Irish Castles, Land, and Ocean Views – Is It Time to Deal?

Irish Castles, Land, and Ocean Views – Is It Time to Deal?

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September 22, 2011

As you know I have been watching Ireland closely for some time now. I have been studying....waiting on the sidelines for things to really get interesting. According to a survey of 50 markets published in Ireland’s Sunday Business Post this month, Ireland tops the table for the highest price falls this year. Our waiting and patience is being rewarded. The deals are getting better. I expect we’ll retain high flyer status in this regard. There will be further price falls.

Live Well in Europe: Where to Find the Good Life for Less in France, Spain, and Italy

Live Well in Europe: Where to Find the Good Life for Less in France, Spain, and Italy

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August 29, 2011

Europe has so much to offer a potential expat…great food, a diverse choice of cultures, stunning countryside where life is quiet and relaxed and the buzz of everyday life seems a million miles away, awe-inspiring mountains for skiing and soft, sandy beaches for wiling away summer days… But isn’t Europe expensive? That’s the observation we hear most about Europe and the answer is that Europe can be expensive…unless you know the right places to look! In this report we’ll tell you about our favorite places in “Romantic Europe” and hope to make you dream of new places in the “Old World.”

My Plans For the Fortaleza Market

My Plans For the Fortaleza Market

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August 21, 2011

Long-time readers of these dispatches will know that I’m bullish on Fortaleza in Northeast Brazil. It’s now three years since RETA members (me included) first got the opportunity to “buy well” here. I’m happy with the units I have purchased. The first of our units from those early pre-releases will be delivered early next year. That means we need to start making a plan. We will need to decide whether we want to rent short-term or long-term? What vendors and partners will we choose for fit-out and rental management? These are important decisions. They could have a big impact on the yields we generate. Many of you have been asking about my own plans.

Medellín, Colombia: For Investors, Travelers and Homebuyers

Medellín, Colombia: For Investors, Travelers and Homebuyers

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August 12, 2011

Following my recent scouting trip to Colombia with Lee Harrison (International Living's roving Latin America editor) and Eoin Bassett (International Living magazine's editor), we all got together by phone to debrief on what we learned. Everything was taped - you can listen to it now.

A Lot in This Scenic Part of Costa Rica From $45,000…With Financing

A Lot in This Scenic Part of Costa Rica From $45,000…With Financing

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August 2, 2011

As a member of our little group, you will know that we look for Path of Progress opportunities. I'm talking about infrastructure projects like a new road...or a new bridge that will make an area more accessible and desirable. When this happens, prices rise. Like we’ve recently seen in Costa Rica's Southern Zone...and in Tulum, on the southern edge of Mexico's Riviera Maya. My colleague at Pathfinder, Margaret Summerfield recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica, where she investigated the impact of a newly upgraded road that stretches out from the capital, San Jose. She returned to her base in Panama excited about a project she had seen in the area.

Get Ready For This Brazil Deal…

Get Ready For This Brazil Deal…

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July 28, 2011

Long-time readers of these dispatches will know that I have been recommending opportunities in Fortaleza for the past three years. We have been able to buy pre-release at special member-only pricing and terms. I have bought multiple units here. I'm happy with my investments. I recently sold a condo I bought on my first trip for $43,500 more than I paid. And it's not just me. RETA members have seen strong price appreciation. It gets better though...