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Avoid These Four Mistakes Buyers Make Overseas

I regularly meet readers who are smart and cautious when it comes to buying a property back home. They hire an attorney, they check their sale contract carefully, and they investigate every little thing that could affect the value of the property. But for some strange reason, when they’re buying overseas, these same people forget their common sense.

3 Oceanside Locations Overseas Where Your Home Can Earn a Strong Rental Income

I spend up to two weeks a month scouting out the best real estate opportunities for Pathfinder. It’s part of my job. And I enjoy every minute of it. Because I spend so much time on the road, I’m a huge fan of vacation rentals. I get more space than a hotel room and a lot more privacy. And I get to experience life as a local, buying groceries and eating at cafés and restaurants close by.

Avoid These 5 Property Pitfalls Overseas

Most folks think that finding a property overseas that fits their tastes and budget is tough. In fact, it’s much easier than they think. There’s plenty of opportunity out there when you know where to look, even when you’re on a tight budget.

Visit Belize: It's Quirky, Diverse and Fun

Visit Belize: It’s Quirky, Diverse and Fun

Once you stroll Belize’s unspoiled beaches and explore the flora and fauna of its rainforests, you may become afflicted with what’s known as the “Belize Factor.” Simply put: you find that once you return home, you have an uncontrollable compulsion to return. Time and again …Perhaps even to stay.

Chill On The Riviera Maya

Chill On The Riviera Maya

Thirty million Tripadvisor readers voted Tulum #2 in their top 10 Beach and Sun Destinations worldwide in 2010. When you see the beaches, it’s easy to see why … silky white sand, dotted with palm trees, and washed by bright-aquamarine Caribbean waves. Offshore, the coral reef beckons, with a rainbow of exotic fish.

Chill Out in the Southern Zone in Costa Rica

Chill Out in the Southern Zone in Costa Rica

Costa Rica may seem to you like nothing more than a pricey fantasy. But in fact, you can own a lot here for only $40,000. And it’s in a spot that’s poised to boom.

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Rescue Your Beach Dream with 3 Homes from Just $89,000

Nancy’s dream is a simple one. She wants to live by the beach. She approached me at an IL conference, concerned that she couldn’t afford her dream lifestyle on her small budget. She’s had it with the freezing winters back home, she told me. She’s done with shoveling snow and scraping windshields and worrying about heating bills. She’ll wave goodbye to winter by moving overseas.

Ecuador

Properties with Premium Views for Less than $150,000

This west-coast destination in Mexico hit the headlines in 1963. John Huston filmed part of Night of the Iguana in Vallarta. The world’s press descended on the town to follow the romance between Richard Burton, a star in the movie, and Elizabeth Taylor. Many viewers simply wanted the real skinny on the famous Hollywood stars. But others were grabbed by Vallarta’s colonial architecture and sun-drenched beaches. Tourists and expats started to flock to this little fishing village. Today, around 50,000 North Americans live in Vallarta…

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Five Spots Where You Can Find Premium Views for Less than $150,000

A great view usually translates into a premium price tag. But you can afford a home with stunning vistas if know the right place to look. For example, I know of one Pacific coast town where a beachfront condo with Californian-style ocean views and a similar lifestyle will only set you back $119,000. You’d need at least three times that to get close to the beach in California.

Ecuador has topped International Living's Retirement Index, and it's easy to see why.

3 Beach Buys on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast—$100,000 or Less

A pound of fresh shrimp—$2.50. Someone to cook and clean for you—$20 per day. Property tax of $200-$250 a year on the beach homes below… It’s easy to see why Ecuador tops International Living’s Retirement Index. It’s a top spot for those looking for a comfortable lifestyle that won’t break the bank. And Ecuador rates as one of the best-value destinations on my beat, too. On the country’s unspoiled Pacific coast, in particular, you get a whole lot more for your dollar. And that applies to real estate as well as your cost of living.

Best Island in the Caribbean to Buy a Beach House

Best Island in the Caribbean to Buy a Beach House

This Caribbean island covers less than 19,000 square miles…not quite twice the size of New Hampshire. Popular for decades with Europeans, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves from Americans.

This Costa Rica Move Saved Me $25,000 a Year...

This Costa Rica Move Saved Me $25,000 a Year…

“You might wonder why I’m swapping Florida for Costa Rica,” Steve says, “and, you know, the answer is really simple. I’m more relaxed when I’m in Costa Rica. I eat better.

This Costa Rica Move Saved Me $25,000 a Year...

This Costa Rica Move Saved Me $25,000 a Year…

“You might wonder why I’m swapping Florida for Costa Rica,” Steve says, “and, you know, the answer is really simple. I’m more relaxed when I’m in Costa Rica. I eat better.

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Beach-Town Life, Belize (from $55,000)

We’d finished dinner almost an hour earlier. But we were still in the restaurant. Our host was back after a few weeks away and it seemed the whole town wanted to catch up.

A Costa Rican Lifestyle That Pays for Itself...

A Costa Rican Lifestyle That Pays for Itself…

“You might wonder why I’m swapping Florida for Costa Rica,” Steve says, “and, you know, the answer is really simple. I’m more relaxed when I’m in Costa Rica.

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Cliff-Top Homes and Staggering Views

There’s no other view in the world like it. In a cliff-top home, there’s nothing between you and the beautiful vista but empty space. You never have to worry about a house going up in front of you or that your neighbor’s new satellite dish will block your line of sight. Badminton in the back yard may be out. But morning coffee and sunset drinks on the terrace are in. If you’re on the seaside, the rumbling waves pounding the rocks below will be your lullaby.

If I Buy Overseas, What Will I Do All Day

“If I Buy Overseas, What Will I Do All Day?”

I get asked all kinds of property-related questions by readers. But one question keeps cropping up. It happened again recently. A reader told me that she loved the idea of a low-priced condo I wrote about. And she’d happily swap the dreary winter weather back home for blue skies and sunshine. “But is there a trade-off?” she asked.

3 Affordable Beach Hideaways... From $31,900

3 Affordable Beach Hideaways… From $31,900

Busy streets, crowded malls, long lines in the bank: those I can live with. It’s part of modern city life. But every so often, I need an escape. And that means the beach. But I don’t want to swap the daily hustle and bustle for a busy beach resort. Who wants to fight their way through an army of beach loungers to find a piece of sand the size of a postage stamp to pitch a towel?

Revealed: 3 Best Buys in Costa Rica

Revealed: 3 Best Buys in Costa Rica

The 2 million tourists who come to Costa Rica each year probably think they know this country pretty well. They relax on pretty beaches, zip-line across the tree canopy, surf the wave of the mighty Pacific and trek through misty cloud forests. But most tourists tend to stick to well-known beach towns and the Central Valley. That’s not where you’ll find the best property values right now.

Revealed: 3 Best Buys in Costa Rica

Revealed: 3 Best Buys in Costa Rica

The 2 million tourists who come to Costa Rica each year probably think they know this country pretty well. They relax on pretty beaches, zip-line across the tree canopy, surf the wave of the mighty Pacific and trek through misty cloud forests. But most tourists tend to stick to well-known beach towns and the Central Valley. That’s not where you’ll find the best property values right now.

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How to Avoid the Margarita Effect: Due Diligence

It’s amazing how many people leave their common sense behind when they’re buying a property overseas. Yet buying overseas is not the same as buying back home–you need to do your homework. This presentation goes through a series of tips to make buying overseas simple and safe.

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How to Avoid the Margarita Effect: Due Diligence

It’s amazing how many people leave their common sense behind when they’re buying a property overseas. Yet buying overseas is not the same as buying back home–you need to do your homework. This presentation goes through a series of tips to make buying overseas simple and safe.

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Uncovering the Hottest Real Estate Opportunities in Costa Rica

A location can tick all the right boxes and have everything you’re looking for on paper – but when you get there, it’s just not right for you. Plus, with lax advertising regulations overseas you need to make sure you’re getting what you pay for when it comes to property. Find out how you can do that the easy way on a Pathfinder chill weekend or tour in this presentation.

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Uncovering the Hottest Real Estate Opportunities in Costa Rica

A location can tick all the right boxes and have everything you’re looking for on paper – but when you get there, it’s just not right for you. Plus, with lax advertising regulations overseas you need to make sure you’re getting what you pay for when it comes to property. Find out how you can do that the easy way on a Pathfinder chill weekend or tour in this presentation.

A Photo of My Favorite Secret Beach in the Caribbean

A Photo of My Favorite Secret Beach in the Caribbean

It’s quick and easy to get here—just over two hours from Miami and less than four from New York. It’s got warm, sunny beach weather and stunning secluded beaches. It’s a no-news, no-shoes kind of place. This is a small Caribbean island…but you won’t get island fever; it’s packed with things to do.

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Chic Caribbean Living in the Dominican Republic

You can enjoy beautiful beaches, azure water and the shade of a coconut palm in this location…along with gourmet dining and a laid-back lifestyle. Plus, your property here can earn a handsome income. Margaret Summerfield shows you this Caribbean island paradise.

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Chic Caribbean Living in the Dominican Republic

You can enjoy beautiful beaches, azure water and the shade of a coconut palm in this location…along with gourmet dining and a laid-back lifestyle. Plus, your property here can earn a handsome income. Margaret Summerfield shows you this Caribbean island paradise.

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Chic Caribbean Living in the Dominican Republic

You can enjoy beautiful beaches, azure water and the shade of a coconut palm in this location…along with gourmet dining and a laid-back lifestyle. Plus, your property here can earn a handsome income. Margaret Summerfield shows you this Caribbean island paradise.

3 Places Where Beach Property is Cheap

3 Places Where Beach Property is Cheap

Most of us dream of owning a beach property—where we can ride out the cold winters back home, enjoy beach living year-round, or even as a bolthole for a few weeks at a time. The good news is that, in some places, your dream beach home costs a lot less than you might think. Take a look at these three locations where you can relive the endless summer days of childhood.

Beach Home Bargains in Ecuador

Beach Home Bargains in Ecuador

If you’re looking for a beach home and you’re on a tight budget, one country should top your shortlist: Ecuador. Ecuador’s coast is a sleeping giant. For years foreign buyers ignored it as a second-home destination. When it came to buying a place in the sun, they focused on better-known (and more expensive) beach destinations. That lack of foreign buyers is why beach homes in Ecuador remain affordable.

Getting the Ecuador Real Estate Experience

Getting the Ecuador Real Estate Experience

If you’re interested in buying a property in Ecuador, this presentation highlights some of the most popular spots for second home buyers and shows you the type of property available in those areas.

Getting the Ecuador Real Estate Experience

Getting the Ecuador Real Estate Experience

If you’re interested in buying a property in Ecuador, this presentation highlights some of the most popular spots for second home buyers and shows you the type of property available in those areas.

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