An Investment, An Adventure, A Long-Term Retirement PlanMarch 13, 2014, Istria, Croatia: A real estate investment overseas can bring adventure to your life immediately and develop into your retirement plan.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
"But haven't we done this already? Haven't we already bought an old stone house surrounded by mud? Isn't that what we just did in Ireland? Why do you guys want to do this again?"
In 2004, my husband Lief and I spent a week touring around the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia with our kids. It was a family holiday that, as has become typical for us, we were combining with a property scouting expedition, this one with a focused agenda. We were in the market for one of the old white stone houses you find across this region of this country. To that end, Kaitlin, 15, Jackson, 5, Lief, and I, in one car, followed our property agent, in her own car, from one stone farmhouse to another, up and down the narrow winding roads of these mountainsides, through the medieval villages, and past the ever-present fields of olive trees, grape vines, and sunflowers.
We had recently made our move, at the time, from Ireland to France, and, one rainy morning of that Istrian family adventure, standing in one more muddy Istrian farmyard, Kaitlin made the observation I share above, reminding us all of our still fresh experiences as Irish property owners.