April 2014

Living in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is known as one of the best places in the world to vacation because of its great weather, beaches, and culture.  However, over the years this region has also become one of the most desirable places to live and own property in.

One of the biggest factors that draws people to living in the Caribbean is the weather.  The islands are not unbearably hot, and the climate is considered by many to be as near perfect as possible.  Throughout the year, you can expect the temperature to vary only slightly, and in both winter and summer it rarely drops below 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 degrees Fahrenheit.  And if you’re worried about humidity, don’t be.  If there is any, it is usually suppressed by cooling trade winds; while heavy rainfall is often followed by bright sun.

A very unique aspect of the Caribbean is its culture.  When Caribbean Islanders arrived a hundred years ago, they brought with them many traditional, foods, art, music, and dance.  While walking the streets, Reggae music can be heard from beachside bars and Calypso music can be heard almost nightly.  Another one of the main cultural standouts of the Caribbean is the carnival.  All of the islands hold carnivals yearly, with Trinidad being considered the most famous.  There are also strong traditions in certain sports, with horse racing and cricket being two of the most popular.  Those who live in the Caribbean are very proud of their culture, and are more than happy to offer it to anyone who’d like to live among them.

Living in the Caribbean also offers an extremely unique and desirable lifestyle.  Upon arriving, you’ll notice that there is a very laid-back ‘no rush’ attitude that can be felt throughout the islands.  You will also find that there is a great array of activities available, especially for sports lovers.  Days can be spent scuba diving, watching and playing cricket, windsurfing, and fishing or golfing.  Once settled in, you’ll learn that because it is less established among tourists and investors, the cost of living is very reasonable.

With warm sunny weather, a unique culture, stunning beaches and more, there are many great reasons to live in the Caribbean.  To learn more, please contact the professionals at Personette Group today.

Reasons to Live in Austin, TX

Have you ever thought about living in Austin, TX?  Austin’s high quality of life and low cost of living make it a very desirable city to live in.  Those who live there are generally open-minded, welcoming individuals of all walks of life.  Once you visit Austin, you will find that there are many great reasons to live there.


Did you know that Austin is also ranked one of the best cities to start a career?  The city has more jobs now than before the 2008 – 2009 recession.  Most people that find jobs in Austin work in the high-tech industry, state government, or at the University of Texas.  As of May 2013, Austin had a 5.4% unemployment rate, which was below the national average.  The metro area is also home to two Fortune 500 companies, Whole Foods and Dell.

Outdoor Life

If you are someone who loves to be outside and enjoy nature at its finest, you’ll find that Austin has the best biking and hiking trails right in the heart of the city.  The Greenbelt and Lady Bird Lake run right through the center of town and provide endless miles of trails and outdoor swimming holes.  One of the more popular recreational activities amongst college students is tubing along the Colorado River.  This is especially popular during the hot summer days that Austin tends to experience.  In addition to all of these great outdoor activities, there’s also the Austin Zoo and Schlitterbaun, which is an indoor water park.  These are both great for family outings.


Austin is also known for a variety of new and well-established eateries.  For an extraordinary night of fine dining, you can try Sandra Bullock’s highly reviewed restaurant, Bess Bistro.  Austin is also the home of Walton’s Fancy and Stable, which is a state-of-the-art bakery, delicatessen and floral shop.  Just a little ways down the road from Bess Bistro, you’ll find the world headquarters for Whole Foods, which offers innumerable cooking and wine pairing classes taught by famous chefs. For all you beer lovers, there are many local brewing companies or microbreweries that have regularly scheduled tasting parties and membership recruiting events.


Austin is officially known as “The Live Music Capital of The World.”  If you are fan of live music, then Austin is the place to be.  One of the biggest attractions is South by Southwest, which started off as a music festival and has since turned into a full-fledged music, film, and interactive event.  Another favorite of music lovers is Austin City Limits, which is a music performance T.V. show that appears weekly on PBS.   You’ll also find that there are always events to go to, including concerts, car shows, rodeos, tattoo conventions, gun shows, and art shows.

There are many great reasons to live in Austin, TX.  There’s a little something for everyone, which will help make your decision to move there a lot easier.