In this video, Dan Prescher reports from Panama with your weekly wrap-up of International Living postcards for the week ending April 16.
On April 11, Ronan McMahon of Pathfinder Real Estate (IL’s preferred real estate advertiser) writes in from the beaches on northeastern Brazil…mile after mile of white sand beach… where one of the richest men in the region is creating the first major high-end, master-planned community in this booming area. And Ronan has found a way for you to get in on the first condo project here and buy a high-end 870-square-foot condo with less than $12,000 down and monthly payments of $1,800. Brazil’s jet-set will want to come. And they’ll pay top dollar to rent your unit when you aren’t there. Find out more in Ronan’s postcard.
Betty-Anne Ouellette says that she and her husband became interested in a rental condo in Fortaleza, Brazil after last year’s International Real Estate Forum in Toronto. They took the leap, and Betty-Anne says that when they recently visited their new property, they loved it…they bought their condo strictly as a way to build their retirement fund, but now they’ve decided that living in Brazil is a very tempting proposition. They put the great outcome down to everything they learned at the International Real Estate Forum…and there’s another one coming up. Find out more in Betty-Anne’s postcard.
Never let it be said that Ronan doesn’t get around…today he tells us about a $19,000 lot in a gated community with lake and jungle views in one of the most magnificent… and as yet undiscovered…parts of Costa Rica—Lake Arenal. Ronan says he’s never seen a spot like this, pasture land mixed with jungle rolls down to sparkling, mirror-flat, 30-square-mile lake. Best of all, says Ronan, that $19,000 could be financed over three years…interest-free. Imagine what that leave over for your house and boat at the nearby marina. Ronan explains all in his April 13 postcard.
International Living legal counsel Bob Bauman writes in to let us know that Uruguay should be high on the radar of anyone looking for a sanctuary of almost any kind outside the U.S. Bob says Uruguay used to be South America’s best-kept secret, with a few smart neighboring Argentines, Brazilians and Chileans dropping in to enjoy the pristine beaches, the appealing cities and the happening nightlife. The country is an open, free market economy, with no exchange controls or foreign currency limitations. If you’re looking for a tax haven, a financial or even a residential haven—Bob says Uruguay offers a lot. Find out more in his postcard.
Bob Bauman returns with a two-part strategy for building and protecting your wealth. Part One: Increase your asset value by cutting your taxes and maximizing your profits. And Part Two: Build a strong defensive asset-protection structure. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, because Bob offers three specific ways to accomplish those goals…methods that used to be reserved only for the rich and powerful, but are now easily within the reach of the rest of us. Find out what they are and how to take advantage of them yourself in Bob’s April 15 postcard.
IL’s Mexico Editor Glynna Prentice takes us to Guanajuato, the hilly capital city in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, which she says is often overshadowed by nearby San Miguel de Allende, at least among gringos. And, says Glynna, the 500 or so expats living in Guanajuato probably wish it would stay that way. They’d like to keep it to themselves that this beautifully-preserved Spanish-Colonial city, which has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, offers a great quality of life at very reasonable prices. But Glynna says the world deserves to know about this colonial highland gem, and she’ll tell you all about it in her postcard.