Your Own Home Overseas - International Real Estate
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We know a good location and, more importantly, good value, when we see it. And with decades of on-the-ground experience, we know our way around the best spots under the sun for buying your dream home right now.
Whether you’re interested in investment real estate, a second home in the sun, or your dream property for a full-time life overseas, Your Own Home Overseas is where you’ll find the inside track.
You’ll hear regularly from real estate guru Ronan McMahon (from Pathfinder International, International Living’s preferred real estate advertiser), who travels the world in search of the best off-market deals. You’ll also hear from a panel of International Living’s in-country editors and correspondents dishing out everything they know, revealing the latest great-value properties they have found as they scout the globe.
In your mind’s eye picture brilliant white-sand beaches on your doorstep, just a few hours flight-time from the U.S., where you’ll find property at a fraction of the cost back home…how about a great deal on a sun-drenched, white-washed house with a shady courtyard in the Mediterranean…or a luxurious retreat nestled in the lush valleys of Central America…
We’re constantly uncovering the most desirable and affordable real estate on earth…that’s why we publish Your Own Home Overseas—to share these opportunities with you.
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The theme to Green Acres is one of my favorite songs. And nothing makes me want to belt it out more than standing high on a mountain top with rich, green fertile land “spreadin’ out so far and wide” below.
See the video for Dan Prescher’s weekly wrap-up of the IL postcards for the week of May 24 to 28. Dan sends you this week’s video from Cotacachi, Ecuador.
Along Ecuador’s northern shoreline you’ll find the country’s finest stretch of coast.
The beach town of Jaco in Costa Rica has grown up since we passed through on our honeymoon 13 years ago.
In the 1990s, Playa del Carmen was a small beach village 45 miles down the coast from Cancun (on a road full of potholes). There was but a handful of streets…and these were of packed sand—$10,000 bought you a building plot in the village center. How things have changed…
Calling it a land of “impenetrable terrain, smoking volcanoes and savage wildlife,” host Jeff Probst announced last Sunday that during the next season of “Survivor” the show will visit Nicaragua.
With the euro sinking against the dollar, Italy is getting cheaper.
The baguettes from the bakery are still warm. Always fresh and crisp. You can buy your cheese next door. It’s worth the short trip. The fridge at the delicatessen is piled high and deep with cheeses from Europe’s trophy cheese producing regions.
Above the grand villas with their lichen-covered statuary and wisteria blossom, little villages cling to the hillsides. When their lights come on at dusk, it’s like a myriad stars twinkling away. One small house up there—stone-built, chestnut-beamed and habitable—is on the market for $72,600.
Always follow the three golden rules of crisis investing.
Today there’s too much supply and too few buyers in the Panama City condo market. You can benefit. Find out how.
I just got back from my third trip to Colombia, and I’ve learned an important lesson about the country: It offers environments that will appeal to pretty much any taste, from urban enclaves to quiet beach towns… from highland retreats to steamy tropics.
For 30 years, International Living has operated on a simple premise: The world is alive with opportunity…for travel and investment…for living and retiring…for fun and for profit.
Along Ecuador’s northern shoreline you’ll find the country’s finest stretch of coast. Here virgin forest covers the hills. The beaches extend ribbon-like along the seashore—pristine, empty and beautiful. This time of year, the foliage is lush and green…almost luminous. The water is clear and blue, and when the sun hits it a certain way, it looks turquoise. Lone surfers have miles of beach and awesome surf breaks to themselves.
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I am gazing at the Bay of Rosas, in the northern Spanish region of Catalunya, watching its sandy coastline trace a smooth, lazy curve for 12 miles northward, ending at Cap de Creus.
The party is over… for this year, anyway.
The largest Live & Invest in Panama Conference in the history of International Living is now finished and entered in the record book.
Brazil is energy independent. In 2012 Brazil expects its enormous Tupi oil field to come on stream. Containing 60 billion barrels of oil, this field will catapult Brazil into being a major global energy player.
There’s a wonderful 1972 French film called Le Viager. Its comic plot revolves around an unscrupulous French doctor who becomes so convinced one of his patients is about to die that he persuades the supposed invalid to enter into a very particular type of annuity contract.
I’ve just returned from Tulum on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I was joined by a group of your fellow RETA members.
We came to review construction progress at Sian Ka’an, the #1 resort rental opportunity on my radar. Of course, we had some fun, too, taking in the breath taking beauty of this coast and picking each others brains. We even squeezed in some golf.
The department of Rocha in the east of Uruguay stretches from South America’s premier resort, Punta del Este to the border with Brazil. The best beaches in Uruguay are here.
Argentina is the greatest place on earth for an investor. Not because its finances are such a success. But because they’re such a failure!
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Wander along the cobblestone streets and through the manicured parks in Cuenca, Ecuador and it’s easy to imagine yourself thriving in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A sea of red-tiled roofs pops against the blue sky. Ornate wrought-iron balconies cling to the colorful flat facades. Cuenca is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities in South America, known for its architecture, vibrant markets, and high-spirited festivals.
You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive. But it’s surprising how many people are willing to buy a new home overseas without checking it out in person.
Greetings from Tulum on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The sky is blue. The sand is white. The weather…just perfect.
I am in Cerro Azul, a town I haven’t visited in years. It was once the trendsetting place to own a home. Panama’s upper crust continued to buy here from the 1940s through the 1980s.
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Now is a good time to buy in Rocha, east of Punte de Este in Uruguay. Here, you can still grab your own half-acre toe-hold for less than $49,000.
Long sacred to the Maya, Lake Bacalar still casts its spell on visitors, including a growing number of expats. Jim Bacon and his wife, Polly Gropen, moved to Bacalar more than six years ago. Leaving behind Minnesota’s winters, they settled here full-time and haven’t looked back.
Back in 1983, International Living first recommended Costa Rica, long before the mainstream started to pay attention to this small country. At that time, Costa Rica ticked all the right boxes as a retirement and second-home destination. It had a lush tropical beauty…a good residency program…a low cost of living…and best of all, it had incredibly affordable property.
I’ve just returned from a seven-day scouting trip to Ecuador’s finest stretch of coast. Here, virgin forest covers dramatic hills. The beaches extend ribbon-like along the seashore—pristine, empty, and beautiful…
Brazil has the most sought-after beachfront properties on the planet right now. For the past two years, it’s been the unrivaled hotspot for investors and second home buyers…
“Off market” deals are where a select group pays less and/or receives preferential terms for a real estate buy.
Sometimes to participate in these deals you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Your lips have to stay sealed. You cannot brag about the deal you got. This June in Toronto I host an “off market” extravaganza. It’s called the International Real Estate Investment Forum.
Brazil is booming.
It’s now an investment-grade middle class country. As soon as this growing number of middle class Brazilians can afford to, they visit the beaches around Fortaleza—Brazil’s #1 domestic tourism destination…
Unspoiled, friendly, and affordable—is that too much to ask? We hoped not. We had been living in Burgundy for almost five years. Every year, the winter got longer, and the seaside farther away. So, we turned to the south—the Mediterranean and Sicily.
Brazil has the most sought-after beachfront properties on the planet right now. For the past two years, it’s been the unrivaled hotspot for investors and secondhome buyers.
In the first of a series on unspoiled European enclaves, Steenie Harvey reports back from the Alentejo region of south-central Portugal. Here you’re far from the tourist trail in a land of slow roads, off-thegrid beaches and fl ower-fi lled fortress towns
I’ve just come back from my first scouting trip to Portugal’s Costa da Caparica. And I can report back to you that this stretch of coast is set to be transformed. The Costa da Caparica is set for major infrastructure and tourism investment. This area has stayed under the radar for a long time. Don’t expect this to last. There are 13 miles of pristine beach backed by undulating dunes and pine trees…20 championship golf courses within an hour’s drive…and some of the best surf waves in Europe.
The Portuguese government has had major success marketing other parts of the country—most successfully the Algarve—to visitors. Now they have their sights set on the Costa da Caparica as a focus for tourism and high-tech industry development. They mean business.
If you’re in the market for an appreciating asset, you could earn a healthy income in 2010. Here are three of my favorite investment picks for this year, all of which offer the potential for great rental yields.