Legend Hill property development project Mauritius... (Mar 2021)

... or the destruction of an ecosystem! See video

On the west coast of Mauritius, in the village of Tamarin, the construction of villas and other property development on the slope of La Tourelle is creating much grievances. The Legend Hill project is the first of a type where locals are assisting at the progressive destruction of a mountain. Apart from the potential threats it poses to inhabitants living beneath in terms of landslide, this project is venturing in the already meagre biodiversity reserves that are left in Mauritius. Professor Vincent Florens, one of this documentary intervenors rightfully expresses his fear that this project might open the gateway to constructions on mountains and slopes in total disrespect of law and the multiple threats that this may represent.

In this Documentary realised in February 2021, four intervenors give their views from their perspectives on this project. Though, their discourses on this project are from different angle, there is one thing that unites them all, there are critical issues with this project.

  • David Sauvage, ecological and political activist from Rezistans ek Alternativ speaks about the systemic root of the problem that is burying Mauritius more and more in the contradiction of so called ‘development’ versus nature. He speaks about the necessity for a shift in development model that is not only posing serious threats to ecosystems, but also to people’s livelihood and that holds the recipes for serious social crises.

  •  Adi Teelock, engaged citizen, environmentalist and member of the Platform Moris Lanvironman speaks about the weaknesses of the legal framework and the responsibility of the State and statuary bodies that seem more inclined to flee their duties than acting for the best interest of Mauritius, its ecosystems and people.

  • Marie-Anne Lagane, engaged citizen, social worker and inhabitant of Tamarin gives us the insight of someone born in Tamarin and that has witnessed the change and gentrification process taking place. In her moving testimony she speaks about the social structure and communitarian way of living that has vanished in time to make place to a form of neo-colonisation that is distorting this part of Mauritius.

  • Professor Vincent Florens, associate Professor from the Bioscience Department of the Faculty of Science from the University of Mauritius speaks on the importance of mountains and the necessity to preserve them from destruction. He also speaks of this project as being a bad precedent in terms of destruction of what is left of Mauritius biodiversity.

The project of Legend Hill is still ongoing, despite several protests and demonstrations mainly by inhabitants of the west coast. Apart from the points raised in this documentary, there are a lot of grey zones regarding permits that were rejected initially and later approved upon change of political figures in local councils, there is also questions about the timing for public comments whilst Mauritius was in lock-down.

May 7, 2021

Are professional real estate photos important to you?

Why Professional Photography Is Important When Selling A Home in 2021 


A picture paints a thousand words

We’ve all heard the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And, in real estate, pictures make a huge difference in how quickly you sell your home. Now, thanks to the continued advancement of technology, buyers can have an intimate look into your home they are interested in without ever leaving their couch. And buyers are doing their research, more now than ever before. They are filtering through sites based on location, prices, school districts, square footage, etc. Once they have narrowed down their search to their liking, they are immediately flipping through photos.

Work with a real estate agent to provide professional real estate photos

Often, the photos are what’s piquing a buyer’s interest in your home and prompting them to take the next step in contacting their real estate agent. That is why it is important to work with a real estate agent in getting professional photography done before putting your home on the market. Your agent should have the expert knowledge and connections to professional photographers to produce images that resonate and appeal to sellers. And the more photos the better, so choosing one or two won’t do the trick! It's best to work with the best real estate photographers that have an eye for the right angles, best lighting and provide high-quality photos to capture the best features of your home.

Homes sell faster 

Homes with more photos sell faster, which makes sense because buyers are doing more research than ever before. The more buyers can find ahead of time, the better your chances of getting your home sold quickly. According to the National Association of Realtors 2017 study , Homes with one photo spent an average of 70 days on the market, but a home with 20 photos spent 32 days on the market. Not only do professional photographs help you sell your home quickly, but it can also help you get a better deal, too. For homes in the $200,000-$1 million range, those that include high-quality photography in their listings sell for $3,000-$11,000 more.  

Emphasis on professional photography 

And we’re putting an emphasis on the words professional photography because you need high-quality photos. While there are plenty of great HGTV shows with useful information out there, nothing can replace the quality and direction of an agent and a professional real estate photographer. It is often the first impression that buyers have of your home before stepping foot onto the actual property. In fact, 89% of buyers who used the internet to aid their home search found the photos to be very useful. Your agent will have referrals to photographers that specialise in real estate that they have worked with personally.

3D Virtual Tours 

As time goes on and technology continues to advance, online platforms and visual tools become more robust allowing home buyers more and more insight into a home before ever connecting with the seller or agent. It is important to stay on top of the latest trends and constantly look for innovative marketing techniques to help sell your client's home quickly. You can also take it to the next level with 3D Virtual Tours to let a buyer walk through your home no matter their location.

Source: Why Professional Photography Is Important When Selling A Home

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