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Ok I know the area and have been looking for either property to build on or a condo (I know two very different things and that is why I am not rushing into anything). I am leaning towards a condo now as I won't have to worry about care when I am away (which will be more often than not). My fiance really likes the look and feel of White Sands ad I may have found an owner that is selling. He emailed me but is not going to get back to me until later in the month. i remember some dram with the place from a long time ago. I was not too interested so I let it pass. Now if I am going to consider buying a condo I would love some insiders opinions. Feel free to message me.
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White Sands is beautiful! However, make sure you check the rules to see how many weeks the owners are allowed to stay in their condos per year... I could be wrong, but I think when I checked into them a couple of years ago, you could only have two weeks a year. It might have changed by now. Just something to consider when making your choice.

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Are they open? Elbert will be better placed to comment but there was some sort of dispute between owners and the Management Company recently and they weren't accepting bookings for a while. I personally would never buy a condo where the Management Company was not owned wholly by the condo owners.

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I believe the management company that was running the place and owned the common areas closed, and I know all the directors left Belize. I was going to move my dive operation there some time ago and had many dealings with them. I don't know the detail of how they're operating now, but they now have a management company run by different people and I believe all is now harmonious there.

They're certainly open - I was there last week.

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All the drama passed when it sold recently and the place is running smooth were doing business with them again and I would say its a new ball game Saravch.
I've always liked the place as well.


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Hi Phil -
I think your point might be more about Homeowners having control of the development - a point with which I agree 100%.
On the point of Homeowners owning the mgmt company - that is not so easy and not so one-size-fits-all. You are a successful rental-manger of property so for you it may come naturally to do a good job --- but not everybody is able to do this business well. Certainly buying a condo does not make you an expert at bookings and management.

In fact sometimes having the homeowners themselves own a management company can lead to conflicts of interest and maybe more conflicts in general than hiring an outside service provider. It's also a lot more work for your Association and sometimes people own condos to have less work, not more. Liability issues are to be considered as well.

I think the essential elements to avoid Management problems are:
1. Homeowners Association owns the common areas, including lobby and office.
2. Homeowners Association can fire the management company.

Then make a contract that is win-win and see that everybody understands it.

The places with histories of problems are/were where the points above were not part of the landscape.



Last edited by Diane Campbell; 04/07/10 02:01 PM. Reason: spelling and clarity
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As ever the voice of reason and concisely accurate (with an edit lol)

I didnt mean for the homeowners to necessarily run it in person but to own/control the Company that does. I personally would prefer ownership and have Management employees to run it. I see it as counter productive if a Management Company is trying to make a profit for themselves rather than for the owners or for reinvestment. I have no idea what is most commonly employed, and as I have no experience here I could be off base, but it seems common sense.

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Also I'm glad the issue at White Sands is done as it is a lovely property, and area, and hopefully I didn't misrepresent or upset new management there. If I did tough - err I mean sorry!!!


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