Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
There are many real estate agents here and it's so small everyone is chasing the same business. Also, they have the same reputation here as elsewhere and because it is so small a lot of transactions are carried out by word of mouth, rightly or wrongly.
We have a lot of guests, friends and yes complete strangers because I'm a magnet for them, who ask for help, to view properties before their arrival and to generally assist them in the 'looking' process and what's a good deal.
However, who knows what's a 'good deal' here - the market is going up the whole time, the recession hasn't affected prices and the place is so utterly unique that how do you put a price on a great view of the sea, your own perfectly formed riverside pool, natural hot spring, historical plantation house etc etc? So, the surveyors merely price by what they know - that is the cost of construction per square foot and the price of land. Their other main criteria is access because the roads here are sometimes not here. Go figure. Or you may have your perfect plot but the plot before yours has been sold so you really need to factor in a helipad into your construction project.
So, if you want to buy this house, one of my favourites in Dominica and situated in an area of complete and utter outstanding natural beauty, let me know and it's yours!