Why are French Homes so Cheap?

Why are French Homes so Cheap?

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October 20, 2020

Forget Paris, the French want to move to rural France for peace, fresh air, and la France profonde. At least according to one survey. An overwhelming 81% of respondents said they preferred the countryside, which they associate with a higher quality of life, calm, nature surroundings, less pollution, and a lower cost of living. Only Read more...: Why are French Homes so Cheap?

How COVID-19 Has Become A Trend Accelerator

How COVID-19 Has Become A Trend Accelerator

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October 19, 2020

The grass was nearly up to my chest… The pool was grotty, with thick, green algae forming on the bottom. But then, I figure a landscaper could have the place looking great in short order. And on Portugal’s Silver Coast, that would cost you just a couple of hundred bucks. This is just one of Read more...: How COVID-19 Has Become A Trend Accelerator

The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

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October 16, 2020

The 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, had a profound influence on real estate. It was a time before antimicrobial drugs, when homes were dark, stuffy, and overcrowded—the perfect conditions for the influenza to flourish. By the time it ran its course, an estimated 17 to 50 million people had died. The collective Read more...: The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

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October 16, 2020

A week ago, I was standing in a super high-end master-planned resort community in the Central Algarve in Portugal. Around me were homes worth anywhere from €1.8 million to €10 million. In my hand was a big bag of keys… I knew they opened the doors to at least five of the homes, but I Read more...: Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

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October 7, 2020

It’s another stunning day here in Lagos. As I write, it’s about 10.30 a.m. and I’m about to move inside before the morning sun becomes too bright… Boy is that a complaint I like to have… I’m here in Lagos meeting developers, bankers, lawyers, and connected locals, working on an exclusive deal for members of Read more...: Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

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October 5, 2020

Greetings from Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve, and week three of my month-long scouting trip. I’m here in Portugal to put boots on the ground and find double-your-money RETA opportunities. I’m here to find a base for myself. And as with anywhere I travel, I’m on the lookout for overlooked bargain homes we can snag for Read more...: Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

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October 2, 2020

This week I’ve been discussing those overlooked costs that can eat into your real estate investment if you don’t buy right. I’m talking about holding costs: property taxes, HOA (homeowner association) or condo fees, insurance, and utilities. In parts of North America, these expenses can amount to the cost of a mortgage. Find the right Read more...: Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate

The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate

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October 1, 2020

I’ve gone sale agreed on a home on Portugal’s Silver Coast. The condo I’ve locked down is as close to true beachfront as you can get in Portugal. It’s on a stunning stretch of Atlantic coast. A contender with anything you’ll find in Malibu, Pebble Beach, Dubai, or the Bahamas. But I’m paying just a Read more...: The Overlooked Value in European Real Estate