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By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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St. Thomas is a diverse and interesting place to live. I have blogged before about the Reichhold Center for the Arts, an open air theater and Tillet Gardens is an enclave of artistry. Via an e-mail I was notified the Pistarkle Theater, located in Tillet Gardens, was featuring, "A Raisin in the Su...
By Ken Wiseman
(America's Caribbean Realty)
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Country music star Kenny Chesney has a new album coming out in April called Life On a Rock. From what he was quoted in a recent interview, the songs will reflect living on an island.  Funny! A few things here: 1. Kenny Chesney owns two houses on St John (one is for sale).  2. We always say we liv...
By Ken Wiseman
(America's Caribbean Realty)
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Some of you may have been wondering what is the state of the St Thomas, US Virgin Islands Real Estate Market? Is it any different than what is happening stateside?  All statistics are showing that are market is improving and on the up swing. Let's take a look at year over year statistics, 2011 to...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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    Two nights ago -  the Virgin Islands Realtors at the NAR Conference. The purpose of the Virgin Islands Realtors attending the NAR conference in Orlando, Florida, is for education, exchanging information and ideas with other associations, resolving governance issues and building camaraderie. S...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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                                                              Aisha Watley - my stylist   Phoenix Visions Hair Design, in Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands   I have lived in the Virgin Islands for almost nine years now, helping people sell and buy real estate. As with any profess...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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  St. Thomas may be a fairly small island but cultural institutions abound here. One of the cultural institutions in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. is the Pistarkle Theater. Established in 1991 and currently molded by Nikki Emerich as the artistic Director. The Pistarkle Theater offers a variety of produc...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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Since arriving in St. Thomas, I have infrequently heard people my age either ask about property near Stumpy Bay or refer to wonderful times they had while growing up going to Stumpy Bay. There was never a lot of details, just whimsical looks and soft knowing smiles. I have shown property in Estat...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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If you read this blog, you know I spend a fair amount of time on Magen's Bay Beach, in St. Thomas, especially early in the morning. The astounding beauty brings peace, preserves sanity in crazy times and provides great exercise.   This past Saturday was a day I was determined to get there, a part...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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Wednesdays are traditionally the day for open houses on St. Thomas. They are open mainly to brokers and agents. Although you are not prohibited from bringing your customer. Today there were a total of six open houses. I started out with the thought of trying to identify the best buy, but it reall...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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Entertainment in St. Thomas VI Michael Bolton rocked the Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands last night as part of his, One World One Love 2011 tour. Showing his range from classics like, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay", and "How am I Supposed to Live Without You" t...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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What about Foreclosures in the Virgin Islands?  They abound on the continent or mainland. Experts on CNN predict, the real estate market will continue to decline until the inventory of REO's is absorbed. The debacle of the market was instigated by out of control lending institutions, sub-prime le...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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  It's four in the afternoon on the Harbor of Charlotte Amalie, in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Happy hour at Frenchman's Cove, a newer timeshare subdivision of the Marriott Hotel, in Frenchman's Bay is featuring St. Thomas' hot new groups, two for one drinks, breath taking scenery, ha...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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It is the season for hurricanes in the Caribbean. We often have warnings. Saturday afternoon, as president elect, I hosted a luncheon for incoming officers of the St. Thomas Board of Realtors at the Grill in Mahogany Run. We discussed some of our goals for the up coming year. Our conversation qui...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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With the advent of heavy rains yesterday, I began to think about my cistern filling up.  On St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John,  most homes have their own supply of water, gathered from rain falling on the roof, which is stored underneath the house, where a basement would normally be on the mainl...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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SizeAs a Broker in the U.S. Virgin Islands I am licensed to sell property on all three islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. Although each island has it's own REALTORS' association, due to our individual sizes we are consolidated as a "state" organization called Virgin Islands Territorial ...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the up-coming hurricane season forecast. It formally opened today, June first, and is supposed to be a particularly rough year in the Atlantic region.  I have already had prospective buyers call to postpone trips until after the sea...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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St. Thomas is a beautiful Caribbean Island, under the flag of the United States. People flock here to vacation from around the world, buying, or renting villas, condos, timeshares, as well as all kinds of sailing vessels. Buying and selling real estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands is easiest for th...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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St. Thomas real estate is generally in the upper end of the market. Prices have fallen slightly in response to the world economy. Customers tend to search longer and bid lower. Some clients are being a little more flexible but not many. One of the really nice things about owning a home or condo i...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com)
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When looking to buy a home or property in St. Thomas it is important to know road surface can vary greatly and the terrain being generally quite hilly, will impact the kind of vehicle you own. The main roads are the responsibility of and are maintained by the government; whereas roads in individu...

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