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Our Home Conference Kit Has All The News From Portugal

As Sunny, Enjoyable, And Affordable As Europe Gets

Great weather… amazing ocean views… friendly locals… and some of the freshest, most delicious seafood on the planet…

What a pleasure it was to return to the Algarve last week for our 2018 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference.

We were surprised by the mix of nationalities represented among our 100-plus attendees in Carvoeiro. It’s usually North Americans who fill our event rooms. But for our three days together last week, we had a diverse mix that included visitors from Britain, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, and Oman.
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7 Reasons To Consider Cali: The Salsa Capital Of Colombia

7 Reasons To Live In “The City Of Eternal Summer”

A couple weeks back, I ran a comparison of Medellín and Cartagena—the two Colombian cities most popular with expats.

With our 2018 Live and Invest in Colombia Conference just around the corner, I’d like to bring a third option to the mix today: Cali.

Renowned as the sports capital of Colombia, Cali is the country’s third-largest city—after Bogotá and Medellín—yet still relatively unknown to expats.

Digital nomad Jeff Paschke, who has lived in Colombia for over five years (spending time in all its major cities), says of Cali:

“Santiago de Cali, also known as Cali, is considered the salsa capital of Colombia and the ‘city of eternal summer.’ I have traveled to Cali several times and, considering the low cost of living and many things to do nearby, I don’t understand why more foreigners haven’t discovered this attractive city.

“In some ways, this city is like Medellín 10-plus years ago—before all the positive press brought many foreigners there. Cali has a warmer, summer-like climate that doesn’t change much during the year… but real estate can be up to 50% cheaper when compared to Medellín, and even cheaper when compared to Bogotá or Cartagena.

“While in Cali recently, I met a couple of expats living in the city. One said he had lived in Medellín for a few years until he discovered Cali, which he says he likes better, as he prefers a warmer climate with more sun, along with the lower cost of living, less traffic, and less pollution.”

To give you a quick snapshot, here are the seven top reasons the prospective expat should consider Cali today:

1. The real estate market in Cali is active and under-valued… Cali has a well-organized real estate industry with a fairly generous inventory of quality properties. Construction standards are high—even in older buildings—yet prices are lower than you’ll find in other Colombian cities… an amazing value considering Cali’s quality of life and amenities.

2. It’s near the Pacific Coast and the coffee region…  Cali is only about two hours by road from the Pacific Coast and only about three hours by road from Colombia’s coffee region, meaning you can go whale-watching or explore the Eje Cafetero (coffee region) on the weekends. Expats in Cali report that the city frequently clears out on the weekends, as there is so much to do within easy driving distance.

3. It’s a First World environment… Cali boasts drinkable water along with dependable phone service, electricity, and high-speed internet. You’ll find many shopping options, from mom-and-pop stores to upscale boutiques… as well as several large, modern shopping malls, including the Chipichape and Unicentro malls. The banks and financial services in the city are the same as you’ll find in Bogotá and Medellín, and they are solid and dependable.

4. It’s the salsa capital of Colombia… and is considered by many to have the best nightlife in the country. There are countless bars and clubs in Cali, many salsa-based, but also with other themes like rock and reggaetón. If you like dancing, brush up on a few steps before you arrive or take some classes once you get here. In Cali, knowing how to dance may even be more important than knowing Spanish.

5. It’s an enjoyable place to be… From the hole-in-the-wall shop selling homemade empanadas to elegant restaurants with fine cuisine, your dining experience will be varied in Cali with a tremendous number of options in the city. The sizzling nightlife draws visitors from the entire country.

6. It’s away from the typical gringo trail… Cali is not a typical tourist destination in Colombia (yet), and the city hasn’t gotten much press, so not many foreigners have discovered or visited it. This is currently changing, with foreign tourism in Cali growing at double-digit rates.

7. Cali is Colombia’s Pacific gateway… With its proximity to the Pacific port of Buenaventura, Cali has attracted a major multinational presence, with over 150 multinational companies including Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Unilever, and many more. The path of progress here is clear…

Again, this is just a sneak peek at the lifestyle on offer in Cali today. Our experts gathered in Medellín, Colombia, this June 6–8, will give you the full story on all your top options for carving out a new life—or a part-time escape—in Colombia.

And, remember, though the dollar has weakened recently, it still goes farther in Colombia today than it historically has. Thanks to the current exchange rate, you have about 50% more buying power today than four years ago. And, in a place like Cali, you can find some outstanding bargains—with the added benefit of living in a sophisticated city. This type of opportunity is rare… and it can’t possibly last long.

If you’d like to join us in Colombia, but haven’t yet reserved your seat, I urge you to do so this week… because our Early Bird Discount of US$250 expires this Friday.

Also, remember to use your exclusive coupon code PRECOL50 to save an extra US$50.

That’s a total of US$300 off your seat when you book before midnight this Friday.

I hope to see you in Medellín…

Valentine Fouché

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Medellín Vs. Cartagena: Comparing Colombia’s Best Cities

Medellín Versus Cartagena: Colombia’s Two Top Destinations

Medellín versus Cartagena…

Which is the better Colombian city for living and investing?

I hear this question a lot, so today we’re going to take an in-depth look at their strengths and weaknesses.

Cartagena is a historical resort city located on the Caribbean coast. Medellín is located in a valley in the Andes Mountains, and some expats consider it the most livable city in Colombia.

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Get Hard-Won Advice From Real Expats At Our DR Conference

The Whole Truth About Living In Paradise

When Lindsay de Feliz, originally from the U.K., decided to relocate to the Dominican Republic, she needed to find a way to support her new life in paradise. With a background in marketing and a love of working out, Lindsay decided to set up a gym.

Being the only gym in town, she was excited for her new venture.

With no showers already on site, Lindsay went to extra expense to fit out her studio with full changing and showering facilities. She also offered a monthly payment schedule for her clients.
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Restricted Access: The Event Within The Event

Good news for you if you managed to secure one of our VIP seats for this year’s Retire Overseas Conference

But, also, good news if you didn’t…

Remember, the Retire Overseas Conference is the biggest event on the Live and Invest Overseas’ calendar. Not only do we welcome our biggest audience to the room… we also have more speakers at this Stateside conference than any other event on the calendar.
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Q&A: What It’s Really Like Living In The Algarve

Best Of Old-World Europe—Still On Sale

Last week, I gave you early notice of our 2018 Live And Invest In Portugal Conference, kicking off in Carvoeiro, Algarve this May 9.

Doors are now officially open to all readers—and VIP seats are disappearing fast.

If you’re in two minds about joining us, the following interview with Luis da Silva—our correspondent on the ground in the Algarve—may help you make the call (while you still have time to join us as a VIP)…Continue reading

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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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