Your Own Home Overseas - International Real Estate
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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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Everywhere in Ireland, history comes at you in torrents. The Celtic age of wonder, mystery, and heroic deeds never seems too far away.
The real estate opportunities in this part of Brazil are many and huge.
An incredible convergence of trends is under way…something I haven’t seen in 10 years of scouting and investing in non-U.S. real estate markets.
Discover January 2010’s best buy in Brazil in this Real Estate Trend Alert special report.
Imagine living in a beach house, the ocean at your doorstep, in a tranquil, laidback fishing port, where you can buy the morning’s catch right at the dock.
The data have been collected, the numbers crunched, and France has topped IL’s annual Quality of Life Index. Nine important criteria are considered. However, one really important criterion was ignored: the best places in the world to play golf.
Here at International Living, we always recommend you rent before you buy. You have no way of knowing if a city or town is right for you until you’ve spent about six months there.
Next year is going to be the most exciting one real estate investors have seen in a decade. I’ve got my eye on four spots, in particular—diverse opportunities around the globe, each of which represents an excellent value play.
Locals refer to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast—the region of Limon—as the “Forgotten Province.” Both the government and developers have long neglected it in favor of the nation’s Pacific side. But that is changing.
U.S. stock markets have rallied recently. If you’ve recouped some of your losses, now could be a good time to consider diversifying a portion of your IRA funds out of U.S. markets by putting them into a home — maybe a winter retreat — overseas.
Recently, I saw a French-style apartment in Montevideo for only $450 a square meter. The apartment had all the trimmings—high ceilings, marble fireplaces, and parquet floors. It was well located, and in good condition. The realtor said it was “ideal for offices.”
Not everyone who dreams of moving to Mexico already speaks Spanish. And some people are nervous about making the move.
When you think “European Coast,” what comes to mind? Maybe somewhere to nibble tapas on the Spanish costas…revel in the glitz and glamour of the French Côte d’Azur…or enjoy the history of the Italian Riviera.
From its bleached white beaches to its lush jungle hills, Belize is beautiful. And—if you shop smart—can be one of the most affordable escapes in the Caribbean. Here is a rundown of some areas where the living is laidback, easy, and well-priced.
We ask five of our roving reporters where they’re hot on right now…simply pick the town that matches your plans.
Most of us have pretty diverse interests. You can love the great outdoors and the thrill of indigenous cultures, yet still enjoy urban comforts like sidewalk cafés, jazz bars, and perfect al dente pasta. So it’s a red-letter event when you find a place that has it all.
This June, Fortaleza, on Brazil’s northeastern coast, was named as a host city for the 2014 soccer World Cup. In 2013, Fortaleza will host the Confederations Cup. Property investors should pay attention—this is a fantastic opportunity to profit.
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.