French Leaseback Opportunity At Chateau Cazine...

Earn A Guaranteed 10% Per Year From Your Chateau In France--Here's How

March 7, 2014, Limousin, France: Chateau Cazine in Limousin, France, is an appealing French Leaseback opportunity, guaranteeing a return of 10% per year.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader, 

The French chateau resort development that I told you about in December got news last week that its restaurant has been awarded its first Michelin Star. That just 18 months after opening. That is no small feat and bodes well for investors in the project.

The property is Chateau de la Cazine in Limousin, France, a chateau on 90 hectares that has been purchased by a UK developer and is being transformed from a modest hotel with an excellent restaurant to a full-fledged destination resort with a spa, a golf course, and that same excellent, now Michelin Star restaurant.

The heart of the property is a petit chateau whose foundation dates back to the 12th century. This picture-postcard-perfect historic structure is being renovated into the new resort's luxury spa center and is expected to be an important draw.

However, the main event is the main chateau, imposing and grand, built in 1898 and every bit the picture of French chateau life. This building has been renovated already and is up and running as a boutique hotel with 18 deluxe rooms and the fine-dining restaurant.

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Property Overseas Is An Investment For Profit And For Fun

12 Reasons To Buy Real Estate Overseas


March 6, 2014, Panama City, Panama: An investment in real estate overseas is the best investment you could make in today’s global market climate.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader, 

Buying a piece of property in another country is a good strategy for diversifying your investment portfolio, but it's much more than that, too.

This isn't like investing in a stock. You don't buy a beachfront lot or a rental condo overseas and then set it on a shelf, as it were, to wait for its value to increase. An investment in foreign real estate requires active and ongoing management and administration, including visits to the property and establishing an infrastructure of support on the ground in the place where the property is located.

The result is that, while you're diversifying your portfolio and potentially increasing your net worth, you're also reinventing your life. I'd say that this, in fact, is the real upside to foreign real estate as an investment class.

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Six Business Opportunities For The Entrepreneur Abroad

How To Fund Your New Life Overseas


March 5, 2014, Panama City, Panama: Starting a business overseas can allow you to fund your new life in the foreign country of your dreams.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

A friend in Poland years ago learned that Burger King was planning to open up shop there and needed warehouse space for its supplies. My friend bought a warehouse. Burger King became his client. In time, he expanded his storage business to include other clients and other products...and he made a nice living for himself in the place where he'd decided he wanted to live.

Another friend noticed how few coffee shops existed in Warsaw. (This was 15 years ago, before Starbucks came to this town.) My friend found a local roaster to roast the coffee beans and then packaged them himself. He set up a combination retail and wholesale operation that was bought by another larger one. That company is still going strong.

Some of the best overseas businesses start like these two--organically. You show up, discover a market niche, and find a way to fill it.

Other business start-ups can be more pre-planned.

About seven years ago, I took early retirement from the company where I'd worked for nearly 23 years. Six months later, I realized that retirement didn't suit me. I liked being in business.

For me, the question wasn't, what business might make sense? (I enjoyed the business I'd already spent 23 years learning how to practice.) For me, the question was, where best should I base the business I want to launch? (Panama stood out as the obvious choice.)

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How To Choose Where To Retire Overseas

Which Of These Five Top Retirement Havens Is Right For You?

March 4, 2014

Panama City, Panama

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader, 

Where is the best place in the world to retire?

That's a tricky question to answer, so I suggest coming at this from a different angle. Rather than trying to identify the world's top retirement haven, consider instead who's best suited to retire where.

A short list of top retirement options in the Americas right now would include:

  • Cayo, Belize
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • El Cangrejo, Panama


Which one of these places is the best choice? It depends on who you are.

Who Should Retire To Cayo, Belize?

Belize is a retirement, a tax, and an offshore haven. This is a sunny country where the folks speak English and value their freedom and privacy. Belize is easy to get to from the States, and the people living here are welcoming and hospitable once you've arrived.

On the other hand, this is a small country where the infrastructure is most kindly described as "developing."

The cost of living can be affordable, even low, but not if you want to live a more developed-world lifestyle that would mean buying lots of things not produced locally. Anything imported comes at an inflated price.

My favorite part of Belize is its Cayo District. No infrastructure, limited services and amenities, and little market demand could be interpreted as negatives, but, in Cayo, these things are a big part of the appeal. Once you get to Cayo, you don't mind that there's no infrastructure. You don't mind that the culture is more concerned with country living than consumerism.

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Carnaval In Las Tablas, Chitre, And Panama City, Panama

Holding Down The Fort While All Panama Parties


March 3, 2014, Panama City, Panama: The week of Los Carnavales is the biggest party in Panama, with the biggest crowds in Las Tablas, Chitre, and Penonome.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

We're at half-strength today in our Panama City office...and tomorrow our doors will be closed. (Don't worry...we're preparing tomorrow's dispatch in advance.)

Tomorrow is Carnaval. Today is the day before Carnaval. Saturday and Sunday were the weekend before Carnaval. Friday was the day before the weekend before Carnaval. You get the idea.

Bottom line, most of Panama has been shut down since last Thursday and won't be back at it until Thursday this week or Monday next week.

Carnaval celebrations in Panama may be humbler than their counterparts in Rio, but they're no less important to the local population. Panamanians save all year to be able to escape to the beach or the "interior" (as all Panama beyond Panama City is referred to) for a few days over Carnaval.

"Carnaval in the city is not Carnaval," explained Candice in our office. "For Carnaval you have to travel. My favorite place for Carnaval," Candice continued, "is Las Tablas because of the fancy queens and the floats, but Las Tablas gets very, very crowded, especially on Sunday and Monday.

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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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