PRESS RELEASE (February 15, 2021) – For top-producing estate agent Timothy Smith, 2021 is off to a promising start – the real estate pro with industry honours, an entrepreneurial spirit and a social media following that numbers in the thousands is taking on a new role as partner in Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR Bahamas Group.
Smith joins founding partner, real estate guru Mario Carey, and Tim Rodland, Managing Partner.
Rodland announced Smith’s appointment today.
“We are happy to bring on Timothy Smith as a partner,” he said. “He has demonstrated a level of dedication and professionalism that embodies the core values of the company and has proven to be a valuable asset to our team.”
At 27, Smith has acquired more than $40 million in listings and earned top honours three times since he joined Mario Carey Realty as the firm was transitioning to Better Homes and Gardens in 2016.
In 2017 Smith was rookie of the year. In 2019 and 2020, he was top producer and last year snagged one of the country’s most desirable listings, the $23 million Gun Point, Eleuthera estate with a history of royal connections.
Better Homes and Gardens MCR Group founder Mario Carey echoed Rodland’s sentiments about the high achiever.
“Timothy Smith’s hard work, his 24/7 availability and his social marketing skills are beyond impressive,” said Carey. “His work ethic and his personality have already earned him respect from the real estate community at large as well as from his colleagues here at Better Homes and Gardens.”
According to Smith, letting clients know you are always available is essential.
“Real estate is not a 9-5 job. It’s a calling,” said Smith, who believes that “calling” means answering questions and resolving concerns regardless of the day or hour. “Real estate is not about property. It’s about relationships. It’s not one and done; it’s ongoing building of trust, looking for the best deals for clients. You have to keep up with the trends. You can’t get comfortable and rest on what you did yesterday.”
Smith’s mastery of today’s marketing media has garnered thousands who follow not just his new listings, but images and comments on news, sports, social and environmental scenes. His Instagram following continuously grows, a tribute to the quality of content he develops. Smith admits he spends ‘countless hours’ every week studying trends and marketing strategies. He is glued to YouTube to learn what the top real estate professionals around the world are doing.
If real estate comes naturally for the man who descends from a prominent real estate family, so does entrepreneurship. He and three partners have more than quadrupled E-Z Haul, the self-drive truck rental business they started in 2016. Success in one field complements the other. “Both take hard work and perseverance,” he believes.
Carey, an industry legend who has handled more than $2.7 billion in transactions, says the addition of the right partners strengthens the firm.
“Choosing and nurturing the right kind of leadership for real estate is not just about securing a future for a particular firm. It is important for The Bahamas to maintain The Bahamas reputation for excellence and integrity in real estate transactions both locally and globally,” Carey said.
“Industry leaders like Timothy Smith are the future of real estate in The Bahamas.”
Smith continues to credit Carey for his mentorship.
“Mario took me under his wing and I don’t think I ever could have achieved what I have had it not been for that one-on-one experience with a trend-setter and legend in the industry,” said Smith. “I am honoured to step into the role of partner.”
Photo Caption:Timothy Smith, centre, moves up to partner at Better Homes and Gardens MCR Bahamas Group. He is flanked by firm founder and real estate guru Mario Carey, left, and managing partner, Tim Rodland, right. Smith was the firm’s top producer and top overall agent in 2020.
Release: Better Homes & Gardens
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
TCI & Bahamas and over 20 other countries put at higher risk by CDC, Residents say DIVERSIFY
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – ‘We need to diversify!’ is the main call from residents of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas after the recent bumping of their countries to a level 4 in the US, Centres for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice index. The Turks and Caicos Islands along with the Bahamas, Cayman, Bonaire, Curaçao Trinidad and Tobago and 16 other countries were officially added to the CDC’s level 4 list on Tuesday.
Jamaica was also moved up to level three.
Despite a record breaking year for arrivals, one TCI resident said, “Maybe now the PNP will put something credible into place to go with their words about diversifying the economy.”
A Bahamian resident added his views from Grand Bahama.
“Tourism is running the whole country, which is ridiculous because every time something goes down in the rest of the world tourism is the first thing that drops off. With Covid you think they would have learned a lesson, no, they’re still using Tourism as a base for everything.”
This is a blow for all the Caribbean countries listed, who are still trying to rebound from 2020’s economic shocks due to the freeze on travel and tourism when the Coronavirus Pandemic first started.
It is especially difficult for the Turks and Caicos which mandates that travelers must have travel insurance to vacation on the islands as level 4 ratings makes that security more difficult to procure.
Back to the Bush, Traditional Remedies make a Come-back
By Shanieka Smith
You may know it as the Wild Hyssop; American blue verbena, mosquito plant, holy herb or simpler’s joy. You may even know it because of its rich purple colour or its tiny and delicate leaves and five-petaled blossoms. But what you really need to know is that Vervain has several healing properties; it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving).
Among its purported benefits, vervain is used to treat headaches, other aches and pain, insomnia, digestive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, and upper respiratory tract infections.
This means it’s perfect for the time we live in now as the coronavirus infamously attacks respiratory systems.
Neem – the tree for solving global problems grows “almost anywhere” in the lowland tropics.
Every part of the Neem tree is beneficial: the bark, leaves, seed, fruit, and twigs. It has over 130 biologically active compounds that can keep viral and bacterial diseases at bay. It is also a powerful immune stimulant.
Yes, it is bitter and has a garlic, nutty aroma but that is a sign that it is good for your body but not so good if you are trying to become pregnant, according to experts on the plant.
Neem is “A” class, which means it is antiviral (inhibits the growth of viruses), antifungal (inhibits the growth of fungi), antibacterial (destroys the growth of bacteria), analgesic (provides pain relief), anti-inflammatory (reduces certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness), antimicrobial (destroys the growth of microorganisms) and it is age-defying.
As everyone is in survival mode, Moringa, the survival food, which contains all the nutritional elements may be just what you need.
Moringa has protein, calcium, eight of the nine essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more. The best part is that all parts of the Moringa plant have their unique health properties and you have different ways to use the plant.
Moringa leaves can be dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. You can also use it to make an essential oil as well as a delicious drink from fresh leaves.
To improve both health, cure digestive disorders, protect your heart and cardiovascular system, reduce blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and immunity, try Moringa.
“Go home Elena, go home Elena, go boil Cerasee fi yuh belly” – This Caribbean folk song was loved more than the plant itself. But if your grandmother could not convince you enough, COVID-19 is here to remind you that your body needs to remain healthy and Cerasee can add to your body that renewed look and feel. The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the bitter melon plant have medicinal properties and are used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world. The herb is a natural detoxifier, containing vitamins A and C, as well as phosphorus and iron.
It is mostly used to make a hot beverage to calm symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, liver problems, fever, and constipation.
LEAF OF LIFE
Miracles still happen and if you do not believe, have a nice warm tea or a cool blended drink made from the Leaf of Life. You can also enjoy the raw plant. The tall, erect, succulent perennial herb is native to Madagascar and has become naturalised in tropical and subtropical areas.
It is used as a herbal remedy to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, colds, coughs, shortness of breath and bronchitis. The Life plant has several health and beauty benefits and the good news is, you can even have it as a houseplant.
The Aloe Vera plant is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides, just what you need now to strengthen your body and build resistance against harmful bacteria and viruses. Along with being used in cosmetics, the thick, short-stemmed plant has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.
It also enhances insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood sugar management, so if you are diabetic, it is good to add Aloe Vera to your medicinal list.
Papaya trees are almost everywhere on the island, so you have no excuses. Moreover, the nutrition filled fruit is not only a healthy choice, it’s a tasty one too.
Add papaya to your fruit salad, scoop the raw fruit with a spoon, blend the seeds into a creamy salad dressing and don’t forget to add the green fruit to your meat pot.
As you enjoy the juiciness and freshness of the fruit, it will help your body to reduce stress, prevent cholesterol build-up, arthritis, and ageing. The leaves are also proven to be helpful in preventing cancer.
Papaya is also one of nature’s natural contraceptives, they say.
Lemongrass or Fever grass is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy.
It contains substances that can relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and it has antioxidant properties.
A hot cup of lemongrass tea every morning can significantly improve your health.
Also, the leaves and the oil are used to make medicine. So what better way to enjoy the benefits of this herb than to grab it fresh from your backyard and enjoy the pure scent and the soothing taste?
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