Lee Harrison

Lee has been living overseas for nearly two decades, making his first purchase abroad in the colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador. He's traveled extensively across Latin America and Europe looking for the best property deals possible. Lee’s network of property insiders from those travels, along with his understanding of local cultures and languages, has helped him develop insight into local property markets that only the locals usually possess. He offers overseas real estate advice as a contributor to Overseas Property Alert.

Casa Victoria: Restored Colonial Condos Close To The Beach

mazatlan beach and buildings in mexico

This is my favorite condo deal over the past four years in Mexico’s Mazatlán: Casa Victoria. And since the project is right next door to me, I’ve been keeping an eye on it since they started restoration work in January. Casa Victoria is an original historic building in Mazatlán. Once a large family estate, it’s …

Casa Victoria: Restored Colonial Condos Close To The Beach Read More »

Top Countries Where U.S. Dollars Get You A Big Discount

cartagena old town

If you’re holding U.S. dollars, 2019 is the best year I’ve seen in a long time for harnessing the dollar’s power abroad. The dollar’s current strength is creating some amazing bargains in countries that trade properties in their local currency. I call this temporary distortion a “currency discount,” and it’s a metric that I watch …

Top Countries Where U.S. Dollars Get You A Big Discount Read More »

Puerto Vallarta South: Tranquil Luxury And Enviable Views

A boat races across the sea at Puerto Vallarta Bay

Lush Forests With Pacific Sunset Views And Luxury Living  One aspect of Puerto Vallarta that really sets it apart from the pack is its ocean-view homes tucked away in a lush, green hillside… homes that afford a 50-mile view over the Pacific. In some cases, you’ll find oceanfront homes in this same setting. My earlier report looked …

Puerto Vallarta South: Tranquil Luxury And Enviable Views Read More »

Introducing Durango: Bargain Real Estate In Authentic Mexico

Durango Mexico

Durango is my favorite for full-time city living in Mexico. I consider it my most exciting personal find of the past few years. You might find that surprising, as you’ve likely never heard it mentioned as an expat destination. And in fact, it’s not an expat destination… it’s a large, sophisticated city—with great weather and …

Introducing Durango: Bargain Real Estate In Authentic Mexico Read More »

Affordable Beachfront Condos On Brazil’s Itamaracá Island

View of a bridge extending out across the water towards the lush island of Itamaraca, Brazil

If you like the idea of beachfront living on a tropical island, then this is about the best value you’ll find. And given that I bought my own home on this island in 2009, I can personally vouch for its natural beauty, the great people, the fun and engaging expat community, and the island lifestyle. …

Affordable Beachfront Condos On Brazil’s Itamaracá Island Read More »

4 Foreign Property Markets With Big Dollar-Discounts In 2018

Discounted Foreign Property Markets

Since the U.S. dollar suddenly gained strength in 2014, I’ve written a lot about the resultant “currency discounts” in countries that do not use the dollar. Simply put, properties in many countries got dramatically cheaper, in dollar terms, thanks to favorable exchange rates. The currency landscape has been shifting, with some countries giving up most …

4 Foreign Property Markets With Big Dollar-Discounts In 2018 Read More »

5 Countries Where A Property Buy Can Lead To Residency

Residency via Proerty

Buying a property overseas opens up an exciting new way of life. And it’s always a good way to diversify your geopolitical footprint as well as your financial holdings. But one of the biggest benefits of buying abroad is the possibility of obtaining residency in a foreign country. It gives us another place that, when …

5 Countries Where A Property Buy Can Lead To Residency Read More »