How I Built My Dream Home in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica for Under $100,000

How I Built My Dream Home in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica for Under $100,000

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July 25, 2020

When I first moved to Costa Rica six years ago, my real estate broker helped me find a cute, new-build, two-bedroom condo in Hermosa Beach for under $100,000. I loved it and lived there for two-and-a-half years but during that time I realized that there were a couple of things that needed to change…

A Beachside Apartment That Pays Its Own Way

A Beachside Apartment That Pays Its Own Way

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July 22, 2020

I’d flown to Uruguay to meet several American expats who’d retired to the small South American country, and as part of that trip I arranged to meet a real estate friend I’ve known for years, Sancho Santayana, who runs 360 Terra International Realty. I wanted to spend a morning touring various apartments in Punta del Este...

Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

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July 14, 2020

When I was doing my check-out trip to Medellín in early 2012, Guatapé was one of my first day trips to the countryside. I had lived on the coast of Maine for 27 years before my decision to move overseas, so I was used to having quick access to water. The lake area in Guatapé is the closest body of water to landlocked Medellín...

Slowly, Sittee River Emerges on the Expat Scene

Slowly, Sittee River Emerges on the Expat Scene

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April 6, 2020

The small country of Belize is quickly developing in many well-known areas, such as the island of Ambergris Caye or the laidback peninsula town of Placencia. As reported in the November 2019 issue of International Living, development on the island of Caye Caulker is opening up new real estate opportunities...

Is Real Estate Trend Alert a Scam?

Is Real Estate Trend Alert a Scam?

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March 13, 2020

I’m here today to address a couple of questions that keep popping up…Is Ronan McMahon for real…is Real Estate Trend Alert a scam? Well, as you can see, I am definitely for real! I’m talking to you today from my condo in Los Cabos. This is my winter base… I am originally from Ireland. I’m Read more...: Is Real Estate Trend Alert a Scam?

House Hunting in Bali

House Hunting in Bali

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February 5, 2020

Time flies when you’re having fun. We’ve been living in Bali for four years and have moved homes six times, so I can’t tell you how pleased I am to finally have a long-term lease and a place to call home. I must say, it became an easier decision to make as we spent more time in Sanur, knew more people...

The Joy of Living in Sarlat-le-Caneda, France

The Joy of Living in Sarlat-le-Caneda, France

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December 28, 2019

It’s impossible to escape the geese in Sarlat-le-Caneda. Images of these plump birds adorn shop windows, and products of all kinds are decorated with the likeness of the animals that have been adopted as the unofficial mascot of the area. Often known simply as Sarlat, this town with a population of about 11,000 is in the center of the Dordogne region of southern France. Sarlat offers big-city convenience and activities packaged in a small-town setting that make it a delightful location to visit...

An Expat Secret Revealed: The “Other” South of France

An Expat Secret Revealed: The “Other” South of France

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February 19, 2019

"Gascony's the real France," Jean-Jacques said. "Everywhere else—it's another country." Jean-Jacques, a local farmer, was leaning from his tractor—behind him, a bright field of sunflowers and the 18th century farmhouse my parents call home. His sun-beaten face squinted down at me. "Gascony is the hidden jewel of France—it's our best kept secret."