Your Home in Ecuador’s City of Music From Just $125,000

Your Home in Ecuador’s City of Music From Just $125,000

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July 21, 2016

Sitting at a lower elevation than Cuenca, Loja's climate tends to be a little warmer. It also has a much smaller expat population, probably only a few dozen scattered around town and in the nearby farms, so if you're looking for a place to live among North Americans, this is probably not for you. However, if you know some Spanish or are willing to learn, it can be a very rewarding home.

Buy in These Little-Known Costa Rica Beach Paradises From $148,000

Buy in These Little-Known Costa Rica Beach Paradises From $148,000

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July 21, 2016

Whether you’re looking for a bustling beach resort town with plenty of restaurants, chic boutiques, and nightlife…or you’d rather string up your hammock between two palms and fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and not see another person all afternoon…you can get it in Costa Rica.

Opportunities Exist for Savvy Real Estate Buyers in Popular Ecuador

Opportunities Exist for Savvy Real Estate Buyers in Popular Ecuador

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July 14, 2016

Ecuador…the small South American country that sits right on the equator…is blessed with many advantages—particularly its diverse, gorgeous terrain, and fantastic climate. No matter what you're looking for…from lush rainforest to majestic mountains to sun-kissed beaches, you'll find it here. And about that climate…daytime temperatures in the Sierras—along the Andes Mountains range that cuts through the country from north to south—rarely top 75 F. On La Costa—the coast—temperatures typically top out in the mid 80s F. El Oriente (the eastern rainforest) fares about the same.

Penang: Good Food, Low Costs, and Deserted Beaches

Penang: Good Food, Low Costs, and Deserted Beaches

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July 13, 2016

Deserted white-sand beaches, lush jungle-covered mountains, and a bustling UNESCO-listed capital…welcome to the island of Penang. I had heard that this was an island rich in tradition and culture…but it really does have to be seen to be believed. As I wandered around the bustling market streets of the capital George Town, I saw the melting-pot heritage that Penang is famous for.

A Classy, Cosmopolitan Lifestyle at Half the Price

A Classy, Cosmopolitan Lifestyle at Half the Price

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July 12, 2016

Imagine stepping out on your balcony and taking in the deep blue waters of Panama Bay. You can see some of the city's most iconic towers across the water. In the distance, there are a few boats, perhaps making their way to the famed Panama Canal. Glance down and you see your building's gym and spa area…the sun-warmed pool beckons.

Valencia: Top European Living at Affordable Prices

Valencia: Top European Living at Affordable Prices

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July 11, 2016

I'm starting to daydream again about living in Valencia. It's one of my favorite cities in Spain…and whenever I daydream about living in Spain, Valencia is the first place I dream of. And no wonder: There's a lot to like about Valencia. First, there's the location and climate. It sits right on Spain's eastern Mediterranean shore. That means urban beaches and a temperate climate that is spring-like much of the year. Next, it's a major city—Spain's third-largest—with all the big-city amenities I like, including an international airport, plenty of culture (it's especially famous for music), and great restaurants, bars, and cafes. Yet Valencia is reasonably small—about 800,000 in the central city, and around 1.6 million in the urban area—so it's manageable.

Your Own Home in Bologna, Italy for $167,000

Your Own Home in Bologna, Italy for $167,000

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July 10, 2016

Cathy Pegolo loves cities with theaters, music, restaurants, and culture. And she has found all that and more in her new home of Bologna, Italy. Cathy’s Italian heritage inspired her to visit the “old country” and she and her husband, Paul, traveled widely in Italy before finally deciding to buy a place of their own there.