Guide to Buying Real Estate in Belize as a Foreigner
The Belize real estate market is hot, and it’s only heating up. And no, it’s not the sunny beaches and tropical climate that are causing things to heat up in this Central American nation’s real estate market. Tourism is growing by leaps and bounds on Ambergris Caye, the country’s top tourism destination. Buying real estate in Belize now can see very impressive gains in the coming years. In addition, the fact that the country’s currency is pegged at a 2:1 exchange rate with the US dollar, the fact that English is the national language of Belize, and that the country is only a 2-3 hour plane ride from many major North American air hubs, all comes together to make Belize an especially attractive real estate market to get involved in for investors.
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One aspect of buying real estate in Belize that makes it especially attractive to foreigners is that non-nationals enjoy the same legal rights as nationals. This is in contrast to many other countries, such as Mexico, where foreigners can still buy real estate but must jump through a few extra hoops to do so. (You can read more here about buying real estate in Mexico as a foreigner). As a foreigner, buying real estate in Belize is as simple as buying real estate in your home country. There are still several things that one must know, however, when buying Belize real estate. Read on to find out all you need to know when buying real estate in Belize.
What You’ll Need to Buy Belize Real Estate
When buying real estate in Belize, it is imperative that you get yourself both a Belize real estate buyer’s agent as well as an Belize real estate attorney. You will need both to ensure that you are getting a good deal, as well as to make sure that everything is proper and legal.
When working with an Belize attorney, it is highly recommended that the attorney performs a title search. This is recommended for all Belize real estate purchases, whether it is just land, land and property, or even just property that is part of a Belize development with other foreign owners. Title searches are simple and relatively cheap, at around $250 each, and are used to ensure that the real estate in question is not involved in any legal disputes and can legally be sold to you. It is also recommended that buyers and sellers use separate attorneys.
When working with a Belize real estate agent, it is recommended to use them as a resource to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. Make sure the location is what you want, that it’s the proper type of building (house, condo, etc.), and any other concerns you have. Belize real estate agents know the local area, and they can find you the most ideal property for your wants/needs.
Buying real estate in Belize is fairly minimal in terms of time commitment, with it typically taking 30-90 days for a real estate purchase to be completed. Another benefit is that you do not need to be in Belize to make an offer on a property, or to complete a closing. This makes buying real estate in Belize as a foreigner especially easy and appealing. However, it should be noted that it is strongly recommended to make at least one trip to physically see the Belize real estate you are buying, and to never buy real estate that you haven’t seen at least once in person.
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