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This week's Blog: Belize, Experiences of a Lifetime

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Many of you know by now my journey on moving to Belize over 15 years ago. We wanted a Caribbean vacation that wasn’t on a cruise ship. All it took was that first trip and I was in love. I write about this journey in the #1 Amazon Best Seller book, Don’t Quit. It’s a great book on real-life stories of persistence, courage, and faith. I recommend you check it out if you are needing a little inspiration about life.

My beautiful daughter, Serena, was 11 when we moved to Belize, but she was 6 years old when we came for the first time. What a trooper she was. We uprooted her from malls, movies, private schools, and first-world living to moving to a third world but developing country.

Margaritaville Resort

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Mangroves in Belize

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It’s no secret that animals hold a special place in my heart. Along with that is protecting their habitat and ours. Although we are a real estate company and support new development, protecting the environment and the ecosystem is always at the forefront of any project we participate in.

One of my favorite plants, and a very crucial one to Belize, is the mangrove. image

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Women and Financial Independence 2

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Women and Financial Independence 2

Hey all my lady friends who follow this page - I recently made a post about Kim Kiyosaki's book "Rich Woman".  I have finished the book, studying chapter by chapter, day by day and so much of what is written in the book resonates deeply within me.

Women depend on men for financial stability, and financial information. And while it is true that men generally earn more than women it isn't true that men are any more knowledgeable in the financial field.  And their greater earning power certainly can open more opportunities than for women, generally speaking.

However if an individual knows more than you do about investments it's because he or she has made a special attempt to learn about it.  There is nothing inherent, it's not built into the male gene but our socialized conditioning leads us to deep down believe that men are better at it than we are.

They aren't.

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Famous Mayan Ruins in Belize

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Famous Maya Ruins In Belize.

Belize awaits you, a little taste of adventure whether it maybe fishing on the reef or climbing up a Maya ruin; this could be a holiday escape from the cold or just a long overdue vacation. You will get to experience diverse culture, food, history, dance and much more. This is what makes Belize so unique to be Belize!

Sometime around the 1800’s or even before this history was documented shrouded in mystery, Maya civilization was developed. Historians and archaeologists have always been fascinated by what is now believed to be just the remains of once great civilizations built by people who are today classified as ancient Mayas. These skilled hunters and craftsmen settled in various parts of the Americas including: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Western Honduras.

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Women and Finances 1

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Women and Financial Independence 1

 

For all the ladies in the group, or for those men who have ladies in their lives - do you women know the state of your personal financial health?

I'm reading Kim Kiyosaki's "Rich Woman" and the content is eye-opening. It is directed towards women specifically because our circumstances are different from those of men. Women live longer. Men, generally, are the keepers of the finances and often times the woman knows little to nothing about the state of the finances. When the husband passes away or moves on where does that leave the woman? Much, much poorer and many times in more dire straits.

I recommend reading this book. Yes, the focus is on real estate, but the original intent is clear : women -> learn about and take care of your financial situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orFYQZeLDfI

KIM KIYOSAKI - RICH WOMAN: How To Challenge The Way You Think About Money - Part 1/2 | London Real

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End The Stigma

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The month of May is dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health and wellbeing. Our hope is to help our community by making it easier for individuals who are suffering in silence to have a safe space to speak out. We’re hoping to end the stigma about mental health. 

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Top Agent Magazine

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Belize, Central America: David Kafka of RE/MAX 1st Choice Belize was featured in the Top Agent Magazine! Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the foremost real estate agents, mortgage professionals, and affiliates in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Top Agent Magazine features the top producing and most accomplished professionals in the real estate industry, offering an in-depth look at their careers and providing a blueprint for their success.

To be considered for a feature in Top Agent Magazine all professionals must go through a nomination and interview process. ALL Candidates are then evaluated based upon production, professionalism, as well as industry and community involvement. It is considered a privilege to be nominated as it speaks to a certain success level all real estate agents strive for. Top Agent has set itself apart as a trusted source of real estate information and inspiration. David Kafka is a stellar example of the kind of prominent leaders of real estate we are proud to feature in Top Agent Magazine.

“I am honored to have been featured in Top Agent Magazine. I continue to develop myself as a Consultant/Educator/Investor and Real Estate Agent in this great country of Belize. I understand that people are cautious and wary of investing in a different country, but I hope I can provide help for people who are interested. Being featured in this magazine will let you know that your concerns and needs are of my utmost importance.” –David Kafka

For questions and more information, please contact at david@1stchoicebelize.com

Below is the excerpt from this magazine, enjoy!

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Meet Our Agent: Herbert

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Getting to know our agents! There is a great team behind RE/MAX 1st Choice #Belize. This week's agent is Herbert!

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Itz'ana Resort & Residences

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We've noticed a trend and we wanted to share! Over the past year, we've seen more purchasers coming to Placencia than ever before and many of our buyers have chosen to purchase a second home at one special resort: Itz'ana Resort & Residences.

Itz’ana has a prime location right in the middle of our beautiful destination’s 16 mile Caribbean peninsula. It was recently featured in Forbes Travel Guide  and New York Times as one of the 13 most anticipated hotel openings in the world and one of 52 places to visit in 2017 respectively.    

Itz’ana is all about design! The 74 luxury waterfront residences and 20-room hotel are designed in collaboration with Boston based architect, Roberto de Oliveira Castro, and New York based interior designer Samuel Amoia. The resort is a luxury home base for exploring all of the adventures at nearby islands, rivers, jungle, caves, Mayan ruins, cacao farms and the world’s second largest barrier reef. And it’s loaded with amenities: The Rum Tasting Room, a private bar featuring rums from around the world; an owners-only lounge, three restaurants, reef-to-table pop-up dinners, two pools, a kids’ club, a private screening room, full service marina, yoga deck, adventure center, gym and spa and more….              

One of the most important reasons RE/MAX clients have chosen Itz'ana is that it offers the unique opportunity to purchase Belize real estate that is as financially secure as it is personally rewarding. As a part of Itz’ana Resort, your home can be rented hassle-free by Itz’ana’s expert management team, ensuring pristine maintenance while delivering strong passive income. The Residences are turn-key, ranging from 725 – 3,000 square feet with prices from $329,000 - $1,130,000. They are going to release their new penthouses to sell at the end of the summer and we can't wait!  The villas are 76% sold out and we invite you http://bit.ly/2sQjP3o to learn more.

 

Exerpts taken from BelizeHub.com and TravelBelize.org

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Sittee River

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If you’re a new resident of Belize or have been interested in investing in Belize, chances are you’ve probably heard of Sittee River in Stann Creek. Sittee River begins in the Mayan Mountains and the river empties into the Caribbean Sea near Hopkins Village. The Sittee River is famous for the tallest mangrove trees in Belize. If you’re looking to emerge yourself in the Garifuna culture, Sittee River is definitely your place.

 

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Moving To Belize

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Moving to Belize - The things you need to know. 

Are you ready to make the big move? Your house is on the market and you know you and your family want to move to beautiful Belize, but what’s next?

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Everyone's Talking About Belize

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Why do you keep seeing real estate commercials when you’re up at 11pm? Why is the Huffington Post and other major news outlets talking about Belize? Well, since Belize is starting to gain some attraction, let me tell you about what all the fuss is about. 

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Pet Friendly Hotels

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We all love our furry friends. They’re apart of our family! So why shouldn’t they enjoy our family vacation with us? Thank’s to tacogirl.com we now have a list of the pet friendly hotels in Belize - country wide! Because we are Placencia based, below is a list of Placencia hotels that are pet friendly. If you’d like to see the list country wide of pet free hotels, click the link at the bottom of the page! 

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WestJet Flying Directly to Belize

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WestJet started flying directly to Belize on October 29th, so get your bank accounts ready!

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Why Belize?

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Are you thinking about where to go for your next vacation? You’re making your check-list of what you’d love to see and that list includes white sandy beaches with blue waters, rich history and culture, budget friendly, safe, and not too touristy. Now, everywhere you’re probably thinking of speaks another language. And that may be a problem, considering you may or may not have failed that spanish exam in high school. Can it get much better than getting everything checked off that list AND has english as their official language? No, it probably can’t. 

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Guide to Buying Belize Real Estate

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If you have been debating whether or not to buy Belize real estate, you may want to consider doing it sooner rather than later. There is so much to see and do in Belize. You can enjoy river rafting, exploring Mayan ruins, taking in breathtaking waterfalls and marveling at the world’s second largest Barrier Reef. You can do it as a full-time resident and not just a visitor because the property prices there are incredible.

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