusted the best, the best is Meldam and so should you.

Where to buy Real Estate in Jamaica?

Jamaica, known to many as the land of wood and water has emerged from simply being a once colonised English nation producing tobacco and sugar for export and has gone on to make a name for its self on the world’s stage in music, athletics and tourism. Additionally, Jamaica boasts the interest of various international investors in commercial and residential properties. As such Jamaica as it stands is ready and awaiting anyone who desires to make Jamaica their place of choice to live, work, do business and raise families. ,

You may be wondering, where in Jamaica are these investments being made? Where can you find attractive yet reasonable real estate to invest in? Well, my friend, fate would have it that you read this article as I am here to tell you about an area ranging from Negril Point to the cool hills of St. Mary. This is Jamaica’s North Coast which unapologetically is the most ideal place to purchase commercial or residential real estate in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s North coast possesses a collection of properties ranging from wonderful Westmoreland to sensational St. Mary and is generally categorised by reasonable prices, low taxes and a reputation of attracting foreign investments without restrictions. These properties are further characterised by their differences in location, size and prices and thus with such variety, it is almost certain that real estate available on the North Coast can satisfy the vision of any investor/ purchaser.

The parishes on the North Coast are always developing whether it is through business establishment or through the creation of new housing projects which suggests that there is an equal balance which seems suitable for any investor. The North Coast is also ideally positioned for commuters to get in and out of other parishes with little hassle. This is due to the development of the North-South leg of the highway which drastically reduces travel time between Kingston and Ocho Rios to 45 minutes.

The government of Jamaica over time has carried out many projects which were geared towards improving the North Coast and this only goes to show that even the government sees huge potential in developing the North Coast and so should you.

What type of real estate should I buy in Jamaica?

Jamaica , an island in the sun characterised by the warmth of its people, the uniqueness of its cultural diversity and the magnificent real estate awaiting investments from anyone who has a vision for growth. Jamaica as an island has 3 counties: Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey which contains the 14 parishes. Though it is an established belief that each parish has something different to offer whether it is tourists’ resorts, food or even various language registers, all parishes can join in agreement that real estate is common to all.

Real Estate as defined by the legal dictionary is a modern term for land and anything that is permanently affixed to it. Thus, Real Estate in Jamaica can be categorised by their nature of being residential or commercial. As such individuals are invited to purchase or invest in a residential lot/ property and/ or a lot for commercial use or a commercial edifice.

Commercial real estate is any property used non-residentially for profit or income making purposes and can include offices, supermarkets, malls and just about any property used to garner income. Consequently, if you are looking to start or expand a business in Jamaica, it is recommended that you purchase properties whether they be land, offices or storage spaces. Commercial Real Estate is available island wide to investors without restrictions.

Residential Real Estate speaks to any property whose many purpose is to be used to occupy residents or for dwelling. The population in Jamaica is constantly expanding which simply acts as an indicator that the demand for homes is growing. Thus, if you seek to own a home or somewhere to create a family, purchasing real estate in Jamaica would be ideal as the prices are reasonably affordable.

Real Estate in Jamaica is available to any and everyone who dreams of owning a commercial space or a place for residing asJamaican real estate is characterised by reasonable prices and purchasing real estate without restrictions. Therefore, the time to invest is now as a variety in price, location and size awaits you.

Jamaica is home.

If you are wondering why you keep thinking about Jamaica, it is because Jamaica is home.

Longing to jump in the river and wade in the clean sea.

Wishing to eat some freshly fried fish and bammy.

Itching to visit family and go for Devon House ice cream on a Sunday.

Desire for fresh mannish water and curried goat with hot white rice.

Hungering for boil corn and pepper pot soup.

Desire to walk in the low soft zaw zaw grass.

Thirsty for some ripe plantain and ackee and salt fish.

Yearning for fresh roast breadfruit on a wood fire.

Craving for some corned pork cooked down in a dutch pot with boiled dumpling.

Pining for some mackerel run down and boil green banana.

Appetite for some roast yam and sweet potato with salt fish

Excited to go and watch the athletes at the national stadium

Longing to eat freshly baked bulla and ripe avocado pear.

These are a few reasons why people are moving back home to Jamaica after retirement.  

Visit: www.meldamrealty.com to find your own piece of home waiting for you.

Or call: (876) 974-2239

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When is the best time to buy Real Estate in Jamaica?

In previous years, the Jamaican real estate market has experienced a steady decline in real estate investments as the perception was held that properties were significantly overpriced. This perception however has changed drastically. Statistics have shown that the market is now growing steadily and expanding strongly. It is an opportune time for you to make investments in Jamaica’s commercial and residential real estate.

This being mainly as a result of international investors realizing that Jamaican properties are reasonably priced and somewhat undervalued which is contrary to what was previously perceived.  Therefore; all investors are invited to take advantage of this opportunity before the prices are increased. This view has been openly emphasized and endorsed by Hon G Anthony Hylton, then Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. The former Minister in addressing members of the Diaspora made sure to emphasize that the time for investment is now as Jamaica is more competitive and more focused. You, therefore need to take this initiative and act now.

With that said, statistics have shown that with Jamaica’s growing population, the demand for residential real estate is higher than ever before .This coupled with the growing demand for Jamaican real estate from international investors further demonstrates the attractiveness of the Jamaican Real Estate market at this time.

Additionally, it must also be noted that the Government of Jamaica in partnership with China Harbour Engineering has made significant improvements to the nation’s roads .There has also been foreign investment in various sectors in Jamaica such as the tourism and agriculture sector. The growth of these sectors has in turn significantly impacted the economy of Jamaica.

Thus, we can see that with Jamaica’s economy expanding and growth steadily increasing, Jamaica will be moving on to compete internationally with other markets. It therefore is your time to come own a little piece of nature’s most beautiful creation.