A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

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January 8, 2021

I came across this old building in Albufeira on a walk a few days ago. It’s got a plaque high up on the left that says Chalet Santa Rita 1938. It’s a beautiful building, but it’s empty, a ghost of the past. It’s sandwiched awkwardly between two big hotels, and its history seems to be Read more...: A Ghost from the Past in Albufeira, Portugal

Escape to Your Own Overseas Playground

Escape to Your Own Overseas Playground

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January 7, 2021

Previously, I spoke to you about places to get residence and a second passport overseas. I discussed getting residence through real estate investment and spots where you can cut your taxes. Finding the right overseas residence is one of the first steps in creating your plan B. It’s a key factor in determining where to Read more...: Escape to Your Own Overseas Playground

Make This The Year Of Freedom

Make This The Year Of Freedom

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January 6, 2021

If you haven’t yet picked your New Year’s resolution for 2021, here’s a suggestion… Make this the “year of freedom…” The year of financial freedom, freedom to travel, freedom from taxes, freedom from restrictions… It might sound ambitious, but in a moment I’ll explain how you can make it all happen. Right now, the travel Read more...: Make This The Year Of Freedom

Homes With History for Less Than You Think

Homes With History for Less Than You Think

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January 4, 2021

Now is a great time to pick up a home in Europe…no matter what your budget. Think historic stone homes in time-worn villages for under $40,000…rambling old mansions with acres of land for less than $150,000…ocean-view cottages…lock-and-leave apartments… For years, migration from the countryside to the cities, and overseas, has left a glut of character Read more...: Homes With History for Less Than You Think

A New Year…and a Flood of New Deals

A New Year…and a Flood of New Deals

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January 3, 2021

My belly is full. My body is rested. I’m ready for an incredible 2021… I’ve spent the last couple of days celebrating the New Year with my in-laws. They’re Mexican-Japanese and their tradition is heavily set around food. They’ve been preparing for weeks, with scouting trips to Guadalajara in search of just the right ingredients. Read more...: A New Year…and a Flood of New Deals

Why I’m Not Buying in My Favorite Vacation Destination

Why I’m Not Buying in My Favorite Vacation Destination

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December 23, 2020

St. Andrews, on Scotland’s east coast, has been a pilgrimage site for over 1,000 years. It was once so busy with pilgrims, the town had potential to be a “Second Rome.” Legend has it the holy bones of Saint Andrew (an apostle of Jesus) were brought to the town long, long ago. Today it’s famous Read more...: Why I’m Not Buying in My Favorite Vacation Destination

Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

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December 18, 2020

After almost 14 years in Latin America…where I scouted highland towns in Ecuador…checked out coastal resorts in Chile…tried to chase down the next hot spot in the Caribbean…I’m in southern Europe, looking for a new base and any real estate opportunities I come across. I’m in Albufeira, on Portugal’s Algarve coast, as I write. Faro, Read more...: Albufeira: The Algarve’s Wild Card

The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo

The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo

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December 17, 2020

You’re looking at buying a condo in Latin America…perhaps in Panama City or in Medellín, Colombia. Your agent has shown you a brand-new, two-bed condo in a glitzy high-rise block. It’s got a gourmet kitchen and a spa-like master bathroom. But you know from your research that the older building right next door has two-bed Read more...: The Upsides (and 2 Major Downsides) of Buying an Older Condo