STX News

On a monthly basis, we send out our newsletter with current St Croix news and upcoming events. We try to give a glimpse into life on our incredible island and hope it entices you to come feel the sand between your toes.

What is the importance of an appraisal?

What is the importance of an appraisal?

Published on our May 2022 Newsletter Question: What is the importance of an appraisal? Christie's Answer: Appraisals are required to value a property for a mortgage and are a very good idea for a cash purchase. While the property is priced based on the current...

Crucian Pups Take Flight: Stateside Pet Adoption

Crucian Pups Take Flight: Stateside Pet Adoption

St. Croix Animal Welfare Center’s Paws from Paradise program brings a total to 178 dogs from the Virgin Islands now living in permanent homes in America this year alone. According to the Program Coordinator Wayne Myers, small canines or puppies that can be confined...

V.I. Coral Innovation Hub Opens on St. Croix

V.I. Coral Innovation Hub Opens on St. Croix

In May, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) opened the V.I. Coral Innovation Hub on St. Croix, a laboratory focusing on coral research, conservation, new coral science, and technology. The lab's purpose is to help reefs recover by breeding coral on land-based and underwater...

Lonely Planet: The best things to do in the US Virgin Islands

Lonely Planet: The best things to do in the US Virgin Islands

We have been seeing an increased presence of new visitors to our shores ready to fall in love with our laidback lifestyle, rich culture and friendly people. St. Croix is an island paradise we are proud to call our home. This article from Lonely Planet highlights some...

Surf and Swim Lessons at Freedom Surf Company

Surf and Swim Lessons at Freedom Surf Company

Wake up, smile and “seas” the day with a different kind of outing along the sandy shores of St. Croix. Freedom Surf Company owner Trevor Fitch offers surfing and swim lessons for all skill levels, offering a gateway to the surfing lifestyle and the freedom it gives....

New Restaurant: Una de Gooseberry

New Restaurant: Una de Gooseberry

When a well-renowned restaurant closed its doors on St. Croix in 2020, the entire community was left with a void that many were unsure could ever be filled. Less than two years later, the doors to this former popular eatery opened again. This time, a locally owned...

AgriFest Food Fair Returns in 2022

AgriFest Food Fair Returns in 2022

2022 marks the long-awaited return of St. Croix’s ever popular Agriculture and Food Fair, also known as Agrifest. Since 1971, this three-day agricultural festival has attracted attendees from all over the world to the island to taste, touch and feel everything rooted...

How are closings handled?

How are closings handled?

Published on our April 2022 Newsletter Question: How are closings handled? Chris's Answer: In the US Virgin Islands, the long standing practice is for Buyers and Sellers to each be represented by attorneys to close the sale. We always recommend hiring an attorney...

What is an inspection contingency, and how is it handled?

What is an inspection contingency, and how is it handled?

Published on our April 2022 Newsletter Question: What is an inspection contingency, and how is it handled? Christie's Answer: Once an offer to purchase a property has been accepted and signed by all parties, the Inspection Contingency Period begins. Generally, this is...

More Construction Loans to Aid Locals with Homeownership

More Construction Loans to Aid Locals with Homeownership

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor recently had banking board meetings held with local banks territory-wide which include Oriental Bank, Bank of St. Croix, FirstBank, Banco Popular, Merchants Commercial Bank and the Economic Development Bank. The banks reported...