REAL ESTATE is the term used to refer to property – for example, houses, land, commercial buildings and apartments – and it is one of the principal investments undertaken by most families, even when we include the high-net-worth people who are no doubt reading this! This series will discuss the real estate market in Trinidad & Tobago. 

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257Public Procurement collapse, Part Three27th December 2020
256VIDEO: Interview on Section One – TV Jaagriti, 13 Dec 202022nd December 2020
255Public Procurement Collapse, Part Two22nd December 2020
254Public Procurement Collapse, Part I21st December 2020
253VIDEO: Public Procurement Amendments on Long Story Short (WESN) – 5 December 202014th December 2020
252VIDEO: Interview on The Morning Edition – 8 December 202010th December 2020
251AUDIO: Interview on Power Breakfast Show on Procurement Act amendments – 4 Dec 20204th December 2020
250AUDIO: Interview on 104.7 MORE FM on Public Procurement reform3rd December 2020
249VIDEO: Ministry of Health new HQ bldg – a Worked Example of Public Private Partnership3rd December 2020
248VIDEO: Preliminary views on the proposed amendments to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act3rd December 2020
247VIDEO: African Association Credit Union of T&T webinar26th November 2020
246VIDEO: Keep It Real on Synergy TV – 8 November 202011th November 2020
245VIDEO: Ensuring Transparency in the Procurement Process8th November 2020
244VIDEO: The Demming Chronicles – Governance in T&T23rd October 2020
243VIDEO: T&T Post Budget 2020/2021 Review7th October 2020
242100 Caribbean Books That Made Us – Bocas Lit Fest17th May 2020
241VIDEO: Conversations For Change 8 COVID-19, An Opportunity for Reset : Views from the Global South11th May 2020
240Proposals to the Post-COVID-19 Recovery Team7th May 2020
239VIDEO: Interview on TTT on post-pandemic priorities for T&T recovery26th April 2020
238VIDEO: Interview on CNC3 on COVID-19 task force priorities – 20 April 202021st April 2020
237VIDEO: Process and Priorities for the PM’s COVID-19 ‘Road To Recovery’ Committee18th April 2020
236AUDIO: Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute webinar – 25 March 202027th March 2020
235Letter to the Editor: FCB IPO matter12th February 2020
234VIDEO: Webinar on Transparency in Procurement – 26 January 202026th January 2020
233Public Procurement Delays – the tangled web5th February 2020
232AUDIO: Procurement system delays – Power Breakfast Show, 30 Jan 20203rd February 2020
231The Accountability Arc29th January 2020
230Public Procurement Delays, part three22nd January 2020
229VIDEO: Speech on Public Procurement – 15 January 202020th January 2020
228Public Procurement Delays: the PPP aspect15th January 2020
227Public Procurement Delays, part two8th January 2020
226Public Procurement Delays1st January 2020
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245More Tobago Love25th December 2019
244Tobago Love18th December 2019
243State Owned Hotels11th December 2019
242THA Bolt Appeal - Part Two27th November 2019
241THA Bolt Appeal13th November 2019
240HDC Housing Bonds - Part Three23rd October 2019
239HDC Housing Bonds - Part Two16th October 2019
238HDC Housing Bonds9th October 2019
237In-Dependence - Part Four25th September 2019
236In-Dependence - Part Three18th September 2019
235In-Dependence - Part Two11th September 2019
234In-Dependence4th September 2019
233Affordability and Legality - Part Two29th August 2019
232Affordability and Legality21st August 2019
231The Cost of the Candle14th August 2019
230Social Housing Notes10th July 2019
229Hyatt Regency Notes26th June 2019
228The Show Tell Hotel5th June 2019
227New Public Housing29th May 2019
226Notes on Resort Development23rd May 2019
225Notes on Hotel Sales2nd May 2019
224The No Tell Hotel24th April 2019
223Anything for a buck - Part 318th April 2019
222Anything for a Buck - Part 210th April 2019
221Anything for a Buck3rd April 2019
220Sandals Shuffle27th March 2019
219Filling the Gap13th March 2019
218Cycle of Consequences7th March 2019
217The Curepe Interchange27th February 2019
216Checking out State owned Hotels20th February 2019
215Hotel Reservations13th February 2019
214Tobago Sandals MoU-MoU6th February 2019
213Tobago Sandals Silence24th January 2019
212 Tobago Sandals Roles9th January 2019
211The Sandals Re-MoU1st January 2019
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210The Sandals MoU Part Three19th December 2018
209?Tobago Sandals MOU Part 212th December 2018
208Tobago Sandals MOU5th December 2018
207The Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals21st November 2018
206Sandals Splinters31st October 2018
205The Sandals Case24th October 2018
204The Petrotrin Case10th October 2018
203Open Contracting? Part 227th September 2018
202Open Contracting?19th September 2018
201The Housing Gap Part 212th September 2018
200The Housing Gap Part 17th September 2018
199Invader's Bay again29th August 2018
198The Stormwater Management Committee22nd August 2018
197Sandals MoU - Part 34th July 2018
196Sandals MoU - Part 227th June 2018
195Sandals MoU?20th June 2018
194More Property Tax FAQs Part 313th June 2018
193More Property Tax FAQs Part 26th June 2018
192More Property Tax FAQs2nd June 2018
191St Augustine Nurseries Part 324th May 2018
190St Augustine Nurseries Part 217th May 2018
189St Augustine Nurseries10th May 2018
188Eden Gardens Case2nd May 2018
187Sandals MoU8th March 2018
186Digital Transformation in our Tourism21st February 2018
185Trinidad Hilton Improvements14th February 2018
184State Land Acquisition25th January, 2018
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183The Procurement Gap21st December 2017
182The Ethics Gap - Part Five13th December 2017
181The Ethics Gap - Part Four6th December 2017
179The Ethics Gap Part Two22nd November 2017
178The Ethics Gap?15th November 2017
177The Gap Analysis1st November 2017
176Horses for Courses25th October 2017
175Tobago Sandals Part 35th October 2017
174Tobago Sandals Part 227th September 2017
173Tobago Sandals20th September 2017
172Property Tax Setbacks21st May 2017
171Property Tax Setbacks?(PDF)19th May 2017
170Property Tax FAQs4th May 2017
169HDC Acts28th March 2017
168HDC Financing22nd March 2017
167Achieving Affordability15th March 2017
166The Affordability Hoax8th March 2017
165Board Games Again29th January 2017
164State Housing Facts8th January 2017
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163Invader's Bay - Part 27th December 2016
162Invader's Bay1st December 2016
161Examining Public Private Partnership16th November 2016
160Tax Facts - Part 29th November 2016
159Tax Facts - Part 126th October 2016
158Sole Selectives26th October 2016
157POS development prospects19th October 2016
156Hotel Facts21st September 2016
155Pay Day - Part 216th September 2016
154Pay Day8th September 2016
153Sandals Tobago18th August 2016
152Invader's Bay Reboot25th June 2016
151Housing Issues - Part 614th April 2016
150Housing Issues - Part 530th March 2016
149Housing Issues - Part 410th March 2016
148Housing Issues - Part 324th February 2016
147Housing Issues - Part 24th February 2016
146Housing Issues - Part 121st January 2016
145State Offices - Part 213th January 2016
144State Offices - Part 18th January 2016
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143Setting the Table2nd November 2015
142Budget Review 201622nd October 2015
141Our Land - The Review17th September 2015
140Facing the Facts13th August 2015
139Facing the Facts on Invader's Bay: Invader's Bay Corrective12th August 2015
138Our Land - The Caroni Case Part 2
137Our Land - The Caroni Case
136Our Land2nd April 2015
135Riding the Dragon19th March 2015
134Balancing the Scales21st January 2015
133Invader's Bay - Suspicious Motives26th November 2014
132Re-Route Reboot29th October 2014
131Re-Route Truth24th September 2014
130Housing Strategy requires 'disciplined effort'1st September 2014
128People Say13th August 2014
127Reality Check30th July 2014
125None So Blind18th July 2014
124Money is the Problem9th July 2014
123Paying the Price24th June 2014
122The Elephant in the Room Part 229th May 2014
121The Elephant in the Room14th February 2014
120The Uff Bluff10th January 2014
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119Letter to the Editor - UDECOTT's Failure to Consult Response23rd December 2013
118Invader's Bay Review23rd December 2013
117Invaders Bay: Part 3 - MORE Invaders Bay Ingredients8th November 2013
116Invader's Bay: Part 2 - All the Ingredients for Bobol...1st November 2013
115Invader's Bay Payday?9th October 2013
114Property Tax Facts2013-10-01 00:00:00
113Charting Our Losses: 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words'9th May 2013
112Calcutta Settlement Review14th March 2013
111Calcutta Settlement Again20th February 2013
110From THA/BOLT to Calcutta - tangled webs: Part 21st February 2013
109From THA/BOLT to Calcutta - tangled webs: Part 123rd January 2013
108The Real Deal28th October 2012
107Only a matter of time27th October, 2011
106The Needs Assessment13th October, 2011
105Proper Procurement Practice6th October, 2011
104Spending and Savings29th September, 2011
103Taking Stock18th August, 2011
102State Enterprise Accounts11th August, 2011
101The EFCL Query Part 319th July, 2011
100The EFCL Query Part 214th July, 2011
99The EFCL Query Part 13rd July, 2011
98The Business of Government24th April, 2011
97Reforming UDECOTT24th February, 2011
96Housing Policy Review as an element of the Welfare State20th January, 2011
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952010 Review30th December, 2010
94Some considerations on Property Tax9th December, 2010
93Creating a Context – the role of planning2nd December, 2010
92Some comments on the property and construction proposals of Budget 201123rd September, 2010
91Housing Policy Imperatives – Part 62nd September, 2010
90Housing Policy Imperatives – Part 55th August, 2010
89Housing policy imperatives – Part 422nd July, 2010
88Housing policy imperatives – Part 38th July, 2010
87Housing policy imperatives – Part 21st July, 2010
86Housing policy imperatives – Part 124th June, 2010
85Healing our capital's Heritage buildings3rd June, 2010
84The Uff Report - Learning the Lessons - Part 46th May, 2010
83Learning the Lessons of the UdeCOTT fiasco - Part 329th April, 2010
82Learning the Lessons of the UdeCOTT fiasco - Part 222nd April, 2010
81Learning the Lessons of the UdeCOTT fiasco - Part 115th April, 2010
80An overview of the Uff Report8th April, 2010
79The FINANCIAL IMPACT of UDeCOTT’s operations1st April, 2010
78Preparing for the worst – Some implications of a major earthquake on Trinidad & Tobago11th February, 2010
77End-notes on the Uff Commission17th December, 2009
76The Uff Commission - The Final sitting6th December, 2009
75The Central role of Local Government reform5th November, 2009
74The proposed 2010 review29th October, 2009
73Challenge for the TTRA15th October, 2009
72Property Tax – An Overview8th October, 2009
71The Uff Commission – A Final Fix?1st October, 2009
70The Uff Commission – A Quality Finish?17th September, 2009
69The Uff Commission – Foundation Failure?10th September, 2009
68The Uff Commission – The Final Chapter3rd September, 2009
67Cleaver Heights – The tangled web22nd March, 2009
66Testing UDeCOTT’s claims1st February, 2009
65The HDC’s project delivery deficit25th January, 2009
64The Uff Commission18th January, 2009
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63End of Year (2008) Review15th December, 2008
62Bubble Trouble4th December, 2008
61A Private Sector View on Squatting27th November, 2008
Presented 20th November – Symposium on Squatter Management – Hyatt Regency
60What is the holistic plan?13th November, 2008
59Planning for the New transportation network6th November, 2008
58P3 and the proposals23rd October, 2008
57Planning and the 2009 budget9th October, 2008
56Reflections on Independence18th September, 2008
55RBTT’s new HQ7th August, 2008
54The Udecott check list31st July, 2008
53THE UDECOTT OFFICE PROJECTS - The sense of things17th July, 2008
52THE UDECOTT OFFICE PROJECT - Medium-term consequence10th July, 2008
51Udecott Charges - a Commission with a Mission26th June, 2008
50The Udecott Program - The What and the When19th June, 2008
49The Udecott Program - Some Implications12th June, 2008
48The Udecott strategy ‘A considerable concentration of power’29th May, 2008
47More Thoughts on Tobago Hilton8th May, 2008
46The Tobago Hilton Story24th April, 2008
45CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 725th October, 2007
Economic and Financial Planning
44CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 618th October, 2007
Economic and Financial Aspects
43CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 527th September, 2007
Reflections on Republic Day
42CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 420th September, 2007
No public process of Planning
41CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 313th September, 2007
The Office Crunch
40CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 2 cont'd6th September, 2007
Implications of new office buildings
39CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 230th August, 2007
New office buildings
38CAPITAL CONCERNS Part 123rd August, 2007
37Critique of State housing policy Part 316th August, 2007
Targeting agriculture lands
36Critique of State housing policy Part 29th August, 2007
Who qualifies?
35Critique of State housing policy Part 12nd August, 2007
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34Government must allocate monies so public servants can maintain State property18th November 2004
33The Management of State property4th November 2004
32Beauty of the Savannah7th October 2004
31Protecting Your Property30th September 2004
30Our Planning System - Part 323rd September 2004
29Our Planning System - Part 216th September 2004
28Our Planning System9th September 2004
27This business of Real Estate2nd September 2004
26The Vision for San Fernando - Part 226th August 2004
25San Fernando - A Unique City19th August 2004
24Chaguanas – Part II - Bursting at the seams12th August 2004
23Chaguanas – Trinidad’s fastest growing town29th July 2004
22Transformation of St Clair8th July 2004
21Downtown losing its appeal1st July 2004
20Changing shape, flavour of PoS - Part II24th June 2004
19Closer look at PoS17th June 2004
18Throwing out the baby30th May 2004
17Policy and transparency27th May 2004
16The real Roystonia story20th May 2004
15Caroni Lands — Part II13th May 2004
14Caroni Lands — Part I6th May 2004
13How long will the property bubble last?29th April 2004
12The property ‘bubble’ — Part 122nd April 2004
11Taxing thoughts on property – Part 4
Closing points on Stamp Duty
15th April 2004
10Taxing thoughts on property – Part 3
Taxation of rental income
8th April 2004
9Taxing thoughts on property - Part 2
Land & Building taxes
25th March 2004
8Taxing thoughts on housing18th March 2004
7The shape of things to come11th March 2004
6'Coded Racism' in housing message4th March 2004
5Finding a place called home19th February 2004
4How the State finances housing12th February 2004
3Home Sweet Home29th January 2004
2COST vs. VALUE - The issue of real value
What is real Value?
22nd January 2004
1The REAL deal on property8th January 2004