Brazil, Santos
Sep
19
2017

Santos: Brazil’s Bustling Island City With Gardens Galore

A Tale of Two Cities, Part 1: Santos Likely you’ve never heard of Santos. Almost certainly you’ve never heard of her sister city across the estuary, Guarujá. But every Brazilian has. These cities lie about one hour southeast of the city of São Paulo. Each is situated on a large coastal island, and though each […]

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uruguay: Lots of people, energy, and bustle in the summer, and solitude in the winter
Sep
12
2017

Piriápolis: Uruguay’s Most Intriguing Seashore Town For Expats

A Seashore Town Like 1950s America Piriápolis, is one of Uruguay’s most popular destinations, and has been a high performing property market. It’s a 1950s-style seashore destination, popular with Uruguayans, Argentines, and expats. Increasingly, it’s catching on with Brazilians and Europeans. Piriápolis was Uruguay’s first seashore resort, founded in 1890; more than 15 years before […]

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Mazatlán, Mexico
Sep
05
2017

Mazatlán, Mexico: Your New Property In The Path Of Totality

Next Eclipse: Own A Home In The “Path Of Totality” I don’t know about you, but I didn’t bother traveling to the Path of Totality during the recent 2017 eclipse. It wasn’t worth the travel and traffic jams, on top of the risk of having a cloudy day. But for the next North American eclipse, […]

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the clock tower, castle-like city gates of Loja Ecuador
Aug
29
2017

Why Loja Is Ecuador’s Hidden Gem For Living Like A Local

Loja: Ecuador As It Was Before The Gringo Invasion Loja, Ecuador, is the object of my most remarkable failed prediction. In fact, two failed predictions. Loja is one of my favorite cities in Ecuador. In fact, if I were returning to Ecuador today, this small Andean city in the south of the country is probably […]

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the rooftops of the colonial style city of cuenca
Aug
22
2017

The Evolution Of Cuenca, Ecuador Into A True Expat Haven

Market Update On Cuenca, Ecuador I retired to Cuenca in 2001, at the age of 49. I knew no other North Americans there, and no one who spoke English. Retiring to Ecuador was not a popular idea in 2001. Nine months into the year, I obtained my pensioner’s visa from the New York consulate. At […]

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Aug
15
2017

3 Great Overseas Property Opportunities with Financing

Financing available on these three coastal projects Financing is the first issue that many people ask about when considering buying a property abroad. It opens the door for a lot of buyers. In fact, in my experience, financing is the single most important factor in a development’s sales. I’ve seen condos “fly off the shelves” […]

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view of berlin from an apartment balcony
Aug
08
2017

Berlin: Germany’s Vibrant City Full Of Affordable Real Estate

Investing In Europe’s Economic Powerhouse Germany doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Its efficient economy is the powerhouse of the Continent, and its standard of living one of the highest in the entire world. Universal health care, free college, respect for individual rights, plenty of jobs, affordable housing—Germany seems to have it figured out. The city […]

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bird's eye view of Coronado Beach with beachfront homes and lush trees
Aug
01
2017

4 Top Countries For Low Risk, Dollar-Based Property Buys

Consider These Dollar-Based Property Markets Abroad My big “currency awakening” came in Uruguay. I first visited Uruguay in 2004 and fell in love with its First World environment, honest culture, and super infrastructure. And, at an exchange rate of 34 pesos per U.S. dollar, life there was an amazing bargain. In fact, I finished my […]

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Jul
25
2017

One Of The Smartest Land Purchases You Can Make

Why These Farms In Uruguay Are Such A Smart Purchase One of the smartest property buys you can make is a property that serves more than one purpose in your overall financial and lifestyle agenda. And there are few investments that do this more efficiently than the Uruguayan land parcel known as the chacra. In […]

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An Urban Setting With Plenty Of Green Space
Jul
18
2017

Cali, Colombia: An Urban Setting With Plenty Of Green Space

Cali: Great Lifestyle, Low Price Tag My workout over, I wipe my brow and walk over to chat with Sergio. Sergio comes to Parque El Ingenio almost every day to sell agua de panela—water flavored with brown cane sugar and lime—to the folks who exercise at what I have come to call “The Flintstones Gym.” […]

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