An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” so said the great 19th-century composer Giuseppe Verdi. It’s a deal I’d happily take myself… Italy is the cradle of the Renaissance, the birthplace of opera, the country that gave the world Italian food… Italy is jammed with natural and cultural treasures, many of its Read more...: An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Clash of the Titans: The Algarve v the French Riviera

Clash of the Titans: The Algarve v the French Riviera

Each week for the past number of months I’ve been handing this e-letter over to my senior researcher, Margaret Summerfield, as she journeys through Europe is search of her ideal base… She started in the sunny Algarve; taking in Faro, the region’s capital; the wild party town of Albufeira; and the historic town of Lagos, Read more...: Clash of the Titans: The Algarve v the French Riviera

Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

I’ve dipped my toes in the warm Caribbean Sea more times than I can count. There are numerous locations on my international real estate beat that touch this vast sea…Mexico…Belize…Nicaragua. And I’ve found some incredible real estate deals in these places. But for lots of people, the idea of living on a Caribbean Island is Read more...: Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

For 14 years, my senior researcher Margaret Summerfield called the Latin American country of Panama her home. For someone who has scouted more of the world that anyone I know, that’s about as high an endorsement as you’ll find… International and cosmopolitan…safe and stable…friendly and welcoming…Panama ticks all of Margaret’s boxes. Indeed, it ticks all Read more...: Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

“But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

“But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

My parents looked at me like I was nuts. I’m not, I promised. They didn’t look convinced. “You’re really going to Panama?” they asked skeptically. I am, I affirmed. “But why?” The year was 2004, early in the days of my international global real estate scouting career. I had plenty of good reasons to head Read more...: “But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

For 17 years I’ve been traveling the world, driving down bumpy, potholed roads in far flung destinations…all because some of the best opportunities I’ve ever found were at the end of dirt roads. I generally spend six months or so of each year traveling. My scouting has taken to me to strange places and put Read more...: The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine

How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine

I’ve accidentally made $10,399. Ok, it wasn’t entirely accidental… The money dropping into my account over the past 10 weeks has come from my rental manager on Portugal’s Silver Coast. I bought my condo there last year for €300,000 ($366,262). I moved in last April, and then handed my keys over to a rental manger Read more...: How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine