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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Simple Ways To Invest In Real Estate

By Andrew Beattie | Updated December 28, 2015

Buying real estate is about more than just finding a place to call home. Investing in real estate has become increasingly popular over the last fifty years and has become a common investment vehicle. Although the real estate market has plenty of opportunities for making big gains, buying and owning real estate is a lot more complicated than investing in stocks and bonds. In this article, we'll go beyond buying a home and introduce you to real estate as an investment.

Basic Rental Properties
This is an investment as old as the practice of landownership. A person will buy a property and rent it out to a tenant. The owner, the landlord, is responsible for paying the mortgage, taxes and costs of maintaining the property. Ideally, the landlord charges enough rent to cover all of the aforementioned costs. A landlord may also charge more in order to produce a monthly profit, but the most common strategy is to be patient and only charge enough rent to cover expenses until the mortgage has been paid, at which time the majority of the rent becomes profit. Furthermore, the property may also have appreciated in value over the course of the mortgage, leaving the landlord with a more valuable asset. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, real estate has consistently increased in value from 1940 to 2006, then proceeded to dip and rebound from 2008 to 2010….
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Where to Travel in 2016: 16 Places You Need to Visit in the Caribbean

Don’t just go on a great vacation to the Caribbean this year. Go on an interesting one. Explore the Caribbean in new ways — see parts of the region you may have never considered, or find new corners of the places you’ve already been to. While we know Caribbean Journal readers travel all over the Caribbean (and often), there are always new places to discover. And that’s where our Where to Travel list comes in. This year, we’ve offered a mix of well-known destinations and up-and-coming getaways, hip hideaways and must-visit hotels. These are our favorite destinations in the Caribbean for 2016. Happy exploring...

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Rum Journal: Dominican Republic's Premier Rum Brugal

From farm to bottle, every drop of Brugal is and always has been made in the Dominican Republic. The country’s finest ingredients are what help Brugal set the standard for its premium portfolio of rums.
In the Dominican Republic, you’ll find that the family’s commitment to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility is as strong as their passion for exceptional spirits.
The Brugal Foundation, the brand’s philanthropic arm, has long been at the forefront of important social and economic initiatives in the Dominican Republic. Ranging from wide-reaching national infrastructure projects, like the country’s first universal road sign program, to school building and educational support for underprivileged children, Brugal is truly a part of the fabric of Dominican life.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rum Journal: The Best Rum Bar in the British Virgin Islands
A great little rum bar on Cooper Island. It’s a trend we like.
More and more hotels are starting to celebrate the glory of rum by creating bars tailored around the spirit. That means rums not just from local distilleries but from across the wider Caribbean.
And one of the best to come on the scene in the last few years is on the tiny private island of Cooper Island in the British Virgin Islands....
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