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The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

The 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, had a profound influence on real estate. It was a time before antimicrobial drugs, when homes were dark, stuffy, and overcrowded—the perfect conditions for the influenza to flourish. By the time it ran its course, an estimated 17 to 50 million people had died. The collective Read more...: The Pandemic That Changed Real Estate Forever

Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

A week ago, I was standing in a super high-end master-planned resort community in the Central Algarve in Portugal. Around me were homes worth anywhere from €1.8 million to €10 million. In my hand was a big bag of keys… I knew they opened the doors to at least five of the homes, but I Read more...: Why Now Is A Buying Moment Of A Lifetime

Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

It’s another stunning day here in Lagos. As I write, it’s about 10.30 a.m. and I’m about to move inside before the morning sun becomes too bright… Boy is that a complaint I like to have… I’m here in Lagos meeting developers, bankers, lawyers, and connected locals, working on an exclusive deal for members of Read more...: Own Ocean-View Lots in Costa Rica

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Greetings from Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve, and week three of my month-long scouting trip. I’m here in Portugal to put boots on the ground and find double-your-money RETA opportunities. I’m here to find a base for myself. And as with anywhere I travel, I’m on the lookout for overlooked bargain homes we can snag for Read more...: Lagos: Week Three of My Portugal Scouting Trip

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

This week I’ve been discussing those overlooked costs that can eat into your real estate investment if you don’t buy right. I’m talking about holding costs: property taxes, HOA (homeowner association) or condo fees, insurance, and utilities. In parts of North America, these expenses can amount to the cost of a mortgage. Find the right Read more...: Cut Your Property Tax by 75% or More

Dream Homes in Italy from $76,617

Dream Homes in Italy from $76,617

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September 22, 2020

I’m sending a couple of my guys to Italy. They have their flights booked and an itinerary. But I’ve told them to stay flexible because I expect them to hit a motherload of bargains. Scouting from Tuscany down to Rome, they will take a big loop to pass through some of the most fertile bargain-hunting Read more...: Dream Homes in Italy from $76,617

On the Trail of Panama’s Hottest Property Deals

On the Trail of Panama’s Hottest Property Deals

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September 21, 2020

Almost every time I visit Panama City these days, I use a helicopter to get a quick overview of the enormous Path of Progress rolling down the Pacific coast along what’s being called the Pacific Riviera—a stretch of coast around 50 miles long where you’ll find some of the country’s best beaches...