Renting vs Buying Property Overseas

Two Problems With Renting Overseas

Sept. 30, 2011, Panama City, Panama: When moving to a new country, you want to rent before you buy. However, renting before you buy property overseas has two downsides to do with price appreciation and currency fluctuation.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Our motto for anyone moving to a new country is always: Rent before you buy. Renting rather than buying has important practical advantages. It allows you to remain mobile and flexible and saves you the carrying costs associated with home ownership. Most important, it gives you a chance to get to know your new home before you commit in full, so you can be sure a place suits you before investing in the purchase of property there.

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The Cheapest Places In The World

The Man To Know If You’re Considering Asia

Sept. 29, 2011, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Asia hides the world’s most affordable retirement havens and cheapest places to live.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"I grew up in the 1950s and 60s, and China was closed, full-stop closed, permanently closed," writes Asia Correspondent Paul Terhorst.

"Mao's Revolution had taken hold," Paul continues. "One thing we knew for sure was that we'd never, ever get to travel in China.

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The World’s Top Offshore Haven

In The World’s Top Offshore Haven, Economic Boom Continues (Despite The Current Hotbed Of Political Semi-Chaos)

Sept. 28, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Panama remains the world’s top offshore haven.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"I've just returned from a week-long trip to the Republic of Panama," writes friend and attorney Robert Bauman following his visit to Panama for our Emergency Offshore Summit earlier this month.

"Even though the tiny Latin American country is still a hotbed of domestic political maneuvering, the Panama economic boom goes on.

"Let me explain...

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Vineyard In Spain, Italy, And France

Burgundy For Kings, Champagne For Duchesses, Claret For Gentlemen...Four Great European Vineyard Bargains

Sept. 27, 2011, Wine Country: With la vendage (the grape harvest) upon us, this is an ideal time to consider a vineyard property investment in Europe. Here are four current vineyard property bargains.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"With la vendage (that is, the grape harvest) taking place throughout Europe right now," writes Overseas Retirement Letter Editor Lucy Culpepper, "and whisperings of a 'great' year in France (perhaps to rival 2009), some of us are thinking and dreaming about owning a vineyard of our own.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your Live, Retire, And Invest Overseas Questions Answered

Sept. 26, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Readers ask about establishing foreign residency, opening an offshore bank account, becoming a dual national, timing a global property purchase, travel requirements for Belize, and the cost of retirement in Panama.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Back in the office in Panama City today, I find that the mail has been piling up...

"Kathleen, do you need a visa to travel from the United States to Belize? If yes, how do I get one?"

--Priscilla W., United States

No, U.S. citizens do not need a tourist visa to visit Belize.

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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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