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By Patrice Johnson
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty)
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 PART TWO - YOU WANT ME TO SIGN WHAT? Maybe it’s the heat.I’m driving with the air conditioner on full blast and it’s not even noon. It’s a picture postcard day – sunny, not a cloud in the sky. The water is that unbelievable shade of turquoise and the foliage is really green. Cruise ships are in the harbor and the port of Charlotte Amalie is bustling with activity.I’ve arrived at the hotel and picked up an eager new arrival.  Driving on the left, my passenger acknowledges, puts them a little on edge. It’s the turns that surprise. And then there are the really steep hills, the hidden driveways. With skill and nonchalance I back my vehicle into a gravel-laden parking spot, designated parking on the edge of what appears to be a cliff. My Sentricard grants us entry and the key works on the ...
By Patrice Johnson
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty)
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 YOU SAY YOU'RE MOVING WHERE?  Like crumpled bills in the bottom of a washing machine, commissions from residential rentals are like found money. Often the delayed result of a flurry of activity, with an agent's time and energy long ago expended, the extra cash is never unwelcome.While most real estate agents would rather the commission a real estate sale brings, many of us will service rental customers with steadfast, if not eager, professionalism.Sure a buyer would be nice. But a renter beats a blank.Here in the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John - rental customers contact us and they haven't even landed yet. This is where the fun begins.As we know, real estate is a relationship business.Potential renters are often stateside, in the airport, on their way to St. Thomas...
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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        Beautiful Island Villas are an integral part of real estate in the Virgin Islands. We have all the luxury you would expect right here on the spectacular island of St. Thomas. This is the cream of real estate in the Virgin Island.   Earlier this year, I sold, Outrigger House for $2.1 million dollars. It was designed by famed Caribbean Architect Michael Helm of the British Virgin Islands and decorated by gifted interior decorator Twila Wilson of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  Her designs have been featured in Architectural Digest. Four bedrooms and four full bathrooms with one half bath, multiple balconies, infinity pool and a wrapping deck a barbecue and outdoor dining area. The view from the balcony, which boasts  teak  day beds and couches, is spectacular. There is a studio bel...
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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Finding  great businesses to patronize can be a challenge no mater where you live. On Edge Salon is a relatively new business located in Fort Mylner. Owner, operator, Ms. Tireka Thomas has created a true retreat with her new business" On Edge Salon". Beautifully appointed, you immediately know you are in for a treat when you walk through the door. There is a comfortable waiting area (much bigger than the picture above makes it appear, I am constricted by my space here). One of the best ways of finding new businesses is when someone  you trust recommends one to you.  I have to thank Jackie at Merchant's Bank for sending me to On Edge Salon. My experience was wonderful from the moment I walked through the doors.  Prompt and ready to save me from an overgrown doo,  I was first given a prof...
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 selling or buying a home before you get into the interior features, potential buyers should look at the location of the home, lot or condo first. This among other things can heavily influence the value of the property in question. The variables can be anything from school districts near the home to the view of the ocean. The second factor  mentioned is of particular interest to home buyers here in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most homes have some water view, distant views can be as beautiful as waterfront properties.  Looking to build on a lot? Things you need to consider are the use of the land with respect to zoning laws which determine what kind of structure can be built, easements, and where you will put the septic tanks as well as the elevation. You wouldn't want to build a home o...
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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Dr. Kean, who is in two of the exhibited painting and Shaunsi Miller, the artist at the exhibit.   A fundraiser for the completion of Fort Christian by the  St. Thomas Historical Trust was launched on Sunday at Yacht Haven Grande. It will run through the first of February. On exhibit is a collection of more than forty original painting by Shansi Miller. The series is entitled the "Lady in Red Visits"  and portrays a woman, dressed in a red skirt, visiting well known sites in St.Thomas as she interacts with other people known in the community. Although the paintings are small in dimension, the detail is incredible, with an amazing use of light and color. As you enter the exhibit, you are offered a brochure and a magnifying glass. The admission is free.  Three series of prints are being ...

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