Panama City: Three Areas to Love and One to Leave

Panama City: Three Areas to Love and One to Leave

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August 14, 2017

Earlier this evening I walked across a plaza to meet a friend. There was an elegantly outfitted brass band playing for a group of dignitaries. The centuries-old Hotel Central—newly restored to its former glory—was the perfect backdrop. Locals hung out in the gazebo and on benches around the plaza, enjoying the impromptu show.

Video: Explore Panama’s Cool Crater Town Where You Can Rent From $575 a Month

Video: Explore Panama’s Cool Crater Town Where You Can Rent From $575 a Month

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August 12, 2017

I wake up to the sound of birds, the sun shining through the windows that line my bedroom. It has become my habit to get up and throw open the front door before doing anything else. All day long that door stays open, the terrace outside seamlessly flowing into the interior of my wood cabin.

Find Your Affordable Beach Getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico

Find Your Affordable Beach Getaway in Los Cabos, Mexico

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August 10, 2017

Sitting at the far southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos, Mexico is one of the country's top beach destinations. With top-notch boating, world-class sport fishing (especially for billfish), championship golf courses, excellent restaurants, and warm weather year-round to enjoy it all, it's no wonder it's so popular.

“We Discovered There’s No Borders to Retirement”

“We Discovered There’s No Borders to Retirement”

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August 9, 2017

"We're so happy to be here, every day is just a great day," Micki Westhorp says. "We can't imagine being retired anywhere else and having this kind of quality of life." Micki, 71, and her partner, Jaci Norwood, 62, moved from Dallas, Texas, to Cuenca, Ecuador, with the intention of buying a home and starting their retirement.

The Best Colonial City Buy in Latin America?

The Best Colonial City Buy in Latin America?

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July 17, 2017

Mine was in Mexico, in a small city nestled in the hills of the Central Highlands. I had dreamt of Latin America's colonial towns, cobbled lanes, and shaded parks ever since first encountering the literature from that part of the world. The movies I saw confirmed it...There was magic and romance in those places and I wanted in.

Video: How I Boosted a Mexican Condo’s Occupancy Rate By 72% In One Month

Video: How I Boosted a Mexican Condo’s Occupancy Rate By 72% In One Month

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July 12, 2017

Last year I was fortunate to spend some time in one of my favorite places—Tulum, Mexico. I was carrying out an interior design project for two condos that belonged to a client. When the job was finished, I handed them both over to the local vacation rental management company, who promised a 32% to 34% occupancy rate. Not a stellar rate, but not terrible for the first few years of business.

“My Vacation Rental Pulls Off 85% Occupancy and I Keep the Profits”

“My Vacation Rental Pulls Off 85% Occupancy and I Keep the Profits”

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July 11, 2017

It's a rare child that says, "I want to be a vacation rental owner when I grow up." I'm writing this from the hanging bed of my home in Fiji—Starfish Blue. The breeze is delicious, the view world-class, and the scent of frangipani—my favorite flower on the planet—perfumes the air. I am a delighted vacation rental owner. But I did not start out that way.

3 Tips For Successful Vacation Rentals—And One to Avoid

3 Tips For Successful Vacation Rentals—And One to Avoid

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July 10, 2017

This is so simple, yet many people miss it. When people are looking at a number of properties across a few listing sites, it will begin to register with them. If you want to do additional marketing and have a website or Facebook page, this gives people a way to find you without the competition of other rentals.