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.


Border Between Costa Rica And Panama

Which Way To The Border?

July 10, 2011, David, Panama: The border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama is a chaotic free-for-all.

Also This Week: Why Chiang Mai Is A Better-Than-Ever Overseas Retirement Choice...Nicaragua Turns A Corner?...Panama's Town In Transition Creates An Opportunity...Retire Overseas Q & A...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

Traffic came at us from every direction. We darted and zig-zagged and tried to keep moving forward against the chaotic flows.


Buying Real Estate Overseas

An Emerging Risk In This World Of Property Bargains

July 8, 2011, Liberia, Costa Rica: The risk in this current climate of seriously discounted real estate is thinking that you can make money on any purchase in an under-valued market.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

As the adage goes, you don't make money when you sell real estate, but when you buy it.

If you don't buy right, the likelihood of your making a profit when you sell is greatly diminished. A big part of buying right is understanding who you'll sell to when the time comes to exit. Where will your eventual buyer come from?


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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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