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Surf, sunsets, and sea breezes on Panama’s most beautiful stretch of Pacific coastline

April 22, 2014 Panama City, Panama US$1 = 1 Panamanian Balboa (fixed) Dear Overseas Property Alert reader, “Lot #6…it’s the best one on the property.” That’s what I said to myself as I watched the pile of grilled chicken breasts and spareribs disappear from the flaming barbecue grill at our hilltop lookout. As the sun …

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Look here for sunshine, warm seas, and capital gains

Look here for sunshine, warm seas, and capital gains Also: “Why aren’t you talking about Costa Rica?” April 8, 2014 Puerto López, Ecuador Ecuador’s currency: U.S. dollar Dear Overseas Property Alert reader, We sat down to dinner at an open-air restaurant just south of Puerto López, Ecuador. It was a quiet night, with a pleasant …

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Earn a hassle-free 10% rental yield in this emerging rental market

April 1, 2014 Cali, Colombia Dear Overseas Property Alert Reader, My recent trip to Cali, Colombia, brought the most pleasant surprise of the past five years. The weather was great, the city was fun, the restaurants and nightlife awesome, and the people welcoming, open, and friendly. Best of all, I saw rock-bottom prices—some of the …

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Why we hate gated communities…or do we?

March 25, 2014 Medellín, Colombia Dear Overseas Property Alert Reader, “No gringo communities for me… I’m going to be part of the local culture.” “I’m not the gated community type of person…” Every year, I speak with hundreds of potential expats at events, and I get thousands of emails from people considering moving abroad. Most …

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Bargain properties, great lifestyle, and a low cost of living

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The real estate market in Cali, Colombia, is the most exciting scene I’ve witnessed in a long time. This is an attractive city, with low property prices, a low cost of living, low cost of ownership, and high rental returns. Best of all, prices start at less than US$66,000 for a nice apartment in one …

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Discover Beachfront Brazil and Affordable Tropical Island Living

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Itamaracá, Brazil, is the best place I know right now to buy a beachfront home at a reasonable price, thanks to the strength of the U.S. dollar against the Brazilian real over the last six months. At R$2.35/US$1 today, dollar-holders have seen their buying power increase 41% since the real was at its high of …

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Lee Harrison

After spending six years flying with the U.S. Navy, Lee completed a successful 30-year career in the nuclear power industry. Taking advantage of a post-merger early retirement offer, he left the United States in 2001 at age 49 and retired to Cuenca, Ecuador. Since that time, Lee has enjoyed properties in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Colombia, …

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