Buying property in Belize is a straightforward process. Titles to freehold properties
can be taken in three different ways:
Deeds of Conveyance The oldest form of title ownership is by a Deed of Conveyance.
Ownership by way of conveyance is a registered right to ownership of property. Ownership
by conveyance can be converted to a Certificate of Title by way of an application
for first registration. Any successive buyer is issued a Transfer Certificate of
Title. A Deed of Conveyance is a valid legal title once a lawyer has confirmed that
the seller has good title to the property.
A Transfer of Certificate A Transfer Certificate of Title is a physical title to a
particular tract of land. This type of ownership is secure. It is more costly and
time consuming to transfer title on a Transfer Certificate of Title than on a Deed
A Land Certificate A Land Certificate is an absolute title and applies to property
purchases in new or specially designated areas. The Government is in the process
of re-registering all freehold lands under the Registered Land Act of 1987 to achieve
an eventual uniform system of nationwide land ownership.
In any purchase in Belize, employ a good, independent lawyer to oversee the purchase,
more than anything to make sure the property has clean and clear title before you
When purchasing property in Belize, title insurance is not obligatory and closing
costs are very nominal as there is no capital gains tax. The taxes in place for buying
a property in Belize are small compared to other countries in the region. Transfer
or Stamp tax is due only on properties valued at more than US$10,000, and at a rate
of five per cent above this level, at the time of transfer of title.
Realty in Belize. Located at the Seakunga Adventure Centre, 1 Mile North of the
Placencia Airport. Phone. 011.501.523.3644