Retire To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The World's Most Romantic Oceanside Retirement

July 18, 2011, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is the world’s most romantic overseas retirement haven.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Early in the morning," writes Correspondent Lauren Stanley in this month's issue of the Overseas Retirement Letter, "joggers and dog-walkers are the only ones on the malecón, the seaside boardwalk separating the white-sand beach from the cobblestoned street with its row of shops. Often there is a slight haze in the air, softening the Pacific's blue and blurring the sharp edges of the high-rises seen in the distance, across the bay.

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How To Retire Overseas

This Isn't Only About The Money

July 17, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Boiling a retire-overseas adventure down to a line-item comparison of costs for things like cable television and a pound of ground beef is a mistake. Moving to another country comes with many other benefits. Bottom line, it will be the adventure of your lifetime.

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

Apples to apples.

That's the principle to keep in mind when comparing costs, both for living and for buying real estate overseas.

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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).

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Travel To Jerusalem

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.

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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.

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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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