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Caribbean Property Investing
44 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 27- Roger Skeete: Why build Architectural Models?
With skills unconsciously forged by his creative environment, Roger Skeete always loved building things with his hands from a tender age. Having a brother who is a chef, well-known for his unique recipes, a serial entrepreneur as a mother, a professional landscaping aunt and a preeminent architect as an uncle; there was little surprise that his career path would lead to a profession in building and design.After high school, he attended the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where he was formally introduced to Architecture & Building Technology. His interest then lead him to Jamaica to pursue an Associate Degree in Architecture at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (formerly CAST), now called the University of Technology (UTECH) and then to Barking (& Dagenham) College, London to complete a course in Industrial Model Making.Learn the different types of architectural models, their varying benefits, different uses and what determines the type of model needed. Understand the challenges of this intricate process and ultimately what you must consider to maximize your return on investment.
47 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 26 - Sir Paul Altman: Heritage Preservation & Real Estate Development in Barbados
Sir Paul Altman is a Caribbean Real Estate icon. Returning home to Barbados in the 70s from university with a Business Degree and economics major, he joined his father's real estate business. His success and experience in managing the properties of typical non-resident family friends and associates gave him the confidence to make the bold move to develop his first shopping centre. Hear the challenges of embarking on such a journey, as well as those associated with a second high-end lifestyle shopping centre. Additionally, get valuable insight into how he got into Heritage Preservation because of his involvement in the National Trust as well as to fulfill the wishes of his late father. With a wealth of experience, discover how he's been able to attract non-national investors to contribute to preserving some of Barbados' heritage sites while still enjoying commercial success. Learn the key attributes of what it takes to run a full service real estate company and the two tenets he has adopted to achieve success and longevity in the industry. Finally hear his outlook for Real Estate in Barbados and the wider Caribbean post Covid19.
48 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 25 - Garry Prosper: How to build a Guest House & Car Rental Business from nothing!
Garry Prosper has done amazing things with very small spaces. With hundreds of 4+ STAR ratings on the major online accommodation booking platforms; his guests have overwhelmingly endorsed him. He credits this creativity with his very humble upbringing and growing up in a one bedroom house (an extended family) with "everything being right there!".Economic hardship forced a young Garry to put the lessons taught by his grandparents to great use as he had to support himself through high school by selling fruits and doing odd jobs in construction. The closeness of extended family exposed him to music which ultimately lead him to join the Music Band Section of the Royal St. Lucian Police force.Learn how his drive and determination drove him to sacrifice, start a car rental business and then his local guest house. Discover the thinking behind the financing, design, space allocation, target marketing and all the valuable experience which resulted in him having one of the most successful short term rental spots in St. Lucia today.
58 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 24 - Ana-Kaye Green: Real Estate Investing vs Stocks, Bonds and other Financial Assets
With over a decade of experience in the Caribbean financial industry, which started in Jamaica, Ana-Kaye Greene has honed her skills in the areas of international fixed income and money market trading, corporate treasury management and managing the portfolios of high net-worth individuals and institutions. Currently managing a US$170 million investment portfolio, Ana-Kaye heads the Investments and Treasury division of an International bank.She holds two First Class Honors degrees - an undergraduate in Finance and International Business and an MBA in Banking and Finance from UTECH and UWI respectively. Outside of work, Ana-Kaye is passionate about mentoring, sharing knowledge and helping young people through her Financial Literacy Vlog on Instagram @Just.Ask.Ana.In this episode we get a better understanding of financial assets/paper instruments such as stock and bonds and compare this investment category to brick and mortar real estate investments. Learn how to start and find out which one yields better returns and which will get you to your short and/or long term goals successfully.
47 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 23 - Keiran Lecompte: From Poverty to Property Prosperity
Family circumstances forced a young Keiran Lecompte to have to fend for himself from the tender age of 14 years old. With the help of extended family, friends, teachers, neighbors and maybe 1,000+ carwashes he was able to pay his way through high school. Shortly thereafter he landed a photography and videography job at (the time) one of the island's most established Media Companies and as his work got noticed he was later recruited by a prominent regional hotel chain to run their photography department.A few years later Keiran wanting MORE would go on to establish his own private photography business and quite accidentally stumble into construction as he attempted to help one of his photography customers.Recognizing the prevalence of poor tradesmen and with a burning desire to bring out his creative side he dove head-first into construction. Learn about his guiding principles and how he was able to change his life's trajectory through property and perseverance. His story is an inspiration to all but more-so a blueprint to anyone who is determined to grow!
47 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 22 - Thomas Theobalds: Purchasing your first piece of land
Thomas Theobalds is an Attorney-At-Law and Partner with the firm Brickstone Law located in Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet, St. Lucia. He primarily practices in the areas of Banking, Corporate and Commercial Law as well as Real Estate and Development Law. He attended the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 2003, and then to the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School for his Certificate of Legal Education in 2005. He was admitted to practice in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court- British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia circuits in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Thomas is a trained Arbitrator and Mediator, serves on two local Boards and acts as a Director and Corporate Secretary for a number of local and regional organizations. Although purchasing land is supposed to be a straight-forward process; it is thwart with risks, which if not adequately addressed can lead to costly delays at best and failure to acquire the property while still having financial liability at worst. Learn how having the right lawyer can protect both purchaser and vendor and successfully get you on that property ladder.
47 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 21- Gale Cumberbatch: How to get your FIRST property deposit!
Gale Cumberbatch started off as a concierge agent at a leading Caribbean hotel chain where she developed a strong work ethic and learned the foundation of superior customer service. She began her career in the Finance Industry at the St. Lucia Development Bank as the Senior Risk Analyst then transitioned from development Banking to Securities at First Citizens Investment Services. Currently, she is a Senior Investment Associate and a licensed representative of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange. She received a BBA in Finance from the Midwestern State University and a MSc in Personal Financial Planning from the Texas Tech University. In addition to her 9 to 5 she is on a path to increase public literacy with "Money Talk with Gale" an initiative geared to increasing the awareness of the importance of personal finance and financial planning through education and increased dialogue on money matters.Learn the tips and tricks that will help you get started on your property investing journey and how to save for that all important deposit for your FIRST piece of land or your FIRST home or building!
53 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 20 - Jamal Francis: Why you need an Architect
Jamal Francis is a qualified architect with more than 15 years experience in construction and design. Substantively, he is a Director at The Design House Ltd; a cutting edge design consultancy firm headed by two registered Architects, a Mechanical Engineer and an Electrical Engineer, and backed up by a dynamic team of young fresh technicians. He is also the current President of the St. Lucia Institute of Architects (SLIA) established in December 1996. SLIA is the premier professional organization for Architects on island. At a time of increasing use of Draughtsmen for building design and DCA submission, find out what are the most common problems new home owners face and why a trained Architect is fundamental in helping you maximize your home enjoyment and long term investment.
74 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 19 - Werner Houson: Physical Planning Guidelines & Approvals
Werner Houson is a Physical Planning Officer in the Department of Planning with more than ten years experience. The Department also houses the Development Control Authority (DCA) - the authority which grants the approvals for all land and building development in St. Lucia. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Environment and Natural Resource Management, a Masters in Coastal Engineering and also being part-time Developer; he takes us through the requirements, guidelines, challenges and offers recommendations to help make this mandatory step in the development process a lot more efficient, less frustrating and potentially save home-owners thousands of dollars!
52 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 18 - Nestor Alfred: CIP/CBI Opportunities for local Developers (St. Lucia)
Nestor Alfred is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. He has held numerous executive positions within the financial services sector in taxation, banking (offshore & domestic) and financial regulations across the Caribbean. In a former role as Chief Regulator for Saint Lucia’s Offshore and Insurance sector, Nestor acquired extensive expertise in compliance; anti-money laundering and counter- terrorist financing and was the first ever Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluator coming out of Saint Lucia. He is also a Commissioner to the CARICOM Competition Commission.In this episode Nestor introduces the St. Lucia CIP Programme, its qualifying criteria and the associated application process. Most importantly, he takes us through the detailed steps required for the Real Estate Investing route and the significant opportunities available to Property Developers.
55 minutes | May 28, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 17 - Melissa Marius: Using Hire Purchase to maximize Property Investing ROI
Melissa Marius OECS Brand Manager at Unicomer Saint Lucia Limited (better known as COURTS) is a detailed oriented, creative and enthusiastic marketing and communications professional. With over nine years experience in managing regional and international brands learn how her company with its increasingly wide product range and financing options can help keep more money in the pocket of landlords while at the same time offer unique benefits that provide protection and growth opportunities which will improve your Property Investing ROI.
40 minutes | May 8, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 16 - Rupert Pinder: Land & Multi-family Property Investing (The Bahamas)
Against the initial wishes of his mother, and at what seemed to be an inopportune time; Rupert Pinder purchased his first piece of land when a friend who could no longer complete the transaction, passed it on to him. Rupert has held several roles in the public and private sectors as either a Trade or Regulatory Economist in addition to being an Adjunct Faculty member teaching economics and statistics at the former College, now University of the Bahamas over the last 23 years. Find out how the appreciation of that first plot of land started a chain reaction of events that would ultimately lead to his investment into multi-family developments. Get real insight into how a conservative economist breaks down the numbers and shares how you can use leverage to acquire assets and ultimately get you that much closer to financial independence.
56 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 15 - Karline Purcell: CIP/CBI Property Investing Opportunities (Grenada)
With over 20+ years managerial experience in both public and private sectors in the areas of economics, marketing, research and customer loyalty; Karline Purcell has recently been appointed the Deputy CEO of the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme. Get exclusive insight into the strategic objectives of the programme, differentiators, qualifying criteria, challenges and more importantly how Property investors can truly benefit.
60 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 14 - Richard Small: Property Development Technology (Trinidad & Tobago)
Forced into Property Development due to family life changes, Trinbagonian electrical and computer Engineer Richard Small likens his journey thus far to that of "the little train that could". Learn how he grew from doing a single home reno to multi-family housing projects and ultimately using his skillset to research, access and implement affordable housing construction technology....all while still running his own Consulting Company. As a bonus Richard shares his view on how Caribbean Property Developers can partner to enjoy the benefits of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
39 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 13 - Maurice John: Property Development in St. Vincent & The Grenadines
One week prior to the first eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in April 2021, we sat down with Maurice "Mr. Property" John - a computer science major who leverages the power of technology and innovation with his love for real estate development and real estate education. Hear how being the son of a property valuator, thrusted him into this field and how he has used this "home schooling" to launch future-looking property development projects with family and fellow church members. Maurice also makes an appeal for much needed help for his homeland. #StVincentStrong
31 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 12 - 'Women in Property' - Suzetter Merille-Alexander
In celebration of International Women's Month 2021, we conclude our "Women in Property" Series with Customer Service Professional, Entrepreneur and Property Developer Suzette Merille-Alexander. This self proclaimed "normal home-owner", "normal property investor" shares her career experiences and how she ended up with their income suite. Understand her rationale for the investment, design, how she decided on her target tenants and if it really is an advantage to have a contractor as a husband.
42 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 11 - 'Women in Property' - Amanda Jn. Baptiste
In celebration of International Women's Month 2021, we continue our "Women in Property" Series with Accountant, Investment Banker, International Project Manager & Property Developer Amanda Jean-Baptiste. Becoming a qualified accountant by 22 and then pursuing an MBA in Finance paved the way for her to be recruited by top-tier investment bank Lehman Brothers where she was assigned to their Real Estate Group. For many years to come she would manage commercial property projects both in the UK and West Africa. With a growing sense of nostalgia after seeing the impact of the projects on communities in Africa, and after more than 2 decades away, she decided it was time to do something of her own back home. Learn how her experience in International Commercial Property Development can help you maximize your Residential Property return on investment.
53 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 10 - Rolf Phillips MD BOSL - Success on your property journey
We continue our celebration of International Women's Month 2021; in this episode we pivot to address the burning issue raised by our viewers and listeners - FINANCE! Meet Rolf Phillips newly appointed Managing Director of Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd (BOSL). A senior financial services professional with tremendous Caribbean-wide experience (Barclays/FCIBC) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services (UK). He takes us through the definitive step by step guide to getting started on your property journey - what you NEED to know! Learn of the partnership with CPI Podcast and get his perspective on "Women in Property".
34 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 09 - 'Women in Property' - Karen Fontenelle-Peter
In celebration of International Women's Month 2021, we continue our "Women in Property" Series with GM, Accountant, Entrepreneur & Property Developer Karen Fontenelle-Peter. Being number 9 of 11 children, her love for numbers was inevitable. Learn how to beat the financing trap and the trick to pay less and get more to help anyone get on the property ladder - not just as a home owner but as an investor. Hear her tips for maximizing your return, how to successfully manage contractors and ultimately achieve success in your property project.
41 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
CPI Podcast Episode 08 - 'Women in Property' - Debra Tobierre
In celebration of International Women's Month 2021, we continue our "Women in Property" Series with Entrepreneur & Property Developer Debra Tobierre. As a home goods, hardware and building supples retailer, she recognized the inherent advantage of her position if she were to delve into land and property development to address the luxury and middle income housing needs in the south of the island. Just two years after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), hear how her willingness to take risks, do the research and acquire knowledge in the construction industry made her formidable and changed the south forever!
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