Monthly Archives: October 2013

Life Visions Working with Honduras Living in Trujillo – Invest in your Retirement

Many of us dream of living or retiring abroad but we aren’t sure how to take those first steps.

In Honduras along the Banana Coast in the Bay of Trujillo, a buzz of activity and energy is happening. Something new and exciting is taking shape. This colonial town set amongst the jungles of the rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea is developing into an amazing community and tourist destination with a brand new Cruise Ship Terminal.

Life Vision is working with Honduras Living and Jaguar Construction to help make these dreams come true. Trujillo is the perfect place to buy your dream home and to retire to. With stunning, quality homes built to North American Standards in locations that will take your breath away, now is the time.

There is a large community of Canadians living and working in Trujillo right now. You can feel confident that this great team of people will provide the best advice for your property purchase, for constructing your dream home and also for managing your property when you are away. Peace of mind!

With cruise ships scheduled to arrive in 2014, your investment and property values are expected to increase providing added value. It’s not just a dream home, it’s an investment in your future.

Jaguar Construction is a premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras. We build homes to the North American standards standards that you have come to expect and maintain the highest level of customer care as we guide you through the construction process.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. Please visit their website to view their past and current projects.

Vacation Home Rentals – Honduras, Yours to Discover

Vacation Home Rentals - It’s one of the best ways to determine if you want to retire somewhere without a huge commitment. Sure the picture of pristine beaches and stories of warm weather and the laid back atmosphere draw you in…and they should, but living or retiring abroad is about more than that for most people.

Spending time in a community gives you the opportunity to soak up the local culture and atmosphere. It allows you to meet like minded people that share your vision if not your passions. In a place such as Trujillo, Honduras, you can explore to your hearts content, uncover the history, go on jungle or sea adventures, eat fabulous food and meet the locals.  It’s also an ideal opportunity to meet other folks who have invested or are retiring in this community, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Freshly caught crab just off the shore, near Cayo Blanco in Trujillo Bay, Honduras

Beautiful fully furnished homes are available in the developments of Campa and Alta Vista (Mountain and Beach) for you to rent at incredibly reasonable prices.

Let us introduce you to Casa 192. Located in the gorgeous gated mountain community of Campa Vista, overlooking Trujillo Bay, this stunning home is built to North American standards that you have come to expect back home. Picture yourself sipping a cocktail as you soak in the pool amongst the giant banana trees admiring the sunset views on a warm evening. This is a feeling that money can’t buy.

This property is just one example of the properties that you and your family or friends can rent. Many of our homes are owned and others are available for sale.

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Introducing Cathy Bernier trujillopropertyservices.com

Be careful, you just might fall in love with yours and find yourself making Honduras your home away from home. We dare you!

Beyond the sheer beauty and atmosphere of Trujillo is the low cost to rent. A piece of paradise for a few days or even a month for you, your friends and family doesn’t get any better than this:

Rental Prices:

1 bdrm/nite
$           125
1 bdrm/wk
$           750
 1 bdrm/mth
$        1,200
2 bdrms/nite
$           145
2 bdrms/wk
$           870
2 bdrms/mth
$        1,200

Cathy Bernier, a Canadian who moved to this area a number of years ago, will look after any and all of your rental needs.   As a resident of Trujillo and owner of Trujillo Property Services, Cathy is in the unique position to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise with new owners and renters both from a property point of view and a cultural point of view. She is available to help make your visit memorable and stress-free.

So take those next steps to planning your dreams, visit Trujillo. For more information and also Cathy’s contact information, click here.

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Local fishermen in Bay of Trujillo

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Beautiful and quiet beaches in Bay of Trujillo

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Garifuna community of Santa Fe near Trujillo

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. For more information on their property developments, please click here.

Here is our contact information. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions. Thanks for considering Jaguar Construction.

It’s in the Details – Casa 192 Finishing Touches (Photo Gallery)

It’s in the details.

We at Jaguar Construction, take pride in including stunning details into the construction of our home builds here in Trujillo, Honduras. Lovely trim, high ceilings, gorgeous tile work, unique pools, locally made furniture and cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and more.  You have heard this from us before and there is good reason!

Beautiful pool along side of Casa 192

We are pleased to share with you some new photos that showcase part of the finishing construction process as well as the workmanship for Campa Vista - Casa 192 property

Please visit our gallery to see even more photos of our stunning properties. We will be adding more photos to our gallery soon. Looking forward to sharing.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. For more information on their property developments, please click here.

Here is our contact information. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions. Thanks for considering Jaguar Construction.

Quality Construction for Your Dream Home Abroad – Make Sure It Exists

There are many considerations when your are planning to purchase property abroad either as an investment or for you to live and/or to retire to. These include cost of living, culture, taxes, materials and so much more. Property and your home will most likely be your largest assets so it’s really important to ensure that you are working with people that you trust, especially as you most likely will not be present during all phases of the construction process.

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A good company will work with you to understand your needs and desires. They will help you navigate the complexities of the purchase and construction process each step of the way, in the foreign country of your choosing. Importantly, they will build homes of the highest quality so that you can feel knowledgeable that you are protected in event of weather episodes etc. Many companies promote their products based on your emotions and dirt cheap prices. While this might capture your attention, if the price is unusually low, then this often means that shortcuts have been taken along the way. This could mean shoddy workmanship due to hiring of cheap but unqualified labour, or perhaps using lower quality materials. Remember, it’s no different when you build at home.

“If it seems to good to be true, it usually is.”

Our company Jaguar Construction, is owned and run by Canadians who live in the area we work, Trujillo, Honduras. We are able to oversee the construction of your home to ensure things are getting done in the appropriate way and in the expected time frame when you aren’t there. We provide the highest quality of construction, materials and workmanship that you have come to expect back home by hiring and working only with qualified local contractors. We also work with you each step of the way to ensure that you understand costs, processes, materials, financing and more.

Please enjoy this video from Honduras Living of a recent open house for one of our beautifully constructed homes.

As premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras our prices are reflective of actual costs to build a high quality home in Honduras.Our homes are built to North American standards so you can take comfort in knowing that it will be around for years to come for you and your family to enjoy. So don’t be fooled by “cheap” prices.  Do your homework.

We are proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. For more information on their property developments, please click here.

Here is our contact information. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions. Thanks for considering Jaguar Construction.

 

Planning and Preparation – Key to Working in Retirement While Abroad

The mere idea of retirement means something different to each person.

Many people consider retirement an extended vacation, “but vacations are only fun because we have work to return to,” says Jacquelyn James, co-director of research at The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. “With retirement, there’s nothing to go back to.”



James recommends people test retirement before plunging full-time into it. Many companies have introduced phased-in retirement options, where staff cuts back to work three days a week, followed by two days. Before retiring, “Pay attention to what gives you the most pleasure,” she says. “Add variety in your activities because what you do every day can turn into drudgery, even in retirement.”

For many people who keep working, work centers their life. It offers “structure for the day, a social network and feeling needed,” James says. “Retirees need to replace those motivators with a blend of part-time work, volunteer activities or civic engagement and leisure activities.”

Planning and preparation makes good sense. This holds true for those of us who are thinking of retiring abroad.  For those who might want to keep working while abroad, it becomes even more so. Here are some considerations and tips to help you along:

1. English is a high value language. Consider how you can use this to create work opportunities for yourself:. There are a range of jobs such as teaching English, working as a translator or a tour-guide for English-speaking tourists, or staff a hotel where English-speaking travelers congregate, according to Betsy Burlingame, founder of ExpatExchange.com.

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Colorful Macaus at Campo Del Mar Park, Trujillo, Honduras

 2. Consider virtual jobs:  For many people such as writers and editors, it doesn’t matter where you live. Today’s technology allows for flexibility. Find ways to take what you have done all of your life and turn it into an online opportunity if you can.

3.  Do your homework:  Don’t put your head in the sand.  Study up on index factors such as visas, setting up bank accounts, expenses, local taxes etc.. There are a number of resources to help you with this such as International Living, a magazine and website focusing on retirement abroad.

4. Go for an extended visit. Spend time living for six months or a year where you’re thinking of starting your “working” retirement. Get to know your community to ensure that the location, the quality of the construction, the local expats are favorable to your needs.  Look for mentors.  In Trujillo, Honduras for example, Canadian owned company Jaguar Construction will help you build your dream home and also help you navigate the landscape of the area each step of the way. Even better, they live in Trujillo.

5. Be open-minded and flexible:   Part of the joy of living and working overseas is learning to go with the flow.  Sometimes this means electricity or internet interruptions. It might mean banking hours are limited on certain days or hours. These are the times when it’s great to go for a walk or a swim, take a siesta, relax.

6. Learn proper etiquette for business relationship in the country that you are moving to:  Relationships are usually the key to doing business in any foreign country. You must learn patience. Slow down, share a meal or drinks with potential business partners.  Enjoy the process of building relationships with them first and then you will find that doors will start to open. If you try to rush the process, the doors will most likely slam shut. It’s just the way it is.

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Internet down? No problem, relax.

It is never too late to start planning. So go ahead. Just make sure to have fun with the process.

 Jaguar Construction is a premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras. We build homes to the North American standards standards that you have come to expect and maintain the highest level of customer care as we guide you through the construction process.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. Please visit their website to view their past and current projects.

 

Generating Passive Income from your Real Estate Investment

You’ve done your research and you are ready to build your dream home in Trujillo, Honduras.  You have one concern though.  You aren’t quite ready to retire there full time and you want to ensure that your property and real estate investment is looked after while you aren’t using it. Ideally you would also like to help subsidize your purchase with some passive income.

Enter Property Management Services in Trujillo…  We talked about it before and now we want to share a recent article article with you by Kimberly Berges of Hondurasliving.com that will give you comfort.

HOW TO GENERATE PASSIVE INCOME ON YOUR TROPICAL REAL ESTATE

SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 BY 

 

Cathy Bernier
Cathy Bernier, Trujillo Property Services                                   Photo: Hondurasliving.com

A clear indicator of growth is the ability to find available rentals…in any market.  Those lot owners that chose to build on their property in our developments are reaping the rewards of that decision today.  Having a crystal ball would make life so much easier, especially with regard to real estate. Having said that, we do have the fortunate opportunity to look just to the north of us, in Roatan to see first hand what happens when you bring mass amounts of people into an area.  This is really the fundamentals to real estate investing and real estate growth.  In-migration is one of the key elements to look for and it is very apparent that in-migration is set to really take off in Trujillo. “We’ve seen a steady increase” states Cathy Bernier of Trujillo Property Services, “but this year has been the busiest year to date, and we haven’t experienced the cruise ships docking yet!  That will happen next year and those people who’ve built have the advantage”

 

Trujillo Property Services

Trujillo Property Services  manages the properties that have been built in our Life Vision developments. They perform monthly inspections and repair what needs to be repaired, so it’s peace of mind management for your tropical asset. Trujillo Property Services also handles the rental market within the Life Vision developments.

Jaguar Construction is a premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras. We build homes to the North American standards standards that you have come to expect and maintain the highest level of customer care as we guide you through the construction process.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. Please visit their website to view their past and current projects.