The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

The 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, had a profound influence on real estate. It was a time before antimicrobial drugs, when homes were dark, stuffy, and overcrowded—the perfect conditions for the influenza to flourish. By the time it ran its course, an estimated 17 to 50 million people had died. The collective Read more...: The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Greetings from Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve, and week three of my month-long scouting trip. I’m here in Portugal to put boots on the ground and find double-your-money RETA opportunities. I’m here to find a base for myself. And as with anywhere I travel, I’m on the lookout for overlooked bargain homes we can snag for Read more...: Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

This week I’ve been discussing those overlooked costs that can eat into your real estate investment if you don’t buy right. I’m talking about holding costs: property taxes, HOA (homeowner association) or condo fees, insurance, and utilities. In parts of North America, these expenses can amount to the cost of a mortgage. Find the right Read more...: Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate

The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate

I’ve gone sale agreed on a home on Portugal’s Silver Coast. The condo I’ve locked down is as close to true beachfront as you can get in Portugal. It’s on a stunning stretch of Atlantic coast. A contender with anything you’ll find in Malibu, Pebble Beach, Dubai, or the Bahamas. But I’m paying just a Read more...: The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate

Scouting Portugal’s Stunning Silver Coast

Scouting Portugal’s Stunning Silver Coast

I’ve just bought a home! Well, not quite…I’ve gone sale agreed on a condo and I’m now going through the due diligence and mortgage process. This has been an unexpected start to my Portugal scouting trip, and I’ve only just finished the first leg. For the past six days, I’ve been scouting Portugal’s stunning Silver Read more...: Scouting Portugal’s Stunning Silver Coast