Bill is right about the realtors, I wouldnít mention a name either.
Fee simple is the rule.I may have old information but I believe we have no realtor's because they would need a board of realtor's to be a member of in order to be a realtor, but if the real-estate agents have been smart they may have invented one by now, if for no other reason, to say they are a realtor. Iím sure in the past you havenít needed a license to sell real estate in Belize, this may have changed in recent years. Anyone that raised their hand and said, 'I sell real estate', is an agent. Having to have a license evokes an ethical conduct through fear of having your license revoked, and our court system never prosecutes them so thatís not a motivator either.Its a very renegade market place that he government is trying to get control of.
Be sure and involve a Belizean attorney and get a written opinion on the title. Run if someone wants to help you avoid the ĎTitle Transfer Taxí itís the oldest con down here and the tax is in place to stop their abuses.
Alarm bells should go off if you hear one say, íthatís how we do it down hereĒ. Having said all that thousands of folks have successfully purchased land here and are living the happy ever after. Just use your common sense.
This should bring a few out of the woodwork to explain how thatís not true because of this or that....but listen to the disclaimers closely.