Peter, There seems to be plenty of property for sale. And that usually means a bargin somewhere. But just like anywhere you invest, it take alot of time and energy to find a good deal. The first rule of real estate investing is "If you pay close to retail it is not a good investment." I find good deals on Real estate all the time, but I am looking hard to find them. My friends and family think they fall off the trees for me. I had a realtor in San Pedro tell me that "people that buy here can afford to hold on to their property till they get their price". I am not repeating that as gospel but I would guess that it may be more true then in most areas in the States. That said there are still divorces and deaths and all the other reasons people need to sell fast=for less. Because of what I do for a living I too initally thought we might buy and rent out a condo. I thought we would get a larger loan on our home to get the funds to purchase a property there. I'm glad we didn't now it was just too soon.
When are you going down and for how long? My husband and I will be down Jan to March. Staying at Royal Palms-nice place and not expensive. Belize is a great place.
Jobs-you will meet people who have managed to get work permits. If they can, you probably can too. I know that some times an employer who wants you will arrange for the permit, but even this takes several months. You probably will not work for some time, so come with plenty of money!
There are two books I have seen recommended on the message board: both are by Lan Sluder 1. San Pedro Cool, 2. Adapter Kit: Belize They might be helpful. Let me know how it goes for you. Pam