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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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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?
During my recent trip to Fortaleza, Brazil–for our Global Real Estate Investment Forum–it occurred to me: There are actually two types of Brazil beach house in Fortaleza.
Beachfront property not only makes sense as an investment–after all, they’re not making anymore of it–but it can also make a great second home. And if you only plan to live there part-time, why not rent out your coastal paradise the rest of the year? The rental income can mean your beach house is covering its costs–and maybe more.
Few places in the world are suitable for quality wine production. The climate and soil need to be right, and vine cultivation and wine production expertise need to be available locally. You also need production and marketing infrastructure. No surprise, then, that to own an acre of vineyard in California’s Napa Valley could set you back $180,000. In the Loire Valley in France, you could pay $200,000.
I just bought a house on the beach in northeast Brazil. Now, for the first time, I can walk out my front door, cross the white sand, and dive into warm, turquoise waters. It’s on a large tropical island, and there’s a pleasant 1500s-era colonial town within walking distance.
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.
If you want to retire or move overseas within the next 12 months…and wake up each morning in your own beach home…I’ve been on the lookout for something that might help your dream become a reality: A $100,000 beachfront house.
Along Central America’s Pacific coast you’ll find rocky outcrops, pounding surf, and some of the most jaw-dropping views on earth. In terms of raw beauty, I believe this stretch of coast trumps the coast of Southern California, a comparison often made.
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.
Last month I told members of Real Estate Trend Alert about an exciting opportunity in the Gran Bahia Principe Resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Buy a unit here and the resort operator will pay you a fixed and guaranteed rent of just over 6%. I’m bullish about this deal.
I’d like you to join me on a free “field trip” around Fortaleza, Brazil, where, right now, you’ll find the best real estate investments in the world.
Little Belize is my #1 Caribbean buy today–$159,000 buys you a casita in a community right on the water. For $164,000 you can buy a garden condo on an idyllic Caribbean island. The beaches are picture perfect. The diving world class. In thick jungles, jaguar and scarlet macaw still live among hidden Mayan ruins.
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. This country rarely makes the news. It quietly goes about its business. Rich in culture and agricultural produce, Uruguay is […]
I’m writing from my office in the city…but I’m thinking about my favorite Caribbean island. The coconut palms dotted along the white-sand beach, the crystal-clear water lapping the shore…a picturesque fishing village or two…and a laid-back pace of life.
In most countries, it’s hard to find a beach house for $100,000. I should know–I spend about 40% of my time scouting real estate near coasts.
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.
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 […]