077: Buying International Real Estate In The Caribbean And Latin America – Rachel Jensen

Rachel Jensen interviewed by Mikkel Thorup on The Expat Money Show

Rachel Jensen is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ECI Development, a regional development company based throughout Latin America in Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Argentina, and Nicaragua. From the ground up, she has built and grown the sales and marketing department at ECI Development. Rachel has structured the Teak for Residency Program in both Panama and Nicaragua to assist those looking to pair up a residency with alternative options outside of their home countries. Originally from the suburbs of New York, she now calls San Pedro, Belize home.


Real Estate in Belize

We chat with Rachel about all the technical stuff behind buying international real estate in a foreign country. What do you need to know before you buy real estate in Belize? I bet you have dozens of questions about the safety, the viability, is it a sound investment and much more. Rachel explains in layman terms how you can minimize the risks when you are buying international real estate. If you are seriously considering buying real estate in Belize, then this is the interview for you.


Gran Vineyard Estates Argentina

View the Gran Vineyard Estates Argentina

Magnificent Gran Vineyard Estates in Argentina is the newest venture for ECI Development. For over 20 years they have been listening to their investors. They know we are all different in what we want.

  • Is it for personal use to live in year-round
  • to live in part of the year and rent out the remainder of the year
  • or strictly for rental purposes

They have properties on the Ocean, on the Gulf in the Caribbean, inland, on an island and now in a vineyard. So many of their clients have wanted to buy property in Napa Valley, California but just don’t have the $3 Million that it takes to own a property there.

At Gran Vineyard Estates you can own your own piece of heaven for a fraction of the cost. Rachel paints a beautiful picture of what the land will look like when the homes and resorts are finished and ready to move in to.

Imagine living at the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by a vineyard in your little piece of heaven.


Mikkel Thorup interviewed top Real Estate Investor – Grant Cardone a few weeks ago. It was an amazing interview where Grant tells us how he spent his first 3 years leading up to his first real estate purchase. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to his episode, here it is: Grant Cardone Interview with Mikkel Thorup.



I just loved interviewing Rachel Jensen from ECI Development. She is a wealth of knowledge on best practices for real estate in Central & South America. Her expertise in buying real estate in Belize in incredible. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in buying or selling international real estate, this is the episode for you.

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About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

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  1. Howard A. Frankson on 05/10/2019 at 11:33 PM

    I am a semi-retired entrepreneur living in Belize City who introduced agency advertising to this country in the 1970s. I have recently been working on a project to manufacture toothpaste, and develop tourism in the central coastal area adjacent to the City; but have been receiving stiff resistance from the government.
    The project calls for manufacturing toothpaste from dead and discarded marine corals, coral debris, but the government claims that gathering such coral debris will damage the environment. I know better but don’t have the resources to prove it. Coral debris can be gathered from various locations, it can even be found on dry land, of example at Rocky Point on Ambergris Caye.
    Its selective removal, under supervision of the Fisheries Department, will do no ecological harm, and will certainly aid our economy. Along with that we are proposing development of the huge tourism potential in the Gallows Point area adjacent to the reef.
    Convincing the government will take the expertise of a marine biologist, which we don’t have so we invite you to join us. The Gallows Point development is self-explanatory.
    We would appreciate hearing of your interest, and remain
    Very truly yours,
    Howard A. Frankson

  2. Rachel Jensen on 05/25/2019 at 12:15 AM

    Hi Howard,
    Thanks for your message! Anything related to touching the reef is definitely a touchy subject, but I am glad to see you are doing your research and helping others to learn as well! The country is an entrepreneur haven, which seems perfect for your passion and skills, and it’s neat to see you are using your abilities to better the country.

    Thanks for tuning in,

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