I am struggling to see so many people ripped off on property deals. Also alarming is the length of time involved to realize the purchase has gone south.
Here are a couple sure fire ways to KNOW what's going on.
1. Ask seller (yes even a "realtor") for a Land Tax Statement, it is the simplest way to identify the land in question is truly subdivided. Also, the lands department will not permit land transfer if the taxes are not paid up. Any credible realtor should know this. If it cannot be provided, walk away. That statement will indicate the owners name to ensure you are dealing with the right person.
2. Hire a Belizean lawyer to handle the transaction. They will start with a "land titles search" using the tax statement as an identifier. Ask the lawyer to provide you with a lot plan from the Land and Surveys Department.
3. Take the lot plan and spend $30 on a hundred foot tape. Ensure you are at the correct lot and measure the property pegs. You do not need to be a surveyor to find gross errors.
These are the minimum nut and bolt items that MUST check out before proceeding with your hard earned money!!