You might not be familiar with the little beach town of Las Terrenas on the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. That's understandable. For a long time, it stayed off the radar of most North Americans.
The significant and ongoing strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso continues to make the purchase of real estate very attractive in Mexico. One location, in particular, is maintaining its steady growth with excellent opportunities.
In 2003, when my wife, Renda, and I first came to Nicaragua, it was to live a healthier lifestyle and have a less stressful life, for a lot less money. We met those goals and at the same time learned to successfully face the challenges of developing and growing a business in San Juan del Sur.
In many ways, the off-season is our favorite time here in Salinas, on the Pacific coast of southern Ecuador. The temperature is mostly in the 70s F, once in a while going up to the low 80s F, and things are mostly peaceful and quiet.
Making the decision to transplant ourselves to Italy was easy. Making the move itself was painless. Making ourselves at home was smooth and immediate. We have a feeling of belonging that we've not known anywhere else.
My husband had to yank the steering wheel and stop the car to avoid a crash. The snake-like road that we were driving along gave such a dramatic view of Pitigliano that we couldn't help but pull over and gape.
Lucca is one of my favorite towns in all of Italy. Its most notable feature, and one of the things I love most about it, is the magnificent wall that surrounds the entire historical center of the town.
On my international real estate beat I look for two things: Capital appreciation and strong rental income. Some locations will offer appreciation potential, others the income. Only in a rare place at a unique moment does an opportunity tick both boxes.
When we think of moving abroad, particularly to a Spanish-speaking country, we become nervous and intimidated at the daunting idea of having to learn a foreign language. For most baby boomers, the thought of learning Spanish is daunting or seemingly impossible.
You want to move abroad. You want to retire, or expose your grandchildren to a different environment, start a business overseas, or simply buy a home overseas. But...but...the language. How will you ever get a job, run a business, make friends, speak to real estate agents...if you can't speak the language?