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#344737 - 07/14/09 12:36 AM looking to speak with friendly expats
TheBogeyMeister Offline
Will be on second trip this year to your pretty island and am seriously thinking about purchasing property/condo for annual and retirement use. Would cherish the opportunity to talk to an expat or two about the "inside scoop" on moving to, living on Ambergris and cost of living, medical care etc....

And off course, I'll buy the Belikin.....
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#344753 - 07/14/09 09:14 AM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: TheBogeyMeister]
Moose In Belize Offline
Take some time to look around this board and read as much as you can. I would suggest you start here:

Moose Keep an open mind and something good may fall in.

#344757 - 07/14/09 09:51 AM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: Moose In Belize]
elbert Offline
Bogeymeister, You will find tons of them full of info (i think thats what their full of??) willing to share. Should be no effort at all.
Heads up on advice you get at a bar from an expat. My experiences they really are experts on BS.
A good attorney like Denise Courtenay (Belize City) can give you solid guidance.
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#344778 - 07/14/09 12:14 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: elbert]
TheBogeyMeister Offline
Thanks for the advice. I have read pretty much everything on the Belize forums. There is just nothing like visiting in person and bar advice is always taken with grain of salt. (or salt, tequila, lemon?) We look forward to the visit starting this Friday. Cheers.
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#344784 - 07/14/09 12:31 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: TheBogeyMeister]
TravelinMan1 Offline
Not sure how Denise Courtenay can provide information as an Expat living in Belize and more particularly Ambergris Caye since she lives in Belize City and was more than likely born there.

I would certainly not ask her questions about health care and cost of living here on the island. That may be a person to speak with if you are looking for someone to help close a deal.

My advice is speak with people that live on the island (and have for a few years) as well as any reputable realtor that has gone through the things you will be going through. They will be able to answer questions that most others cannot.

In the end speaking with the right people can and most likely will save you tens of thousands of dollars by simply avoiding the mistakes that many people make when moving to Ambergris Caye.

If you are dealing with a realtor ask for references from clients they have worked with recently and a few years back.

Overall this is not a difficult task but one you should take seriously.

Good luck on your quest.

#344796 - 07/14/09 01:16 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: TravelinMan1]
deadserious Offline
Honestly, you will meet so many expats during your visit. Just start up a conversation. That's the best way to find out what you want. People are easy to talk to on the island and expats are everywhere.

Chill at Crazy Canuks or Coconuts for an afternoon... or if up north, visit the Palapa bar around lunch. You will not have any trouble starting a conversation.
Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel...

#344919 - 07/15/09 12:54 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: deadserious]
TheBogeyMeister Offline
Cazy Canucks and Coconuts it is then.......cheers
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#344925 - 07/15/09 01:51 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: TheBogeyMeister]
purdygrl Offline
In all honesty. Expats are in the most part very friendly. You will have no problem having conversations with anyone.

#344930 - 07/15/09 02:24 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: purdygrl]
champion Offline
The oddity of this is when I go out of the country, I really don't want to be with expats but with the locals.
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#344931 - 07/15/09 02:27 PM Re: looking to speak with friendly expats [Re: champion]
deadserious Offline
That is odd. Why wouldn't you want to talk to expats if you were considering moving to the destination?

Edited by deadserious (07/15/09 02:28 PM)
Now back to your regularly scheduled drivel...

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