Lee Harrison

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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Why Laureles Is One Of Medellin’s Top Property Markets

laureles medellin colombia

I’ve written many times that the El Poblado sector of Medellín, Colombia, is considered to be the best area of the city. And for most expats and travelers, that remains true. But El Poblado is certainly not the first choice for everyone. Medellín has a number of equally desirable (and less expensive) areas that are …

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How to Live “Like A Local” In Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia

Live like a local

Most people who move abroad enjoy the familiarity of an existing expat community and seek out destinations with a number of expats already in residence. But not everyone. There are a few of us who want to live among the local community, become a part of the local culture, and are happy if we rarely …

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9 Questions To Ask Before Ruling Out Planned Communities

9 Questions To Ask Before Ruling Out Planned Communities

Plus: IRA Properties—Should They Be In A Trust Or Corporation? Every year, I speak with hundreds of potential expats at events, and I get thousands of emails from people considering moving to Latin America. Most say that they would never consider living in a gated community overseas… especially an expat-oriented one.Their arguments are good ones—and …

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Property Q And A With Lee Harrison

colombia beach

“I’ll Assume You Have No Clue…” Readers Speak Out Aug. 25, 2015 Medellín, Colombia Dear Overseas Property Alert Reader, As of today, I have 99 pages of reader questions—of which, some 40 are unanswered. So I’m going to hand this issue over to the readers of Overseas Property Alert. This is a good way to …

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