From the Archives of Real Estate

Paradise Isn’t So Far Away After all

Paradise Isn’t So Far Away After all

Daily sightings of howler monkeys and a variety of lizards never gets old. Between the monkeys and the tropical birds found here, chances are you'll be waking to the tune of a different type of alarm clock. Arguably the most developed town in the Guanacaste region along the northern Pacific coast, Tamarindo offers the convenience of a bustling little town and also the tranquility of nature, with its nearly two miles of sandy beach, surrounded by mountains and tropical dry forest.

Homes From Less Than $50,000 in This Tranquil Lakeside Town

Homes From Less Than $50,000 in This Tranquil Lakeside Town

The view was literally breathtaking. Mexico's largest lake, Chapala, was just yards away and if I turned my head slightly, the purplish hues of the Sierra Madre mountains were visible just over my shoulder. It was late in the afternoon and the sky was turning astonishing shades of crimson and pumpkin-orange as the sun began its descent. I was submerged to my chin, out-of-doors, in a steaming cauldron heated by underground geothermal activity. I rolled an icy beer can across my forehead as I allowed the hot water to perform its magic.

Tranquil Living By the Beach in Mexico for $150,000

Tranquil Living By the Beach in Mexico for $150,000

It was total bliss…I was sitting in a restaurant, steps from the beach, eating delicious freshly cooked fish, with a cold beer in hand, the turquoise ocean just feet away, and a cool light breeze drifting in…I wondered, could it get any better? There was glittering sandy beach as far as the eye could see, swimmers splashed in the Caribbean waters, and sunbathers took in some afternoon rays…while down the beach, kite surfers made use of the wind.

Central America’s Last Great Frontier for Real Estate

Central America’s Last Great Frontier for Real Estate

Right now, I see one last frontier market in Central America where you could buy a piece of land or property that's set to rise in value. That frontier market is Northern Nicaragua. This stunning part of the world has stayed off the radar of most real estate buyers thanks to an outdated reputation. Many still see Nicaragua as a war-torn, basket-case country. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Nicaragua of today is peaceful, developing, and one of the friendliest places I've ever visited.

Finding Your Dream Getaway in the Chiriqui Midlands

Finding Your Dream Getaway in the Chiriqui Midlands

As you consider your new home overseas, you'll no doubt be asking yourself a number of questions about exactly where you might want to live. Once you've narrowed it down to Panama, you still have a number of choices to address. Do you want to live in the mountains or near the beach? Do you prefer to live in a town or big city? How about a gated community or a favorite expat destination? Do you like having neighbors close-by or more privacy? There's a lot to think about. Me? I'm definitely a country gal, not a city gal.

The Northern Thai City on a Major Growth Spurt

The Northern Thai City on a Major Growth Spurt

People come from all over to live in Thailand's mountain city of Chiang Mai. Besides its own sizeable local population—numbering more than 350,000—expats are increasingly coming here. They come from all over—the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Recent estimates put the number of Western expats living in Chiang Mai at around 40,000. But it's not just Westerners who are coming. Asian retirees, particularly from Japan, South Korea, and China are retiring to Chiang Mai's relaxing surroundings. And more are coming each year.

Live the Laidback Lifestyle in This Popular Beach Town

Live the Laidback Lifestyle in This Popular Beach Town

It's late afternoon on a warm, sunny Panama day and I'm strolling on one of the most mesmerizing stretches of sand I've ever seen. But it's not your typical powder-white sand beneath my toes…instead it's midnight black sand, with swirls of lighter tan mixed throughout. And it almost glistens, like it's covered in tiny twinkling stars.