UH Power Couple
A hot tropical destination hits the global real estate market thanks to this UH power couple
The luxury real estate business in Belize is officially global now that Belize Sotheby’s International Realty recently unveiled an office there — thanks in part to two Houstonians.
Belize Sotheby's International Realty recently closed the deal with McCann & Fisher Ltd. Houston natives Shane and Brittany McCann of the firm will operate the brokerage in that Central America country. Their partner is Curt Fisher.
The husband and wife team, who studied marketing at the University of Houston, live in Belize where they already work in property management and the vacation rental business, the Houston Business Journal notes. The Belize Sotheby's offices opened June 5 on Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Purchase prices range from $425,000 to $1,995,000, while rentals are listed from $295 per day to $1,600 per day.
"Ambergris Caye is considered one of the most desirable islands in the world," Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC, said in a statement. "The lifestyle offered there is coveted by people everywhere.
"Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Mayan Ruins, waterfalls, caves and the well-known Great Blue Hole. We are proud to be able to offer our services in this beautiful and unique market."
The Belize Sotheby's website highlights 10 properties for sale and four rentals available at the time of this report. Purchase prices range from $425,000 to $1,995,000, while rentals are listed from $295 per day to $1,600 per day.
"We also want to help promote the economic growth of our country, and we believe the Sotheby's International Realty brand will help change the dynamics of the real estate market in Belize," Brittany McCann said in a statement.
In January, Sotheby's International Realty Inc. acquired Martha Turner Properties, one of the premier brands in luxury homes in Houston. Turner and business partner Tom Anderson continue to head the Houston operations of Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.
Click through the slideshow with this story for a glimpse of some of the Belize properties now on the market. Also, watch the video below showing how the McCanns and their partner Fisher have interpreted the Sotheby’s brand.