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American citizen living in Guatemala

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Guatemala - American citizen living in Guatemala
Expert: Armand Boissy - 10/8/2008

Question

Armand,

I love Panajachel and dream of owning property there one day!! Maybe once we are settled we will come see you.

My husband lived in Guatemala for 2 years and has taken me back 3 times. Our last visit we took our 3 older children and traveled all over the country. We homeschool our kids and we are business owners here in the States. We are planning to come live in Guatemala near Xela for a few years. We may end up buying property and starting business there if we love it and want to stay -which is a huge possibility. What are the laws about American Citizens buying property and starting businesses in Guatemala and what about health care? We basically use natural medicine to handle everyday illnesses but what about catastrophic insurance and care in case of a car accident or broken bone ect? What about bringing our vehicles in the country. Can we even register them in Guatemala if we are not citizens?

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.