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Is This the Best Small City in the World?

Is This the Best Small City in the World?

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November 16, 2021

Its churches are masterpieces of Baroque architecture. The colonial-era mansions pressing in upon its cobbled lanes and shady plazas hide flower-filled courtyards with tinkling fountains. Bougainvillea cascades down pastel-colored walls in the town’s historic heart, which is compact, walkable, and strictly protected by a raft of regulations. San Miguel de Allende was once among the Read more...: Is This the Best Small City in the World?

Bargain Homes With Pools Around the World

Bargain Homes With Pools Around the World

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November 15, 2021

I’m very much a beach person. I love the sound of the waves crashing into the sand…an early morning walk along the beach clears my head and sets me up for the day ahead. And you’ve probably heard me say, when I’m looking for an overseas property for myself (in other words, not an investment Read more...: Bargain Homes With Pools Around the World

North Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

North Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

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November 4, 2021

Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, also known as the Gold Coast, has been an expat haven for decades thanks to a dry and warm climate, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle. In towns like Playa Flamingo, Playas del Coco, and Tamarindo, you have walkable seaside villages, expat enclaves where foreign residents of all nationalities have started new lives and, in some cases, businesses.

How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

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November 3, 2021

The easiest money I ever made (and lost) was in the stock market. Here’s the story of my wild ride, and how I invest my money today… In 1999, when I was just 24-years-old and fresh out of university with a degree in finance, I found a “sure thing” investment. Ireland’s government-run telecommunications company Telecom Read more...: How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

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November 2, 2021

Last week, I spent two days scouting in northern Costa Rica, right at the border with Nicaragua. It’s unbelievably stunning. Lush, mountainous jungle spills down to a coastline of quiet bays and pristine Pacific beaches. I saw baby foxes, howler monkeys, colourful birds, and giant butterflies, all protected by a nature preserve. Everything feels neat, Read more...: Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure

Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure

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October 21, 2021

As you enjoy a coffee on your rooftop terrace in the early morning, you watch the sun slowly light up the brightly colored homes that blanket the hillside across the valley. Church bells toll. Heading down for breakfast, you pass through the interior courtyard, past the flowing fountain. As you move through your home, you Read more...: Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure

Bargain Hunting on Portugal’s Silver Coast

Bargain Hunting on Portugal’s Silver Coast

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October 20, 2021

“Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” ―Robert De Niro in the film, Heat. Great advice if you’re a bank robber. Not so good for relationships. But for real estate investing…it’s gold. You should always Read more...: Bargain Hunting on Portugal’s Silver Coast