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Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

I’ve dipped my toes in the warm Caribbean Sea more times than I can count. There are numerous locations on my international real estate beat that touch this vast sea…Mexico…Belize…Nicaragua. And I’ve found some incredible real estate deals in these places. But for lots of people, the idea of living on a Caribbean Island is Read more...: Bargain Caribbean Island Homes From $90k

“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?”

The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

For 17 years I’ve been traveling the world, driving down bumpy, potholed roads in far flung destinations…all because some of the best opportunities I’ve ever found were at the end of dirt roads. I generally spend six months or so of each year traveling. My scouting has taken to me to strange places and put Read more...: The Adventuresome World of Overseas Real Estate

How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine

How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine

I’ve accidentally made $10,399. Ok, it wasn’t entirely accidental… The money dropping into my account over the past 10 weeks has come from my rental manager on Portugal’s Silver Coast. I bought my condo there last year for €300,000 ($366,262). I moved in last April, and then handed my keys over to a rental manger Read more...: How to Turn Real Estate Into a Money Machine

It’s Time to Hit the Road Again

It’s Time to Hit the Road Again

This week, I’m packing up and hitting the road again. The last couple of months in Ireland have been incredible. I’ve hiked cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way…traversed lush and dramatic islands…spent sunny days catching up with friends and family…and played some of the best golf the world has to offer… But I miss the Read more...: It’s Time to Hit the Road Again

Even Well-Known Towns Can Throw Up Surprises

Even Well-Known Towns Can Throw Up Surprises

Even a town you know well can serve up surprises… I’ve been coming to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast since 2005. It’s stunningly beautiful. The verdant, jungle-clad mountains that drop dramatically—and steeply—down to the shore remind me a lot of Costa Rica. The glittering Bahia de Banderas, an expansive bay that fills the horizon, Read more...: Even Well-Known Towns Can Throw Up Surprises