Live & Invest Overseas Conference

Real Expats…Real Help

Feb. 26, 2012, Scottsdale, Arizona: Our Retire Overseas Conference taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 30-May 2, is a one-of-a-kind chance to meet with dozens of live- and retire-overseas experts who are also expats themselves.

Also This Week: Ed And His Wife Are Boquete-Bound—We Wish Them A Grand Adventure…Do You Need Insurance Overseas?...”Ask Local”—And Other Tips For Finding A Rental Overseas…Painless Spanish…

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

I've been hosting conferences on living, retiring, investing, and doing business overseas for more than two decades. This one is different.

This event, our second Retire Overseas Conference, just added to our events calendar for 2012, will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 30-May 2. And it will cover the whole world...the Americas, Europe, Asia...

We're targeting 20 countries in particular, but we'll be discussing many others of interest, as well...all the world's top retirement havens.


Coconut Investing In Fortaleza, Brazil

Coo-Coo For Coconuts—One Of The Most Diversified Investments In The World Today (With Projected Returns Of 36% Per Year)

Feb. 24, 2012, Fortaleza, Brazil: This coconut plantation is an agricultural land investment that represents one of the most diversified investments available in the world today.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I first alerted readers to this agricultural opportunity last June. I was sold on it then (or wouldn't have reported on it), but, in the months since, I've become even more persuaded that this is one of the best productive land investments that the small investor could make today.

And, to keep things in perspective, in the current climate, a productive land investment is among the smartest plays, period.

In this case, the land in question will be producing coconuts. And now, 10 months on, the group behind the investment is offering plots in its second plantation.


Rental Apartment In Santiago, Chile

“Ask Local”…And Other Tips For Finding A Rental Overseas

Feb. 23, 2012, Santiago, Chile: The best way to find a rental in a foreign country is to establish a temporary base, then to ask around, to walk around the neighborhoods you’re interested in looking for “For Rent” signs, and to meet with local agents.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"When I arrived in Santiago, Chile, tired and jet-lagged from Morocco," writes Latin America Correspondent Jody Hanson, "I went straight to the real estate agent, rented the first place I saw for a month, and moved in straightaway. My theory was that, from this base, I could take time to look for a 'good' place to live. In hindsight, it was poor planning.

"For starters, the apartment was on the ninth floor in a new building, one of those hideous places that all look the same. Second, I ended up paying a ridiculous 'finder's fee' to the real estate agent (who'd made but a single phone call on my behalf). Finally, because I was staying only a month, I had to pay an 'additional cost' and absurd extras like a 'final cleaning charge,' even though I left the apartment in better shape than I'd found it.


How To Learn Spanish

Painless Spanish

Feb. 22, 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Here are nine tips for how to learn to speak Spanish.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"No matter if you want to live in Costa Rica or holiday in Buenos Aires, it helps if you can habla español and mix with the locals," writes Latin America Correspondent Jody Hanson.

"I arrived in Santiago in July 2010 not speaking any Spanish. Nada. Zero. The first couple of months were occupied with my usual relocation challenges of finding an ESL job (that’s how I was making my living at the time) and a place to live. I had neither time nor energy to study Spanish during those demanding days. Except for the occasional new word or phrase that I acquired almost by accident, it was gringa English all the way. It was possible to shop by pointing, and my Chilean friends spoke English.

"Next came the life-changing decision to quit teaching and write full-time. I had no illusions about the first year. I knew it would be demanding, as facing up to challenge requires a reinvention.


Retiring From Texas To Panama

Ed And His Wife Are Boquete-Bound—We Wish Them A Grand Adventure

Carnavale!, Panama City, Panama: Texans Ed Bayton and his wife have relocated this week to Panama, where they’re embarking on their retirement in Boquete.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

As you read this, Edmund Bayton and his wife, Texans until last week, are starting a new life. This Carnavale season, Ed and his wife have journeyed to Panama City, where they are enjoying Week #1 of their retirement in Panama.

I haven't had a chance to meet with Ed and his wife yet personally, but I've been hearing about them in the office every day for the past couple of weeks. Ed and his wife are Panama Circle members, and Marion, our Panama Circle Members Liaison, has been helping them to get their feet under them as they embark on this great adventure.

Ed had a clear plan in mind when he and his wife touched down at Tocumen International Airport. They'd spend a week or so in Panama City before taking off for their ultimate destination. They'd buy a car. Get a Panama driver's license. Open a bank account. Do some shopping for things they knew they'd need in their new home. Their residency visas had already been sorted out.


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Kathleen Peddicord

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.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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