Who is The James Group?

The James Group is a boutique Belize real estate concierge and buyer’s agent with services tailored to the needs of the international investor. Our main office is located on Ambergris Caye, but we are active in a number of Belize mainland destinations as well.

The James Group was named after owner Mike Fields’ late father, James Fields. James was a kind man of integrity who was very well respected in his Illinois community. As a tribute, we at The James Group pride ourselves on the pillars of trust, transparency, and quality client care every step of the way in the international real estate arena.

Client satisfaction is our #1 priority. We work for YOU.

Meet Mike Fields

James Group founder Mike Fields
Mike Fields at Pirate South Beach Cafe & Pub, San Pedro

Michael Fields, owner and managing director at The James Group, is a people person at heart. He’s always eager to make an acquaintance and share a laugh. “He’s a small town boy with huge determination and a heart of gold,” says his best friend of thirty years, Tricia.

Originally from a quiet town outside of Chicago, as a twenty-something Mike headed west to San Francisco to create for himself what would become a successful sales career spanning two decades. But after 20 years in one of the world’s most expensive cities, Mike’s interest drew toward real estate in international real estate markets with huge potential for growth.

After a quick trip to check out the buzz around Ambergris Caye, Belize circa 2016, Mike sold everything and headed south in search of a simpler life with more opportunity and a return to the sense of community that he enjoyed as a Midwestern boy.

Why Belize?

Here’s Mike’s short list on why he chose Belize as his promising new home.

  • Belize is a short flight to the U.S. and shares U.S. time zones.
  • The official language of Belize is English.
  • International investors can own property in their own name.
  • The Belize dollar is tied 2:1 with the U.S. dollar.
  • Belize has low property tax, low income tax, and NO capital gains tax!
  • Real estate investors may optimize their ROI through rental income from Belize’s strong vacation rental market.
  • It’s a warm, beautiful country with the friendliest people in the world.

New Roots

Mike Fields has been fortunate to travel to many places in his lifetime, but Belize that holds a very special place in his heart. “I love Belize for so many reasons, but above all else because it’s where I met my wife!” exclaims Mike of his bride, Tanya McNab-Fields, of the family publishing and design business, McNab Visual Strategies, in Belize City. The two were married in 2019 at a large ceremony on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Belize and Beyond

Q. But what about island fever? Don’t you miss the big city life?

A. “I love traveling and meeting new people, forming relationships all over the world. Belize makes the perfect home base for me to discover new cultures in Latin America while keeping up with business and family in the US. Besides, I’m just a small town boy!” proclaims Mike with a grin.

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