We get asked quite often about the process of buying a titled property in Belize. Many buyers
coming from North America and Europe are uncertain what the process is and how they can
ensure that any purchase they make is handled according to the laws of Belize and makes them
the recognized new holders of the title.
Fortunately, Belize has a well-developed title system and with legal and broker assistance your
purchase can go very smoothly.
In Belize land is titled and you actual purchase a specific parcel number and block in a specific
Registration Section. Under ¨The Registered Land Act, 1980, Chapter 194, Revised Edition
2000¨, a land certificate is issued to certify a particular party or company is registered as a
proprietor with Title Absolute.
The registration system also provides a mean for others with an interest in a property to
register liens and cautions so you are fully aware of any outstanding claims on a property you
are interested in buying.
When you purchase a ¨property¨ you acquire Title Absolute as the proprietor of the block and
parcel in question as well as the physical structures on such property.
When purchasing property it is prudent to ensure that the block and parcel that you are
purchasing actually matches the information on the contract that you are signing. A land
surveyor can be hired who will verify that you are actually buying the correct property.
Properties are sold by the block and parcel number not by street address so it is very important
to verify that this information is correct.
Michael Haworth
Belize Brokers Real Estate
August 29, 2018

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