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Why you should buy a property?

It’s well known that sometimes we don’t where to start, we’re not sure if it’s the right time to buy a property or just rent it and wait a little more. Do we need a house or an apartment? The truth is: we don’t know about real estate.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says last October that 2014 has seen the largest rise in home values since the financial crisis hit in 2007. This tip is very helpful if we’re planning to make an investment thinking about our future.
Here we show you three benefits of buying a property:
1. A home: If it’s the first property you’re going to buy; Congratulations! You probably have settled with your family or just decided to get a space for yourself. Your new life starts now.
2. Cash flow: This is money you receive in rent. Did you buy a house in the Caribbean and decided rent it during the winter? There’s your cash flow!
3. Capital gain: Can be defined as the growth or gain of your investment when you decide you sell; what it is worth over and above what you paid for it. Did buy a house or an apartment years ago and want to sell it now? Try to know your capital gain before selling it.

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Trying to decide: House or apartment?

In previous posts, we have talked about how to select the right home for you and how to keep it green. If you still haven’t decided whether you´ll buy a house or an apartment, we can help you!

Because of the land characteristics, buildings in Bonaire can´t be more than 3 stories high; however, if you choose an apartment close to the Malecon, you’ll have a lovely view of the Caribbean Sea.
Do you think houses are your thing? You might take a view of the beautifully built houses in the island, the salt piles and some historical places such as the slave huts, located really close.
Once you have decided to move to Bonaire, you need to make a list of what you want to have close your home:

Recreation: Diving, hiking, restaurant and dancing places must be in this line!
Work: Where do you work? Is it close to the Malecon? Or in the way to Rincon?
Interesting places: What do you like to do? Do you enjoy watching the donkeys walk? Or would you prefer to practice windsurfing in Sorobon?

How close or how far are you from those places? Do you have a car? It’s good to remember that Bonaire only covers an extension of 288 km2 so almost everything will be close! Riding a bike is also a great idea, because it´s great excercise, and you will save a lot of money on gas!

This checklist is not only useful for living in Bonaire: if you are just visiting the island, this guide will also help you find a beautiful place to enjoy your vacation.

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A green home

Nowadays, we strive more and more to keep the environment green. And this is not just a passing fad: as humans, we have realized how imperative it is to make the land we live in as safe and clean as possible.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
These 3 simple steps will guide you to live in a greener home. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a house, you can always follow these steps.

First, reduce. The whole family can do it together; it will make it easier! You can start with your shopping list: little by little, eliminate superfluous things, and buy only what you really need for your house. Try to buy products that can be reused (e.g.: glass bottles) and don’t forget to go to the supermarket with your own bag!

When it comes to reusing, think of fabrics! With a garage sale or just changing the color of some fabrics you can make your house look different, fresh and new.

Recycling can be done easily as a team. You can make it funnier using labels with colors and drawings, to capture the attention of the kids in your house. This will also help you explain to them how crucial recycling is for their future.

It is also essential that you locate recycling places close to your home. Once you get used to it, recycling will become a natural part of your everyday.

It might be a little difficult, but not impossible, to have plants if you live in an apartment: in effect, small plants can be placed in the living room, making the place look colorful, prettier! If you think that you can do more and need more plants around you, you can also plan a seeding schedule with your neighbors. If you live in Bonaire you’ll probably see cactuses everywhere; however, no matter how dry the weather is, you can seed different kinds of plants.

We all know how difficult it is to live without a phone or a tablet; we also know that the battery runs out every three or four hours. Unplug the charger of the devices when you’re not using it. If you use a multi plug extension, you just have to unplug it.

Don’t think your contribution to improve the environment is small: if we do it all together, we’ll have healthier cities and lovelier homes!

How to select your right home

It’s well known that happiness starts at home. So, in order to make this happen, we might consider moving to a quieter or a greener place. But, where do we start?

There are certain factors to take into account when you buy a house: age, size, location and overall condition of the property. All of this must be in accordance with a very important item: your budget.

To buy or not to buy?
When talking about money, there is a fundamental question you must ask yourself: will the bank or the money lender help you finance the house? Is the place you like bank financeable? You have to keep in mind that several money lenders or banks will not grant you the money on a property with a vast amount of repairs needed.
On the other hand, you might be lucky and receive the money because banks view properties as long-term and safe investments. However, are you looking for a place to live there for the rest of your life or just a temporary residence? This also needs to fit your budget, renting a place could be a good idea if you’re going to be there for a short term, but buying a place could be a good investment in the long-term.

House or apartment?
It depends on what you’re a looking for. Do you live alone? Do you want a big family? Would you eventually like to have pets? Try to think on a long-term residence. It will help you design a plan and prioritize on what you need.

Location, location, location
Location is important because it will determine the distance between home and key places such as: school, workplace and recreational sites. Longer distances will imply a carefully designed family schedule and additional investment in gas for the car. For example, if you’re moving to Bonaire, you would probably like to live near a diving site.

Buying a new house is a very important decision and you have to think of all the elements involved. If you live with a partner it will be a great opportunity to think about your future together and if you live alone, it’s a big chance to make a plan about what you want to add your life.

Living in Bonaire: Everything the Caribbean has to offer

In the middle of the Caribbean Sea, between North and South America, Bonaire warmly welcomes tourists from all over the world, whether those interested in diving and other aquatic sports, or those who just want to enjoy the Caribbean with a European touch.
Bonaire, which is now part of BES islands, covers a land of 294 km2 and was originally inhabited by the Caquetio Indians from Venezuela. Today has a population of 17.408 inhabitants, who can enjoy different activities. Bonaire is a well known place where you can practice different kinds of water and outdoor sports.
As a resident of Bonaire, you can enjoy:

  • Scuba diving: Currently, Bonaire is ranked in the top 10 of world scuba diving destinations in the world. A famous spot is The Hilma Hooker, a shipwreck which lies in approximately 100 feet of water.
  • Windsurfing: You can practice this activity in Sorobon beach, located on the east coast of Bonaire. The wind in Bonaire is good all year but the highest wind period is from May to July and the lowest wind season is October and November. Meanwhile, you can meet Kiri Thode, who won the Professional Windsurfers Association’s (PWA): Freestyle Windsurfing World Championships 2013.
  • Kitesurfing: This sport is practiced in various areas around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. The main spot where most people gather is on the southwest side of the island.
  • Hicking: the Washington Slagbaai National Park on Bonaire, which was established in 1969 and covers an area of 5.643 hectares, offers a variety of hikes and climbs, including the Kasikunda. The park opens daily (except on Christmas day and New Year’s day) at 8 am, and closes at 5 pm, so if you work on weekdays you can schedule a weekend on the rocks.
  • Lionfish hunting: Lionfish is an invasive fish which belongs the Pacific and spread since 1990. It has no natural predators and can eat almost everything. In Bonaire, a plan was created before the fish inhabited its waters in 2009. Hundreds of hunters are trained to eradicate this kind of fish. Once candidates approve the training, Stinapa (Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire) give them an Eradicate Lionfish (ELF) tool.
  • Cave exploring: Bonaire has more than 400 caves where you can go to climb and snorkel. Keep your eyes open especially in the caves on the east coast of Bonaire where you can also find cave inscriptions drawn by early inhabitants.

After a practicing water sports, you can also meet with your friends and enjoy a delightful dinner or go dancing tropical rhythms.
Experience the night life: Although Bonaire is a small island you can enjoy either a quiet or an exciting evening out. During the year, you can be entertained by jazz festivals or salsa contests, also local clubs prepare music shows and concerts with music bands from the Caribbean and Europe.

If you decide to move to Bonaire, you can delight in all of these activities and even come up with ideas of your own! Bonaire is full of possibilities; come see by yourself!

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