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Belize Named to List of Best Countries For International Real Estate Investors

Belize Named to List of Best Countries For International Real Estate Investors

There are a few key locations that international real estate investors will consider placing their money. But how and why are they choosing these specific locations? The experts on the Forbes Real Estate Council, some of the best international real estate investors in the U.S., made their list of the top nine places to put your money in real estate.

Among the list of nine countries from Forbes was Belize. The small Caribbean country is easy to overlook by investors at first because it’s a bit of a late bloomer. Other countries on the list like the Bahamas or Great Britain have been destination points for decades, or even centuries. The reason Belize caught the attention of top international real estate investors is because of its stable growth and ability to sustain a high volume of tourism while simultaneously maintaining the native culture.

International Real Estate Investors Look at Location

One of the biggest factors that makes real estate investments successful is location. Consider Belize as a prime example of a top location for international investment. The country is only a 2.5-hour flight from Dallas, one the biggest cities in the U.S., and 2 hours from Miami and Houston.

A few other points to consider about investing in Belize:

  • Destination for all ages. International Living Magazine listed Belize as a top location for retirees because of the tax incentives. In addition, the country offers plenty of adventures for adults and kids – beach activities, jungle cruises, ziplining, Mayan ruins, and more.
  • You start ahead. Property values are currently affordable, but they are quickly rising. Investors can find plenty of affordable homes or plots of land to build a dream home, and taxes are low too.
  • Easy transition. Belize is an English-speaking country with zero restrictions on purchases by foreigners. And, no visas are required for international travelers, making the country an ideal location for vacation homes that double as investment properties.
  • Quality is there. The cost of living is low and the standard of good health is high. The country models itself after the British, since it is a member of the Commonwealth.
  • Banking benefits. Belize encourages investments with offshore banking options to entice international investors.

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Proof in Numbers

Belize is catching up to other international investment locations with an economy that’s growing 20% annually. Its exchange rate is tied directly to the U.S. dollar, locked at a 2:1 rate. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Belize is about $3B for a population just shy of a half million. The country relies heavily on trade, as imports and exports together reflect 126% of the GDP.

Investors who register with the Central Bank of Belize have the option to send back 100% of profit to their home country, as there is no capital gains tax. These stats are grabbing the attention of opportunistic international real estate investors.

Beauty and Brains

The numbers should be enough to draw in a smart international real estate investor, but the beaches and natural wonders in Belize are what make visitors come back again and again. Along the coast of the little Caribbean nation is the second largest reef system in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef. Hundreds upon hundreds of marine species call the reef home. It’s an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Throughout the protected marine reserve of the reef are small private islands called cayes. Some of the cayes have been developed into breathtaking vacation properties, like Gladden Caye and Little Harvest Caye. Others are just waiting to be claimed by investors.

Inland, segments of the Mayan mountains protect the ancient remains of a Mayan civilization. Within the jungle, vast rivers and caves call visitors to explore them. Planted throughout the cities and roads, you’ll find produce stands, small businesses like coffee shops, excursion outfitters and boutiques.

Belize Named to List of Best Countries For International Real Estate Investors

Plenty of attractions and rare sites draw tourists, adventurers and investors to Belize. From Lamanai to the Great Blue Hole, Belize offers experiences that suit nearly every interest and highlight the varied nature of this paradise. It’s a place made for the adventurer. And since over one-third of the country is protected by the government, Belize is a big draw for nature & history enthusiasts.

No place in the country attracts more nature lovers and diving enthusiasts alike than the Great Blue Hole of Belize. This circular underwater sinkhole has been described as one of the best diving sites in the world. It’s an incredible natural marvel located 75 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize, found in the Belize Barrier Reef – another natural wonder in this beautiful country. So, what makes the Blue Hole such a stand out? Why should it be on your travel itinerary? There’s so much to learn!

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Stand Out from the Crowd

Many successful international real estate investments are found in popular tourist destinations. In a perfect scenario, investors hope to find the destinations that are on the verge of exploding in popularity. This is exactly the case for Placencia, Belize, located on the coast in the southern half of the country. Investors will find a place already growing in tourism and real estate – as seen by the new port built by Norwegian Cruise Lines – but still small enough to maintain the local culture. Here, international investors will find a place with adventure, comfort, convenience, and luxury.

Belize has seen inbound travel increase by 44% in the last five years. Most of the arrivals continue on to northern cities, while about 13% of travelers (and growing) head south for something a little more intimate in Placencia. International real estate investors are diving into the opportunities in Placencia, Belize. Contact us today to find out how we can help you invest in a private island or beachfront villa in the area.

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