Right now, I see one last frontier market in Central America where you could buy a piece of land or property that's set to rise in value. That frontier market is Northern Nicaragua. This stunning part of the world has stayed off the radar of most real estate buyers thanks to an outdated reputation. Many still see Nicaragua as a war-torn, basket-case country. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Nicaragua of today is peaceful, developing, and one of the friendliest places I've ever visited.
As you consider your new home overseas, you'll no doubt be asking yourself a number of questions about exactly where you might want to live. Once you've narrowed it down to Panama, you still have a number of choices to address. Do you want to live in the mountains or near the beach? Do you prefer to live in a town or big city? How about a gated community or a favorite expat destination? Do you like having neighbors close-by or more privacy? There's a lot to think about. Me? I'm definitely a country gal, not a city gal.
Panama City is a modern metropolis with a skyline to rival that of Miami. The Panama Bay is the blue backdrop for towers that sparkle at night. They house ocean-view apartments and sleek executive offices filled with an international set. A jaunt along the Cinta Costera will show you the best the city has to offer. This network of roads, walkways, bicycle paths, and green areas is sandwiched between the bay and the artery known also as Balboa Avenue.
Rome is undeniably alluring with its historical monuments, jaw-dropping artwork, trendy restaurants, and cultural events. But living in the city is expensive and sometimes just not desirable for those who prefer the rhythm of small town life. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds. There are some beautiful towns where you can enjoy a laidback lifestyle while still being able to reach the center of Italy's capital city Rome in just an hour.
I love bustling cities but also enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature. It is rare to find a place that has both these things within a short driving distance but found it I have. Penang, Malaysia has it all. Here I can enjoy the vibrancy of Georgetown, experience the true melting-pot culture that Malaysia is famous for, while in less than an hour I can be sitting with a book on a serene white-sand beach on the west coast of the island.
Cuenca, Ecuador. It wasn't that long ago that almost no one had ever heard of this colonial city nested in the Andes mountain range. Today Cuenca is one of the hottest expat destinations on the planet. It is amazing this hidden gem stayed under the radar for so long. A UNESCO World Heritage city with over a half million residents, Cuenca boasts beautifully preserved architecture and cobblestone streets along with a low cost of living, temperate climate, excellent medical facilities, and a kaleidoscope of cultural activities.
It's late afternoon on a warm, sunny Panama day and I'm strolling on one of the most mesmerizing stretches of sand I've ever seen. But it's not your typical powder-white sand beneath my toes…instead it's midnight black sand, with swirls of lighter tan mixed throughout. And it almost glistens, like it's covered in tiny twinkling stars.
Tao is a project with competitive advantages and a decade head start in an area where a government plan calls for the increase of tourism numbers from 3 million to 11 million by 2025.
It's a rare thing these days to be able to say that you own real estate on or close to "Grade A" beach. By that, I mean truly stunning beach, either Caribbean white sands or the bluest stretches of the Pacific Coast. We'll discuss the following three beach areas in detail at our upcoming International Real Estate Investment Forum...and for those in the room, $91,500 in savings will be on offer.
Where do you envision yourself when you think of retirement? If you're like most folks, at some point you've probably daydreamed of spending your post-work years in a city full of culture, art, and history. A place where you could spend the morning strolling through carefully restored centuries-old buildings while gazing at their beauty. Every so often you'd stop to admire a grand cathedral or a stone-block church built in the Gothic style of architecture.