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belizelenny replied to the thread Building plans on the Belize forum on October 24, 2014:
chinito1984 initially posted:
Hi there, I am looking for any help on getting property plans drawn for building on AC. I contacted one company but the quote seems high. Has anyone had any done? did you follow through and get a build? Any advise on builders and cost per sq ft? I am looking for basic comfort not super high end finish. Thank You.
belizelenny replied on October 24, 2014 with:
I have clients using them right now. Yes they seem high. We have used a couple others as well. I do build, but not on AC.. Prices are certainly higher on the Cays. Not sure what they are at on the cays at this time. My guess with be 100-120 US a square. That will not include pilings if you go that way.
sheilaca replied on October 24, 2014 with:
Be very careful when you choose a builder. There are a lot of sad stories of people being promised one thing and getting another. Vet your builder carefully. Make sure they get a building permit. Then make sure they adhere to the plans. and make very sure they keep you updated on exactly how your money is being spent. Make sure that the quality of the materials used is good. And watch out for scams and smooth talking operators. Again vet your builder carefully!!! We got taken badly in Carmelita Gardens (Cayo District). The builder violated every ethical thing possible while building our house. The septic system is completely off the property! He didn't get a building permit. And there is a lot more. We have learned that builders like him are not unusual in Belize. The government has requirements but does not have the money to enforce them.
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Rosajean replied to the thread Property for sale on Sittee river? on the Belize forum on October 22, 2014:
Rosajean initially posted:
I'm looking for riverfront property on the sitter river with at least 50 feet of river frontage.
Rosajean replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Thanks for the info Melissajane. I'm new to this forum and just figured out how to reply??
Melissajane replied on October 21, 2014 with:
Contact david@belizepropertycenter.com - he runs Remax in Placencia and Hopkins area and will be able to help.
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buckiboa replied to the thread Buying a Hotel on the Belize forum:
Olorin initially posted:
My wife and I, together with another couple from the US, are considering moving abroad at some point in the future, and toying with the idea of looking at a boutique hotel to purchase. Not for the income (we would be able to retire without needing income from the country we move to) so much as a way to get involved in the locale and the folks and expats living there. Have been following the Belize, Costa Rica, and Saint Lucia boards (because that is the kind of place we would like to move to), to educate ourselves on opnions from everyone of the pros and cons of these various locations. Would appreciate any advice of how to approach looking at real estate purchases of this type, and specific places folks recommend. Our basic parameters are wanting to be on the beach, not isolated and somewhat close to a city and airport. AC, and Placencia seem interesting in Belize, Costa Rica seems to have a lot of options, and Saint Lucia almost everywhere is close to the beach. As a first time post to the forum would love to hear what folks think.
buckiboa replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Placencia is beautiful and I love visiting there but it just wasn't our choice for a place to live. We haven't felt "unsafe" anywhere but you do have to use common sense. Just like any other place, there are bad areas you stay away from. We can buy just about anything we need here in Corozal. We do make occasional trips to Orange Walk (about a 45 minute drive) or Belize City (2 hours). Since we are so close to Chetumal we usually go there since we are QRP and do not have to pay to go back and forth. Prices there are even less expensive than here in Belize. Every area of Belize is nice, it is just what suits your needs and appeals the most to you.
Melissajane replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Can you walk or drive anywhere in Belize safely? - yes. Just about everywhere except Belize City at night is safe to walk and drive. Driving the Hummingbird Highway at night can be a little challenging, but this is more to do with no lights, winding roads, and people walking in the dark rather than safety issues
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Melissajane replied to the thread safest place to live in Belize on the Belize forum on October 19, 2014:
evens initially posted:
Hi! I am considering investing into a property in Belize. What is the safest area to look for. I am not a city person and would appreciate a small home with a large land full of trees . Is there any decent location where I can discover the African descendent Kriol culture? Thanks!
Melissajane replied on October 19, 2014 with:
Most of Belize is safe, and there is plenty of land available to build your own small home on. I assume the African Kriol you are talking about is Garifuna? The largest (I believe) community for this is Dangriga - a southern coastal town.
bobbyveee replied on October 19, 2014 with:
I just googled Kriol and their website is down, not too promising . Otherwise id suggest talking to them . You will certainly be mainland and probably inland St Ignacio comes to mind, but im sure many on here will give you other ideas. Theres only one city , everywhere else is village or small town , but if you stray from these areas, you will find yourself off the grid. good luck
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belizelenny replied to the thread Checking out Belize on the Belize forum:
hulaross initially posted:
Hi, I'm a single woman wanting to move to Belize when I retire next year. I'll be coming to visit in Nov, I'd like to hook up with someone that will show me around. Also where is the best place to stay that is not to expensive.
belizelenny replied on October 17, 2014 with:
Yes, it is buyer beware. Some sellers who "have problems" just pass them on.
bobbyveee replied on October 17, 2014 with:
Lenny, you are a fully qualiified realtor and pretty savvy with the goings on in Belize. All i was saying, just like your friend, many 'gringos' come down here and get talked into 'fabulous deals' Theres a few that need watching at this moment and what with SPTC selling lots to locals for $500bz that turn out to be underwater, another disaster like San Mateo, 'homes'built on a rubbish dump, with no water no elec and no sanitation and methane gas seeping into the air, Belize is getting 'raped' by Gov. both local and national , such ashame
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pfaffy1 replied to the thread Searching for Artists on the Belize forum:
pfaffy1 initially posted:
I am searching for artists who might be interested in creating a coalition of support for a plan I have to develop an art curriculum for the elementary grades in Belize. This may involve 2 meetings a year in Belize to offer ideas and make suggestions for this project. After visiting 4 schools last October with the Belize Education Project in the Cayo District, I felt there was a need to include Visual Art as a subject in the schools. As a recently retired elementary and art teacher, I would like to move this plan forward, but need some help from the visual arts community. This year, I am returning with BEP, and am extending my stay another 3 nights with the hope of developing alliances. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
pfaffy1 replied on October 15, 2014 with:
I will call you. Are you a working artist?
Kenubelizeit replied on October 15, 2014 with:
Hello you can call me at 621 5622 i live in corozal town and if you make contact with colcha at the corozal hose of culture they will be able to help you in getting in contact with artists.
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belizelenny replied to the thread Corozal Town long term rental property on the Belize forum:
bangle initially posted:
Moving to Belize. Looking for rental property. Contacted several real estate brokers and property management companies but no luck. Can you help?
belizelenny replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Rentals come and go quickly, having someone pick something out before you see it, is not in your best interest. Check into a hotel and then begin your search. I look for folks all the time. Seriously nice ones are gone in one day and many folks are always looking for nicer ones. Near the sea and high ground for the breeze are hard to come by. Personally I have had four homes in town. Now moved to a Village and shortly into my home at Cerros Sands.
MJThorn2 replied on October 10, 2014 with:
I can vouch for June's. She's a sweetheart and a great cook.
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Advise for Best Locations to Live on the Belize forum:
a10sgoddess initially posted:
My husband and I plan to move to Belize in about a year. I have a 34-year-old son and a 6-year-old grandson, who will also be moving because my son is 100% disabled and without us, he can't afford to live in California. His SSI check should qualify him to come to Belize. I thought about the Cayes and Corozal, but maybe someone has some great ideas for other cities to research. I'm not much of a city person, and we have a 75 lb. coonhound that we can't live without. I'm looking for any cities that have good schools and where my grandson can play soccer. We want to purchase property that can accommodate two houses so my son and grandson can maintain a life of their own. Any ideas are much appreciated.
bobbyveee replied on October 12, 2014 with:
I must totally disagree about travel. The whole reason we left AC was the poor and costly flights. Nothing direct to Europe , expensive to other local countries and only really Mexico worth going to, Flights from Houston to AC are nearly double the price to St Lucia, I have dozens of great islands to visit all are other countries , two flights a day into London and direct flights into USA , more choices and far less money. Plus St Lucia gets less tropical storms and hurricanes than Belize. The reef was no protection when Hurricane Keith blew thro !!!We have two airports and a major port taking 4 x 120,000 ton cruise liners at a time , plus ferries to other islands
Katerina replied on October 12, 2014 with:
You are right about Island Academy. It is an outstanding school, owned and operated by Lady Bowen, the late Lord Barry Bowen's wife. The challenge will be when your grandson reaches high school age. But by that time Island Academy will very likely have set up a quality high school since there are an increasing number of expats willing to pay for it on the island. There is no need to "buy" a home in Belize when you can rent. Why lock yourself in? More expats are wising up and renting longterm so that they have more options. If you live off beach on Ambergris Caye, you will find much better rental deals. And if you are here in the off season, you will get the best deals. But expect to pay around $1000/month, or more, for rent for the four of you. If you want to be on the beach, it will be more costly. A major difference between Belize and St. Lucia is that we are linked to the mainland, as part of Central American. That makes it easier to reach other countries, or the mainland. It only takes 15 minutes to fly from Ambergris Caye to the mainland. That makes life much easier. We can get off the island whenever we want a change of pace. We can choose between local planes that fly hourly, or the less expensive water taxis. It's not a big deal. And many airlines fly to Belize daily. It only takes 2 hours to fly from Belize to Miami or Houston. So check the flights carefully and factor in how often you will go back to North America to visit family. Another factor is that we are not in the direct hurricane zone. Belize's gets about 1/10th the hurricanes of the other Caribbean islands that are in the eastern Caribbean. We are also protected by the reef here on Ambergris Caye. That really does make a difference.
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belizelenny replied to the thread USA/SPAIN coming to Belize on the Belize forum:
dbcrgal initially posted:
We are coming to Belize to check out if this is where we want to live. I am coming from the US and he is coming from Spain. As you may imagine we are confused about all the processes, and it seems to be different info on different sites. Also we want to rent a place for 60-90 days while we discover Belize. Work/business opportunities (him) etc. Anyone who would be willing to be available for questions/help would be appreciated. As of now, January 2015 is our target date. It is tied to my business sale. I am available via skype or email for anyone willing to help. Thank you. :)
belizelenny replied most recently with:
Just checked the Cerros Sands website, it does say 2000.00. See below: Government Benefits There is no Capital Gains Tax in Belize. Mexico is currently raising their levels. The Qualified Retirement Program (QRP) allows folks with an income of $2000.00 US Dollars a month retire to Belize with most if not all of their personal property coming into Belize Duty Free. This are handled by the Belize Tourism Bureau. A Permanent Residency program is available as well. This program basically requires 12 months in the country of Belize, with no more than 14 days outside of Belize in your first year in Belize. You are required to have your passport stamped each 30 days at the local Immigration office and pay a small fee. Last time I checked it was like $50 (US) per person. Work permits are available for foreign labor. I have obtained a few for “specialists”. A specialist is a person who is needed to perform a service that you can not readily find in Belize. There is an application process and the employer is involved in the application process, so don’t feel you are out on your own. There is a Permit Fee based on your specialization, ie: classification, however once you receive your work permit you do not have to have your passport stamped or pay the monthly visitor fee. For Businesses, Trade Zones and Economic Concessions are available for an enterprise that will be a benefit to the economy of Belize. Manufacturing and large resorts are businesses that may want to consider applying for these “Tax Holidays”. Offshore Banking is also available with numerous Banks in Belize offering this service.
belizelenny replied most recently with:
Its 2000 a month.(family) I will find that on the website and see its changed right away. Unmarried is not considered a family from what I have been told. Residency can take awhile, you can apply after 11 months, but may have to wait many more.
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