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A Home in the Caribbean

Known for years as the Caribbean's most exciting vacation destination, the island has now been discovered by upscale real estate buyers and is fast developing into one of the world's most prestigious locations to own a residence.

There are several competent and reliable realtors on St Maarten/St Martin, but there is no conclusive Multiple Listing Service available to the buyer. Searching for that perfect piece of property in paradise is a time consuming journey through numerous real estate offices.

The Dutch side of the island - Sint Maarten - is leading the strong real estate market. Around the coast, new luxury developments are being constructed. There are new gated communities with waterfront access, boat slips and world class amenities. Taller buildings with comfortable condominiums are becoming more common as well.

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Values for home and condominium re-sales are increasing consistently; a property purchased only two years ago turns out to be a wise investment.

American buyers seem to prefer the Dutch side at this time, because on the surface there are similarities to life in the US: English is the common language, power is 110 Volts, the currency is the US-Dollar, the supermarkets carry a large selection of American products, the typical fast food restaurants are ever present, US cable TV is standard. Most importantly: many of the properties have been designed with the American buyer in mind.

French St Martin covers the northern two thirds of the island. Governed from the much larger island of Guadeloupe, St Martin is a fully European territory and follows the same standards and laws as continental France.

The French side has initially been slower in development and retained to this day more of its natural beauty. Both sides of the island depend on each other, and without the attractiveness of the French side, Dutch St Maarten would not be very successful on its own. At the same time, the non-stop entertainment and action of the Dutch side is important to residents of the French side as well.

Citizens of any member state of the European Union can settle and work in St Martin without permission. For foreigners - Americans and Canadians -  owning real estate is no problem at all. Amazingly, English is the first language of most French St Martiners, and American investors will not encounter too many problems in dealing with the administration and public services.

Tendal Real Estate N.V. is a corporation formed on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten in the year 1972. To this day, Tendal has remained to be the most prominent and successful realty office on the island. Already in '72, Tendal was assigned as exclusive agent to the largest development at the time - Mullet Bay Resort. This 172 property consisted of 322 2-bedroom units, which were sold individually. For the years to come, the resort turned out to be a superior investment for the owners. Since the early seventies, Tendal has worked with the leading property developments on Sint Maarten.

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Aerial shot of the Ocean Club in Cupecoy

Walter Kassel, CEO

Tendal did not only focus on large developments, but has always handled a variety of general real estate products, from commercial properties, retail businesses, luxury homes, condominiums to building lots and land. Part of Tendals work is to create market feasibility studies and appraisals.

All aspects of a real estate transaction are being handled by Tendal, before and after a closing. Consultation is offered on contractors, interior designers, local craftsmen and the various methods of how to acquire a property. The company also advises their clients of how to structure their ownership, by explaining the benefits of an offshore corporation or account, or a local limited liability company and also facilitates the implementation of these solutions. Tendal tends to all the needs client's might have.

Walter Kassel, CEO ofTendal explains the company's goal and mission: "We need to earn the trust and loyalty of our clients, and we want to forge this into a strong and long-lasting relationship."

That's why the brokers at Tendal Real Estate are looking forward to advising you regarding investment possibilities available on Sint Maarten.

Tendal Real Estate N.V receives 2013 United States Excellence Award

September 6th 2014 – Tendal Real Estate N.V has been selected for the 2013 United States Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCRI).

Each year the USTCRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that United States is renowned for.

Tendal Real Estate N.V has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of United States.


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Tendal Real Estate
Welfare Road 87B
Simpson Bay, St.Maarten
Phone: 1 721 544-5383
Fax: 1 721 544-5418
Vonage: 614-372-8005
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