Wendy Howarter

Wendy Howarter was an attorney for 23 years until she decided there must be more to life than 60-hour work weeks and 10 days of vacation every year… to say nothing of looking beyond the many feet of snow and ice she had to shovel every year living in Illinois… So she left it all behind and retired (very!) young. After a lot of research and selling everything they could, Wendy and her husband Darren moved from northern Illinois to Medellín, Colombia, in 2014. She has now reinvented herself as a real estate investment guru and freelance writer and photographer who loves sharing her new home and new discoveries (in Colombia and beyond) with the world. At this time of retrospection, Wendy adds, “I can truly say that this adventure has turned out better than I ever expected…”

7 Tips To Consider Before Building Your Dream Island Home

Tropical beach on south side of Samoa Island with coconut palm trees

Many people dream of owning a home on a tropical island. Others fantasize about finding an overseas property to build upon. A few truly adventurous folks accept the dual challenge of building an island home as their ultimate retirement experience. Deb and Ben Unger took on this challenge when they chose the southern coast of …

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Where You Should Live Overseas To Avoid Climate Change

A castle in Carcassonne, France

It’s in the news daily… it’s a common topic of conversation… scientists across the globe are studying it… every year we witness more and more weather extremes… But what does climate change mean to someone who is considering a move overseas? Experts predict some locations around the world will be more severely affected by climate …

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16 Factors To Weigh Before Investing In Agriculture

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From fruit to timber to vegetables, today’s opportunities for the individual investor to break into agriculture offer great potential returns. But how do you decide which agricultural offering deserves your attention, and more importantly, your money? Here are 16 factors and some questions you should ask before spending your hard-earned cash on Mother Nature’s

Last Chance For Quality Pre-Construction Units In Las Terrenas

Umbrellas on the beach in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

A recent study by Statista revealed that 52% of Americans prefer vacationing at a beach… many of whom choose all-inclusive resorts and crowded, commercial locations. However, if you are like me, a true beach experience suggests long stretches of powdery sand, laid-back seafood restaurants with ocean views, and a relaxed community vibe. I found my …

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More Stories Of Real Estate Adventure From Around The World

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Last Halloween I reached out to our Live and Invest Overseas friends and experts who shared some scary, creepy, and downright strange stories from several overseas locations. If you missed that spooky collection, you can read it here. I also asked these world travelers for their most helpful hints and “lessons learned” to share with you, …

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In Perfect Harmony: Enjoy The Best Of 2 Worlds In Checa, Ecuador

cascading pools

City living is not for everyone. The noise, traffic, pollution, and crowds you find in a typical big city is just overwhelming for some people. Before I moved to Medellín, Colombia (population 3.5 million), I lived for 23 years in a town with only 4,000 residents. The nearest large city, with big box stores, multiple …

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Harvest Big Returns Investing In French Truffle Trees

black truffles on gold plates

While some agricultural projects focus exclusively on output crops and profitability, a few elite companies acknowledge the big picture. Showing heightened sensitivity to our environment, this innovative European company strives for sustainability through natural, mature hardwood tree reforestation, while also replenishing and protecting the natural surroundings. With their understanding of climate change threats and insider …

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What’s Up With Mangos? Long-Term, High-Return Investment

mangos on a tree

As I write this week’s edition, I’m cruising through the Panama Canal and around the Caribbean Sea. I’ve been dining on exotic, sumptuous delicacies while watching the Pacific Ocean, the canal, and several tropical islands pass by my ship. I’ll also be celebrating Thanksgiving at sea this week. Since moving overseas, this holiday is no …

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