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Garpy
11/23/2017 18:38 EST

This is an open question regarding realtors in Belize. Specifically, Is it just me or do they just not bother answering people as a way of business? I can't count the times I've found an interesting property, used their online contact form and never even gotten a reply. At best it seems that after two emails, ( a first contact and then replying back asking another needed question) that's it, no more communication. Very frustrating. Surely this can't be the same with all realtors in Belize.

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toddwinston
11/23/2017 19:53 EST

We used Eleanor Williams with Century 21 in Corozal Town.
It worked out fine; but definitely no one is in a rush.

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flyingriki
11/23/2017 21:35 EST

Use expat realtors.

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Kenubelizeit
11/23/2017 21:45 EST

Lessons in Belize trust no one not even your fellow expats. especially with real estate transactions.

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belizelenny
11/26/2017 09:23 EST

Realtor - The term applies to those affiliated with NAR, 95% are not are should not be using this term. I am a Licensed Broker in the US and have been living in Belize since 2002, How can I help? What sites are you using? Viviun?

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narmani
11/27/2017 01:28 EST

As with others in here, we also used Eleanor Williams from Century 21. And no, NO ONE is in a rush ... whether it's emails or phone messages, they get to them when they get to them.

I was able to contact her on her cell when really needed, so that helped ... but the funny thing is, we closed on our property last month and the title search for the previously seller hasn't been completed yet :-) ... SO, we wait for that to happen so that they can get their money, and we can get our title and lot plan.

But overall, having patience was vital ...

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bradinbelize
11/28/2017 09:24 EST

GARPY

Before you do anything or contact any realtor, come down here and take a look around yourself and determine the area you would like to live, then RENT for at least a year before buying anything. Many people jump in, buy, then lose a ton of money returning back tot he US or Canada because Belize wasn't right for them.

Renting for a decent period of time will let you experience the Belizean culture and way of life to make sure it is a good fit and you will encounter and find many properties on your own or just speaking with locals and other expats while here.

Many people think "Go Slow" is a Caye Caulker motto or catch-phrase when actually it should be considered a huge piece of advice for ex-pats when coming to Belize.

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Garpy
11/28/2017 20:04 EST

Hi Brad

That's good advice all around.We have been to Belize many times now and have still not entirely settled on exactly where.

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Garpy
11/28/2017 20:14 EST

Hi

I've looked at Viviun. I have also tried to deal with two in particular realtors. One I think maybe tried to pull something and another "Big name" in Placencia area who promised information only to never get back to me at all. me. Oh yes, and another in the San Ignacio area that never answers at all. Waiting almost a year now.
I'd be happy to see what you have and start a discussion

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Garpy
11/28/2017 20:20 EST

Ooops. I thought a reply ended up posting under who I was replying to rather than in the general discussion. The last two should have gone to bradinbelize and belizelenny. Sorry for any confusion

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belizelenny
11/29/2017 13:09 EST

If you are interested in Corozal, I can help you. We also have land on a few islands if that is of your interest.

If you are not having luck in those areas contact another agent in that vicinity.

It surprises me an agent would not want a sale. Point2 homes would be my suggestion for looking at property as well as Viviun.

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Travelgirl777
11/30/2017 12:04 EST

I agree but saying that there are quite a few professional realtors in Belize. I'm a realtor with Keller Williams Belize maria.smith@kellerwilliamsbelize.com (Maria Smith)! My suggestion is to be careful when purchasing real estate from private owners because a lot of people are selling real estate and they do not have the deeds/titles to the properties. When you have a REPUTABE Realtor working for you not only do we do a cmplety title search but we also make sure all taxes are up to date as well etc..... CAVEAT EMPTOR ~ BUYER BEWARE!!!!

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belizelenny
11/30/2017 20:48 EST

Once again, you are only a Realtor if you have paid your dues to NAR. Many are using the term without abiding by NAR. I am sure this will come up at the Meeting on the 7th in Belize City.

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scottkofnj
1/29/2018 21:12 EST

my wife and i had been working with a century 21 rep in corozal trying to locate a long term rental. the prospective properties that were sent to us to look at prior to us making the trip to Belize, usually missed the mark of what we specified as requirements, but she eventually found a few properties that we were interested in seeing in person. we had coordinated our travel dates multiple times with the agent and had planned to spend most of day with her looking at the prospective rentals. we arrived at her office at the date and time we had discussed. she did not show. it certainly ruined our trip.

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scottkofnj
1/29/2018 21:12 EST

my wife and i had been working with a century 21 rep in corozal trying to locate a long term rental. the prospective properties that were sent to us to look at prior to us making the trip to Belize, usually missed the mark of what we specified as requirements, but she eventually found a few properties that we were interested in seeing in person. we had coordinated our travel dates multiple times with the agent and had planned to spend most of day with her looking at the prospective rentals. we arrived at her office at the date and time we had discussed. she did not show. it certainly ruined our trip.

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jlydia
1/29/2018 22:59 EST

That has been my experience also. I am not going to use a realtor if i can help it. Just going to ask many locals about land for sale or better yet have a Belizean friend ask for me over a period of days. Found 5 acres with power and water for $7000.

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scottkofnj
1/29/2018 23:10 EST

nice find!! let me know what law firm you use for obtaining the title if you buy. will not be using the firm that told me that non-residents cannot obtain the title to their land unless they own a business in Belize.

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mgammo
1/30/2018 11:05 EST

For some reason this does not surprise me. It is a shame you went all the way down and it was a bust...

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belizelenny
1/30/2018 11:09 EST

I make my appointments.

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SkyMan
2/1/2018 11:25 EST

Garpy...the word "Realtor" is a quite nebulous word in most Latin American countries...with little (or) no real licensing requirements in many countries. So this is the reason you find such gross incompetence.

You may find some decent leads concerning Real Estate prior to your trip...but visit & see the country for yourself. "Boots on the Ground" is the best way to proceed. This advice comes from a veteran of 20+ years as a Realtor in South Florida, who now lives out of the U.S.

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Garpy
2/15/2018 19:48 EST

Scot. I'm not surprised at all about the no-show. We just went through the same with a "realtor" who was supposed to meet us in the Cayo area on a certain day but would not even answer his phone when we got there (nor reply to email).
I've taken some peoples suggestions from this thread as to good "realtors" to try and still no good. No replies. A member here even offered help but also never came through.
.My advice now... I gave up emailing "realtors" in advance of my vacation and just started talking to everyone on my own while down there over the last two weeks. I wrote numbers down I saw on various signs (private and realty companies) and called. I pretty much just stated when I would be available and if it didn't work I moved on to the next one. The only realtor I found who was professional was a realtor with Vista Realty "Hugo" I have to give him a nod because he answered my email next morning and met him the same day. Great guy. It seems like that's the only way to get results for sure. You really can't count on setting up an appointment and seeing the property that's listed or getting an answer to an email unless possibly the realtor knows you are there, close by. have money and are ready to spend it. I've become pretty cynical now but that just seems to be the way it is. You really have to be in Belize as Skyman said. "Boots on the ground" It makes it very difficult for someone to find some nice properties online or worse pay for the trip down and have any guarantee of ever seeing them.

I should add now though that our search is over. We DID find a nice property. Full clear title all done through a good lawyer. We found it ourselves without a realtor. Talking to locals and asking questions. It seems everyone has land/property to sell. Just find the one you like best in an area you like the most and see if it has title.
Done with this thread now. I hope MY advice helps the next guy who starts getting fed up with the no return email or calls etc

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toddwinston
2/15/2018 20:03 EST

Garpy,
Congrats on your buy. We just did the same when we were down. Saw lots of properties but it is always on Carribean time. Thinking of building a cottage near our house for when our family comes down.Any chance you bought in Corozal? We might be neighbours.

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toddwinston
2/15/2018 20:04 EST

Garpy,
Congrats on your buy. We just did the same when we were down. Saw lots of properties but it is always on Carribean time. Thinking of building a cottage near our house for when our family comes down.Any chance you bought in Corozal? We might be neighbours.

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Garpy
2/17/2018 14:57 EST

Hi Todd.
No, We bought in the Cayo Region. Closer to San Ignacio. Bought ourselves a mountain. Lol

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starkeeper
2/21/2018 18:03 EST

HI;;PLEASE DO CONNECT WITH ME...HLM8@me.com
thankssss

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Garpy
2/24/2018 20:10 EST

Starkeeper

I sent you a PM. Don't really wish to email you with my real email address unless connecting through here first.

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MarshaSellsBelize
2/27/2018 12:20 EST

I totally understand what you mean. We had similar issues when looking for property in Belize. That is one of the main reasons I chose to become a real estate agent here in Placencia. I try very hard to communicate the same day and love working with people to find there dream home or lot, regardless of how long it takes. I’ve been in sales for over 35 years and love the consultative part of the business. Since we recently purchased land, built a home and moved our goods via 20’ shipping container i have first hand knowledge of the challenges and rewards.
I agree with what others have posted regarding visiting the areas you are interested in. When there interview different realtors to find someone that listens to you and has the communication style you are comfortable with.
My email us Marsha@1stchoicebelize.com. If you are coming to Placencia please contact me and I would be happy to give you a tour of the area and help to educate you on what options there are for real estate, builders, activities and other questions and concerns you might have.

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