Where To Invest In Real Estate In Medellin, Colombia

The World’s Best-Kept Property Investment Secret

April 15, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Medellin, Colombia, is the world’s best-kept property investment secret, a beautiful city where you can buy for less than US$1,000 per square meter and rent for a net return of as much as 8% per year or more.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Pablo is dead.

"There. That's my presentation."

Rich Holman made a move as though to leave the stage.

"Seriously," he continued, after the laughter in the room died out, "that is all you need to know about Medellin, Colombia.

"The world and especially Americans are afraid of Medellin," Rich went on, "mostly because of Pablo Escobar. But, again, Pablo is long dead.

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How, Why, And Where To Buy Real Estate Overseas

Global Property Summit Day 1—The Perks And Pitfalls Of Foreign Property Investing

April 14, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Four seasoned global property investors share their insights into why foreign real estate is the best place to invest your money today.

"This morning's sessions were exactly what I came for. Such even-handed discussion. Direct. To the point. And real. This is just what I was hoping for...just what I need. I'm so glad I came..."

--An attendee at today's opening sessions of our Global Property Summit

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

To the stage in the meeting room of the Riu Hotel this morning I welcomed the first panel of global property investing experts convening in Panama City for this week's Global Property Summit. Lief Simon, Lee Harrison, Mike Cobb, and Kent Davis took their places for an hour of discussion centered on the first question of the day:

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Reader Feedback On Their Overseas Living Adventures

If George, Hyta, Gerald, Jonathan, And Rodney Can Do It…You Can Do It, Too

April 13, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Readers share their overseas retirement experiences

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

We receive hundreds of emails every day, many from readers writing in to share the good news of their own overseas adventures. For example...

George G. writes:

"Last July I retired from the Miami-Dade County government after 33 years of employment. In August, I flew to Panama. I'd been there only once before, but I had done research via your email newsletters.

"On Oct. 2 I moved into a marvelous mountain cabin some 7.5 kilometers up Volcan Baru.

"I plan to be here for at least the next six months and maybe to base myself out of this paradise while I travel the world over the next five or six years, spending six months each year in the cabin and six months elsewhere.

"I also happen to be a 56-year-old single man. I am pursuing this adventure solo (unless, of course, some charming young lady would like to tag along!)..."

Hyta F. writes:

"I am a single (divorced) retired female, 62, from Texas, who is currently living in Belize on Ambergris Caye. I retired here at the beginning of August and plan to live here at least until the end of January. Following your advice, I took out a six-month lease to see if this is 'where I want to grow up...'"

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The 13 Best Places To Invest In Real Estate Overseas

Why We Recommend These 13 Real Estate Investment Markets Right Now

April 11, 2014
Panama City, Panama

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Next week I host our Global Property Summit. With the help of about two-dozen colleagues, friends, and real estate professionals from around the world who are convening here in Panama City starting this weekend, I'll be discussing how to find, buy, manage, hold, and profit from offshore real estate.

We'll be focused on 13 markets in particular, and a reporter from Bloomberg got in touch this week to ask why those countries.

I look for three things when scouting real estate markets—path of progress, crisis opportunity, and an expanding middle class. Some markets may offer more than one kind of opportunity at a time, but any single category of opportunity can get my attention.

Path of progress is straightforward. In which direction is growth moving? Where are people migrating? Where are investors or the government putting in infrastructure?

Path of progress investments aren't a guarantee of appreciating property values (take a look at some infrastructure projects in China, for example, that were big investments but that did not lead to growth in property values). You have to layer on some judgment. However, generally speaking, a new airport, a new road, a new shopping mall, etc., indicates new or expanding opportunity.

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Retire To Dumaguete, Philippines

Retire To This Land Of Gentle, Welcoming People For As Little As $700 Per Month

April 10, 2014, Dumaguete, Philippines: Dumaguete, Philippines, is one of the most affordable places in the world to retire to a comfortable standard of living.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Located along a sheltered coast on the island of Negros, the city of Dumaguete is protected against most of the typhoons that periodically batter many of the Philippines’ other 7,000-plus islands. The weather is tropical and balmy—rarely too hot and occasionally cool enough to wear a light sweater or jacket in the evening.

Dumaguete offers excellent medical care, care that has been getting even better since the city was named one of the five top retirement destinations in the Philippines. The people here speak English, and the cost of living is among the most affordable anywhere in the world offering a comfortable standard of living.

Dumaguete is rich in natural beauty, with an abundance of outdoor activities, including international-standard golf courses. It is also a place where you can take advantage of one of the best and easiest residency programs in the world, helping to explain why several thousand foreigners have decided to make Dumaguete their permanent home.

The local tourism office describes Dumaguete as "bustling yet charming," and this really does describe the city well. When you first arrive, you may be put off by the cacophony of loud motorbikes and a cityscape that looks a bit "well used," but as you linger, the town grows on you. The longer you stay, the nicer Dumaguete becomes, and many foreigners who originally traveled here for a vacation have stuck around for years.

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Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

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