October 2016 will see Trinidad’s second official real estate awards where the Caribbean Islands real estate sector gets together and recognised significant achievements . The event
The first Real Estate Awards premiered on October 20 2015 and too place at Queen's Hall in Port of Spain. Hosted by TrinidadRealtor.com's web architect and creator, Shane Correia, the event, the first of its kind for the industry, was a massive success.
Correia said: “Many of our country’s most accomplished and well respected real estate agents and companies have become members of TrinidadRealtor.com. We have seen their hard work, commitment to success and diligence in their contribution to the development of the real estate industry in Trinidad and Tobago”.
The first award ceremony was attended by Trinidad government Minister Young who gave the assurance that the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs stand ready to work with stakeholders to enact and enforce greater legislation that would greater police and protect industry stakeholders, including the public.
Long time real estate stalwart and CEO of Terra Caribbean Limited, Jean de Meillac, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his four decades in the business and invaluable contribution to the development of the local industry.
Other big winners included Small, Medium and Large Agencies of the Year, Alcazar Realtors, Guillen Realty and Massy Realty respectively.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Jean De Meillac, Terra Caribbean
The Real Estate Awards, brainchild of Shane Correia of Trinidad Realtors, was organised not only to honour the men and women who have developed the industry, but also to bring stakeholders together. The ceremony was hosted by Guardian Media Ltd personality Jason Williams.
Founder of international real estate website Homesgofast.com Nick Marr who has family connections with the region says
“It's fantastic to see these awards, they are a great way to get the real estate sector together and for each agency and individual to set goals of higher professionalism. The country real estate market not recovered as quickly as some others in the Caribbean. One reason it seem is a government mandate issued in 2007 requiring foreign investors to obtain a license for all land purchases in Tobago. Currently the market is stable, with prices having increased about 6 percent in 2015 over 2014. From an international investors perspective it the market offers some great opportunities."
Trinidad Realtors roll of of honour 2015
Most Viewed Property - Golden Key Real Estate
Most Videos on TrinidadRealtor.com - Tucker Real Estate
Best Quality Property Photos - Alcazar Realtors
Most Properties on MapIT - Terra Caribbean
Most Commercial Rental Properties - Terra Caribbean
Most Residential Rental Properties - Ornella Nahous Properties
Most Commercial Sale Properties - Terra Caribbean
Most Residential Sale Properties - Massy Realty
Most Land for Sale Properties - Golden Key Real Estate
Most Likes on Facebook - Massy Realty
Most Professionally Attired - Male - Wayne Fox - A1 Realty Professionals
Most Professionally Attired - Female - Jasmine George - Earth Real Estate
Most Punctual Agent - Debbie Nicol - Dynamic Real Estate Consultancy Ltd
Best Showing Agent - Tracy Sheppard - Stuart Spiers Real Estate Services
Personality of the Year - Adrian De Souza - Golden Key Real Estate
Agent of the Year - Male - Large - Stuart Spiers - Stuart Spiers Real Estate Services
Agent of the Year - Male - Medium - Steve Plimmer - Plimmer Real Estate
Agent of the Year - Male - Small - Sajeev Maharaj - Green Acres Estates Ltd
Agent of the Year - Female - Large - Jeanine Tucker-Miller - Tucker Real Estate
Agent of the Year - Female - Medium - Saran Joseph - Sunrise Properties
Agent of the Year - Female - Small - Jennifer Alcazar-Dolsingh - Alcazar Realtors
Overall Agent of the Year - Jeanine Tucker-Miller - Tucker Real Estate
Agency of the Year - Large - Massy Realty
Agency of the Year - Medium - Guillen Realty
Agency of the Year - Small - Alcazar Realtors
Mortgage Agent of the Year - Cindy Rackal - The JMMB Group
Best Print Media - Trinidad Express Newspapers
Interior Designer of the Year - Dayna Collier-Wynard
Lifetime Achievement Award - Terra Caribbean
Video of the first awards go to Property for Sale Trinidad
You can see all the categories and companies in 2016 awards here
Buying a property in Trinidad & Tobago as a foreigner
A new law took effect in Tobago on 16 February 2007 known as the Foreign Investment (Tobago Land Acquisition) Order 2007. The Order states that foreigners must now obtain a license to acquire land for any purpose on the whole island of Tobago.
Permission to buy land does not confer residency. However, if you plan to come on holiday to enjoy your new property, a non-resident is usually allowed up to three months, with or without the need for a visa, which depends on the country of origin. Discretionary extensions can be applied for.