The answer to this question is 100% yes. There are many different ways to take ownership of a property. Some ways that you would expect to take title are :
- A registered land title
- Transfer certificate of title
- First certificate of title
- Strata Title ( This is generally for used condominiums)
- Deed of conveyance
All are secure forms of ownership.
A title search is always recommended. This is usually done by a closing agent or an attorney and is an important part of the purchasing process. This is done to check the lands register for charges, reservations, encumbrances and liens. It is incomplete if a court search is not also undertaken and if it is not reviewed in light of possible equitable interests such as a spouse not on title or inheritance anticipatory gifts.
This is completely up to the buyer. It is always recommended that the buyer ensures that a reputable broker is transacting the sale. In most cases a reputable closing company is all that is needed. However there are cases where an attorney is advisable. Your broker can advise you on what is the best route.
Should I use my US attorney?
No. U.S. property law is significantly different from British property law.
No, Belize has a tough anti-squatting laws unlike other Central American countries. One can only claim title to a land or easement upon proof to the Supreme Court of Belize that one has had continuous and undisturbed possession for 30 years on National and Conveyed lands and 12 years on Registered lands.