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When we asked expats what advice they would give a foreigner before buying a property in Bahamas, they said...

"When purchasing property in the Bahamas it is important to seek legal advice from a real estate attorney or lawyer who is familiar with the laws and regulations in the country. It is also important to be familiar with the zoning regulations in the particular area which you are interested in purchasing as certain locations may be restricted for use for certain activities. You should also be sure to obtain all necessary approvals from local authorities before making any commitment to purchase a property. It is also important to obtain a proper survey of the property before entering into a contract. You will want to be sure to obtain title insurance to protect your investment. Additionally, it is important to be aware of any income, capital gains and other taxes that may apply when purchasing a property. Finally, you should familiarize yourself with the market prices in the area in order to avoid paying an inflated amount for the property," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Bahamas.

"Above all I suggest renting when you first arrive and take the time to learn the island and make contacts before buying into anything. You will discover that some areas are much more desirable than others. The maintenance cost can also be drastically different depending on where you are located, remember that Nassau is subject to hurricanes and hurricane insurance is quite expensive," commented one expat who made the move to Nassau, Bahamas.

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