SAN IGNACIO, Belize, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans increasingly eye Belize as an affordable place to live and work or retire, one team of REALTORS® is showing the world exactly why the small, English-speaking Caribbean nation has a vibrant and growing expatriate community. And the world is taking notice: Rainforest Realty has just become part of the prestigious Keller Williams Worldwide real estate network.
"We're thrilled to have the Keller Williams team put their seal of approval on Rainforest Realty, and we're committed to maintaining the highest possible standards in international real estate," stated American expatriate Macarena Rose, CIPS, Principal Broker and founder of Rainforest Realty. "Everyone at Rainforest Realty looks forward to our Grand Opening in March 2016 as we officially become part of Keller Williams Worldwide."
Rose founded Rainforest Realty in 2004. Since then, the brokerage has grown to include a full team of Buyers Agent REALTORS® and client support staff. Together, they have created Belize Talk Radio, a series of videos that highlight the experiences of local expats and give the insider's perspective on topics of interest to anyone considering making the move to Belize.
Nestled on the Caribbean Sea between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize occupies just 8,800 square miles of tropical beaches, exotic jungles, and rolling hills. Belize's renowned waters are home to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a hot spot for divers that includes atolls, sand cays, mangroves, lagoons, and the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. English is the official language, and there are no restrictions on expats starting businesses or buying property anywhere in Belize. The country is just two hours by plane from Miami, New Orleans or Houston. Perhaps most intriguing for Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers: The retirement age in Belize is 45 – and Rainforest Realty can help expats apply for the country's Qualified Retired Persons Program.
"Belize is a fusion of many cultures, with a strong community spirit where neighbors help neighbors. There's a sense of nostalgia everywhere, especially in the architecture," Rose explained. "The affordability of life in Belize also continues to be a major draw. Two people can live here quite easily on $15,000 annually."
The Rainforest Realty team works exclusively on behalf of buyers – an important distinction when considering purchasing real estate internationally, particularly in a country like Belize, where the real estate sales industry is largely unregulated. Each of the REALTORS at Rainforest Realty is deeply immersed in the local community and culture and works to ensure all essentials are considered during the buying experience, including international banking, expatriate taxes, title transfers, and relocation details.
Rainforest Realty has produced a short video featuring Rose and International REALTOR Yvette Dalton, CIPS, RSPS, MBA introducing viewers to Belize, spotlighting the town of San Ignacio and giving a virtual tour of the country's lesser-known sights and attractions. Anyone considering renting or buying real estate in Belize is encouraged to sign up at http://rainforestrealty.com to receive a free report packed with 26 things to know before relocating to Belize.
About Rainforest Realty
Every Rainforest Realty REALTOR® is a Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS). Rainforest Realty agents are fully trained in all facets of the real estate buying and selling processes to ensure each transaction goes smoothly. After the sale, Rainforest Realty staff assists clients through the relocation process. The company was established to protect and guide international real estate buyers during the expatriation process. Learn more at http://rainforestrealty.com.
SOURCE Rainforest Realty