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An Expat Talks about Moving to Nassau, Bahamas


Nassau, Bahamas

Work with a good realtor. Talk to people and look at websites. Look for "security" first and foremost. Gated community feels safest if you are alone.

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

Nassau

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

Brought with me: Good towels, linens, kitchen items. Left at home: Furniture, home d├ęcor, electronics

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

Work with a good realtor. Talk to people and look at websites. Look for "security" first and foremost. Gated community feels safest if you are alone.

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

I live in a gated community with a pool. It's a townhouse style condo and the complex of 20 units is made up almost entirely of expats.

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

Saw a variety of places in the West on a prior visit and gave realtor an idea of what I liked. Recommendation from local contacts was to look out West as traffic from East into town was terrible and job was in town.

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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?

About the same in terms of rent. Of course, in Bahamas everything comes furnished. You won't find that in Connecticut. ELECTRICITY here is ridiculously expensive.

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Jan 14, 2014 15:59

Although working with a realtor is fine, you can also use a service like ours to find properties. We work with owners directly so we have a little more room to provide better options. We also work with some realtors when we can't find a property through an owner. Also, read, read, read on these expat forums as to what other expats are saying about neighborhoods, rent, costs, etc. I would definitely visit here prior to moving as it can be quite the culture shock and you don't want to give up everything you have in your country only to find out its not for you. I bought a timeshare here first and came at least five or six times over the course of a year. Then, I met a great man and ended up moving here. Before meeting him, I probably would have decided to move to an island anyway. Just not sure if it would have been this one. Now, it's been a few years and I'm feeling more comfortable but definitely miss a lot of comforts of home.

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