From the Archives of Real Estate

How My Home in Historic Italy Helps Pay for Itself

How My Home in Historic Italy Helps Pay for Itself

When Italy gets under your skin, it's hard to ignore the call of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life). The country has enchanted me since I first visited in 1972, and so, in 2003—when life finally allowed—my husband Jim and I bought a home there so could we spend part of every year in the country.

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in International Real Estate

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in International Real Estate

International real estate may be the best possible way for investors to amass a fortune over the coming decade. In times of great change and flux, the returns can be stratospheric. Supply, you see, can’t be turned on like a tap. It’s finite in the case of land.

Panama City: A World-Class Destination to Suit Any City-Lover’s Budget

Panama City: A World-Class Destination to Suit Any City-Lover’s Budget

With an impressive skyline that glistens in the midday sun, Panama's capital looks modern and sophisticated. It's not uncommon for me to hear visitors comparing it to other cosmopolitan destinations like London or New York. Of course, with a population of just under 2 million, Panama City is much smaller.

Enjoying an Earn-Anywhere Income in Ecuador’s Andes

Enjoying an Earn-Anywhere Income in Ecuador’s Andes

"I've always believed that work should be something you enjoy and love," says Joanna Gillan, who funds a life of freedom and travel with her website dedicated to the study of ancient history. "If you do something you love, no matter what your background or experience is, it will always be successful."

Property Taxes of $50 a Year and a Tranquil Lifestyle in Ecuador

Property Taxes of $50 a Year and a Tranquil Lifestyle in Ecuador

Kristin Simmon-Lowman has found she can live her life just as she desires in Ecuador. "I'm a routine person," she says. "I spend eight hours a week taking Spanish lessons and that's something I enjoy a lot. Also, I teach English twice a week to 11- and 12-year-olds through a local education program, Uno a Uno," she says.