Blog :: 2013

NAI Global Regional Conference in Nassau

NAINassau, Bahamas--Top realtors from nine countries are in Nassau to attend the NAI Global Regional Conference hosted by NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Limited, according to Larry Roberts, CEO of both Bahamas Realty and NAI Bahamas Realty.

The Honourable Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investment in The Office of The Prime Minister, is slated as the guest speaker for the Conference luncheon on Friday. Delegates are attending from The Bahamas, USA, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica and Dominican Republic. Mr. Roberts, SIOR, said he expects the conference to "solidify the contacts in the NAI Global network particularly as it relates to the Caribbean and Latin American countries, and to strengthen contacts.” Mr. Roberts said he was "honoured, to host this regional conference particularly as we are relatively new members of this extraordinary group. NAI Global is one of the world's leading providers of commercial real estate services."

NAI President Jay Olshonsky presented the NAI Global President's Award at the NAI Commercial Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Larry Roberts for his "leadership, participation, initiative and cooperation in fostering the interests of NAI Global between members," and his “contribution to the leadership role in Latin American and Caribbean division.“ More than 700 North American commercial real estate leaders, plus 70 from the Latin American and Caribbean area, attended the event at which Mr. Roberts was honoured.

In Latin America & The Caribbean NAI Global is the foremost and largest Commercial Real Estate Service Provider with 33 offices in 13 countries, offering services from traditional brokerage to MAI Appraisal, Lease Administration, Portfolio Management and Audit, Investment Services, Hospitality Consulting, Logistics/Supply Chain Solutions, Project Management, Design Build and Sustainability LEED Design Consulting, among others.

NAI Global is one of the world's leading providers of commercial real estate services with a Network of 5,000 professionals and 350 offices in 55 countries. Mr. Roberts points out that his company's mission statement sums it all up, "NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial ... Corporate Real Estate Solutions for a world that demands real world results". He adds, "When you are dealing with Bahamas Realty and NAI Bahamas, our commercial division, you are dealing with the whole NAI Global group, the top independent realtors in 55 countries with $45 Billion in transactions annually. We manage more than 300 million square feet of commercial space. But, we also know, appreciate and can meet your local needs."

Bahamas Realty Commercial joined NAI Global two years ago, as its exclusive member for The Bahamas. The well known Bahamas Realty Commercial Division is now known as NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial giving its customers global reach in marketing and sales.

Tree Trimming added for 3rd Annual Holiday Home Showcase Lighting Competition

CompetitionAs the Bahamas gears up for the holiday season, Bahamas Realty Limited announces the launch of its Third Annual Holiday Home Showcase lighting competition. A number of new elements give entrants more ways to win, organizers explain. “The Ho Ho Holiday Spirit is spreading. I’ve already seen Christmas lights brightening the night. Home owners are calling us to sign up early so we are confident that our Third Annual Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase lighting competition will be even more popular than before!” says Robin Brownrigg, President of the 64-year old company on East Bay St., Nassau. “We’ve even had inquiries from realtors in the U.S. and have given them access to our bright idea,” says Bahamas Realty CEO Larry Roberts, who spread the word during a Leading Real Estate Companies of the World conference last year. A new feature this year widens participation in the Showcase--Tree Trimming--the idea of Sales Agent Marissa Knowles. All entrants are eligible for weekly random draws for a $25 gift certificate, with the most unusual or most beautifully decorated tree in the whole Facebook Tree Trimming event winning a $100 grand prize--chosen by Facebook voters. It’s sponsored by Rocky Farms Nursery, where live or cut Christmas trees and poinsettias already await shoppers. "The Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase has been very popular, so this year we really wanted to expand the categories and offer more ways for everyone to get involved and win. The Bahamas Realty Tree Trimming competition brings the festive competition into the home for an exciting new twist," according to Mrs. Iona Henderson, Bahamas Realty Marketing Manager, who spearheads the Holiday Home Showcase events this year. “Our grand prize for the outdoor lighting competition is again a $1,000 gift certificate from the stores of Builder’s Mall, as well as a $500 charitable donation from Bahamas Realty to the winner’s favourite charity. Other prizes include a Eureka vacuum cleaner and five gallons of Devoe Paint from Jolly Roger and Paint Suppliers, Shirley St; and third prize, dinner for two at Luciano’s of Chicago, East Bay.” says Sales Associate, Broker, and host of “Bahamas Realty Now”, Sara Parker, whose idea launched the competition. “It’s sort of an outgrowth from our ‘Bahamas Realty Now’ television show with the sponsors donating all the prizes in the first two years. Now other companies are joining in, making the season even brighter.” She continues, “We also have weekly random draws for a bucket of chicken from KFC Nassau and certificates for a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts. The People’s Choice Award, strictly from Facebook votes, has been very popular: $500 of BEC Bucks to help with the holiday electricity bill.” Random draw winners for both competitions will be announced on The Bahamas Realty Facebook page each Friday afternoon. Mr. Roberts recalls the event’s origin in a sales meeting year before last: “We were reminiscing about how exciting it used to be for children to go see the wonderful Christmas lights covering that little house on Shirley St. We decided to try to inspire more homeowners to make the season brighter.” "A sales meeting and a childhood memory fueled a spark that led to a flame of enthusiasm. It spread like wildfire through the office of Bahamas Realty to the streets of Nassau. In just three weeks, a team of committed agents took an idea of brightening the Bahamas at Christmas, implemented it and held an island wide Holiday Home Showcase competition,” with the assistance of passionate judges and a police escort for the judging, wrote Andrea Brownrigg in her blog. She is a Bahamas Realty director and a founding member of the steering committee for the Showcase. The deadline for entries this year is Dec.14, with five finalists judged live on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Electronic entry forms are available on line at Bahamas Realty’s Facebook page and website, and at the Bahamas Realty office on East Bay St. For logistical reasons, Family Island entrants are only eligible for the People’s Choice Award, and the Tree Trimming Awards which will be determined by the number of likes for the entry’s photo on The Bahamas Realty Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bahamasrealty. Facebook voting starts Nov. 25. Winners will be announced Dec. 19th. “We can’t wait to see the creative Christmas lights go on all over New Providence and Paradise Island. We are all encouraging our neighbors and clients to enter whether their properties are huge or tiny. What counts is the brightness of the idea!” says Bahamas Realty Partner Gordon Wilde. “Remember, all you need to do to enter is fill out the short simple entry form on Facebook or on paper and turn it in along with ONE photo of this year’s display, or enter by email at: holiday@bahamasrealty.bs.” Look for details, tips and last years’ winners in the December “Bahamas Realty Now” TV show airing each Monday at 7 p.m. on JCN Cable Channel 14; and each Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. on ZNS TV-13 on Cable Channel 11. Mrs. Henderson adds, “Remember, Holiday Home Showcase entries don’t have to be elaborate. We just want every household to participate -- however they can--to share the joy of the Season.” By P. S. News/Features

Bahamas Realty Launches Our WorldTM/ Institute

Leading Re LearnersNassau, Bahamas June 21, 2013 – Bahamas Realty Ltd. (BRL) today announced that EVERY member of its Nassau sales team has completed 21 courses in the Luxury division of the OUR WORLD/Institute. “I can't begin to tell you how proud we are of this achievement,” says W. Larry Roberts, Bahamas Realty CEO. “The courses are challenging and completing them reflects the dedication of our company and our staff to offering ever more excellent service to our high worth clients, locally and globally.”

Bahamas Realty’s partners are funding the addition of the OUR WORLD™/Institute platform to its professional development strategy for managers and sales associates. This exclusive web-based business community is available only to members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. “Bahamas Realty is making this rich resource available to its sales associates and leadership staff to foster learning and collaboration with successful colleagues across the world for a powerful blend of formal and informal education, all designed to further elevate competency and enhance business results,” says Robin Brownrigg, BRL President.

“It’s a huge investment in our staff’s professional development and in our future,” says Mr. Roberts.
As a result, 11 BRL staff members already have completed the 12 courses required for the Leading RE Service Expert (LSE) Certification and six have finished the 12 courses needed for the LeadingRE Sales Specialist (LSS) Certification.

The Institute offers diverse learning opportunities including relevant, easy-to-digest online courses tied to specific business objectives and housed in three distinct Colleges. These are designed specifically for real estate professionals and managed by industry leaders including Mike Staver as the Dean of Leadership, Mathew Ferrara as the Dean of Innovation and Steve Harney as the Dean of Agent Excellence. Courses are delivered in concise and engaging segments, with interactive tools for both formal and informal learning. “Institute and OUR WORLD™ provide a valuable complement to existing career growth tools for our managers and associates,” says Andrea Brownrigg, a Bahamas Realty Director, adding, “In today’s environment, our associates must bring as much value as possible to our clients. These resources enable us to excel as trusted, knowledgeable, results-oriented advisors to our real estate clients.”

Bahamas Realty Limited is one of the largest and most respected real estate companies in The Bahamas, established in 1949 and covering three generations of active involvement in the real estate industry. CEO Roberts says, “We are specialists in dealing with international buyers and offshore companies who wish to take advantage of The Bahamas' attractive tax free status: No income tax, no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax.”

Mr. Brownrigg says, “Offering these OUR WORLD™/Institute courses to our staff speaks to our Mission Statement: ‘Driven to provide the highest standard of real estate services in The Bahamas.’ Our vision is ‘to offer the finest real estate services in The Bahamas’ so our team includes licensed real estate specialists, property managers and appraisers - all under one roof.”

He concluded, “We are also proud to be members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage firms in the residential sector of real estate. The 500 plus firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) are represented by 4,000 offices and 120,000 associates in more than 40 countries worldwide. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced over 1 million home sales valued at $272 billion in 2012. In addition, LeadingRE affiliates hold the Number One position in terms of sales volume in more of the top U.S. markets than any other organization.” Learn more at http://www.leadingre.com.

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NAI Global Regional Conference Secures New Investor Interest

”As a result of hosting the NAI Global Regional Conference last week we already have serious interest in our exclusive Union Wharf listing,” reports Larry Roberts, SIOR, CEO of both Bahamas Realty Limited (BRL) and NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Limited.

“One of the major benefits of the conference was introducing the delegates to The Bahamas and what we have to offer, touring our properties, our office and learning of local investment incentives.”

He continued, “The delegates, from seven countries, were very complimentary and so grateful to now have a much greater understanding of The Bahamas and what we have to offer in real estate investments. It was a lesson in rolling out the red carpet instead of the red tape,” quipped BRL Financial Controller Lindsey Cancino, giving the vote of thanks at the closing luncheon at Luciano’s of Chicago.

Guest Speaker Bianca Beneby, Deputy Director of Investments (Acting) Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA), said that BIA is restructuring to “reduce delays and speed up the approval process for permits and certificates of registration so that The Bahamas can continue to attract real estate investment to our shores.”

She detailed investment incentives here and said on behalf of Minister of State for Investment The Honourable Khaalis Rolle, “We are ever mindful of the need to continue to make it easier to do business in The Bahamas in order to maintain our competitive advantage as a highly sought after destination where investors cannot only work, but also play.”

Among incentives she cited for The Bahamas are: Tax Neutral Jurisdiction, with no personal, corporate, capital gains, estate, gift or inheritance taxes; Significant concessions under the “Vacation Plan & Time Sharing Act, the Hotels Encouragement Act and the Industries Encouragement Act”; Strategic location at the crossroads of the Americas in a favourable time zone making it easier to do business around the globe; Stable governance so that investments are shielded from risks associated with political instability or uprisings and afforded legal protection of contractual rights; More direct flights than any other country in the region.

Other benefits accruing from conference here, according to Mr. Roberts, include increasing awareness among the NAI members and the public of NAI member’s global reach, of special value to big multi-national companies such as large banks, or others such as GM or Ford, who have a large presence in Latin America. “We agreed we would identify, improve and get additional business by co-operating and coordinating with each other. Out of this initiative investors and sellers will understand that we can help them anywhere in the world.”

Senior staff members from NAI Global attending the conference, included Bobbi Jean Formosa and Linda Battistelli, who brought NAI delegates up to date on recent changes in the company. Mr. Roberts summed up, “NAI was purchased just over a year ago by CIII Capital Partners, a major player in the commercial real estate industry. NAI Global’s new president, Jay Olshonsky, has been on the job for less than six months and has already made major changes, all for the better and all very positive.”

Delegates in attendance were from The Bahamas, USA, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Jamaica.

Mr. Roberts said he expects the conference to “solidify the contacts in the NAI Global network particularly as it relates to the Caribbean and Latin American countries, and to strengthen relationships and cooperation between members.”

Mr. Roberts said he was "honoured to host this regional conference particularly as we are relatively new members of this extraordinary group. NAI Global is one of the world's leading providers of commercial real estate services."

He adds, "When you are dealing with NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, you are dealing with the whole NAI Global group, the top independent Realtors in 55 countries with $45 Billion in transactions annually. NAI members manage more than 300 million square feet of commercial space, but we also know, appreciate and can meet your local needs."

In Latin America & the Caribbean NAI Global is the foremost and largest Commercial Real Estate Service Provider with 33 offices in 13 countries, offering services from traditional brokerage to MAI Appraisal, Lease Administration, Portfolio Management and Audit, Investment Services, Hospitality Consulting, Logistics/Supply Chain Solutions, Project Management, Design Build and Sustainability LEED Design Consulting, among others.

Bahamas Realty Commercial joined NAI Global two years ago, as its exclusive member for The Bahamas. The well known Bahamas Realty Commercial Division is now known as NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, giving its customers global reach in marketing and sales.

Preparing for Luxury Upturn

Preparing for Luxury UpturnNASSAU, BAHAMAS-- As a member of one of the world’s most powerful real estate networks, Bahamas Realty Ltd., is perfectly positioned to assist its clients in buying, selling or renting during the predicted boom in real estate, especially luxury properties, according to Executive Vice President of Luxury Portfolio International Stephanie Pfeffer. Enthralling her high net worth audience at a reception held at a residence in Ocean Club Estates, Paradise Island, she pointed out that through Bahamas Realty’s affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRe) and Luxury Portfolio International, Bahamas Realty has unequalled global reach. She explained that LeadingRe links more than 500 top independently owned real estate firms, with nearly 140,000 associates in more than 30 countries. Only 200 members of this select group of 500 companies are members of the luxury marketing brand, Luxury Portfolio International, of which Bahamas Realty is a member. “Together we sell more real estate than any franchise. We are Number One with $235 BILLION in annual home sales in the US alone,” Mrs. Pfeffer said, referring to figures provided by an independent research study published by American Express Publishing and Harrison Group. Bahamas Realty President Robin Brownrigg, fresh from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Convention in Las Vegas, reported, “The U.S. is expecting a boom by the end of the year. In the Bahamas, we usually follow the US market -- up or down -- by about 6 to 12 months.” Mrs. Pfeffer agreed, adding “There is a pent up demand for luxury real estate, particularly second homes. In the Caribbean area you have real opportunities coming up.” She urged investors to get ready for the coming boom, noting “We have a huge inventory problem in the United States at the moment...for instance San Francisco has only 12 days of inventory.” To qualify for the Luxury Portfolio marketing program, a property must be valued at or about $1 million or more and meet other exacting requirements. According to Mrs. Pfeffer, Luxury Portfolio has more listings over $1-million than any other affiliation with 83% of its listings offered at over $1-million while franchises, such as Coldwell Banker, have only 54 per cent at over $1-million and Sotheby’s International has only 43 per cent of its listings over $1-Million. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio offer their members the tools necessary to reach and inform their customers in today’s global market, she said, such as: Luxury Portfolio International’s, “LuxeAnalytics program provides reporting of exactly where the interest originates for each property featured on its website, translated into 9 languages and 7 currencies, available to property owners through member agents. Properties featured in leading print media such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “Black Card,” “Unique Homes”, “DuPont Registry,” “Architectural Digest,” “Veranda” & “Velocity.” Top Google search results A dedicated luxury real estate magazine, “Luxury Portfolio International,” highlighting luxury lifestyles and properties along with Luxuryportfolio.com And extraordinary support in education, elegant graphics and advertising. Andrea Brownrigg, a director of Bahamas Realty and listing agent for the amazing multi-million dollar Ocean Club Estates home at which the Luxury Reception took place, added, “The affluent, more than ever demand craftsmanship and high quality in the homes they buy and are more resourceful than ever in finding it, on and off the internet. Agents who represent such properties have to become true authorities on the luxury real estate marketplace, addressing the distinctions which speak to this increasingly sophisticated buyer’s passions.” Bahamas Realty CEO Larry Roberts sums it all up saying “The luxury consumer demands, first and foremost, that his or her agent be reputable among his peers and in his community; knowledgeable about their market, with a track record for selling million dollar homes; supported by an agency with global reach and websites as elegant as the properties represented. With the strength of LeadingRe and Luxury Portfolio supporting us, Bahamas Realty is moving to the leading edge of luxury real estate. ” Events by Alexandra catered the event with fine French champagne and wines provided by Liquid Courage. Bahamas Music Conservatory entertained guests from the wrap-around, poolside balcony. By P.S. News Features

Luxury Learning

Luxury Learning"Education is key at every professional level," says Bahamas Realty CEO Larry Roberts (front row, left) freshly returned from the global Leading Real Estate Companies of The World (LeadingRe) convention in Las Vegas, followed by a conference for members of its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International. Bahamas Realty Director Andrea Brownrigg (far left) and Bahamas Realty President Robin Brownrigg, (centre) also attended the convention. They brought inspiration back with them to the company in the form of a Luxury Real Estate workshop conducted in Nassau by Executive Vice President of Luxury Portfolio International Stephanie Pfeffer (standing, centre). Bahamas Realty capped its Day of Luxury with a gala reception held at one of the company’s luxury listings at Ocean Club Estates, Paradise Island. Photo by P. S. News/Features

Realtor Larry Roberts wins NAI GLOBAL President's Award...

NAI Global AwardCaptures Regional NAI meeting for The Bahamas

Veteran Bahamian Realtor, Larry Roberts, captured the NAI Global President's Award at the NAI Commercial Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Roberts, SIOR, is CEO of NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Limited of which he also is CEO.

Mr. Roberts said he was "honoured, surprised and delighted to receive the NAI President's Award, particularly as we are relatively new members of this extraordinary group. NAI Global is one of the world's leading providers of commercial real estate services." NAI President Jay Olshonsky presented the President's Award to Larry Roberts for his "leadership, participation, initiative and cooperation in fostering the interests of NAI Global between members."

More than 700 North American commercial real estate leaders, plus 70 from the Latin American and Caribbean area, attended the event at which Mr. Roberts was honoured. During the recent conference, Larry Roberts and Lindsey Cancino, CFO of Bahamas Realty, also secured the next regional meeting for the organization in Nassau, in May, 2013.

In Latin America & The Caribbean NAI Global is the foremost and largest Commercial Real Estate Service Provider with 33 offices in 13 countries, offering services from traditional brokerage to MAI Appraisal, Lease Administration, Portfolio Management and Audit, Investment Services, Hospitality Consulting, Logistics/Supply Chain Solutions, Project Management, Design Build and Sustainability LEED Design Consulting, among others.

NAI Global is one of the world's leading providers of commercial real estate services with a Network of 5,000 professionals and 350 offices in 55 countries. Mr Cancino explained that he and Mr. Roberts used the recent conference to "solidify the contacts in the NAI Global network particularly as it relates to the Caribbean and Latin American countries, and to strengthen contacts with China and Australia offices concerning business which could come out of Freeport." Of Mr. Roberts’ President's Award, he said "We knew he was nominated, but were a little surprised that he won, because we are rather new with NAI. Larry has been very involved in the committees he sits on. The award is for his contribution to the leadership role in Latin American and Caribbean division. “NAI President Olshonsky is very serious about us all working together."

Mr. Roberts points out that his company's mission statement sums it all up, "NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial ... Corporate Real Estate Solutions for a world that demands real world results". He adds, "When you are dealing with Bahamas Realty and NAI Bahamas, our commercial division, you are dealing with the whole NAI Global group, the top independent realtors in 55 countries with $45 Billion in transactions annually. We manage more than 300 million square feet of commercial space. But, we also know, appreciate and... can meet ...your local needs."

Bahamas Realty Commercial joined NAI Global two years ago, as its exclusive member for The Bahamas. The well known Bahamas Realty Commercial Division is now known as NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial giving its customers global reach in marketing and sales.

Photo: GLOBAL AWARD--NAI Global President Jay Olshonsky presents the NAI President's Award to Larry Roberts for his "leadership, participation, initiative and cooperation in fostering the interests of NAI Global between members."

New Winner in 3rd Annual Holiday Home Showcase

Holiday Home ShowcaseA new winner claims the top prizes in the 3rd Annual Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase: “The Christmas Star,” Golden Gates 1, home of the Sonia & Malachi Adderley Family, who also won the Peoples’ Choice Award on Facebook. “ Again, the competition was so close between the two Adderley families of Golden Gates 1 and Golden Gate 2, Nassau, that judges wished they could award a tie,” according to HH Showcase Founder Sara Parker, Real Estate Broker and Executive Producer of the popular “Bahamas Realty Now” TV show, which will feature the winning properties in January. Eminent judges struggled for two days to break the tie between the two properties which light up the skies -- and children’s faces--in Golden Gates. “The homes were judged based on four criteria: Use of Lights, Creativity/Imagination, Overall Design/Theme, and Christmas Spirit. It was a difficult decision for our three judges, as every one of these homes was a showstopper,” noted Showcase Co-ordinator Iona Henderson, Marketing Co-ordinator at Bahamas Realty Limited, (BRL). “We all had a lot of fun, and you really could feel the Christmas spirit spreading. I felt like a child again!” It came down to the minute details, according BRL President and Top Appraiser Robin Brownrigg, who explained the Judges’ decision saying, “It was a good problem to have in that we had two legitimate winners! It doesn’t get better than that. It took a lot of deliberation to examine the details that make a difference, studying the hand crafted components, the hand carved Junkanoo figures and the hand crafted details of the costumes in the winning entry.” That’s how the top BRL Holiday Home Showcase prize went to “The Christmas Star” created by the Sonia & Malachi Adderley Family of Golden Gates 1, #16 Bamboo St. They won the $1,000 Gift Certificate from The Builders Mall Stores and a $500 donation to the charity of their choice from Bahamas Realty. They also won the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - $500 of BEC Bucks toward their Electricity Bill, with the winner chosen by Facebook voters. Second place went to the James and Ruth Adderley Family of, #2, Leeward Isles in Golden Gates 2, for their towering creation “Cultural Expression.” This Adderley Family won the first BRL Holiday Home Showcase in 2011 and repeated in 2012. For 2013, they added hand-cut Junkanoo dancers and Junkanoo music to their immense lighting display, featuring big reindeer and angels hand-made by the family. Second Prize is a Eureka Vacuum Cleaner from Jolly Roger and 5 Gallons of Devoe Paint from Paint Suppliers. A new entrant in Seabreeze, Sandra Bain, placed third with “Festive Spirit in Seabreeze,” an elegant creation of lights arching through the night. The prize is a $150 gift certificate for dinner at Luciano’s of Chicago. Returning Judge Stan Burnside (Artist, Cartoonist, Educator), said, “I wouldn’t miss this experience. It warms my heart to see the joy these families bring to each other and their community.” Radio Personality Eddie Carter judged for the first time this year. He said, “My family and I really enjoyed the competition. The displays were amazing. They did not make it easy. It was good to see and feel that holiday spirit right here in our beautiful Bahama Land.” Peter Knowles, age 11, served as the Hon. Kid’s Judge. He predicted the outcome early on, saying “This is a 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 !” when he saw the “Cultural Expressions House” and then, “ The Winner of the Winners!” when he viewed “The Christmas Star.” The moving trains sealed the deal for him. Andrea Brownrigg, a Director and Broker at Bahamas Realty, serves as a key member of the Holiday Home Showcase Steering Committee, which also includes Sales Associates Brian Austin and Marissa Knowles and Broker Sara Parker. Mrs. Brownrigg said “I really want to thank the participants who devoted weeks of their lives to making it brighter all over the Bahamas, the committee and, of course, the sponsors who made it possible: Bahamas Realty, The Builders Mall stores, Jolly Roger and Paint Suppliers, Lucianos of Chicago and for the Facebook Peoples Choice Award, BEC!, plus Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts.” (And Rocky Farms Nursery for providing the Tree Trimming Facebook prizes, Story to come.) “ . Mrs. Henderson adds, “To see all the Showcase entrants and get driving directions for viewing: just visit www.facebook.com/bahamasrealty. Click on the competition squares towards the top of the page. “ She concludes, “The excitement and spirit of the families who put so much work into decorating their homes for the enjoyment of others was truly moving. The magic behind the lights comes from the hearts of these families, and it’s palpable. Please take your children to see the lights and catch the Christmas Spirit.” BRL President Robin Brownrigg, who has personified Santa Claus at Bahamian schools, charities and very special events for 40 years, reiterates his company’s commitment to the Holiday Home Showcase: “ The weeks of preparation and beautiful lighting efforts in different segments of our community dwarf most houses in Albany, Eastern Rd. or Lyford Cay. You meet the families lighting these houses and you find out it is no mystery that they do what they do. They honour Christianity. Their bright and joyful spirit is a fundamental statement of what Christmas is about, giving and sharing and most of all, honouring the birth that changed our world. They greeted us with open arms and love. That is why we continue this very special competition...for the joy it gives.” Link to dropbox (credit: Photos by Ash Henderson) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hft4hb7xj4oo1rg/h4mjRalrjp By P. S. News Features

2012 3rd Place Holiday Home Showcase Winners

Holiday Home Showcase3rd Place Prizes in Bahamas Realty 2012 Holiday Home Showcase Lighting Competition—Gift Certificates from Nassau Agencies Seven Seas, Rocky Farms and AG Electric.

PRESENTING 3rd Place GIFT CERTIFICATES — Bahamas Realty Partners and Holiday Home Showcase Steering Committee members show off the gift certificates for third place in the popular lighting competition, won by Dr. Ronald and Dr. Richelle Knowles of the Montagu Foreshore, Eastern Rd. Their Christmas light fantasy spread over nearly an acre. Seen from left are: President Robin Brownrigg, CEO Larry Roberts, Co-ordinator Chandra Parker McCallum, Sara Parker (in hat), Seven Seas Brand Manager for Nassau Agencies Renee Reines, Directors Andrea Brownrigg and Gordon Wilde. The Doctors Knowles also won a $200 gift certificate from Rocky Farms and a $100 certificate from AG Electric.

2012 2nd Place Holiday Home Showcase Winners

Holiday Home Showcase2012 2nd Place Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase Winners—Adderley Family of Golden Gates 1— Winning a Holiday red vacuum cleaner and five gallons of Devoe Paint from Jolly Roger and Paint Suppliers.

Close Second in Holiday Home Showcase—The judges could hardly make up their minds which Adderley family of Golden Gates should win, it was so close. The Adderley’s of Bamboo St., Golden Gates 2, came second in the Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase taking home a bright red vacuum and 5 gallons of Devoe paint from Jolly Rogers and Paint Suppliers, Shirley St. See the winners in action with their creations on the January "Bahamas Realty Now" TV show on Monday nights at 7 on JCN and on Wednesday nights at 8 on ZNS. Sharing the pride at Bahamas Realty on East Bay St. are: (from left Bahamas Realty Directors Gordon Wilde and Andrea Brownrigg; Holiday Home Showcase Co-ordinator Chandra Parker McCallum; Leonie Hall, sister of Winner; Myriah Jones; 2nd Place Winners David and Sonia Pauline Adderley; Sponsor Nelson Cates of Jolly Roger and Paint Suppliers; Bahamas Realty CEO Larry Roberts and President Robin Brownrigg.