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No matter how great a place sounds in theory, you’re not going to move overseas without first visiting it in person.

But what if you’re interested in three… five… or seven places? That’s a lot of plane tickets and hotel rooms…

And what if you don’t yet know what you want? And you don’t have the time, funds, or patience to do a grand tour of the world’s top havens…Continue reading

Our Biggest Event Yet: The 2017 Retire Overseas Conference | Live and Invest Overseas Conference

Our Biggest Event Yet: The 2017 Retire Overseas Conference

It’s our biggest event of the year…

The one that covers every top overseas haven on our radar (all 21 of them)…

The one where we bring together our experienced team of expats and experts from each of these top havens to share their hard-won experience and insights with you…

And where, ultimately, we help you discover the best place(s) for you… and walk you through how, exactly, to put your own plans in place. Not on your own. But with support from our global team…

Yes, it’s time to play the music, light the lights, and open registration for our 2017 Retire Overseas Conference.

So, what exactly lies in store for you this Aug. 27–30 in Orlando? Who better to give you a behind-the-scenes look than somebody who, this time last year, stood right in your shoes…Continue reading

Why Medellin Is Attracting Everyone

Why Medellin Is Attracting Everyone (Including Serial Expats)

Serial Expat Calls This Place “The Best Of The Best”…

You may know Lee Harrison as our Latin America Editor or as editor of Overseas Property Alert… but he also holds the position of “serial expat”…

Lee, who retired at 49, spent his early expat years in charming, affordable Ecuador before moving on to a beach lifestyle in Punta del Este, Uruguay. During these years, he and his wife Julie also enjoyed visits to their vacation homes in Granada, Nicaragua, and Fortaleza, Brazil. (Simply reducing their cost of living by retiring overseas meant they now had funds available to invest in more property.)

Traveling as a freelance writer and property scout, Lee spends weeks (even months) on the road every year moving mostly around Latin America on the hunt for new opportunity. So, when he defines a place as “the best of the best,” it’s time to sit up and take note.

On landing in Medellín, Colombia, some years back, Lee was seriously impressed. Like Ecuador and Uruguay, this had the the ideal climate he and Julie had become accustomed to (with no need for heating or air conditioning)… Continue reading

Affordable Paradise: Dominican Republic's Samaná Peninsula | Live and Invest Overseas Conference

Affordable Paradise: Dominican Republic’s Samaná Peninsula

Best Of The Caribbean At Pocket-Money Prices

Imagine yourself, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set below the rippling Caribbean…

Here, on the rooftop terrace of your own second home, you have an unspoiled front-row view…

Just minutes away, a pleasant stroll through landscaped gardens, you can sink your toes deep into powder-soft sand…

This lifestyle is real. It’s affordable. And it’s available to you right now in the Dominican Republic.

Not the Dominican Republic you may be familiar with from commercials and travel magazines. The paradise I’m talking about is far from the over-priced, over-touristed playgrounds of Punta Cana.

Here, on the Samaná Peninsula—already home to thousands of European expats—you can find one-bed apartments within easy walking distance of the beach for less than US$100,000… a three-bedroom penthouse for US$200,000… villas from US$250,000. Or rent your own place… while you consider your options… from US$600 a month.

These prices would be considered affordable in any corner of the world. But just look at what you’re getting here in this northeastern corner of the Dominican Republic.

Unbeatable weather. Here, you have summer temperatures and sunshine year-round (averages temperatures are between 73 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit), but with the Caribbean breeze, it doesn’t feel intensely hot.

Low cost of living. Forget your idea of Caribbean prices. You can live well here on just US$1,355 a month (including many luxuries that you would have to do without on this Continue reading

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

Moving Assets Offshore

Moving Assets Offshore: The Best Way To Defend Your Wealth

Better Call Joel—How To Make Your Wealth Untouchable

Moving assets offshore isn’t a new idea. But, in the minds of most Americans, it continues to bear the stigma of tax evasion or other shady dealings.

If you’ve been to an Offshore Wealth Summit with us in the past, you know better. You know that, today more than ever, taking assets—and even yourself—offshore is just common sense.

When Joel Nagel—our international asset protection guru—took to the stage at our Offshore Wealth Summit a couple of years back, he shared this anecdote with the audience:

“I was at an event where a lawyer stood up and said that there wasn’t a single structure ever made that he wasn’t able to get at.

“Then came my turn to speak.

“I told the crowd that of all the legal structures I’d formed over the years, not a single one could be touched by a guy like him.

“There was some laughter. But the audience was confused. How could this be? One of us must surely be lying. Continue reading

The Secret To Success In Rental Property is A Property Manager

The Secret To Success In Rental Property: A Property Manager

The Success Of Your Overseas Rental Hangs On This

Buying a rental property overseas is one of the most rewarding—not to mention smartest—investment moves you can make today.

Not only is there the monthly cash flow to look forward to, but you also have the advantages of:

  • Diversification outside the United States;
  • Use of your own property should you decide to spend time on location;
  • The potential for capital appreciation when/if time comes to sell.

How much your rental income “paychecks” amount to month to month—and how much you could sell your property for some years down the line—is, of course, dependent on the market. Identifying the markets with the most potential today (and for the long term) is part of our core agenda at Lief Simon’s 2017 Global Property Summit here in Panama City this week. (If you’re not with us in person, you can tap into all the action here.)

Apart from the market, there’s another critical factor in guaranteeing yourself the best return on your rental property. You need to be able to easily reach your target renters—and, in the case of a short-term rental, keep bringing them in.Continue reading

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Why Portugal Was Perfect For Our Family (And Our Finances)

Meet The Happy Residents Of “105”

Last week we talked about the advantages of living in Portugal’s Algarve, from the cheap cost of living to easy residency. But how does all this play out in reality when you decide to shape up and ship out of your home?

Today, I’d like to share Californian Stephanie Calcott’s story as told from the podium at our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference last July…

“For 10 years, my husband and I talked about moving overseas and giving ourselves and our son the opportunity to experience the world. We traveled to many of the places recommended in Live and Invest Overseas newsletters—including Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador…

“One day, I read about Portugal—a place I’d never considered—and thought ‘Maybe this is it!’ As soon as we set foot in Portugal, we knew this was the place. We absolutely fell in love with it.”

Like anybody preparing for a move overseas, Stephanie and her husband had to think about their priorities. They wanted to be somewhere warm. They needed a solid education system for their then Continue reading

Faro Algarve Portugal Beach Deserta Island

8 Reasons Portugal’s Algarve Is As Attractive As It Is Affordable

Much More Than The World’s Cheapest Vacation Spot

Portugal’s Algarve has always been popular with the Brits. And this year will be no exception as a U.K. survey just crowned the region “most affordable holiday destination” for 2017.

The Annual Post Office Holiday Money Report “barometer” takes the average cost of eight items (including vacation necessities like sunscreen, bottled water, and a glass of wine) across 44 destinations to calculate an overall average.

And for 2017, Portugal’s Algarve is where it’s at…

Along this sun-kissed coast, your average cup of joe costs just 80 cents… while a restaurant dinner with wine comes in at US$22.40. Pas mal!

To put this in context, just around the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain’s Costa Del Sol will serve you coffee for US$1.13 and dinner for US$32. While, staying this side of the pond, Cancún—one of the top overseas vacation spots for Americans—comes in with an average cup of coffee for US$2.25… and US$53.40 for a decent restaurant meal (more than twice the cost of your dinner in the Algarve).

So, if you thought that Europe was out of reach financially, it’s worth following the Brits and taking a good look at the Algarve. For it’s not just these day-to-day items that are cheaper. This southwestern edge ofContinue reading

Emergency Offshore Summit 2016

Offshore Wealth Summit: Take Control Of Your Offshore Life

This Is How You’ll Turn Your Life Around Forever

Registration for our 2017 Offshore Wealth Summit is officially open.

And, the great news is… it’s coming around earlier this year.

Come June 19, our heaviest hitters in the offshore world will be in the room to share with you everything you need to know to protect and grow your wealth—and enjoy more freedom—now and in the future.

If you ever feel like life in the United States is no longer in keeping with your own set of values…

That you’re paying out so much in taxes that you’re barely able toContinue reading