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Ownership rights for a foreigner is the same as a Belizean citizen, ‘fee simple / freehold’ property ownership. Fee Simple or Fee Simple Absolute is an estate in land, a form of freehold ownership. It is a way that real estate may be owned in common law countries, and is the highest possible ownership interest that can be had in real property.
Is NOT a time share. It is a method in which several parties can share in the ownership of a high-value tangible asset, usually a jet, yacht or piece of resort real estate. In a fractional ownership arrangement, the owner (purchaser) actually owns a piece of equity in the property, similar to deeded ownership of one’s primary residence. As the real estate value increases so does your equity position. No different than owning stock in a company.
Sometimes called vacation ownership is a property with a divided form of ownership or use rights. Multiple parties hold rights to use the property. Ownership is not distributed and your investment is not tied to the value of the underlying property.
The government of Belize in the early 1990’s drafted legislation that would enable Belize to be the premier tax haven country in the world. This legislation included the International Business Companies Act, the Trusts Act, and the Offshore Banking Act, all of which have put Belize in the forefront of the international financial service jurisdictions. Belize also adopted a Qualified Retirement Program (QRP) allowing retirees to enjoy a tax-free lifestyle.
If you are not a QRP, the laws allow you to avoid income taxes altogether by transferring income and assets (not real estate) into a Belizean International Business Corporation (IBC). Dividends to you from the IBC are not taxable.
Belize is committed to privacy and a no-tax system for individuals and companies establishing themselves in the country. These advantages, combined with an English speaking country and laws makes Belize one of the world’s top tax havens.
Ownership can be held in a Foreign Trust and can be registered in Belize
A foreign company can purchase real estate in Belize
An Offshore Company can own Belizean Real Estate but not a Belizean Offshore Company. It is illegal for a Belize Offshore Company to own Belize property and for this reason you must open your Offshore Company in a different country so that company can own property in Belize. An Offshore company cannot conduct business within its domicile.
Title insurance is available but costly and is not necessary for purchasing property in Belize due to the type of title guaranteed by the government. Stewart Title out of Texas and First American Title will guarantee title in Belize.
They are recommended and part of the purchase process.
Belize is governed by British Common Law allowing full property ownership with land title just as in the US and Canada. All land documents, titles, leases, covenants, variances, strata titles are in English and English common law prevails. The freehold or good root of title has to be ascertained by a title search.
Certificate of Title is a state or municipal-issued document that identifies the owner or owners of personal or real property. A certificate of title provides documentary evidence of the right of ownership. When issued for real property (such as land or a house) by a title insurance company or attorney, the certificate of title is a statement of opinion on the status of the title, based on a thorough examination of specified public records.
Strata Title is a method of facilitating individual ownership of part of a property – generally a condominium or townhouse. It allows for individual ownership of an actual lot or unit within sharing ownership of the common grounds on which it is built. (TCT)Strata Title is a form of ownership devised for multi-level and horizontal apartments (condominium). The developer applies for this type before selling and the owners’ association is created known as a ‘strata corporation’. This is where ‘common area’ rights are defined.
Both the initial earnest money and purchase money balance are held in an escrow account and will not be given to the Seller until the closing. Common Earnest Money deposit in Belize is 10-20% and determined by the listing agreement with the seller.
Foreign Buyers, pay 8% stamp duties on purchase price less US$10,000
It varies depending upon if you use our in-house closing services, a local escrow/closing company or a Belizean attorney, law firm. Typically the fees are 1-2% of the purchase price. Closing costs in Belize are paid by the Buyer.
Property taxes in Belize are very low, 1.5% of the assessed land value only. Property taxes are levied yearly in advance and can be paid by mail to the Lands Department in Belmopan. Most yearly property taxes are below US$100 per year. Low property tax allows investors minimum holding costs.
There are none in Belize. Always consult a tax accountant in your country of residence for advice.
The transfer and possession of your property will take place once the closing company receives the final monies. It can take a couple of days for a wire transfer to clear the central bank of Belize and reach the escrow account at the closing company. You are not required to be at the closing as everything can be done by overnight mail or electronically.
Depending upon the complexity of the purchase, title search and survey it takes ~ 45-90 days to complete the transaction.
Airlines overall have increased the number of seats to Belize by more than 3,400 per week over the last year with more seats being added as this demand continues to increase.
Daily flights, some direct from many cities across North America make it easy to get to Belize. Sometimes faster depending on how the wind is blowing.
Houston, TX – 2.5hrs
Miami, FL – 2.5hrs
Dallas/FtWorth, TX – 3hrs
Atlanta, GA – 3hrs 11min
Charlotte, NC – 3.5hrs
Denver, CO – 4hrs
Chicago, IL – 4hrs 15min
Los Angeles, CA – 5hrs
Newark, NJ – 6.5hrs
Toronto, CA – 5hrs 30min
All visitors to Belize must present a valid passport before entering the country. The exception is for cruise ship passengers. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the date of arrival. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Union, Caribbean and Central American countries.
You can stay for up to 30 days and extend on a monthly basis for up to six months. If you are planning on staying for more than 30 days then you must pay for an extension at the Immigration and Nationality Department Offices.
The QRP Qualified Retired Persons Incentive Program was established by the government for those people who wish to live in Belize and can prove a permanent and consistent income or other retirement benefits.
From purchasing your property, full maintenance, maid service, nightly rentals, accounting, marketing, to selling, LIVit Belize does it all for you so you can enjoy your income producing vacation home whenever you want. LIVit Belize offers a full service Vacation Rental Program where we allow you to choose the needed services. Owning a Vacation property shouldn’t be your second job.
Our dedicated local staff cares for your Belizean Vacation home to ensure proper maintenance and guest satisfaction. Our industry-leading technology gives your home access to 30+ booking engines, owner portal, property reporting, accounting, digital contracts, email verifications, transaction history, payment processing and so much more. Unlike other Vacation/Property Management Company’s we only manage homes in Belize. Do you really want a Vacation/Property Management Company from another country managing your home?
It’s your home you tell us. Simply go into your owner portal and block out the dates. Let us know what services you need during your stay so you can actually relax and enjoy your Vacation Home. We never limit your own personal usage or those of your clients. Want to have a party or need a chef? Just ask.
From peak season to storm season, we keep your house in top condition.
Hotel-quality housekeeping and amenities with a dedicated local property manager to ensure your property gets the highest guest satisfaction. Ask us about our Linen Program.
That’s up to you and what services you choose. Speak with one of our Vacation property specialists or simply play around with our Investment ROI Calculator. Our booking technology will automatically adjust your rental rates depending upon the season and demand. We assist you with setting these parameters or we’ll do it for you.
On the 15th business day of every month we direct deposit your proceeds from the previous month with full accountability into your bank account. Your accounting is real time and can be accessed by you at any time.
Part of our services is to make sure all taxes are paid for on your behalf.