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The Best Investments To Generate Quick Cash Flow

Top 4 Overseas Investments To Make Right Now

When considering any potential investment, begin by asking yourself whether you are buying more for capital appreciation or for cash flow.

At this stage of my investment career… as I get closer each day to “retirement”—I’m looking to add more cash flow components to my real estate portfolio.

If you, too, are shopping for cash flow, next consider when the investment on the table will begin generating some. In some cases (a rental apartment that you buy already fitted out for tenants), cash flow can begin immediately; in others (a turn-key agricultural play, for example), you won’t begin receiving payouts for a few years.

While the quickest way to generate income can be to purchase an apartment that is rental-ready, that approach generally means you’re buying a one-off property and must then put in place a rental manager to take care of it for you.

Over the past two-and-a-half decades, I’ve invested in more than two-dozen one-off rental properties in different countries around the world. I currently continue to hold nine of these investments in six countries.

What can I tell you about this approach to global property investing based on that long experience?

Give me turn-key instead.

Again, at this advancing stage of my investment career, I’m more interested in hands-free options for generating cash flow from my property holdings.

Quickest Cash Flow I Know

The best quick-start offshore cash-flow option I know of is hydroponics. The hydroponics developer we’re working with in Thailand now has a couple of years of experience operating his systems and selling the produce.

It takes time to set up a new greenhouse and to install the necessary systems, but cash flow begins within 12 to 18 months from the date of your investment. After that, revenue from harvests is paid out every six months.

Not quite the same as monthly rent from a rental property but less headache than dealing with renters… and the projected returns (of better than 16.5% annualized over the life of the investment) are better than average net yields from most rental properties. Plus, you can get started for just US$49,500.

Otherwise, agriculture opportunities typically begin generating revenue in year three or four after your investment, depending on the product.

The New Black Gold

The developer of a truffle plantation we’re working with projects first harvests in year three after the trees are in the ground.

Truffles are a luxury product enjoying fast-increasing demand among the world’s affluent. Meantime, wild production has been inhibited by drought and climate change. That’s where the developer we identified comes in. He’s farming truffles in a formal way.

Planting trees for truffles to grow on is just the start. The developer in question is also using modern technology to help the truffle spores grow quicker and more broadly among the tree roots. The bottom line is excellent returns and cash flow for owners of the trees.

The production from this truffle plantation is sold in euros, meaning this can be a great option for someone looking for euro cash flow or currency diversification.

Cash Flow Does Grow On Trees

Cash flow starts in year four for most turn-key fruit tree plantation investments, and then trees go on to produce for at least 30 years and sometimes up to 50 to 60 years more. This makes this kind of investment an excellent choice for someone trying to put in place long-term retirement cash flow. It’s a great legacy opportunity; you can be buying for more than one lifetime of income.

Different factors can play a role in whether a particular opportunity meets your objectives. For many, the fact that the fruit tree plantation we work with operates in U.S. dollars is a comfort. If, though, currency diversification is an agenda for you, this would not suit.

Some people get excited about a particular fruit. Mangos, for example, are the most eaten tree fruit in the world. The fruit developer we work with sold out previous mango plantation offers we’ve reported on but is ready to launch a similar turn-key project—with a different fruit. We’ll have full details at my Global Property Online Summit next month.

Beach Rentals In Brazil

My most recent rental property investment was in Brazil. The attraction for me in this case was a combination of price, projected return, and the currency and economic diversification that Brazil provides my portfolio.

Rental projections from the developer for these beach townhouses are through the roof. I don’t disbelieve the guy (if I did, I wouldn’t have invested with him). Still, I dialed back my expectations… and still found the yields to be worthwhile.

Bottom line, this is an excellently priced beachfront opportunity providing excellent cash flow. I couldn’t resist.

That said, this is not as turn-key an investment as the agriculture projects, though the developer has put in place the infrastructure required to manage the rental through local partners.

By Lief Simon

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Find Out How To Live Better For Less In Cuenca, Ecuador

High On Historic Charm, Low On Price

A colonial or medieval city can be a great choice for retirement…

For many, there are few things more enjoyable than the charm and splendor of a well-kept historical city. The plazas, cobblestone streets, courtyard homes, and flowered balconies give you a peek into some bygone empire’s grand era.

Living in these cities is like stepping back in time every day… bustling markets sell fresh foods and artisan goods, Baroque cathedrals punctuate the skyline, and a traditional way of life is honored and protected. It’s like the best of the good old days we grew up with… coupled with the modern conveniences we’ve come to depend on.Continue reading

Back-To-Basics Lifestyle In Belize relaxing in a hammock

Discover The Charm Of A Back-To-Basics Lifestyle In Belize

On Raising Children And Building Houses In Belize

I hear lots of parents and grandparents bemoaning the fact that kids’ lives are so regimented these days… how they are never left without supervision and more often than being allowed free playtime are shuttled from one organized activity to another.

As we prepare for a brood of our own, my husband and I think back to our childhoods. Our happiest memories are those we spent on our own or out doing nothing in particular with our friends—soccer league and after-school clubs are relegated to the cobwebs of memory.Continue reading

View of the outside of Botero museum in Medellin, Colombia.

Exploring Medellin, The Best Art Scene In Latin America

Why Medellín Is The Cultural Capital Of Colombia 

After graduating university, my plan was to move to Medellín, Colombia.

First, though, I wanted to spend a few months in Panama where my then-boyfriend Harry was living and would continue to be based most of the time.

Sadly for me, fresh out of art school, Panama didn’t present much of an art scene.
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medellin is so much more than perfect weather

Medellín Offers So Much More Than Perfect Weather

Last Call To Join Us In The Land Of Eternal Spring

Following two events in Panama City, I’m looking forward to traveling to Medellín this month for our 2017 Live and Invest in Colombia Conference April 19–21.

For me, Medellín is a refreshing break from the fast pace (and higher humidity) of Panama City. It’s a city that’s noticeably clean and green… where it’s comfortable to sit out in the fresh air and enjoy the local cafés and parks.

Clean and green—a pleasant city to hang out

Clean and green—a pleasant city to hang out

Medellín’s springlike climate is a big draw for expats. Darren and Wendy Howarter from Illinois were relieved to trade months of snow for a climate that allows them to sit outdoors year round. But weather alone isn’t enough reason to choose your new home overseas. And Medellín has a lot more to offer…

When full-time expats Steve and Patricia Turney spoke at our event last year, they said it was the Colombian people that sealed the deal for them. And not just their neighbors on the streets. Steve told us how the doctors and dentists are just “ordinary guys” on your level:

“After we’d had checkups with cleaning—which, by the way, cost only US$35 for us both—the dentist mentioned one of his favorite restaurants that he thought we might enjoy…

“Before we left, he called the restaurant for us and made a lunch reservation. Can you imagine your dentist inContinue reading

The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

The 4 Best Beaches In Panama: Sun, Surf, And Speculation

Panama’s Top Beaches For Living and Investing

When I say Panama… crashing waves on a golden-sand beach… with not another soul around… may not be the first image that springs to mind.

But remember, this little country has two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands… meaning lots of different beaches—Pacific and Caribbean, touristy and undiscovered, developed and emerging, accessible and remote.

My home in Panama City, up in the hills, serves me well for my day-to-day work. But any weekend we can get away, my boyfriend and I hit the beach… surfboards in tow… to enjoy the best of nature.

One of the best beaches I’ve been to is Morrillo on the Azuero Sunset Coast. This is pure escapism… an area I’d recommend if you want to experience all of nature and still have access to a small but growing community of like-minded adventurers.

If you love the beach—but would also welcome the advantages of being close to First World amenities—Panama’s “City Beaches” offer a great middle ground.

We’ll explore all your lifestyle options (beach and beyond) in more detail at our upcoming Live and Invest inContinue reading

Tulum, Mexico, is a rare blend of white-sand beach, jungle, and Mayan ruins

Why This Expat Chose Tulum, Mexico, For Retirement

Why Tulum Ticks All The Boxes For Dianne…

With just six weeks to go to our first Live and Invest in Mexico Conference, today I’m going to take a backseat and let expat Dianne Harper tell you how and why she and her husband came to settle in Tulum on the Mexican Riviera.

Over to Dianne…

Valentine Fouché
Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential

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How We Decided Where In The World We Wanted To Live

My husband and I decided early on that, come our senior years, we didn’t want to end up like our parents—his in one of the thousands of indistinguishable, “over fifty,” planned communities in Florida, or mine in the same small town they grew up in. Their daily lives followed a pretty set routine: seeing the same people they’d known for years, driving the same roads, shopping in the same stores, eating the same foods, wearing the same clothes, and living in the same house. As they got older,Continue reading

Offshore Summit – November 2014

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–Bob Seligman, United States

The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.
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“The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.”
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— Kelly G., United States

Completely exceeded any expectations I had.
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“Completely exceeded any expectations I had.”
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–Scot Cave, United States

The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.
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“The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.”
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–Stephen Scott, United States

I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.
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“I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.”
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— Kelly G. , United States

What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.
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“What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.”
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Live and Invest in Panama – October 2014

    • The best place in the world to base your business…and an entrepreneur’s playground…

 

    • A tax haven. As a foreign resident, you can pay zero local tax… and you can operate 
      your business here tax-free, too…

 

    • An international banking center (where, yes, it is still possible to open an offshore account, 
      even as an American, even, at one particular bank, in a single day)…

 

    • The easiest and most advantaged place in the world to establish residency, thanks to 
      a ground-breaking new program (that can even provide a work permit)…

 

    • Home to the smartest beach, river, and mountain property buys
      anywhere on the planet today…

 

    • A great place to call home…

 

When you join us, you’ll discover everything you need to know about Panama in order to decide if it’s right for you…

And when you leave, you’ll have all the knowledge and contacts necessary to make it happen with confidence.

For any additional question contact me

 

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— Kelly G. , United States

What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:35:37-05:00
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“What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.”
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–Bob Seligman, United States

The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:40:29-05:00
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“The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.”
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–Stephen Scott, United States

I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:40:00-05:00
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“I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.”
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— Kelly G., United States

Completely exceeded any expectations I had.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:38:18-05:00
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“Completely exceeded any expectations I had.”
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–Scot Cave, United States

The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:39:13-05:00
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“The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.”
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Live And Invest In Ecuador 2014

You’ll get a broad, in-depth view of Ecuador that outsiders simply don’t know about

    • Find the security that comes with knowing exactly how you can live—comfortably—on a budget that starts between $600 and $1100 per month.


    • Discover Ecuador’s top destinations, where you can save thousands—tens of thousands—by buying properties on the local market.


    • See examples and photos of comfortable apartments you can rent for less than $500 per month.Some as low as $350 per month!


    • Cash in on the experience of the real estate experts who have found Ecuador’s best income-producing investments.


    • Get to know each of Ecuador’s fascinating regions, from the dramatic Andes, to its hidden valleys, beautiful beaches, colonial cities, Amazon forest, and Galapagos Islands.


    • Discover Ecuador’s best beachfront deals in the coastal real estate market…from the modern beach resorts to little-known hideaways.


    • Be prepared and confident, with all of the practical matters at your fingertips. From residency to taxes, from banking to real estate, you’ll leave the conference ready to take action.


    • And perhaps most importantly, you’ll benefit from the experience of those who have gone before you. At this conference you’ll hear from more seasoned Ecuador expats than ever before.


  • If you want to see the cities and properties first-hand, you can even join one of the optional real estate tours, to see the lay of the land for yourself.


When you join us, you’ll discover everything you need to know about Ecuador in order to decide if it’s right for you…

And when you leave, you’ll have all the knowledge and contacts necessary to make it happen with confidence.

For any additional question contact me

 

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–Bob Seligman, United States

The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:40:29-05:00
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“The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.”
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— Kelly G., United States

Completely exceeded any expectations I had.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:38:18-05:00
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“Completely exceeded any expectations I had.”
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–Scot Cave, United States

The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:39:13-05:00
testimonials live and invest overseas conferences
“The first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.”
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–Stephen Scott, United States

I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:40:00-05:00
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“I feel much better prepared and therefore more confident in planning to retire in another country.”
testimonials live and invest overseas conferences

— Kelly G. , United States

What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.
Live and Invest Overseas Conference
2014-04-24T19:35:37-05:00
testimonials live and invest overseas conferences
“What a team Lief and Kathleen have put together! I'm so impressed with the extent of professional knowledge present in each of the speaker's presentations.”
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