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buckiboa replied to the thread Newbie here! on the Belize forum on July 30, 2014:
slgillette initially posted:
Hello all! My family and I are in the pre-planning stages for a move to Belize from the U.S.. These forums have provided much valuable information; many thanks! I was interested in knowing, what is a realistic timeline for moving? We own 2 homes, have 2 kids under 10, and have 2 cats. Why do we have everything in 2's? Don't know! Anyway, is a year a reasonable amount of time for planning and execution of our move? How long was the process for you? Thanks again.
buckiboa replied on July 30, 2014 with:
All the advice you have received is good. We visited several times before deciding where we wanted to live. We did choose Corozal because it wasn't as touristy. We do not have small children but we did move with a pet. You don't say if you plan on opening a business or trying to work (jobs that can be done online are the easiest). Finding work in Belize can be difficult. We are retired which is wonderful. We love Belize but it is not for everyone. Please visit as many times as necessary for you to make the right decision. Renting is smart, we do! It is very easy to buy a house or property here but selling if you decide not to stay, can be very difficult. Like the others have said, please feel free to PM if you want more details.
Mommy2all6 replied on July 30, 2014 with:
Our place is on Ambergris Caye, which we love...the beaches, the people, snorkeling etc. we visited Corozal and decided it wasn't for us, a little too remote for what we wanted. We also went to San Ignacio, which we did like allot. The area is beautiful, near the ruins, farms, mennonite community. The island is more expensive than areas on the mainland for both property and products. Good luck in your search. Feel free to pm me if I can help!
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buckiboa replied to the thread Mail Service on the Belize forum on July 30, 2014:
Hankeboy initially posted:
I found Mail Boxes Etc in San Pedro. They use a Miami street address and I now get my mail from back home. I also can buy off the internet and get right here in Belize! No Problems They look after everything and I just pick it up. P.S. they tell me that they ship country wide in Belize!
buckiboa replied on July 30, 2014 with:
Here in Consejo most of us use a shipping company in Los Angeles that ships once a month to Corozal and then a local company delivers everything out here to us. I order regularly from Amazon and Bath and Body works. We are charged $1.25 US a pound plus any customs fees. Keep in mind that fees on electronics usually runs about 35% of the item cost. We buy most of our electronics either locally or in Mexico. We have a P.O. Box in town for regular mail. I don't know how much Mail Boxes, etc. charges but wanted to let you know there are other options.
Mommy2all6 replied on July 30, 2014 with:
Great thanks!
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buckiboa replied to the thread Tourist status on the Belize forum on July 29, 2014:
ralphp652 initially posted:
HI, I am confused. Comparing QRP to residency. I believe I have seen that if I move to Belize and keep my tourist status for a year I can become a resident. Is that correct. Then what happens with duties, etc? Do residents get any breaks?
buckiboa replied on July 29, 2014 with:
If you don't want to send an email to her, you can also call Rochelle Godfrey at the Tourism Board. She is very friendly and helpful.
Melissajane replied on July 29, 2014 with:
Here is a well written article explaining all the different options for tourist/resident/qrp options. The one time duty exempition is available for permanent residents and qrp status - there are just a few differences in what you are allowed to include in that exemption. I live here in Belize - originally on a work permit, now as a permanent resident. I have friends on these statuses, and qrp, so have heard and seen all the pros and cons. And, bear in mind, the rules change, and the way you approach the situation changes. When asking a question on this forum, I often reply 'it depends'. Not because I am being awkward, but because that is truly the answer. If you ask for exemptions and exceptions, you can often get them. If you go in heavy handed, you will be charged every penny, and asked to fill out every form possible, and told to go away and come back another day with something new. Feel free to contact me with questions
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lorreann replied to the thread Moving to Belize on the Belize forum on July 29, 2014:
TheWaterMargin initially posted:
Hi Guys, new to the forum so please be gentle with me:-) I am a Brit who has lived and worked in the US (got my MBA here) and now looking to move for a fresh start in Belize. I have read the usuals about 6 months of residency and then applying for a work permit (although not sure if you have to have a job for a permit or you just have to apply and then look). I wondered if I could ask some expats living there about living and working in Belize from their own experiences and what the challenges have been. I have also looked at cost of living as well but not sure if they numbers are realistic per monthly overheads and wanted some benchmarks there also. One of the ones that I have read is very high is internet. Anyhow, I'm Adam BTW, friendly guy and approachable. Thanks guys, look forward to getting to know some of you:-) Adam
lorreann replied on July 29, 2014 with:
I think he has moved so technically he should find a new forum!
buckiboa replied on July 28, 2014 with:
LOL! Have to agree, he does seem to be everywhere. My understanding is that he lives in St. Lucia now so I don't know why he even chimes in on Belize anymore. You are right though in that most of his posts are negative for Belize. Everyone has opinions but that is not what I thought this forum was for. I thought it was to help others and give them a place to ask questions.
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Ambergris Caye on the Belize forum:
Daisyduke initially posted:
Have any of you spent any time on Ambergris Caye? This is where I am leaning towards.
bobbyveee replied on July 23, 2014 with:
Hi Patti. We are both retired, family in USA and UK we wanted the cheapest easiest access to both countries and a place that allowed us plenty of scope for all types of activities etc. St L is heads and shoulders over Belize.
pattibeau replied on July 23, 2014 with:
Why are you moving and how did you decide on St. Lucia? Like so many others, we're trying to decide where the best place is for us.
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Murdena posted Wintering in Belize on the Belize forum on July 23, 2014:
I am looking for a long term rental in an affordable area of Belize, close to a beach. Placenia, Hopkins Village and Corozal were suggested possibilities. I am opened for any safe area near ocean. Travelling solo from Dec/Jan till mid/end Apr. Looking for something around $500./mo or less. Any info, or possible contacts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Murdena
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Katerina replied to the thread Building loan from Belize Bank on the Belize forum on July 22, 2014:
phill333 initially posted:
Has anyone used this bank or know about typical loans to build a home from banks within Belize? ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL BANK LTD. BELIZE CITY, BELIZE C.A. A/C NO. 1901-7600-05 SWIFT: AIBLBZBZ We are curious to know if a 7 year loan is typical with a balloon payment due at the end of the loan. The bank officer told us that typically the bank will refinance the balloon payment due for another 3 to 4 years after the 7 years, w/out a problem if payments are consistently paid on time. Also, the rate is not locked on the loan...we would like input as from individuals who have borrowed from a Belize bank for a building loan before we proceed with our plans. Thanks.
Katerina replied on July 22, 2014 with:
Phill, My husband and I did obtain a mortgage from Atlantic Bank International years ago, with our Belize business property as the collateral. At that time they charged us 9.5%, for a 10 year loan with a balloon payment. I checked with a realtor friend recently and she said that most banks in Belize do now give mortgage loans out, for up to 60% of the value of the property. Interest rates can vary between banks, but are in the range of 8-11%, typically, with a ten year balloon payment. Check all local banks, as they tend to have different deals going on. But the realtor said it has been pretty easy to get a mortgage recently. You asked about tips related to building your home and managing the contractor. Expats who are not on site during construction are more apte to have problems. If you can't closely scrutinize the quality of work, or the funds being spent, don't be surprised if the cost of your construction project goes up. In our 15 years of experience in Belize, the best home/construction results have come to those who were on site during construction, and who were able to control, on a day to day basis, how their money was being spent. We have had the experience of having the funds we gave our contractor, whom we trusted, be used on another of his projects. That occurred when my husband was back in the USA for surgery. and could not closely watch what was going on.
bobbyveee replied on July 22, 2014 with:
Phill. Check out my friend John East he's run a blog on the complete building of his house on AC , start to finish and more its he's a very good guy, you can ask him anything. But he did have cash
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Cerros Sands on the Belize forum on July 22, 2014:
ralphp652 initially posted:
Hi, Anyone know anything about Cerros Sands? Reputable? Infrastructure all in place. Quality? Any knowledge or comments would be appreciated.
bobbyveee replied on July 22, 2014 with:
Bucki. there's only one range of mountains in Belize, the Maya mountains they run down the border of Belize and Guatemala , more or less
buckiboa replied on July 22, 2014 with:
HappyMoon, what mountains do you live in?
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buckiboa replied to the thread Living on the Belize forum on July 21, 2014:
richfigley initially posted:
Can someone live in Belize comfortably on $1000 per month?
buckiboa replied on July 21, 2014 with:
If you have questions you don't find answers to, most people here on the forum will gladly answer them for you, if they can.
roanin replied on July 21, 2014 with:
Do some reading, do some research. All of the questions you need answered are within these threads.
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Mosquitos on the Belize forum:
ralphp652 initially posted:
HI, We are considering Orchid Bay development as a destination for retirement. We have heard that it has a problem with mosquitoes, but the salespeople won't answer my questions regarding it. Anyone live there or know about this. If it is so, what do people do to survive? I am allergic to bug bites.
bobbyveee replied on July 21, 2014 with:
Also Bucki, there are lots of architects plans for homes there, but no prices !!!! Ask Lenny for a guideline , but be sure to be sitting down !!!!
bobbyveee replied on July 21, 2014 with:
Bucki. If you go to FAQ on the web site of Cerros sands it will tell you all about elec. sewage etc. all self contained and generated and using rainwater. Ive friends on the AC lagoon who do this, works very well, but was very very expensive to buy and install, a lot of deep charge batteries needed etc etc
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