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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…
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For divers, there may be no better place to live than Cozumel. Sure, you may find places where the marine life is more spectacular, the dive boats less crowded, the land life more laidback…but for day-to-day convenience, Cozumel is hard to beat. You’ll find all the comforts of “back home,” but a lifestyle that is distinctly Mexican—all this despite the fact that Cozumel is a popular tourist destination.
Between the massive cordilleras of the Andes, nestled in fertile green valleys of equatorial eternal spring, sit some of Ecuador’s most beautiful highland colonial towns and cities. Here are my top four choices for retirement living:
Today’s global economic problems mean opportunities for you that didn’t exist a few years ago. If you think you can no longer afford the retirement or second home you planned, you’re wrong.
Along Central America’s Pacific coast you’ll find rocky outcrops, world-class surf, and some of the most jaw-dropping views in the world.
We’ve been writing about Panama for more than a decade. We ranked it the number one place in the world to retire for six of those years. And today it remains in our top five.
Crisis investing means buying when everyone else wants or needs out. At an aggregate level, markets overreact and overshoot both on the up and downside. Assets become mispriced—and that means profit opportunity for you.
For a lifestyle change, sun-blessed Barcelona is thrillingly enticing. Few other major European cities can deliver on beauty, style, history, beaches, good weather, and arty bohemianism—and also be within a couple hours of ski slopes.
Mexico’s Riviera Maya is an area that’s among the most beautiful in Mexico…yet real estate prices are still far below what you’d expect to pay in any of Mexico’s other popular beach areas.
The potential here is just about unlimited.
This report shows you one of the best opportunities available as of September 2009.
The warm sun on your face, the aroma of crushed grapes, a view toward the Pyrénées mountains… For a wine lover, I can think of no bigger thrill than owning a vineyard. Especially if that vineyard is in southwestern France.
When affordable quality of life is the number one priority, more International Living readers move to Ecuador than anyplace else.
Everyone loves bargains. But despite the economic downturn, you might think the romance of living in a restored mill in the South of France costs quite a bit more than $230,000. As for a chateau for less than $450,000…surely that’s pure fantasy?
My wife, Suzan, and I have been traveling to Cotacachi since 2001. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, but it’s water that has been kind to Cotacachi.
Beachfront property not only makes sense as a pure investment—after all, they’re not making any more of it—but it can also make an ideal second home.
Buying resort rentals can be fun and profitable. That is, after you follow the rules and carefully run the numbers. You need to multiply projected occupancy by expected average nightly rate and then deduct your expenses.
If peace, stability, a strong democratic tradition, culture, diversity, natural beauty, a temperate climate free of natural disasters, a low cost of living, and outstanding real estate values are on your checklist, look to Uruguay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.