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Why Overseas Real Estate Is Such A Good Investment In 2020

No More Sleepless Nights

Of all the investment options out there, why put your money into real estate?

And, more to the point, why foreign real estate?

My husband Lief Simon—who continues to grow his international real estate portfolio every year—says that diversifying into markets outside the United States helps him sleep better at night.

You can have better nights, too—even as the owner of a single foreign property…

As Lief reminds our audience every year at his Global Property Summit, there’s a certain comfort that comes with owning a hard asset like real estate. Stocks go up and down every day. They go in cycles. You have to keep watching them (or pay somebody to watch them for you)…

Real estate, on the other hand, doesn’t have this erratic nature. In most cases, your property is sitting there, holding its value, and often appreciating. It can boost your cash flow by bringing in regular rental income. When not rented out, you can use it as a vacation escape.

Best of all, once you go about it the right way, you don’t have to worry about it day to day. A property manager can take care of everything from checking guests in to paying your utility bills and seeing to any repairs.

Now, when you could easily invest in property in a familiar market in the United States, why bother investing overseas?

Protect Yourself Through Diversification

The logical reason to invest overseas is for diversification outside the United States—and, importantly, outside the U.S. dollar. No matter what any seasoned U.S. investor may tell you, if all your investments and assets are in U.S. dollars, you’re not truly diversified. You have no safety net when things go sour.

You could say things are sour the world over right now. But talks of “global recession” can be misleading.

From three decades of watching the world’s markets… and witnessing day-to-day life on the ground in my favorite places to spend time and do business… I can tell you that not every country will come out the other side of this current pandemic in the same way…

More importantly, Lief and I take a long-term view. The real estate markets we’re focused on—the ones we write to you about regularly—are markets we believe will continue to hold potential well into this decade…

Among these are places that present special opportunities for the investor in search of a yield (in the form of cash flow from rental income), thanks to expanding end-user markets—expanding local middle classes, for example, or growing numbers of international executives, foreign investors, global entrepreneurs, or expat retirees taking up residence.

Panama City and Medellín, Colombia are just two examples of markets where, today, you have the opportunity to tap into the growing middle class need for quality, affordable housing.

Diversification is the clinical way of looking at overseas investment. But there’s a huge personal element to buying foreign property, too… and one that shouldn’t be ignored…

First-Time Buyers Take Note…

Friend and Senior Overseas Property Correspondent Lee Harrison says he looks first for a place where he would enjoy spending time—then he researches the practicalities of investing in the local market. For a first-time investor, I’d say that’s the best model to follow. Approaching it this way, if the local market goes against you, you’re still invested in a place where you’re happy to spend time. You’re in it for the long term… and are willing to wait for things to climb back up.

Whichever angle you’re coming from—whether you want to secure a property for your own use… make an investment… or somewhere in between—we’ll help you figure it all out at this year’s Global Property Online Summit, May 12–15.

This virtual event is overseas real estate investment broken down in the most practical (and fun) way… and given from a number of sides. Because there are so many ways to build a global property portfolio, it’s important that we share different perspectives.

Lief and Lee will both be present for this online summit, of course… along with their wider team of international property experts… all to share their own views… and to tell you about the best current opportunities (for short-, medium-, and long-term investment) from their own regions.

What about the pitfalls? We’ll cover those, too. It’s not easy entering a foreign market. The purchase process (assuming an official one exists) works differently. Contracts are in a foreign language. Titles may be complicated. Often, prices are all over the place.

But once you’re aware of what you’re getting into, you seek the right help, and you have patience (a big part of living and investing in a foreign market), you can do this.

Our Global Property Online Summit will be an interactive event with plenty of time for you to ask your questions in real time… and catch up with our experts in a dedicated chat room, as well as in the virtual Exhibition Hall where you can follow up with them outside the presentations…

Kathleen Peddicord

Posted in Live And Invest Overseas Confidential.