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Join Us In Our 2019 Global Property Summit In Panama

Investing Overseas Can Be This Easy

If you’re looking to buy property overseas—for pure investment… for personal use… or somewhere in between—and you want to make your move before another year slips by, then there’s one event you can’t possibly miss…

Our 2019 Global Property Summit, May 22–24, at the Westin Playa Bonita Panama (more about the venue later).

This event, designed by international real estate guru Lief Simon, is your only chance this year to join us for three property-focused days as our team of experts introduces you to the best markets in the world to buy a second home… a full-time home… or invest for the short or long term in opportunities that can provide a healthy cash flow, boost your retirement nest egg, and serve as a safe diversification.

All levels of “investor” are welcome. This event is for you if:

  • You’re looking for your dream home overseas…
  • You’re interested in splitting your time between a number of places…
  • You’re already living overseas and would like to expand your portfolio into different markets…
  • You’re not going overseas (at least not any time soon) but would like to diversify your portfolio by investing in foreign markets…
  • You’re looking for passive income opportunities to bankroll your new life overseas…

In other words, if you have an interest in property—for whatever purpose—you’re welcome to the table.

Another thing to understand about this event is that “property” isn’t limited to a house or apartment. Of course, you’re going to need at least one of those if you plan to live on your property… but Lief and his team will also introduce you to current opportunities in productive land…

Over the past seven years, agricultural opportunities have become an important focus for Lief and his team. Productive land is the ultimate hard asset with the potential for long-term and even legacy yield. Depending on the project, you get to reap the benefits over decades… and so can your heirs. At this year’s Summit, you’ll hear about opportunities in teak, organic fruits, and aquaponics (three areas that have been performing well for Lief and his readers).

Joining Lief again this year is Lee Harrison, our Senior Overseas Property Correspondent. We like to call Lee an “accidental investor.”  Lee bought his first home overseas for US$62,000—purely for personal use, without any notions of capital appreciation—and sold it, just nine months later, for US$110,000.

Really, investment can be that easy.

At this 2019 Global Property Summit, Lief, Lee, and the rest of our expert team will introduce you to the places they believe are the best spots to live and invest in for a long time to come. They’ll help you:

  • Choose the country and the location that’s right for you—ideal for your overseas purchase…
  • Determine the best property for your intended lifestyle and investment goals…
  • Learn the fundamentals of buying real estate overseas safely and securely…
  • Understand how to manage an income-producing rental property when you’re not in residence…
  • Develop your own worldwide network of international property contacts and support…
  • Learn how to identify a promising market… and how to determine the amount you should spend to buy what you want…
  • Navigate markets with no multiple listing service (recognizing that this includes most of the world!)…
  • View lots of properties currently available in the world’s top property markets…
  • Obtain access to exclusive investment offerings, including turnkey yield-producing opportunities that could earn you up to 20% per year and more…
  • Connect with the most promising markets for agricultural investments, including introductions to the best current productive land plays anywhere in the world today…

You can enjoy the property of your dreams… and make a profit while living the good life. And now comes your best chance to do it this year…

Reserve your seat for our 2019 Global Property Summit this week and you’ll qualify for a complimentary VIP package. This bundle of benefits includes:

  • Private, pre-conference session with international property guru Lief Simon.
  • Reserved, VIP front-row seating: Get the most of all presentations with exclusive, front-and-center seating in the event room.
  • Private consultations with our experts, available to you on a priority basis.
  • Elite, VIP concierge service. We’ll take care of your every need, from the moment you register until the closing ceremonies. From shopping trips to country excursions, our team will be at your service.

VIP packages are strictly restricted to the first 30 readers to register. Go here now to lock in your VIP seat with us this May in Panama. (Remember to avail of your exclusive LIOS Confidential reader discount of US$50 by using coupon code GPSCONF50.)

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Why I’m Spending Christmas In France And NYE In Panama

The Best Of Both Worlds This Holiday Season

Last year, I spent my first Christmas in Panama City and did my best to get into the holiday spirit.

But hanging garlands all over my apartment and playing Christmas music nonstop didn’t stop me from missing my family. Plus, Panama’s tropical climate just doesn’t fit right with hot chocolate and Christmas pajamas.

So, this year I’m delighted to be home in France with my family for Christmas.

I’ll be back in Panama just before New Year’s Eve, though.  Continue reading

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How To Survive And Thrive In Panama At Our 2019 Conference

Navigating November In Panama

From Wendy’s to Starbucks to IHOP, Panama City is stocked up on American staples.

But there’s one thing North Americans may miss this time of year…

Much as Panamanians love a holiday, Halloween is not on the list.

No spooky costumes showing up at your door here. No need to wipe the supermarket out of candy.

This Friday, however, Panamanians will mark Day of the Dead. Not an official holiday—and nowhere near as big as the Mexican version—but Nov. 2 is significant in Panama in three ways: Continue reading

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The 6 Top Places To Live In Panama Today

The Panama Shortlist—Top 6 Places To Consider Today

Last week, as we opened registration for our 2019 Live and Invest in Panama Conference, I mentioned that your lifestyle options in this little country—about the size of South Carolina—are diverse.

Today, I’d like to hone in on the best spots in Panama to consider today… as recommended to attendees at our recent Retire Overseas Conference by our friends and colleagues Peg Fairbairn and April Hess.

Though Peg and April have now made their home out on the Azuero Peninsula, they spent a lot of time on the road exploring Panama in search of their ideal home and have lived in a number of their top selections. They know their stuff—and they always give the full story. Continue reading

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A Community Of Friends Can Make Anywhere Feel Like Home

Your Chances Of Survival Overseas Hinge On This

“Why don’t I own a four-bed, two-story country home in my native Normandy? What’s wrong with me?”

These were the thoughts that haunted me as I flew back to Panama after my last trip to France.

You see, in Paris for a whole month, I’d spent a lot of time catching up with friends. And, dinner after dinner, it was pretty much the same story…  Continue reading

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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 against Continue 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 that Continue reading

The Best Time To Visit Panama: Just Before Carnaval

The Best Time To Visit Panama: Just Before Carnaval

Dodging Carnaval In Panama

In Brazil, carnaval features bare-breasted women on floats…

In Ecuador, this pre-Lenten celebration is all about water. You can’t walk down the street without being squirted or sprayed…

Here in Panama, carnaval is about the party. The entire country shuts down for a week of nonstop revelry. No business is done, no appointments made. Everything is put on hold until “after carnaval.”

Yes, carnaval in Panama is bigger than Christmas. And, it’s a whole-family, weeklong event—with nobody too young or too old to be dragged into the chaos.

While the locals party on, expats are left with two options:

Get out of the country… or endure the noise, the traffic jams, and the risk of being Continue reading

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The Stark Contrast In Panama: City Life Vs. Easygoing Interior

Panama—Inside And Out

The countdown is on to our annual Live and Invest in Panama Conference—kicking off next Wednesday, Feb. 15, from the Panama Marriott Hotel. And my team (and rest of the office who have no choice but to pitch in on a conference on their own turf) is working hard to make sure it’s our best Panama event yet.

If you’re not already on my guest list, and on the fence about Panama, you owe it to yourself to give Panama a chance.

Before I share some of the big reasons why you should be paying attention to Panama (the big issues we’ll be focusing on next week), I need to make an important distinction… that is, Panama City vs. The Interior.

Panama City is the image that’s projected to the world—and the one that forms most people’s impression of the nation. But, if you have your sights set on cheap living in an upscale neighborhood in Panama City, then, I can tell you, you won’t have much luck these days. Continue reading

Panama City is a place full of opportunity for the offshore investor and the expat.

Panama Has Investment Opportunities In Spades For Expats

Get In With The Right Crowd

Last week, I sent you early notice of our ninth Live and Invest in Panama Conference.

Now, I know what you may be thinking… Ninth conference? Haven’t all the good opportunities in Panama been snapped up already?

The answer is a resounding no.

While many of my colleagues have been living here in Panama a decade or longer—witnessing the brick-by-brick transformation of the city (and beyond)—I’m a recent blow in.

I came here from Paris, France, just over a year ago. And, still, I’m amazed by the energy and pace of progress that continues here today. To me, it’s the antithesis of Paris—a city that’s appeal is largely built on its historic and romantic past.

And while almost everybody has Continue reading