Don’t Delay on Real Estate Purchases, Say Industry Experts
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – May 7, 2021 – The past year has taken its toll on numerous industries as the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions triggered an economic downturn - but one industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands has held strong.
The real estate market is not only surviving but it is flourishing, according to local experts who reveal that prices are continuing to go up and say that now is the time to buy.
“The demand for real estate has not been affected negatively by COVID-19,” said Ira Taylor, Scotiabank TCI Branch manager. “It has, in fact, increased when we review the sales records over the past 18 months.”
Vernica Delancy, real estate agent with Keller Williams TCI, agreed that the market is very healthy and advised anyone thinking of buying real estate in the TCI to move quickly as properties are getting snapped up.
“The sales volume of properties as well as the average prices have gone up, which shows that real estate market in the TCI is still strong,” she said. “The price of real estate is increasing, therefore, before prices get any higher, I would say if you can afford to purchase then now is a good time.”
But in order to be in a good position to get the best properties at the best prices, buyers must be prepared.
“If you are getting financing, get pre-qualified so when the right property becomes available you can move on it,” the real estate agent said. “Whatever you need to do to prepare yourself to make a purchase do it in advance, properties are moving fast.”
Now is a particularly good time to buy, added Scotiabank TCI’s Taylor, as there are a number of high-end developments already available or coming to the market in the second half of 2021.
Among them are residences at the Ritz-Carlton on Grace Bay, Rock House, South Bank on Long Bay, Wymara Villas on Venetian Road and other great stand-alone homes. He added that the TCI is a safe destination in terms of both crime rates and COVID-19 safety precautions for those looking to own property in the Caribbean.
“A high percent of our local population has been vaccinated so it’s a safer destination,” he said. “Our crime rate is very low and this has a role in this destination being a great place to own a property,” Taylor noted.
“Visitors have been amazed since the TCI has reopened its borders”, the branch manager revealed, “So anyone looking for an investment property can expect a high occupancy.”
Taylor further advised anyone looking to buy in the islands to use a reputable real estate agent, and access the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association’s property search site at http://tcrea.com.
Interested home-buyers can visit tc.scotiabank.com to get more information on special deals now being offered including discounts and cashback on mortgage now being offered by Scotiabank.