2018 global property summit

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 against 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

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 in Continue reading

It’s Going To Be A Big Year In Colombia

It’s Going To Be A Big Year In Colombia: See It Firsthand

As Good As It Gets In South America

We’re not the only ones who believe 2017 is going to be a big year for Colombia.

Lonely Planet has listed the country among its top 10 places to travel this year. Here’s what its editors had to say:

“Decades of civil war and violent crime meant Colombian passport stamps were once for hardcore travellers only. Fast forward to the present day, and the lost years seem but a dust speck in Colombia’s rear-view mirror. There are no world wonders, but the country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms. Over a decade into its dramatic about-face, this South American jewel is even expecting a visit from the world’s number-one Catholic. When Pope Francis kisses Colombian soil in 2017, it will mark the Andean nation’s first papal visit in 30 years.”

While no official date has been agreed upon for the Pope’s visit (it hangs on the completion of the peace process), our own dates for Colombia have been firmly set. We’re looking forward to being in the country April 19–21 for our sixth Live and Invest in Colombia Conference—your one and only chance to be in the room with our full team of Colombia experts and expats in 2017.

The main focus of our interest in Colombia is its second-largest city, Medellín—our base for these three Continue reading