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Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

For 14 years, my senior researcher Margaret Summerfield called the Latin American country of Panama her home. For someone who has scouted more of the world that anyone I know, that’s about as high an endorsement as you’ll find… International and cosmopolitan…safe and stable…friendly and welcoming…Panama ticks all of Margaret’s boxes. Indeed, it ticks all Read more...: Video: Latin America’s Dark Horse

“But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

“But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

My parents looked at me like I was nuts. I’m not, I promised. They didn’t look convinced. “You’re really going to Panama?” they asked skeptically. I am, I affirmed. “But why?” The year was 2004, early in the days of my international global real estate scouting career. I had plenty of good reasons to head Read more...: “But Why Are You Going to Panama?”

Spanish City Getaway Pads for Under $142,000

Spanish City Getaway Pads for Under $142,000

When looking at Spain for real estate investment, my focus has been on the southern coast and the area around the Costa del Sol. But, when it comes to a pure lifestyle angle, the cities of Spain have so much to offer…and are some of the most vibrant spots in Europe. Balmy summer evenings spent Read more...: Spanish City Getaway Pads for Under $142,000

Why Travel is Important for Real Estate Investing

Why Travel is Important for Real Estate Investing

Scouting trips are an important part of what I do. Boots on the ground is the single best way to identify true opportunity in overseas real estate. That’s why my team and I spend millions of dollars on travel and research. It’s why I continue to budget generously for scouting trips. Without putting boots on Read more...: Why Travel is Important for Real Estate Investing

Considering a Fixer-Upper Dream Home? Read This First

Considering a Fixer-Upper Dream Home? Read This First

Yesterday, I told you about a new town in Italy that is offering up homes for a euro. With all of these cheap homes, they are in need of a lot of TLC. The idea is to breathe life not only into the towns where these homes are located, but also into these wonderful old Read more...: Considering a Fixer-Upper Dream Home? Read This First

Lock-and-Leave Condos Under $130,000

Lock-and-Leave Condos Under $130,000

When I leave my luxury beach condo in Cabo each spring, after having spent another glorious winter in the warm Baja California sun, I hand my keys to my rental manager. Likewise, when I leave my other base on Portugal’s Silver Coast to spend time with family and friends in Ireland during the summer. What Read more...: Lock-and-Leave Condos Under $130,000

“Old” Town…New Opportunity

“Old” Town…New Opportunity

I’m on my way back to Portugal next week. After the reports my scout Eoin Bassett sent back from the historic hill towns in the Alentejo region…where he found farmhouses in need of renovation and couple of acres of land for under $100,000, as well as village homes for as little as €22,000 ($25,713)…I decided Read more...: “Old” Town…New Opportunity