Here are the questions addressed in today’s episode:
– Starting a self-sufficient dream
“Kathleen and Lief, I have been reading your recent suggestions regarding becoming more self-sufficient with interest. I’m looking at Belize or maybe Portugal. I would love to begin pursuing my plan but am unable to fly anywhere outside the United States for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. At this point, I can’t even apply for a visa or that all-important second passport that might gain me entry to a foreign country. Any suggestions (preferably legal)? Thank you.” – Marcella T.
– Shipping possessions overseas
“I’m a 76-year-old male in good shape who is on the proverbial horns of a dilemma about picking up stakes lock, stock, and barrel and moving from Northern California to either Costa Rica or Panama (both places I’ve been to several times). I would like to know what the best info is that you can give me about how to ship all of my worldly possessions. It’s a three-bedroom house full of stuff plus a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Yamaha jet ski, a GMC Suburban, a rototiller, and lots of gardening tools plus a power washer and two pieces of Bowflex workout equipment. I know this must be a big order but also know that you will be able to successfully point me in the right direction to obtain some great answers to these questions and thank you very much for your advice and information on this very important request that is very important to me and also thank you for all the work you do.
By the way, I know you and Lief have Irish citizenship so should mention that I’m originally a Kerryman!” – Robert S.
– Is $2,000 enough monthly income?
“It’s tough wanting to change my life and move overseas. I’m 62, a painter, and I live in Seattle. My family thinks I’m nuts for looking and reading your information. But in Seattle here nothing is affordable. I am interested in a more self-sufficient lifestyle and have been reading your information on this closely. However, I really want to be part of a village. I’m not built to be alone. Seems now I need to work four more years. Then I will have $2,000 a month in retirement income. Most countries look for guaranteed income. Will this be enough?” – Paul C
– Do you have experience with Empresas Bern?
“Lief and Kathleen, I hope you and your family are well during these crazy times. I am wondering about the copper mine housing investment in Panama that you have written about. The information you’ve reported is that Bern corporation is building a housing complex for the workers called Casa Pintada. I would like to know first if this is still available but also if you are familiar with the developer Empresas Bern, or Bern Corporation. Do you have any experience with them?’ – Joan S.
– Investment advisors
“Could you recommend an investment advisor in the United States that could advise me on overseas investments?” – John J.
– Real estate in Ireland
“What is the price range for a small house in Ireland with some land in this pandemic crisis environment? I know you have reported that Ireland is no longer a top retirement choice because of changes to its retiree residency laws. Still, Ireland is my dream. I’m wondering if now, with the global crisis, might be a good time to be shopping. What do you think?” – William L.
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