Early 2018 Calender

A Sneak Peek At Our Early-2018 Conference Calendar

Some Good News And Some Bad News

The bad news is… no Live and Invest Overseas events this month.

The good news is… time to plan your schedule for 2018…

Here’s what we’ve got lined up in the first half of next year…

January In The Jungle

Belize is where our adventures begin, Jan. 17–19, with Belize City as our base once again for our 2018 Live and Invest in Belize Conference. We’ll introduce you to your top Belize options—from the unadulterated, unpretentious Caribbean shores of Ambergris Caye… to back-to-basics living in the lush Cayo… to Corozal in the north, close to the Mexican border—an area that’s growing in popularity with expats.Continue reading

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11 Reasons Why We Chose To Live In The Dominican Republic

11 Reasons Bill And Anne Piatt Chose To Retire To This Unsung Caribbean Isle

“I’ve had enough of your Caribbean vacations for this year!”

This is the response Bill Piatt got from his wife Anne when he proposed a trip to the Dominican Republic one cold February day in Virginia.

At that point, the couple had just returned from four weeks on another Caribbean island. They’d originally booked for five weeks but couldn’t bring themselves to stay a minute longer. Not when a new cruise ship pulled up every day, releasing thousands of tourists to swarm the shores and fill the restaurants and shops.

Anne was just happy to be home. But Bill felt short-changed. He found a Delta voucher that was about to expire and looked at where it might take him…Continue reading

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Global Property Summit: Our Expert Advice On Investing Overseas

Best Places To Buy Property In 2018

Last month, New Zealand announced that, going forward, foreign speculators would be banned from purchasing houses in the country. In the U.K., similar restrictions are currently being discussed.

As you consider buying a new home or investment property overseas, should you be worried that your options are decreasing?

Not really.

In the case of New Zealand, the new restriction applies only to existing property. A foreign investor can still buy land or Kiwi property to be built at a future date. And, this move doesn’t affect the rights of foreign residents living in the country. According to CNN Money, only 60% of Kiwis own their homes today, compared with 75% in 1992. The whole point of the new regulation is to tip the market in favor of first-time, local buyers.
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Listen Up! Here’s The Lowdown On Making A Move To Mexico

I’m just back at my desk from Cancún where I was delighted to meet a new bunch of readers at our second Live and Invest in Mexico Conference.

November is the perfect time to be in this part of the world… when most North Americans are starting to watch the thermostat (and I’m still recovering from those chilly days in Paris last month).

While Cancún was our meeting place, our agenda over these three days reached beyond this well-known tourist hot spot. With Lee Harrison as our emcee and a strong team of Mexico experts and expats by his side, we were brought on a virtual tour that included:Continue reading

Dream Retirement Home Overseas

10 Things To Ask Before Buying Retirement Property Overseas

10 Things To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Retirement Home Overseas

Whether you’re planning for investment or retirement, buying real estate overseas is fundamentally about diversification. Today, we’ll focus on the retirement side and what you need to consider when you’re looking to buy in a place where you’re planning to spend at least a couple of months of the year on the ground.

It’s important to understand that moving all your savings out of the States and into a single residence overseas doesn’t bring you the level of diversification you should be seeking right now. However, using some of your capital to buy a home in the place where you want to live and putting another share to work in another market (ideally one that uses a different currency) gets you not only diversification but also what amounts to a rent-free retirement.

The bottom line for the retiree-buyer is to follow your instincts—not only in figuring what to buy overseas but also in considering whether you should buy at all.

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Global Property Summit: Real Estate Overseas Made Easy

How To Buy Your Dream Home Overseas

Why would you want to buy a piece of real estate overseas?

This is the first question we tackle every year at Lief Simon’s Global Property Summit. And, it’s an important one whether you’re looking for a full- or part-time home in another country… or shopping purely for an investment opportunity…

The big advantage of real estate anywhere, of course, is that it’s a hard asset—a real and long-term store of wealth. But why real estate overseas, specifically?

In a nutshell… you’re giving yourself the gift of diversification. When you purchase a piece of property in another country, you’re achieving diversification of market, of economy, of political regime, and of currency. Everything everywhere is cycling all the time, but the cycles are all different. Some markets are booming while others are in crisis. Currencies are always up or down one to the other, but the ups and downs are ever-moving targets. By spreading your property portfolio around, you can insulate againstContinue reading

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You’ve Dreamt Of A Life In France And Now It’s Waiting For You

How To Live Well In France On US$1,281 A Month

“What do you hope to find in your new life in France?…

“A view of the Paris rooftops from your balcony?

“Going to the theater, orchestra or museum any day you wish?

“Hopping on the train to Belgium on a whim?

“Shopping for figs and chèvre at an outdoor market?

“Listening to the cicadas chirp over the Provençal landscape?

“The more specific your imagination, the better.”

This is the advice of Dennelle Taylor Nizoux, founder of relocation advisory company Renestance. This morning, Dennelle addresses ourContinue reading

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Panama: From Developing Country To Dream Destination

The American Dream And Where To Find It

“The American dream is still very much alive. You just have to look outside America to find it.”

So said a store-owner in Coronado, Panama, to our in-house Managing Editor, Charles Conn. And nobody could agree with her more than Charles…

Charles grew up in Panama with an American-expat dad and Panamanian mom. Always curious about his American heritage, he left Panama to attend college in the United States. Once he’d graduated, Charles spent years trekking around the country—working any job he could get—trying to find his share of the American dream.

Twenty years after leaving home, he was still searching for that dream when personal circumstances drew him back to Panama… where Charles was in for a surprise…

His home country was almost unrecognizable.

The unrest that he’d grown up with through the Noriega years and the American occupation was a distant memory.

“Panama had gone through an economic boom that just transformed it from a Third World backwater place thatContinue reading

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

5 Most Popular Places To Live In Mexico As An Expat

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Confidential Reader,

With anything in life, the easiest option isn’t always the best. In fact, it almost never is.

But, for North Americans considering your options overseas, “closer than ever” Mexico breaks this rule.

It’s hard to find fault with a country that offers a wide range of lifestyle options (from jungle to beach to mountain living)… has an infrastructure that continues upward (you can travel cross-country by luxury coach very affordably)… and where English has become an official second language (helping to bridge the gap until your Spanish is up to scratch)…

And, let’s not forget the present currency situation. For years, the Mexican peso stood at 10 pesos to the Greenback. Today, at 17 pesos to US$1, it feels like everything is half price.

With so much opportunity in the country, it can be difficult to decide where to settle. But, since an estimated 2.2 million expats (from North America and Europe) are official residents in Mexico today, it’s helpful to take a look at where they’ve chosen to call home.

Here’s a quick profile of the big five—the most popular areas that expats in Mexico choose toContinue reading