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I'm relocating to STT towards the end of 2018. Any advice or tips would be great! I've been to STT several times for vacation and I'm heading there next week for scouting. I have several trades I'm going to research while I'm there. I'm a nurse and realtor by trade. I own a small business in advertising and hoping to start a small business (or 2) there. Any suggestions on housing, business, moving, etc.. would be nice. Thanks!
Since your questions are very general here's a general answer.
The best advice its to do initial research by using the dropdown menus at the top of this page (starting on the left and working your way to the right). Read all the material you find there as there is a wealth of information that address ALL of the topic you raised in your inquiry. You should also use the search feature to scan the archives of this forum as there have been literally thousands of threads covering those same topics. After doing that you can come back here and post specific questions that you have which are still unanswered.
If you can, it's also helpful to make a Pre-Move Visit (we call it a PMV) - come not as a tourist on vacation but stay in a small condo or housekeeping unit. Do everyday chores like shopping, banking, paying utility bills, laundry, food shopping - all so you get some idea of what it is like to live on an island rather than being there on vacation. Check out home prices, transportation options, make contacts for employment opportunities, etc. All that will help you when you make your move.
Good luck following your dream.
I've looked on the chamber of commerce website regarding licensure for both nurse and real estate. Everything I've read for real estate is pass the exam, back ground check, and must be a resident for at least 30 days. Every real estate agent must have a sponsoring broker so I'm hoping just to transfer from my local broker here to STX. It's a nationwide firm. Business licensure seems standard too. My nurse license will be back up for now but basically the standard guidelines as with the States.
Anyone know how the contactor/construction business is there? I've been reading up on the recovery process from Irma but the chamber of commerce website doesn't specify the regulations for that type of license.
There is obviously lots of work for an people in the construction trade right now. Best bet there us to seek a position with a well established firm and learn the ropes here before even attempt to go out on your own. Currently there us a high demand for experienced carpenters and roofers. There are many things about the construction trade here that differ from the states. Actally working with a solid crew for awhile will be the best way to learn about those differences and challenges. (I work for a construction company on St John doing logistics and bookkeeping.)