“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.

“Our 10-Acre Home in Costa Rica Cost Just $192,000”

“Our 10-Acre Home in Costa Rica Cost Just $192,000”

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July 5, 2017

The wedding of a friend's daughter in Quepos, Costa Rica, set David and Diana Hoyt on a path of discovery to their future dream retirement home. With the celebrations over, the couple decided to extend their trip to check out the country's Southern Zone. There, they promptly fell in love with Ojochal "where the mountains meet the sea."

In Pictures: Your New Home in Overlooked Italy For $63,700

In Pictures: Your New Home in Overlooked Italy For $63,700

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July 4, 2017

Italy is the land of ancient culture, magnificent landscapes, and delicious food. So how can you get that bella vita (beautiful life) without the crowds and high price tag? Though big hitters like Rome, Florence, Venice, and the gorgeous Tuscan countryside are well worth the visit, they may not be the best choice for those looking to escape to Italy affordably.

Making an Overseas Dream a Reality in Costa Rica’s Jungle

Making an Overseas Dream a Reality in Costa Rica’s Jungle

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June 30, 2017

While loving life in Boise, Idaho with friends and family close by, Scott and Nicky Freymond noticed a sense of restlessness a couple years back during the long, harsh winters. They started to research options for a sunnier second home that would ultimately give them the best of both worlds.

Beach Condos From $73,000 On Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Beach Condos From $73,000 On Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

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June 30, 2017

The central Pacific beach town of Jacó in Costa Rica was long known primarily as a destination for sport fisherman, surfers, and backpackers. And Ticos—as Costa Ricans call themselves—flocked there around Christmas and Easter because it's the closest major beach to San José, the capital.