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Snowbird Boltholes From $67.5K

Snowbird Boltholes From $67.5K

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January 11, 2021

Each year millions of Americans and Canadians flock from cold northern climes to sunny southern shores to ride out the winter. They go to “snowbird escapes” near Pacific and Caribbean beaches, where weather is warmer, there are laidback communities of friendly locals and expats, and living costs that won’t break the bank. Places where you Read more...: Snowbird Boltholes From $67.5K

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

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

A Dead Easy Way to Buy a Cheap Home in France

A Dead Easy Way to Buy a Cheap Home in France

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December 14, 2020

I’m not a gambler. I like a sure thing. Especially when it comes to real estate investing. However, there are tantalizing deals out there for folks willing to accept some risk. One of the most intriguing of all are “vente en viager” deals found in France and Belgium. The term “viager” owes its origin to Read more...: A Dead Easy Way to Buy a Cheap Home in France