It seems all I’ve done since I returned is run.
I finally got my dear old, rust ravaged but beloved car back. That new-fangled thing I leased had a button for everything you can think of, but I was absolutely terrified to touch any of them for fear I would lock myself out.
I’ve also started to clean out closets as a start to Belize. So far I have three garbage bags full, plus another two or three going to Goodwill.
I plan to have at least three, two-day yard sales – the first to get rid of the clutter, and then gradually progress to the larger items.
The heritage stuff – furniture and keepsakes – will go to the kids (via a lottery) so that they will stay in the family.
As for the house –after a good cleaning – I will list it in July with a closing date of November 1st. Following that, I intend to be on a plane November 4th.
The forecast for tonight, May 22nd, is for frost, so the weather certainly is doing all it can to send me on my way.
However, the more a research Belize the more I am drawn toward it. For example, here is an honest description of the real estate values:
The primary reason retirees come to Belize is for the cheap real estate. Corozal Town attracts retirees for the same reason. It is still possible to buy good-sized lots with Bay views for as little as $30,000 or a three bed retirement home close to all amenities in town for $65,000. Monthly rent for simple, Belizean-style two-bedroom house in Corozal is about $100-$300. Monthly rent for a nice North American-style house in Corozal is $400-$800. You can also buy a “prefab” Mennonite-made house, roughly 1,100 sq. ft, and set it up on your lot for $14,000.
Consejo Shores is an expatriate retirement development seven miles outside of town that offers homes for sale and rent. It was founded in the early 1970s by a Canadian expatriate who now offers luxury amenities for fairly reasonable prices (homes start around $130,000 and rents begin at around $450 for single family homes).
Real estate continues to be a cash transaction.
Also, the cost of living makes it worthwhile, i.e.
Expatriate retirees are attracted to Corozal Town because it is one of the least expensive areas in Belize (thanks to its close proximity to Mexico). Generally, Belize is considered the most expensive country in Central America, but it is very possible to live here on $500 a month. If you choose to live in Corozal Town, it will be more, but a lot of it depends on the level of luxury you desire. A movie ticket is $5. A teeth cleaning at local dentist is $35. Take-out pizza is $9. Bananas are 20 for $1. Cable TV is $20 a month. Water delivery is $40 a month. Electricity is $200 a month (high). Telephone service is $5 a month (installation can be $50 to $200).
Lastly, and for me the deciding factor, my CAD$ is worth $1.64 BZDs.
The downside is that healthcare appears to be basic, and far below Canadian standards. Nonetheless, since I will be forced to purchase private health insurance anyhow, I will just add a medical evacuation clause to Mexico. As far as I have been able to ascertain, health insurance for my age is about $2,000 per year. (I’m paying $800 now.)
This weather is certainly depressing. Since I returned on May 7th, I have been able to spend a total three days in the gazebo. What a downer!
The SuperMax lottery is $50M tonight, plus 30 prizes of $1M each. Hmm, that would make this move a lot easier. I’d be in Belize by the end of next week. And someone else could look after the details. J
More next time.