The Reinvention of Nicaragua: Real Estate in Managua
Initially founded as a rural fishing village on the shores of Lake Managua, Managua grew rapidly in the 19th century, becoming Nicaragua's cultural and political center. Today, despite an earthquake that dealt major damage to the city in 1972, Managua is still the premier city of Nicaragua, and its cultural, educational, political, and economic hub.
In recent decades, Nicaragua's economy struggled, but today, it is a country that is intent on rebuilding itself. Bureaucratic corruption still exists, but modern-day Nicaragua is more politically stable than it's been in a while, and has been rated the safest country in Latin America. Foreign investment in the country is helping to turn its economy around, and for this reason, the state government offers some serious incentives to companies and individuals who move to Nicaragua.
One such incentive is the foreign retiree program. This offers a host of tax breaks to individuals who are over 45 with a monthly income of at least $600. Retirees don't have to pay any taxes on money they have earned outside of the country, can bring a large amount of household goods into the country without paying import duties, and can purchase and sell vehicles tax-free.
Many expatriates living in Nicaragua would come here even if it weren't for those incentives. The country offers a treasure trove of natural beauty, from volcanoes to the Pacific, and from the rainforest near the Caribbean to the natural lagoons in the city of Managua itself. Culturally, the country is vibrant, and its people are warm and friendly, even to foreigners. Its troubled 20th century has kept it out of the limelight as far as tourism and development are concerned, so it has the exciting feel of uncharted territory. The cities of Nicaragua are similar: relatively few tourists and expatriates know their charms – yet. The country has been on a slow and steady path of improvement and of re-integration with the world at large, and people are just beginning to notice.