Sat. morning I woke up and got all of my recording devices together and headed to town. I just happened to stop at George's Country Kitchen and have breakfast when I priviledged to overhear (as opposed to eavsdropping on) a conversation of two men (at least one was a developer talking about real estate on the island). After that I made my way downtown and passed by some familiar real estate company signs. They have listings taped to the doors so I browsed a bit. I walked into Coldwell Banker/Triton Properties because they not only answered my email, but I got a good vibe from the way that they responded (some of the other responses were a little cold or I didn't get one at all). I met Fran and Roger and spoke with them a bit. They were very accomodating (even though I told them I would be in Friday afternoon). I asked them if they still had time to show me some properties and they basically showed me anything that I wanted to see and gave me there perspectives on living on the island and real estate trends. This included a boat ride all the way to Mexico Rocks. We would have gone further, but there was lightning ahead of us and the water was getting a little rough. While we were gassing up I looked straight ahead to see a sign on a bar "CHOLOS".
After looking at a few more places I pretty much figured that they had put me way ahead of my schedule. I kinda lounged around the rest of the day and I finally got to meet up with O Jackie.
I took a 3 1/2 bike to the South end of the island and then to the North (up to Captain Morgans). I spoke with a few other managers of condos/villas while on my trip.
All in all it was a great trip. I have learned so much in so little time. Would I like to spend more time there? DEFINITELY! Did I buy anything? NO! It's a matter of dollars and cents now. I found some places that were beyond my budget, but I think I at least know what the prices ranges are and what areas I like. I even rode over to the not as nice areas of the island and had a chance to speak briefly with a surveyor in the government housing section. The chance that I do buy something in the future is at least 50%.
I was fortunate to meet a number of people that live on the island and all were delightful. I even met up with Tim and his partner and friends (what a great group of guys).
I have already booked my next flight for late November. If I go before then, it's real serious.
The food was good the people were friendly and most of all, I can see myself blending right in (literally). Spanish classes start next week.
There's so much more, but I've said enough here.