Global Property Investing

What The Well Diversified Global Property Investor Should Own Now

Dec. 7, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Here’s what a well-diversified global property investment portfolio should include.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

The perfectly diversified international real estate investment portfolio might look something like this:

  • A rental property in Europe that is leveraged (that is, carries a mortgage...remember that it's possible to borrow for the purchase of real estate as a foreign buyer in many European countries) and that generates positive cash flow. Right now France, Italy, and Portugal make the most sense for this kind of investment. This is a long-haul play, and, thinking very long term, I like Paris (where I own an apartment that has been close to fully occupied the past three-and-a-half years I've had it available for rental). I'd say Paris is the closest thing to a recession-proof rental market as you'll find. France is perennially the world's most touristed destination. The rues of this city are crowded almost year-round with camera-toting, guidebook-carrying visitors, many of whom choose short-term rental apartments over hotel accommodation.

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International Schooling Options

The Advantages Of Raising Kids Overseas

Dec. 6, 2011, Cochabamba, Bolivia: Raising children overseas has many advantages, including giving them a competitive edge when applying for college and university admission.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"It is that awful time of year that every parent of a high school senior dreads," writes Correspondent Anna Hosbein, "the college application deadline, when kids fill out college applications that sum up the total of what they have done for their first 18 years of life. And parents generally feel anxious.

"This is the second time that we are doing going through this process. In our case, there is a twist. We are helping our second son prepare his college applications from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Does that make the process more or less stressful, you might wonder. In fact, we're feeling pretty good.

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Cost Of Living In Mendoza, Argentina

Of Costs, Currencies, And Quality Of Life

Dec. 5, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: The cost of living in Mendoza, Argentina, has risen sharply in peso terms over the past three years, but the quality of life in this beautiful region of Argentina is hard to beat.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"It was lunchtime in Mendoza, Argentina," writes Correspondent Susan Rensberger, "but I still had errands to complete before I stopped to eat.

"One thing I love about my new neighborhood in Mendoza city center is that I can walk to everything, including excellent restaurants that serve more Mendocinos and expat residents than tourists. I stopped at one specializing in seafood to ask about their daily menu ejecutivo. This is a fixed-price lunch available at most restaurants in town that represents a good value. The waiter said they were offering a choice of beef or fish, with a glass of wine and dessert, for 45 Argentine pesos. That's about US$10.50.

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Christmas Tree In Panama City

Frozen Christmas Trees In The Tropics

Dec. 4, 2011, Panama City, Panama: This is the best place to buy a Christmas tree in Panama City.

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Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

"You learn," said the man in the parka and scarf with a grin as he pushed through the door into the refrigerated room and nearly collided with the bunch of us huddled together in a big shuddering mass. "You learn to come dressed for the occasion," he continued.

The man was followed by a woman and two children, also wearing parkas and scarves. The kids wore gloves.

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Real Estate In Medellin, Colombia

The Stereotype Is Undeserved, But I’m Not Complaining

Dec. 1, 2011, Medellin, Colombia

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"'¡Bájense!' said the man in the green fatigues, as he told us to get off the bus," writes new Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison. "And just in case the two Americans on board were slow to understand, he waved his machine gun at the door while looking our way.

"'Hombres aquí...mujeres allá,' he said, as he and his group separated the male and female passengers for frisking purposes...even though all the available friskers were guys.

"I looked in front of the bus and saw that they'd dragged a large, freshly cut tree branch across the road to stop traffic. I also noticed a tiny Colombian flag sewn on to the back of their camouflage shirts, just below the collars, telling me--with relief--that they belonged to the Colombian army...the good guys.

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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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