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Buying Property in Belize

When it's time for you to purchase real estate for investment or retirement, don't gamble- consider the security of doing business in a country with English as it's official language- the contracts you sign are in English, and you will be subject to laws you can understand.

When it's time for a lifestyle, you will find that in Belize you are not separate and apart as an ex-pat, but rather can become part of the community in which you live.

FEEL FREE of racial tensions, rampant crime, daily pressures.
FEEL CONFIDENT that laws won't change at a whim. Belize has a long tradition of private property rights for everyone.
FEEL CONNECTED to the rest of the world with Belize's state-of-the-art telecommunications and efficient postal systems.

As for property appreciation, it has remained steady and strong, and yet there is still excellent value for your dollar. and .... Belize has no capital gains tax, no inheritance taxes, and a fixed currency exchange rate.

We have included here good, up to date information on the purchase of real estate in Belize. We will add to and update this information, so check back or email if what you are looking for isn't here.

These writings are reprints on local real estate issues, keep checking back as we add MORE!

Click here for the Ambergris Caye Real Estate WebSite, which lists over a dozen Belizean real estate companies.

Click here for the Belize Economic Guide, containing information on government policies, immigration, taxes, and more.

Lots of folks dream about living in Belize. Many have visited the country, and others are falling in love with it from afar. Read the story below - and if you "get it" - REALLY "get it" then Belize might be right for you.

An American businessman was at the pier of a small Belizean village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large lobsters, and a slew of red and yellow snapper. The visitor complimented the Belizean on the quality of his catch and asked how long it took to bring it in.

The Belizean replied only a little while. The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish and lobster?

The Belizean fisherman said, "I get up early and watch the sun rise, then I fish a little, come home and relax, play with my children, have a big lunch and take a rest with my wife. In the evening I stroll into the village where I sip cashew wine and play music and sing with my friends. I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave Belize and move to Mexico, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Belizean asked, "But how much time will all of this all take?"

To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

"What then, Gringo?"

The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions of dollars."

"Millions? Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move back to a caye in Belize, where you would get up early and watch the sun rise, then fish a little, play with your grandkids, have a big lunch and take a rest with your wife. In the evenings you could stroll to the village where you could sip cashew wine and play music and sing with your friends."

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