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Mega Savings in Panama Property

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 […]

He Speaks Softly, but Carries a Big Opportunity

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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Tangerine dream: Your house on Morocco’s unspoiled Atlantic coast for less than $80,000

Tangerine dream: Your house on Morocco’s unspoiled Atlantic coast for less than $80,000

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.

Your New Mediterranean Home: Double the Size, Half the Price

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. […]

A buyer’s market in Nicaragua

A buyer’s market in Nicaragua

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—Europe’s next boom city

Bratislava—Europe’s next boom city

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?

Investors Get Culture Shock Too

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 […]

Did You Know a Paris Apartment Could Be This Cheap?

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 […]

French Coastal Properties: 19.6% off

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 […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Riches

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 […]

An Italy You Can Afford

An Italy You Can Afford

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. […]

Spotlight on...Fortaleza, Brazil

Spotlight on…Fortaleza, Brazil

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.

Earn money by renting your overseas property

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 […]

How to profit from the Panama City hotel boom

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 […]

Uruguay’s “Forgotten Coast” is home to the country’s best beachfront property deals

Uruguay’s Atlantic coast is famous the world over. It has been a renowned vacation spot for more than 100 years, contains one of the world’s hottest property markets, and hosts several internationally-vogue destinations for the rich and famous. But that’s the Uruguay that everyone knows. What most people don’t know is that Uruguay also has […]

The Due Diligence Dilemma

Saturday, May 24, 2008 A friend is investing in a pre-development real estate deal in Panama. It’s his first foray into international real estate, and he’s taking his due diligence seriously. He’s had his attorney in the U.S. look at the contract, but that attorney doesn’t do real estate law, so he passed it along […]

Piping-hot Pre-construction Deals on Brazil’s Northeast Coast

Take a look at the pre-construction deals I found near here. Friday, May 23, 2008 Read more about real estate in Brazil in International Living Postcards —your daily escape If you’ve been following International Living’s recent Postcards, you’ll know that I am bullish on the stretch of coastline along Brazil’s northeast coast. IL’s Editorial Director […]

Thanks to Daniel Ortega, Beach Prices Are a Steal

Along the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua are rocky outcrops and pounding surf. Although frequently compared to the coast of Southern California, this doesn’t do Nicaragua’s Pacific coast justice in my mind. The wave breaks along this stretch of the Pacific attract surfers from all over the world…dramatic rock formations and ridges present unparalleled ocean vistas…and the brilliant scarlet and orange sunsets are truly jaw-dropping.

Where to Find the Best-value Lots in Costa Rica

You’ll pay big bucks for a home in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio, but look farther south, and the prices are far lower…for now. Friday, May 9, 2008 Southern Costa Rica Read more about Costa Rica in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Some of the most amazing scenery in Costa Rica is in the southern zone, […]

Beware of Investing With the Masses

Saturday, May 3, 2008 Learn more about international real estate here There are more than 24,000 condos listed for sale in Miami, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. They say that is a five-year inventory…but with another 19,000 units coming online in 2008, it seems like it’ll be closer to 10 years before that […]

Check out This Beach View

You can own this view for less than $100,000. Friday, May 2, 2008 Uruau, Brazil Find out more about beachfront property in Brazil in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Every time I take a trip near a coast, no matter what country I’m in, I try to see what type of beach house I can […]

Spotlight on...Las Tablas, Panama

Spotlight on…Las Tablas, Panama

The bargain-beautiful Panama we’ve been writing about for years is alive and well…especially in Las Tablas. This little colonial town differs from hot retirement destinations like Panama City, Boquete, or Bocas del Toro. It’s in an area surrounded by farms and ranches, and that makes the climate, the landscapes, and the people unique.

Off the radar for Americans: Beachfront lots for $17,500 on Brazil’s Northeast coast

by Laura Sheridan Hundreds of miles of dazzling, white-sand beaches surround Fortaleza on Brazil’s Northeast coast. Its clear, tropical ocean waters maintain a year-round temperature of 80˚ F. The capital of the state of Ceará, this city of more than 2 million people boasts its own beautiful in-city beaches, sizzling nightlife, and great restaurants. It […]

Your own piece of land in southern Costa Rica from $55,000

by Ronan McMahon Some of the most amazing scenery in Costa Rica is in the southern zone, in an area that runs south of Quepos to the border with Panama. Landscapes here are dramatic—panoramic ocean views…lush tropical rainforest…and sheer jungle-clad slopes, rising sharply away from pristine stretches of sandy beach. In a country with an […]

How to buy land at 50% off

I have always recommended that you avoid real estate held through rights of possession (ROP), as opposed to fee-simple title. This position, though, is oversimplified for the safety of the novice international real estate investor. In truth, it can make a lot of sense to buy ROP land, which you can sometimes get for as […]

Invest in a Piece of Italian History…From $31,000

These trulli homes are more affordable than they look…. Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Alberobello, Italy Learn more about buying property in Italy in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Small, conical, dry-stone-roofed houses, or trulli, cover the hill like barnacles on a turtle’s shell. The Lord of the Rings is what first springs to mind when […]

High Rental Returns on Your Italian Sea-view Apartment

You can find properties for $103,000 just a stroll from the soft, sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea. Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Bevagna, Italy Last chance to sign up for tomorrow’s FREE Brazil Beachfront Webinar. Register now! Last day to save 28% on everything in the IL Bookstore Anniversary Sale! Read more about Italy in […]

My million-dollar view from my condo in Thailand

My million-dollar view from my condo in Thailand

I am sitting in my 14th-floor condominium overlooking Jomtien Beach in Thailand and I still can’t believe my luck. I bought this place for $17,000 eight years ago and have been enjoying my million-dollar view every day since.

The Truth About Investing in Panama City

Saturday, April 26, 2008 Get information more international real estate investing here As world real estate markets settle out from years of rapid appreciation, rental yields are one way to continue to diversify your property investment portfolio. Net yields around the world average between 5% and 8% a year, both for long- and short-term rentals. […]

Merida’s abandoned colonials—buy your own piece of history in Mexico from $30,000

by Suzan Haskins “Merida is like the French Quarter, but cleaner and safer, like Santa Fe, but cheaper, and it’s what Key West used to be,” says my friend Eric Partney as we linger over cocktails on his terrace one evening. We’re listing all the things we like about Merida…the reasons we moved here ourselves. […]

A Seaside Apartment for $75,000 in This Friendly Beach Town

The friendly seaside town of Piriápolis. Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Piriápolis, Uruguay Read more about Uruguay in International Living Postcards —your daily escape The Uruguayan Atlantic coast goes through a dramatic evolution as it stretches from the Río de la Plata to Brazil. From Montevideo to the Costa de Oro, you’ll find a tree-lined coastline […]

Luxurious Riverside Living on Europe’s Famous Waterway

The site of the sophisticated new Eurovea development certainly exceeded my expectations. Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Read more about European real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape It’s not every day you find yourself sharing a bedroom with the wife of the Slovak foreign minister… I’ve gate-crashed a launch party in Bratislava, […]

Notes From the Trenches on Pre-Construction

Sunday, April 20, 2008 A while back, I wrote about some things I’ve come to look for—and to look out for—in pre-construction real estate deals. We started getting e-mails almost immediately on the topic, and I want to share one of them with you. Alex from Houston wrote in with some great additional observations on […]

The Best City Beachfront Deal Right Now

There’s only one beachfront site left along Fortaleza’s boardwalk… Friday, April 18, 2008 Fortaleza, Brazil Read more about beachfront property in Brazil in International Living Postcards —your daily escape I’ve just found the last piece of beachfront in this city. Once it’s gone, that’s it; no more beachfront sites to develop in Fortaleza. In an […]

The Cheapest Way to Own Beautiful Beachfront

Even the back units of this development will have great ocean views. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Fortaleza, Brazil Read more about Brazil in International Living Postcards—your daily escape I’ve just come from a meeting with one of Fortaleza’s biggest builders. Last night, he held a pre-launch reception for his latest development: 222 condos on a […]

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