Making Business Connections

Four Questions To Ask Before Investing In Any New Market

March 2, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Here are four questions to ask to help you understand a new market overseas before making an investment in real estate there.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Kathie and I are off to Chile in a few weeks. This is a new country for both of us.

Having never been to a place before, how do you find good local contacts?

First, you ask around. Start with friends. Anyone you know who has traveled to the place. If you can score a single recommendation, you're on your way. With even one contact, even unrelated to your specific agenda, you can build a chain of contacts to get you to the kinds of resources you're looking for.


Live, Retire, And Invest In Panama

Panama 101 (Free With Purchase)

March 1, 2012, Panama City, Panama: The newly updated “Panama 101” guide provides practical tips on taxis, tourist visas, the property tax exemption, Panama City nightlife, cell phones, rental cars, and maps in Panama.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Panama Letter Editor Chris Powers has just completed an updated and expanded new edition of the special report we publish called "Panama 101--101 Things You'll Wish Someone Had Told You About Panama." We make this report available free to all new subscribers of the Panama Letter (along with 6 other Panama-specific special reports).

It's the most practical, real-deal, nuts-and-bolts guide to real life in Panama that I know, detailing 101 things that we expats living in this country really do wish someone had told us before we arrived on the scene.

I thought I'd share a few of the tips from the new edition, out this week:


Carnaval In Chitre, Panama

Carnaval In Chitre--Carousing, Cavorting, and Culecos

Feb. 29, 2012, Chitre, Panama: Chitre, Panama, the commercial center for Panama’s central provinces, is known for its annual Carnaval party, one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations in all Panama.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Chitre, Panama, founded in 1848, is known for four things," writes Panama Editor Chris Powers. "It's the commercial center for the country's central provinces. It boasts the Rico Cedeno Stadium, where many of the country's baseball games are played. It's near to some of the country's most beautiful beaches and rivers.

"And it's home to one of the best Carnavales in Panama.

"When I visited earlier this month, the traditional start of Carnaval was two days away, but apparently everyone in Chitre had misplaced his calendar.


Retire To Cessanon-Sur-Orb, France

Wine Country, With A Long History And A Lot Of Heart—The Best Of French Country Retirement

Feb. 28, 2012, Cessanon-Sur-Orb, France: Cessanon-Sur-Orb, France, is one of the most appealing retirement choices in Europe today and a much more affordable place to retire than you might imagine.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I'd argue that nowhere serves up better living than France, and Euro-Editor Lucy Culpepper agrees.

After spending a year on the road, trying a series of places on for size, Lucy and her family decided to settle in the "other" South of France. Not Provence (which, yes, is pricey), but west of there, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, between Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur to the east, the Midi-Pyrenees to the west, and the Auvergne to the north. Spain is a few hours' drive to the south.

Not everyone is cut out for life in the Tropics or the developing world, as Lucy and her family discovered. They tried the Yucatan coast of Mexico...cooler climes in the hills outside San Jose, Costa Rica...and another highlands choice in the Americas, El Valle, just outside Panama City.


Retire To Hua Hin, And Nha Trang

Hua Hin Versus Nha Trang—Two Top Asian Retirement Choices Compared

Feb. 27, 2012, Hua Hin, Thailand: Hua Hin, Thailand, and Nha Trang, Vietnam, are two of the best retirement options in Southeast Asia. However, retirement to Hua Hin, Thailand, would be very different than retirement to Nha Trang, Vietnam. In Nha Trang, you could retire on a retirement budget of less than US$1,000 per month

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Hua Hin, Thailand, and Nha Trang, Vietnam, are two pretty, coastal towns in Southeast Asia," writes Asian Correspondent Wendy Justice.

"Both boast lovely beaches perfect for lazy afternoons. Both are friendly and welcoming to foreigners, both are home to sizable populations of retirees and expats, and both offer the kinds of amenities that Westerners typically look for--including good restaurants and nightlife, recreational opportunities, and an all-around comfortable standard of living.

"Both towns are set in very scenic areas, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure, and, in both places, the climate is comfortable tropical year-round.


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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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