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An Expat Talks about Moving to Negril, Jamaica

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Negril

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I'm glad I brought my mountain bike, my dive gear and an underwater camera.

I wish I had a trailer to haul the kids on my bike.

I wish I had brought more shorts and underwear. The beach is rough on clothes.

I wish I had brought a second laptop so my kids could surf and play while I work.

I wish I had not brought the DVD collection and player but the kids are glad I did.

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Things change often here in Jamaica. It's best you contact a person you know for advice on current living conditions or accommodations. I run a blog at http://www.jamaicamax.com with details on current market condition's in Negril and Jamaica.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

I rent a two bedroom suite in a nice secluded area. We just moved there from a unit on the beach but we needed more space for the money. Yes many expats live here in Negril much the same way I do.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

I made some friends here in Negril and found a place via referral from a friend. You can contact me at http://www.jamaicamax.com and I can help anyone find rental rooms or homes for sale in Jamaica.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

My housing costs are actually about the same. I spent $650 per month to rent a unit on the cliffs here in Negril. I just found a new lesser expensove two bedroom suite for $600 per month with elect, cable and water included. On average a home will cost you more in Negril than places like Florida.

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