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Now Online: A Coastal Town Where You Can Golf for $10 a Month

Nov. 5, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, What’s your idea of a perfect day? Imagine waking up to the sound of gently rolling waves. The view from your window is a burst of color…the turquoise and indigo-striped water, red […]

Insurance That’s Interesting?

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, If you’ve never heard Tuey Murdock talk about insurance, you’re missing out. I’m not kidding. Insurance isn’t normally a topic that keeps people on the edge of their seats, but Tuey specializes in title insurance for foreign properties. What she doesn’t know about making sure your beach […]

Be Prepared

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 “Congratulations.” I heard this from more than one of my Mexican friends last Wednesday. They were congratulating me on the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States of America…something they were genuinely glad to see. I accepted their sentiments and good wishes. I was genuinely glad to see […]

Healthful Living in the Land of Eternal Spring

Oct. 2, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not yet a subscriber to Panama Insider? Find out how to sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, The Boqueteños, the people of Boquete, have a secret. Many of them live into their hundredth year, and in good health. Can you get healthy, too, by moving here? Maybe so—we’ve talked […]

Comfortable, Convenient, Cost-Effective…Have It All

Sept. 24, 2008 Panama City, Panama Not a subscriber to Panama Insider? Sign up here. Dear Panama Insider, Picture a place where rolling hills sprout lush greenery and flowering patches as far as the eye can see. A place where cool mornings bring a fine mist and afternoons smell of grass and sunshine. Now picture […]

Good News and Bad for Investors

Sept. 10, 2008 Panama City, Panama Subscribe to Panama Insider here. Dear Panama Insider, As you know, there are many investors coming to Panama to pursue the country’s many opportunities. One upcoming opportunity is the sale by auction of one of Panama City’s most recognizable landmarks, the Atlapa Convention Center in the San Francisco district. […]

The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

Sept. 3, 2008 Panama City, Panama Find out how to subscribe to Panama Insider here. Dear Panama Insider, This month we celebrate the anniversary of Panama Insider and look back on another year in this country. This whirring “Hub of the Americas” keeps motoring forward…even while it manages to conserve the appeal that draws so […]

Your November Issue Is Now Online

November 6, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, Late September found me enjoying a perfect fall day in Rosarito, Baja, Calif. Sunny, temperatures in the low 80s° F., a light breeze blowing…you get the picture. Rosarito has the same climate as San Diego, an hour to the north—which is considered one of the best in […]

Live in the Perfect Retirement Spot for Less Than $600 a Month

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Lee and Peg Carper live in Cotacachi, a small village in the Ecuadorian Andes. It’s beautiful here—often referred to as the Mayberry of the Andes, and located just two hours north of Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Lee and Peg don’t worry about stretching their retirement dollars in their […]

Not Just for Wheeler-dealers

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 Read more about investing in overseas real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, Will I ever sell my land? I imagine I’ll take some profit on some of it, eventually. Not much, mind you…I don’t have much land to begin with. Just little places here and […]

It’s My Rock-solid Safety Deposit Box

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 Read more about investing in overseas real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, It’s not a big piece of land. It’s only 30 feet wide. But it’s more than 300 feet deep and runs from the coastal road right down to the beach. My plan was […]

Mexico Is Safe—Despite Drug War

October 30, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Not a subscriber to Mexico Insider? Subscribe to Mexico Insider and get more inside information on all things Mexico. Hola Mexico Insiders, During a recent trip back to my home town in the States, several people laughed ruefully when I said I live in Mexico. They told me, “Good luck […]

Economic Security You Can Touch

Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 Read more about investing overseas in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, When Suzan and I moved to Ecuador in 2001, the country has just gone through the worst financial crisis in its history. The year before, in 2000, the sucre—Ecuador’s national currency—had nose-dived against the U.S. dollar. […]

As the World Squirms…

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 Read more about living overseas in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, The Earth kept spinning last week, even as it shivered and shook itself into a new world order. Western democracies took cues from their Eastern and Southern socialist neighbors and nationalized entire sections of their economies, […]

“Everyone Needs to Hear This, Right Now…”

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Here’s what my wife, Suzan, said to me after listening to the emergency International Living teleconference we held last Friday. “Everyone needs to hear this, Dan. Right now. You have to get this out to people…they have to know.” She’s right. The background on the global financial […]

Tomorrow: Learn How to Survive the Bailout

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Tomorrow evening, you can hear four of the sharpest minds in global wealth management give you their own best advice on how to survive—and prosper—in today’s chaotic financial and political situation. Bob Bauman, Larry Grossman, Joel Nagel, and Ronan McMahon—names you may know from International Living events […]

Update: Emergency “Surviving the Bailout” Teleconference

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Yesterday I told you about our upcoming free teleconference, “Surviving the Bailout.” We now have a date and time, and all systems are go for this important emergency update on how to preserve your wealth and even prosper during what some pundits have called the worst American […]

Surviving the “New World Financial Order”

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Our most recent IL event, the Live and Invest Overseas conference in Long Beach, Calif., happened at exactly the same time Congress approved the biggest government (read: “taxpayer”) bailout of private business and finance in history. Yet our attendees were smiling. Part of the reason for their […]

Surviving the Crash…No Bull

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 Read more about investing overseas in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, A friend of mine in the U.S. e-mailed me this morning. “Wish I was anyplace but here right now,” he wrote. “I check my news feeds each day, and I find myself staring at my computer […]

International Living Sunday Edition

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Petroleo Brasileiro is about to help Fortaleza, Brazil, condo owners with their occupancy rates. Brazil’s state-controlled oil company plans an $11.1 billion refinery half an hour down the coast. According to Ronan McMahon, our friend over at Pathfinder, “This new oil plant will process 300,000 barrels of […]

Listen to These Recordings and Laugh at the Coming Depression

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, My friend was flabbergasted. It was the first day of our Live and Invest Overseas Conference in Long Beach, California. We had 240 people in the room, and they’d just watched the meltdown of the U.S. banking system and seen Congress pass the biggest taxpayer-funded giveaway in […]

Live on $600 per Month in the Mayberry of the Andes

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 Long Beach, California Dear International Living Reader, It’s a beautiful, sunny southern California morning outside, but the 250 people crowded into the Hilton ballroom don’t seem to notice. They’re hanging on to the words of Suzan Haskins as she tells them about her friends Lee and Peggy Carper, who live comfortably […]

Breaking Into the Brazilian Boom

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 Make Big Money on the Big Beach 8:27 p.m. Long Beach, California Dear International Living Reader, It’s Day Two of International Living’s Live and Invest Overseas conference. And Fortaleza is generating a lot of buzz. Fortaleza’s spectacular beaches have long attracted wealthy Brazilians from the south looking to escape the crowds. […]

The Key to Surviving the Trillion-dollar Meltdown

You Think Your Commute Is Tough? 7:15 p.m. Long Beach, Calif. Dear International Living Reader, Try getting to the office with Peter Menedis. Peter commutes between Charleston, S.C., and the northeast coast of Brazil, where he is developing three beachfront communities outside the gleaming regional capital of Fortaleza. Right now it takes him 22 grueling […]

International Living Sunday Edition

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Hear that giant sucking sound? That’s the sound of foreign money flooding into Brazil. Last year Brazil drew $36 billion in direct foreign investment. If you talk to Brazilian real estate agents, they’ll tell you it’s all those Germans, Swedes, Brits, and Yanks buying up beachfront property […]

The Hidden Corner of Southern Italy Where Properties Start at $15,000

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, Inspiring generations of writers, painters, and musicians, Campania is celebrity territory, honeymoon territory…and for many non-Europeans, vacation-of-a-lifetime territory. Bargain hunters never thought they could find bargain property here, but there is a hidden corner of southern Italy where properties start at $15,000. Our roving Europe editor, Steenie […]

Free for One More Day: Steenie’s Best Turkish Delights

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 Dear International Living Reader, All this week you’ve been following Steenie through the crowded bazaars and narrow back alleys of Turkey’s most famous craft centers. Silk rugs, leather slippers, the clang of the coppersmith and the tinkle of camel bells…all the stuff that exciting—and successful—import-export businesses are made of. You may […]

Mexico Real Estate Sales Still Strong Despite U.S. Downturn

August 28, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, One question we’re asked a lot these days is whether the U.S. downturn is affecting Mexico real estate markets—and if so, how? Those asking want to know, of course, about specific areas where they might consider investing or retiring. These are usually the areas where other expats […]

This Popular Beach Town Will Soon Explode

Aug. 27, 2008 Panama City, Panama Dear Panama Enthusiast, It’s the middle of the rainy season and this beach town swells as weekenders arrive in hopes of a sunny weekend. A few clouds threaten, but the coral sands glitter under mostly clear skies. “Nice day,” says a woman behind me—she is talking to a man […]

How the Experts Gauge if a Town Has What It Takes to Be a Resort

Aug. 21, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, I’ve been in touch recently with a reader who lives in a Mexican beach town that has the potential to become a major resort. Whether it will fulfill that potential, of course, is the multimillion-dollar question. There’s no denying the appeal of major resorts like Los Cabos, […]

San Telmo: The Soul of Buenos Aires

San Telmo: The Soul of Buenos Aires

“This is the soul of Buenos Aires,” the cab driver assured us in his heavy Italian accent, “…the heart of Argentina.” Apparently out of metaphors, he then stopped the cab at Calle Defensa in the old San Telmo district of Buenos Aires, and we ventured forward into the brilliant Sunday afternoon sunshine.

Panama Immigration Changes: We Have the Details

August 20, 2008 Panama City, Panama Dear Panama Enthusiast, Panama has made some changes to its immigration law…changes that will affect you if and when you apply for a residency visa. As we’ve mentioned before, the government deadline for revealing these changes was Aug. 26, But lawmakers are ready now to provide official confirmation in […]

Never Suffer From the Frostbite Effect Again

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 Read more about moving abroad in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, I was driving back to Omaha on a deserted state highway in the middle of the night in the dead of winter. I’d been visiting a friend in the Nebraska countryside. I was halfway home when […]

Three Tips for Your Property Buy in a Maturing Market

August 14, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, I recently visited a popular beach resort town where I overheard some developers talking about the state-of-the-art construction and amenities they plan to use in their project. Their knowledge of exactly what U.S. and Canadian buyers want intrigued me, and I discussed it with a realtor friend […]

Invasion of the Geckos

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008 Read more about living overseasin International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, Suddenly, they were everywhere. Geckos by the score. Little green lizards climbing the terrace walls, scuttling under the couch, skittering across the walk, jumping out from under backpacks and boxes. Suzan and I woke up the […]

Top 3 Offbeat Questions About Panama

August 13, 2008 Panama City, Panama Dear Panama Enthusiast, Too much information combined with alcohol can befuddle you. The recent Live & Invest in Panama Seminar at the Playa Bonita InterContinental Hotel & Resort was a great opportunity to talk to readers one-on-one, hear some of your questions about Panama, and discuss the issues that […]

Here’s Your Key to a Ground-floor Costa Rica Opportunity

Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 Read more about Costa Rica in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, My friend, Ronan McMahon, has spotted an incredible opportunity. Government development is about to turn an isolated patch of jungle into a land of million-dollar properties. The potential is so great that we asked Ronan […]

Am I a Daring Adventurer or a Vile Traitor?

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 Read more about living overseas in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, “Will you ever go back to the States?” Suzan and I are asked this question at every expat get-together we attend…usually by a visiting vacationer. Our Canadian friends are asked the same thing about Canada. […]

Your August Issue Is Now Online: Is This Value-for-Money Destination the Next Big Thing?

August 8, 2008 Campeche, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, This month we’re celebrating a birthday. Mexico Insider enters its sixth year—61 months of bringing you insider information on the best places to live and invest in Mexico. We try not to toot our own horn too often, but after five years it’s satisfying to see how […]

City Comforts Close to Beaches and Mountains

Price for paradise: The beach shack where three of us had lunch, soft drinks, and adult beverages…and stocked up on bottled water for the road. Total cost: $26. August 7, 2008 Panama City, Panama Dear Panama Enthusiast, I’m chatting over coffee with a couple in their mid-50s. “We’re going tomorrow,” they say, excitement showing in […]

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