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Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 Read more about investing in international real estate in International Living Postcards —Saturday Edition Dear International Living Reader, I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Panama, where I was speaking at IL’s Live and Invest in Panama conference. While I was there, I was keen to see if there […]
Colonial homes for less than $50,000…dinner out with wine for less than $25 dollars…low taxes, honest people, and safe, sycamore-lined streets. That’s what you’ll find when you leave the beaches and venture into Uruguay’s interior. Gone are the jet-set crowds, the highrises, and the hot investment property markets. But in their place you’ll find a wholesome lifestyle, low cost of living, and a side of Uruguay that’s a polar opposite to the famous seaside resorts.
This April I flew south of the equator. A topsy-turvy journey from spring into fall—to the exotic-sounding Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
Every day it seems like Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast attracts more visitors—not just tourists from other countries, but also Costa Ricans themselves. Restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and beaches are all surprisingly busy at a time of year when the pace usually slows down. Other parts of Costa Rica are certainly getting their fair share of visitors, but the Caribbean coast—especially the southern part of it—is more popular than ever.
One of France’s biggest draws is the food and wine. France tends to hold tight to tradition, both on the plate and in the glass, and there are thousands of wine appellations for you to work through. Some of the lesser-known French wines are made in the Loire valley, and I’ve been finding out how house prices downstream compare with those in my white wine village of Pouilly sur Loire.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 Read more about Fortaleza, Brazil , in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, As I’ve mentioned before, the state of Ceara—especially its capital, Fortaleza—is booming. But there was an obstacle preventing U.S. visitors from taking part in this action: a lack of direct flights from the U.S. […]
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 Read more about Fortaleza, Brazil, in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, Cumbuco is my favorite little beach town along the northeast coast of Brazil. This was the place I came to relax and spend time on a free day during a recent 540-mile scouting mission. I have […]
The Costa Maya is for those who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle…fishermen, divers, and those who love warm weather, palm trees, silky sand, and picture-postcard views.
I recently viewed a 40-square-meter unit on Wiclefstrasse in the leafy area of Moabit, Berlin…on the market for $63,580. A studio like this would rent for $400 per month.
I have a rich uncle. He has made many fortunes (and lost a few), but his biggest success has been in the Spanish property markets. Back in the 1970s he started buying in Andalusia. At the time you could pick up a big farmhouse for £10,000 and a village house for almost nothing. He liked the look of it.
Flying low across the jungle and the Caribbean in a tiny 10-seat prop-engine plane that had seen better days, we sputtered out of the sky and onto the bumpy dirt road that served as a runway.
June 12, 2008 Mérida, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, Not everyone can afford to pay cash when they buy a property in Mexico. I was reminded of this anew as I was researching some properties in Mérida recently, like a fully renovated, two-bedroom, two-bath with pool and parking for $165,000, or a small hacienda on the […]
Saturday, July 26, 2008 Read more about investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards —Saturday Edition “Always buy what you see, not what a developer promises…always visit the country and piece of land before you buy.” These are two of the golden rules of international real estate investing…rules that should NEVER be broken […]
In today’s investment markets, a sure thing is hard to come by. In 10 years of investing in and scouting non-U.S. real estate markets, I’ve discovered something that comes close just once. And the phone call I had with a contact in Paris last night convinced me that this strategy remains the closest you’ll get to a sure thing in the international real estate investing game.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 Read more about international property in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, As global real estate prices roared ahead over the past 10 years, yields compressed. We were happy to take less than 5%—sometimes even less than 3%—rental yields per year, based on the expectation of capital […]
Saturday, July 5, 2008 Read more about investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards—Saturday Edition My former Panama condo is now a boutique hotel suite. I’ve just seen the photos. The Panama City condo market first got my attention 4.5 years ago. Back then, many prime ocean-view condos were more than 279 square […]
Monday, June 30, 2008 Paris, France Read more about the French leaseback program in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Sounds like madness, doesn’t it? A hotel that actually pays you. But it’s true, and it’ll be opening soon in my favorite corner of Paris. It’s a three-star hotel with décor by maverick designer Philippe […]
Saturday, June 27, 2008 Get more tips on investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards —Saturday Edition I met an investor recently who had created a big, profitable portfolio of rental houses in the Boston area. He was highly leveraged, but he had positive cash flow. Mortgage payments were made. Repairs were covered. […]
My friend, Ronan McMahon, thinks he knows where the next hot rental market is…and it’s not where you think.
“Berlin?” I asked. “Are you kidding?”
“Property prices in the German capital haven’t roared ahead like they have in the rest of Europe,” Ronan said, “but rental yields have rocketed.”
Along the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua are rocky outcrops and pounding surf…the ocean views are magnificent…and the sunsets here are the best in the world. On this coast, you can buy property for less than one-tenth of what you would pay across the border in northern Costa Rica…and just a small fraction of what […]
Paul Bowles, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Hutton—I’m following in their footsteps in Morocco, starting off in Tangier before exploring the north Atlantic coast. It’s no longer the smoky den of vice that once drew the Beat Generation and the Peace and Love crowd, but today the cleaned-up port is better than ever for the soul—and the […]
by Gregory R. Gunter As the final installment in a two-part series—see the April 2007 issue of International Living for the introduction—this article follows the author’s construction of a new home in Mexico as he and his wife plot their shift into semi-retirement. At age 50, my wife Robbie and I wanted to make the […]
As the final installment in a two-part series—see the April 2007 issue of International Living for the introduction—this article follows the author’s construction of a new home in Mexico as he and his wife plot their shift into semi-retirement.
Saturday, June 21, 2008 I know two (elderly) American sisters who rent out their Paris apartment when out of town. Because they use it sometimes, they decorated it for themselves with high-end antique furniture, crystal glassware, linen tablecloths, and plenty of breakable knickknacks. While this gave them a comfortable apartment, it also limited the type […]
You could own a home in Panama tax-free for 20 years. Friday, June 20, 2008 Read more about Panama in International Living Postcards—your daily escape The scuttlebutt has been flying fast and thick about property tax reform in Panama. One of the things that makes Panama so attractive to expats is a hefty real estate […]
Friday, June 13, 2008 Learn more about international real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I met Ronan McMahon four years ago on the shores of Lake Apoyo in Nicaragua on a real estate tour. He was an International Living new hire back then, and I remember how out of place the tall, pale […]
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Paul Bowles, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Hutton—I’m following in their footsteps in Morocco, starting off in Tangiers before exploring the north Atlantic coast. It’s no longer the smoky den of vice that once drew the Beat Generation and the Peace and Love crowd, but today the cleaned-up port is better than ever for the soul—and the wallet.
Imagine a home overlooking beautiful sapphire waters for only $140,000. Monday, June 9, 2008 Northern Morocco Read more about Morocco in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Sparkling blue water and an unbroken stretch of soft, sandy beach stretched out before me as I looked south from the new complex of vacation apartments on the Mediterranean. […]
Along the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua are rocky outcrops and pounding surf…the ocean views are magnificent…and the sunsets here are the best in the world.
Bratislava is more beguiling and livable than you may imagine. Straddling the Danube, Slovakia’s capital certainly captivated me. At the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, it’s jolly, cultured, and civilized. When did you last see youths rushing to give up tram and bus seats to the elderly?
Saturday, June 7, 2008 Learn more about investing in overseas real estate in International Living Postcards Besides the technical differences you’ll encounter when buying real estate overseas—notaries versus attorneys, net pricing versus detailed and disclosed commission structures, stamp duties, transfer taxes, title issues, etc.—prepare yourself also for cultural differences: things that won’t make any sense […]
Properties in the Batignolles-Epinettes section of Paris are set to boom. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Paris, France Read more about France in International Living Postcards—your daily escape As a long-term investment, Paris property is low risk and has always appreciated steadily. Give or take a small bubble bursting in the mid-1980s and late 1990s, it’s […]
The beachfront homes in Biarritz are affordable and could earn you an income with the French leaseback program. Tuesday, June 3, 2008 Paris, France Read more about overseas real estate investing in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Crazy as it might seem, one of the safest ways to invest your dollars right now is in […]
Saturday, May 31, 2008 Read more about International Living Postcards here I’m at IL’s Ultimate Event with 275 attendees looking for paradise…their own personal Eden for living and investing overseas. One recurring question is, “Where is the best place to invest in real estate?” The problem, I tell everyone who asks, is that there is no […]
Read more about affordable Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I am here in Cancun, Mexico, at IL’s Ultimate Event, showing attendees how to find Italy’s best property bargains. During my talk about village homes at prices that just seem too good to be true, I got a few suspicious looks from the attendees. […]
I have just returned from a two-week, 540-mile scouting trip along Brazil’s northeast coast. I had to see this place for myself, after hearing reports from my colleagues at International Living, Laura Sheridan and Eimear O’Driscoll, who traveled there in January to scout property deals east and west of the city of Fortaleza.
While the U.S. market whimpers, now is the time to buy a house or condo in roaring Latin America. Properties in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for example, have appreciated in price almost 80% in the last five years. If you buy now, but are not ready yet or not sure you want to live in it […]
There’s a Panama City real estate play delivering among the strongest and most reliable rental returns I have ever seen. I have been a regular visitor to Panama City for nearly five years. Up to the middle of last year I would call one of my favorite hotels a couple of days before traveling. I […]
Across golden sands, the waves sing of summer’s promise: a whispered lullaby of sizzling sunshine and balmy evenings. The promise is always redeemed. Summer means fishing trips, excursion boats and harbors jostling with white-sailed yachts. Piazzas erupt with parties…with fireworks jeweling the midnight sky…with lengthy meals enjoyed al fresco.