How To Buy Property Overseas

The Cost Of Holding Can Be More Important Than The Cost Of Buying

July 15, 2011, Panama City, Panama: When making any overseas property investment, it’s important to understand all related carrying costs, including HOA fees, property taxes, and utility expense.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I read this week about a home owner's association in Florida foreclosing on units because owners are delinquent with their HOA fees. The article focused on a couple of condo complexes where the monthly HOA fees had been increased to the point where they were more than the mortgage payments of the owners. Units in one complex sold for US$89,000 at the height of the boom. One owner of one of these units currently has it listed for sale for US$18,500 (about what he owes in back HOA fees).


Travel To Jerusalem


July 14, 2011, Jerusalem: Israel seems to belong no longer to the rest of the region. This is not Egypt or Jordan but better resembles a province of Florida or Monte Carlo.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"While its neighbors enjoy their Arab Spring," writes Correspondent Paul Lewis, "Israel seems to have left the Middle East altogether to become a province of Florida or Monte Carlo.


Beachfront Property Investing

Boom...Bust...And Rebirth On Panama's Forgotten Pacific Coast?

July 13, 2011, Puerto Armuelles, Panama: Puerto Armuelles, Panama, is a former banana boom town offering today an appealing and affordable retirement lifestyle and an interesting investment opportunity.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I first heard of the town last year when Editor Lee Zeltzer suggested we add it to the list of destinations to be featured in our Panama Letter in 2011.

How have I missed this place, I wondered, when it's reputed to boast the elements that get my attention--interesting history, colonial charm, and an architectural legacy.


Retire To Costa Rica

Costa Rica Revisited

July 12, 2011, Jaco, Costa Rica: Beachfront property values in Costa Rica took a dive following the 2007-2008 global market downturn. Are they low enough today to qualify as a good deal? Not really…

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"The market is coming back, slowly, finally, but really only in San Jose to this point," explained our driver as we pulled out from the airport in Costa Rica Friday morning.


Understanding The Living Overseas

Your Dry Cleaner Doesn't Have To Get It

July 11, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Understanding how to retire, and live overseas. It reduces your living cost. But relatives don't understand.

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

Unless you're very lucky, your friends and family aren't going to understand.

When you tell them you're thinking about moving to a new country for your retirement, their responses will likely range from bemusement to shock and horror. They'll think you've lost your grounding and are over-indulging in fantasy...or, worse, that you've flat out lost your mind.


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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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