Just to clarify, I have never recommended against any particular real estate agency or person on the island.
But as a general rule, keep in mind that there are no licensing or education or other requirements to be a real estate agent in Belize (or elsewhere). All you need is a business card.
(As it happens, I hold a real estate broker's license in North Carolina, but I was never in the real estate business and my advice on real estate should be taken with a grain of salt.)
Below I'm posting what Emory King told me about living/retiring in Belize. Emory has been in Belize almost 50 years and probably knows a bit about the country!
Sue Wiesing seemed like a nice person the one time I met her. Why she and her partner chose to share office space with the Basil Jones timeshare, I don't know.
--Lan Sluder www.belizefirst.com
Advice from Emory King
Emory King is Belize’s best-known expat. An American who was shipwrecked in Belize in 1954, Emory decided to make Belize his permanent home. He became a Belize citizen, a successful businessman and the author of 14 books on Belize. Here’s his advice for those contemplating living in or retirement in Belize:
I would tell the potential retiree:
1. If you can afford a minimum of US$1,000 to US$2,000 per month to deposit in the
bank, then comply with the new retirement program.
2. Come down first and spend a month here at least, visiting each district,
talking to people, getting a feel of the place.
3. By that time you will know that Belize is not a cheap place to live.
We have plenty of poor people here. We don't need any more. People trying
to stretch their Social Security or other meager income should try Mexico
or somewhere else. You can't enjoy life on a shoestring in Belize.
4. Understand, there are no laws governing real estate agents. No
licenses, no examinations, no bonds. Any jerk who says, "I am a real
estate agent" is one. So be very careful about buying land.
5. Avoid anyone who tells you he is friendly with someone in the
government who can get you permits, licenses, etc. for the payment of graft.
These last few years the level of dishonesty has risen alarmingly in this country. And, worse, the idea seems to have acceptance in the society. Some say it's perfectly
okay to lie, cheat and steal from tourists, foreigners, investors -- because
they are rich and they only come here to swindle us out of our heritage
anyway. So, as they say, when thief thief from thief, God laugh.
Otherwise, Belize is still the delightful place it always was.