Retire to Guatemala?
The majority of people, at least from my experience, are not fully prepared for the eventual decisions that must be made when the realization of retirement is just around the corner.Your retirement lifestyle is based on your pre-retirement financial planning, and we all know how things have changed over the last few years.What is now, is not necessarily what it is at the moment.Property values have eroded, home equity has been depleted, interest rates are at an all-time low on savings, property taxes are increasing, and personal income tax has nowhere to go but up.The general cost of living for basic necessities such as food, gasoline, electricity and other utilities are continually increasing, and the deficit is slowing economic growth to a near standstill. More and more retirees are considering relocation to other places around the globe that can offer better retirement conditions than the US at the moment, and for the foreseeable future.
Select a Real Estate Professional
If you are thinking of buying a home, land, or investment property in Antigua, you should first select an agent who you are comfortable communicating with; you should be able to speak freely regarding your wants and feelings. Professionalism is important, however, so is making the buying process fun. While you look for your property, you will be spending a lot of time with your agent, make sure you can enjoy your time together.
Searching for a Home?
Despite (and perhaps because of) the great selection in homes in Antigua, buyers are having a difficult time zeroing in on the home or property that is uniquely appropriate for their needs. Search for homes Just remember: Browsing the listings for months is one way search out the deals, but weighing the investment potential of each property can be difficult, and many homes for sale are never listed publicly.
Paying the monthly bills in Antigua, Guatemala
Monthly water bill id Q30.00 ($3.75), but can run a bit higher in the dry season if you do a lot of watering in the garden. The city does not deliver a bill; you need to go to the Municipal office by Central Park and pay. If you over 2 months late, you pay a small fine, over 3 months late and your meter may be shut off, and it will cost you Q100.00 to reconnect.
Waste removal averages Q35.00 ($4.38) a month for 2 pickups weekly. You pay the driver of the truck monthly.