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Find Your Dream Home in Ecuador’s Highlands for $85,000

Find Your Dream Home in Ecuador’s Highlands for $85,000

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May 25, 2016

Cuenca, Ecuador. It wasn't that long ago that almost no one had ever heard of this colonial city nested in the Andes mountain range. Today Cuenca is one of the hottest expat destinations on the planet. It is amazing this hidden gem stayed under the radar for so long. A UNESCO World Heritage city with over a half million residents, Cuenca boasts beautifully preserved architecture and cobblestone streets along with a low cost of living, temperate climate, excellent medical facilities, and a kaleidoscope of cultural activities.

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.

Your Dream Home in Ecuador From Just $75,000

Your Dream Home in Ecuador From Just $75,000

Where do you envision yourself when you think of retirement? If you're like most folks, at some point you've probably daydreamed of spending your post-work years in a city full of culture, art, and history. A place where you could spend the morning strolling through carefully restored centuries-old buildings while gazing at their beauty. Every so often you'd stop to admire a grand cathedral or a stone-block church built in the Gothic style of architecture.

A Charming Colonial City Where You Can Still Pick Up a Bargain

A Charming Colonial City Where You Can Still Pick Up a Bargain

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April 26, 2016

In January, I stepped out from the front doors of my colonial hotel into the already bright morning sunshine. Past perfectly preserved colonial buildings, I walked past a wide central park, lined with vendors selling cool drinks and snacks, and horse-drawn carriages offering rides to waiting tourists. It was just a few more steps—past a colorful Spanish colonial cathedral—to get a fresh-brewed coffee or a gelado. You can buy fresh-baked pastries or gourmet jellies or sauces in little street-side cafes.

Homes From $114,000 in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

Homes From $114,000 in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

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March 31, 2016

Sitting in a valley at an elevation of about 2,000 feet in Costa Rica's Southern Zone, San Isidro de El General enjoys consistent temperature lows of 65 F and highs of 85 F year round. It's not just the weather that fulfills the vision of a perfect town, the beaches are close by as well. And with real estate options from as low as $114,000, it's hard not to like this location.