BREA Virtual Real Estate Trade Mission Draws Over 200 Attendees – Eye Witness News

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“I think a lot of the interest was just because the Bahamas is so desirable”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – More than 200 real estate professionals, advisors and potential investors got a virtual view of real estate and lifestyle offerings in the Bahamas during an online trade mission hosted by the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) in collaboration with the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association recently.

It was the second annual trade mission between the two entities, but the first to be held entirely virtually and according to BREA President Christine Wallace-Whitfield the ease of attending drove the numbers up.

Last year’s event combined in-person and virtual content.

Christine Wallace-Whitfield, president of the BREA.

“We were very pleased with the turnout for this trade mission and grateful for the partnerships, including the Ministry of Tourism and other BREA members who shared their stories and why they love what they do,” said Wallace-Whitfield.

“It was a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of the Bahamas to an audience that included over 200 viewers from six countries and interests as far away as Portugal.”

Participants followed the Zoom meeting from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, as well as Western Europe.

Attendees got a glimpse of the luxury properties, including videos; and facts about buying property in the Bahamas, financing, tax-friendly policies and an overview of everything from the Department of Tourism – The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay, updates destination day for 16 islands, Bahamian history information, airlift updates and schedules through the end of the year, and attractions from the blue holes of Andros to the swimming pigs of Exuma.

Wallace-Whitfield continued, “This was only our second year of partnering with the Palm Coast Realtor Association and the level of attendance this year was more than we ever dreamed.

“Part of it may have been easy to log on, look at the attractive images of properties in the Bahamas and find out more without having to go to an event, but I think a lot of the interest was simply because the Bahamas are so desirable.

That opportunity has increased during the shutdowns and restrictions imposed due to the COVID pandemic, said the four-time president of the organization of more than 700 licensed brokers and agents.

“What people around the world have realized is that if they could work from home, why wouldn’t they want to live in a place they love, a place of their choice, rather than where a desk?” she says.

“It has opened up a whole new world for people to seek out the most beautiful and desirable places in the world. With all the benefits and amenities the Bahamas has to offer and proximity to major markets in the United States and Canada , we are at the top of many lists.

In addition to promoting the Bahamas, BREA is focused on updating what it calls outdated legislation governing the industry.

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