They Called Me Crazy When
I Recommended Costa Rica 
30 Years Ago…

And I Was Crazy for Recommending Belize, Roatan, Ecuador, and Panama…

But this is my craziest—and surest—
recommendation of all…

Kathleen Peddicord Publisher

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I've been covering this beat for 30 years, and I'm here to tell you now that Medellín, Colombia, meets all my criteria for a top retire-overseas choice. This is the emerging champion for retiring, living, investing, or owning a second home overseas.

That's a big claim and one that I don't make lightly.

I've built a reputation that means a great deal to me. I don't say something is true if it isn't, and I don't paint everything as rosy. You and hundreds of thousands of your fellow readers count on me to give it to you straight. I take that responsibility seriously.

The rigorous approach I follow is how I discovered Medellín, Colombia, the city that I believe is on track to become one of the world's most sought-after destinations, for both retiring and investing.

Specifically, Medellín offers:

  • Perfect weather, requiring no heat or air conditioning...
  • World-class healthcare...
  • A rich cultural scene, with theater, orchestra, and exciting events...
  • An affordable cost of living...
  • Absolutely low property cost...
  • Great investment potential, for both the capital gain and the income investor...
I've never seen a place that holds such exciting, equal opportunity for both retirees and global investors
But that's exactly what I found when I finally took the advice of persistent friends who'd been nagging me for years to come see this place for myself.

That was five years ago. And in the time since, I've made dozens of return trips…

I've bought my own home here…

And I'm actively searching for my next investment property buy…

What's more, my family and I have even re-thought our overall long-term retirement plan to include this beautiful, delightful city…that's how impressed we are with what we found in Medellín.

And it's not just me. Retirees are starting to move here in unprecedented numbers…they're buying property...they're managing rentals…and the increased demand is starting to move the prices upward.

In my considerable experience, this is one of the best places on earth today to establish your foothold overseas.

Here's how can I make such a
bold claim with confidence

Finding these opportunities is my life's work…and I've seen the evolution of destinations like this before.

It isn't often that such a strong opening presents itself…and it's even less often that we recognize the opportunity when it's on the table.

Over the years, I've been on the ground early, urging readers and friends to get in ahead of the crowd. I've sounded the call for most every market that has emerged over the past three decades as a top retirement and investment haven…places like Costa Rica, Roatan, Belize, Ecuador, Ireland, and Uruguay…and even the explosions in Panama City and Boquete.

But, to be honest, I‘ve also missed opportunities…times when I wasn't able to act quickly enough to get in on the ground floor.

That's why I moved so fast here…I won't take a chance on missing what may be the biggest find of all.

Timing is everything…and, here, the time is now

During one of my first visits to Medellín, I sat at a table in a newly opened restaurant. I was with a group of investors and businesspeople who, like me, had come to explore current opportunities in this fascinating city. The conversation went like this…

The end of a misperception creates an
enormous opportunity for you...

"Property values in this city are so under-valued," one of the gentlemen having dinner with us remarked (a real estate professional). "I believe that apartment costs here are the lowest for any cosmopolitan city in the world on a per-square-meter basis.

"This is because Colombia, especially Medellín, is still misunderstood.

“When you say 'Medellín' to the average American, he thinks: Drugs...gangs...Pablo Escobar...

"It's such a misperception. The current reality of this city is so far removed from all that...

But luckily for us, that outdated stereotype is keeping the prices down."

It was like déjà vu…

I'd heard the same case, made by another group of investors, around a similar table, in Boquete, back in 1999...10 years before it was ranked as one of the world's top five retirement destinations by AARP.

So I know how this scene plays out.

The current exchange rate is handing today’s buyers a whopping 32% discount on Colombian properties

In July, 2014, the Colombian peso was trading at 1,850 per U.S. dollar. Today as I write this letter, it’s trading at 2,450 per dollar. That means you have 32% more buying power today than you had just six months ago.

In other words, that US$140,000 condo you had your eye on in July is now selling for just US$95,200.

This is an opportunity that you can’t ignore.

And it not only affects property purchases in Colombia, but everything else you buy as well. So everything from furniture, to rents, to a dinner out in a fine restaurant will cost you less.

I don’t advocate trying to “time” currency swings or play exchange rates when making an overseas purchase. But if you’re considering a presence in Colombia, this is too good to miss.

Here's who should be focused on Colombia in 2015

There are three types of people who should pay serious attention to Colombia this year:

The investor: Prices are an absolute, global bargain. Costs of getting in are low, and demand is growing at an accelerating rate. Right now in Medellín, you could buy almost anything and feel confident that you could make money from the purchase. Rental yields are running from 8% to 14% on good properties.

The retiree: The City of Eternal Spring is rapidly becoming a popular destination for the North American retiree. Medellín enjoys one of the world's best climates, offers an amazing selection of restaurants and cafes, and boasts an exciting cultural scene, with theater, orchestra, and events all year…all at a reasonable cost of living.

The second homebuyer: More and more, I'm seeing people who are spending their summers in the United States or Europe, but skipping out on the ice and snow by coming to a city where they can leave their windows open day and night, all year. They're bypassing the well-worn snowbird haunts like Arizona and Florida, for the romance, excitement, and affordable high-end lifestyle in Medellín.

We don't always have the vision to jump when opportunity presents itself. Imagine if you had bought in Costa Rica in the mid-1980s…in Ireland in the mid-1990s…on Ambergris Caye, Belize, later in that decade…or in Panama City 10 years ago…

But I recognized the opportunities in all these places at precisely those points in time. And I urged readers and friends to take advantage.

I see that same potential again right now, in Medellín.

But in today's Colombia,
Medellín is just the tip of the iceberg

The opportunities in Colombia are not limited to Medellín… Cartagena remains one of the Caribbean's
sexiest, sultriest escapes…

Admittedly, the values in Medellín jump off the page when looking at Colombia…but Medellín is just one destination of several that are attracting the North American expat these days.

For example the Caribbean coast on Colombia's north shore has been drawing expats for years, especially to the historic, walled city of Cartagena. Most people know Cartagena as Colombia's #1 tourist destination, but it was actually Colombia's first major expat haven, too…and it's still growing in popularity today.

From coastline to Euro-chic cities, Colombia offers a tremendous diversity of appealing retirement
lifestyle options…

And among savvy expats, just 140 miles along the Caribbean coast, you'll find Santa Marta, Colombia's oldest city. It offers an amazing array of lifestyles and beaches, from the newly restored historic center and waterfront…to the dancing beat of El Rodadero…to the world-class SCUBA diving at Taganga…to the tranquility of the beaches and condos at Bello Horizonte.

For the Colonial buff who likes cool mountain weather, Colombia is proud of Popayán, a beautifully maintained colonial gem that offers a small-town environment…but also offers a climate similar to the world-famous weather in Medellín.

So whether you're looking for the best of city life…an affordable hideaway on the Caribbean…or small city living in the colonial highlands, Colombia will have a world-class destination for you.

These exciting destinations are part of a stable nation on the economic upswing

Colombia is a solid, stable democracy…one that's on the move.

The Spanish colonists did some of their best work in Colombia…
and today's retirees can benefit in
a big way from the charming colonial
cities they left behind…

The country is on a strong, economic footing these days, showing impressive growth…boasting a powerful industrial base…and enjoying an energy surplus, thanks to its abundant natural resources.

During 2012, Standard and Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch all upgraded Colombia to “investment grade” status…most recently citing “prudent economic policies and increased resiliency to internal and external shocks.” These ratings opened the door to an even greater flood of institutional foreign investment.

The old Colombia stereotypes have fallen…and it's rapidly becoming the hot destination that I predicted in 2010.

So today's values won't last long…they'll soon be tomorrow's retail buys.

I bought here myself. I'll be spending part of my retirement here… and I'm investing here. So I'm behind Colombia 100%.

That's why I'm inviting you now to join my team in this city of flowers and parks for our fifth Live and Invest in Colombia Conference.

Live and Invest in Colombia
May 11-13, 2015
Medellín, Colombia

Discover the emerging champion for retiring, living,
investing, or owning a second home


Over three adventure-filled days, you'll get to know all of the country's regions … along with the professionals who work there, and the expats who live there … all from the comfort and convenience of the Intercontinental Hotel, Medellín.
You're in Latin America…
But it feels like Paris

Medellín is clean…safe…classy…and elegant.

The first thing you notice is that it feels very different from the typical Latin American city. It's much more Euro in flavor, like Buenos Aires…but far safer and cleaner.

Not what I expected!

“[The conference] really opened up my eyes and ripped apart the preconceptions and stereotypes I had that I knew I wanted to get past. Thank you so much!”

-- Mike W., Panama

Medellín is the perfect place to spend your days and evenings enjoying the glorious year-round weather at the city's cafes, gardens, museums, and art galleries. See this City of Flowers once, and you will understand why tourists and investors both are increasingly infatuated with this place.

This is a pretty, pleasant city of gardens and parks everywhere. It's clean, and it's green. Structures are red brick, with red-clay tiled roofs. You see almost no steel and glass towers.

The mood is calm, easy-going, and relaxing.

And people are friendly, polite, and pleasant…even the taxi drivers. It's easy to make friends, and you'll find most everyone willing to help out a newcomer.

If you want to escape the usual grit and grind of a typical big city—while still enjoying all the advantages and benefits of city life—then this is the place.

The rich local culture will deepen your experience in Colombia

The people of Medellín are rightly proud, for theirs is a city of delights. There's no shortage of things to do in this town; both outdoorsy and more cerebral.

Medellín is a city made to be
enjoyed outdoors…

On any given day, you could go hiking or bike riding. You could visit a museum or one of the seven shopping malls. You could see a tango show or an opera.

Come evening, dance the night away…sample the local rum in one of the nightclubs…or enjoy a fine meal and white-glove service at one of the many elegant restaurants.

Medellín is an economic and financial center for this country, but it's also a literary and an artistic one. Newspapers, radio networks, publishing houses, an annual poetry festival, an international jazz festival, an international tango festival, and an annual book fair, all have chosen Medellín as their base.

It's a major educational center with over 32 colleges and universities…plus an aquarium, a planetarium, botanical gardens, and sculpture gardens.

Each July sees the five-day Festival of Flowers with its procession of horse riding, music, and of course, beautiful flowers. The Flower Festival is the highlight of the year, along with the Lighting of the Lights at Christmastime. Both draw people from around the world.

Medellín is sophisticated and cultured in a way that is uncommon anywhere in the world, but especially in Latin America.

Meet the “World's Most Innovative City”

A place of the future...

On March 1, 2013, Medellín won the Urban Land Institute's City of the Year award, beating out New York and Tel Aviv as the world's most innovative city.

“Few cities have transformed the way that Medellín has in the past 20 years,” said the ULI in a recent statement. In winning the competition—sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Citibank—Medellín was selected from a pack of more than 200 cities around the world.

And according to the BBC:

“The Urban Land Institute said Medellín had seen one of the most remarkable urban turnarounds in modern history.

[The ULI] praised its civic spaces, libraries, and art galleries, as well as its infrastructure which includes a giant escalator and a cable car allowing the residents of the poor neighborhoods on Medellín's steep hillside to easily commute to the city centre, in the valley.”

And you'll give up nothing to enjoy this elegant lifestyle

One concern you might have if you're considering a move to Latin America is that you'll have to give up Western-standard luxuries. This couldn't be further from the reality in Medellín, where you can actually enjoy a higher quality of life.

You won't beat this glorious weather

While Colombia itself has a huge variety of climates—from the heat of the Caribbean to the cold peaks of the Andes—the weather in Medellín is just about perfect.

A clean, green, pleasant place to be...

The average high temperature in Medellín is a comfortable 79° (27°C)… and the average only varies 1° throughout the entire year. The average low is in the low 60s (about 17°C) so it's great for sleeping.

The bottom line is that you're always comfortable at home, and you won't need heat or air conditioning.

Medellín's prime residential area—El Poblado—is lush with green, tropical plants and tall trees, thanks to the almost-nightly rains. This abundance of natural water feeds the many rushing streams that tumble down the mountainside through the neighborhood.

And the most unusual aspect of the city is that there are virtually no bugs.

Here's a story from my friend Lee Harrison, Latin America correspondent and a fellow resident of Medellín:

“On my first day in town, I checked in at the Best Western…into a room without air conditioning. A local real estate agent had told me that you didn't need to keep the windows closed, because there are no bugs.

“But being skeptical of information I get from realtors, I didn't believe this ‘no bugs' story…and suffered through two stuffy nights with my windows closed.

“But he was right.

“Today, when I arrive in my apartment in Medellín, I throw open the windows, and leave them open—day and night—for my entire stay. No heat… no A/C… and no bugs.”

Here's why the "perfect time" has arrived in Colombia

This is why am I so convinced that now is the right time for Colombia…and specifically, Medellín. Just look at these factors, which we'll showcase in our Live and Invest in Colombia conference, scheduled for May 11-13, 2015:

  • Rich and diverse lifestyle and cultural opportunities. Whether you want to while away the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe…spend a night at the orchestra…or join the fun at the Festival of Flowers, Medellín will offer you a cultural landscape that's rich and fulfilling.
  • Solid, modern infrastructure. Well-maintained roads, a new Metro system, pure, drinkable water, modern Cable TV, and high-speed Internet will lay the groundwork for a convenient lifestyle.
  • Plentiful, well-stocked shopping. Medellín offers everything from mom-and-pop corner stores, to high-end shopping malls…old-fashioned markets to gleaming supermarkets…discount clothing bazaars downtown to exclusive boutiques in El Poblado. Whatever you need, it's here.

    21st-century infrastructure...

  • Low cost of living. The cost of living is reasonable on an absolute basis. But it's amazingly low relative to the lifestyle you can enjoy in Colombia. Enjoy the luxury, high-end lifestyle of Medellín for as little as US$1,500 per month…or the colonial charm of Popayán for less than US$1,000.
  • Tremendous diversity of outdoor recreation options. Colombia is a natural wonderland, with dramatic scenery, natural wonders, and fascinating cultures. It offers everything from excellent SCUBA diving, to exploring colonial villages, to zip-lining down an Andean valley.
  • Medellín is a major educational center. More than 32 colleges and universities give a lift to the ambiance of the city and help to provide a vibrancy that you can feel from the moment you land.
  • Low global awareness is the main factor that keeps prices reasonable for now.
  • The Colombian economy thriving and on the upswing, by any measure, one of the leaders of Latin American and the world.
  • Powerful—but temporary—exchange rate advantage, providing today’s buyers with a 32% “discount”, when compared to just six months ago.
  • A wonderful climate. Medellín's climate is what most people feel to be perfect. But Colombia offers a full spectrum of other climates, from the Caribbean tropics to high colonial cities in the mountains.
  • Friendly, helpful people. An expat haven has a hard time surviving if the expats and investors are not welcome. But in Colombia, the proud, friendly, and welcoming people are one of its strongest assets.
  • High standards of service and hospitality give Medellín a true, first-world feel.
  • Medellín is a clean, safe, modern city with Old World charm. Quite often, “charming” is code for “developing world drawbacks,” making it a trade-off. But, in Medellín, you really do get to have your cake and eat it, too. This is a city with the best of the Old World and the new.
  • Medellín is also a real city, with restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and bars…plus museums, art galleries, antique shops…and parks, plazas, and gardens. So, in reality, you get a lot more than charm…you also enjoy all the amenities of a large, cultured city.
  • Easy Access. Non-stops from the United States are available to Medellín, Bogotá, Cali, and Cartagena. Flight times to Miami are about 3 hours. Medellín is the only city in Colombia with two transportation terminals and two airports. Across the country, public transportation is excellent, with inexpensive buses and metered taxis available everywhere.
  • Quality, affordable health care. Medellín is home to a number of world-class hospitals and clinics. Insurance is reasonable (about US$850 per year), and the quality of care is so good that Medellín has become a center for medical tourism.

These are just a few of the reasons why I've invested myself already. And why I'm looking today for even more property to buy.

Discover one of the most-undervalued
real estate markets in the world today

Here are three things that should grab your attention.

Low real estate prices, in absolute terms. Medellín offers a safe, elegant, first-world lifestyle that beats the competition. Yet real estate prices in its most exclusive neighborhood are lower than in Panama City…Montevideo, Uruguay…or Fortaleza, Brazil…

Potential for appreciation. Costs of real estate have been rising between 5% and 6% per year, over the past three years. This is a steady, healthy gain…but not a bubble.

Double-digit yields from income-producing properties. Short-term furnished rentals can earn 14% in good neighborhoods, while longer-term furnished rentals can reach 9%. These rates are almost unheard-of…in any market.

These are almost-perfect conditions for real estate investing.

Of course, when thinking about retirement or relocation, cost is crucial, both cost of living and cost of real estate. Living anywhere, the biggest part of your budget will be given over to housing—either the purchase of a home, or to rent.

This is another way Medellín shines.

Property buys that qualify as
absolute global bargains...

You can buy in El Poblado, the top end of the market and the best location in the city, for as little as US$1,000 to US$1,500 per square meter (US$93 to US$139 per square foot). At that price, you're buying a resale in good condition or something new.

A solid, 20-year-old apartment in the best neighborhood, needing no work, will go for around US$950 per square meter, or US$88 per square foot.

If you're up for a renovation project, you can get in for as little as US$700 a square meter, or US$65 per square foot (I speak from recent personal experience).

Or you could rent a nice, modest apartment in a good neighborhood for US$450 a month…or less.

Let's hear from the experts who have already invested here

Listen to what international property investor Lief Simon has to say:

“The Medellín real estate market didn't take a big hit during the recent recession. Unlike so many real estate markets around the world, the property market here was never frothy, and was never over-leveraged.

“Real estate prices in Medellín are downright cheap. Not just relatively, but absolutely.

“And rental returns are strong, again, not relatively, but absolutely.

“Rental investments in this city are regularly throwing off double-digit net yields.

“Short-term yields are particularly high, in part thanks to a faster rate of growth in the tourism market. Demand has expanded, and values have held steady. Some properties have been achieving annual yields of as much as 14% net.

“The combination of low cost of acquisition and expanding rental activity makes for one of the most appealing yield-producing markets in the world right now.”

Our Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison has also chosen Colombia as his current overseas retirement and investment destination. Here's what he has to say about why he is so focused on Colombia right now:

“Some would say that I've over-invested in Colombia, for a small-time investor. But I was completely sold by the quality of life I could enjoy in Medellín for such low prices…not to mention the solid, first-world construction quality.

“I bought a primary home here, expecting to rent it out when I'm not in residence. And then I bought a rental property—also large and well-located—with my self-directed 401k plan.

“I was told that returns would be good…but I didn't expect them to be quite this good. Both properties rented almost 100% last year. In fact, the only time they've been vacant—so far—is the time necessary to transition from one tenant to the next.

“And aside from the good rental returns, both properties have increased in value by about 8% during their first year, per an independent appraisal.

“The truth is that I'd buy in Medellín even if my property didn't rent—or wasn't going up in value—because the quality of life and the weather are worth it. But these returns have provided a welcome, extra bonus.”

In addition, the world's high-powered
real estate investors are now in Colombia

Legendary real estate investor Sam Zell has made billions with his savvy. He's smart. He's tough. And he's famous for his great timing. Zell sold his Equity Office Properties Trust in 2007 for US$39 billion, right as the real estate market in the U.S. was peaking.

The world's smartest money is focused
on this country right now...

Where is his timing telling him to invest now?


“Colombia is the next star of Latin America,” Zell says. His company has already invested US$75 million in a mixed-use development. And where Sam Zell leads, others follow…

Also, the world's richest man, Carlos Slim, recently decided to “increase his investments in Colombia because of the country's liberal oil exploration policies, along with its mineral assets and expanding middle class”.

Prices are low, the supply of premium rentals is low, and demand is increasing.

That's a combination you can't beat.

Discover Colombia's affordable, world-class health care

Colombia's excellent medical system is also one of the best in Latin America and highly respected internationally. The cost of procedures can be 30% to 90% lower than for comparable procedures in the United States.

Because of this, Medellín has become a center for medical tourism. Cosmetic treatments, dentistry, and eye surgery are the most popular services. Medellín offers five renowned hospitals (five of the best in all Latin America).

You will find that their standards often exceed those in the United States.

This spectacular country has passed
a turning point in its history

Colombia is a beautiful country with a colorful history and a rich and diverse culture. The variety of its geography has resulted in a rapidly growing tourist industry.

 From the northern Caribbean coast and its resorts to the Andes Mountains and the Tatacoa desert, there is so much to see and experience here.

Colombia is a healthy place to live…
and, when you need it, it boasts some
of the world's best healthcare, too...

In recent years, Colombia has enjoyed some of the highest rates of growth of any Latin American country. And through the end of 2013, it continued to out-perform the old, traditional powerhouses like Brazil, the United States, or the Euro-zone.

This is due to many favorable factors, including the country's steadily decreasing crime rate.

International investment money is pouring in. Between 2001 and 2012 Foreign direct investment (FDI) jumped an amazing 600% and continues to grow.

And what's more incredible to me is that FDI has jumped more than 200% since I came here for the first time in 2010. While at the same time, GDP jumped an impressive 21%, between January 2010 and the end of 2012 and grew about 4.7% in 2014.

There is no doubt that Colombia has turned the corner, now headed on an exciting upward swing.

Sound like a bed of roses?
Remember, there are always two sides

There are strong reasons why everyone (including my husband Lief and I) are paying serious attention to Colombia right now, specifically to Medellín. We're intrigued, even infatuated by what we see in this city.

Straight answers

"I can't tell you how good it feels to get straight answers to my hype and no baloney. “

-- Timothy Steel, United States

But we're not fools. We know the good, the bad, and the ugly of day-to-day life and of trying to do business in a new city.

Some people will tell you only the good things about a place. No one wins with that kind of approach. Reasonable expectations and a balanced view are what make for happy and successful ventures.

No place is perfect. Anywhere you go, you will find pros and cons…and Colombia is no different.

For example, English is not spoken by most of the locals. Though you can find it spoken at the larger hotels, restaurants and businesses, this is not the rule everywhere. But we can introduce you to the best places we know to study Spanish, to smooth out this rough spot.

Another downside right now is that things like opening a bank account and moving money are not straightforward. It's possible to do these easily—once you know how—but you'll need help learning the ropes…before the fact.

In all my decades of experience, I've never
before seen an opportunity like this one, because
it's an opportunity for retirees, investors,
and second homebuyers...

You'll need connections…and introductions. And at the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference, you'll meet the people who can make it happen for you.

This is an emerging retirement haven…not, at this point, an always very user-friendly one.

But like anywhere in the world—knowing what you're getting into in advance will allow you to make well-informed decisions and smart choices…that will protect you from any potential downsides.

That's the driving agenda of our Live and Invest in Colombia Conference: To prepare you…

To help you understand your options. This is why we take a “tell-it-all” approach in everything that we do.

Certainly, you will make your own choices about where you spend your time and your money. Our objective is to make it possible for you to make those choices as wisely as possible.

An important part of our agenda at our Live and Invest in Colombia Conference, therefore, is to show you the downsides…and then show you how to navigate and overcome them.

And to this end, you'll hear from a number of expats who have already chosen to re-launch their lives in this special country. They'll show you first-hand, how they overcame the obstacles to make things happen.

Information, contacts, connections, and real-world insights. That's what we promise…and that's what we deliver.

It's not too early…and not too late…
but just the right time to stake your claim here

I can't stress strongly enough how great the window of opportunity is right now in Medellín.

Remember, I've seen this many, many times before, over the 30 years I've been covering this beat. I recognize the potential that Medellín is offering, for both the investor and the retiree.

And today’s exchange rates make this a particularly-important time to pay attention.

I know from experience that this window can't stay open indefinitely. Already, change is coming to this market. Change and recognition. On January 9, 2015, the New York Times placed Medellín high on their list of Places to go in 2015...for the second time.

So the mainstream is on the way.

Affordable, high-end Caribbean living...

On one hand, this is a very good thing. As Medellín and Colombia become more recognized for the investment and retirement havens that they are, it will become ever-easier to invest and retire here…more user-friendly.

On the other hand, as more and more investors and retirees discover what Medellín and Colombia have to offer…the more costly it will become to get in on the action and to enjoy this enviable lifestyle.

So the time to act is now…while Medellín and Colombia still qualify as emerging retirement and investment havens and prices are correspondingly, absolutely low.

However, getting in now, ahead of the pack, means that the right advice and support are even more critical than it typically is. You have to act ahead of the crowd to gain the big advantages. But jumping in without the right knowledge can be a costly mistake.

You could waste months, even years trying to figure out on your own how best to invest and get things done in Colombia. Not to mention the thousands of dollars you could lose by taking some all-too-common missteps.

Please, save yourself the heartache and the hassles. Join me and my team for our Live and Invest in Colombia Conference and get all the inside information and all the on-the-ground support you need. Learn the important details you need to be able to make your plans and invest wisely.

Meet the people who can make all the difference for you...

The people you'll hear from at the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference can make the difference between positioning yourself for big upside and establishing yourself for a delightful adventure… or missing out; or worse, losing your shirt.

At this Live and Invest in Colombia event,
we'll bring the country's experts to you

You'll hear from Colombia expert Lee Harrison on a number of various Colombian destinations...not just Medellín.

Lee Harrison
Latin America Editor

He purchased and furnished two homes in Colombia, obtained his own residency, opened his own bank and brokerage accounts, and is a great source of information for the potential Colombian expat…especially for the do-it-yourself expat.

Let Lee tell you why he chose Medellín for retiring and investing:

“When I retired at 49, my first retirement destination was Ecuador. At that time, a super-low cost of living was paramount. Also, I wanted the adventure of living in a Third World country…as unlike the United States as it could be.

“But today, I'm no longer looking for a Third World adventure.

“Medellín is a way to treat ourselves. It's a reward for those years of hard work… yet it's one that still comes with a fairly low price tag.”

Seasoned advice

“I most appreciated the opportunity to hear from some very seasoned international travelers and expat residents.”

--Stephen Scott, United States

Reserve My Place!

At the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference,
our staff of experts and local expats will show you
Colombia's amazing lifestyle
  • Explore with us, to see the best of what Colombia has to offer, region by region. We'll not only have expats to give their point of view, but also Colombians who can showcase their country…
  • Discover the natural wonderland within Colombia. At the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference, you'll hear from Andrés Múnera, founder of Land Venture Travel. Andrés will not only show you the natural wonders of Colombia from our conference room… but can organize a personal tour, to show you the best of what the region has to offer.
  • Get the facts on being a part-time resident in exciting locations like Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Medellín…
  • See the expat-friendly neighborhoods, with the people who live here now…
    So many experts
    in one place

    “I enjoyed this seminar very much. I don't know how you got so many knowledgeable people in one place. It exceeded all my expectations.”

    --V.R., United States

  • Discover how to find an affordable rental—starting at US$500 per month—and where you should be looking…
  • Get the facts on safety and security in the “new Colombia”…
  • Discover Colombia's medical care…what many believe is Latin America's best, modern, and most affordable..
  •  Learning the language is a terrific investment to help you get the most out of your experience in Colombia. We'll showcase the best of Colombia's many fine language schools for your convenience…
  • Get a grasp on the cost of living. At the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference, we'll show you actual budgets from people who live here…

Of course, our business experts will be on hand, too…

  • Find out how to do business in Colombia and how to overcome the most common frustrations…
    All the nuts and bolts

    “I especially appreciated the nuts and bolts especially the cost of living, the financial considerations and strategies and the businesses that you showcased were interesting and enticing.”

    --Barbara Leicht, United States

  •  Learn the real story on taxes and how they may affect you in Colombia…
  • Explore today's best business opportunities, guided by entrepreneurs who have already built a successful business…

And we've also got the practical matters covered...

  •  See how to become a resident, using one of Colombia's easy, flexible residency options. You'll hear from North Americans who've settled here, as well as our staff of legal experts…
  • Learn how to navigate Colombia's financial system…from bank accounts, to investment portfolios…along with how to move money efficiently…
  • Get the facts on how to relocate to Colombia, from the experts who know the rules…
    Today's relevant topics

    "I think the topics covered were well organized and relevant to the current global events taking place presently. I would highly recommend to others considering relocating to Colombia!"

    --Patricia T., United States

And in the world of real estate...

  • Find the best real estate deals, by learning where to buy…and how much to pay…
  • Learn where to invest today in Colombia, for the most upside potential…
  • Meet with Colombia's top property managers, and discover how—and where—to make money in today's rental market…
  • Explore Medellín's best commercial real estate investments, with our on-the-ground commercial experts…
  • Learn how to navigate the property purchase process, and buy real estate safely and securely…
  •  Get in on the ground floor of a fascinating agricultural investment in Colombia…your own piece of a mountain coffee plantation…
Get all the answers

“We are getting so much great information! Thank you! You are answering questions we never even thought to ask.”

--Sheila Strong, United States

Most-importantly, you'll be able to connect directly with the expats who are already living here… so you can hear the ups and downs first-hand.

Here's the bottom line: you'll come away from the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference knowing if Colombia is right for you…if you'd be happy living or investing here.

And if it's right for you, you'll have all of the information and local contacts necessary to make it happen.

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We'll cover a lot of ground…
but we promise you plenty of fun, too

When you attend our Live and Invest in Colombia Conference, you'll have full access to two-and–a-half days of interactive presentations and workshops, jam-packed with solid content.

Stroll downtown in the world's best weather

This will be a high-energy, full-throttle event. But we'll do everything we can to make sure it's also a whole lot of fun.

We're building in cocktail receptions, lunches, open-air parties, and other special events to give you as much opportunity as possible to mingle and mix with your fellow attendees… as well as your Live and Invest Overseas panel of experts.

You never know where these cocktail and poolside conversations might lead. Over the years, we've known readers who've met business partners... roommates... equity investors... language tutors... and, certainly, great friends at our conferences.

In fact, you might find that the networking opportunities and new relationships you gain will be more than worth your investment in the conference.

Exceeded all expectations
"Wonderful, just wonderful! It was far beyond ALL expectations!! The staff, speakers, and content couldn't be better! We're grateful for all the detail and hard work by all."

--Beverly Seligman, United States

We've even known some conference introductions that have led to much more than friendship. My husband Lief and I met, more than 15 years ago, at a similar conference in Ireland.

Also, please, understand this: This conference is not going to be some mammoth, over-hyped event with hundreds of people in a cavernous ballroom. That's not our style. At this focused event, you'll be part of a select group, in an intimate setting, with full one- on -one access to all of our experts.

This means you'll get the personal attention you deserve. And that makes all the difference.

This unique, value-packed event is only
available for a short time at these prices

The 2015 Live and Invest in Colombia Conference is an exclusive opportunity to get to know Colombia in a way that's simply not possible by any other means. We'll have experts on hand from around the country, to help you with every possible endeavor.

The conference is action-oriented. Based on past experience, some attendees will begin the visa process during the event… or open financial accounts… or even buy a home.

And best of all—whether your interest lies in the mountains, the colonial cities, or at the ocean—we'll have experienced expats on hand to show you what life is really like in Colombia.

The special price for the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference is only US$1,095 for one person and just US$1,595 for two. (That's right: Your spouse or friend can attend for only US$500!)

Discover laid-back, Caribbean living

And chances are, you'll be eligible for an even-better price.

For starters, if you've ever attended an event with us in the past—anywhere in the world—you qualify for an automatic US$100 discount.

And on top of all that, you can pick from one following additional discounts.

  • Existing Overseas Retirement Letter readers will save US$50.
  • Members of Global Property Investor's Marketwatch save US$150.
  • Overseas Retirement Circle members and subscribers to Simon Letter save US$100.
  • As always, our Personal Consulting Clients and All Access Pass members (and their guests) come free!

So many experts
in one place
“I think the info and people I've met are super high quality and in the first day has more than paid for the expense of the trip.”

--Scot Cave, United States

Here's what's included with the price of admission:

  • Admission to all presentations
  • Complete access to the restricted exhibit area
  • Expert personal consultations
  • Formal and informal Q&A sessions, breakouts and workshops
  • Introductions to reliable real estate sources, business contacts, fellow expats, and professional legal resources
  • Access to attendee-only (optional) pre-conference and post-conference real estate tours
  • Access to optional cultural, craft, and sightseeing tours
  • Coffee breaks and snacks
  • Welcome cocktail reception and all sponsored events
  • Seminar materials, notebooks, and handouts
  • Downloads of all conference presentations after the event is over
  • A complete set of professionally produced conference recordings

Reserve your seat today by contacting our conference coordinators by email, or by calling them at 1-888-627-8834. They'll have you booked and ready to go in minutes. If you'd prefer, you can use our convenient Online Registration Form.

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Discover this timely chance at an exciting future

Let's face it... Things are not going well for the middle-class in America these days.

But that does not have to be your reality.

What I'm offering you here is a chance to take control of your own destiny and to create your own new and dramatically improved future.

At our event in May, we'll provide you with all the information you need to make smart decisions… decisions with upside… the right decisions for you.

The high-quality information and contacts we'll introduce to you will give you complete confidence as you explore all your options.

We'll guide you through the details and secrets to making a successful plan, and we'll give you all the tools and resources you'll need.

I truly believe Medellín, Colombia, is going to be one of the world's next great lifestyle and retirement havens. It's already one of the world's best investment havens.

And as you've seen, I'm not alone in these positions and predictions.

The discount period is ending soon…
and this event is selling fast

Best Ever

“The absolute finest conference I ever attended (& that number is in the hundreds). Topics were great. Presenters were wonderful. Your staff was outstanding.”

--Bob Seligman, United States

Think about it. If you had to gather this information on your own, you'd spend thousands of dollars, and months of your time to do it.

And believe me; after knocking on doors, searching the internet, sitting in lawyers' offices and hanging out with real estate agents, it would still be virtually impossible to assemble the body of knowledge that we've pulled together for this conference.

Frankly, the Live and Invest in Colombia Conference is an indispensable investment for anyone who's considering Colombia…well worth every penny you'll pay to attend.

Please sign up today, using our convenient online registration form, or contact our conference coordinators. Or if you prefer, call us at 1 (888) 627-8834, and you'll be on your way to Colombia.

We'll look forward to seeing you in the City of Flowers.

Reserve My Place!


Kathleen Peddicord
Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas

PS: The opportunities in Colombia will not wait. Follow the link to secure your seat now!

“Thanks for introducing us to Medellín. We will be back!!”
-- Gerry & Toni Dobrilla, United States, previous conference attendees