Bahamas Realty

NAI Global Ranked Among Top Five Commercial Real Estate Brand in the 20th Annual Lipsey Survey

Nassau, Bahamas – April 7, 2021: NAI Global, a leading, global commercial real estate firm, earned the top fourth spot in the 2021 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. The survey was conducted among 100,000 commercial real estate professionals using a combination of ballot voting, phone interviews and focus groups to identify the top global brands. NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, a division of Bahamas Realty Ltd. is a member of NAI Global.

 

 “We are proud that the strength of NAI Global is reflected in the results of this year’s Lipsey survey,” said Donnie Martinborough, CEO of Bahamas Realty and NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial. “As a local company, we’ve been active in the commercial real estate industry for decades. Our affiliation with NAI Global demonstrates that we have the backing and experience of a top 5 commercial real estate brand behind us to handle transactions of all sizes.”

 

The survey is conducted by The Lipsey Company, a leading training and consulting firm specializing in the commercial real estate industry to equip organizations and their practitioners with the skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive environment. The 2021 survey results can be found here:

https://lipseyco.com/top-commercial-real-estate-companies/

 

About NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial

NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, an exclusive member of NAI Global, is a corporate real estate services company dedicated to offering the finest commercial real estate and property management services in The Bahamas. It is the commercial division Bahamas Realty Ltd.

 

About NAI Global

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with 6,000 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.15 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

 

NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.

 

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This Private Island Paradise is up for Auction - and there's No Minimum Bid

 

Have you ever dreamt of owning your own sun-soaked private island? Now's your chance. Heading to auction on March 26th, with no minimum reserve is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Yacht in the water by St Andrews Island, little Ragged Island

Little Ragged Island, one of the largest private island in The Bahamas, is up for auction March 26th

Ringing in at an expansive 730 acres, St. Andrew's, also known as Little Ragged Island, is both the southernmost and the largest private island in the Bahamas currently for sale. Listed exclusively with Bahamas Realty agent, Stuart Halbert, the island is up for auction in collaboration with Concierge Auctions, a US real estate company that auctions luxury properties and has a client list that includes some of the most affluent buyers around the world, and notable celebrities and sportspeople.

Sand flats on Little Ragged Island in The Bahamas

White sand flats and deep waters make this one of the best fishing grounds on the planet - you'll find grouper, snapper, bonefish and many other species in abundant supply.

Surrounded by azure ocean waters and fringed with pristine white sand beaches, the island is breathtaking from first look and presents infinite possibility. Elevation varies from sea level to a hilly 40 feet. The eastern side of the island features deep water access, perfect for large ships to pull up, making it truly ideal for development and construction.

St Andrew's Island aerial - Little Ragged Island is up for Auction

A developers dream, the island has deep water access for large ships and yachts.

A perfect blank canvas of rolling hills, lignum vitae trees, and calm warm waters begs to be painted with your dream project: a picturesque private residential settlement, a crown jewel of a tropical estate with miles of private beaches to wander, or a boutique resort with more than enough acreage left to add an entire 18-hole golf course. The island's possibilities are as limitless as the Atlantic Ocean surrounding it.

The island is a developer's dream, with space for a luxury resort development, deep water access for ships, or even, as CNN points out, room for your very own Bond villain layer. After all, James Bond is famously fond of The Bahamas.

Bidding opens March 26, 2021 and closes March 31. Contact us for more information.

2021 is a Seller's Market - Why Now is the Best Time to Sell

Is This a Good Time to Sell?

We are often asked the question, “Is this a good time to sell?” Despite the economic impacts felt globally last year, 2020 ended the year as a seller’s market, but sellers were the last to get the memo. What does this mean? Now is an EXCELLENT time to sell with inventory at an all-time low, and demand unusually high. 

Why 2021 is a Seller's Market

The average home price across 150 urban markets worldwide rose 4.7% from June through September compared to the same period a year earlier, according to Knight Frank’s quarterly Global Residential Cities Index. The real estate market boom is the result of many things from government stimulus, work-from-home fueling a move away from city centers, and Millennials entering the housing market as the fastest-growing segment of home buyers and second-home buyers. Would-be buyers who planned to purchase in 2020 held off during the early days of the pandemic but are ready to buy now. Fewer sellers listed their properties for sale in 2020 due to fears of an economic downturn, but the housing market rebounded remarkably quickly resulting in an unprecedented low in available properties for sale, despite an increase in demand.

The Bahamas is no exception to this global phenomenon with fewer properties for sale, and an increase in buyer demand, especially among luxury home buyers, as detailed in Luxury Portfolio's recent report on The State of the Luxury Real Estate Market

Ready to Sell?

Are you ready to sell? Find out why you should sell with a Bahamas Realty agent to get the best result for the sale of your property, and request a free comparative market analysis to determine what your home is worth today.

Tips for Buying in the Post-Pandemic Seller's Market of 2021

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It’s been one year since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the housing market. It was a year of extremes for the global real estate market. It started out looking bright but was soon derailed by the pandemic which caused world economies to falter. Going into the latter part of 2020, the rebound was sharp with demand for residential real estate surging. The housing market is expected to continue its winning streak in 2021 as a strong seller’s market.  

A seller’s market is when there are more people buying houses than houses for sale. In the Bahamas, a strong demand for housing from both local and foreign buyers has led to a shortage in inventory that reflects the global home price growth. This news should have sellers smiling. But what does the booming 2021 housing market mean for buyers?  

Buying in a Sellers Market 

The rule of thumb in real estate is that the best time to buy is when you are ready. Demand is up right now for many reasons - buyer's who delayed purchasing during the unpredictable past year are ready to buy, people are looking for larger homes to accommodate working from home, a move away from cities is shifting demand, and Millennials - the largest generation - are jumping into the housing market as the fastest-growing group of buyers.

Whatever your reason for buying, here are some tips to help make the process work in your favour in a seller’s market. 

  1. Know what homes are selling for in your desired area 

Listing prices are not always an accurate reflection of what the property will sell for. Some properties may be listed underprice in hopes of generating a bidding war, while others may be priced in the seller’s hope of taking advantage of the low inventory market, rather than value. An experienced agent can tell you what similar properties have sold for, and what features are driving value.  
 

  1. Expand your search 

Prices are always higher in the most popular neighbourhoods. Don’t limit your search to just a few of your top locations. Newer developments and condo communities are springing up with better amenities and square footage for less money. Similarly, homes and condos in established communities are coming back on the market as Baby Boomers reach retirement age. These older homes often offer more bang for your buck and require little investment to modernize.  

Start with our list of Featured Communities and Condo Developments
 

The newly constructed Coconut Cove residences offer modern amenities in a small gated community in Western New Providence at affordable prices. Photo: Brian Austin, Bahamas Realty Agent & Broker

  1. Get prequalified 

If you require financing, being prequalified shows true intent and gives the seller confidence that the deal will go through. Taking the time to meet with your bank/ mortgage lender before you begin your home search will give you a better chance of getting the home you want before someone else snaps it up. Similarly, cash offers indicate faster closing times and eliminate the risk of a mortgage not being approved - a big incentive for the seller to accept an offer. 
 

  1. Re-evaluate your wish list 

With inventory low and demand high, you may need to re-evaluate your priorities. Perhaps a slightly longer work commute is made up for by a shorter school run. New construction and a spa-like master suite might make up for the lack of ocean views. Fewer bedrooms might be a sacrifice easily made up for by a dock for your boat in the backyard.  
 
It can be helpful to make a list of your priorities before starting your search, but be flexible. Once you have toured a few listings, re-evaluate the list and rank the places you’ve seen in terms of the features that you loved, and those that are less important. 
 

  1. Don’t shop at the top of your budget 

Shopping at the top of your budget can lead to disappointment. Closing costs can be high and it is important to prepare for those as well as any unexpected costs. Mortgages are often contingent on the appraised value of the home, and if you bid too high and your mortgage comes in below the offer price, you may need to self-finance more than you had initially planned for. 

There can be benefits to shopping below budget. You can save money on the upfront cost of the home and use any extra funds to customize it to your liking and even add value for a future sale. 
 

Opportunities exist if you know where to look. This unique villa is one of just 6 in a small community on famous Paradise Island. Recently renovated, and priced to sell, a few tweaks will make this the perfect island retreat. Listed with Broker/ Director  Andrea Brownrigg.

  1. Start now 

The sooner you begin the process of your home search, the better. You should start by taking the time to familiarize yourself with the various communities on the island, what closing costs you will have, and how the real estate process works in The Bahamas. The more prepared you are when your dream home hits the market, the better your chances are of sealing the deal. 

The luxury second-home market is also booming and predicted to continue through 2021. While new developments are under construction, availability is limited. According to a recent report compiled by Luxury Portfolio International, the demand from affluent buyers and investors is also far outpacing inventory, with the best properties moving faster than ever. Despite the low inventory 50% of affluent people surveyed believe this is a good time to buy.

 

Contact a Bahamas Realty estate agent today to learn more about the home buying process.

10 Best Beaches in The Bahamas

Crystal clear water, soft white sand, and sunshine year-round.

The Bahamas is known for having the most beautiful beaches in the world, with the beauty of its turquoise water, visible even from space, being declared "surreal" by astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2013.

 

 

With so many stunning beaches to choose from, narrowing down the best is practically impossible, but we've rounded up 10 of our favourites from around The Bahamas. Make a visit to each one a part of your bucket list.

1. Tropic of Cancer beach, Exuma

Also called Pelican Beach, Tropic of Cancer Beach is the longest beach in the Exuma Chain. Located on little Exuma, some describe this beach as the most beautiful beach that they have ever seen with its super blue waters and calm surroundings.

2. Beaches of Stocking Island, off the port of Exuma

Stocking Island, located off Great Exuma, is known for its picturesque scenery. This island not only draws in visitors because of its crystal clear beauty but the friendly stingrays there will keep anyone coming back.

3. Big Major Cay (Pig Beach), Exuma

Most beaches are popular for their beauty but Big Major Cay, also known as “Pig Beach,” is famous for its swimming pigs. Yes, you read that right! The pigs on the island offer an amazing experience for visitors, allowing you to pet them, feed them, and even swim with them.

4. Cape Santa Maria Beach, Long Island

Just one visit to Cape Santa Maria Beach and you will never want to leave. This highly rated beach is known by many as the most beautiful beach on Long Island, mainly because of its clear blue waters.

5. Great Guana Cay, Abaco

If you are looking for a beach with miles of white sand, along with peace and tranquility, Great Guana Cay beach is perfect for you. It is great for running, snorkeling, and collecting shells. Great Guana Cay is one of the most pristine and beautiful cays in the Bahamas. The famous Nipper's Beach Bar overlooks the beach and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

6. Kamalame Cay Beach, Andros

You may know of Kamalame Cay Beach through celebrities and social media influencers, but it is even more, stunning in person! Located on a private island, Kamalame Cay Beach offers an off-the-grid experience with raw beauty, unlike many other beaches.

7. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island

The name is pretty much self-explanatory for this beach. Pink Sands Beach boasts miles of pink sand and this is really what sets it apart from other beaches. This beach is popular among vacationers from near and far looking to experience a beach like no other.

8. Fernandez Bay, Cat island

Located in New Bight, Cat Island, this wonderful beach offers amazing views and great restaurants and while there you may even find sand dollars in the sand to start your collection.

9. French Leave Beach (aka Club Med Beach), Eleuthera

French Leave Beach, aka Club Med Beach, is located on Bank's Road in Governor's Harbour. Its name is derived from the old Club Med Resort that was destroyed by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. It boasts some of the softest pink sand that stretches out over a mile, overlooking clear water perfect for beach combing, snorkeling, and swimming. Bring your sunscreen as there is very little shade at this sunny beach.

10. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island

Last but far from least on our list of the top 10 beaches in The Bahamas is Cabbage Beach. Cabbage Beach is very popular among visitors and locals to Paradise Island. A short hop over the bridge from Nassau, and within walking distance of many of the major hotels, Cabbage Beach is one of the most jaw-dropping and popular beaches in the country. A few hotels back onto the beach, but it is accessible to the public. The waters can be rough at times in the winter months, but that does not take away from the astonishing beauty of its turquoise waters and powder-soft sand. You can even find locals at this beach taking advantage of their jet skis.

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How Pets Can Help Sell (or Rent) Your Home

 

At Bahamas Realty, we know that pets are a part of the family. After all, most of us are pet owners too.

But how much do pets factor into the decision when buying a home? It turns out, quite a lot.

Dog on beach themed pillow

How Much Pets Matter When Buying a Home

According to a recent survey by Realtor.com:
 

  • Over 80% of buyers were pet owners;
  • 95% consider the needs of their pets when selecting the right home to buy; and,
  • nearly 70% would pass on their dream home if it didn’t accommodate the needs of their furry family members.

Back in the day, pets were considered a major hurdle to the home-selling process. But with more animal lovers buying than ever before, Sellers should embrace family pets and showcase the things that make your home purr-fect for the whole family. You'll have more potential buyers knocking at your door. Click here for tips for selling your pet friendly home.

 


Fun Fact: One in four people buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets.


Pet-Friendly Rental Properties Can Make More Money

 

Given how many people now count a pet as a member of their family, it's no surprise that pet-friendly rental properties fill vacancies faster and keep great tenants! If you are a landlord, consider making your home a pet-friendly property. The pool of rental properties that allow pets is much smaller so rentals that accommodate our furry family members are in greater demand, and rent for a higher price.

While there are risks to renting to pet owners, if you take a few precautions, such as including the right wording in the lease, the returns can be great. Here are some tips to make your rental property pet-friendly while protecting your investment.

 

Looking to buy, sell or rent a pet-friendly property? Contact a Bahamas Realty agent today.

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State of the Luxury Market: The Caribbean

State of the Luxury Market: The Caribbean
LPI Connected Conversations

Bahamas Realty Director, Andrea Brownrigg was recently featured in an exclusive podcast from Luxury Portfolio International for members around the globe with an update on what's happening in high-end island markets. The conversation covered how COVID-19 has affected the demand for resort properties, the kind of properties and amenities that buyers are looking for right now, and how real estate business is being conducted in these second-home markets.

Key takeaways:

  • For luxury buyers, the pandemic has created an increase in demand for large, private estate properties with access to an outdoor lifestyle that's safe for the family.
  • The demographics of buyers hasn't changed, despite the challenges in travel.
  • Virtual tours and online life has changed how business is done, including how property transactions take place. Buyers are now purchasing property that they have "toured" without ever setting foot inside.

Andrea was joined by our LPI affiliate, Bernadette Hunt, of Turks & Caicos Property., and Anne Colvin, Director of Member Services for LPI.

Catch the whole conversation on Vimeo, Spotify or Apple Podcasts: LPI Connected Conversations.
 

                

 

MORE: Luxury Portfolio International recently released a first-of-its-kind report on the State of Luxury Real Estate globally. Read more here.

Here's What the NAI Global Real Estate Outlook Survey Reveals About the Recovery of CRE Globally

 

NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial today announced the release of the NAI Global Real Estate Market Outlook for 2021.


The report is the result of an internal survey of NAI Global brokers from over 30 U.S. states and a dozen international offices with responses between October 7 and October 29, 2020.

The clear takeaways from the recent NAI Global Real Estate Outlook survey, especially in the context of survey responses from six months earlier, is that NAI Global real estate professionals have largely adjusted to living and working during the pandemic. Whether it is called concern, deeply concerned or fear, we’ve seen what high unemployment looks like and feel less threatened by it. The Coronavirus is a terrible blow to our economy and way of life, yet the perception of its impacts—while still bad at 32%, is becoming more manageable. Or simply, we have grown accustomed to it.

Work from home (WFH) was a novel experiment in 2020, and we still don’t know how, exactly, companies will adjust business operations once we get to a relatively safe post-pandemic period. However, with the same level of response for concern – just 6%, it seems to suggest that WFH is not that big of a deal—at least for the real estate market. We’re not calling this “the new normal” yet because we are certainly not there, and probably will not be any time soon.


The survey also revealed what has been said before – that the recovery from the pandemic is taking shape at different speeds and is not at all consistent geographically. In other words, it is better in some markets and worse in others.

Click here to read the full report from NAI Global, or read on for the key takeaways.

 

Office Market Highlights

 

  • Over the next six months, 59% said the office market would be flat, 18% thought it would heat up yet 8% responded that office markets would cool. By comparison, the spring survey (published in summer), 9% said tenant demand would be hot, 25% said it would be cold and similarly regarding office market conditions overall, six months ago 15% of NAI office brokers thought the market would heat up while 13% projected the office market would cool down. In other words, by fall of this year and compared with six months earlier, the outlook for office market conditions was less pessimistic and was perceived to be more stabilized with potential for greater improvement next year.

 

  • Even if there is a whiff of optimism for the office market, recovery from the pandemic will take another 1-2 years, according to the majority, 53%, while 23% think the recovery will happen in the next 6-11 months and 16% reported it would take over three years. 4% projected the recovery is closer at hand, or 1-5 months away, while the same percentage – 4% said “it will never return to pre-pandemic levels.”

 

Industrial Market Highlights

 

  • As spring turned to summer and then fall, it became clear that the industrial real estate sector was the strongest among the property verticals. That perception was fully endorsed by NAI Global professionals in the October survey, with 78% of them stating the market for industrial real estate was hot. 20% of responders said it was flat in their respective markets while only 2% said it was cold.

 

  • A majority – 54%, said their industrial markets had already recovered since the onset of the pandemic, while 11% said recovery would require another 1-5 months, 23% thought recovery would take 6-11 months, 11% stated their markets would need 1-2 years to recover, and only 2% reported the recovery would need 3 years or more.

 

Retail Market Highlights

 

  • The prospects for changing a struggling retail real estate market are not great, with 46% of survey responders stating the sector would be cold over the next six months – yet that is an improvement from spring of this year when 61% thought retail real estate would be cold over the next six months. 14% said demand for retail real estate would get hotter in the next six months. 

 

  • Other than the hospitality sector, retail real estate is suffering the worst among the property verticals. 50% of the survey responders that are knowledgeable about retail real estate and retail in general said it would take 1-2 years for their markets to recover while 22% stated recovery would require three years or more, and 12% responded that retail “would never return to pre-pandemic levels.” Only 3% said their retail markets had already recovered or would in the next five months. While most agree that vacation and business travel will recover to pre-pandemic levels eventually – and help the hospitality sector, the retail industry is clearly in the midst of a transformation and it will take a few years for retail operators to change and adapt to how people shop, and adjust their real estate requirements accordingly.

 

About NAI Global

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with 6,000 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.15 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

Based in New York, NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services.

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Click here to learn more about our commercial real estate services.

This is The Month Your New Year's Resolutions Fail (And How to Save Them)

Did your New Year’s resolution go out the window already? You’re not alone. By about the beginning of February, approximately 80% of people fail at their New Year’s resolutions.

Amazingly, while most people begin the year with a resolution, the majority expect to fail before they even start. That’s not a very positive way to start the year, but we’ve got a better plan.

Whether you are determined to learn something new, improve your health, or increase your business success, the key is NOT to set a resolution but to set a SMART goal.

 

According to research shared by Forbes, there are two reasons we typically fail at our resolutions:

  1. We weren’t very committed anyway (see: expect to fail)

  2. “Because we felt some pressure to create this goal, we likely haven’t fully thought through all the people that will benefit from our achievement.”

At Bahamas Realty, our team is changing how we look at goal setting, and instead of setting unrealistic, and empty-ended resolutions, we’re setting SMART goals.

To make sure your goals are attainable, they should be based on a reachable target, and motivation based.
 

What Does SMART Mean?

SMART is a formula that you use to guide your goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for the following terms:

Specific (simple, sensible, significant).

Measurable (meaningful, motivating).

Achievable (agreed, attainable).

Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).

Time bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).


Why does it work?

Using SMART goals “sets boundaries and defines the steps you’ll need to take, resources necessary to get there and milestones that indicate progress along the way.” (Indeed.com) With SMART goals, you aren’t just setting a vague, unattainable goal, you’re creating the roadmap to get there.

 

Example 1:

Resolution: Lose weight!

If you, like many people, set a resolution to get healthier this year, BIN IT. Instead, be specific: Plan to join an outdoor exercise class and give yourself a deadline - that is an attainable plan, with a sense of direction that you can accomplish.

 

Example 2:

Resolution: Save money!

Think about your WHY. Perhaps you want to save money so that you can buy a new home. Using the SMART formula, you can make it achievable:
"I will save a specific amount of money each week to buy a home with a downpayment of 10% by 2022."
(Tip: Don't forget R - be Realistic about your circumstance, and adjust if necessary).

SMART goals can be applied to all aspects of your life, from your business to your personal life.

 

To better understand each step, check out this excellent breakdown (with examples!) from Indeed

And then say good riddance to guilt-ridden New Year’s resolutions.

 

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Bahamas Realty's Home Cooked Holiday

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year and this Christmas, #TeamBRL wants to share with you some of our home-cooked favourites that bring back great memories during the holidays. From our homes to yours, enjoy! 

We'll be adding new recipes as the holidays approach, so be sure to check back, or Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all our Home Cooked Holiday posts!
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1. Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts | Bahamas Realty

“Although I’ve lived in The Bahamas for over a decade, these sweet Canadian indulgences still taste like home to me at the holidays. A silky, gooey, flaky, decadent butter tart is the perfect baked gift for a neighbour, if you don’t eat them all yourself. Good luck with that!”
- Iona Henderson, Marketing Coordinator

Click here for a fantastic classic butter tart recipe from RockRecipes.com 

This recipe goes into the great debate of whether or not to add raisins. Many people prefer add pecans for a delightful crunch that is reminiscent of a pecan pie. Either way, you can't go wrong!

2. Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole | Bahamas Realty

Originating from the Midwest, it is all about casseroles for Michelle at the holidays.

The easier the better for this busy mom of 3! Corn casserole only requires 7 ingredients and even the pickiest of eaters love corn. Michelle Martinborough, Sales Associate

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Recipe:
1 box jiffy corn mix
1 can of corn (drained)
1 can of creamed corn (not drained)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
Throw it all in a bowl, mix and pour into a greased 8x8 baking pan at 350 degrees for 45 -50 minutes.

3. Johnny Cake - A great Bahamian classic! 

Best Ever Johnny Cake | Bahamas Realty

"I want to highlight my Mom’s Johnny Cake specifically because no one makes it like she does. It’s the perfect balance between cake and bread with just the right crust on top. Served with some room temperature butter, it will melt in your mouth like heaven." - Tierra Rolle, Appraisals Assistant

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Recipe:
4.5 cup of Flour
1 cup Sugar
4.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick of butter (softened)
1/2 cup of margarine (softened)
1 egg
3/4 cups of coconut milk/ cream
1/3 cup water

Directions
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together.
Step 2: Cut butter and margarine into small cubes then add to flour. Note, the butter and margarine should look grainy as it mix.
Step 3: Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
Step 4: Preheat oven 350 degrees. Pour batter into 9 x 9 pan. Bake Johnny Cake for 45 minutes and gauge completion by the testing knife coming out clean.

Learn all about the history of Johnny Cake here.

4. Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake | Bahamas Realty

"My family has, over the years, developed many traditions just for Christmas. One of our favorite traditions, we share is baking a Carrot Cake the night before Christmas day, which is my family's favorite Christmas dessert. For the past four years, we always use Sally's Baking Addiction's My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe which is always a staple at the Christmas dinner table. We love this recipe because with the addition of a list of spices such as nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves gives the cake a distinct taste. Along, with 2 cups of fresh shredded carrots which will give the cake mixture a rich and moist taste. Trust when I say, one slice of this Carrot Cake is never enough for each member of my family." - Jillien Mortimer, Commercial Assistant

Click here for the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

5.... to be announced. We'll be adding new recipes as the holidays approach, so be sure to check back, or Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all our Home Cooked Holiday posts!

 

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