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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 […]
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 Read more about investing in overseas real estate in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, I have been following the property market in Berlin for almost two years, and recently I went on a scouting trip to take a more serious look. While property prices across Europe […]
If you like red wine, chances are you enjoy a drop of good Bordeaux. And if you like cities with a history, a laidback lifestyle, and drop-dead-gorgeous architecture, you won’t be able to resist the old port city where this wine was shipped from. And the good news is that property prices in Bordeaux are less than half those in the capital.
New government infrastructure developments in the works in southern Costa Rica are about to turn an isolated patch of jungle into a land of million-dollar properties.
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 Read more about investing in international real estate in International Living Postcards —Saturday Edition Dear International Living Reader, I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Panama, where I was speaking at IL’s Live and Invest in Panama conference. While I was there, I was keen to see if there […]
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.
Every day it seems like Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast attracts more visitors—not just tourists from other countries, but also Costa Ricans themselves. Restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and beaches are all surprisingly busy at a time of year when the pace usually slows down. Other parts of Costa Rica are certainly getting their fair share of visitors, but the Caribbean coast—especially the southern part of it—is more popular than ever.
One of France’s biggest draws is the food and wine. France tends to hold tight to tradition, both on the plate and in the glass, and there are thousands of wine appellations for you to work through. Some of the lesser-known French wines are made in the Loire valley, and I’ve been finding out how house prices downstream compare with those in my white wine village of Pouilly sur Loire.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 Read more about Fortaleza, Brazil , in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, As I’ve mentioned before, the state of Ceara—especially its capital, Fortaleza—is booming. But there was an obstacle preventing U.S. visitors from taking part in this action: a lack of direct flights from the U.S. […]
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 Read more about Fortaleza, Brazil, in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, Cumbuco is my favorite little beach town along the northeast coast of Brazil. This was the place I came to relax and spend time on a free day during a recent 540-mile scouting mission. I have […]
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.
June 12, 2008 Mérida, Mexico Hola Mexico Insiders, Not everyone can afford to pay cash when they buy a property in Mexico. I was reminded of this anew as I was researching some properties in Mérida recently, like a fully renovated, two-bedroom, two-bath with pool and parking for $165,000, or a small hacienda on the […]
Saturday, July 26, 2008 Read more about investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards —Saturday Edition “Always buy what you see, not what a developer promises…always visit the country and piece of land before you buy.” These are two of the golden rules of international real estate investing…rules that should NEVER be broken […]
In today’s investment markets, a sure thing is hard to come by. In 10 years of investing in and scouting non-U.S. real estate markets, I’ve discovered something that comes close just once. And the phone call I had with a contact in Paris last night convinced me that this strategy remains the closest you’ll get to a sure thing in the international real estate investing game.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 Read more about international property in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, As global real estate prices roared ahead over the past 10 years, yields compressed. We were happy to take less than 5%—sometimes even less than 3%—rental yields per year, based on the expectation of capital […]
Saturday, July 5, 2008 Read more about investing in foreign real estate in International Living Postcards—Saturday Edition My former Panama condo is now a boutique hotel suite. I’ve just seen the photos. The Panama City condo market first got my attention 4.5 years ago. Back then, many prime ocean-view condos were more than 279 square […]