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Cascades of silver lights twinkle from trees…red lanterns bob in celebration of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox. I love dining on Jalan Alor street, but should it be Fu Xi’s again? Enough for two, his spiced clams are only $3.35.
International Living’s Saturday Essay:”Gilt Resort Programs” are a great way to earn a guaranteed income every year. In this special report, Ronan McMahon explains exactly how these programs work–and how you can collect at least $9,000 a year from a Gilt Resort Program he’s identified in Mexico…
Owning a short-term rental apartment in a good location is a great way to get a regular income. But managing a rental can be a big pain. That’s why I like short-term rental investments with a big rental check but no landlord hassles.
Where in Panama can you find high-speed Internet, big malls and shops, and excellent hospitals? One answer is Panama City…but that’s not your only option.
I have just returned from my fourth scouting trip to northeast Brazil in eight months. Every time I travel here, I spend my time researching investment and business opportunities.
Warm weather, swaying palms, and glorious Pacific sunsets are just the beginning of what Ecuador’s central coast has to offer.
The north coast of Ecuador is one of the most beautiful and least expensive that you’ll find anywhere. This natural section of coastline has changed little during more than a decade of International Living coverage.
Where can you find a solid stone village house of 1,400 square feet, ready to move into, for $84,000? Your neighbors make a world-famous white wine, and on your doorstep is a nature reserve and one of Europe’s last wild rivers.
On the stretch of coast between Atacames and Bahía, you’ll find a way of life that many people dream of but few ever find. A warm-weather haven, where you can live well on less than $1,000 a month…enjoy inexpensive, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables all year…and buy a small rental unit for $28,000 or a new 1,200-square-foot beachfront condo for $73,000…
The central coast of Northeast Brazil takes up just 400 miles of Brazil’s 4,000-plus miles of tropical coastline. Yet it’s the best example of Brazil’s diversity that you’re likely to find, from the rich Caribbean-style culture of São Luiz to the modern highrises and dazzling beaches of Fortaleza.
Buying preconstruction gives you the potential to make returns of 100%, 200%, or even much more…and fast. It can also offer you the opportunity to build a rental portfolio with little money down.
Many potential expats dream of living in a restored colonial home in Mexico. Once they move here, many expats do, in fact, make that dream a reality. They buy and restore a colonial property. Some of them even get addicted to the process and become “serial renovators”; they buy, renovate, and sell a property—then move on to the next one.
Worried about the credit crunch and having to cut back on your spending? Don’t let it stop you taking vacations—I’ve found a way for you to enjoy winter vacations…and make them pay for themselves.
Buying in early into a quality development backed by a serious developer in a location poised for growth can lead to great returns. Just over four years ago I recommended beachfront lots on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The price then was $34,500. A similar lot listed this week for $249,000.
If the name Provence makes your heart soar but has your wallet diving for cover, I have some good news. I’ve found new property in the heart of this lavender-filled region that not only costs you less, but also brings you income in euros. And it’s just a few miles from the most prestigious vineyards of the south.
As you know, my current investment strategy is to buy property in Fortaleza, on Brazil’s northeast coast. The market is hot, and the right type of project can sell out to locals within 24 hours. This is the right type of project. To get access to deals like this before they are released to the general public is key. Members of my Real Estate Trend Alert service have that access, and I have been able to use the leverage of our group’s buying power to negotiate special pricing and payment terms on members’ behalf.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 Read more about investing in overseas real estate in International Living Postcards—Saturday Edition Dear International Living Reader, This week I have already written about why, despite market turmoil, I’m still bullish on Fortaleza, and what I consider to be the best way to maximize your return on investment in this market […]
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 Read more about Fortaleza, Brazil, in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Readers, As I told you yesterday, I am still extremely bullish on Fortaleza, even during the current global financial turmoil. On my recent scouting trip to Fortaleza, I looked at many different types of real estate investment […]
Today, more than ever, you need to consider international real estate as part of your investment and retirement planning. With credit tight at home and unavailable in many growth markets, you may have given up on this dream. But there’s a way to finance your new property in paradise…and you may not even know about it.
Some people just aren’t cut out for city living…no matter how beautiful or exciting the city may be. If you’re one of them—you’d rather go hiking than shopping, catch the fish you eat than order it off a menu, or climb atop a horse than into the backseat of a taxi—then take heart.
Imagine waking up in your own cozy 18th-century house, looking out over a green patchwork of vineyards. You stroll down to the medieval square for an espresso and gaze down from the ramparts at the Loire river and its ever-changing banks. You buy lunch from the local market, choosing earthy cêpe mushrooms, tender lettuce, free range duck, and fresh creamy cheeses just right for your crusty baguette—and, of course, a bottle of your favorite wine, cost price from the producer.
Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 Read more about Mexico in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, If you’re not ready to move to Mexico permanently, then why not try it out for part of the year? You have absolutely nothing to lose. In some parts of Mexico, rentals stay in high demand for […]
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 Get more information on beachfront property in Panama in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, The Pacific beach area is the most developed stretch of coast in Panama. Here you will find a string of all-inclusive resorts, golf courses, large gated communities, and exclusive homes. The infrastructure is […]
Limon, Costa Rica’s “forgotten province,” stretches the length of the Caribbean coast. Bad roads and lack of infrastructure meant that this area stayed under the radar. Developers focused entirely on the Pacific coast.
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 Read more about Ecuador in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, A decade ago, you could pick up a waterfront condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean for about $100,000 (or $100 per square foot) in a bustling, fast-growing city with great infrastructure: shopping malls, movie theaters, modern hospitals, fabulous […]
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 Read more about foreign real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, I know a way you can get a taste of that new life overseas while someone else picks up the tab. Well, at least some of it. Pick a destination. Check out the property options…stroll […]
Just a stone’s throw from Uruguay’s most popular beach resorts, you’ll find miles of wide, open space with rolling hills and stunning natural surroundings, where you can own a huge country estate for less than $25,000.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 Read more about Uruguay in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, On my short walk to the gym, a waft of baking bread and pastries fills the air. As I pass the corner bar, Paseo de los Toros, I hear the sound of laughter, music, and clinking glasses. […]
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 Read more about investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Hi Ronan, In every international real estate book I read it talks about buying off-plan. That seemed like the best way for me to go for buying a condo to live in and as an investment. However, […]
I have just returned from a scouting trip to Fortaleza on Brazil’s Northeast coast. I hadn’t been there in two months. A lot has happened in this short time.
Believing Campania was too expensive, I’ve never investigated property in southern Italy’s best-known region. But during an Internet trawl, I came across a real estate agency in Calitri, one of its hill towns.
“How much did you say they’re asking for this place?”
We stood at the front window of a four-bedroom brick house sitting on an acre of land.
I’m writing this month’s column from the proverbial tropical paradise. From my balcony table on the 17th floor, I look out at some of the most dazzling turquoise water and white fine sandy beaches that you’re ever likely to see. The palms are swaying, the Bossa Nova is romantic and the warm, the gentle ocean […]
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 Read more about investing in real estate in International Living Postcards—Saturday Edition Dear International Living Reader, What does the supervisor of a Chinese contract manufacturing factory and a hybrid-driving socialite in L.A. have in common? A lot more than you might think. Both are driving a mega global trend…one that you […]
So far this year, practically everything is going down. The only exception is our favorite investment—property in developing countries.
A four-course lunch of salad, soup, chicken with rice and veggies, dessert, and with beverage for $2. More long-stemmed fresh flowers than you can carry…just $2. For a measly buck get 30 oranges in the market, a cold beer in a bar, or a taxi ride anywhere in town. A gallon of gas is $1.40. And you can buy a brand-new condo for less than $50,000.
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 Read more about Mexico in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, I wrote to you on Friday about a friend that was looking for an affordable home in Merida. To refresh your memory, she wants to be in the city’s Centro historic district and with enough space for […]
I recently went on a retreat in Rancho Santana, Nicaragua, with members of my Real Estate Trend Alert group. We met here to review the results of my July scouting trips to Berlin, Brazil, and Panama.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 Read more about Uruguay in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, There’s a lot to draw you to Ciudad Vieja, the historic center of Montevideo, Uruguay. Tango clubs, where the singing and dancing goes on until sunrise, will compete for your attention with the symphony performing at the […]
Three Tips for Your Property Buy in a Maturing Market Date: 08/13/2008 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 […]