Why should I consider a property investment in Belize?
Belize offers affordable real estate with great potential for capital appreciation and rental income. Moreover, Belize boasts luxury amenities and the possibility of an immediate upscale lifestyle - not in the distant future as can be the case in other Central American countries. Property investors are attracted to Belize for the following reasons:
- Its spectacular natural beauty and tremendous diversity. To use an often quoted phrase: "Belize is mother nature's best kept secret." Put simply, visitors fall in love with Belize because it is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries in the world.
- The availability of real estate investment options that are excellent candidates for capital growth as well as properties that provide an immediate positive cash flow.
- Its proximity to the US and the fact that it is the only English speaking country in Central America. It is part of the British Commonwealth and a democracy. Click here to be directed to the Government of Belize website
- The country boasts the strongest tourism trend in Central America. Belize is the only country in the region that has seen tourism numbers rise consistently since 1998 including the post 9/11 period. This trend bodes well for the real estate investor as real estate market appreciation and growth in visitor numbers are often closely correlated.
- Belize is universally considered one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world with a coral barrier reef second in size only to Australia running the length of its coastline. This is a key cause of the strong visitor trend.
- Belize is just being discovered as the most ecologically natural and least developed island paradise in the Caribbean and is priced far below comparable Caribbean real estate.
- The "celebrity factor" with US celebrities such as Leonardo di Caprio and Francis Ford Coppola already developing properties in-country. Ambergris Caye has been a film location for "Temptation Island" and the island behind the Madonna song: "Tropical island breeze...all of nature wild and free, la Isla Bonita."
- Facilitative taxation frameworks with no capital gains or inheritance taxes as well as the availability of private off-shore banking services.
- A sense of stability - a currency pegged to the US dollar, a tradition of democracy and a reassuringly stable political climate. Belize is a member of the British Commonwealth and has a legal system based on British law.