When Mark Leonard’s hot Belize development, Cerros Sands, opened 61 new parcels to the real estate market, four parcels were sold before the
“We knew our property was going to be a popular pick for folks seeking prime real estate in Belize,” said Leonard. “We had no clue it would be this hot!”
Because shoppers were aware of the fact that Belize is the trendiest retirement spot on the map, folks flocked to the development, many following this community over the years looking for serenely, privacy and the freedom to live and play in paradise.
But for those eager to put down roots in a nation that makes retiring in Belize a breeze, Leonard and his sales associates didn’t have to drive home a value message. Cerros Sands speaks for itself.
“We’re becoming a world leader in sustainable tourism,” he says. “In just the past few weeks, three prestigious international publications [National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler and Lonely Planet] gave Belize their “must visit” endorsement. We were delighted.”
Ask Leonard his opinion on why Belize has become a magnet for tourists and retirees, and be prepared for a long answer. Among the nation’s biggest draws are English speaking, British Common Law, Fee Simple Title, and zero restrictions on foreigners buying property.
“When people tell me that they’re hesitant to invest in Belize property, well what can I say, I have only been here going on 18 years and have made Cerros Sands my home.”
He further adds, “international news agencies report that Belize is becoming a tony address for celebrities, movers and shakers. For example, Leonardo DiCaprio and Francis Ford Coppola already own real estate here, for me they have their piece of Paradise and The Owners at Cerros Sands have theirs.”
“If hobnobbing with the rich and famous still leaves prospective buyers hesitant, I inform them of the extremely low property taxes and that always gets their attention. It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to pay less than $200 in year in real estate taxes and capital gains taxes don’t exist in Belize.”
Leonard’s selling points often include the nation’s QRP program, a popular set of laws that allow people over the age of 45 to import cars, trucks, boats and even light aircraft to their new home
But at Cerros Sands, it’s location, location, location.
“There was a reason I chose the Corozal District to live and establish Cerros Sands,” explains Leonard. “It’s just across the water from the capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal which also provides great shopping, medical and restaurants, not to mention the international airport with connections to Mexico City and Cancun. Cerros Sands is a boat ride from nation’s most popular tourist destination, Ambergris Caye, close to the international airport and the coastal weather is idyllic and we face into the prevailing breeze.”
Whether one wishes to ride a horse, attend church, hike, boat or dive Belize’s breathtaking natural wonders, expats regularly admit that they have no clue why they didn’t move here years ago. “I think Cerros Sands sales are proving that sentiment is quickly shared by everyone who sees our little paradise,” Leonard concludes.
For additional information, visit Cerros Sands website. Do it in a timely manner as this development is fast becoming a prime destination for people eager to put down roots in Belize.