THE GAME-WINNING PLAY

Mega agent Kelly Cook transformed $40 and a three-line classified ad into a career as one of the most successful real estate agents in Arizona with over $60 million in closed volume last year.

But his real estate career didn’t really take off until 2012, when he joined Keller Williams. It was here he learned to apply the four models for building his business from Gary Keller’s The Millionaire Real Estate Agent with the support of an office of experts willing to share their knowledge to further his goals.

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Following a playbook was a natural transition for Cook: he had been a quarterback and wide receiver at the University of Nebraska, then coached at his alma mater and Ole Miss before transitioning to a career as an NFL agent.

“Every aspect of his business is run by the MREA models,” says Tony Hughes, Cook’s team leader at Keller Williams Arizona Realty. “He teaches the importance of not reinventing the wheel and to stay true to the models that Gary Keller has given us from his 30-plus years of experience.”

Cook’s current goal is to use his business to help at least three people become millionaires. “That’s a big professional goal of mine. Which means I have to become one first,” he says. “I’ve got some good people on my team right now, so it’s definitely a possibility. I’m right there.”

Cook’s success as a mega agent and founder of the Kelly Cook Real Estate Group might make it difficult to believe that just 12 years ago he was new to the state, unemployed, and sleeping in his sister’s spare bedroom.

A Pivotal Moment

After a chance encounter with his sister’s landlord – where he learned that the landlord made $25,000 on a month’s worth of transactions – Cook decided he would train to become an NFL agent while selling real estate to create a steady income.

Cook wasn’t afraid of hard work and long hours. As a graduate assistant football coach, he had averaged 95 to 100 hours per week, 10 months out of the year, and earned $800 a month.

A $40 Start

Cook started his real estate career with a 20-agent boutique firm. It was 2005, he was in a state where he knew almost no one, competition was fierce and the internet was not yet relevant.

So Cook came up with an idea: he’d buy the least expensive classified ad in the newspaper’s Rentals section. His thought process was that helping people find a rental would earn him a quick $100 to $400 for each transaction. Then, when their lease was up, he’d help those renters buy a house.

With no competition in that section of the classifieds, Cook received a reasonable number of calls for his $40 investment.

From NFL Recruiting to Full-Time Real Estate

Cook liked real estate from the getgo. “I loved the fact that you could literally work 100 hours a week and, if you did that, you could do really well financially. You could reap what you sow,” he says.

After two years at the boutique firm, he then made the switch to Prudential Arizona Properties, now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, for five years. All the while, he pursued his NFL dream. After being turned down by a player he’d been working with as a potential client, Cook began thinking: the maximum he could charge on a contract as an NFL agent was 3 percent. That was the same percentage he made showing a house. “That’s when I got really motivated to focus on real estate,” Cook says.

Opportunity In a Challenging Market

When Cook decided to pursue a full-time career in real estate in 2009, the market was heavily depressed; however, where others saw chaos, Cook saw opportunity. He quickly seized short sales when agents asked him to handle the time-intensive work for their clients. Cook had read Keller’s The Millionaire Real Estate Agent and it made a lot of sense to him. “The game plan was set out for you – it was there. You just had to follow it, plug into it,” Cook says.

But even though he followed the principles of the book, things weren’t working for him at Prudential and he didn’t know why, Cook says. During his years in Arizona, many of the successful agents he met were with Keller Williams. The way they talked about real estate was eye-opening: there was training and team building – ideas that were never talked about at Prudential or the boutique firm

Changing Teams

When he made the move to Keller Williams in 2012, the open culture was something he noticed rightCooks Gamebook.jpg away: most agents at KW were willing to answer questions and share their expertise. They helped each other succeed.

Cook’s business began to change. He began learning how to build a team. “I started taking some of the tools that Keller Williams offers – personnel reports and things of that nature – to try to match up the right people for the right positions as much as possible,” Cook says. Then, he worked on building systems, so that when someone new joined his team he wasn’t reinventing the wheel.

His leadership has made a significant impact on others, Hughes shares.

“Kelly exudes passion for the craft of real estate and his passion is contagious. He is such a positive influence on all of our 400-plus agents. He teaches in our market center, and is a model for how to build a cohesive and unified team of focused professionals.”

Cook never wants to stop expanding his business, so no one working with him ever feels like they’re bumping up against a ceiling, he says. “Our goal is to really keep growing. And our vision is specifically that we provide opportunity for growth for all of our team members and clients.”

Cook is a great example of what Keller Williams is all about, Hughes says. “He lives the values that we all hold close. He is focused on building a $100 million empire and is committed to succeeding through others.”

KELLER WILLIAMS SURPASSES $1 BILLION IN PROFIT SHARE TO ASSOCIATES

Profit share is one way in which Keller Williams Realty exemplifies the principle of success through others. Each month, market centers share roughly half of their profits with the agents who helped grow the market center and make it profitable. But in order for there to be profit share, there must first be success.

Since the inception of the profit share program, KW has distributed more than $1 billion to associates who have helped the company grow!

And, thanks to the company’s recent growth and agent production gains, it has distributed more profit share in the past four years than in the preceding 21 years combined.

“As a company, we’re motivated by helping people fund their lives and create opportunities,” CEO John Davis says. “Giving back is part of our culture. Profit share allows our people to earn passive income for life so they can pay for their kids’ education, take care of their parents, and invest for the future.”

The historic achievement comes as Keller Williams is closing in on its most successful profit share year yet. Through the first 10 months of the year, KW has shared $151.9 million with associates in the United States and Canada, an increase of 14.1 percent compared with the same period in 2016. (Keller Williams associates outside of the United States and Canada participate in a similar program called “growth share.”)

Individual Keller Williams market center owners share roughly 50 percent of their office’s monthly profits with associates who have helped the business grow. As of Oct. 31, 98 percent of Keller Williams market centers were profitable for the year. Moreover, a record four market centers had already distributed $1 million or more this year. There are also individual agents who have received seven-figure distributions.

In the six years since Keller Williams launched its companywide Growth Initiative, profit share payouts have grown substantially:

  • $154.4 million in 2016
  • $129.8 million in 2015
  • $98.1 million in 2014
  • $78.2 million in 2013
  • $55.3 million in 2012
  • $38.3 million in 2011

Keller Williams Co-Founder and Chairman Gary Keller and early company leaders created the profit share program to ensure the goals of KW owners and agents remain permanently aligned. Innumerable lives have been changed as a result.

“Profit share saved my life.”

Dawn Braithwaite, a top-producing agent out of Ridgewood, N.J., credits the profit share program for saving her life. After a bad fall, Braithwaite sustained severe injuries to her wrist and within 24 hours learned she needed surgery. Her heart sank as her insurance company told her the surgery would not be covered.

“I just got divorced and was trying to pay all my bills,” Braithwaite says. “There was no way I could afford it. I didn’t know what to do.” After meeting with her doctor early in the week, she learned her only options would be to negotiate the price of the surgery down or have it performed by medical students at another clinic on the other side of town. But even at a discounted rate, the surgery was out of her price range.

She canceled her surgery and resigned herself to being stuck until she received an unexpected message in her inbox.

“On Thursday, I opened my email and saw that my profit share check had been deposited,” she says. “I couldn’t believe it!” Stunned and relieved, Braithwaite contacted her doctor right away and was in surgery the following day. It ended up being the surgery that saved her life.

“What should have taken an hour ended up taking two and a half,” Braithwaite explains. “It was a complicated operation because the doctors found that I had severed an artery and nerves. I could have bled to death. If profit share hadn’t come in, I don’t know what I would have done.”

“With profit share, our opportunities to give are so much greater.”

Linda McKissack.pngLinda McKissack, Keller Williams’ number one profit share earner, calls the program “the greatest gift we’ve been given.” Since becoming purposeful about profit share in 2007, McKissack has built a significant business and teaches agents how they can fund their lives long after their last deal is finished.

While McKissack has enjoyed the money, “the real gift is significance,” she comments. “It changes people’s lives.”

She has seen the impact firsthand with her family.

“My son-in-law was sick for 10 and a half months with terminal cancer,” McKissack shares. “My husband and I only worked three weeks during that time because money was coming in passively. Helping him fulfill his life wishes and being with my daughter, granddaughter and family – it was priceless. If you have profit share covering your expenses, you have freedom. You never know what’s on your horizon.”

“It allows me to be free. I will pass it along to my children.”

Since profit share is willable, agents are able to leave a lasting legacy for years to come. When Charles Bowles – a Keller Williams agent from Tulsa, Okla., and a significant profit share earner – died, Steve Whitaker was astonished to learn he had been included in his will.

“We were good friends and I helped take care of him during the last few years of his life,” Whitaker explains. “When he passed, he left everything to me, including profit share. I was able to take the proceeds and build my own house with it.”

Today, Whitaker is thriving in Oklahoma and owns a waste-removal company called Git-Er-Gone along with numerous properties. He partners with many Keller Williams agents in the area to remove unwanted items from homes. The monthly income from profit share “allows me to be free,” he says. “I don’t have to work as hard as I would.”

Just as Bowles paid his profit share forward, Whitaker plans on willing his profit share to his children so they can benefit from him. “I will put it in a trust so they can continue to take care of the properties we own.”

HOW TO RACK UP REFERRALS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Keller Williams associate Sheri Wolfe of the Chesterfield (Mo.) market center is racking up referrals with relevant and entertaining social media posts. Her strategic social efforts combined with the CGI tools and guidance from her KW MAPS Coach have resulted in a 103 percent increase in her production in the last 12 months.

Wolfe – an active Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram user – explains that social media marketing is more than building a page and posting listings. It’s about keeping users interested and engaged. An effective strategy is one where your posts put you in the center of your neighborhood and get everyone involved. Wolfe cautions against posting only about yourself and your listings. “If every post is all about you, they will get bored,” she says.

Showcasing Your Authentic Self

If you scroll through Wolfe’s pages, you will quickly see that she showcases her personality and that she is the expert in the neighborhood. But, most importantly, Wolfe uses social media to show people that she cares. “I am very proud of our area,” she says. “I want people to know it isn’t just about getting the listing. I want everyone in my neighborhood to know I am here.”

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She recommends other agents do the same, and instead of hyper-focusing on the numbers of views, shares and likes, stay genuine and authentic. “That’s your focus and then the numbers will come. These are people’s lives and they need to feel that you care,” Wolfe says.

In an industry where reputation and referrals are extremely important, the fact that 15-20 percent of Wolfe’s total business and 52 percent of her business in her own neighborhood comes from referrals shows that her strategy and genuine concerns for her clients’ needs are getting noticed.

When to Post

No matter what your plan is, the key to a successful social media strategy is to be consistent, says Wolfe. She posts at least a few times each week to all of her social channels.

“I post in Snapchat at least once a week,” Wolfe says. “Snapchats are usually ‘Look where I’m at’ or ‘Check this out’ type of posts. They’re only active for 24 hours, so they are not anything that you can redo or keep out there for an extended period of time.”

What to Post

To get more eyes on her posts, Wolfe makes sure the content she shares on social media is relevant. “I don’t just post a listing,” Wolfe says. “I place context around the listing by tagging what’s around town near the listing. Then, the places I tag can see the post, which they might not have seen otherwise.”

This strategy pays off! Recently, Wolfe received a listing because someone saw a post where she tagged a location near them. “They didn’t realize I covered that part of town until they saw the post,” she says.

Other ideas for posts include “coming soon listings,” especially during the holidays when inventory is notoriously low, and doing live videos at neighborhood events and festivals.

“You don’t just want to show people a house,” Wolfe says. “You want to show them what’s around it.” She offers that some events around town to post about include local football games and school activities. “I also give shout-outs to other businesses where I’ve received great customer service or saw something I thought others would want to know,” she says. “Not every post is a home run, so don’t get discouraged. Some things work, some don’t. It’s all about trying to find out what works for you.”

Pro tip for Facebook Live: “If you’re going to do a live post, don’t script it. Instead, write down some highlights to be sure to say. [And] if you mess up, just keep going. It’s not going to be perfect, but that’s all right.”

Don’t leave leads hanging

If you were hoping for some magic, you won’t find it with social media marketing, Wolfe says. To make it work for you, “you have to roll up your sleeves, be held accountable, and do the hard work,” she says. One important aspect of the hard work is in the engagement and follow-up.

When someone engages with one of Wolfe’s posts, she interacts with them. “I read every post and every comment,” she says. When the interaction is strong, Wolfe takes the conversation to an email or an instant private message and shares more information with them. “I don’t reach out to everyone who likes a post,” Wolfe says, noting that some people just like to be nice, but they aren’t really interested.

Leveraging the Load

It’s no secret that one of the biggest hurdles with social media is the time it takes to run an active business page. This is why Wolfe decided to leverage some of her time by hiring someone to assist with posting. “You can’t be a jack-of-all-trades,” she says. “You have to know what you can do and where you should outsource.” However, Wolfe cautions that if you outsource all of your posts, it will come across fake and won’t be as effective. “You have to be engaged and involved in your social media even if you have help with some of the content,” she says.

Reflecting on a recent conversation she had with her KW MAPS Coach, Wolfe says, “I still have room to improve. I need to get better about tracking and measuring my social media activity.” She is up for the task! “The success I have experienced is simple, but not easy,” Wolfe says. “You have to do the work.”

Staging a home to sell.

A successful staging is key to selling your home quickly! If you are planning to put your house up on the market for this summer, then it goes without saying that you are hoping to get it sold very quickly and get your asking price. However, in order to achieve this, there are a few styling and upgrading tips that can set the stage for success. When staging a house to sell, vendors are encouraged to boost the curb appeal of the property. Ensure your home is ready to lure in onlooker because the appearance of your home is what attracts buyers. A few ways in which home owners can improve their curb appeal is by; hanging easy-to-reach house numbers outside, plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery, mow the lawn and also, repainting the house if needed.

Welcome each visitor to an inviting porch. For example, if this means having a little stoop, ensure that it says “welcome home”. This will allow visitors to feel welcomed, as well as more intrigued to view on the inside of the house. In addition to this, inside the home must be sparkly clean!  From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle.

Entice people to explore the whole house. Placing something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of art work, or even a small, colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.  In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well, therefore, furniture should be pulled off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area. Also, it is important that anything left out for visitors to see is pristine.

Create a lifestyle people are looking for. Improving the curb appeal means staging both outside and inside of the home.

The best ways to lead generate in Jamaica. The Keller Williams way.

 

With the marketing environment getting more and more complex, it can be confusing for a Realtor to know where and how to generate leads that convert. However, here at kwJamaica, our agents have discovered new ways to generate more leads. This is divided into two stages. Lead generation first phase-PROSPECTING and the lead generation second phase marketing.

Promotion is never too much for a company. At kwJamaica, advertisements are done when a new property comes on the market up until the day the property gets sold. These properties are advertised in newspapers, on the radio, on the television, in the yellow pages and also at bus stop benches. Promotional items are also used, such as magnets and calendars that display the property. The houses are also advertised on the company’s website, as well as direct mail. This is when just-sold/ just-listed cards are sent out in email blast to other potential buyers. Prospecting and marketing is done on a day to day basis, hand in hand. These activities are carried out on a daily basis.

Meldam Realty serving the diaspora and beyond

Meldam Realty is doing exceptionally well in the real estate market. One of the main reasons for the high level of success the business now enjoys is as a result of its dedication to its clients.

CEO Rory Marsh said the business operates under principles stipulated in its motto, “more service, less hassle.” Clients using the services of Meldam receive quality service; service ranked among the best in the market, Marsh said.

With over 4000 listing on its websites, the company has not only been successful in reaching prospective local home owners, but has been a major player in bringing information to prospective home owners in the diaspora and even persons as far as Germany, China and Russia. CEO of Meldam Realty Rory Marsh said the statistics are there to prove that his company is reaching a market far beyond the borders of Jamaica and the diaspora.  He said Meldam has been able to reach a Chinese market through it Chinese website.

“We have invested significantly in our website and backend technology. We monitor who is looking at our websites and where they are located to ensure that we are promoting the properties to the appropriate buyers,” he said.

There has been an increase in persons visiting the website from Germany and Russia. He explained that shoppers from these markets compare countries in terms of proximity to the United Sates, stock markets and real estate values.

“Jamaica comes out on top,” he said.

Persons from the diaspora are also very enthused about buying property in Jamaica.

“Persons from the diaspora they want to buy here in Jamaica. They want to retire here as well as to get a vacation home. St Ann is the most sought after parish right now,” Marsh told the Jamaica Observer during an interview recently.

With the many demands, Marsh assured that there are enough new developments and properties to meet the demands. He listed developments such as Hartland Estate, Richmond Estate and Draxhall Country Club as popular choices among persons in the diaspora.

Marsh said approximately 60 percent of clients from the diaspora target these gated communities, while another 40 percent wants non-gated communities.

“Some persons want freedom to build however and whenever they would like,” he said.

“We provide all members of the diaspora with exactly what they want; we match their requirement with the inventory that we have,” he added.

Another reason for Meldam’s success is the attention given to its extensive client list.

“We have an extensive buyers client list of persons who want to buy property. When persons give us property to sell we contact person from our lists,” Marsh explained. As a result, both buyers and sellers are satisfied engaging the services of Meldam Realty.

“We match their requirement with the inventory that we have,” Marsh reiterated.

Marsh said Meldam is expanding to meet the needs of clients by having agents in Montego Bay, Negril and Kingston with agents in these locations. Marsh said agents are not only strategically placed, but that these agents are trained to meet the needs of Meldam’s clients.

“All Meldam agents go through hands on training. They are licensed by the Real Estate Board and are members of the Realtors Association of Jamaica,” Marsh said.

He said training of agents is done on a monthly basis.

“All our agents across the island have a full understanding of procedures to provide the best service possible,” Marsh said.

He said technology and training are two main areas focused on by Meldam.

“Our agents are equipped with applications to conduct transactions  regarding marketing of properties directly from their smart phones in real time,” he said.

“We ensure that the highest quality pictures are taken of every property and uploaded in the fastest time possible,” he continued.

Very soon, Meldam will have other locations a part from its centrally located Ocho Rios main office.

Marsh said while some persons may bypass the realtors to buy properties, going through a realtor like Meldam can prove very beneficial to the potential homeowner or those wanting to sell.

“The realtor knows about all properties on the market. It allows you to have a wider variety of properties to choose from. We also guide the buyers with the benefits and drawbacks of certain communities,” Marsh explained.

Marsh said Meldam focuses on a wide variety of properties giving its clients the opportunity to choose.

“We don’t just focus on expensive properties. We focus on affordable and  luxury properties,” he said.

In order to further ensure that persons get value for their money Marsh said clients are encouraged to get valuations of properties done. For persons buying houses which are not new, Meldam encourages getting a contractor or certified engineer to examine the property.

“Our goal is to make our customers satisfied through providing a professional  and high level of service at a first world standard,” Marsh said.

 

Meldam does more!!!

Do you just post the property on the MLS and leave it???

Meldam Realty takes selling real estate seriously!
CUSTOMER QUESTION: WHAT DOES MELDAM REALTY DO TO SELL MY PROPERTY APART FROM JUST PUTTING IT ON THE MLS SYSTEM?
                   
                   
                   
The agents at Meldam Realty always exceeds their clients expectations. In getting a house sold for a client, there are a few marketing strategies that the agents take. Properties are not only posted on the MLS system, but measures are taken to prepare the property for sale before it is posted on the MLS.
A better idea of “marketing” beyond advertising is to understand that a good realtor helps you to set a good price and to getting multiple offers. So what does Meldam Realty do to market your home effectively? Meldam Realty helps you to understand the reality of selling a home in whatever market conditions prevail, and help you through your own psychological sticking points (price it right, clean up the place) so that you actually get the most dollars in the end.
The agents also work with their sellers to create a marketing plan that incorporates many avenues and networks which we have perfected over the years. The agents also stage and take excellent photos, that create further interest and shows the property in the most compelling manner. This will attract many buyers.
For real estate, email retargeting is probably the most effective marketing method used. The emails are kept in the inbox and referred to when the customer feels ready to purchase the real estate. Blasting a property update to our Network of 1000s of interested buyers, stakeholders and Realtors locally and internationally.  The properties are also advertised across social media and various online channels exclusively created for marketing properties for Meldam Realty’s customers.
At Meldam Realty, the agents care. We make an effort to advertise properties in over 30 different mediums to specific target markets. The strategies taken are anticipated to attract potential buyers, as well as the MLS system.
For more information, you may contact Meldam Realty at 974-2239 or email us at info@meldamrealty.com

JAMAICA :MORTGAGES AND CHOOSING SUITABLE MORTGAGE PROVIDERS

A mortgage is a loan given to an individual by the bank or a mortgage lender which serves the purpose of aiding the individual in purchasing a home/ house. Therefore, the house you purchase simply acts as collateral in exchange for the money you are borrowing to finance the mortgage for your home. A mortgage is composed of four (4) major components: principal, interest, taxes and insurance. There also are different types of mortgages which include: fixed rate mortgage and adjustable rate mortgage.

A fixed rate mortgage has an interest rate that remains the same for the entire term of the loan. That means monthly payments will generally be the same as well. Fixed rate mortgages are great for anyone who plans to stay in their home for a long time, wants a reliable mortgage payment or has a strict budget to follow.

An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) has an interest rate that is fixed for the first few years, then changes after the introductory fixed period. ARMs follow a specific market or index that determines the adjustable rate. Though the intro rate is usually quite low, an ARM interest rate has the potential to either increase or decrease when it adjusts, and there is less predictability for the borrower in terms of payments.

The length of your loan will also impact how much you ultimately pay for your home. Generally, extending the length of your loan will also increase the rate slightly. It will also cause you to pay more in interest overall since the longer your loan, the more interest payments you make.

For individuals who desire to obtain a mortgage, you are required to go into a mortgage broker and discuss a potential mortgage plan. However, in choosing your mortgage provider, ensure that you explore all possible options and then decide which policy terms best suit you. In Jamaica, there is First Caribbean Building Society, Jamaica National Building Society, Scotia Building Society, Victoria Mutual Building Society, First Mortgage Brokers and the National Housing Trust.

Be sure to choose a mortgage deal that is right for you!

 

MONEY LAUNDERING AND REAL ESTATE in JAMAICA

Money Laundering as defined by Sec 3 (1) of the Money Laundering Act 1998 is where a person(a) engages in a transaction that involves property that is derived from the commission of a specified offence; or if that person(b) acquires, possesses, uses, conceals, disguises, disposes of or brings into Jamaica, any such property; or (c) converts or transfers that property or removes it from Jamaica, and the person knows, at the time he engages in the transaction referred to in paragraph (a) or at the time he does any act referred to in paragraph (b) or (c), that the property is derived or realized directly, or indirectly from the commission of a specified offence. “Property” as defined in section 2 of the said act includes money and all other property, real or personal, including things in action and other interpretation.

The need for the establishment of this act represents Jamaica taking a stand against money laundering which has affected varying industries, families and businesses. One such is the real estate market which has led the Real Estate Board in Jamaica to implement measures as to how to deal with it when it is found to exist in carrying out real estate transactions.

Jamaica‘s Anti Money Laundering regulations places the onus on dealers to report suspicious activity, with red flags, including clients who fail to provide satisfactory personal information; clients who are agents or intermediaries for mystery persons or entities; and those who have criminal records or are known to be under investigation. The Anti Money Laundering inspectorate will be responsible for monitoring the activities of real estate dealers and salesmen to deter money laundering and terrorism financing via the real estate industry.

Money laundering is an unlawful act that adversely affects the real estate sector in that it causes the real estate sector to reflect a somewhat bogus reality of what the actual market and economy is like and further depresses economic growth. It poses difficulty for economic policy makers in gaining a true understanding of the state of the economy and policy making.

Money laundering increases the level of crime and higher crime and corruption reduces economic growth in that a state rigged with crime is a huge deterrence for foreign investors which in turn generate foreign exchange. Thus, more money laundering increase the risk of macro on economic instability likes instability in exchange rate, monetary aggregates and general price levels.

Therefore, when criminals attempt to make dirty money clean through investing in various properties on the real estate market, it also severely affects the economy.

Therefore, if you suspect anyone of money laundering , you may report them to the Anti Money Laundering Unit.

Gardening and Landscaping in Jamaica

Gardening

The term gardening refers to the art or activity of tending and cultivating a piece of ground which becomes a garden. Usually, homeowners who practice gardening are blessed with soil that is very rich. Jamaican homeowners can atest to this.

Jamaica is a blessed island with a tropical climate all year round and very rich soil which allows us to cultivate a wide range of luscious green vegetables and sweet exotic fruits. There are hundreds of nutritious vegetables to choose: Callaloo , Cabbage, Corn, Okra, Tomato and Cucumber. We also grow a lot of juicy fresh fruits, these include: Mangoes, Guineps , Oranges, Pineapple, Plums, Star apples, Cherry and Lychee which is also popularly known as ‘chinese guineps, Calabash. These are just a few of the juicy fruity delights that Jamaicans tend to grow in our back yard gardens. Due to this, we often boast of being able to eat what we grow.

In Jamaica, growing a vegetable or fruit garden has been proven to be very fulfilling in that growing a vegetable or fruit garden can assist in feeding the family with fresh produce bursting with flavours, vitamins and minerals. This therefore aids in increasing the levels of participation of rural farm families in home food production which vividly depict our motto “Grow what we eat, eat what we grow”

There are also many benefits of seasoned gardening in Jamaica. Imagine having a bit of Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Scotch bonnet Pepper, Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg and Onions to add to the flavouring of your pot. Other herbs include: Fever grass, Cerassee, Guinea Hen and Tuna. Having your own herb garden not only allows you to cook with unprocessed and organic herbs but also serves as healing properties.

Our island Jamaica also produces beautiful species of flowers which allows you to spruce u the beauty and attractiveness of your property. If you are beginner, start off with two or three plants until you become accustomed. If you have very little space in an apartment or yard area you can plant in containers or car tyres.  Also, ensure to protect the area from animals using a fence to keep away animals. Using fertilizers is also a good choice for protecting your plants from plant diseases that will allow them to wither and stop growing.

This is Jamaica, This is how we live, This is how we grow!

 

Landscaping in Jamaica

Living in Jamaica means that at some times in the year, you embark on a grand project of house, garden and land cleaning. Landscape experts says a first impression goes a long way, so ensure to spruce up your property as you will increase the property value by doing so.

The first thing a person sees in your home is its curb appeal. No matter how beautiful the inside of your home is, the outside is what they will see first, and this is what gets the attention of the guests. Landscape is more than just a scenery, it’s interaction between people and place; the bedrock upon which our Society is built. Landscapes tend to offer tranquillity and a sense of belonging to an area with well-defined cultural identity.

Landscaping does not necessarily mean only planting flowers but you also have to make time to nurture your investment. Pavement or water features are also very fascinating. Over the years Jamaicans have come up with many creative ways to spruce up their properties. They cut trees in beautiful designs and even make designs out of stones to create a feature.

Jamaica’s beautiful landscape has a major impact on the Jamaican economy as it attracts many visitors from all over the world and also investment to an area.

Come! Invest in Jamaican Real Estate today and start your gardening and landscaping project. To get started, all you need to do is contact Meldam Realty in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at 974-2239 or email us at info@meldamrealty.com.