June 5th, 2017 - Delayed updated from The Diplomat!
First of all, I know it's been way too long since this site got updated - we are actually in the process of rebuilding it entirely. We are making it less "heavy", easier to view on a mobile devide, and also with information on our new projects being a lot easier to access than it is today. I'm also adding some of the information over on my "personal" page which you can find by visiting www.andreasbjohansson.com.
The Diplomat is really starting to look great, and the second floor is now in progress. Our target is still to complete the entire building (minus some inside finishing work...) before the end of 2017, and our excellent contractors have been very capable of helping us move forward at a good pace. Below are some images from the progress, with most of the focus being on what you can see from the roof to the first floor - we still have one more floor to come on top of this one as well.
Please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the latest on availability as well as any specials we can offer you at this pre-completion stage.
View from the balcony along the ocean
November 27th, 2016 - Walls coming up at The Diplomat!
Later this week, I will be visiting the site of The Diplomat myself, to check in on the progress. After some weather related delays, we fnally got the floors poured, and are now moving on to start erecting the walls. Responding to customer requests, we also have an exciting new floor plan - we have added another floor to the building, which means each unit will be a little bit larger (we now have one unit less per floor) so if you are looking to Buy Belize Real Estate I would really advise you to give us a chance!
August 14th, 2016 - Making progress at The Diplomat!
I realize it's been a while since I updated this page with anything meaningful, so I figured now as everything is going "back to normal" after the summer, I would post some updates from the site in Belize, and we will also soon have some interesting news to announce for those of you with an interest in Corozal. We just made a large purchase of land, namely the site adjacent to our The Palms of Corozal site, so for those of you looking to buy real estate in Belize, please keep an eye on what we're doing there, as we believe there will be some excellent opportunities.
As you may have seen, a huge hurricane just swept through Belize and hit Belize City really hard, but I'm happy to report that other than a small part of our fence, we sustained no damages other than losing a little bit of time - unfortunately the rest of the city sustained some damage, but the people of Belize City have come together to help each other out and rebuild, and no doubt things have already started to return to normal. It's important to note that these hurricanes are not the norm, and The Diplomat is built to the same hurricane standard as oceanfront properties in Florida.
I've posted a few images below here but to see more of them, please follow this like for info on real estate in Belize with us at The Diplomat.
March 27th, 2016 - Site Improvements at The Diplomat in Belize City!
I have just returned from a visit to the site of The Diplomat, on the Northern Highway just outside Belize City. Over the last few weeks, our workers have made significant progress, the piles are now starting to be set, and we will immediately move on to foundation work. The way we do our buildings is we construct the entire exterior of the structure, as well as some interior walls (takes about 6-9 months), and then bring in another set of contractors to finish off the inside, as well as the individual units. This also allows our purchasers to have the opportunity to "personalize" their residences and select certain finishes.
Units are available from $170.000 USD, and all residences will have ocean views. If you are looking to buy property in Belize, we would love for you to give us a look. After the government recently announced a huge investment into the northern highway, which will essentially move the commercial center of Belize City from Downtown to the area where we are, there has already been a huge surge in development in the area, and land is getting very scarce.
Real Estate in Belize is drawing a lot of interest from buyers from all over the world, and with the currency pegged to the USD, you are also able to eliminate another hurdle from the transaction.
You can see some videos I shot at the site here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxkgBUvoKe8C1sMBAWsP0Ng
First day on site - initial few piles have been set.
The building in the background is set to be demolished or refurbished.
Building site looking towards the ocean
The view you will enjoy from your balcony
Looking towards the Northern Highway
December 30th, 2015 - Want to buy real estate in Belize? Here are two properties to look at!
If you have been looking for an opportunity to buy real estate in Belize, we wanted to show you what two of our builders have managed to build on their lot at The Palms of Corozal. Both these houses are avalable for resale, and are located on lot 1 and 41 respectively, both fronting on the Serenity Road. Below are two of the images, for more images please follow this link to our Photos & Video page: http://www.berkovitzbelizeproperty.com/photo-and-video.htm
House on lot number 1
The pool area at sunset
The original Mennonite house on lot 41, with some additions
November 8th, 2015 - Introducing The Diplomat Building
With this update, I want to introduce you to our newest project – The Diplomat Building in Belize City! Located in one of the best locations in the country – right on the ocean, along the Northern Highway between the international airport and Belize City Downtown, The Diplomat is looking set to become the premier address in the city.
Due to the floorplans we are using, we are able to offer all 8 units unobstructed ocean views, and for a commercial client there is also an opportunity to purchase the entire ground floor and finish it to your taste.
The Diplomat is offering residences from the low $200’s (USD) and for our investor clients we are also offering an on-site property manager, to help you maximize your return on investment by taking advantage of both short-term and long-term rental opportunities.
As of this week, the lot has already been filled to prepare it for the start of construction.
Why The Diplomat:
September 15th, 2015 - Construction update
Construction at The Palms is moving along, and the house is slowly being completed. As with every project, it's hard to get it done in exactly the time you want, especially if you are used to working here in North America, but on the plus side the house is looking GREAT, and is so much more affordable than undertaking a similar project here, and also with less time lost to lengthy studies, approval processes etc. To see some larger images, please visit http://www.berkovitzbelizeproperty.com/photo-and-video.htm or email me on email@example.com, so I can send you even more photos, as we just do not upload everything in order not to slow the site down too much.
June 23rd, 2015 - Recent article shows that QRP program may be great option when looking to Buy property in Belize.
Once again, our friends over at International Living have written a great article about Belize. This time, the subject of the story is a family that has recently moved to Belize from North America (the the program is open to any nationality) and have made significant tax savings by using the QRP program. The article also talks at length about how happy the family is having moved to Consejo (just up the road from us) and the ample opportunities that exist to socialize with both locals and expats, and the relaxed, friendly athmosphere of Corozal.
QRP means "Qualified Retired Person", and so long as you can show a minimum income (from any source) of $2.000 USD per month, you will be able to qualify for this great benefit, which may be something to look into when looking for an effecient way to Buy property in Belize, and move there permanently. You must be a minimum of 45 years old to be able to apply, there are however other paths to Belizean immigration as well, please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the process.
The full article can be read here: http://internationalliving.com/2015/05/a-little-known-tax-benefit-of-belize/
May 21st, 2015 - Want to Buy Property in Belize? Now access it non-stop from Houston!
According to an article posted by Travel Agent Central, a press conference was held last week in Houston, TX, where Southwest Airlines announced that non stop flights from Houston's Hobby Airport to Belize City will commence on October 16th this year. This will provide further options to visit for those looking to Buy property in Belize and live in the Houston area, as there are already flights from Houson's international airport on United Airlines.
The full article can be read by following this link: http://www.travelagentcentral.com/jamaica/southwest-airlines-launch-new-flights-jamaica-mexico-belize-costa-rica-and-liberia-51444
May 6th, 2015 - Move to Belize, and escape the stress in your life says International Living
In it's most recent edition (http://internationalliving.com/2015/03/replace-rush-hour-with-naps-and-fresh-coconuts-in-corozal-belize/) International Living Magazine, a top rated lifestyle magazine for people looking to retire overseas, met with a retired former project manager from Calgary, Alberta, who decided to up sticks and escape his busy life, and Move to Belize.
The article goes on to say how happy he is that he was able to escape the frigid winters of Canada, enjoys not having to spend his days in traffic (I never knew Calgary had much of a traffic problem...) and how friendly the Belizeans have been as well as the ease of adjusting to a new life, greatly helped by everything being in English, including the title documents to his property.
The province of Corozal has also been granted (final details to be released) federal funds to make the area more appealing to tourists, which should further help boost the appeal to property investors - we will be posting information as it becomes available.
April 9th, 2015 - Do Like DiCaprio and Invest in Belize real estate
According to this recent article (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/realestate/an-idea-hits-the-beach.html?_r=1) in the New York Times, super star actor Leonardio Di Caprio is the latest to join the craze and make the decision to Invest in Belize. He is developing an entire 104-Acre island into an Eco-resort, which is sure to keep Belize fresh on everyone's minds for the next few years to come.
On a different note, The Palms still have about 30% of our lots available for sale, and we still have lots 7 and lots 43 available, which both could be classified as "premium" based on what we have remaining. We are also happy to let you know that an external developer and owner at The Palms is looking to develop a tennis court, communal pool, and also possibly a clubhouse with adjoining common areas on lots 46 and 47 - this further cements our belief that The Palms at Corozal really is one of the premier locations to Retire in Belize - with a very competitive price point.
Below are some recent photos from the (almost) completed luxury home on lot #1 at The Palms - please Contact us now, to be able to take advantage of some fantastic close out deals!
Our goal here at Berkovitz is to bring our clients the latest opportunities to buy property in Belize, and we have seen a new opportunity – to develop condo units catering to the higher end of the market in Belize City. We are very happy to be able to bring you the Diplomat Building, on the Northern Highway, halfway between Belize City itself and the International airport.
Early buyers will be able to take advantage of pre-construction pricing from just $135K USD, and the property can be used either for personal use, or be made available for rental. Together with our local partners, we will be able to cover every aspect of tenant sourcing, property management, furnishing of the unit, as well as assistance with local financing (for qualified buyers) to make it a hassle free experience to purchase a condo in Belize - please get in touch with us today for more information on this yet-to-be-launched oppoertunity.
In Corozal, we are slowly starting to see a reduction in available lots at our The Palms at Corozal project, as January is traditionally a busy month and we have seen a number of new sales already. We are still able to offer non-status financing for up to 24 months, so if you haven’t done so already, please get in touch with us if you are interesting in purchasing property in Belize.
If you are considering travelling to Belize, this is a great time of the year to do so with cooler weather and also slightly lower number of tourists coming down, so please do not hesitate to let us know when you will be in the country, and our on-site representatives will be more than happy to show you around!
According to an article published today by travelpule.com, the Belize Tourism Board has announced that the country just welcomed it's millionth visitor for the year already in October - which is significantly ahead of what was expected. October is traditionally a slow month for arrivals into Belize, with November and December being busier months as the winter draws closer in North America. To read the full article: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/belizes-2014-tourism-boom-breaking-records.html
Belize is also a haven for retirees from around the world - here are give excellent reasons to look to Retire in Belize
1. The cost of real estate, as well as the cost of living are very competitive when compared to other Caribbean destinations
2. The QRP program makes it easy to move to Belize
3. No- or low taxes, which makes your money last a lot longer in retirement
4. All the paperwork for the transaction is done in English, so there is no confusion
5. You are still just a short flight away from the US and Canada when you retire in Belize
These are some of the reasons it is an excellent idea to retire in Belize - for more information on our properties and how we can help you realize your dream!
November 11th, 2014 - First house SOLD, second house well under way
The first house we built on lot 41 has been sold, and we look forward to welcoming our first full-time residents to The Palms of Corozal!
The house under construction on lot number 1 promises to be a beautiful two story home, with an in-ground pool, as well as a wine store on the ground floor, which will serve all the residents of the Palms, as well as locals from Corozal and Consejo.
Below is a photo of the construction site - as always, for more images, please follow this link to see a lot more.
July 31st, 2014 - Lot #1 cleared and ready for construction!
This week, lot #1 was cleared as one of our investors have decided to take advantage of the opportunity to build a two-story concrete home on there, right across the street from lot #41 where our existing Mennonite home is located.
Construction is set to start over the next few weeks, and we will be very excited to report back on how it is progressing, and we are very confident in what the final product will come out looking like.
Below are two images of the lot that has now been completely cleared and ready for construction, looking towards lot #41 (first picture) and looking across the lot facing Serenity Road (Second picture).
June 12th, 2014 - Interior work completed!
If you visit http://www.berkovitzbelizeproperty.com/photo-and-video.htm you will be able to see all the work we have completed on the inside of the property - the floors are finished, painting has been done, and the porch has also been completed.
The house if for sale for $75K USD and you will really struggle to find any comparable for this home, and we believe this would be a perfect choice for either an ex-pat looking to more (or move part time) to Belize, or for an investor who is looking to get in early.
Follow the above link for more images and information, but we will also show you a few thumbnail images below.
May 14th, 2014 - Long overdue update!
The house has been installed, the porch has been added, and all we are doing now is adding some final touches to the inside - finishing the floors, painting the windows, and just doing a few small things. For lots of images, please see http://www.berkovitzbelizeproperty.com/photo-and-video.htm as viewing it there will help us keep this site running faster!
April 16th, 2014 - House is arriving on site!
As of today, the property has arrived and is being "installed" by the crew - next week, the porch will be attached to the house and we will be posting some interior photos, as well as manking the property available for sale.
April 7th, 2014 - House is getting ready for installation!
As of today, Monday the 7th April, the workers are adding the final touches to the inside of the property (as you can see below) and the house will be shipped before the end of the week. Once on site, workers will "install" the property, and work to set up the electric, water etc, before the house will be listed for sale in the next few weeks. If you do have an interest in a finished property, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with more information.
March 27th, 2014 - Windmill Completion and construction on lot #41 is 90% completed!
After a bit of a delay in getting all the material, we finally managed to get our windmill installed this week!
We believe this is a first in Belize, this will allow us to keep the waters levels high enough in the winter (dry) season, while also allow us to "empty" the pond sufficently in the rainy summer months to ensure we do not have any flooding problems.
Construction on lot #41 is now almost finished and by the end of next week, we should be (more or less) set up, except for some minor details. In less than 10 weeks, we have managed to get the house ready to be listed, which we have to be very satisfied with. As you can see on the below images the construction is done to great quality by local workers - for more info and details, you can either contact us (email@example.com) and you can also read some more here: http://www.berkovitzbelizeproperty.com/photo-and-video.htm
The windmill finally installed and on-site!
The quality of the workmanship is very high, and at a great price
The inside of the house is getting prepared
March 20th, 2014 - Further update on construction
All is proceeding to plan with the construction of our house - this photo was taken a few days ago and since then, the inside walls have also been completed. We are still on schedule to complete and list the house in early April, and this is a great time of the year to purchase a home in Belize - don't wait too long, as availability is becoming very limited at The Palms!
February 20th, 2014 - Update on constuction on our home on lot #41
We are happy to announce that all is going very well in the construction of the property on lot #41, as you can see in the below images.
If you notice a difference in the background - you are right - we are using one of the local mennonite builders to complete the property off-site, and then move it to The Palms for installation. All things being well (weather mainly...) we will have the property installed by late March/early April, and the property will also be available for purchase.
January 20th, 2014 marks the start of construction for the first house at The Palms!
Today marked the first day of construction at The Palms of Corozal, as crews finished the pad for a beautiful wooden cabin, which will be located on lot #41. The house should be completed by the end of March (weather permitting) and will immediately be made available for sale by the developer.
If you are interested in owning a home in Belize, but is not quite confident in the building process to attempt to build something on your own, please let us know and we will be happy to sell you this beautiful property. Below is the first photo as the lot has just been cleared and the pad has been completed.
Increase in both flights and cruise arrivals to Belize!
As a further testament to the popularity of Belize as a tourism hotspot, both American Airlines and Delta Airlines have announced increased frequencies to their schedules for flights to Belize City - and if that wasn't enough proof, there is also an increase in cruise arrivals announced!
Corozal gets first part of a $2.1M facelift!
As part of a Government program to improve important towns in all districts, Corozal has been allocated a $2.1M fund which is currently being used to upgrade the roads, and will also be used to construct a sports center in the southern part of the town. The Guardian reports the event: http://www.guardian.bz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6370:corozal-towns-face-lift&catid=40:politics&Itemid=90
Belize Voted "Top Relaxing Country in the World" by Lonely Planet!
More than 3000 people voted online using Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and Belize ended up a winner - for more info, get it straight from the source by visiting: http://belize-travel-blog.chaacreek.com/2013/03/belize-voted-top-relaxing-country-in-the-world-by-lonely-planet/
AARP Top Places to Retire - Corozal, Belize
As mentioned in many places on this site, Belize is a fantastic option if you are looking to retire somewhere where your money goes a long way, immigration is easy, and the climate is one of the most inviting in the world.
Seems like the AARP themselves are in agreement with us - we would like to invite you to read their story in its' entirety by visiting: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-07-2010/best-places-retire-belize-corozal.html