Guatemala seeks order in land rights

The second phase of a project to create a reliable land register for Guatemala begins next month. The project includes 55 municipalities and will cost 550 million quetzals (US$74 million), which is coming from foreign loans.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

José Manuel Álvarez, the register's director, said the aim was to provide legal certainty over property rights in land by means of a system that is both efficient and accessible.

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Nicaragua Improves Property Registration

March 2016

The timeframe for registering property has improved from 31 to 12 days due to more streamlined processes, and 102 to 43 days for ordinary mode.

The improvement in the investment climate experienced by Nicaragua also been reflected in the agility in registering property. According to the Economic Report Institutional Framework II: Property rights and legal certainty, by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Funides), the country managed to reduce the average time it takes to register a property.

El Salvador: Delays in Regularizing Properties

March 2015

In three years only 27,000 out of 350,000 properties have been registered and titled due to the excessive bureaucracy processes which need to be carried out in municipal entities.

The Lotificadores Association of El Salvador (Alles) has revealed that are approximately 15 articles of the Special Act on Subdivisions which must be modified in order to reduce the number of procedures to be carried out to legalize land parcels.

Costa Rica: Half the Country Lacks Cadastral Plans

March 2015

For 50% of the properties that make up the country there are no exact measurements and boundaries are not validated by the national cadastre system.

Out of 478 districts in the country, only 32 have catastral plans and 35 are still being published, ie around 800,000 properties do not have validation of their boundaries. Among the missing cadastral areas are urban areas and land sea areas.

Time frames for Registering Property in Guatemala Reduced

April 2014

Processes have been automated with the Land Registry, the Cadastre and Real Estate Appraisals (DICABI) and the Municipality of Guatemala.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

Guatemala has reduced by ten days the amount of time it takes to carry out the process that entrepreneurs must undergo to register properties with various governmental entities, improving the business climate and putting the country among the most reformed in the region.

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